Liz was taught to ring by her father at Chapel-en-le-Frith (6) in the Derbyshire Peak District. She has no memory of learning to handle a bell but was ringing call changes for Sunday service at the tender age of 6!
There were few opportunities for change ringing locally so initial progress was slow. She rang her first peal (Plain Bob Minor) on the back 6 at Fairfield (Buxton) in April 1970, progressing to right way surprise major by the time she left school. She went up to Bristol University in 1973, becoming secretary of the University Society of Change Ringers (1975/76) and rang a lot in the City, learning to ring Stedman Cinques under the watchful eye of Albert Tyler at St Stephen's and up to Yorkshire S Maximus at Redcliffe. Her first ever blows of Bristol S Major were in a peal at Bristol Cathedral.
She moved to work in London in April 1977, beginning a long association with St Mary Abbots, Kensington (10) where she still rings on practice nights and in Sunday evening quarter peals.
Introduced to Society practices by another member of the Kensington band, she was elected to the Society in April 1978 and is very grateful for the opportunities for 12 bell peal ringing provided in those early years by both Stan Jenner and Derek Sibson. After a short period as independent examiner, Liz became treasurer of the Society from 1981-89, during which time she was also Junior Steward for a couple of years. When in London, she rings on Sunday mornings at St Martin-in-the-Fields where she is a member of the congregation.
A chartered accountant by profession, Liz will be retiring in December 2019 and hopes to be able to do a lot more ringing. With two gardens to maintain, one in London and the other in the Peak District, an intention to resume playing seriously her long neglected piano and, as a fluent Russian speaker, spending time in Moscow and points east, retirement is likely to be quite busy.
32 Winns Avenue, Walthamstow, London, E17 5EL
Tel: 07518 996183
Email: Elizabeth A Hibbert
What does the Honorary Librarian do?
The Society's small library holds a number of books and records of historical interest. The most valuable are in the care of the London Metropolitan Archives. The general collection is housed at St Martin in the Fields and Spitalfields. The Librarian keeps the library catalogue up to date, controls access, and deals with correspondence and enquiries about the library. The Librarian is also responsible for maintaining the inventory of the Society's assets, and providing general assistance to the Trustees.