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 Guild membership included the President, (the College Principal), the Secretary and Treasurer, the 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 lunch and a tour of the buildings and grounds taking in the various sites of improvement and enlargements.  At 4pm, 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 means ‘Learning is the handmaid of Faith’.  From the outset, all members of the Guild were entitled to wear a College Badge - this 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, there 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 Guild is thriving under the presidency of the ex-Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Clive Behagg, and we have a very active Secretary, Marten Lougee. The Guild is open to all former students who took the Bishop Otter College teacher training courses. 

The reunion is always held during the summer and starts with a reunion dinner on the Friday evening. Saturday morning begins with a business meeting for Committee Members and Year Representatives  This is followed by a Chapel service and refreshments. The General Meeting follows with University updates.  After lunch, members have the opportunity to catch up with friends or explore the grounds of the Bishop Otter Campus. 

The Guild publishes the annual Newsletter in March, which offers a variety of articles, including a letter from the Vice Chancellor, an article from the University's archivist as well as additional articles sent in by Guild members. 

If you wish to join the Guild, please contact our Membership Secretary, Rose Savage (please see details below).  The magazine is posted to all Guild members and is available to view online.

2019 Bishop Otter Guild Reunion 

This year's reunion is due to take place from Friday 30th August 2019 to Sunday 1st September 2019.  If you would like to attend but have not received a form in the post, please download the form here and return to the University's Conference Office.  


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 here

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 

2018 Newsletter Available Here

2017 Newsletter Available Here

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:

Honorary Secretary

Marten Lougee - 01535 636487 or

Honorary Treasurer

John Fletcher - 01572 821213

Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor

Rose Savage - 01243 773336 or


Hilary Chapman - 01263 513711

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