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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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Outstanding GSCE results for Merchants’ Academy

Students at the Merchants’ Academy, the pioneering south Bristol school co-sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and University of Bristol, achieved exceptional GCSE results in summer 2013, making it one of the most improved schools in the country. Fifty-one per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, including English and Maths, in their GCSEs and equivalent qualifications. This places the Academy in 31st place (and…
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Merchant Venturers support range of local good causes

Good causes across the West of England have received financial support from the Society of Merchant Venturers. Recent grants have been made to a range of good causes, including a £5,000 award for the Bristol Cultural Development towards the cost of producing a book on the impact of the Great War. The Bristol Cultural Development Partnership is planning a year of events to commemorate the outbreak of WW1. The Society…
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Anthony Brown becomes Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers

On their historic Charter Day (11 November) the Merchant Venturers announced that Anthony Brown is their new Master. Anthony Brown said: “We have seen a transformation in the scale and ambition of the Society’s work, particularly in the fields of education and care for older people.” Soon after becoming a Merchant Venturer, Anthony joined the Board of Colston’s Girls’ School (CGS), becoming Chair of the school’s Finance Committee. He played…
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