Honourable Company Trust News
Sir Dusty Miller reflects on the work of Sir Henry Elwes as he steps down as Chairman of the Trust.

The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire was formed in 2007, based on the vision of the then Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Sir Henry Elwes KCVO.  He felt that a new partnership should be established to uphold the county’s traditions and history, to ensure that its future achievements were encouraged and celebrated, and to promote charitable giving for the benefit of those living in the county.  
In 2012 Sir Henry, together with a small number of other founding members of the Company, set up a separate Charitable Trust as a tax-efficient way of reinforcing and delivering the Company’s charitable objectives.  The 8 trustees who meet a maximum of 4 times each year vote annually to elect their Chairman, a position held by Sir Henry from inception until his final meeting in March 2021 when he fulfilled his maximum term of office as a trustee within the provisions of the Declaration of Trust.
Under Sir Henry’s chairmanship, the Trust made grants totalling some £200,000.00 to deserving causes in the county.  He also established a very strong relationship with the Gloucestershire Community Foundation with which the Trust now works closely yet retains its independence.  The Trust, which benefits from members’ individual contributions, is a powerful force for good in the county.
We owe Sir Henry our most fulsome gratitude for his clarity of vision, leadership, wise counsel and unwavering support for our county over very many years.  As Warden Emeritus, he remains a member of Court for the Honourable Company.   

Nine local charities were granted awards from the Trust in March.
Some have sent pictures in and/or letters to thank us.
All the links for the charities are either below or underneath the pictures.
All are clickable.

Holfords of Westonbirt Trust - £1000

The Rock - £1000

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity - £1050

SSAFA Bristol & South Glos - £1000

Inspire Arts Trust - £500
The Carers support centre is a charity which provides, support, information and advice to carers of any age living in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas.
The Holst Museum
We need to have blinds lowered in certain rooms to protect the items on display, including the piano on which much of the “Planets Suite” was composed, from the harmful impact of sunlight.
This Grant will help make the rooms a much more inviting environment for visitors and make it easier to view the exhibits properly.

Please pass on our many thanks to the trustees for awarding us the grant for our community sight loss advice service in South Gloucestershire. We are extremely grateful for their support.
‘Sight Support West of England improves the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people in South Gloucestershire by providing practical and emotional support for people adjusting to living with sight loss.
Karen Monk, Fundraiser
Thank you so much for the donation of £500  from The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust to Green Community Travel.
We are so grateful for your support, please also thank the trustees from the organisation. We are firm believers in every little helps, and £500 is a large amount of money to us to enable us to continue our important work. We know that things have been so difficult for many charitable organisations over the past year and support from organisations such as yourselves enable us and many more to continue their valuable work.

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