The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire was registered in December 2007 as a company limited by guarantee. Its formation was prompted by the vision of a previous Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Sir Henry Elwes KCVO, who felt that a new partnership should be established to uphold the county’s traditions and history, to celebrate its achievements, and to encourage the potential of its diverse communities.
The Company operates in a manner similar to that of livery companies with a Court (or board) nominally of 12 members; however, additional members may be co-opted at the Court’s discretion and are offered for confirmation at the next annual general meeting. The Court is chaired by the Warden, who can serve for a period of one or two years, supported by the Assistant Warden and Junior Warden; the Court is serviced by the Company Secretary or Clerk. A full list of Court members, together with brief biographies, is available here.
Membership is widely-based, embracing both rural and urban interests, the arts, science, education and skills, the Armed Forces, sport and business. All members are encouraged to take a full part in the activities and opportunities afforded by the Company in supporting its objectives, and in the related work of its four Interest Groups (IGs): Armed Forces, Arts & Heritage, Business and Community Support. Each IG is chaired by a member of Court and there’s more about their work here.
Membership is by invitation and limited to 160 plus up to 5 honorary members, of which there are currently two: HRH The Prince of Wales and The Right Reverend Bishop of Gloucester. The Company's Patron is HRH The Princess Royal. For further information on membership please contact the Clerk.