The establishment of the Bishop Otter College Guild

In 1898/99 the new Principal at Bishop Otter College, the Reverend Edwin Hammonds, invited current student leavers and former students to embrace the Bishop Otter College Guild, which was established in January 1899.  The membership of the Guild included the President the College Principal), a Secretary and Treasurer, a Magazine Editor and several honorary members.  Following its initial establishment, year group representatives were also incorporated into the committee. From the beginning the Guild was formed of 93 members. Most year groups between 1873 and 1899 were represented.

One of the chief objectives of the Guild was to host an annual reunion, which met for the first time on Saturday 27th May 1899.  This meeting began with luncheon and a tour of the buildings and grounds taking in the various sites of improvement and enlargements.  At 4 p.m. an official business meeting began whereby: ‘the Guild was formerly constituted, and rules of management proposed and seconded’ page 58, Bishop Otter College Magazine (January 1900)

The Motto adopted for the Guild was Ancilla Fidei Doctrina. Translated this is ‘Learning is the handmaid of Faith’.  From the outset all members of the Guild will be entitled to wear a College Badge, which was specially designed to incorporate ‘a shield, inscribed with a mitre and a wreath of passion flowers, and  enamelled in white, purple, and green, emblematic of the flower which is a great favourite in the College and grows in profusion on its walls. Across the shield is a scroll bearing the motto.’ page 7, Bishop Otter College Magazine (January 1900.)

The Bishop Otter College Guild today

Currently the Guild has approximately 630 members. The oldest member at the 2014 reunion was at college between 1947 and 1949. At the reunion we had over 100 members at the Saturday lunch and approximately 40 at the evening meal on the Friday evening.

The Guild is thriving under the presidency of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Clive Behagg and we have a very active Secretary, Marten Lougee.

The reunion is always held on the second weekend in July and starts with the reunion dinner on Friday evening. Saturday morning begins with the Business Meeting for Committee Members and Year Representatives, then the Chapel service which is followed by coffee. After coffee is the General Meeting at which we have an update on what has been happening at the University over the last year by the Vice Chancellor or one of the senior members of staff. After lunch people have a chance to catch up with friends, visit the exhibition in the Otter Gallery or wander around the campus. Sunday morning starts with Holy Communion, which is followed by the annual walk up the Trundle which, during Miss Murray’s Principalship, was always a “first Sunday of term” tradition, led by Miss Murray herself. Some people stay on for another one or two nights, visiting friends in the area.

The Guild publishes the annual Newsletter in March which includes various articles, including a letter from Clive Behagg, an article by Janet Carter the University Archivist and other articles sent in by Guild members, plus news from ex-Otters and of those who have died.

If you should wish to join the Guild please contact our membership secretary, Hilary Chapman, at 60 Connaught Road, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 0BZ. Her telephone number is 01263 513711.



Bishop Otter College Guild Newsletter

The Guild Newsletter is published each March and sent to all guild members.

To read the latest copy of the newsletter please click on the cover:  Guild Newsletter 2017

If you have any items you would like to have included in the next edition please send to the editor

Rose Savage - by the end of December


2016 Newsletter Available Here 

2015 Newsletter Available Here

2014 Newsletter Available Here

2013 Newsletter Available Here


Contact the Guild

The key contacts for the Bishop Otter Guild are:

Honarary Secretary

Marten Lougee - 01535 636487 or

Membership Secretary

Hilary Chapman - 01263 513711

Honarary Treasurer

John Fletcher - 01572 821213

Editor of Newsletter

Rose Savage - 01243 773336 or

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