header_image_f
 

The Master’s Voice

A personal perspective on our activities and developments within Greater Bristol from the Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers.

The Master’s Voice – August 2014

The summer has been a period of frantic activity and August is a good time to take stock of all that has taken place during a period blessed with the most marvellous weather. The Merchant Venturers obtained their first Royal Charter under Edward VI in 1552 and although the organisation was active well before that date we very much enjoy our association with the London Livery Companies whose charters are…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – June 2014

Recent weeks have been the most busy of my year so far. The first triangular schools` sports tournament was held in the magnificent 30 acres of grounds of Colston`s School at Stapleton. Happily, at the dinner in the evening at Merchants` Hall, attended by 80 exuberant 15 year olds, I was delighted to present a cup each to Merchants` Academy for football, Colston`s Girls` School for netball, and Colston`s School…
Read More

THE MASTER’S VOICE – MAY 2014

PROGRESS SINCE THE MILLENNIUM We value our strong relationship with the London Livery companies, who include the Merchant Venturers in their fellowship with great warmth. Last week we were delighted and privileged to welcome the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf to Merchants’ Hall. We share with the City of London livery companies a long tradition of commitment and philanthropy. We believe that our role in…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – March 2014

The miserable start to the year in terms of the weather that we have all had to endure has been robustly offset by the inspiring achievements of the schools that the Society supports – their achievements have gone a long way to raise my spirits. Education is incredibly important to the Merchant Venturers. We believe that it is vital that we give our young people the very best possible start…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – December 2013

LOOKING BACK ON 2013 Christmas is a very special time in the Merchant Venturers’ calendar. I am enjoying attending carol concerts and seasonal celebrations with pupils and staff at the schools and residential homes for older people that we support in Bristol. This is a time to reflect on what has been achieved over the past year and to look forward to the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead.…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – November 2013

Charter Day is the great day of celebration of the history of the Society of Merchant Venturers and it is also the day on which the offices of the Society change. Three new members join the Standing Committee, the executive Board, in place of retirees, and a Junior Warden is elected who is expected in successive years to become Senior Warden and then Master. The magnificent service at Bristol Cathedral,…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – August 2013

Merchant Venturers are involved in so many different aspects of life in Bristol, helping to make a difference. In 1997, our Junior Warden, Chris Curling, was instrumental in establishing the Underfall Yard Trust to take over and restore derelict parts of this boatyard in Bristol’s historic harbour. It raised over £1m to restore the buildings and slipway and now runs a thriving boat yard. In August, the Society will announce…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – June 2013

Education has been close to the hearts of Merchant Venturers for at least 400 years — archival records show that they were running a school for the children of mariners as early as 1595. In the 21st century, nothing is more important to the Society than seeing Bristol’s education system become one associated with high levels of achievement. This is reflected in our increasing involvement with local schools – and…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – April 2013

It is now almost five months since Charter Day and my becoming Master of the Merchant Venturers. It is a fascinating journey that is strengthening my understanding of the Society and my pride in all that it contributes to the community. I believe that we need to work even harder in building understanding of the work that we do and the nature of our organisation amongst the community in our…
Read More

The Master’s Voice – February 2013

I’d like to begin by wishing all visitors to The Master’s Voice a Happy New Year. I’m hopeful that 2013 will bring new direction and progress for Bristol. The economic downturn has resulted in significant unemployment and there are areas of Bristol in which third generation unemployment is still accepted as an inevitable way of life. There is a real need for positive action, to create jobs and boost the…
Read More