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Bill’s story

Bill is a member of the Hillside and Wymering Kurling Club in Portsmouth. He was born up in Stirling, Scotland. He joined the Royal Navy in 1972, and left in 1996, after which he worked for the NHS in various administrative roles until he took early retirement.

In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, visiting interesting places, photography and playing the Bagpipes! And of course, volunteering for Brendoncare… He says it was his wife Eileen who told him about the club:

“My wife brought a flyer home about the club, and I went along. I enjoyed it so much, I became a volunteer for Brendoncare while I was still working, as I had Mondays free. Viv, who ran the group, decided to leave and asked if I’d like to run it myself. I said ‘Yes’ and I’ve been doing it for over a year now.

I like to see people enjoying themselves; the elderly should not be forgotten! My group is small, friendly and enjoys a good chat and Kurling. We enter competitions, although we never win, but as I say, ‘It’s not about winning, but taking part.

When I retired from the NHS in early 2015 I needed a new hobby apart from fishing! One of my friends put me in contact with a Pipe Major who ran a bagpipe band. I started on the practise chanter and had to learn lots before you progress to the actual bagpipes!

I joined the Rose and Thistle pipe band in March 2016 and managed to play my first tune at my daughter’s wedding in June 2016. Many of our performances are local from Gosport to the IOW. Recently we have been to Cologne in Germany for their Carnival and we’ve taken part in Armed Forces Day and the Victorian Festival of Christmas in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2019.”

If Bill’s story has inspired you, view the current roles available at Brendoncare and learn how to join our team.