12 October 2017
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is holding its 165th Annual Open Exhibition, a selection of work from its own academicians and external artists. Among the works on display are two watercolour paintings by HRH The Prince of Wales, an honorary Academician of the RWA. On Friday, accountants Smith & Williamson hosted a preview of the exhibition which was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Mayor. Alison Bevan, RWA Director, explained 'This dynamic and varied exhibition is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond.’ Over 600 oil, woodcut, watercolour or acrylic paintings and drawings, together with sculptures made of porcelain, bronze and ceramics, prints, illustrations, mixed media and photographs will be on display until 3 December. Some of the artworks are for sale.
Shown here, from left, are Mike Lea, Senior Partner of Smith & Williamson, Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, John Erskine, Regional Head of Investment of Smith & Williamson, and Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander.
11 October 2017
Two Lord-Lieutenants addressed the SW Regional meeting of the High Sheriffs’ Association; they were the Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Mr Angus Campbell and Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol Mrs Peaches Golding. HM The Queen appoints both the High Sheriff, who focuses on law and order in its widest sense, and the Lord-Lieutenant, who is the personal representative of the Queen, to their roles in each ceremonial county. Peaches Golding highlighted the ways that High Sheriffs, whose term of office is one year, could assist Lord-Lieutenants on issues that divert young people from crime or criminal activities. She encouraged High Sheriffs to recognise the work of the many volunteers that provide activities, educational and physical pursuits for youth in our communities. She also highlighted their responsibilities in identifying people from diverse backgrounds and cultures involved in their communities and businesses whose dedication and impact can be recognised in a number of ways. She congratulated the High Sheriffs on the difference they make in the judicial, probation and prison systems.
8 October 2017
The launch of the Queens of Africa exhibition, one of Bristol's Black History Month events, took place in the theatre of the Arnolfini Art Gallery. With concept design and organisation carried out by Christelle Pellecuer, the launch and static exhibition explores and celebrates the history of both real and legendary queens of Africa or of African origin. Yoma Smith presented the launch event which was opened by the Lord-Lieutenant. At the start of the evening, the stories of seven queens were presented by well-known black Bristolian leaders; a further eleven more models were photographed for the static exhibition. A poem written by local poet Edson Burton was delivered by artist and actress Cleo Lake. Sisanda Myataza and Simwinji Zeko performed original music that blended South African and jazz musical traditions. Closing remarks for the educational and inspirational exhibition launch were delivered by respected elder Barbara Dettering. The exhibition will be available for viewing during Black History Month at UWE Bristol, the Test Space at Spike Island and the Bristol Cathedral.
7 October 2017
BRACE, the charity that aims to defeat dementia, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert of exceptional quality, held at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton. In attendance were the Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, the High Sheriff Anthony Brown and Mrs Brown and the Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander. Artistes included the virtuoso violinist Julia Hwang, who performed Vaughan Williams’ timeless classic ‘The Lark Ascending’ and a medley of songs from the musical ‘Porgy and Bess’. Soprano Deborah Gjeloshaj, who studied at the prestigious Milan Conservatoire, sang four love songs from composers including classical pieces by Dvorak and Puccini and more modern songs such as ‘Until There Was You’ and ‘That’s Him’. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School-trained Stephanie Cole OBE read two pieces, both of which had the audience spellbound. Throughout the programme the Bristol Male Voice Choir sang a number of songs that stirred the emotions. Money raised from the concert will enable BRACE to fund more research into the causes and potential cures of all forms of dementia.
3 October 2017
27 photographic images and videos dating from the 1880s to the 1960s form an illuminating exhibition at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Each image was chosen by a photographer, historian, relative of those working in the Commonwealth or others living at that time as representing their memories of life in the Empire. The Lord-Lieutenant attended the launch of the exhibition which will remain until 31 August 2018. She noted that the text associated with each image told the story of why the image was selected and identified historical events or activities across the Empire that were happening during the same period of time. The Museum has a large photographic archive, some images of which shed light on private and public aspects of life in the Commonwealth and beyond.
2 October 2017
The Lord-Lieutenant presented the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise vase to Andrew Nisbet, chairman and founder of Nisbets, the catering equipment supplier. Nisbets was recognised for their Outstanding Growth in Export Sales, having grown by 205% in the six years since 2010. The business trades in over 100 countries worldwide, has direct sales operations in nine territories and operates 35 retail outlets around the world. The handover of the vase and a certificate from HM The Queen took place in the recently opened National Catering Equipment Centre in Avonmouth where the company stocks its best selling products, has training rooms, exhibition space and a fully operational cooking lecture theatre with top of the range professional catering equipment. Nisbets can display the Queen’s Award emblem and fly the Queen’s Award flag from its premises for the next five years. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise businesses that are excellent at international trade, sustainable development or innovation. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.
1 October 2017
This vehicle was seized from a convicted drug dealer who is currently serving a prison sentence. The message that crime doesn't pay was one of many featured during the Emergency Services Open Day at Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Portishead, Bristol, which was attended by the Lord-Lieutenants of Bristol and Gloucestershire. ‘The sale of seized goods obtained through theft, fraud or other crimes is taking the cash out of crime,’ explains this senior member of police staff, Dr Kirstie Cogram, who heads up the Financial investigation Unit.. 'This vehicle will go on sale to the public later this week and the money raised will go back to the state.' The Emergency Services Open Day featured Avon & Somerset Police (and their many specialist functions including those mainstream officers trained and equipped to respond to events where there is fear of contamination from Chemical, Biological, Radioactive or Nuclear material, Scenes of Crime, Mounted Police and Dog Section), the Fire and Rescue Service, British Red Cross, and Coastguard and Cave Rescue, among others. The aim of the Open Day was to entertain and inform a crowd of more than 7,000 members of the public of all ages about the work of the various Emergency Services.
29 September 2017
The Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, Patron of the Bristol Commonwealth Society, was keynote speaker at today’s Society lunch. The UK is a microcosm of the Commonwealth, with 50% of the population having an ancestral or other connection. From January 2018 the royal family will be involved in a number of engagements celebrating the Commonwealth, including visits to many Commonwealth countries. Of importance will be Commonwealth Day (Monday, March 12), the two weeks of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia (Wednesday 4 - Sunday 15 April) and then the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will take place in London from Monday 16 April onwards. Topics of discussion during the forums at the Meeting will include Women, Civil Society, Young People and Business. The Lord-Lieutenant challenged the Bristol Commonwealth Society to compile a diary of events taking place across the City in 2018 that align with the theme of the Commonwealth so that she can inform The Queen of activities taking place in Bristol. She also spoke of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which funds young people who have ideas on how to improve their communities. With due diligence, and support where needed, these young people run their own small-scale charitable initiatives or social enterprises which provide local solutions to local problems. Although the level of funding is small, the idea of youth-led development is acknowledged by many agencies as an effective means of enabling young people to be equal partners in making the world a better place.
27 September 2017
Charismatic Grayson Perry enthralled invited guests at the preview of his new exhibition ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ which has opened at the Arnolfini Art Gallery until 24 December. In a preview to his exhibition, Grayson spoke to the invited dignitaries and guests about the intention and motivation behind his latest exhibition. The works - in ceramics, metal, print, tapestry and painting - explore issues ranging from BREXIT and religion to masculinity and class. Here Grayson explains to the audience how he produced the vase shown. Starting with a hand-built coil pot, he added glazes, texts, more glazes and finishes. He explained how his art is developed from ideas, phrases and images used by the British public and how we have more common interests than diverging ones. This is the first time this art exhibition has been shown outside London. Director Claire Doherty also encouraged visitors to the Arnolfini to participate in its ‘Imagine New Rules’ consultation that will inform the next stage of development for the Gallery; it runs concurrently with the Grayson Perry exhibition.
26 September 2017
The Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA) held its 35th retraining conference in Bristol. The Opening Ceremony involved the Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff and Lord Mayor of Bristol together with eight of the Lord Mayor's Mace bearers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Approximately 300 delegates from the FBI posted in the US and in US embassies around Europe were joined by chiefs of police forces from 42 European countries. In the opening speech by Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Peaches Golding, she informed the delegates that the role of Lord-Lieutenant was created by King Henry VIII in 1536 to form militias to deal with wide-ranging threats. She noted the importance of bringing together delegates whose role is to face modern-day global threats and hazards. She noted the significance of the formal and informal networks created and their role in increasing the effectiveness of cross-border working. She congratulated delegates on their 35th annual conference and welcomed them to Bristol. She hoped their conference would be successful. Among keynote speakers were the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI Mr Paul Abbate, the Director General of the UK National Crime Agency Ms Lynne Owens and the Director General of Europol Mr Rob Wainwright. A banquet was held in the nave of Bristol Cathedral on 26th September where choral performances by the Cathedral Choir entertained the delegates. Among the dignitaries were the Police and Crime Commissioner Ms Sue Mountstevens, the Avon & Somerset Chief Constable Mr Andy Marsh and the Dean of the Bristol Cathedral Very Rev Dr David Hoyle. The event was organised by the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Mr Gareth Morgan (formerly Assistant Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary).
23 September 2017
The Right Reverend Bishop Mike Hill delivered his last address as Bishop of the Diocese of Bristol before a packed congregation at the Bristol Cathedral on Saturday. The service was attended by his wife Anthea, their family, clergy from all corners of the Diocese as well as three current Lord-Lieutenants and three retired Lord-Lieutenants. Bishop Mike and Anthea came to Bristol in 2003 from the Diocese of Oxford. He became a ember of the House of Lords in 2009. The service demonstrated his passion for preaching the word of God in an accessible and engaging way. The Cathedral Choir, the Renewal Gospel Choir and a guitarist in turn led hymns sung in full voice by the congregation. The couple will retire to Clevedon. The search for the successor to Bishop Mike will be carried out by the Vacancy in See Committee and will begin shortly.
14 September 2017
For 30 years, the musical charity Changing Tunes has enabled prisoners to tap into their creativity and emotions in 16 prisons across the UK. Today at HMP Bristol, the charity brought together ex-prisoners and Changing Tunes musicians to celebrate not only this milestone anniversary, but also the charities’ partnership with the prison. Changing Tunes’ CEO Lizzie Bond, HMP Bristol Governor Steve Cross and the charities’ Founder, Richard Pendlebury were joined by the Lord-Lieutenant and a number of VIPs from around the city and county. HMP Bristol’s Changing Tunes five-piece prisoner group, led by Rob Davies, Musician in Residence, performed a number of well-known songs to which the audience tapped their feet and joined in the singing. The atmosphere was in marked contract to normal prison life. Musician and songwriter Arty, an ex-prisoner whom the charity met inside 10 years ago, spoke eloquently about his life and how through music he was able to express his emotions. He performed his own songs containing heartfelt lyrics and striking melodies.
The charity Changing Tunes, working in prisons and their communities post-release, has gone from strength to strength, helping people live a life after prison that is free from crime and full of meaning and purpose. Changing Tunes will be continuing the celebrations with a 30th Anniversary Concert on October 21st at Redland Parish Church, Bristol (tickets on sale via their website) and will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary album entitled ‘Thirty’. This will be a special compilation featuring ex-prisoners in partnership with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, and will be available to buy at the concert. All proceeds will go directly to the charity to help them continue their work.
Tickets are available to buy on the Changing Tunes website at www.changingtunes.org.uk
11 September 2017
Richard Bland (speaking right), a noted tree expert, spoke during a reception to mark the launch of the Castle Park Tree Trail. He addressed a reception, held at the Bristol Harbour Hotel, prior to setting off on the walk. Among those attending were the Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding, High Sheriff Anthony Brown, Lord Mayor Cllr Mrs Lesley Alexander, Savita Willmott (Bristol Natural History Consortium), Ben Newby (Bristol Water), Simon Birch (Bristol Civic Society), to name but a few. The Lord-Lieutenant also spoke during the reception, highlighting three points. Firstly, she emphasised the importance of the history of Castle Park and its memorials to those who fought in the Civil War and World Wars I and II. Secondly, she highlighted the importance of continuing the ten year momentum of the green capital movement. Lastly, she praised the dedication of the partnership led by Ann Freeman, who spearheaded the Castle Park Tree Trail initiative. Other partners included the Bristol City Parks Department, artist and architect Roger Mortimer, and Bristol Civic Society who jointly produced the leaflet. Richard then led an hour-long walk around Bristol’s historic Castle Park, pointing out the trees planted there during the past 40 years as well as historical facts associated with the Park. The Tree Trail leaflet can be downloaded at www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/castle-park
6 September 2017
The City of Bristol is affiliated with the new aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, currently in construction at Rosyth shipyard in Scotland. Over 170 military, civic, and political leaders from the UK, the USA and France attended a Dinner at the Institute of Directors in London, hosted by Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff. Pictured are Sarah Pullen (Trinity Mirror regional managing editor for Bristol, Gloucestershire, Bath, Somerset and Dorset) and James Durie (Director at Bristol Chamber and Initiative at Business West) who joined the Lord-Lieutenant and Captain Ian Groom, the first captain of HMS PRINCE OF WALES.
The keynote speaker was Secretary of State Sir Michael Fallon. He emphasised the importance of the new aircraft carrier to Britain over the next 50 years. It will be used for diplomatic, disaster relief, hosting trade exhibitions as well as for defence reasons. HMS PRINCE OF WALES, together with her sister ship HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, are the largest warships ever built in Britain. Her construction created and sustained 8,000 jobs at six British shipyards. The 65,000 tonne vessel has four acres of flight deck and stands as tall as The Shard building in London.
The dinner was attended by dignitaries and business leaders from Bristol, Liverpool and London as these locations are affiliated with the ship.
On 8th September, the Lord-Lieutenant and Lord Mayor of Bristol attended the actual naming ceremony in Rosyth in the presence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, the titles for TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they are in Scotland. Both the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Mayor, the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber of Commerce were among visitors to Rosyth earlier in the year. The City, its businesses and residents are exploring how best to establish and maintain links with HMS PRINCE OF WALES during her 50 year lifespan. A FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE NAMING CEREMONY, WITH PHOTOGRAPHS, CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE MENU HEADING "BRISTOL AND THE ROYAL FAMILY" AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.
31 August 2017
Bristol is a welcoming and diverse city. Once a fortnight there is a citizenship ceremony, an event involving around 30 people that highlights British values of tolerance, freedom of speech, diversity and respect for others. The ceremony is the culmination of an application process taking up to three or more months. Applicants must be of good character and have a knowledge of life in Britain. In most cases they have lived here for more than five years.
31 August 2017
Bristol's newest citizens are welcomed to the city in a ceremony where they pledge an oath of allegiance and receive a silver medal from the City to mark the culmination of a three month process to become a British citizen. The Lord-Lieutenant was particularly pleased for her friend, a chaplain, who herself was naturalised in today’s ceremony. Thirty individuals from four continents and 18 different countries took part in this latest ceremony and demonstrated considerable pride in what they had achieved, as seen in their broad smiles and the many photographs taken by the their sponsors and families.
16 August 2017
The Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Mayor and Colonel Mike Duff revealed a paving stone to commemorate the heroism of Acting Lance Corporal Frederick George Room, recipient of the Victoria Cross. Room was born in Horfield, Bristol. He was recognised for his tremendous acts of courage as a stretcher bearer during a battle at Frezenberg, Belgium, that took place exactly 100 years ago. In November 1917, Room was one of 126 service men presented to King George V at an investiture ceremony on Durdham Downs. After a long illness, Frederick Room died in hospital in Bristol on 19th January 1932, aged 36. He is buried at Greenbank Cemetery and his Victoria Cross is on display at the National Army Museum, Chelsea.
11 August 2017
It is possible to run out of superlatives when describing the early morning take-off at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta! 103 balloons wafted upwards over Ashton Court Estate and across the City. Balloons were of all shapes and sizes, some with a small crew and a few passengers, others with large baskets full of people. Rumour has it that, on landing, some of these larger parties cracked open several bottles of champagne in noisy celebration of an exhilarating drift through the skies over Bristol.
Following the launch, solicitors Thrings and Business West held a thought provoking Business Breakfast consisting of a panel discussion challenging the power of the brand attended by 150 business people from across the region. Panelists Rob Law (Trunki), Nick Davies (Neighbourly.com) and Peter Haigh (Bristol Energy) spoken candidly of their experiences of how brands seduce and hold on to customers and whether being ethnical really sways consumer behaviour.
4 August 2017
Lord-Lieutentant Peaches Golding today successfully completed a course of treatment of radiotherapy for a primary breast cancer. She presented each of the radiographers involved in her treatment with hibiscus flowers from a collection managed and grown by her husband, Bob. The team received a flower every day throughout her treatment.
Peaches was diagnosed with breast cancer within days of being appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant. She had surgery as well as three weeks of radiotherapy delivered five days a week in order to cure the illness. Although she is recovering well, her stamina is reduced due to the fatigue she is experiencing as a normal part of the treatment process. The treatment received by Peaches at the Oncology Centre at United Hospitals Bristol has been of the highest quality, delivered with care and compassion.
While she is feeling so fatigued, Peaches is limiting her duties as Lord-Lieutenant to some small extent. However, she is confident that she will soon return to her normal self.
31 July 2017
Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding and her husband Bob were invited to take part in the last of the international food classes organised by the Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG). The theme was "Green food". More than 60 people took part in the event. Among the guests were Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Mrs Lesley Alexander, Councillor Helen Holland, Adam Rees, Director of Bristol Ageing Better and Carly Urbanski, Programme Manage of, Bristol Ageing Better. Both the Lord-Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor presented certificates to the volunteer chefs that led 24 previous cookery sessions held earlier in the year. The aim of the cooking classes was to encourage Chinese residents in Bristol to learn how to cook tasty foods from countries around the world. The classes attracted professional and voluntary chefs as well as people living across the City. Rosa Hui DL is the Managing Director of BACWG.
26 July 2017
Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding visited the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) of which she is Patron. GWAAC provides life saving emergency care to prople who cannot be reached by road or are in such a critical state that they require specialist skills at the scene of an accident. 40% of GWAAC services are provided to people in Bristol. Anyone can support their operation! http://www.greatwesternairambulance.com/.
18 July 2017
For ten years, Penny Brohn UK has helped people live well with the impact of cancer by offering emotional, nutritional, psychological and physical support. In celebration, the well respected charity held a tea party where supporters, patients, therapists and volunteers could reflect on the ground-breaking treatments pioneered by the National Centre. Two prizes were raffled on the day. HRH The Prince of Wales is Patron of Penny Brohn UK https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/
It is not entirely clear what was going on when this photo was taken, but apparently Peaches came across some long forgotten little treasures in his top pocket that filled them both with instant and identical delight.
Or maybe it was something to do with the raffle....
10 July 2017
SU 2017 celebrated a vast array of achievements by students at the University of Bristol. Professor George Banting and Vice Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady joined the Lord-Lieutenant, dignitaries, academics and students for an evening of entertainment, awards and presentations. The Students’ Union holds The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
7 July 2017
The latest group of students enrolled on the University of North Carolina (UNC) Honors Carolina course spent a lovely day in Bristol during which they engaged in a discussion with former Carolina alumna Lord-Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE. Meeting Peaches, a graduate from the UNC Chapel Hill, USA, in 1976, was part of a packed, week-long programme of activities for the students, who are recent high school graduates about to start their four years of study at UNC. Students participating on the Honors Carolina programme met a number of Carolina alumni involved in plant genomics at Kew, diplomacy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, global finance at Barclays; they also attended a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Peaches was instrumental in encouraging the Honors Carolina programme to visit Bristol. The group was based at Winston House in Bedford Square, the London home of UNC Honors Carolina. During their day-trip from the capital city they enjoyed a cruise along the Bristol docks and ate lunch overlooking the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. One of the aims of the Honors Carolina programme is to broaden the career ambitions and horizons of the participants. Thus, in a discussion led by Honors Carolina Dean Prof Jim Leloudis, the group held an informal, illustrated conversation on how Peaches’ career had developed and progressed from those heady days in Chapel Hill to her present role as Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, UK.
23 April 2017
The Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first orchestra of exceptionally talented black and minority ethnic musicians, staged a concert at St George’s Brandon Hill. Bristol was chosen as the orchestra’s first concert outside London since its launch in 2015. The orchestra champions change and celebrates diversity in classical music. It comes together several times a year to perform together. Among the musicians taking part was the BBC Young Musician of the Year Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Founder of Chineke! Orchestra, and double bassist, Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE is already known to Bristol audiences as a leading member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. St George’s has championed BME artists and those with disabilities from across music genres including classical, jazz, and world, and is seeking funding to deliver an education and outreach programme alongside Chineke! Orchestra. St George’s has championed BME artists and those with disabilities from across music genres including classical, jazz, and world, and is seeking funding to deliver an education and outreach programme alongside Chineke! Orchestra. Chief Executive of St George’s Bristol, Suzanne Rolt, commented: “We could not be more excited to be marking St George’s Day with the Bristol launch of an extraordinary new orchestra Chineke! – Europe’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra.”