The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust was incorporated under a Declaration of Trust dated 21 March 2012 which is available to view here; it's registered with the Charity Commission under reference number 1147656. A supplemental deed, available here, was issued on 8 September 2015. The trustees, who meet a maximum of 4 times each year, are Mark Heywood (Chair of Trustees), Ceri Evans, Tom Frost, Chris Gaskell, Graham Howell, Mark Hurrell, John Keighley and Andrew Tabor. The Warden and Assistant Warden are ex officio trustees and Marcus Steel acts as Honorary Treasurer.
Since 2012 the Trust has committed over £217,006 to deserving Gloucestershire causes; a full list of the grants is here.
St Cecilia Singers
The St Cecilia Singers were thrilled to welcome Ceri Evans from the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire to their recent concert at Toddington. He presented a cheque for £1000 to Hilary Evans, the choir's chairman, which is a grant towards the choir's 70th Anniversary concert in Gloucester Cathedral on 28th March next year. The concert features a newly commissioned work by Neil Cox, "Requiem Canticles" and will involve two soloists, an orchestra of students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, a pianist and organist, as well as the twenty-five strong choir.
We are extremely grateful to the Honourable Company for their generosity and support, and look forward to welcoming some of them to the concert.
Many thanks for all your help,
Secretary. The Saint Cecilia Singers, Gloucester.
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
The Charitable Trust made a grant of £1000 towards the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in support of their schools day on 13 July 2018. Pictured with some of the re-enactors of the Battle of Tewkesbury are John Keighley (left, trustee) while the Warden presented the cheque to Geraldine Liddy, Treasurer of the TMF.
Holst Birthplace Museum
Sir Henry Elwes presented a cheque to Laura Kinnear, Curator of Cheltenham's Holst Birthplace Museum on Tuesday 6 March 2018.
Support for Hanham Youth Club
At their September 2017 meeting the Honourable Company's Charitable Trust voted £2,000 to Hanham Youth Club, the busiest in South Gloucestershire and Bristol, with more than 500 young people attending every week. It’s run by Creative Youth Network, a charity that works to build relationships with young people from all backgrounds across the South West, helping them reach their potential and live fulfilling lives. The Club staff are there to provide advice and offer a helping hand. The young people themselves organise their own events and learn new skills; they cook meals together, play games, go on trips and get volunteering opportunities. In the past three years the Club has been working to reduce the risk of anti-social behaviour in the area, focussing on equipping young people with communication and conflict resolution skills.
Arran Bees, the lead positive engagement worker at Hanham Youth Club, said: ‘We’re really grateful for The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire’s support, enabling us to run our Thursday sessions where we regularly have over 80 young people coming in and spending their time in a safe environment, talking to experienced youth workers about the issues affecting their lives.'
Brain Tumour Support
The Trust's most recent donation to the Brain Tumour Support organisation's work in Gloucestershire elicited the letter of thanks here.
Cobalt Medical Imaging Centre
There's a report here of the presentation by Tom Frost of a cheque for £2,000 to the Cobalt Medical Imaging Centre in Cheltenham.
IT Schools Africa
For an example of the good that even a small grant can do see here, a report following Graham Howell's presentation of a cheque for £1,000 to the IT Schools Africa community programme in January 2017.