6 March 2018Read more
On Tuesday 6th March HRH, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited The Clifton Club, Clifton, Bristol to attend a drinks reception and luncheon in celebration of The Clifton Club's Bicentenary year.
2018 marks the 200th year of The Clifton Club which started as a humble institution for gentlemen to enjoy cards, reading and games and has developed over the past 200 years into a popular meeting place for both gentlemen and ladies with a wide social conscience. On arrival at The Club, escorted by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, The Earl was introduced to the High Sheriff of Bristol Mr Anthony Brown, the Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander and their consorts. Also greeting the Earl were Miss Amy Edwards, The Club’s General Manager and Mr Jerry Barnes, Club Chairman who escorted HRH to meet the Directors, Past Chairman and Trustees of The Clifton Club
HRH then visited an exhibition curated by Mr Tim Mussared, the Club’s archivist, which included original artefacts from the Bristol City Records Office dating from 1815 and photos of The Clifton Club through the ages. This provided a fascinating insight into the original architecture of the historic building.
HRH was then escorted into the Snooker Room where he met representatives from Brandon Trust who will be working with The Clifton Club throughout 2018 to raise money for their Summer Camp programmes in 2019. Mrs Bonnie Dean, Chair of Trustees for Brandon Trust outlined the good work on the charity and the positive effect The Clubs fundraising work will have on the families the trust supports. The snooker room at The Clifton Club is full of original features with two full size tables. HRH couldn’t resist playing a few shots with Mr Alexander Warman, a young person who has benefited from the Summer Camps.
A luncheon designed by The Clifton Club’s Executive Chef Philip Clench was served in The Dining Room. His Royal Highness then unveiled a stained glass window to commemorate the 200th year of The Club. The window was commissioned by local artist Lindsay Telling of Waterfront Glass and depicts The Club’s crest and bicentenary dates. Before taking his leave HRH signed the visitors book, thanked the Members and guests for their hospitality and greeted the staff on duty.
Club Chairman, Jerry Barnes said: “It is a great honour to have welcomed His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to The Clifton Club to officially launch our 200th anniversary celebrations. He took a real interest in our history and charitable work and you could only be inspired by that.”
9 January 2018Read more
HRH The Princess Royal was received by the Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and spent a half day in Bristol visiting three venues south and north of the river. The Lord Lieutenant presented the High Sheriff Anthony Brown and consort, Lord Mayor Cllr Lesley Alexander and consort, Assistant Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police Stephen Cullen, Charles Griffiths (Master, Society of Merchant Venturers), Trevor Smallwood (Chairman, Venturers Trust), Christopher Patterson (Chair of Governors, The Dolphin School) and Head teacher Shelley Dixon.
The first visit was to officially open The Dolphin School which is sponsored by the University of Bristol and the Society of Merchant Venturers. HRH visited each classroom with Head Teacher Shelley Dixon where one pupil introduced her to the topic being studied. HRH also visited the Library where young people were reading to adults and the roof garden where young people were tending flower and vegetable beds. In the Assembly, 30 pupils from years 2 through 5 sang ‘Count on Me’ to an audience of pupil members of the School Council, Governors and other dignitaries. HRH unveiled a beautiful Bristol Blue Glass plaque commemorating her visit to The Dolphin School. One governor remarked ‘everyone was so impressed by how much time HRH took talking to people.’ When completely full in 2019, the school will have 420 pupils, serving pupils from 40 different nationalities with 17 mother tongues.
HRH has been President of the charity Save the Children since 1970 and, while in Bristol, she visited the shop in Clifton Village where she met volunteers from the Bristol and Bath shops. The Lord Lieutenant presented Regional Manager Adrian Hibbert and volunteer and shop manager Helen Langley. After a tour behind the scenes in the shop, HRH presented certificates recognising 21 years of volunteering for Save the Children to Phoebe Christie and Bob Mills.
The last visit of the day was to All-Aboard! Watersports on Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Basin where the Lord-Lieutenant presented Simon Chapman (Head of Trustees), Steve Evans (Trustee) Tony Nicholls (Harbour Master), Bob Goldbold (SW Royal Yachting Association Committee Member) and Nicola Murdoch (Chief Executive). HRH took a carafe of dock water to bless ‘Andiamo’, the new wheelchair accessible Pioneer, so vital to enable people with disabilities to participate in the water sports such as sailing, rowing, kayaking and paddle boarding safely. HRH started a Katakanu race with children from Warmley Park School and Elmlea Junior School demonstrating that a cool, rainy day was no barrier to a close finish! HRH later passed out certificates to race participants and cut a cake to mark the 5th anniversary of All-Aboard! Watersports. HRH, a keen yachtswoman herself, unveiled a plaque to commemorate her return visit to the centre.
8 September 2017Read more
The Lord-Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor of Bristol were proud to witness the official naming of HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the nation’s newest aircraft carrier, at the Rosyth shipyard, Scotland. Alongside HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the new carriers will promote Britain’s influence and power for the next 50 years.
Importantly, Bristol is affiliated with HMS PRINCE OF WALES, an honour that will enable the City to help shape global peace and prosperity. Bristol, along with Liverpool, is one of two cities to have the honour of being officially affiliated with the ship and the relationship will see the city’s name and reputation carried across the world. Others affiliated with the ship include Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Welsh Guards, The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own) and 27 Squadron RAF. The affiliation will provide opportunities for relationships to develop between the ship, its crew and their civilian and military counterparts.
The naming ceremony was attended by the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff; The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence; The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade; numerous Admirals and high ranking Naval, Air Force and Army officers and a host of distinguished guests. There were two fly pasts of helicopters and jets. The Royal Marine Band performed, the Welsh Guards paraded while cadets and reservists from around Britain participated in the programme in numerous ways.
HRH The Duchess of Rothesay, the Lady Sponsor of the ship, marked the naming the ship by breaking a bottle of Laphroaig whisky onto the hull. She remarked that among her forebears are Admirals and that her husband, HRH The Duke of Rothesay, is also an Admiral.
Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, highlighted the way that HMS PRINCE OF WALES will promote Britain’s place in the world as a venue for trade exhibitions, high level diplomatic engagements and enabler of disaster relief. The aircraft carrier can deploy up to 40 F-35B Lightning aircraft, Merlin CROWSNEST, Merlin Mk2 ASW, Merlin Mk4 troop lift, Wildcat, Apache and/or Chinook helicopters.
The Lord Lieutenant said: “I had the privilege of attending this event as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the city. I cannot describe the pride I feel in being part of a historic moment for our Royal Navy and the future of our city’s global maritime reputation. I wish to thank the Royal Navy, Captain Ian Groom, the crew of HMS Prince of Wales and fellow dignitaries for the wonderful reception we have received and for ensuring a very fitting marking of this momentous day.”
The Lord Mayor added: “It was an honour to represent the city and people of Bristol to witness the naming of HMS Prince of Wales and affirming our link to this wonderful ship. The sheer size and scale of the aircraft carrier is hugely impressive and I am proud that Bristol is affiliated with the ship and its crew. A warm welcome will await you all in Bristol as we look forward to your next visit soon.”
Captain Ian Groom MBE, Captain of HMS Prince of Wales, said: “The naming of HMS PRINCE OF WALES is a significant moment in terms of breathing life into the ship. It is a huge privilege to be the first Captain appointed to HMS PRINCE OF WALES and an honour to share this occasion with our families and affiliates. We are delighted to be affiliated to the maritime city of Bristol and the shared opportunities it presents.”
13 July 2017Read more
HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited three locations in Bristol on Thursday 13th July. His visits highlighted youth homelessness, international development and the global impact of Methodist preacher John Wesley.
HRH first visited the Foyer, a high support hostel for young people operated by 1625 Independent People. Chief Executive Don Wood led the visit and introduced Chair of 1625ip Oliver Delaney and other trustees to HRH. The visit enabled HRH to meet young people who have faced homelessness and to hear their stories. HRH presented apprenticeship certificates to three young people who have successfully completed a pre-apprenticeship course in construction delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton. Among the partners present that work with 1625ip were Unite Students, Knightstone Housing, Andrews Property Group and Andrews Charitable Trust. http://1625ip.co.uk/
HRH then visited Temwa, a charity founded in 2003 which works in remote, rural areas of northern Malawi and facilitates long-term, community-owned and community-led projects in education, health, agriculture and forestry. Temwa’s Managing Director, Mrs Jo Hook, Ms Quent Kalichero, Deputy High Commissioner of the Malawi High Commission, Temwa Chairman Richard Potter and Temwa trustees introduced the work that the charity is doing to combat the ongoing food crisis in Malawi. Arts and crafts produced by Malawian artists, available through the Temwa on-line Ethical Gift Store, were on display. When the Malawian music started, so, too, did the dancing! Photographs of the visit to Temwa are courtesy of Фото ART © http://temwa.org/
HRH officially opened the New Room on the Horsefair in Broadmead, the world’s oldest Methodist Chapel (originally built in 1739). HRH visited the state-of-the-art heritage museum located on the upper floor in a room formerly used for preachers; the museum highlights the key social issues addressed by the ministry of John Wesley. HRH has a great interest in heritage and the built environment and Revd Ward Jones, Chair of the New Rooms Trustees, was able to demonstrate aspects of the redevelopment made possible by a £2.6 million National Lottery grant and £1.4 million from the Bristol Methodist District and other trusts. A Service in the chapel included speeches of Methodist leaders from the United States of America and South Korea. http://www.newroombristol.org.uk/Home
15 May 2017
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HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Griffiths House, Cote House Lane, Westbury-on-Trym. The eight bedroomed house care for older people with memory problems. The design of the house, the use of textures and colour-coding enables residents to have a greater awareness of their surroundings. The techniques used are state of the art and have been based on global best practice advice and standards. The home provides a bright, spacious and safe environment for people living with dementia.
Griffiths House is named after Charles Griffiths, who is a former chairman of the Cote Charity. His four year old grand-daughter presented a posey to HRH. The Cote Charity is supported by the Society of Merchant Venturers.
During the tour of Griffiths House, HRH visited the Hairdressing Salon, met the residents and some of their family members and was given a tour of inside one of the resident’s flats, itself consisting of bed and sitting area and private full bathroom. The garden area is themed on the Yellow Brick Road, complete with a strawman Scarecrow, raised flower beds and seating areas. A team of specialist dementia care staff alongside pastoral carers provide patient-focused care.