8 September 2017Read more
The Lord-Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor of Bristol were proud to witness the official naming of HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the nation’s newest aircraft carrier, at the Rosyth shipyard, Scotland. Alongside HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the new carriers will promote Britain’s influence and power for the next 50 years.
Importantly, Bristol is affiliated with HMS PRINCE OF WALES, an honour that will enable the City to help shape global peace and prosperity. Bristol, along with Liverpool, is one of two cities to have the honour of being officially affiliated with the ship and the relationship will see the city’s name and reputation carried across the world. Others affiliated with the ship include Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Welsh Guards, The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeth’s Own) and 27 Squadron RAF. The affiliation will provide opportunities for relationships to develop between the ship, its crew and their civilian and military counterparts.
The naming ceremony was attended by the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff; The Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence; The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade; numerous Admirals and high ranking Naval, Air Force and Army officers and a host of distinguished guests. There were two fly pasts of helicopters and jets. The Royal Marine Band performed, the Welsh Guards paraded while cadets and reservists from around Britain participated in the programme in numerous ways.
HRH The Duchess of Rothesay, the Lady Sponsor of the ship, marked the naming the ship by breaking a bottle of Laphroaig whisky onto the hull. She remarked that among her forebears are Admirals and that her husband, HRH The Duke of Rothesay, is also an Admiral.
Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, highlighted the way that HMS PRINCE OF WALES will promote Britain’s place in the world as a venue for trade exhibitions, high level diplomatic engagements and enabler of disaster relief. The aircraft carrier can deploy up to 40 F-35B Lightning aircraft, Merlin CROWSNEST, Merlin Mk2 ASW, Merlin Mk4 troop lift, Wildcat, Apache and/or Chinook helicopters.
The Lord Lieutenant said: “I had the privilege of attending this event as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the city. I cannot describe the pride I feel in being part of a historic moment for our Royal Navy and the future of our city’s global maritime reputation. I wish to thank the Royal Navy, Captain Ian Groom, the crew of HMS Prince of Wales and fellow dignitaries for the wonderful reception we have received and for ensuring a very fitting marking of this momentous day.”
The Lord Mayor added: “It was an honour to represent the city and people of Bristol to witness the naming of HMS Prince of Wales and affirming our link to this wonderful ship. The sheer size and scale of the aircraft carrier is hugely impressive and I am proud that Bristol is affiliated with the ship and its crew. A warm welcome will await you all in Bristol as we look forward to your next visit soon.”
Captain Ian Groom MBE, Captain of HMS Prince of Wales, said: “The naming of HMS PRINCE OF WALES is a significant moment in terms of breathing life into the ship. It is a huge privilege to be the first Captain appointed to HMS PRINCE OF WALES and an honour to share this occasion with our families and affiliates. We are delighted to be affiliated to the maritime city of Bristol and the shared opportunities it presents.”
13 July 2017Read more
HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited three locations in Bristol on Thursday 13th July. His visits highlighted youth homelessness, international development and the global impact of Methodist preacher John Wesley.
HRH first visited the Foyer, a high support hostel for young people operated by 1625 Independent People. Chief Executive Don Wood led the visit and introduced Chair of 1625ip Oliver Delaney and other trustees to HRH. The visit enabled HRH to meet young people who have faced homelessness and to hear their stories. HRH presented apprenticeship certificates to three young people who have successfully completed a pre-apprenticeship course in construction delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton. Among the partners present that work with 1625ip were Unite Students, Knightstone Housing, Andrews Property Group and Andrews Charitable Trust. http://1625ip.co.uk/
HRH then visited Temwa, a charity founded in 2003 which works in remote, rural areas of northern Malawi and facilitates long-term, community-owned and community-led projects in education, health, agriculture and forestry. Temwa’s Managing Director, Mrs Jo Hook, Ms Quent Kalichero, Deputy High Commissioner of the Malawi High Commission, Temwa Chairman Richard Potter and Temwa trustees introduced the work that the charity is doing to combat the ongoing food crisis in Malawi. Arts and crafts produced by Malawian artists, available through the Temwa on-line Ethical Gift Store, were on display. When the Malawian music started, so, too, did the dancing! Photographs of the visit to Temwa are courtesy of Фото ART © http://temwa.org/
HRH officially opened the New Room on the Horsefair in Broadmead, the world’s oldest Methodist Chapel (originally built in 1739). HRH visited the state-of-the-art heritage museum located on the upper floor in a room formerly used for preachers; the museum highlights the key social issues addressed by the ministry of John Wesley. HRH has a great interest in heritage and the built environment and Revd Ward Jones, Chair of the New Rooms Trustees, was able to demonstrate aspects of the redevelopment made possible by a £2.6 million National Lottery grant and £1.4 million from the Bristol Methodist District and other trusts. A Service in the chapel included speeches of Methodist leaders from the United States of America and South Korea. http://www.newroombristol.org.uk/Home
15 May 2017
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HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Griffiths House, Cote House Lane, Westbury-on-Trym. The eight bedroomed house care for older people with memory problems. The design of the house, the use of textures and colour-coding enables residents to have a greater awareness of their surroundings. The techniques used are state of the art and have been based on global best practice advice and standards. The home provides a bright, spacious and safe environment for people living with dementia.
Griffiths House is named after Charles Griffiths, who is a former chairman of the Cote Charity. His four year old grand-daughter presented a posey to HRH. The Cote Charity is supported by the Society of Merchant Venturers.
During the tour of Griffiths House, HRH visited the Hairdressing Salon, met the residents and some of their family members and was given a tour of inside one of the resident’s flats, itself consisting of bed and sitting area and private full bathroom. The garden area is themed on the Yellow Brick Road, complete with a strawman Scarecrow, raised flower beds and seating areas. A team of specialist dementia care staff alongside pastoral carers provide patient-focused care.