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180th anniversary celebrations at Bristol Temple Meads

180th anniversary celebrations at Bristol Temple Meads

1 September 2020

Bristol Temple Meads celebrated the 180th anniversary of its doors opening to the public in 1840, making it the first rail terminus anywhere in the world.  Work on the line began five years earlier with Isambard Kingdom Brunel having surveyed the landscape between London and Bristol to carry steam propelled rail carriages.  Work commenced from Bristol towards London and from London towards Bristol, finally meeting up in 1841 near Reading.  First known as Bristol Station, Bristol Temple Meads took on its current name after World War II when nearby Temple Church was destroyed by bombing.  Meads comes from the water marshes and meadows that historically formed the landscape of the area.  In celebration of the 180th anniversary, Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE cut a cake in the shape of a top hat in the company of (left to right) West of England Mayor Tim Bowles, Mr Brunel (enacted by Simon Strain) and Station Manager Andy Phillips.  The entrance to the Station shown in the photograph is the Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt building, as the Passenger Shed is the original site of Bristol Station.

Honorary Captain Peaches Golding  OBE RNR

Honorary Captain Peaches Golding OBE RNR

20 August 2020

Peaches Golding OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Bristol has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as an Honorary Captain Royal Naval Reserve. As Lord Lieutenant (LL) of Bristol, Peaches Golding has been a consistent supporter of the armed forces in the City and the Royal Navy in particular.  Her appointment as an honorary officer is seen as an endorsement of her wide-ranging effect with the region, from the corporate business community right through to the general public. Royal Marines Brigadier Jock Fraser, Naval Regional Commander Wales and Western England said: “I was absolutely delighted to welcome Honorary Captain Golding back to the Naval Regional HQ today and to introduce representatives from across the Naval family in the Bristol area. Peaches has visited us many times in her role as Lord Lieutenant of Bristol and it was wonderful to see her for the first time in her Royal Navy uniform. She has been a tremendous supporter of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines for many years and we are thrilled with her recent appointment. I know that she will be a passionate advocate for the whole Naval family, including our Bristol affiliated ship HMS Prince of Wales, and will provide the wisest of counsel to my colleagues and I in her new role.”   Peaches added, “I am thrilled, humbled and honoured to be appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be Honorary Captain RNR, particularly as Bristol has such a strong maritime history. I look forward to supporting the units in the region and to strengthening their links with our communities.”

VJ Day 75

VJ Day 75

15 August 2020

A service held at Evensong on Saturday 15 August commemorated the 75th anniversary of the day that the guns fell silent in the Far East campaign of World War II, known as Victory over Japan Day or VJ Day.  In a poignant service led by Acting Dean Canon Michael Johnson, 60 people celebrated the service together due to the requirements of Covid-19 social distancing rules.  Brigadier Jock Fraser, Commanding Officer of the Royal Navy West and West, attended the service as consort to the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE. Dawn Anstey, a member of the congregation and guest of Col Jane Thompson DL, brought along a Japanese flag kept by her grandfather and shown here.  The flag was signed by all members of the crew of the captured Japanese submarine.  Canon Stephen Parsons DL, on the far left, is shown on the photograph taken on the North Porch of the Cathedral.

Global Risks of Climate Change

Global Risks of Climate Change

12 August 2020

Business in the Community held a virtual South West Climate Change conference that highlighted issues for business leaders in evaluating how best to navigate the impact of the changing climate. Delegates were informed of the latest climate projection data. Various business leaders spoke of the actions their businesses are taking to position them better for a changing global environment.  Dr Fai Fung, a Met Office climate scientist, spoke about the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Landscape 2020.  The risk with the greatest global impact that is also the most likely to occur is ‘climate action failure,’ followed by ‘extreme weather’ and ‘biodiversity loss.’  The conference was attended by Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  ‘According to the various speakers, business leaders are encouraged to assess their current vulnerabilities to climate change and understand the risks and hazards they may face,’ explains Peaches.  ‘Once they have clarity of these issues, then they can identify the adaptation options relevant to them and determine how to monitor what additional actions may be required.'

'The Economics of Happiness' seminar

'The Economics of Happiness' seminar

8 July 2020

The Guild of Guardians’ July breakfast seminar featured Dr Jo Mitchell and his research on the economics of happiness.  During her tenure as Master of the Guild, Vanessa Moon of Moon Exec Search, is focusing on the topic of happiness.  Dr Mitchell examined a number of indicators, such as income or comparisons with one’s peers, to examine the impact each indicator might have on one’s own evaluation of personal happiness.  The illustration on the right indicates how satisfied residents in each country feel about their lives.  Generally, women are more happy than men, people in second marriages tend to be less happy, those earning £60,000 and above tend to be more content.  However, he exposed ’tribal anger’ around issues such as BREXIT or EU sentiment and found that anger with politicians led people to become dissatisfied.  He even offered advice to the government on the types of policy that could make people feel better about their circumstances during the Covid recession.  A fascinating lecture!

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

27 June 2020

Armed Forces Day enabled all of us to chow our support for the women and men who make up the Armed Forces community - from serving troops and their families to veterans and cadets.  It was observed across the UK.  Everyone was encouraged to raise a flag and salute the Armed Forces.  'The High Sheriff John Manley, Lord Mayor Jos Clark and I were joined by AB Honey of HMS FLYING FOX and piper Bob Smyth at City Hall, where we raised the Armed Forces Week flag,’ explains Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  The City is particularly proud of the contributions to healthcare in the region by the Ship’s companies of HMS FLYING FOX AND HMS PRINCE OF WALES during the height of the Covid19 pandemic.  The former included medical staff working in intensive care and the latter included those administering tests of the public for the virus.

Bristol Affiliation Board Meeting

Bristol Affiliation Board Meeting

16 June 2020

Not even the coronavirus can stop the Bristol Affiliation Board from meeting!  Joining from HMS PRINCE OF WALES in Portsmouth, the Affiliation Board welcomed Commander Shaun Riordan, Navy Commander Weapon Engineer and Lt Cdr Simon Watson, Head of Media HMS PWLS to their first Board meeting.  The Board discussed which names of streets in Bristol could be used to designate corridors on board HMS PRINCE OF WALES.  Among the names suggested were Plimsol Bridge, Christmas Steps, Anchor Road, Wine Street, Concorde Drive, Corn Street, Cheers Drive and Denmark Street.  Bristol will also present to the Ship a set of crockery displaying a unique Bristol and Liverpool crest.  Due to coronavirus, it is unlikely that the ship’s company will participate in observances around Armed Forces Week, the 50th anniversary of return of the SS Great Britain and Remembrance Sunday.

Inaugural Civic dignitaries meeting

Inaugural Civic dignitaries meeting

15 June 2020

The Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, High Sheriff John Manley and Lord Mayor Councillor Jos Clark held their inaugural meeting on Zoom.  'These civic dignitaries hold ancient and historic offices that are important to the lives of the people of Bristol and give us a sense of our traditions and history', explained Peaches Golding. ‘We are often seen on ceremonial occasions but at other times, too’. The Lord-Lieutenant is the personal representative HM The Queen in the county.  The High Sheriff, an annual appointment of The Queen, focuses on law and order as well as on community safety and the encouragement of young people.  The Lord Mayor not only chairs the City Council's meetings but also performs a multi-faceted ceremonial role. Bristol has been both a City and a County for over 700 years and has a rich history that is exemplified by these three important offices.

Sam Harris podcast

Sam Harris podcast

12 June 2020

Syncify founder Sam Harris invited me to record a podcast for his Growth Mindset series of podcasts.  ’Sam is a real live wire and we have a great time during the recording,’ Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding admits. In an easy discussion, Peaches explained the role of Lord-Lieutenant and the process by which the County selects its Lord-Lieutenant.  ‘Her Majesty likes her Lord-Lieutenants to serve for 10 to 15 years as it is only over that period of time that one can see a change.  We all retire on our 75th birthday.’  The podcast is available from early August 2020 and it demystifies some of the ancient and historic offices of State.

A Statement from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol

A Statement from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol

8 June 2020

Bristol, a City of Sanctuary where 92 languages are spoken and celebrated, is a diverse and welcoming City.   The small trading port founded in 8th century became England’s second City by the 18th century.  The magnitude, quality and range of its Georgian buildings are testament in part to the riches gained by merchants in the City through the transportation of some 100,000 enslaved Africans to the plantations of the New World.

This link with slavery continues to haunt the City, with Edward Colston being the lightning rod for this uncomfortable legacy.  Some in the City revere him as a saint for his philanthropy, while others judge him to be the devil incarnate for his slaving.  These two diametrically opposed views create a palpable tension that reverberates through communities, highlighting different outcomes in education, employment, physical health, mental health and more.  Individual and statistical evidence underlines how racial prejudice, racial inequality and institutional racism reduces life chances as well as life spans.

The City’s leadership models racial diversity: Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, the Elected Mayor, head of the voluntary sector development agency, professionals, creatives and more are of black heritage.  The University of Bristol has appointed a black historian as professor of slavery to investigate its links with the trans-Atlantic trade City Hall mentors and trains cohorts of talented, black managers in order to improve their prospects of promotion in a range of sectors, while a social enterprise mentors and encourages young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to elevate and broaden their career aspirations.  The City swore in the most diverse group of Magistrates ever, with one third being black or Asian, female or non-Christian.

So why was the statue of Edward Colston unceremoniously torn down from its City centre Plinth, dragged through the streets and thrown into the Floating Harbour?  Why was the peaceful protest of many thousands of people, black and white, from Bristol and beyond, in support of ‘black lives matter’ not the headline news in and across the country?  The unlawful actions of a few have successfully highjacked our attention and are poised to stop us focusing on the real opportunities that are around us.

In 1996 I started a two decade-long period of working with HRH The Prince of Wales to highlight the opportunities that greater access to employment, stronger communities, integrated supply chains and more visible leadership from black communities could bring to the country as a whole.  Among the successes is increased portrayal of black people in corporate advertising and in the media, increased investment into black communities, a greater understanding among business leaders of diversity in the workplace, the benchmarking of businesses on how well they are doing to promote top talent and how this is being achieved and the greater numbers of educated, skilled, ambitious and capable black people in the workforce.

 Yes, there is more to do.  However, we have arrived at a new point.  Today there is a greater awareness of how the racial divide drags down society as a whole.  There is a willingness among the population as a whole to call out injustice, prejudice and racial hatred.  More importantly, there are those in power that are willing to drive through change to make society better, fairer, more just and productive.  We can all act to create a better society and it is imperative to so do.

Mrs Peaches Golding OBE           Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol        8 June 2020

FARSCOPE Advisory Board Meets

FARSCOPE Advisory Board Meets

22 May 2020

18 members of the Advisory Board for FARSCOPE, the robotics project jointly delivered by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, met online as Covid19 continues to impact on face-to-face meetings.  The Board discussed how the Universities were supporting students as Covid19 affected their on-campus research.  An analysis of students taking their vivas and submitting their projects was pleasingly high with activities such as vivas, seminars and training taking place on line.  The Board discussed how to increase collaboration and maintain team spirit between incoming and existing student cohorts.  Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding is a member of the Board and explained, 'The importance of public engagement on robotics and artificial learning technologies is a key measure of the success of the programme.’  

A Glass of Wine with the Lord-Lieutenant

A Glass of Wine with the Lord-Lieutenant

12 May 2020

The Clifton Club, one of Bristol’s most successful member business networking clubs, invited Mrs Peaches Golding OBE to participate in a virtual interview with Club Chairman Mike Beesley.  Covid-19 was not going to stop the Club from pioneering an innovative way to bring its membership together.  During the interview, Mike asked the Lord-Lieutenant about her career and successful market research business.  She told of the times when she carried out global research in the pharmaceutical sector, advised the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the then Department of Trade and Industry on matters of policy and advised one of the Prince’s Charities for nearly two decades.  It was an opportunity to learn more about her life story and the events leading up to her appointment as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.

VE Day 75 at Bristol Cathedral

VE Day 75 at Bristol Cathedral

10 May 2020

Bristol Cathedral broadcast live a commemorative VE Day 75 service on Facebook.  The service involved civic dignitaries, including the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, High Sheriff Mr Chris Wyld and Lord Mayor Cllr Jos Clarke.  Footage taken from newspapers and newsreels from 1945 created an atmosphere that captured the gratitude of the nation, both then and now.  Bristol's Proclamation Carriage, shown here, was driven around central Bristol to announce the ending of World War II, after six long years of gruelling battles in Northern Europe.

VE Day 75 celebrations

VE Day 75 celebrations

8 May 2020

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved.  In line with others around the country and world, the Lieutenancy came together virtually to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and dedication of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period in history.  In addition to a flag-raising ceremony on College Green, the piping of Battle’s O’er by Bob Smyth and numerous tea parties held on streets across the City, a toast was raised at 3pm to World War II veterans by the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, many of her Deputy Lieutenants and secretary for the Lieutenancy.  ‘I am so pleased we could raise a toast to world peace, if not in person due to Covid-19 restrictions on movement, and to say thank you to those to whom we owe so much,’ Peaches Golding confirmed.

Four Bristol companies achieve Queen’s Award

Four Bristol companies achieve Queen’s Award

21 April 2020

Four companies in Bristol won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.  In 2020, 665 applications were received from businesses applying for the awards. The Queen’s Award provide a globally recognised royal seal of approval for UK companies demonstrating tremendous success in the categories of Innovation, International Trade, Promoting Opportunities (through social mobility) and Sustainable Development.  Ignition DG Ltd and Triodos Bank UK Ltd won in the category of Sustainable Development.  CameraForensics won in the Innovation category while Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC won the Promoting Opportunities award.  Winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are presented with a commemorative crystal trophy and the Grant of Appointment. They are permitted to fly the Queen’s Award flag at their office and place the emblem on their products and marketing materials for five years.  ‘I look forward to presenting the crystal to the winning companies as soon as social distancing policies during the Covid-19 pandemic are in place.  Such presentations provide a great opportunity for businesses to thank their staff, customers and key partners’,  adds Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.

#BristolFoodKind Week

#BristolFoodKind Week

4 April 2020

Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, joined forces with friends, family and colleagues across Bristol on #BristolFoodKind, a campaign focusing on issues related to food.  ‘I am a keen amateur gardener and, for the first time, I am increasing the number of vegetables I grow on some newly built raised beds,’ Peaches Golding explains.  The campaign suggests that growing your own fruit and vegetables, no matter the amount, increases well-being.  ‘I make my own compost and produce beautiful asparagus and rhubarb.  I am sowing mini-corn ears, red peppers, garlic, shallots, broad beans and more on the raised beds.’  Other themes explored through the #BristolFoodKind campaign include reducing food waste and supporting local independent food retailers.  During the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are finding it is possible to grow food on sunny windowsills, in hanging baskets as well as in gardens.

39 Signals exercise Freedom of City

39 Signals exercise Freedom of City

22 February 2020

39 Signals Regiment celebrated their centenary by exercising their Freedom of the City to march from City Hall to the Cenotaph with banners unfurled, bayonets and swords unsheathed.  Upwards of 200 Soldiers, Reservists, Cadets, Veterans and University students took part in the impressive parade.  Lt Col Vincent Connelly, Commanding Officer of 39 Signals, said ‘It is a great honour and privilege to exercise the Freedom of the City in recognition of our strong local links.’ Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE added ’The 39 Signals Regiment is a highly skilled unit providing secure, reliable communications in every possible scenario from humanitarian aid to multinational working.  They have been deployed from Afghanistan to Africa and from the Falklands to the Balkans. As Reservists, their IT and communications skills also enrich the companies where they are currently employed.’  Soldiers from Bristol are joined by those from Cardiff and Gloucester, Windsor and Bath.

Mya-Rose - Britain's youngest ever honorary doctorate

Mya-Rose - Britain's youngest ever honorary doctorate

20 February 2020

17 year old Mya-Rose Craig was awarded a Doctorate in Science by the University of Bristol for her environmental campaigning, particularly targeted towards people of visible minority ethnicity.  Mya-Rose explained, '“There’s a massive issue with the environmental sector being composed of the same type of person. Having a broader range of people from different walks of life would be so beneficial in expanding the way that we think and approach environmental issues.”  She set up a charity, supported by her family, called Black2Nature.  Ever the campaigner, at her graduation ceremony, Mya-Rose urged the University to increase its efforts to support climate change action.  "The issues that Mya-Rose supports echo my involvement in recycling and environmentalism dating back to the late 1980’s," added Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  "I am greatly encouraged that many young people care so deeply about our planet and are willing to use their voice to amplify the dialogue on using natural resources more wisely."

162nd International Photography Exhibition

162nd International Photography Exhibition

15 February 2020

43 international photographers from around the globe are featured in the 162nd Annual International Photography Exhibition at the Royal Photographic Society.  The works explore topics as varied as spirituality, identity, landscapes and community.  The techniques include pinhole cameras made from apples to the evocative tintype - a technique using the wet-collodion process on metal that was most popular during the 1860s.  Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant said, ‘During the launch event, it was a great pleasure to meet some of the photographers and talk to them about their work.  To get an insight into their thoughts and feeling or how they went about capturing their images shone light on many of the works.  It is difficult to decide which photograph, or set of photographs, I like best.’  The exhibition is free of charge and runs until 22 March before touring galleries in London, Beverley and Clwyd.

Young Bristol's Charity Evening

Young Bristol's Charity Evening

13 February 2020

Young Bristol, one of Bristol’s leading youth charities that provide critical out-of-school services for children and young people across the city, welcomes over 100 of its supporters to a spectacular fundraising event ‘A Night at Yeo Valley.’  The generous support of Yeo Valley together with the efforts of Young Bristol’s Fundraising Committee raised important funds to support the outdoor activities, creative, sports, employment and informal education programmes offered by Young Bristol.  Chairman Jamie Cameron, a solicitor at Burges Salmon, highlighted the excellent work of the 90 year old charity.  Young Bristol aims to increase its contacts with young people to 20,000 in 2020, consisting of more than 3,300 hours of open access provision delivered in more than 1,437 sessions.  Young Bristol also award over 160 qualifications per year.

BITC Regional Showcase

BITC Regional Showcase

29 January 2020

Business in the Community (BITC) held its South West Regional Responsible Business Showcase involving a number of panellists and participants from its business community.  Panel discussions and presentations covered topics as diverse as the Sustainable Development Goals to Age in the workplace.  For example, the business leaders shared what they are doing in their workplaces to align corporate activities to the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, how they are redesigning products to reduce wastage and increase sustainability or why well-being programmes in the workplace bring dividends to both the workforce and financial performance.  Among the stars of the evening were the Fairfield High School Eco-Team who have set about making changes in their school to demonstrate their commitment to addressing climate change.  The audience contributed ideas of what their organisations can do on post-it notes which will be shared among those attending.Business in the Community (BITC) held its South West Regional Responsible Business Showcase involving a number of panellists and participants from its business community.  Panel discussions and presentations covered topics as diverse as the Sustainable Development Goals to Age in the workplace.  For example, the business leaders shared what they are doing in their workplaces to align corporate activities to the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, how they are redesigning products to reduce wastage and increase sustainability or why well-being programmes in the workplace bring dividends to both the workforce and financial performance.  Among the stars of the evening were the Fairfield High School Eco-Team who have set about making changes in their school to demonstrate their commitment to addressing climate change.  The audience contributed ideas of what their organisations can do on post-it notes which will be shared among those attending.

Final journey of Peter Hodge

Final journey of Peter Hodge

21 January 2020

Over 100 people gathered for the funeral of Peter Hodge MBE, Honorary General Secretary of the Normandy Veterans.  Peter, was one of the last shipping pilots in Bristol, never fought in the Armed Forces.  However, he dedicated his later life to the Bristol Normandy Veterans where he organised parties, dinners and trips to places of military and other interests.  He raised funds, with the help of Eddie Izzard and Trevor Beattie, to ensure that any Normandy veteran wishing to attend the 65th anniversary of VE Day was able to do so.  He assisted me in organising Normandy veterans to be in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D Day Landings.  He was awarded the MBE for services to charity work and will be greatly missed here in his native City of Bristol.

'Your Army' - An Engagement Seminar

'Your Army' - An Engagement Seminar

16 January 2020

Colonel Andrew Dawes and the Army Engagement Team set out the capabilities of today’s Army to an audience drawn from commerce and industry, the public sector, local government, the media, education and community-based organisations. More than 200 people gathered at Ashton Gate Stadium to learn about how regulars and reserves train to take on the strategic aims of the Government’s Defence Policy.  The presentation demonstrated the various roles of the Army, from defence of the realm to disaster relief.  It showed the range of skills needed to face the challenges of today at home and abroad.  Most importantly, the audience had an opportunity to meet soldier from the region and find out their perspective on life in the Army.  ‘I was delighted by the frank and fair discussions held,’ commented Mrs Peaches Golding, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  ‘Every question asked by the audience was answered completely and fully.  Everyone seemed to enjoy meeting the soldiers present and learning about their specific roles, whether intelligence, communications, training, international working and operational activities.’ 

Nine Lessons and Carols Festival

Nine Lessons and Carols Festival

23 December 2019

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tell the story of the birth of the Christ-child at Christmas.  This well attended service links the promise of God's salvation foretold in the Scriptures with Christmas carols.  From the Garden of Eden and the promise made by Abraham that the earth will be blessed to the birth of Christ, the lessons are read by guests, including Mrs Peaches Golding OBE (HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol), Mr Charles Wyld (High Sheriff for Bristol), Cllr Jos Clarke (Lord Mayor for Bristol) as well as young people selected from the Great Choir of Bristol Cathedral.  Led by the Acting Dean Revd Canon Michael Johnson, the service demonstrates the Cathedral's diverse links with the city and Bristol Diocese.  The service is repeated on Christmas Eve with different readers of the lessons.

Avon Fire & Rescue Long Service

Avon Fire & Rescue Long Service

17 December 2019

Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell had the pleasure of presenting a number of staff with their long service medals. Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE was also on hand to present operational staff with their 20 year Long Service & Good Conduct Medal and certificate. Events like this really brings home how many talented people we have providing excellent service to our community. Cllr Donald Davies presented three members of Corporate Services with their certificates for 20 years’ Service at AF&RS. Avon Fire & Rescue Service Meritorious Service Medals were also handed out to members of staff who had served 30 and 40 years. Overall, the night was a huge success and we thank those who attended for your hard work, dedication and commitment to AF&RS over the years. The venue was fantastic and it was great to see so many friends and family attend.

MTM Gala Awards

MTM Gala Awards

15 December 2019

It would not be Christmas without the MTM Awards!  These awards recognise the achievements of businesses and volunteers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds across the South West and beyond. People from backgrounds as diverse as the Ukrainians and Nepalese joined those from Africa, the Carribean, Middle East and South East in an evening of entertainment.  The glittering Gala Awards was attended by Mrs Peaches Golding OBE (Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol),  Mr Charlie Wyld (High Sheriff for Bristol), Cllr Jos Clarke (Lord Mayor for Bristol), Mr Tim Bowles (Mayor for the West of England), mayors from seven towns across the region and business leaders, each presenting an award to a deserving candidate.  The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Amjid Ali for his tireless work in business, blood and organ donation and other community activities.

Above and Beyond Christmas Concert

Above and Beyond Christmas Concert

12 December 2019

The seventh annual Christmas Concert organised by Above & Beyond, the charity that raises funds for the United Bristol Hospitals Trust, was held in Bristol Cathedral and attended by staff, volunteers, patients and their families together with HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding and her husband Bob.  The celebratory concert recognised the importance of funds raised by the charity provide the latest equipment, support innovative research and kit out improved hospital environments for staff and patients.  With BBC Breakfast Show presenter Emma Britton leading the event, the audience sang Christmas carols and was treated to festive songs from the Above & Beyond Choir, the St Ursula's E-Act Academy Choir and the Blown Away! Wind Band.  Poignant memories from patients and staff reminded the audience of the life-saving work of the clinicians and the end of life services available to some.

Commissioning of HMS PRINCE OF WALES

Commissioning of HMS PRINCE OF WALES

10 December 2019

HMS Prince of Wales was commissioned into the Fleet as the largest warship ever built for the nation. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, as the ship’s Lady Sponsor, alongside HRH The Prince of Wales, presided over the ceremony at HM Naval Base Portsmouth to an audience of 2,000 from industry, allies, friends and families. Members of the Bristol PRINCE OF WALES affiliation joined some 550 VIP guests in the two-acre hangar of the aircraft carrier. Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Houston, read the commissioning warrant to the crew and guests.  'The men and women of my Ship’s Company have demonstrated significant flexibility, patience and resilience. However, I also want to recognise the wider naval family for their support of our achievements, and I am so pleased that so many of our families and loved ones are able to share this special day with us,' said Captain Houston. 'The Commissioning marks another milestone in the affiliation between the ship and Bristol as our futures for the next 50 years will be intertwined. We will welcome Naval officers and rates to our City as they take part in educational, musical, ceremonial, religious and other activities. I am delighted that the Choir of Bristol Cathedral participated in the Commissioning service,' added Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol. Also in attendance was the High Sheriff Mr Charlie Wyld, the Lord Mayor Cllr Jos Clarke, Affiliation Chairman Stephen Parsons and James Durie, Director of Business West.

Alternative Service at St Nicholas Church

Alternative Service at St Nicholas Church

8 December 2019

The Alternative Carol Service held at St Nicholas Church was fully booked and packed full of worshippers of all ages.  On arrival, members of the congregation were met with cups of mulled wine and mince pies.  The service, led by Rev'd Toby Flint, marked the second anniversary of St Nicholas being open as a church to the public since its closure 70 years ago when it was bombed during World War II.  The size and commitment of the congregation proves that the seeding of the new Church addressed an unmet need within the City.  Traditional carols were sung to the accompaniment of guitar, cello and keyboard and featured a choir comprised of young people from the local Universities.  The significance of the theme of 'home for Christmas' was underlined through an offering to address homelessness.  Across two services held on 8th December, St Nicholas Church raised over £500 for Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter and Spring of Hope women's shelter. 'The service was very meaningful for me.  Christmas brings back vivid memories from childhood, many of which are joyful.  However others are tinged with sadness as we think of those no longer here to celebrate with us,' remarked Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, who said a few words at the end of the service.

Light up a Life

Light up a Life

3 December 2019

St Peter's Hospice held its annual carol service, Light Up a Life, in Bristol Cathedral, beginning with a procession of candles in memory of the light of life.  The Hospice's Book of Remembrance was placed with four candles at each corner on an altar in the Nave.  Festive carols and poignant addresses punctuated the service led by Canon Nicola Stanley.  Ross Matthews spoke of the life of his father who died in 2018, Chief Executive Frank Noble read a poem by Amanda Bradley entitled 'Love Lives On' and young violinist Flora Clapham performed a solo by J S Bach.  The multi-faith service also involved many of the staff from St Peter's Hospice.  'At the end of the service, members of the congregation had an opportunity to find their loved one's name in The Book of Remembrance,' added Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.

Higher Education Awards

Higher Education Awards

23 November 2019

Peaches Golding OBE, The Lord-Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol joined hundreds of proud parents, partners and friends as they gathered at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday to celebrate with more than 100 higher education students at City of Bristol College’s annual Higher Education Graduation. Students, dressed in their gowns and hats, came together with the college’s academic staff on Saturday 23 November 2019 to mark the end of their studies at the college. Peaches gave an inspiring speech to the class of 2019, encouraging them to use their analytical, critical thinking, teamwork and communications skills gained while studying at the City of Bristol College.  She urged the graduates to use their skills to tackle the pressing issues facing our society and the planet, such as climate change, sustainable development, zero growth business models and more. Principal and Chief Executive of City of Bristol College, Andy Forbes said: “This awards ceremony is an opportunity for us all to celebrate success and to recognise the achievements of a group of outstanding individuals. “I truly believe that good education transforms lives. The chance to learn provides people with the opportunities and the skills they need to realise their goals and achieve their ambitions. City of Bristol College makes it possible for people of all ages to bridge the gap between where they were, where they are now and where they will be in the future.”

Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards

Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards

21 November 2019

Bristol hosted the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards where 82 business awards were presented and a further 15 commendations were awarded.  'Tourism plays a vital role in the economy of this region; it is worth more than £1.5bn, employs over 30,000 people and provides a great destination for visitors from the region, nation and countries far afield', explained Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  'It was a great pleasure to welcome those attending to our City.'  The overall winner of winners was wedding, party and conference venue Barley Wood, an 18th century country house set in 11 acres in North Somerset

New Dean of Westminster Installed

New Dean of Westminster Installed

16 November 2019

The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle was installed as the 39th Dean of the Collegiate Church of St Peter Westminster, better known as Westminster Abbey, at Evensong on Saturday 16th November 2019. The service was witnessed by a coachload of supporters from Bristol where Dr Hoyle was the Dean of Bristol Cathedral from 2010 until 2019. During the service the Dean swore a number of formal oaths to Her Majesty.  Evensong was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. After the service, the bells were rung by the Abbey Company of Ringers joined by the Ringing Master of Bristol Cathedral to a quarter peal of 1280 changes of Bristol Surprise Royal. Before moving to Bristol in 2010, Dr Hoyle was a Canon Residentiary of Gloucester Cathedral. He studied history and theology at Cambridge, and was trained for the priesthood at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He served his title at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge.

Groundbreaking ceremony at Trinity Academy

Groundbreaking ceremony at Trinity Academy

15 November 2019

Work is now underway on Trinity Academy, a brand new £25 million secondary school building in Lockleaze. It will grow year-on-year and aims for an eventual capacity of 1,220 students - 180 students per year with provision for a sixth form. It is scheduled for completion by September 2021. To mark the start of construction work, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, joined students, staff and governors from Trinity Academy and other guests at a ceremonial groundbreaking event.  Head teacher of Trinity Academy Eiron Bailey said: 'it is a great moment for us as a school, but also for the wider community, to start work on this exciting building which will be used by students and families. Trinity Academy is a specialist school for music and performing arts. The aim is for the new school building to include a concert hall, music practice room and a variety of performance spaces that can be used by pupils and other arts organisations, orchestras and ensembles in the region.  The first year intake of Trinity Academy joined Peaches for a commemorative photograph.

National honours investiture

National honours investiture

14 November 2019

H M Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE held an investiture for two local people elevated to the British Empire Medal of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  The recipients are Mr James Donaldson BEM for his services to cricket and Mr Allan Schiller BEM for his services to music and charity;  both received their honour from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  'Two times every year Her Majesty awards national honours to individuals whose contributions to our local, regional and national communities are far above expectations,' explains Peaches Golding.  'I am commanded by The Queen to invest local recipients of British Empire Medal.  If you know of people that are making exceptional contributions to your community, please do think about nominating them for this most prestigious award.'  The investiture was attended by members of the Donaldson and Schiller families and Lord-Lieutenant's Cadet Leading Cadet Murdoch supported the Lord-Lieutenant during the ceremony.

Remembrance Sunday at Bishopsworth RBL

Remembrance Sunday at Bishopsworth RBL

10 November 2019

The Remembrance Sunday Service & Parade organised by the Bishopsworth Royal British Legion was attended by some 200 people as many people came out of their houses to watch the Parade as it passed.  The 2124 Squadron ATC and Police Cadets marched in the Parade and a Scout's band provided the music.  The Parade went round the local estate and returned to the British Legion where wreaths were laid at the garden of remembrance.  Rev Richard Pendlebury MBE DL took the salute on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant.  Residents, their families and carers from Bishopsmead Lodge, the nearby residential care home, gathered at the roadside to watch the parade as it passed and waved their flags.  The Chairman of the Bishopsworth Royal British Legion Branch is Jo Earle.

Bristol Poppy Collection

Bristol Poppy Collection

6 November 2019

The goal was to raise £30,000 for the Royal British Legion in one day and everyone turned out to help. Members of the Prince of Wales Band joined the Military Wives Choir, artists and performers Georgia Hinton, Andy Maxted, Emma Comley, Daisy Alexandra and Harrison Laner Main to entertain shoppers at Cabot Circus.  Across central Bristol reservists from HMS FLYING FOX, the MoD at Abbeywood and many others sold poppy pins and collected donations.  Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol remarked that soldiers, sailors and air people from conflicts such as World Wars I and II as well as Afghanistan, Iraq and the Falklands benefit from case workers funded by donations to the Poppy Appeal.  These individuals displayed the Armed Forces values of bravery, courage, dedication and loyalty and helped to create the freedoms we all currently enjoy.  It is now our time to assist them, if they are in need.  Among the guests was Sqn Leader Johnny Johnston MBE DFM and Lord Mayor Cllr Jos Clarke.

(Photo credit: Shawn Spencer-Smith)

Bristol Poppy Appeal Launch

Bristol Poppy Appeal Launch

25 October 2019

At 11.30am, the Johnny Johnson MBE DFM engine pulled into Bristol Temple Meads Station.  Little did the passengers know but the real Johnny Johnson MBE DFM, the last surviving airman of the World War II Dam Busters' Operation Chastise,  was at the Platform ready to launch the Bristol Poppy Appeal.  Young Clara Della-Porta presented both Mrs Peaches Golding OBE (HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol) and Johnny with a poppy appeal pin in the shape of the F-35B Lightning II plane of 617 Squadron.  These aircraft will fly from HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the aircraft carrier affiliated with the City of Bristol.  Johnny then presented similar pins to NetworkRail and GWR staff as well as military representatives based at the MOD Abbeywood and Yeovilton Royal Naval Airbase.  Clara and other pupils from Ecole Française de Bristol created a beautiful mural called  ‘Merci a tous de la Normandie’ in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.  Donations to the Poppy Appeal honour those who served the Nation in conflict and war.

Black History Month

Black History Month

13 October 2019

The Royal College of Nursing West Midlands held its 16th annual Black History Month conference in West Bromwich to inspire staff.  Delegates ranged from Matrons to nursing students and represented people of all backgrounds and cultures.  Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, presented the keynote address entitled 'Breaking Down Barriers - Building Bridges'.  She spoke of her positive experiences shaping policy and improving services during her time as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of NHS bodies including an acute hospital, a mental health trust and a former District Health Authority.  8% of NHS trust board members are of minority ethnicity compared with only 4% in the South (excluding London).  Approximately 9% of the British population is from Black, Asian, Indian or Mixed backgrounds.

High Sheriff's Ladies' Lunch

High Sheriff's Ladies' Lunch

3 October 2019

Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, H M Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, addressed the High Sheriff's Ladies' Lunch held at the Royal Yacht Club, London on 3 October.  The Ladies' Lunch was attended by current High Sheriffs and those in nomination.  Peaches outlined the duties of the Lord-Lieutenant and highlighted activities where High Sheriffs might also expect to be involved.  As the High Sheriff for Bristol 2010-2011, Peaches had many tips and advice that she could pass on from experience.  For example, the High Sheriff is a one year appointment of Her Majesty concerned with law and order while the Lord-Lieutenant is commissioned to carry out that role until their 75th birthday.  The Lord-Lieutenant's role encompasses a far greater range of duties, activities and responsibilities in support of Her Majesty.

English Veterans Awards held in Bristol

English Veterans Awards held in Bristol

25 September 2019

English veterans demonstrating sporting, enterpreneurial, volunteering skills and more gathered for the first annual English Veterans Awards held in Bristol.  This glittering occasion recognised the determination, dedication and integrity of former service women and men across the country.  The veterans showcased provide excellent examples of how the transition from military to civilan life can be a great success.  The awards were established by former serviceman Sean Molino and are replicated in Wales and in Scotland.  'The concept is a terrific one - honouring these service personnel for their achievements maps a way forward for veterans.  It highlights role models with the qualities that help strengthen the fabric of our society,' says Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  'Congratulations to all the nominees and winners as well as to the many volunteers that made the evening such a success!'

New airbase for Great Western Air Ambulance charity

New airbase for Great Western Air Ambulance charity

25 September 2019

The Great Western Air Ambulance charity (GWAAC), which provides air ambulance and critical care for over 2.1 million people, opened its new airbase in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.  The 10 year old charity raised £1.3m to purchase the land and construct its purpose-build base.  Each critical care team comprises a highly trained and experienced Pilot, a specialist Paramedic and a Critical Care Doctor.  They may receive up to five calls a day requiring their expertise.  'As GWAAC serves a population including Bristol, B&NES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, I am pleased to see people from so many sectors attending the launch. As a Patron of GWAAC, the Trustees and I are so proud of their huge contribution to healthcare, particularly at times of emergency when other forms of help may be unable to reach those in dire need,' explains Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  Chief Executive Anne Perry and HRH The Duke of Gloucester are seen at the centre of the photograph.

Employer engagement reception at HMS FLYING FOX

Employer engagement reception at HMS FLYING FOX

19 September 2019

Surgeon Commander Richard Bateman, the Commanding Officer of HMS FLYING FOX, held his annual reception which showcases 'The Royal Navy in the West' to local dignitaries and employers.  Employers are key to the success of the Armed Forces, as many Reservists bring their skills, training and experience back to the workplace following their brief periods of time spent in active service.  Guests were able to meet some of the Reservists and find out more about their activities.  Home to more than 150 reservists, guests were treated to a ceremonial sunset retreat performed by Her Majesty's Royal Marines Band Service. Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE told the assembled group that the City's affiliated aircraft carrier HMS PRINCE OF WALES set off on her sea trial, leaving the Rosyth dockyard where she was assembled for the first and last time.

Launch of Bristol Giving Day 2019

Launch of Bristol Giving Day 2019

18 September 2019

Bristol Giving Day takes place on Wednesday 9 October with people being challenged to cross as many of Bristol’s 45 bridges as they can and donate £1 per person per bridge to charity. A small local cause has been matched to each bridge and all 45 causes will share equally in the money raised.  Sue Turner, Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation said: “We know people care about helping disadvantaged people but 90% of all charitable donations go to the 7% largest charities. Most businesses choose a brand name charity of the year to fundraise for so thousands of small local causes don’t stand a chance of being chosen. We’ve created Bristol Giving Day to give people one day in the year when they can have fun and raise money to help local causes.”  The launch of Bristol Giving Day was attended by Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, High Sheriff Charles Wyld, Business West CEO James Durie, Elected Mayor Marvin Rees and many others. 

Official opening of Clifton Suspension Bridge booths

Official opening of Clifton Suspension Bridge booths

4 September 2019

The Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust is celebrating the successful completion of the new toll houses which were designed by RIBA award winners Purcell architects and built by award-winning local construction company Beard.  The new toll houses provide a compact yet comfortable working environment for the team of bridge attendants, with all the amenities and facilities required for them to operate 24/7 and 365 days of the year.  The Trust’s vision was to also replace the toll houses with modern, more energy efficient structures that better complement Brunel’s bridge design.  Trish Johnson, Bridge Master said: “The bridge is a Grade I-listed structure and 154 years old, which requires ongoing work to make sure it can continue to operate effectively and meet modern day needs. The new toll houses improve the setting of the bridge and also provide better working conditions for our attendants, who do a fantastic job as curators of the bridge, round the clock and in all weathers.  Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, cut the ribbon on the door of the toll booth in a ceremony attended by Trustee chairman Chris Booy, other Trustees and the design and construction partners. 

Bristol ACF at Altcar Training Camp

Bristol ACF at Altcar Training Camp

20 August 2019

HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE attended the Visitors' Day at Altcar Training Camp, near Liverpool to gain first hand knowledge of how the Bristol Army Cadet Force camp was going.  Accompanied by a number of dignitaries, including Honorary Colonel Brig Frank Noble, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Dr Tim Chambers DL, Col Jane Thompson DL (the Bristol County Chair for Wessex Reserved Forces and Cadets Association known as RFCA) and other representatives from Wessex RFCA,  the dignitaries were able to observe the Cadets as they were learning and practicing skills at Camp.  The group watched field-craft skills in action, resuscitation and other first aid skills, the mountain biking group and a host of other activities.  They also received an impressive presentation from 4 star Cadets regarding the impact that being a Cadet had made to them. Led by a strong team of volunteers, the County excels providing challenging and interesting experiences for Cadets of 11 to 17 years of age.  Over 150 Cadets participated in the annual camp.

Black Professional Network is launched

Black Professional Network is launched

13 August 2019

More than 80 black and minority ethnic professionals joined forces to form a network to encourage career development. The Black Professionals Network is an initiative by Mr Poku Osei and Mr Frank Arkor-Thorkor. The network aims to inspire young people to broaden their career aspirations and to motivate its members flourish in their given career.  Professionals from legal, education, health, construction, property, computing, utilities and more attended the event hosted by Burges Salmon LLP. Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant spoke of the importance of participating in a number of networks, each addressing a different aspect of working life. 'Lord-Lieutenants are appointed through a consultation organised by The Privy  Council. HM The Queen appoints her Lord-Lieutenants based on their ability to guide their counties over a period of ten to 15 years.  She is best pleased by  individuals with a strong network across religious, civic, social, military, business, charitable and community activities. Being a safe pair of hands, demonstrating leadership, being able to communicate with people at all levels are but a few reasons that lead to such an appointment. Networks provide their members with the opportunity to help others, hone their skills, identify opportunities and support others.' Among the speakers were Ms Martino Burgess (Head of Corporate, Gregg Latchams LLP), Mr Mohammed Saddiq (Managing Director, GENeco), Cllr Ms Asher Craig (Deputy Mayor), Mr Nick Lee (Managing Director of Paragon Cost Solutions and President, Bristol Law Society) and Mr Marvin Rees (elected Mayor of Bristol).

Businesses debate future of High Street

Businesses debate future of High Street

9 August 2019

The future of the High Street debate at the business breakfast sponsored by Thrings Solicitors engaged over 100 business leaders on the first full day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.  The perspectives of the panellists differed, although each felt that there is life left for the retail sector on the British High Street.  Despite on-line shopping and large numbers of shops voids are visible, retailers can provide a range of experiences to tempt shoppers back to the High Street.  Having a pleasant and safe physical environment, facilities for people with disabilities, and greater digital insight into how to nudge people towards shopping areas, retailers can 'think the unthinkable' about the business opportunities available to them.  Led by TV and radio presenter Steve Le Ferve, panellists included John Hirst (Destination Bristol), Nigel Jobson (Maybe), Shelley Sturdy (John Lewis and Partners) and Phil Maclean (Eagle One).

Drones fly in Harbour Festival competition

Drones fly in Harbour Festival competition

20 July 2019

A race to see who flies the fastest drone from a floating cardboard aircraft carrier took place at the Bristol Harbour Festival.  Teams of graduate engineers competed against each other to see which one has produced the best design.  This is the first time such an event has taken place.  Each team will design and build a cardboard aircraft carrier that is stable enough to support its drone and a team of two ‘sailors’.  The task will be to launch the drone and race it along a defined course before returning it to their vessel.  The rules for the competition were drawn up by Lt Cdr Jon Sutcliff of HMS PRINCE OF WALES, the aircraft carrier affiliated with the City of Bristol.  ‘The challenges for the teams are enormous,’ explained Jon Sutcliff.  ‘The graduate engineers can modify their drone to improve its speed and agility.  Also, the crew member on-board their cardboard aircraft carrier will need to communicate with its land-based team while also navigating the drone.’

Bristol's first Alabaré home for Veterans

Bristol's first Alabaré home for Veterans

17 July 2019

Alabaré, the organisation dedicated to Christian Care and Support, opened its first home in the City of Bristol for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  The home will provide six veterans with private bedrooms together with communal reception rooms, kitchen and ample garden and parking space.  The house, located on a bus route and close to local amenities, will also house support workers on hand to advise or assist with needs as diverse as health to benefits.  HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE joined Andrew Lord (Chief Executive of Alabaré), local Councillor Donald Alexander and local staff members Harrison and Bianca for the launch.  'I welcome the housing provision by Alabaré and can imagine how beneficial it will be to the veterans that will live here.  I am thrilled to declare the home open. This supportive environment will provide great encouragement for its residents to take their next steps into employment in our City,' remarked Peaches Golding.

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

13 July 2019

Armed forces from 30 countries gathered in a display of international allies at the Royal Naval Air Station in Yeovilton to showcase military aviation from the past, present and future.  More than 50 hours of flying displays over the Somerset landscape enthralled audiences from far and wide.  Flying overhead were the newly arrived F35B Lightning jets, some of which will be flown from Bristol's affiliate aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES.  Also on show were the Merlin HC4 helicopters that will also fly from the aircraft carrier.  Commodore Nick Tindal ADC welcomed a range of dignitaries to the Air Day, including Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  In addition to flying and static displays, the Band of HM Royal Marines, Plymouth performed as did the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir.  One of the youngest attending the Air Day was a three month-old peregrine falcon.  The bird is a member of the Royal Navy Bird Control, responsible for ensuring unwanted birds are scared away from the runway so that aircraft can safely land and take off.

Women's Business Network

Women's Business Network

11 July 2019

Over 150 women in business attended the Red Door Coaching and Training networking event held at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.  The event, supported by South Gloucestershire Council, featured Dr Zara Nanu, Nick Elton and Mrs Peaches Golding OBE as speakers.  Zara addressed the known and unknown biases in engineering, artificial intelligence and health and how improved practices in recruitment could address gender imbalances in the workplace.  In a speech about the lived experience of someone with anxiety, Nick Elton told the audience about his successes and challenges in overcoming such barriers in the workplace and in day-to-day life.  The last to speak, Peaches Golding recommended seven habits that successful entrepreneurs cultivate in order to establish, then scale up, a business.  'Based on my experience as a business woman, there are some universal habits that assist entrepreneurs in starting a business, in balancing private and working life and lastly in getting the best out of people,' Peaches explained.  There were plenty of opportunities to network during the evening.,

Honors Carolina class of 2023 visits Bristol

Honors Carolina class of 2023 visits Bristol

5 July 2019

Fourteen undergraduates from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), visited Bristol as part of their week-long, Honors Carolina programme.  Aged between 18 and 19, Honors Carolina enables its participants to gain experiences, challenge beliefs, establish new networks and gain an insight into the lives of UNC-CH alumni based in countries around the globe.  The British programme is based in Winston House in Bedford Square, London, the academic and social base for the students.  Participants visit alumni working in fields as diverse as the stock market and law to botanical genetics and art museums.  For the past few years, Honors Carolina has visited Bristol to meet HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, a graduate of UNC-CH, to find out more about her role as The Queen's personal representative.  'The young people are so bright, engaged and talented; it's a real pleasure to spend time with them,' Peaches confirmed.  'By coming to Bristol, they have a comparator to London and can experience the cityscapes and environment that a regional capital has to offer.'

266 GVA exercise Freedom of the City

266 GVA exercise Freedom of the City

29 June 2019

In a parade the likes of which Bristol has not seen for some time, 266 Gloucestershire Volunteer Artillery (GVA) exercised its Freedom of the City, an ancient Roman tradition that enables a local authority to grant the highest and oldest military honour to a unit to march through the county.  Guns,  artillery and reservists from 266 GVA paraded through the City centre, led by the Band of the 3rd Batallion The Royal Welsh.  Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant for the county of Bristol, took the salute while High Sheriff Charles Wild and Lord Mayor Cllr Jos Clare stood alongside.  Captain Bishnu Ghale RA, Staff Administrative Officer of the 266 GVA, explained, 'Today marks several important events; first the 160th anniversary of the GVA, secondly, the 100th anniversary of the return of GVA troops from World War I and lastly, national Armed Forces Day.'  Following the parade there was an open day at the Artillery Grounds on the Whiteladies Road where 266 GVA was joined by a number of other units, services and organisations.

HMS PRINCE OF WALES to sail through Bristol

HMS PRINCE OF WALES to sail through Bristol

12 June 2019

To mark the unique affiliation between ship and city, 12 sailors from HMS PRINCE OF WALES will break their Charity Bike Ride from Rosyth to Portsmouth at Bristol Cathedral this week.

HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord Mayor Cllr Jos Clark and the Dean of Bristol, will be among those present to receive the sailors.
Peaches Golding said: “The visit of the sailors during their 500 mile, 5-day Charity Bike Ride demonstrates the growing strength of the affiliation between HMS PRINCE OF WALES and the City of Bristol. Over the next 50 years, members of her crew will visit the city’s schools, sports events and businesses to cement this latest maritime honour.”

HMS PRINCE OF WALES is the new aircraft carrier affiliated with the City. Her role involves diplomatic uses, disaster relief, the projection of power and military purposes. The affiliation, like the lifespan of HMS PRINCE OF WALES, is 50 years long.

The last trials are taking place in Rosyth where she was assembled and before she leaves for sea trials later this year.  She will dock at Portsmouth, her home port, when she returns to UK waters.

They were the first sailors to glimpse their ship’s White Ensign since its blessing by The Very Rev’d Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Bristol on 6 April this year.  The White Ensign now displayed in the Bristol Cathedral will leave the City briefly around mid-July and fly aboard HMS PRINCE OF WALES during her sea trials.  Early 2020 at a service in the Bristol Cathedral, the standard will be laid up and permanently on display.

Civil Engineers win Women in Property SW Awards

Civil Engineers win Women in Property SW Awards

11 June 2019

Women in Property SW held their regional awards ceremony featuring over twenty female students from across the South West studying built environment-related courses.  The students were nominated for outstanding academic achievements and each displayed her project to attendees at the awards held in Bristol.  The students attended the major universities in the South West including the West of England, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and more.  Regional winners Amy Menzel (University of Bristol) and Emily Hacking (Exeter University) are both studying civil engineering. Both will attend the national awards ceremony later this year at Claridges in London.  'These talented women will have a brilliant future ahead of them, changing the way our cities and communities are shaped and function.  Issues such as climate change, sustainability and resource management will define their careers in ways never before imagined,' said Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, in her keynote address.

Two groups gain Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Two groups gain Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

2 June 2019

The Mathew Trust and Move Makers of Southmead Hospital, two groups of volunteers based in Bristol have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.  

The Mathew Trust, a replica of the vessel that sailed to Newfoundland over 400 years ago by John Cabot, is run by 30 volunteers, the longest one serving for over 20 years.
 
Move Makers of Southmead Hospital were inspired by the London 2012 Games Makers and are the friendly faces welcoming people to the hospital, showing them around the site, helping out with wheelchairs and driving the buggy through the atrium for people with mobility problems.  

Representatives of The Mathew Trust and Move Makers at Southmead Hospital will receive the award from Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, H M Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol later this summer.

Recognition for Bristol University Officer Cadets

Recognition for Bristol University Officer Cadets

31 May 2019

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Clements held a cocktail drinks reception at The Artillery Grounds in recognition of the training and achievements of Officer Cadet members of Bristol University Officer Training Corp.  In attendance was Mr Stephen Parsons MBE DL as Deputy for H M Lord-Lieutenant,High Sheriff Mr Charlie Wylde, senior military staff from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and officials from the University.  The event was a great opportunity to talk to local University Students and hear of their aspirations and ambitions.  Many of the Bristol UOTC students will be taking, or have taken, the 3 day Army Officer Selection Board in Westbury, Wiltshire and all found their experience at the University extremely helpful preparation for this rigorous selection process.  At the end of the evening the refurbished Mess was opened.  Attendees listened to a moving First World War reflection on 2nd Lt Hardy Falconer Parsons VC of the Gloucestershire Regiment, a Medical Student of Bristol University, who died bravely on August 21st 1917 aged just 20 years old.  He was under severe attack and was alone.  Despite being mortally wounded, he defended his trench and held his position until a counter-attack could be launched.

The Youth Club on Wheels makes its first outing!

The Youth Club on Wheels makes its first outing!

19 May 2019

Young Bristol's new minibus - 'The Youth Club on Wheels' -  was launched this week.  The minibus is kitted out with a games console, i-Pads and games and it has space to study.  A large screen can be mounted at the rear of the bus where television, films or other broadcast material can be projected to a large audience.  Bristol has reportedly lost 25 youth clubs over recent years and the Youth Club on Wheels will target particular communities where young people can be encouraged to veer away from getting into trouble. A recent Parliamentary report highlighted that areas without youth provision tend also to have high crime levels. Initially the minibus will be visiting Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Henbury and communities further afield to provide a place where young people can learn new skills, meet other teenagers and spend time together.  £90,000 to purchase and equip the bus were raised with tremendous support from Heart Radio listeners.

Long Table Lunch raises £79k for Penny Brohn UK

Long Table Lunch raises £79k for Penny Brohn UK

17 May 2019

250 women attended the Long Table Lunch in aid of Penny Brohn UK, the centre for the 'Bristol Wholelife Approach' for living with cancer; the Approach is underpinned by science.  An incredible £79,000 was raised during the lunch to fund free psychological services for those unable to pay to receive the emotional support that many people with cancer need.  BBC television's Casualty star Amanda Mealing joined H M Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE in an interview conducted by BBC News presenter Alex Lovell concerning their lives of living with cancer for many years and its effects on their health, their friends and family and outlook on life.  Keynote speaker Laura Phillips spoke movingly about her tumour and the benefit to her of the emotional services provided by Penny Brohn UK. Peaches was also presented with the 'Jackie Collins Inspirational Woman Award', established in 2016 and won previously by charity founder Nina Barough CBE, prominent perfumer Jo Malone CBE and Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold CBE.  Alex Lovell, who hosted the event, said: “I was delighted to host Long Table Lunch again this year. Once again I have been astounded by the generosity of the beautiful guests. It was so inspiring to hear Laura, Peaches and Amanda talk about their experiences with cancer.”

Inspirational West Women Awards

Inspirational West Women Awards

16 May 2019


Women described as being inspirational to the communities of the West gathered for the West Women of the Year Awards held at the Passenger Shed, Bristol and organised by Bristol Post.  100 women selected by readers of the Post and nominated by last years' winners gathered for a glittering gala awards dinner.  Awards were made in eight different categories.  Sammy Payne, winner of last year's Innovation Award, described how her business that makes bionic limbs has partnered with Disney and won worldwide sales.  In a welcome to the audience, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE congratulated the 100 women identified and urged them to continue to inspire, listen, care, influence and support those chosen charities, businesses and communities.  Rachael Sugden, Gloucestershire Regional Director of Reach plc reminded the audience that, while there is still a power gap and a gender pay gap, events like this provide a platform to tackle those imbalances head-on.

Official opening of Origin workspace

Official opening of Origin workspace

9 May 2019

Phase 1 of Origin workspace, the brainchild of entrepreneur Heather Frankham, was officially opened by H M Lord Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the 42,000 sq ft building at 40 Berkeley Square. One of the few locations in Clifton where start-ups and scale-ups can accelerate their business ideas, Origin specialises in businesses that use ditigal technology as a core driver for their business idea and is already 80% occupied.  Origin provides flexible working space and meeting rooms and also offers a gym and rooftop terrace with views across Berkeley Square, The Triangle and beyond.  'Bristol has a great new business ecology, with professional support, business development advice and a growing number of places where entrepreneurs can establish and grow their businesses.  Such an entrepreneural environment is essential in enabling Britain to remain as one of the top of the economies worldwide; Origin workspace has an important role to play in this regard,' remarked Peaches Golding.

Children lead May Day celebration at St Edith's Well

Children lead May Day celebration at St Edith's Well

4 May 2019

Children from the Dolphin School lead the May Day celebrations at the recently renovated St Edith's Well at Castle Park.  The young people, carrying poseys made of spring flowers, placed them on the glass well cover and performed a merry dance around them.  A story-teller related the history of St Edith, a holy woman who lived in Wilton, Wiltshire and of how the well provided the first fresh water for the City of Bristol from Saxon times.  After H M Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding and the children cut a ribbon to officially open the Well, the Lord Mayor Cleo Lake made a brief speech.  Bristol Morris performed seven or eight dances before the Green Man, clothed in green leaves, danced on the Well head, too.

13 volunteers recognised in Avon Scouts Awards

13 volunteers recognised in Avon Scouts Awards

10 April 2019

Thirteen adult volunteers were recognised in the annual Avon Scouts awards evening for their work in Scouting in the region.  County Commissioner Graham Brant and Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, H M Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol presented medals awarded by Chief Scout Bear Grylls.  'There's more than 487 years of Scouting achieved among the award winners,' remarked Graham at the start of the awards.  Awards for gallantry, meritious service and long-service were presented before an audience of over 50 Scouts and their family members. The Scouts honoured were drawn from South Bristol, Southmead, Congresbury, Kingswood, North Bristol and more areas of the City region.  'The many hours volunteering has helped young people find a direction, make life-long friendships, gain new skills, explore the out-of-doors and take part in international activities,' Peaches added.  'Our city is grateful for the dedication of these fine people and the tremendous impact they make on making our society stronger, wiser and ambitious.'  Some of the recipients of the medals will attend a reception at Windsor Castle later this year.

Eighty-fifth Annual Barneys Club Dinner

Eighty-fifth Annual Barneys Club Dinner

30 March 2019

Forty members of the Barneys Club celebrated their annual dinner at the University of Bristol's Wills Hall.  The Club, founded in 1931, brings together students  to discuss any topic of their choice every other Sunday.  President Colonel Jane Thompson DL  and Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, H M Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Bristol, was guest of honour.  Following her speech, the three handled silver Loving Cup was passed round.  I enjoyed meeting so many interesting and talented young people,'  Peaches explained.  'The conversations were stimulating and I am sure these young people will have bright futures ahead of them.'

Bristol's newest Dutch Spice Girl

Bristol's newest Dutch Spice Girl

28 March 2019

On Thursday 28th March Stephen Parsons MBE DL represented the Lord Lieutenant at a Citizenship Ceremony in the Old Council Chambers.  In a simple but moving ceremony 36 citizens from 21 countries swore the oath of allegiance and became British Citizens.  Amongst them was the Dutch girl pictured here in her Union Jack flag dress and her Scottish boyfriend.  Now that’s commitment to your new country and well done to her!

Women in Business Charter launch

Women in Business Charter launch

26 March 2019

HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE attended the launch of the UK's first Women in Business charter, held at City Hall before an audience of more than 70 delegates drawn from large and small private sector businesses and charitable and public sector organisations.  Founder signatories from UWE, energy firm OVO, accountants Bishop Fleming, law firm Burges Salmon, Bristol Airport, executive recruitment firm Moon Exec Search, billing and collections company Pelican Business Services and Bristol City Council each spoke about the benefits of being in such a powerful network.  The Charter encourages network members to share best practice on issues as far ranging as pay levels, terms and conditions of employment, improved recruitment performance and access to board level executive and non-executive roles.  'Closing the gender pay gap will assist in driving up productivity,' Peaches Golding observed.  'When organisations have a match between the demographics of their customers, their workforce and their boardroom it can improve innovation, market penetration, staff retention and the bottom line.  HRH The Duchess of Sussex is well known in supporting women at all levels in education, the workplace and the voluntary sector.'

Flag raising for Commonwealth Day

Flag raising for Commonwealth Day

11 March 2019

Civic dignitaries were joined by school children and members of the Bristol Commonwealth Society to raise the Commonwealth flag on College Green on Commonwealth Day.  HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding read The Queen's message to the Commonwealth.  This year marks the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration which marks the creation of the Commonwealth.  Nations of the Commonwealth join together as free and equal countries united by history and propelled forward with the hope of finding ways to protect our planet and people.  Despite the many changes since its foundation, the Commonwealth demonstrates how the network's values of cooperation and mutual support endure over generations.  The Lord Mayor Cllr Cleo Lake read out the Affirmation, itself followed by a response read by everyone gathered together.  Canon Michael Roden offered a prayer and blessing.

150th anniversary of the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

150th anniversary of the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

6 March 2019

The Palm Court of the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel was the arrival destination for guests marking the relaunch of the Hotel just three weeks before its 150th anniversary.  The extensively restored Marriott Royal Hotel played host to HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding and Lord Mayor Cllr Cleo Lake and guests drawn from a wide range of local businesses.  Mr Ronny Maier, Market Vice President UK Provinces and Scotland, welcomed the guests and encouraged them to explore the beautifully renovated Miller and Carter Restaurant, Drawing Room and the bar.  Guests were treated with delicious canapés and an assortment of beverages in the Palm Court and in the bar.

SW Girl Guiding celebrate Thinking Day

SW Girl Guiding celebrate Thinking Day

22 February 2019

Girl Guides from the Bristol and South Gloucestershire County celebrated Thinking Day with a review of recent activities across the region.  Chief Commissioner Carole Pennington and Deputy Chief Commissioner Liz Brown led the event held at the ss Great Britain.  Videos of the Girl Guides showed how they learned and practiced a range of skills at international jamborees as far afield as Kenya and Nepal and perfected engineering skills aboard HMS Raleigh.  A new programme for young women aged between 18 and 30 was also launched.  More girls wish to join Girl Guiding than there are spaces available due to a lack of adult volunteers to lead the work in the region.  Among guests at the reception were H M Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Deputy Lord Mayor Mrs Lesley Alexander, Deputy Lieutenants Mrs Jo Chambers and Mrs Susan Davies as well as Councillors from South Gloucestershire.

Lessons in Leadership

Lessons in Leadership

12 February 2019

A key aspect of Common Purpose’s Meridian programme is the development of effective leadership skills among senior managers whose working environments involve complex partnerships across public and private sector organisations.   Held at the Bristol Old Vic, H M Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE addressed participants on her experience of authority and leadership.  An area of authority raised by Mrs Golding that interested many of the senior leaders was that of authority by disruption.  In today's fast-moving business or social environments, being fleet of foot, flexible or adaptable may mean that great leaders must harness disruption for the benefit of their organisations.  In response to a number of questions, she discussed a mixture of skills senior leaders and their advisory or trustee boards can develop to improve their opportunities for success.

Leonardo da Vinci drawings

Leonardo da Vinci drawings

31 January 2019

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth generously loaned, from The Royal Collection Trust, 144 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci to 12 museums across the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.  At the Queen's request, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE participated in the launch of the exhibition in Bristol.  Similar events occurred simultaneously at each of the other 11 locations - the most ambitious launch of an art exhibition ever carried out.  Peaches Golding introduced the scope of the exhibition and prefaced a video featuring HRH The Prince of Wales who is Chairman of the Royal Collection Trust.  There were contributions from Jon Finch, Head of Culture for Bristol Museum, and a representative from The Royal Collection Trust.  The 12 drawings on display in Bristol demonstrate the breadth of works by da Vinci, ranging from landscapes and anatomical drawings to botanical drawings and some engineering fantasies too.  The exhibition marks 500 years since the death of the great artist.  The City has unprecedented access to the da Vinci drawings until 6 May 2019.

A warm welcome for Canon Chancellor Michael Roden!

A warm welcome for Canon Chancellor Michael Roden!

12 January 2019

Reverend Michael Roden was installed as Canon Chancellor of Bristol Cathedral in a beautiful Choral Evensong led by the Bishop of Bristol Viv Faull.  The Letters Patent of HM The Queen, prepared by the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, were read out by HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  The document, together with readings from the Old and New Testament and hymns, formed an essential part of the installation of Rev’d Michael Roden to the Canonary Residentiary of Bristol Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir, conducted by Mark Lee with organist Paul Walton, sang during the service.  Among the prayers said for the new Canon was the hope that Canon Roden’s ministry ‘may find power, peace and gladness, and share the same with those whom he serves.’  We extend a warm welcome to Canon Roden. Nearly 100 parishioners from his former post in Hitchin, Herts attended the service to wish the Canon well in this new role.

New Year's reception with Commonwealth scholars

New Year's reception with Commonwealth scholars

5 January 2019

Commonwealth scholars studying in the Southwest of England from Africa, India and the Caribbean welcomed in the New Year with a networking lunch reception at the Bristol Commonwealth Society.  Their interests ranged from education and aerospace engineering to climate change and communications.  Bristol Commonwealth Society Treasurer Mr Nicholas Ball opened the reception by telling the students that the Commonwealth Society raises awareness of the 52 Commonwealth countries, supports young people that want to know about what the Commonwealth has to offer in the present and future and promotes trade between countries in the Commonwealth.  Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, emphasised that the scholars were selected on the basis of their talent, skills and innovation and that the Bristol Commonwealth Society would enable them to make global networks that would benefit them, their home countries and the world.  Given the fast-paced, global nature of the today’s society, she encouraged them to make the best use of this opportunity to establish life-long connections, whether for work or pleasure.  The scholars present are attending university in Bristol, Bath and Bournemouth and come from India, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa and Jamaica.

Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets

Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets

18 December 2018

I am delighted to introduce you to my 2018 to 2019 Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.  From left to right, they are Leading Cadet Asa Schuman of Avon District Sea Cadet Corps, Cadet Sergeant Lewis Leppier from Bristol Army Cadet Force, Cadet Warrant Officer Charlotte Moss of Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing Air Training Corps and Cadet Warrant Officer James Tovey from Colston’s School Combined Cadet Force. Each of the Cadets will be able to wear the prestigious Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet badge denoting their status.  They also receive a framed certificate signed by the Lord-Lieutenant marking their appointment.  The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets perform an interesting role, accompanying the Lord-Lieutenant on duties such as royal visits, Remembrance Sunday and other occasions.  Each has been selected on the basis of their application to cadet force activities and opportunities, their personal characteristics and drive.  ’To be appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, these young people have undergone a rigorous assessment process involving both their cadet force leaders and the Wessex Reserve Force and Cadet Association,’ explained Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol.  ‘I thoroughly enjoy widening the horizons of the Cadets by giving them a glimpse into a wider social and community role than most young people of their age encounter.’  The Cadets were appointed in October 2018.

Restoration of Soldiers Corner, Arnos Vale Cemetery

Restoration of Soldiers Corner, Arnos Vale Cemetery

8 December 2018

The hillside on which the graves of soldiers that served in World War I, known as Soldiers Corner, was rededicated following an extensive restoration project at the Arnos Vale Cemetery.  Soldiers from Bristol, South Africa, Canada and Australia are buried here and representatives from their military services took part in the poignant service organised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  The service was opened by Nigel Dyke, Chairman of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.  The Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE read a poem written just days before the author fell during the battles of the Somme.  Readings by officers representing the national military forces attending today's service preceded the laying of wreaths.  Among those laying wreaths were Peaches Golding, Deputy Mayors Cllr Asher Craig and Cllr Craig Cheney, Mrs Joyce Smith MBE (who was elevated for her role in the restoration work on Soldiers Corner) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, among others.  Members of the Walker Family and Napier Family joined the Royal Marines and 1st Rifles in laying flowers on graves of special significance to each of them.  The National Anthems of South Africa, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom were song at the end of the service.  The photograph was taken by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Romanian National Day

Celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Romanian National Day

30 November 2018

Guests from the Romanian community, dignitaries and friends gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Romanian National Day.  Among the dignitaries were Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, High Sheriff Roger Opie, Bristol Lord Mayor Cllr Cleo Lake as well as the Romanian Ambassador Mr Dan Mihalache.  The celebration, organised by Honorary Consul General Mr Razvan Constantinescu, included speeches from the Lord-Lieutenant and Ambassador, the singing of traditional songs, a banquet of traditional foods and a beautifully decorated cake.  ‘When Transylvania was united with Romania, the country welcomed everyone into an inclusive society, regardless of religion or nationality’ remarked Peaches Golding.  ’This ideal is held firmly to this day.’  The cutting of the cake by the Ambassador and Lord-Lieutenant initiated the singing of more songs during a very enjoyable evening.

Hear Our Stories - Babbasa

Hear Our Stories - Babbasa

27 November 2018

‘Hear Our Stories’ was an event to engage business leaders and to encourage young people to raise their career aspirations through the use of minority ethnic role models in a powerful video followed by a panel discussion. The main aim of Babbasa is to empower young people who may feel distant from the workplace to identify and grasp opportunities.  Employers from a range of sectors, business mentors and those featured in the film attended the event and shared their knowledge and advice.  The film featured successful people from minority ethnic backgrounds including Deputy Vice Chancellor Nishan Canagarajah, handbag designer Keri Andriana (Amschela), Micheal Jenkins (film producer) and accountant Ololade Adesanya,  The panel comprised Micheal Jenkins, Mohammed Siddique (Chief Executive, Geneco) and Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE and was led by Sado Jirde (Director,  Black SW Network).  They shared their experience of positive action programmes, the impact of mentors on young people’s career paths and other tips on growing a career in a space where there are no role models that look like you do. Peaches Golding suggested that ’there is nothing wrong in failure.  What is right is to learn from your experience, improve your capabilities and approach the situation with greater awareness and experience next time around.'

Recognising Success at UHB

Recognising Success at UHB

20 November 2018


Nine categories of award were made at the third annual Recognising Success Awards of University Hospitals Bristol.  The awards, generously supported by charity Above and Beyond, celebrated the care and commitment of staff and volunteers from around the Trust.  This year 262 nominations about the work of individuals, teams and volunteers were submitted. Staff working in clinical and non-clinical areas were all recognised. The awards provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of individuals and teams from all different areas and division.  The awards were opened by Paul Kearney, Chief Executive of Above and Beyond and Jeff Farrar, Trust Chairman.  Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Catherine Nanji.  Other winners included Clare Bidgood for the Transforming Care Award; Mat Molyneaux for Patient Safety Champion; Caroline Haines for Excellence in Teaching, Learning or Research; Sophie Williams for Inspirational Leader; Martyn Carter as Unsung Hero; Sarah Harper for Patient Experience Champion; Sterile Services as Non-Clinical Team of the Year, and Ward 11 Nursing Team for Clinical Team of the Year Award.

We Will Remember Them - 1918 to 2018

We Will Remember Them - 1918 to 2018

11 November 2018

In a solemn ceremony at the Cenotaph watched by some of the largest crowds in recent years, wreaths were laid to honour the memory of the fallen and those who fought in conflicts from World War One to the present day.  Two minute’s silence was observed at 11.00am, precisely 100 years since the sounds of guns and mortars fell silent across the battlefields of the Western Front.  6,000,000 UK troops were mobilised during the conflict.   Some 55,000 people from Bristol fought in the war effort, with 7,000 having left the city never to return again. Eight Bristolians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery.  While the armistice marked the end of fighting, it took six months to negotiate the peace treaty that finally ended the war and enabled the soldiers to return to the UK.  High Sheriff Mr Roger Opie, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and The Lord Mayor Ms Cleo Lake prepare to place the first wreaths at the Cenotaph, followed by the elected mayors and Police and Crime Commissioner, members of Parliament, Councillors and Aldermen, members of the Armed Forces, among others.  In a solemn ceremony at the Cenotaph watched by some of the largest crowds in recent years, wreaths were laid to honour the memory of the fallen and those who fought in conflicts from World War One to the present day.  Two minute’s silence was observed at 11.00am, precisely 100 years since the sounds of guns and mortars fell silent across the battlefields of the Western Front.  6,000,000 UK troops were mobilised during the conflict.   Some 55,000 people from Bristol fought in the war effort, with 7,000 having left the city never to return again. Eight Bristolians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery.  While the armistice marked the end of fighting, it took six months to negotiate the peace treaty that finally ended the war and enabled the soldiers to return to the UK.  High Sheriff Mr Roger Opie, HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and The Lord Mayor Ms Cleo Lake prepare to place the first wreaths at the Cenotaph, followed by the elected mayors and Police and Crime Commissioner, members of Parliament, Councillors and Aldermen, members of the Armed Forces, among others.  

Women in Business

Women in Business

9 November 2018

The Bristol office of international law firm CMS hosted its inaugural Women in Business networking evening for women drawn from the financial, property and legal sectors.  As part of the diversity focus of the firm, CMS Partner Sally Badham, pictured in the centre of the group of women, outlined how the organisation builds capabilities for individuals through its diversity groups addressing ethnicity, religion and gender.  HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE delivered the keynote speech which addressed breaking through barriers and public service, among other topics.  The highlight of the evening was a wine tasting session where conversation flowed as freely as sips of the selected wine.  ‘I enjoyed meeting the experienced and the young professional women,’ Peaches observed.  ‘I am always delighted to meet people eager to make their positive contributions to our business communities and neighbourhoods.’

The Clifton Club Bicentenary Plaque Unveiling

The Clifton Club Bicentenary Plaque Unveiling

30 October 2018

The Clifton Club was honoured to host Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol, Peaches Golding on Tuesday 30th October 2018 who unveiled The Clifton Club’s Bicentenary Plaque.  The Plaque has been erected on Clifton Village Library, which was the original Club House to The Clifton Club in 1818, before our move to where we remain today, Number 22 The Mall.  The Plaque, which was sponsored in 2018 by The Clifton Club. In conjunction with The Clifton & Hotwells Improvement Society, states:

“This building was erected in 1818 as the Clifton Club Rooms. It was sold in 1851 as schoolrooms for children of the industrial classes. The Clifton Club moved into Clifton Hotel and Assembly Rooms in The Mall where they remain to this day. In 1965 the Christchurch Schools relocated to Royal Park, and this building became the library for Clifton.

The congregation of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Peter & Paul in Easton remembered ‘OXI’ Day

The congregation of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Peter & Paul in Easton remembered ‘OXI’ Day

28 October 2018

The congregation of the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Peter & Paul in Easton remembered ‘OXI’ Day in the presence of the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, the High Sheriff Mr Roger Opie, Lord Mayor Cllr Ms Cleo Lake and President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Dimitrios Syllouris.  The Remembrance Day service was led by the Very Reverend f. George Nicolaou.  The Divine Liturgy was read in both Ancient and Modern Greek and the fallen were remembered.  Around 70 children and young people from the Greek community recited poems and other readings learned in the school funded by the Embassy of Greece and members of the community whose works helped the community in the past were honoured.  The good works of Mrs Aglaia Hill, the founder of the Greek Community and pictured second left, were recognised.  On this day in 1940, the Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas said “No”, or OXI, to an ultimatum made by Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini to allow Italian forces to occupy strategic locations in Greece or otherwise face war.  Mussolini expected to be able to easily defeat the Greeks and impress Hitler.  Instead the Italians were defeated and the Greeks went on to fight in Egypt and other Mediterranean locations. 

Poppy Appeal launch

Poppy Appeal launch

27 October 2018

A wreath and a cascade of hand-knit poppies were placed in Bristol Cathedral to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One, part of the remembrance events planned by the Royal British Legion.  The launch of the poppy appeal took place at College Green where a stirring recreation of a scene from World War One marked the start of a special fortnight of remembrance of the centenary of the end of the Great War.  The Bristol Military Wives Choir and representatives from the Bugler’s Association of the Light Division and Rifles participated in the event alongside HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, High Sheriff Roger Opie and Lord Mayor Ms Cleo Lake.  On College Green, 1,000 waterproof poppies created a beautiful and poignant display on which the public could inscribe their own message of gratitude or remembrance. Other events taking place in addition to the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying are the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday 10th November and the lone-piper’s lament at 6.00am on Remembrance Sunday.  Last year, more than £580,000 was raised by residents in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to the benefit of veterans and service families in the area. The Royal British Legion is the national custodian of Remembrance.

60th anniversary of 69th Bristol (St Joseph’s) Scout Group

60th anniversary of 69th Bristol (St Joseph’s) Scout Group

23 October 2018

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the 69th Bristol (St Joseph’s) Scout Group invited Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE to celebrate their 60th anniversary with them at St Joseph’s Church Hall in Fishponds.  Mrs Golding enjoyed meeting the young people and learning more about the skills they are perfecting.  She was involved in knot tying and sampled the cheesy pasta cooked on the ‘campfire’.  In a competition to see who could open and reassemble their mess kit the fastest, Mrs Golding came a reasonable fourth, soundly beaten by the Scout who taught her how to do it!  One of the Scouts demonstrated how they used a drill to make a noughts and cross game which, over the course of several meetings, was sanded then painted.  She played several rounds of noughts and crosses with one of the Scouts. Scout Leader Marek Petela informed Mrs Golding of the numerous trophies the Group won over the many years of its operation.  Then she happily joined in songs around the campfire led by Mrs Petela.  Best of all, after making a brief speech to congratulate the Group and its adult volunteers, Mrs Golding made the first slice on a giant, home-made chocolate cake and encouraged everyone to join her in eating it.

Trafalgar Night aboard HMS VICTORY

Trafalgar Night aboard HMS VICTORY

21 October 2018

The Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Tony Radakin CB, hosted a dinner for affiliates of HMS PRINCE OF WALES at Admiralty House and aboard HMS VICTORY, the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson.  Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and Mr James Durie from the West of England Initiative of Business West were among the guests.  Other guests included Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside Mark Blundell (representing Liverpool), representatives from Greenwich Hospital Trust and the Goldsmiths’ Livery Company as well as Brigadier Graeme Fraser RM (Naval Regional Commander for Wales and Western England).  Dinner was served in Admiral Lord Nelson’s cabin on the 213rd anniversary of his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.  Despite being mortally wounded Nelson lived long enough to learn that, due to his instructions of how to fight the battle, England defeated the French fleet and established England’s legacy as a naval power.  HMS VICTORY is the flagship of the First Sea Lord and, as a national monument, is a major tourist attraction in Portsmouth.

Enthronement of Bishop Viv Faull

Enthronement of Bishop Viv Faull

20 October 2018

Representatives of churches and communities from across the Diocese gathered to witness the enthronement of Bishop Vivienne Faull on Saturday 20 October.  The Diocese of Bristol covers churches in the Church of England across Bristol, Swindon, North Wiltshire and South Gloucester.  Bishop Viv arrived for the service aboard the Bristol Packet ship Tower Belle and was greeted by children from local schools.  After the ceremonial striking of the west door with her pastoral staff, she entered the Cathedral to the sound of a fanfare played by the City Trumpeters,

Around 700 guests, including community and faith leaders and representatives from charities and the arts, attended the service.  Among those attending was the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, the Archbishop of York, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, the High Sheriffs of Bristol and Wiltshire, and the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire and the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Bishop Viv said: “This is a service filled with celebration and prayer which marks the beginning of my public ministry in this Diocese. I am grateful for the many ecumenical and diocesan representatives who are supporting me in the service and will be assisting in the worship.  I do look forward with great anticipation to all that lies ahead for the Diocese of Bristol.  I have been sustained by the welcome I have received and the assurance of the prayers of so many, and continue to hold the Diocese in my prayers.”

The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life

12 October 2018

The Order of St John combined forces with the National Health Service for Blood and Transplant to honour the families of people that have given life and hope to others through organ donation with an afternoon tea and awards presentation.  There are currently about 3 people dying every day due to the shortage of organs and there are about 6,400 people, young and old, on the transplant waiting list. The ceremony was attended by more than 30 families who, in the moments of immense grief, generously gave their organs to unknown individuals.  County Chairman Simon Darwall-Smith (pictured on the right of the exhibition panel) and HM Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE presented the award memento which features the organ donation heart logo, backed by the Maltese Cross of the Order of St John above the words “Add life, give hope” and a certificate from the Grand Prior of the Order of St John, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.  Members of the NHS Blood and Transplant shown here in blue uniforms helped each of the families as they made their decisions on behalf of their loved ones.  Those in green uniforms are staff from the St John Ambulance Service.  The Order of St John is a Royal Charity and can trace its roots back over 900 years.  It is the parent of St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity which voluntarily delivers 16 million hours a year of first aid, care, education and training in the community. 

Bristol Steamship Owners’ 87th Annual Dinner

Bristol Steamship Owners’ 87th Annual Dinner

4 October 2018

Nigel Fletcher, President of the Bristol Steamship Owners’ Association (left in picture), presided over its 87th annual dinner aboard the ss Great Britain.  He announced several important initiatives, including joining with other trade organisations to form a Maritime Trade Cluster.  Keynote speaker Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor (second from left) outlined how the maritime sector will play a greater role in the plans of the West of England Combined Authority in his keynote address.  Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE attended the Dinner and remarked  ‘Bristol is a maritime city and has always boasted skilled craftspeople and a healthy supply chain for the maritime sector.’  John O’Connor, Vice President of the Bristol Steamship Owners’ Association (far right).  Mr Fletcher also announced that the Bristol Steamship Owners’ Association, established 111 years ago, will now be called the Bristol Maritime Trade Association.

A Journey around The Planets

A Journey around The Planets

1 October 2018

The Planetarium at We The Curious staged a 3-D journey around the solar system in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst.  Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and Mr Bob Golding attended the performance as guests of Anna Starkey, Chief Creative Officer, and Donna Speed, Chief Operating Officer, of We The Curious.  For one night only, the Ligeti Quartet performed eight contemporary classical pieces in honour of each planet accompanied by an amazing visual experience.  While the musicians serenaded the audience, close up images of the surface of each planet, graphic displays of the trajectory of its moons, images of Voyager II or the International Space Station informed and entertained the audience.  Narrator Jon Culshaw provided astronomical information on each planet, together with his impression of scientists ranging from Professor Brian Cox and David Attenborough to Carl Sagan and more. Peaches Golding remarked that ‘until tonight, I had not realised that the planet Mercury and Saturn’s moon Titan are of similar sizes!’  Bob Golding, whose background is in the management of, and innovation in, visitor attractions, noted the enormous time put into developing the 3-D graphics that made the exploration of each planet come to life.  Photo credit:  Mike Massaro.

Vital role of business highlighted at HMS FLYING FOX

Vital role of business highlighted at HMS FLYING FOX

27 September 2018


The Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) unit based in HMS FLYING FOX, Bristol, opened its doors to employers and local dignitaries to showcase the role that the unit and wider RNR play in supporting the Royal Navy. Members of the ships company demonstrated some of their capabilities and the training that they undertake.  The Commanding Officer of HMS FLYING FOX, Surgeon Commander Richard Graham (pictured second left), praised the role of employers in supporting the work of the unit.  “HMS Flying Fox is indebted to the employers and supporters of our reservists. Without their continued support, we would not be able to achieve our aim of providing suitably qualified and experienced personnel to the Royal Navy at times of national need in order to strengthen the defence of the UK. RN in the West is our opportunity to say thank you and explain what we do.”  The highlight of the evening was a display of ceremonial excellence from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the Flying Fox Guard.

Opening the Extension at St Georges Bristol

Opening the Extension at St Georges Bristol

21 September 2018

A concert by pianist Christian Blackshaw and a quartet of soloists from the Berliner Philharmoniker marked the opening of the new extension to St George's Bristol.  The spacious, ‘pavilion-style’ stone and glass extension to St George's concert hall creates a space for events, festivals and houses a café and bar with views into the gardens of the 19th century former Georgian church. At a pre-concert reception Suzanne Rolt, Chief Executive of St George’s Bristol, thanked supporters of St George’s Bristol for their dedication and ambition in securing the future of the hall.  She told the assembled guests that the opening of the extension in one of the nation’s best-loved concert hall is the culmination of a seven-year plan costing £5.5m.  ‘I understand that the shoe box shape of the concert hall is responsible for the acoustic so enjoyed by classical, bass and world musicians,’ explained Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE.  The performance of piano quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a piano quintet by Franz Schubert thrilled the packed concern hall.

TS Adventure Sea Cadets celebrate 80th birthday - hoorah!

TS Adventure Sea Cadets celebrate 80th birthday - hoorah!

15 September 2018

Bristol’s Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE attended the open day at TS Adventure, the Sea Cadets home in the Cumberland Basin where Sea Cadets celebrated their 80th birthday.  Mrs Golding was shown around the ship by two Sea Cadets, where she took part in tying knots, learned how to pack a bergen, observed how the Sea Cadets learn to plot a course at sea and so much more.  ‘A quick trip on the water demonstrated that the Sea Cadets are putting into practice all the skills they are learning in safely operating power, sailing and rowing boats,’ Mrs Golding explained.  A demonstration by the Sea Cadets of a physical exercise routine performed to music was a highlight of her visit.  After tucking into a tasty barbecue, Mrs Golding cut the birthday cake which was baked and decorated by one of the Sea Cadets.  Hoorah!

2442 Squadron Air Cadets commemorate Battle of Britain

2442 Squadron Air Cadets commemorate Battle of Britain

15 September 2018

2442 Squadron (Air Training Corps) commemorated the Battle of Britain with dinner in the format of a conventional RAF Dining-in night.  The Squadron’s sixteen Cadets began the evening by marching in the banner.  During the dinner, the Cadets read poignant passages concerning significant events that took place during the Battle of Britain on 15 September 1940.  The keynote speaker for the evening was Air Commodore Wendy Rothery, the Head of Accommodation within the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.  Her illustrious career includes managing media activity across all joint overseas operational theatres, including those in Afghanistan in 2014.  Her previous roles included Head of MOD Welfare and Head of RAF Recruiting and Selection.  Outstanding Cadets were presented prizes by Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE and Wendy Rothery, their citations being read by Flight Lieutenant Natalie Wong, 2442 Squadron commander.  Cadet Flight Sargent Reynolds is pictured receiving the ‘Best NCO’ prize.

Paediatric Gastroenterology Pioneers celebrate 30 years

Paediatric Gastroenterology Pioneers celebrate 30 years

10 September 2018

Members of the Paediatric Gastroenterology Department at Bristol Children’s Hospital gathered together with colleagues  from the  South West, Wales, Birmingham, London, Southampton, Oxford and the Commonwealth to look at their achievements over the last 30 years since the Department was established by the then newly appointed Dr Bhupinder Sandhu; also to plan for the future.  Among key contributors to the conference were Prof Jean Golding on her research with the Bristol Children of the 90s project and Dr Neelam Mohan who travelled from India to speak as President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.  Special guests included Lord Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Prof Jonathan Sandy (Dean of Bristol Medical School), Prof Deidre Kelly CBE (founder of the Paediatric Liver Unit in Birmingham) and Dr Christine Spray.

‘Mental Health at Work'

‘Mental Health at Work'

31 August 2018

On the 11th of September HRH The Duke of Cambridge will launch ‘Mental Health at Work’, a national initiative of The Royal Foundation.  The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  

The aim of the initiative is to help remove the stigma around mental health.  ‘Mental Health at Work' is a new online gateway that will change the way in which we approach workplace mental health across the UK.

To see further comment and photographs of the launch on the 11th of September, click on BRISTOL AND THE ROYAL FAMILY above, then scroll down to the 11th September.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm opening

Lawrence Weston Community Farm opening

22 August 2018

Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, officially opened the new office block at the Lawrence Weston Community Farm.  The occasion was attended by a crowd of local residents and friends of the farm.  ’Lawrence Weston Community Farm provides the perfect location for local people to learn more about the lives of farm animals and how to grow edible plants.  It has magical places for young people to build dens, climb tree stumps, swing around or just relax,’ explains Peaches.  A former volunteer at the Community Farm, Peaches was accompanied on her visit by Robin Hicks, Trustee and Farm Advisor for the Lawrence Weston Community Farm.  She was introduced to the new piglets, saw the chickens and goats and noticed what a bumper crop of fruit was ripening on the fruit trees.  Along the way, she was able to meet many local people for whom the Community Farm provides a place to learn new skills or to de-stress.  She officially opened the new office block which replaces the one damaged by arson last year.  (Photo by Bob Pitchford).

One Hundred Days Ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres (Ieper)

One Hundred Days Ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres (Ieper)

8 August 2018

The Royal British Legion organised a moving ceremony held at the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by many soldiers from across the Commonwealth.  The date marked the beginning of the last 100 days of World War I and the important battles fought in the battlefields of France and Flanders that eventually led to the end of the War in November 1918.  A united force of British, Commonwealth, French and American forces using cavalry, foot soldiers, tanks and aircraft made a decisive push through enemy lines.  The poignant commemorative service featured standard bearers from more than 1,000 Royal British Legion branches and the laying of more that 1,000 wreaths.  Among the readings were letters from the fallen, facts regarding the importance of Commonwealth troops for the success of the Allies and poems.  Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding OBE was a guest of the Bristol branch of the Royal British Legion.  Dignitaries taking part in the service were HM Ambassador to Belgium Mrs Alison Rose, Ambassador of Pakistan the EU, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the EU, the Attaché of the German Embassy, Australian Attaché to Belgium, Mayor of Ypres, The Most Rev’d Dr John Sentamu (Archbishop of York), National Chairman of the Royal British Legion and Chairman of the Royal British Legion of Scotland along with the Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

109th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition

109th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition

3 August 2018

340 works of art were on display at the 109th Annual Clifton Arts Club exhibition held in the Undercroft of Victoria Methodist Church, Whiteladies Road, Clifton.  The exhibition featured paintings as well as the work of potters, sculptors in wood and stone, and producers of works in enamels, metal or glass.  Mr Ian Barnes, Chairman of the Club, escorted Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol round the exhibition to view art displayed.  Peaches observed that 'members of the Arts Club encourage people to develop as artists.  We are fortunate as a City to have so many volunteers that are willing to give of their time to help hang works of art and staff the two week exhibition.  Everyone whose works have been displayed are to be congratulated.’  There are more than 200 members of the Clifton Arts Club, including many distinguished and experienced artists.  Over 600 works of art by professionals and amateurs were submitted to the selection panel for this year’s exhibition.  Photograph taken by Stuart Nurse.