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PLANNERS BACK NEW DEMENTIA UNIT IN WESTBURY ON TRYM

Plans by the Merchant Venturers to build an eight-bed dementia unit at Katherine House in Westbury-on-Trym have been endorsed by Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee.   Work will begin immediately to construct the £1.4m building adjacent to the existing residential home and will be completed by the Winter.   The new unit will be a single storey building designed to match the contemporary style of Katherine House. It will…
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SHEEP RETURN TO DOWNS AS COMMONERS EXERCISE HISTORIC RIGHT

More than 150 local school children will join with owners of some former farms adjoining the Durdham Down to exercise their historic right as ‘Commoners’ to release livestock to graze on one of Bristol’s most popular leisure areas. On 15 June local school children will watch the release of sheep onto the 122 acres of Durdham Down in order to preserve local grazing rights. They will be joined by representatives…
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UGLY BRISTOL CAR PARK TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A COMMUNITY GARDEN

Bristol charity, Windmill Hill City Farm has been awarded a grant of £5,000 by the Society of Merchant Venturers to help fund the transformation of a car park into an inspiring new community garden. Formed in 1976 by a volunteer group of local residents, Windmill Hill City Farm is a wonderful attraction for local families that also offers educational, recreational and therapeutic facilities and activities for people with health and…
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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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