Pam Bird (1934 – 2020) Former Guild Vice-President

Pam Bird was introduced to ringing by a friend or relative and joined the Hersham band in 1947, where she was taught to ring by Bill Simmons. While never an advanced ringer she was a reliable and steady member of the band and a great help to the tower captain in rebuilding the band after the war.

Pam held all three offices in the Chertsey District over a period of 17 years until the mid-1980s, and she brought order and systems to the roles of secretary and treasurer. She was also tower secretary at Hersham for over 50 years.

Pam used her professional knowledge of catering and her other interests and hobbies in the service of ringng. During the 1970s and 1980s she co-ordinated the catering for the Guild Annual General Meeting, which, in those days, regularly had attendances of over 100 ringers.

She was also captain of one of the local Guide companies, a member of the Trefoil Guild, and encouraged her guides to take up ringing. Pam also enjoyed country dancing, and for many years organised the Chertsey District Barn Dance, which was the social highlight of the year.

Pam died at Winton House Nursing Home in Nether Wallop, Hants, on 9th March 2020, aged 86.