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‘Mental Health at Work'

‘Mental Health at Work'

31 August 2018

On the 11th of September HRH The Duke of Cambridge will launch ‘Mental Health at Work’, a national initiative of The Royal Foundation.  The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  

The aim of the initiative is to help remove the stigma around mental health.  ‘Mental Health at Work' is a new online gateway that will change the way that we approach workplace mental health across the UK.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm opening

Lawrence Weston Community Farm opening

22 August 2018

Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, officially opened the new office block at the Lawrence Weston Community Farm.  The occasion was attended by a crowd of local residents and friends of the farm.  ’Lawrence Weston Community Farm provides the perfect location for local people to learn more about the lives of farm animals and how to grow edible plants.  It has magical places for young people to build dens, climb tree stumps, swing around or just relax,’ explains Peaches.  A former volunteer at the Community Farm, Peaches was accompanied on her visit by Robin Hicks, Trustee and Farm Advisor for the Lawrence Weston Community Farm.  She was introduced to the new piglets, saw the chickens and goats and noticed what a bumper crop of fruit was ripening on the fruit trees.  Along the way, she was able to meet many local people for whom the Community Farm provides a place to learn new skills or to de-stress.  She officially opened the new office block which replaces the one damaged by arson last year.  (Photo by Bob Pitchford).

One Hundred Days Ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres (Ieper)

One Hundred Days Ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres (Ieper)

8 August 2018

The Royal British Legion organised a moving ceremony held at the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by many soldiers from across the Commonwealth.  The date marked the beginning of the last 100 days of World War I and the important battles fought in the battlefields of France and Flanders that eventually led to the end of the War in November 1918.  A united force of British, Commonwealth, French and American forces using cavalry, foot soldiers, tanks and aircraft made a decisive push through enemy lines.  The poignant commemorative service featured standard bearers from more than 1,000 Royal British Legion branches and the laying of more that 1,000 wreaths.  Among the readings were letters from the fallen, facts regarding the importance of Commonwealth troops for the success of the Allies and poems.  Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE was a guest of the Bristol branch of the Royal British Legion.  Dignitaries taking part in the service were HM Ambassador to Belgium Mrs Alison Rose, Ambassador of Pakistan the EU, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the EU, the Attaché of the German Embassy, Australian Attaché to Belgium, Mayor of Ypres, The Most Rev’d Dr John Sentamu (Archbishop of York), National Chairman of the Royal British Legion and Chairman of the Royal British Legion of Scotland along with the Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

109th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition

109th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition

3 August 2018

340 works of art were on display at the 109th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition held in the Undercroft of Victoria Methodist Church, Whiteladies Road, Clifton.  The exhibition featured paintings as well as the work of potters, sculptors in wood and stone, and producers of works in enamels, metal or glass.  Mr Ian Barnes, Chairman of the Club, escorted Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol round the exhibition to view art displayed.  Peaches observed that 'members of the Arts Club encourage people to develop as artists.  We are fortunate as a City to have so many volunteers that are willing to give of their time to help hang works of art and staff the two week exhibition.  Everyone whose works have been displayed are to be congratulated.’  There are more than 200 members of the Clifton Arts Club, including many distinguished and experienced artists.  Over 600 works of art by professionals and amateurs were submitted to the selection panel for this year’s exhibition.  Photograph taken by Stuart Nurse.

Womble Bond Dickinson’s Business Leader Dinner

Womble Bond Dickinson’s Business Leader Dinner

15 May 2018

Over 100 of Bristol’s dignitaries and leading business people gathered on board the ss Great Britain for Womble Bond Dickinson’s Business Leaders Dinner.  Before assembling in the First Class Dining Saloon, the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, joined the Lord Mayor, Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander, and the Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles, in the newly opened Being Brunel Museum.  The Museum is full of artefacts and memorabilia belonging to, or associated with, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  Julian Kinsey, Partner and Head of the Bristol office of Womble Bond Dickinson, welcomed guests to the Business Leader Dinner and announced that the firm is celebrating its 20th year of Bristol-based operations.  He also welcomed from the US office of Womble Bond Dickinson his fellow Partner and corporate lawyer, Christopher Gyves.  James Shone, founder of the charity 'I Can & I Am', spoke movingly on how adversity enabled him to re-evaluate how to find and negotiate future opportunities.  James Woudhuysen, Visiting Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at London South Bank University, spoke on the unbelievable opportunities in the future and how Bristol is well-placed to lead in several significant market subsegments as diverse as robotics, nuclear energy generation and housing.

Bristol's affiliation with HMS PRINCE OF WALES

Bristol's affiliation with HMS PRINCE OF WALES

10 May 2018

The Royal Navy turned out in force at the launch of the affiliation between Bristol and HMS PRINCE OF WALES, Britain’s largest and newest aircraft carrier.  More than 100 business and community leaders were enthused by the prospects of the affiliation and were entertained by the sunset salute performed to high musical and professional standards by the Royal Marines Band. ‘While HMS PRINCE OF WALES will provide national security, display soft power and assist in international disasters, she will also host world leaders, diplomats, senior officials and more on board in the Bristol Suite - a space that reflects the 50 year relationship our city will have with ship’s company stationed on this amazing ship,’ explained Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  A presentation by Royal Naval Captain Groom highlighted that 'the affiliation will enable businesses and communities to develop personal relationships, enhance careers and acquire new skills through workplace exchanges, brand the Bristol Suite with furniture, furnishings and products and so much more’.  Local manufacturers Rolls-Royce and L3 MAPPS supplied power and propulsion equipment for HMS PRINCE OF WALES and already have begun to reap benefits of the affiliation available to them and all other organisations and neighbourhoods in the greater Bristol area.  ‘Our aim is to kit out the Bristol Suite before she leaves Rosyth dockyard for sea trials in mid-2019,’ explained Mrs Golding.  HMS PRINCE OF WALES weighs 65,000 tonnes, has a 10,000 mile range and can accommodate upwards of 40 aircraft on its 4-acre flight decks.

High Commissioner for India visits Bristol

High Commissioner for India visits Bristol

4 May 2018

His Excellency the High Commissioner for India Mr Y K Sinha was received by Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE for a day long visit to Bristol.  A packed programme of events and activities was developed by Dr Parag Singhal and Mr Stephen Parsons DL with the involvement of the Lord-Lieutenant.  The visit was designed to introduce the High Commissioner to businesses, medical professionals, Indian students and staff from the City’s Universities, the Bristol Commonwealth Society and to allow time for some cultural activities as well. ‘Given our shared history, common language and similar legal, medical and educational systems, building a broad range of links between Bristol and India can only be of mutual value to both countries,’ explained Mrs Golding. The High Commissioner started the day with a business breakfast organised by Business West.  James Durie welcomed the audience of more than 50 business people trading with India, or keen to do so.  A presentation by India Market Specialist Ms Ameeta Virk, based at Business West, highlighted the opportunities in, and the successes of, companies in the Indian marketplace. This meeting was followed by a boat trip along the River Avon that pointed out important historical and other items of interest  After lunch the High Commissioner visited the University of Bristol where an Indian street market preceded an opportunity to meet students and faculty. At City Hall, the High Commissioner met members of British Physicians of Indian Origin and other imminent members of the Indian community resident in the City.  A keen historian, the High Commissioner learned briefly about the construction of Bristol Cathedral and attended Evensong.  The last activity for the day was dinner at Fort Royal as a guest of the Vice Chancellor and Deans of the University of Bristol together with invited guests.  The High Commissioner was accompanied throughout the visit by Dr Singhal and Mr Parsons and through substantial parts of the visit by the Lord-Lieutenant.

New facilities at HMS FLYING FOX, Bristol

New facilities at HMS FLYING FOX, Bristol

19 April 2018

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, was represented by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Timothy Chambers, at a ceremony on 19th April 2018 marking the grand opening of refreshed and new facilities at HMS Flying Fox, Bristol's Royal Navy Reserve Training Centre. He was welcomed, with other guests, by the Ship's Company and its Commanding Officer, Surgeon Commander Richard Graham.  There was an immaculate turnout and parade of officers and ratings before the ribbon cutting ceremony was performed by Captain R Anderson RN. There followed a tour of the new facilities: classrooms, gym, ratings bar (the officers' ward room will be upgraded last of all) and the highlight, a highly polished Drill Deck. One of the many original features still intact from the building's construction in 1941, it has been in use for the training of servicewomen and men ever since; drill will now become even more pleasurable. Training has continued during this renovation period with the ship's company proving to be extremely flexible and innovative in ensuring a high standard of training has still been delivered. The assistance and support of the Wessex Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association was acknowledged with pleasure and thanks. The evening closed with refreshments and time to mingle with reserve Navy personnel - who come from an astonishing range of backgrounds. All were enthusiastic about both the refurbishment and their experiences in the Unit, confirming the benefits of reserve service, not only to the country but to their employers and to their own personal and professional development.

The group photograph includes four Unit members who are preparing for a fund raising bicycle ride.

Bristol Commonwealth Big Lunch

Bristol Commonwealth Big Lunch

14 April 2018

Bristol joined cities and towns across the country in holding a Big Lunch to celebrate the Commonwealth and the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth.  Many people have either outdated ideas about the Commonwealth or know little about the good it promotes.  Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE explained that member countries are ‘free and equal’ and are united by a common language, history, culture and shared values of democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law.  Among the programmes active across the Commonwealth are the Queen’s Canopy (a project to plant a new forest in each country), the Queen’s Trust (enabling young people in the Commonwealth to help others in their community), the Commonwealth Games, to name but a few.  This week, more than 2,000 people from the 53 member countries will assemble in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit to discuss issues as wide-ranging as the environment and climate change, increasing economic development and trade, and improving health and education.  People attending the Big Lunch not only ate delicious food, but also had an opportunity to try on a sari, listen to the Bristol Reggae Orchestra, learn songs from Zimbabwe sung by Millicent and Chadwick, dance and share stories and opportunities.  Master of ceremony Sibusiso Tshabalala, from South Africa, encouraged everyone to participate in the event organised by the Bristol Commonwealth Society.

St George's Day Scouting Awards

St George's Day Scouting Awards

11 April 2018


The Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE presented St. George’s Day Awards to 12 distinguished Scouts for their outstanding service. The awards ranged from the prestigious Silver Fox award for exceptional service to the Silver Acorn and Bar to the Silver Acorn, marking at least 20 years of meritorious service to Scouting.  Between them, these impressive women and men have given more than 500 years, or 70,000 hours, of service to Scouting;  they have changed young people’s lives, strengthened our communities and left the world better than they found it. They have offered exceptional Scouting experiences to over 11,600 young people and supported 3,800 volunteers in the Avon Scout County district. Among many other things, they have opened new Scout Groups and sections, shaped and developed our activities and training, delivered big events and even taken Scouting’s special brand of helping others beyond our shores. The awards are all nominated locally, but are awarded by the Chief Scout Bear Grylls.  Each entry has been scrutinised by a national committee.  Many of the recipients will attend a national event at Windsor Castle on the 22nd April 2018.

Swearing in of Justices of the Peace

Swearing in of Justices of the Peace

23 March 2018

The Bristol Crown Court was the setting for the swearing in of 21 new Magistrates, or Justices of the Peace, for the local area covering courts in Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil and Taunton.  In a solemn ceremony, each newly appointed Magistrate swore two oaths of office before His Honour Michael Longman, the Magistrates’ Liaison Judge and Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  The first oath is of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, while the second is to do what is right to all manner of people.  In a brief address following the swearing in, Mrs Golding reminded the Magistrates of their promise to provide justice 'without fear or favour, affection or ill will.’  Magistrates are volunteers who are trained in the expectations of their role and provided with mentors to guide their early years at the Bench;  they also rely on a legal adviser to give advice on the law and to make sure they use the right procedures.  They hear cases in the courts in their community, ranging from keeping someone in custody to giving fines and custodial sentences of up to 12 months.   If you wish to become a magistrate, please visit www.gov.uk/become-magistrate

Commonwealth Day Message of The Queen

Commonwealth Day Message of The Queen

12 March 2018

At 10.00am on Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth flag was raised at Bristol’s City Hall by Dr Rizvan Javed, Commonwealth Scholar studying at the University of Bristol, in the company of the Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, the Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander and her Sword-bearer Mr Peter Watts.  The Lord-Lieutenant read the Commonwealth Day Message of Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, written on the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’.  The Queen highlighted 'the special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome differences so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.’  The Queen also emphasised how the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings taking place in London and Windsor in April 2018 ‘are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable.'  She also focused on the importance of sport in building peace and development and of voluntary effort.  ‘By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people’s lives, today, and for future generations.'

Commonwealth Service

Commonwealth Service

11 March 2018

The first of two events to mark Commonwealth Day was held on Sunday 11th March at the Lord Mayor's Chapel of St Mark on Park Street.  Vice Lord-Lieutenant attended on behalf of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol and was joined by Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander and her consort.  The service was officiated by Canon John Rogan.  The Vice Lord-Lieutenant read a message from HM The Queen and the scripture lessons were read by two Commonwealth students: Ms Charuni Pathmeswaran (Sri Lanka, pictured on the left) and Ms Nina Pels (Ghana, pictured in the centre).  Following the service the Commonwealth party moved to the headquarters of the Bristol Commonwealth Society in Whiteladies Road, where its Chair, Dr Kay Barnard, hosted a reception and luncheon whose guests not only included the ceremonial and civic parties but also many Commonwealth Scholars who are supported by the Society.

A Visit to HMS BRISTOL

A Visit to HMS BRISTOL

27 February 2018

The Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Major of Bristol were special guests of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) at HMS Excellent this week.  They were given a tour of the RNRMC’s offices before being welcomed on board their city’s namesake HMS Bristol by Commanding Officern Lieutenant Commander David Price.  Both guests were treated to a presentation and a tour on board the Royal Navy’s training ship in Portsmouth.  The visit was organised to mark the connection between the city of Bristol and its namesake ship while furthering the relationship between the city and the RNRMC.

Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE said: “I think the HMS Bristol is absolutely fabulous. As a trustee of SS Great Britain, I enjoy the engineering of ships and the thing I like about the SS Great Britain is that the wonderful engine and screw system on board is now used in every ship across Britain and the world.  As far as RNRMC is concerned, it is incredibly important for people to support the RNRMC. You have people who said that they will give their lives for Queen and Country, and we need to look after them and their families.  Whether they’re in good health or ill, whether they’re alive or not, we need to care about these people and the RNRMC do that.”  One of those serving on board HMS Bristol is Bristol born, AB (WS) Matthew Tagg. Having joined the Royal Navy at 19, he did his standard training at both HMS Raleigh and HMS Collingwood before serving for a year and a half on HMS Daring. AB (WE) Tagg said, “It’s a privilege to serve on HMS Bristol with the family background I have in the city of Bristol itself.  It was also an honour to meet the Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Mayor today and to have them on board.”

The ship, which is a Destroyer, was built in the late 1960s and saw action during the Falklands conflict.  Today, she plays host to up to 17,000 visitors per year and continues to be a training and accommodation ship docked permanently alongside on Portsmouth’s Whale Island.

Bristol's Mother Language Day Ceremony

Bristol's Mother Language Day Ceremony

21 February 2018

The City of Bristol Lieutenancy was pleased to be represented at the ceremonies to mark Mother Language Day on Wednesday 21st February in a ceremony hosted by Cllr Sultan Khan on behalf of Bristol City Council.  The successful language movement led by students in 1952 ensured that Bengali was preserved as an official language in Pakistan.  In recognition of their sacrifice, the Bengali national flag was raised on College Green and a wreath was laid in memoriam.  International Mother Language Day has been observed in Bristol every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.  The theme in 2018 is sustainable development; highlighting that learners must first have access to education in their mother tongue in order to foster learning and development.  Local languages, especially minority and indigenous ones, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.  International Mother Language Day supports target 6 of Goal 4 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which states "Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.”  According to the 2011 census, over 90 languages are spoken in Bristol: English, Polish, Urdu and Somali predominate.

 

30th Anniversary of the Bristol Tbilisi Association

30th Anniversary of the Bristol Tbilisi Association

17 February 2018

The first big event celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the twinning with Bristol and Tbilisi, Georgia, was attended by more than 130 people.  The event, a Georgian Supra, was more than a feast of local Georgian cuisine, it was also a cultural evening that was complete with toasts, wine and accapello singing by the Bristol Georgian Choir.  True to tradition, the Supra was hosted by a Tamada, a Georgian Master of Ceremony.  His job was to invite the dignitaries and others to deliver a brief speech, followed by a toast.  Dr. Razvan Constantinescu was the evening’s Tamada and is the Honorary Consul General of Romania in Bristol.  The first toast of the evening was made by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County and City of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  She was followed by toasts from Her Excellency the Georgian Ambassador to the UK, Mrs Tamar Beruchashvili, and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Lesley Alexander.  A further nine toasts followed, punctuated by songs sung by the Bristol Georgian Choir.  The colourful menu included vegetables cooked with walnuts, cold meats, meats cooked in various tasty sauces and salads.   Thanks for these wonderful dishes are due to to Bristol Tbilisi Association (BTA) executive committee members Esther Keller-Pickup and Nina Bendukidze.  Georgian white and red wine was donated by BTA chairman Derek Pickup.

Celebrating UWE Talent!

Celebrating UWE Talent!

15 February 2018

Oh What a Night! UWE Bristol welcomed Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE as the keynote speaker to  their prestigious Celebrating UWE Talent Awards evening.  The event, sponsored by a number of local employers including DE&S as the main sponsor, celebrated the achievements of the University’s diverse students and graduates in employability related activities.  It was wonderful to hear from students volunteering in remote parts of the world, and those making huge differences as interns, and others even setting up their own successful businesses, and terrific to hear from the organisations who worked with the students and were so impressed with them.  It highlighted how many opportunities there are at UWE Bristol to develop yourself whilst engaging in your University degree, and demonstrated that your University career really can transform lives!  The Students were brilliant.  Peaches delivered a fabulous keynote, highlighting that University is a great place to succeed, a safe place to fail, that each opportunity is a learning experience and it’s OK!  #UWEBristolTalent

Commonwealth Celebration Evensong,  22nd April

Commonwealth Celebration Evensong, 22nd April

13 February 2018

BOOK NOW  --  Everyone, regardless of faith, religion or country of origin, is invited to attend an Evensong at 3.30pm on Sunday 22 April in Bristol Cathedral.  This celebration will recognise the strengths of the Commonwealth family, in recognition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit held on Wednesday 18th April, 2018.  We welcome people associated with the Commonwealth, whether by family, work, friends or interest.  You are encouraged to wear traditional costume, national dress or uniform.  

BOOK NOW  --  Please register your attendance for the Commonwealth Celebration Evensong at Bristol Cathedral by clicking this link:-   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/commonwealth-celebration-evensong-tickets-42984836804?aff=es2  

BEM Awards

BEM Awards

2 February 2018

The British Empire Medal (BEM) is awarded by HM The Queen in recognition of individuals that have performed outstanding services to their communities, either in a paid or voluntary capacity.  Just over 300 people in the United Kingdom received a BEM medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2017 and three are from Bristol.  In a ceremony at The Merchants’ Hall on 23 January, the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE presented BEM medals on behalf of The Queen.  As pictured left to right here, those recognised for their noteworthy contributions are Mr Peter Wilkinson (for services to music), Mr Duncan Struthers (for services to the community in Hillingdon, London) and Mrs Celia Jane Leatt (for services to the community in Bristol).  The proud recipients celebrated their tremendous achievements with light refreshments for their families and friends.

South West Dementia Brain Bank

South West Dementia Brain Bank

31 January 2018

In Bristol there are an estimated 4,500 people living with dementia, a condition associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills that is severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.  The South West Dementia Brain Bank (SWDBB), in University of Bristol, is housed within the Learning & Research building at Southmead Hospital.  It is a resource for the banking of brain tissue generously donated by people to support research into dementia and other neurological conditions and has the potential to contribute to our understanding of the underlying diseases or to be of value to those affected and their families. Almost all major advances in our understanding and pharmacological treatment of dementia have been based on research using human brain tissue.

Professor Seth Love (SWDBB Director) and Dr Laura Palmer (SWDBB Manager), pictured right, welcomed Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE to the SWDBB for a tour of the facilities and to share details of updates in dementia research. The causes of dementia are largely unknown and treatment options are limited. Comparison of brain tissue from people who had a disease that caused dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease) with that from people who did not have the disease, helps researchers to identify abnormalities that are specific to the disease and contribute to its development. Over the last 3 years, the SWDBB received 79 requests for tissue and provided 12,986 tissue samples.

The SWDBB is currently the co-ordinating centre for the Medical Research Council UK Brain Banks Network, and Professor Love is the Director of the Network. It is also the lead site in the piloting and implementation of modernisation of the Network through the introduction of a digitised sample tracking system that allows real-time assessment of the entire catalogue of tissue available for research from all 10 UK brain banks.  We have an urgent need for research if we are to make progress in the treatment of dementia, and comparison of brain tissue from people who had dementia with that from people who did not have dementia is a central part of that research effort  To find out more about supporting the SWDBB fundraising efforts please visit the JustGiving page:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/southwestdementiabrainbank

Vivaldi, Beethoven and Meyer

Vivaldi, Beethoven and Meyer

28 January 2018

Joshua Bell, Director and violinist of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, received an ovation from an appreciative audience at Colston Hall at the end of their concert.  As part of the Bristol International Classical Season for 2017/18, the concert attracted a full house for the orchestra's performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Symphony No 2 in D major and Meyer’s Overturn for Violin and Orchestra.  The concert was the last performance of an international tour by The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The orchestra is rated as one of the greatest chamber orchestras and Joshua Bell is considered one of the most celebrated violinists of his era.  Bell, playing a 1713 Stradivarius violin with a late 18th century French bow by Francois Tourte, totally enchanted the audience.  For more information on the Classical Season contact the Colston Hall by clicking:- www.colstonhall.org/whats-on/

World Leprosy Sunday Evensong

World Leprosy Sunday Evensong

28 January 2018

There are over 13 million people with leprosy in the world, including 214,000 new cases last year.  Leprosy is a disease of poverty affecting the skin, the peripheral nerves, upper respiratory tract and also the eyes.  Because people with leprosy cannot feel their limbs, they are prone to injury and disfiguration.  Over afternoon tea in the Chapter House at Bristol Cathedral, Regional Manager Jenny Foster, pictured here with National Director Peter Waddup, informed the audience about how leprosy affects its sufferers.  Peter set out the aim of The Leprosy Mission which is to offer healing and rehabilitation to leprosy-affected people, provide education and job training to those cured of leprosy and increase the supply of clean water to hospitals treating people with leprosy in Nepal and Niger.  He said, ‘This is a day where ultra-poor communities affected by leprosy across the globe lobby governments for their basic human rights'.  Evensong, led by the Dean of Bristol Cathedral, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, followed the tea.

Laying up the Standard

Laying up the Standard

14 January 2018

In a poignant service held at The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, the Standard of the Bristol Branch of the Royal Naval Association (RNA) was laid up.  The Bristol Branch, one of 34 RNA branches in the region, joined forces with the South Bristol Branch as numbers of veterans in the branch dwindled.  Standard bearers and members from the region, which stretches from Bournemouth to Cornwall and up to Bristol, attended the service alongside the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, the Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander and Sea Cadets from TS Adventurer.  The Lord-Lieutenant passed the Standard to the Lord Mayor for display and safekeeping in the Chapel.  After leaving the Chapel, seamen, their friends and families retired for a light lunch at the RAF Club in Henleaze. The RNA, whose motto is “Once Navy, Always Navy,"  provides a network of support, companionship and guidance for veterans and their families where members can reflect on their time in the Royal Navy and in civilian life in the company of fellow shipmates and their families.  The oldest serviceman attending the service at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel was 96 years old.  Veterans and their families are welcome to join the South Bristol Branch of the RNA.

Meet the Lord-Lieutenant Cadets

Meet the Lord-Lieutenant Cadets

12 January 2018

Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE is pleased to announce the three Lord-Lieutenant Cadets who will be supporting her for the next year.  Left to right they are Cadet Company Sergeant Jay Thomas, Cadet Flight Sergeant Samana Hassan and Cadet Flight Sergeant Harry Geeson.  They were chosen for the role as being outstanding in their level of endeavour, commitment and achievement among a competitive field of Cadets.  One or more of the Cadets will accompany the Lord-Lieutenant on significant occasions such as Remembrance Sunday, on Royal Visits and any other activities that may be of interest to them.  Being a Lord-Lieutenant Cadet provides great insight into the life of the community, its civic and community leaders as well as key events that highlight and confirm the uniqueness of the City of Bristol.

VACANCY  -  Avon & Somerset Advisory Committee

VACANCY - Avon & Somerset Advisory Committee

3 January 2018

There is a vacancy on the Avon & Somerset Advisory Committee that recruits and maintains the standards of magistrates in the area.  If you are objective, a good communicator and understand our diverse community, maybe this is the role for you.  Click on the PDF icon below for a job description.  Applications close at 4 pm on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

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Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Carol Service

20 December 2017

ABF The Soldiers' Charity held its 22nd annual Christmas Carol Service in the Clifton College Chapel, conducted by The Reverend Christopher Kinch, chaplain to the 14th Regiment Royal Artillery and The Reverend Nicholas Adley, chaplain to the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.  The Choir of Bristol Cathedral, directed by Mark Lee FRCO, was accompanied by organist David Bednall FRCO.  The beautiful Chapel provided the perfect setting for the service.  Lesson readers included the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding, the High Sheriff of Bristol Anthony Brown, the Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander, Major Maikali Nawaqaliva of the Royal Logistics Corps at the Ministry of Defence Abbey Wood, Zoë Spicer from the Bristol University Officer Training Corps and two of the Lord-Lieutenant cadets.  Donations were collected to further the work of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in supporting injured soldiers and ex-soldiers or assisting members of their family that may encounter hardships.  Last year the Bristol Committee raised £10,500 to assist soldiers and their dependents in the Bristol area.  Following the service a delicious curry supper was served and a raffle supported by Barclays Bank ensured that a nearly a dozen guests won prizes.

Bristol Children's Charity Christmas lunch

Bristol Children's Charity Christmas lunch

12 December 2017

Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE with Sue Davies DL, a trustee of the Bristol Children's Charity, at their main fundraising event of the year - Christmas lunch at the Marriott Royal.  The photo also shows the amazing array of over a hundred toys - presided over by the charity's Harrod's bear mascot - donated by guests.  Among the 200 plus supporters attending was a stellar list of VIPs including the High Sheriff and Mrs Anthony Brown, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress along with the patron Terry Waite OBE.  Bristol Children's Charity is run by a small group of volunteers with no paid officials, so every penny raised provides items to make life happier or more comfortable for local disadvantaged children.  Jemima, the mum of Cali aged 5,  spoke movingly at the lunch about how much it had meant to receive a range of sensory toys for Cali and how much she enjoys and benefits from them.  An auction and raffle of wonderful donated items, including a beautiful hand-carved rocking horse, helped achieve the target of £8,000 raised at the event.  Guests also brought hundreds of toys which will be delivered to children across the city to give them a happier Christmas Day.  As well as  appealing for sponsorship and donations the charity would really welcome more volunteers - with a few hours a month to spare - to join the committee (just 10 meetings a year held in central Bristol), or take minutes, or simply help with social media or help run an event.

Messe de Minuit pour Noël

Messe de Minuit pour Noël

11 December 2017

Bristol Cabot Choir performed Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël before a packed audience at the Bristol Cathedral.  The Choir, in celebration of its 40th anniversary this year, sang the Christmas mass which is a combination of instrumental music, carols, and noels and was accompanied by organist Andrew Kirk.  The work was written around 1690 after the composer returned from three years’ study in Rome.  In the second half of the concert, musical director Rebecca Holdeman led both the Choir and the audience in singing a selection of carols and Christmas songs.  A retiring collection was made in aid of Off The Record, a Bristol charity supporting the mental health of young people through the provision of free and confidential information.

Regional Youth Music Awards

Regional Youth Music Awards

10 December 2017

On Sunday 10th December the Regional Youth Music Awards (RYMA) took place at Brunel’s famous Passenger Shed in Bristol.  The awards ceremony is the high point of the year for the students of Bristol based Community Interest Company (CIC) Studio 7 Academy.  Founder Kizzy Morrell and her team of volunteers celebrated 10 years of working with, and supporting, the best of Bristol’s young musical talent at this glamorous black-tie VIP dinner.  The young performers come from across the region and were presented with their awards by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  The Lord Lieutenant was joined by well-known local radio and TV presenters Sherrie Eugene-Hart and her husband Patrick Hart of BCfm radio.  The audience of over 300 was represented by a whole host of community, civic, business families and international guests.  The Regional Youth Music Awards ceremony is a prime example of why Bristol is voted one of the UK’s most diverse City’s and recognised as a leader in Arts and culture.

The top awards went to Cory Campbell, Sylvia P Sanchez, Xyzelle Sanchez, Daniel Quick and Rhianna Richards

Sponsors Wordlife, ITV, Barclays Bank and BCfm Radio made the evening possible.

Romanian National Day celebrations in Bristol

Romanian National Day celebrations in Bristol

7 December 2017

Romanians from as far as Swansea and Plymouth joined Romanians living locally, in London and from their homeland, to celebrate the 99th National Day in Bristol.  Honorary Consul General Dr Razvan Constantinescu welcomed Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE, High Sheriff Anthony Brown, Lord Mayor Cllr Lesley Alexander together with a number of mayors and council leaders from the region.  The Lord-Lieutenant congratulated Dr Constantinescu on his recent elevation to that of Romanian Knight for services to the Romanian community and wished the Romanians a happy National Day.  She commiserated with those present on the death of King Michael of Romania, a great grandson of Queen Victoria, third degree cousin of HM The Queen and blood relative of Spanish, Greek and Danish royal families.  His Excellency Dr Dan Mihalache, in his third visit to Bristol since his appointment as Ambassador to the Court of St James one year ago, noted how friendly the people of Bristol are and how welcome they make him and those from his country feel.  There was an exhibition of Romanian icons and paintings, as well as performances on piano and by Romanian singers.  Guests were invited to sample a range of traditional Romanian savoury dishes and desserts and taste wines produced in the country.

Avon Federation of Women's Institutes Carol Service

Avon Federation of Women's Institutes Carol Service

4 December 2017

The beautiful St Mary Redcliffe Church provided the setting for the Avon Federation of Women’s Institutes Carol Service.  There was not a spare seat to be had as women from across the region came together to celebrate the birth of Christ with a selection of carols, festive songs and readings.  Pictured from left to right are Andy Carruthers (Verger), Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE, Jean Sims (Chairman Avon Federation of WIs), ‎Councillor Karen Walker (Vice Chair of Bath and North East Somerset), The Rev'd Dan Tyndall (Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe), and Councillor Ian Blair, (Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council).  The baubles on the Christmas tree were handmade by members across the Avon Federation.  Her Majesty is the patron of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.  Founded in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War, the WI is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.  It provides opportunities for women to gain new skills, take part in a range of activities and campaign on matters of importance to them and their communities.  Geographically, the Avon Federation covers Bristol, Bath and the countryside and coastlines of South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Punjabi Forum International celebrates Diwali

Punjabi Forum International celebrates Diwali

17 November 2017

Diwali is the biggest festival celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists all over the world and celebrates the victory of light over darkness, of knowledge over ignorance, of good over evil and of hope over despair.  Family celebrations emphasise peace and goodwill and sometimes small gifts are exchanged as candles are lit.  On 10 November Bristol, the Punjabi Forum International, well known for welcoming people from all backgrounds into their community, held a colourful Diwali celebration.  The Punjabi Forum celebration of Diwali reinforces the tradition of eating together in order to break down barriers and strengthen relationships. 

Certificates were presented in recognition of achievement.  The High Sheriff, Mr Anthony Brown, presented Mrs Jaspreet Marwah the Certificate for Endeavour; Metro Mayor Tim Bowles presented Mrs Bhola Wante Kaur the Certificate for Extra Courage;  Vice Lord-Lieutenant Tim Chambers presented Dr Pawan Rajpal Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Mr Jaswant Singh Azad was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the community by Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander.  Also in attendance were Mrs Meg Thomas and Dr Jo Chambers, Deputy Lieutenants.  The evening creates awareness across the Lieutenancy, uniformed services, City Council and others of the traditions and generosity of the Sikh community while also highlighting how Sikhs who have settled in the UK regard this country as their home and motherland.

Remembrance Day at Bishopsworth Royal British Legion Club

Remembrance Day at Bishopsworth Royal British Legion Club

12 November 2017

Deputy Lieutenant Revd Richard Pendlebury lays the first wreath on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen during the Remembrance Day Ceremony organised by the Bishopsworth Royal British Legion club.

This year approximately 200 people attended the ceremony and many came out of their homes to watch the parade as it moved through the local community.   Included was a group of older people from the Bishopsmead Lodge Care Home.  It was an excellent commemoration and gets better each year!

Armistice Day, Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road

Armistice Day, Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road

11 November 2017

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant attended the annual Royal Engineers Association, Bristol Branch, Service Of Remembrance held on Armistice Day at the Artillery Grounds, Whiteladies Road.  The turnout was impressive in numbers and dignity and it was a pleasure that we were joined by younger Reserve members of 100 Field Squadron (FS), The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia).  This is the oldest senior Reserve Regiment of the British Army, having seen service since 1539, and the only remaining militia unit in the British Army. Its reserve soldiers (men and women) come from all walks of life; science and engineering backgrounds are strong, of course, with a number of PhD members.  As well as in Bristol, 100 FS has detachments also in Cwmbran, Cardiff and Swansea. However, the day was primarily for the senior veterans whose spirit, commitment and turnout were both heartening and inimitable.

The photograph shows (L to R): Mr David Yeo, Branch Secretary; Mr Dennis Flamson, Branch Chairman; The Vice Lord-Lieutenant; Rev Cavan McElligott, Chaplain, who conducted the service.

5th Annual Bristol Poppy Day launch

5th Annual Bristol Poppy Day launch

2 November 2017

Two hundred members of the Armed Forces, Reservists, Cadets, veterans and a host of volunteers were out collecting in force on Thursday to launch the 5th Annual Bristol Poppy Day appeal.  Every donation and purchase of a poppy will help assist a service man or woman who is experiencing hardship or turmoil in their or their family’s lives.  

The Bristol Wives Military Choir started the Bristol Poppy Day launch with their singing performance at Cabot Circus.  Then followed 8 hours of ceremony, music and entertainment.  Similar activities took place at Bristol Temple Meads, the Mall at Cribbs Causeway and in the Centre where the performers of ‘War Horse’ the poignant play about the love of farm boy Albert with his beloved horse Joey during WWI.  Across the country major cities are also holding similar appeals to those in Bristol.

The Poppy Appeal is the biggest fundraising campaign for the Royal British Legion.  All across the City and country, people wearing a poppy do so in memory of fallen or injured service women and men.  This year we aim to increase the money raised to provide a range of services that improve the welfare of individuals whether for rehabilitation courses or careers advice.  Please give as generously as you can so that we can support the Armed Forces community for as long as they are needed.

Life Cycle achieves coveted Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Life Cycle achieves coveted Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

24 October 2017

Life Cycle UK achieved the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest award given to groups across the UK in recognition of the outstanding creative and innovative work done by their volunteers.  In presenting the award to Poppy Brett, Chief Executive of Life Cycle, the Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding cited that volunteers donated 1,400 hours per year on tandem bicycle rides for blind people in the Two’s Company project.   Poppy confirmed that their projects rely on volunteers and without their contributions, their project would not take place.  Jenny, a Two’s Company service user said, ’Not only has the cycling improved my well-being and health, it has also boosted my social life and ability to mix with sighted people.’  Trustees, service users and volunteers of Life Cycle attended a brief celebratory event which followed on from a bicycle ride.  The charity can now display the prestigious QAVS symbol on its letterhead and printed materials.

Sometimes being Lord-Lieutenant just makes you laugh....

Sometimes being Lord-Lieutenant just makes you laugh....

18 October 2017

Just received from a supporter is this photograph of the Lord-Lieutenant sharing a joke with the Lord Mayor's mace bearers at the 35th retraining conference in Bristol of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA).  See the full story below dated 26 September.

RWA holds 165th Annual Open Exhibition

RWA holds 165th Annual Open Exhibition

12 October 2017

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is holding its 165th Annual Open Exhibition, a selection of work from its own academicians and external artists.  Among the works on display are two watercolour paintings by HRH The Prince of Wales, an honorary Academician of the RWA.  On Friday, accountants Smith & Williamson hosted a preview of the exhibition which was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Mayor.  Alison Bevan, RWA Director, explained 'This dynamic and varied exhibition is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond.’   Over 600 oil, woodcut, watercolour or acrylic paintings and drawings, together with sculptures made of porcelain, bronze and ceramics, prints, illustrations, mixed media and photographs will be on display until 3 December.  Some of the artworks are for sale.

Shown here, from left, are Mike Lea, Senior Partner of Smith & Williamson, Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, John Erskine, Regional Head of Investment of Smith & Williamson, and Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander.

Lord-Lieutenants engage with SW Regional High Sheriffs

Lord-Lieutenants engage with SW Regional High Sheriffs

11 October 2017

Two Lord-Lieutenants addressed the SW Regional meeting of the High Sheriffs’ Association; they were the Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Mr Angus Campbell and Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding. HM The Queen appoints both the High Sheriff, who focuses on law and order in its widest sense, and the Lord-Lieutenant, who is the personal representative of the Queen, to their roles in each ceremonial county.  Peaches Golding highlighted the ways that High Sheriffs, whose term of office is one year, could assist Lord-Lieutenants on issues that divert young people from crime or criminal activities. She encouraged High Sheriffs to recognise the work of the many volunteers that provide activities, educational and physical pursuits for youth in our communities.  She also highlighted their responsibilities in identifying people from diverse backgrounds and cultures involved in their communities and businesses whose dedication and impact can be recognised in a number of ways.  She congratulated the High Sheriffs on the difference they make in the judicial, probation and prison systems.

Queens of Africa exhibition launch

Queens of Africa exhibition launch

8 October 2017

The launch of the Queens of Africa exhibition, one of Bristol's Black History Month events, took place in the theatre of the Arnolfini Art Gallery.  With concept design and organisation carried out by Christelle Pellecuer, the launch and static exhibition explores and celebrates the history of both real and legendary queens of Africa or of African origin.  Yoma Smith presented the launch event which was opened by the Lord-Lieutenant.  At the start of the evening, the stories of seven queens were presented by well-known black Bristolian leaders; a further eleven more models were photographed for the static exhibition.  A poem written by local poet Edson Burton was delivered by artist and actress Cleo Lake. Sisanda Myataza and Simwinji Zeko performed original music that blended South African and jazz musical traditions.  Closing remarks for the educational and inspirational exhibition launch were delivered by respected elder Barbara Dettering. The exhibition will be available for viewing during Black History Month at UWE Bristol, the Test Space at Spike Island and the Bristol Cathedral.

BRACE celebtates 30th anniversary

BRACE celebtates 30th anniversary

7 October 2017

BRACE, the charity that aims to defeat dementia, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert of exceptional quality, held at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton.  In attendance were the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, the High Sheriff Anthony Brown and Mrs Brown and the Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander.  Artistes included the virtuoso violinist Julia Hwang, who performed Vaughan Williams’ timeless classic ‘The Lark Ascending’ and a medley of songs from the musical ‘Porgy and Bess’.  Soprano Deborah Gjeloshaj, who studied at the prestigious Milan Conservatoire, sang four love songs from composers including classical pieces by Dvorak and Puccini and more modern songs such as ‘Until There Was You’ and ‘That’s Him’.  Bristol Old Vic Theatre School-trained Stephanie Cole OBE read two pieces, both of which had the audience spellbound.  Throughout the programme the Bristol Male Voice Choir sang a number of songs that stirred the emotions.  Money raised from the concert will  enable BRACE to fund more research into the causes and potential cures of all forms of dementia.

The Empire through photographs, Bristol Museum

The Empire through photographs, Bristol Museum

3 October 2017

27 photographic images and videos dating from the 1880s to the 1960s form an illuminating exhibition at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.  Each image was chosen by a photographer, historian, relative of those working in the Commonwealth or others living at that time as representing their memories of life in the Empire.  The Lord-Lieutenant attended the launch of the exhibition which will remain until 31 August 2018.  She noted that the text associated with each image told the story of why the image was selected and identified historical events or activities across the Empire that were happening during the same period of time.  The Museum has a large photographic archive, some images of which shed light on private and public aspects of life in the Commonwealth and beyond.

Lord-Lieutenant presents Queen's Award vase to Andrew Nisbet

Lord-Lieutenant presents Queen's Award vase to Andrew Nisbet

2 October 2017

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise vase to Andrew Nisbet, chairman and founder of Nisbets, the catering equipment supplier.   Nisbets was recognised for their Outstanding Growth in Export Sales, having grown by 205% in the six years since 2010.  The business trades in over 100 countries worldwide, has direct sales operations in nine territories and operates 35 retail outlets around the world.  The handover of the vase and a certificate from HM The Queen took place in the recently opened National Catering Equipment Centre in Avonmouth where the company stocks its best selling products, has training rooms, exhibition space and a fully operational cooking lecture theatre with top of the range professional catering equipment.  Nisbets can display the Queen’s Award emblem and fly the Queen’s Award flag from its premises for the next five years.  The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise businesses that are excellent at international trade, sustainable development or innovation.  They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

Crime doesn’t pay: Emergency Services Open Day

Crime doesn’t pay: Emergency Services Open Day

1 October 2017

This vehicle was seized from a convicted drug dealer who is currently serving a prison sentence. The message that crime doesn't pay was one of many featured during the Emergency Services Open Day at Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Portishead, Bristol, which was attended by the Lord-Lieutenants of Bristol and Gloucestershire.  ‘The sale of seized goods obtained through theft, fraud or other crimes is taking the cash out of crime,’ explains this senior member of police staff, Dr Kirstie Cogram, who heads up the Financial investigation Unit.. 'This vehicle will go on sale to the public later this week and the money raised will go back to the state.' The Emergency Services Open Day featured Avon & Somerset Police (and their many specialist functions including those mainstream officers trained and equipped to respond to events where there is fear of contamination from Chemical, Biological, Radioactive or Nuclear material, Scenes of Crime, Mounted Police and Dog Section), the Fire and Rescue Service, British Red Cross, and Coastguard and Cave Rescue, among others.  The aim of the Open Day was to entertain and inform a crowd of more than 7,000 members of the public of all ages about the work of the various Emergency Services.

2018 - the Year of the Commonwealth

2018 - the Year of the Commonwealth

29 September 2017

The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Patron of the Bristol Commonwealth Society, was keynote speaker at today’s Society lunch. The UK is a microcosm of the Commonwealth, with 50% of the population having an ancestral or other connection.  From January 2018 the royal family will be involved in a number of engagements celebrating the Commonwealth, including visits to many Commonwealth countries. Of importance will be Commonwealth Day (Monday, March 12), the two weeks of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia (Wednesday 4 - Sunday 15 April) and then the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will take place in London from Monday 16 April onwards.  Topics of discussion during the forums at the Meeting will include Women, Civil Society, Young People and Business. The Lord-Lieutenant challenged the Bristol Commonwealth Society to compile a diary of events taking place across the City in 2018 that align with the theme of the Commonwealth so that she can inform The Queen of activities taking place in Bristol.  She also spoke of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which funds young people who have ideas on how to improve their communities.  With due diligence, and support where needed, these young people run their own small-scale charitable initiatives or social enterprises which provide local solutions to local problems.  Although the level of funding is small, the idea of youth-led development is acknowledged by many agencies as an effective means of enabling young people to be equal partners in making the world a better place.

Grayson Perry tour ignites the Arnolfini galleries

Grayson Perry tour ignites the Arnolfini galleries

27 September 2017

Charismatic Grayson Perry enthralled invited guests at the preview of his new exhibition ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ which has opened at the Arnolfini Art Gallery until 24 December.  In a preview to his exhibition, Grayson spoke to the invited dignitaries and guests about the intention and motivation behind his latest exhibition.  The works - in ceramics, metal, print, tapestry and painting - explore issues ranging from BREXIT and religion to masculinity and class.  Here Grayson explains to the audience how he produced the vase shown.  Starting with a hand-built coil pot, he added glazes, texts, more glazes and finishes.  He explained how his art is developed from ideas, phrases and images used by the British public and how we have more common interests than diverging ones.  This is the first time this art exhibition has been shown outside London.  Director Claire Doherty also encouraged visitors to the Arnolfini to participate in its ‘Imagine New Rules’ consultation that will inform the next stage of development for the Gallery;  it runs concurrently with the Grayson Perry exhibition.

FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) meets in Bristol 25 & 26 September 2017

FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) meets in Bristol 25 & 26 September 2017

26 September 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA) held its 35th retraining conference in Bristol.  The Opening Ceremony involved the Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff and Lord Mayor of Bristol together with eight of the Lord Mayor's Mace bearers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.  Approximately 300 delegates from the FBI posted in the US and in US embassies around Europe were joined by chiefs of police forces from 42 European countries.  In the opening speech by Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, she informed the delegates that the role of Lord-Lieutenant was created by King Henry VIII in 1536 to form militias to deal with wide-ranging threats.  She noted the importance of bringing together delegates whose role is to face modern-day global threats and hazards.  She noted the significance of the formal and informal networks created and their role in increasing the effectiveness of cross-border working.  She congratulated delegates on their 35th annual conference and welcomed them to Bristol.  She hoped their conference would be successful.  Among keynote speakers were the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI Mr Paul Abbate, the Director General of the UK National Crime Agency Ms Lynne Owens and the Director General of Europol Mr Rob Wainwright.  A banquet was held in the nave of Bristol Cathedral on 26th September where choral performances by the Cathedral Choir entertained the delegates.  Among the dignitaries were the Police and Crime Commissioner Ms Sue Mountstevens, the Avon & Somerset Chief Constable Mr Andy Marsh and the Dean of the Bristol Cathedral Very Rev Dr David Hoyle.  The event was organised by the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Mr Gareth Morgan (formerly Assistant Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary).

The Rt Rev Bishop Mike Hill retires

The Rt Rev Bishop Mike Hill retires

23 September 2017

The Right Reverend Bishop Mike Hill delivered his last address as Bishop of the Diocese of Bristol before a packed congregation at the Bristol Cathedral on Saturday.  The service was attended by his wife Anthea, their family, clergy from all corners of the Diocese as well as three current Lord-Lieutenants and three retired Lord-Lieutenants.  Bishop Mike and Anthea came to Bristol in 2003 from the Diocese of Oxford.  He became a ember of the House of Lords in 2009.  The service demonstrated his passion for preaching the word of God in an accessible and engaging way.  The Cathedral Choir, the Renewal Gospel Choir and a guitarist in turn led hymns sung in full voice by the congregation. The couple will retire to Clevedon.  The search for the successor to Bishop Mike will be carried out by the Vacancy in See Committee and will begin shortly.

'Changing Tunes' charity celebrates 30th anniversary at HMP Bristol

'Changing Tunes' charity celebrates 30th anniversary at HMP Bristol

14 September 2017

For 30 years, the musical charity Changing Tunes has enabled prisoners to tap into their creativity and emotions in 16 prisons across the UK. Today at HMP Bristol, the charity brought together ex-prisoners and Changing Tunes musicians to celebrate not only this milestone anniversary, but also the charities’ partnership with the prison.  Changing Tunes’ CEO Lizzie Bond, HMP Bristol Governor Steve Cross and the charities’ Founder, Richard Pendlebury were joined by the Lord-Lieutenant and a number of VIPs from around the city and county. HMP Bristol’s Changing Tunes five-piece prisoner group, led by Rob Davies, Musician in Residence, performed a number of well-known songs to which the audience tapped their feet and joined in the singing.  The atmosphere was in marked contract to normal prison life.  Musician and songwriter Arty, an ex-prisoner whom the charity met inside 10 years ago, spoke eloquently about his life and how through music he was able to express his emotions.  He performed his own songs containing heartfelt lyrics and striking melodies. 

The charity Changing Tunes, working in prisons and their communities post-release, has gone from strength to strength, helping people live a life after prison that is free from crime and full of meaning and purpose.  Changing Tunes will be continuing the celebrations with a 30th Anniversary Concert on October 21st at Redland Parish Church, Bristol (tickets on sale via their website) and will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary album entitled ‘Thirty’. This will be a special compilation featuring ex-prisoners in partnership with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, and will be available to buy at the concert. All proceeds will go directly to the charity to help them continue their work.

 Tickets are available to buy on the Changing Tunes website at www.changingtunes.org.uk

 

Brigadier to command Naval Regional HQ

Brigadier to command Naval Regional HQ

12 September 2017

For the first time since World War II, the Wales and Western England Naval Region will be commanded by a Brigadier.  Brigadier Graeme ‘Jock’ Fraser MBE Royal Marines brings a wealth of experience to the region ranging from his peace-keeping, disaster-relief, military and diplomatic roles in Arctic environments as well as in the Caribbean, West Africa, Middle East and the USA.  Effectively the Naval Attaché for the region, his responsibilities include the coordination of Naval Service support to the civil authorities in time of crises; liaising with the civic community; coordinating arrangements for Royal Navy and foreign warships visiting commercial ports; representing the Royal Navy at ceremonies and public events and supporting numerous Regular Navy, Royal Marines and Maritime Reserve units in the region. The Brigadier was awarded the MBE in December 2015 for his role over two years with the Joint Forces Headquarters, the UK’s extremely high readiness headquarters, engaged in military responses to a range of crises around the globe.

The Lord-Lieutenant welcomed the Brigadier to the City on the third day of his command at Naval Regional Headquarters at HMS FLYING FOX.

Castle Park Tree Trail leaflet launch

Castle Park Tree Trail leaflet launch

11 September 2017

Richard Bland (speaking right), a noted tree expert, spoke during a reception to mark the launch of the Castle Park Tree Trail.  He addressed a reception, held at the Bristol Harbour Hotel, prior to setting off on the walk.  Among those attending were the Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding, High Sheriff Anthony Brown, Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander, Savita Willmott (Bristol Natural History Consortium), Ben Newby (Bristol Water), Simon Birch (Bristol Civic Society), to name but a few.  The Lord-Lieutenant also spoke during the reception, highlighting three points.  Firstly, she emphasised the importance of the history of Castle Park and its memorials to those who fought in the Civil War and World Wars I and II.  Secondly, she highlighted the importance of continuing the ten year momentum of the green capital movement.  Lastly, she praised the dedication of the partnership led by Ann Freeman, who spearheaded the Castle Park Tree Trail initiative. Other partners included the Bristol City Parks Department, artist and architect Roger Mortimer, and Bristol Civic Society who jointly produced the leaflet.  Richard then led an hour-long walk around Bristol’s historic Castle Park, pointing out the trees planted there during the past 40 years as well as historical facts associated with the Park.  The Tree Trail leaflet can be downloaded at www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/castle-park

Naming of new Aircraft Carrier

Naming of new Aircraft Carrier

6 September 2017

The City of Bristol is affiliated with the new aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, currently in construction at Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. Over 170 military, civic, and political leaders from the UK, the USA and France attended a Dinner at the Institute of Directors in London, hosted by Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.  Pictured are Sarah Pullen (Trinity Mirror regional managing editor for Bristol, Gloucestershire, Bath, Somerset and Dorset) and James Durie (Director at Bristol Chamber and Initiative at Business West) who joined the Lord-Lieutenant and Captain Ian Groom, the first captain of HMS PRINCE OF WALES.

The keynote speaker was Secretary of State Sir Michael Fallon.  He emphasised the importance of the new aircraft carrier to Britain over the next 50 years. It will be used for diplomatic, disaster relief, hosting trade exhibitions as well as for defence reasons. HMS PRINCE OF WALES, together with her sister ship HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, are the largest warships ever built in Britain. Her construction created and sustained 8,000 jobs at six British shipyards.  The 65,000 tonne vessel has four acres of flight deck and stands as tall as The Shard building in London.

The dinner was attended by dignitaries and business leaders from Bristol, Liverpool and London as these locations are affiliated with the ship.

On 8th September, the Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Mayor of Bristol attended the actual naming ceremony in Rosyth in the presence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, the titles for TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they are in Scotland.  Both the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Mayor, the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber of Commerce were among visitors to Rosyth earlier in the year.  The City, its businesses and residents are exploring how best to establish and maintain links with HMS PRINCE OF WALES during her 50 year lifespan.  A FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE NAMING CEREMONY, WITH PHOTOGRAPHS, CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE MENU HEADING  "BRISTOL AND THE ROYAL FAMILY"  AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE. 

Bristol welcomes 30 new British Citizens

Bristol welcomes 30 new British Citizens

31 August 2017

Bristol is a welcoming and diverse city.  Once a fortnight there is a citizenship ceremony, an event involving around 30 people that highlights British values of tolerance, freedom of speech, diversity and respect for others.  The ceremony is the culmination of an application process taking up to three or more months.  Applicants must be of good character and have a knowledge of life in Britain.  In most cases they have lived here for more than five years.

Bristol welcomes 30 new British Citizens

Bristol welcomes 30 new British Citizens

31 August 2017

Bristol's newest citizens are welcomed to the city in a ceremony where they pledge an oath of allegiance and receive a silver medal from the City to mark the culmination of a three month process to become a British citizen. The Lord-Lieutenant was particularly pleased for her friend, a chaplain, who herself was naturalised in today’s ceremony.  Thirty individuals from four continents and 18 different countries took part in this latest ceremony and demonstrated considerable pride in what they had achieved, as seen in their broad smiles and the many photographs taken by the their sponsors and families. 

Bristol Commemorates Acting Lance Corporal Frederick George Room

Bristol Commemorates Acting Lance Corporal Frederick George Room

16 August 2017

The Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Mayor and Colonel Mike Duff revealed a paving stone to commemorate the heroism of Acting Lance Corporal Frederick George Room, recipient of the Victoria Cross. Room was born in Horfield, Bristol. He was recognised for his tremendous acts of courage as a stretcher bearer during a battle at Frezenberg, Belgium, that took place exactly 100 years ago. In November 1917, Room was one of 126 service men presented to King George V at an investiture ceremony on Durdham Downs. After a long illness, Frederick Room died in hospital in Bristol on 19th January 1932, aged 36. He is buried at Greenbank Cemetery and his Victoria Cross is on display at the National Army Museum, Chelsea.

39th Annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

39th Annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

11 August 2017

It is possible to run out of superlatives when describing the early morning take-off at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta! 103 balloons wafted upwards over Ashton Court Estate and across the City. Balloons were of all shapes and sizes, some with a small crew and a few passengers, others with large baskets full of people. Rumour has it that, on landing, some of these larger parties cracked open several bottles of champagne in noisy celebration of an exhilarating drift through the skies over Bristol.

Following the launch, solicitors Thrings and Business West held a thought provoking Business Breakfast consisting of a panel discussion challenging the power of the brand attended by 150 business people from across the region. Panelists Rob Law (Trunki), Nick Davies (Neighbourly.com) and Peter Haigh (Bristol Energy) spoken candidly of their experiences of how brands seduce and hold on to customers and whether being ethnical really sways consumer behaviour.

Lord-Lieutenant’s final day of radiotherapy treatment

Lord-Lieutenant’s final day of radiotherapy treatment

4 August 2017

Lord-Lieutentant Peaches Golding today successfully completed a course of treatment of radiotherapy for a primary breast cancer.  She presented each of the radiographers involved in her treatment with hibiscus flowers from a collection managed and grown by her husband, Bob. The team received a flower every day throughout her treatment.

Peaches was diagnosed with breast cancer within days of being appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant. She had surgery as well as three weeks of radiotherapy delivered five days a week in order to cure the illness. Although she is recovering well, her stamina is reduced due to the fatigue she is experiencing as a normal part of the treatment process. The treatment received by Peaches at the Oncology Centre at United Hospitals Bristol has been of the highest quality, delivered with care and compassion.

While she is feeling so fatigued, Peaches is limiting her duties as Lord-Lieutenant to some small extent. However, she is confident that she will soon return to her normal self.

Chinese Cookery Class led by professional Chef

Chinese Cookery Class led by professional Chef

31 July 2017

Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding and her husband Bob were invited to take part in the last of the international food classes organised by the Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG). The theme was "Green food". More than 60 people took part in the event.  Among the guests were Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Mrs Lesley Alexander, Councillor Helen Holland, Adam Rees, Director of Bristol Ageing Better and Carly Urbanski, Programme Manage of, Bristol Ageing Better. Both the Lord-Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor presented certificates to the volunteer chefs that led 24 previous cookery sessions held earlier in the year.  The aim of the cooking classes was to encourage Chinese residents in Bristol to learn how to cook tasty foods from countries around the world.  The classes attracted professional and voluntary chefs as well as people living across the City.  Rosa Hui DL is the Managing Director of BACWG.

Patron visits the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Patron visits the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

26 July 2017

Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding visited the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) of which she is Patron. GWAAC provides life saving emergency care to prople who cannot be reached by road or are in such a critical state that they require specialist skills at the scene of an accident. 40% of GWAAC services are provided to people in Bristol. Anyone can support their operation!  http://www.greatwesternairambulance.com/.

 

 

Tenth Anniversary of Penny Brohn UK

Tenth Anniversary of Penny Brohn UK

18 July 2017

For ten years, Penny Brohn UK has helped people live well with the impact of cancer by offering emotional, nutritional, psychological and physical support. In celebration, the well respected charity held a tea party where supporters, patients, therapists and volunteers could reflect on the ground-breaking treatments pioneered by the National Centre. Two prizes were raffled on the day. HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of Penny Brohn UK https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/

It is not entirely clear what was going on when this photo was taken, but apparently Peaches came across some long forgotten little treasures in his top pocket that filled them both with instant and identical delight.

Or maybe it was something to do with the raffle....

Bristol SU Awards 2017 celebrating student achievements with Prof Hugh Brady & Prof George Banting

Bristol SU Awards 2017 celebrating student achievements with Prof Hugh Brady & Prof George Banting

10 July 2017

SU 2017 celebrated a vast array of achievements by students at the University of Bristol. Professor George Banting and Vice Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady joined the Lord-Lieutenant, dignitaries, academics and students for an evening of entertainment, awards and presentations. The Students’ Union holds The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Honors Carolina - UNC Class of 2021 visit Bristol

Honors Carolina - UNC Class of 2021 visit Bristol

7 July 2017

The latest group of students enrolled on the University of North Carolina (UNC) Honors Carolina course spent a lovely day in Bristol during which they engaged in a discussion with former Carolina alumna Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE.  Meeting Peaches, a graduate from the UNC Chapel Hill, USA, in 1976, was part of a packed, week-long programme of activities for the students, who are recent high school graduates about to start their four years of study at UNC. Students participating on the Honors Carolina programme met a number of Carolina alumni involved in plant genomics at Kew, diplomacy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, global finance at Barclays; they also attended a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Peaches was instrumental in encouraging the Honors Carolina programme to visit Bristol. The group was based at Winston House in Bedford Square, the London home of UNC Honors Carolina.  During their day-trip from the capital city they enjoyed a cruise along the Bristol docks and ate lunch overlooking the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. One of the aims of the Honors Carolina programme is to broaden the career ambitions and horizons of the participants. Thus, in a discussion led by Honors Carolina Dean Prof Jim Leloudis, the group held an informal, illustrated conversation on how Peaches’ career had developed and progressed from those heady days in Chapel Hill to her present role as Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, UK.

Chineke! Orchestra performs at St George’s Brandon Hill concert

Chineke! Orchestra performs at St George’s Brandon Hill concert

23 April 2017

The Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first orchestra of exceptionally talented black and minority ethnic musicians, staged a concert at St George’s Brandon Hill.  Bristol was chosen as the orchestra’s first concert outside London since its launch in 2015. The orchestra champions change and celebrates diversity in classical music. It comes together several times a year to perform together. Among the musicians taking part was the BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Founder of Chineke! Orchestra, and double bassist, Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE is already known to Bristol audiences as a leading member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  St George’s has championed BME artists and those with disabilities from across music genres including classical, jazz, and world, and is seeking funding to deliver an education and outreach programme alongside Chineke! Orchestra. St George’s has championed BME artists and those with disabilities from across music genres including classical, jazz, and world, and is seeking funding to deliver an education and outreach programme alongside Chineke! Orchestra. Chief Executive of St George’s Bristol, Suzanne Rolt, commented: “We could not be more excited to be marking St George’s Day with the Bristol launch of an extraordinary new orchestra Chineke! – Europe’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra.”