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 five Interest Groups (IGs): Armed Forces, Arts & Heritage, Business, Community Support and Sports. 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 three: HRH The Prince of Wales, The Right Reverend Bishop of Gloucester and The Venerable Ron Hesketh, who also acts as the Company Almoner. The Company's Patron is HRH The Princess Royal. For further information on membership please contact the Clerk.