Due to the ongoing Covid pandemic the South West Branch AGM due on the 3rd March has been postponed until further notice. The committee held a Zoom meeting on 10.2.21 where the President and all the Committee members agreed to remain in their posts for the coming year. Branch funds are in a healthy state and so is the Branch's Trust Fund. All South West BHI members can see the figures by request -

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Phillip Gale

Treasurer’s Report for 2020

I am pleased to present the 2020 accounts. Understandably, 2020 was a very quiet year for the Branch with meetings only in the first three months of the year and no auction. We always pay for the hire of our meeting room in the December of the previous year so when our meetings were cancelled we were told that the payments already made can carry over to the next year, this means that we have seven meetings already paid for but not yet booked for 2021.

Fortunately we have few other fixed expenses and the only other expenditure in the year is the hosting of our website on the internet. Therefore our finances remain in a healthy state.

Let us hope things are able to return to normal soon!

Bill Hitchings - Treasurer

Please feel free to keep in-touch if you have any questions or news.
The Westcountry Horological Trust is still available and anxious to assist with grants for gaining/improving horological skills – At least the BHI’s Distance learning course can be done without exposure to Covid-19!

Please see the COMMITTEE or TRUST pages for contacts/details.


Horology is the art and science of making, restoring, repairing and servicing mechanical and electronic timekeeping and measuring devices.

The British Horological Institute was founded in 1858 and is the national organisation which sets standards for training, and regulates the profession by grades of qualification.

The BHI also encourages a wider interest from the general public by associate membership.  The well-supported and active South West Branch of the BHI, was formed in 1990.

In normal times meetings are usually on the first Wednesday of most months, 7:45pm – 10:00pm at Exeter School, Manston Terrace, EX2 4NP.  Anyone interested in clocks and watches is welcome to come along.  For details of our meetings and speakers, and our Annual Auction please see our Events page.  For more information, or for queries not answered by this website, please contact our Secretary.

The South West Branch has also set up The Westcountry Horological Trust to offer assistance to deserving persons who wish to undertake horological training or improve their skills. Please click on the “Trust Fund” link on the left for further details.