The Master’s Voice – November 201312th Nov 2013 — Posted by: Brandon Hill
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, attended by pupils from all the Merchant schools, saw the procession of Merchant members arrive early to be in place for the silence to be observed at 11am, Charter Day this year very unusually coinciding with Remembrance Day. A moment therefore to remember those who have fallen in the service of their country.
Colston`s School with its Combined Cadet Force, and Merchants` Academy with its recently formed Army Cadet Force, are testimony to the value the Society places on the armed forces, the work they do, the experience they give and the career choices they provide. The Treasurer of the Society, Richard Morris, whose skills and knowledge each Master in turn looks to in their year of office, attained the senior rank of brigadier before joining the Merchant Venturers.
At the start of what I am sure will be a fascinating year I find it particularly important to remember the service of those who have gone before us, and to determine to build on their achievements. I am very confident that the coming year will see significant advances by the Merchant Venturers in the fields of education, care for the elderly and supporting enterprise. I look forward to it.