The Honourable Company makes regular charitable awards and grants as part of our support for our heritage, the arts, sport, community service, business and the armed forces across the county. These awards and grants are funded through the generosity of our members, who also give freely of their time to support our wider objectives, not least meeting the needs of young people across the county. Since its formation in December 2007, the Honourable Company has made grants and awards of over £112,000.
Support for arts and heritage in the county has included such projects as the Cathedral’s music outreach programme, Public Catalogue Foundation – Gloucestershire & Wiltshire edition, the new Cheltenham Art Gallery, The Wilson (where the donation was largely funded through the dedication of one of our members through the Treasures of Gloucestershire Exhibition) and the Three Choirs Festival. Grants have also been made towards the development of craft skills through craft awards, Cathedral stonemason apprenticeships and the Quenington Sculpture Trust.
The Honourable Company has also organised the highly successful Schools’ Christmas Science Lecture series, which is aimed at stimulating young children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The lectures are open to all schools across the county and are funded by sponsorship secured through the efforts of a past Warden so that there is no charge to those attending. This has proved to be both stimulating and popular. In addition, the Honourable Company has supported grants towards increasing the availability of apprenticeships in the county, the start-up of the now very successful Cheltenham Design Festival and awards to outstanding young athletes through the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association.
The county has its share of disadvantaged families too so the Company and its members have given both time and money to various schemes targeted at helping deprived sections of the community such as the Gloucestershire Bike Project, the Aston Project, Cirencester Housing for Young People and the Pied Piper Trust.
From the outset the Honourable Company has recognised the outstanding service to the community of the armed forces, reservists and cadets and has made annual awards to both individual cadets and to units who have made exceptional contributions to their local communities. Further details of the most recent awards are below.
The 2017 winners of the Honourable Company's annual cadet awards were as follows:
The citations for the three cadet units are available here.
Pictured above at the Lord-Lieutenant's Awards Ceremony at Imjin Barracks Officers' Mess on 1 October is the 2017 Individual Cadet Award winner, Cadet Corporal Joshua Rowles, flanked by the Warden, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, and Fg Off Sally-Anne Evans, OC 649 (Dursley) Squadron RAF Air Cadets.
The No 2342 (Innsworth) Squadron RAF Air Cadets presentation took place on Wednesday 11 October. Pictured left to right in the front row are Mr Ray Bunnage ( RAF Association Chairman, Gloucester Branch), Flt Lt David Park (OC No 2342 Squadron), the Warden, Gp Capt Clive Montellier (President, No 2342 Squadron) and Wg Cdr David Cox (OC Bristol & Gloucester Wing)
Under a 5-year sponsorship scheme with the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association (GPFA), initiated in 2012 and renewed in 2017, the Honourable Company normally makes four awards to outstanding young sportsmen and sportswomen each year; each is worth £250. To recognise the Honourable Company's 10th anniversary and also the exceptional qualities of the 2017 nominees, six rather than the usual four awards were presented at the GPFA AGM on Tuesday 10 October. There's more on these sporting stars in the Sports Group section here.
The picture above shows the Warden, Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller, flanked by the 6 sports award recipients: from left to right, Georgia Martin (Rowing), Oliver Harper (Hockey), Joel Townley (Triple Jump), Grace Chappell (Archery), Oscar Powell (Mountain Biking), Regina Ristic-North (Tennis). On the right is Nick Broady, Chairman of the Sports Group.
Under a 5-year sponsorship scheme initiated in 2012 with the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association (GPFA), the Honourable Company makes four awards to outstanding young sportsmen and sportswomen each year; each is worth £250. The winners of the Honourable Company's annual sports awards for 2016 were presented with their certificates and cheques at the GPFA AGM on Tuesday 4 October. The picture below shows Junior Warden, Helen Lovatt, flanked by the four recipients: from left to right, Melissa Byrd, Oliver Tyndall, Millie Wallis and Anna Surman.