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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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Merchant Venturers restore their oldest portrait

The oldest portrait in the Society of Merchant Venturers’ collection has been restored, revealing a fine period portrait that well represents a crucial moment in Bristol’s history. Francis Greenacre, a Merchant Venturer and former museum curator said: “The painting is dated 1617 and it depicts Alderman Thomas James who was master of the Society in both 1607 and 1615. “He had first been twice mayor of Bristol. For the next…
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Underfall Yard Fundraising Campaign Launched With £20,000 Grant By Merchant Venturers

The campaign to raise the outstanding £500,000 needed for a £4m project to safeguard the Underfall Yard within Bristol Harbour has received an early boost with the announcement of a major donation by the Society of Merchant Venturers. The project aims to conserve this remarkable site, which comprises a complete set of Victorian buildings and historic machinery that is still operation. It will sustain the gritty, vibrant working environment of…
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Merchant Venturers Commit £21,000 To Supporting Young People In South Bristol

Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers is supporting two further important initiatives to nurture confidence and motivation for young people in South Bristol. The Society has provided a grant of £15,000 to South Bristol Youth. This innovative partnership brings together schools and youth organisations in the area, complementing academic education to further increase attainment and achievement. An additional £6,000 is being committed to support the Hartcliffe Club for Young People, helping…
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