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MERCHANT VENTURERS ANNOUNCE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD EXECUTIVE

RETIRING TREASURER PRAISED FOR ‘DECADE OF TRANSFORMATION’ Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers has announced that Caroline Duckworth will become the organisation’s Treasurer in November 2015. The Treasurer is the most senior executive position within the organisation – equivalent to the role of Chief Executive in a commercial operation. Caroline has built a strong profile in the region in her current role as Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation, one of…
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MERCHANT VENTURERS DONATE £58,000 TO LOCAL GOOD CAUSES

LOCAL CHARITIES INVITED TO APPLY FOR GRANTS Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers has committed £58,000 to local charities across the West of England and invited further good causes to apply to its Charity Committee for grants. A further £10,000 has been pledged to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school development project, which has been experiencing difficulties and delay following the uncovering of abandoned cellars at the site. This latest contribution…
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HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS PROPOSE JOINT SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

BUSINESSES BACK PLAN THAT ‘BETTER PREPARES STUDENTS FOR WORLD OF WORK’ Two leading Bristol schools have launched an innovative proposal for a joint sixth-form college that will transform the preparation of students for university and the world of work. Announced today, Monday 02 March, the plan has been created by Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) and Colston’s Girl’s School, two of Bristol’s most over-subscribed and academically successful schools. The proposed…
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HISTORIC CUPS MARK POIGNANT MOMENT GREAT WAR ENDED

This week millions of people in schools, businesses and organisations across the UK will pause for a minute and remember the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. For one historic local organisation Armistice Day holds a particular poignancy. Coincidence linked Armistice Day in 1918 with the Merchant Venturers’ Charter Day and the Society has connected the two ever since with a silent toast featuring two historic…
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TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

The Society of Merchant Venturers, one of Bristol’s most influential philanthropic organisations, is looking forward to the 150th anniversary celebrations of the completion of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.   The Merchant Venturers played a key role in ensuring the world-famous landmark was finally completed more than a century after the idea was first aired.   And the organisation, which is made up of some of Bristol’s leading businessmen and women,…
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ADDING PUNCH TO BOXING CLUB’S YOUTH PROGRAMME

An elite boxing club has been awarded a grant of £4,000 by Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers to support its one-to-one mentoring and coached boxing sessions for young people. The Empire Fighting Chance charity has won national recognition for its boxing and mentoring programmes, which re-engage pupils at risk of exclusion and improve their academic achievement, behaviour and social development. The charity works with over 200 seven to 19-year-olds every…
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Merchant Venturers Invite Bristol Charities to Apply for Grants

£35,000 Announced in New Awards for Local Good Causes Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers is inviting local charities and good causes to apply to its Charity Committee for grants. This call coincides with the Merchants’ quarterly announcement of awards to good causes, totalling £35,000 in new grants. Anthony Brown, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers said: “We are interested in receiving grant applications from a broad range of local…
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Merchant Venturer Michael Bothamley Declared Bristol High Sheriff

Michael Bothamley was declared Bristol’s new High Sheriff by Mr Justice Blake at a ceremony held at Bristol Crown Court. Mr Bothamley’s swearing in ceremony was attended by civic dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Faruk Choudhury. Before his swearing in, Mr Bothamley said: “For me a vital focus of the High Sheriff’s role is…
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Merchants Throw Open Doors of Bristol’s ‘Most Glamorous’ Meeting Venue

The Merchant Venturers’ decision to open Merchants’ Hall for corporate and civic functions launches one of Bristol’s most glamorous meeting venues, with its unique atmosphere and elegant and versatile rooms. A beautifully proportioned mansion overlooking Clifton Down, Merchants’ Hall is being offered as a complete package with all rooms included. Alternatively individual rooms can be hired for smaller corporate events and meetings. Emma Jennings, Deputy Events Manager, said: “Merchants’ Hall…
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Merchant Venturers pledge £10,000 to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

A bold plan to transform rehearsal facilities and access at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has reached a landmark total of £1 million, following a £10,000 pledge by Bristol’s Merchant Venturers. One of the UK’s three leading Conservatoire drama schools, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has an international reputation for training some of the world’s brightest stars for stage, film and television. Alumni include some of the nation’s…
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