August; it seems we are freer, if not yet fully free, and there are things happening to look forward to. It is very good to see that The David Vaisey Prize, an award for innovation in library services in the county, is up and running for 2021. This HCG initiative has been very successful over a number of years in identifying some amazing and ambitious best practice, both to be able to applaud and to share the innovative approaches to encouraging reading and library usage, and many thanks to Jonathan Taylor and his team. The awards will be presented, as always, at the Cheltenham Literary Festival in October, and will be reported in the newsletter.
Our annual dinner in Tewkesbury Abbey will be made all the more enjoyable through the presence of our Patron, HRH The Princes Royal. We will take the opportunity, in this our 14th year, to say a particular thank you to Sir Henry Elwes as our Founder. It was his vision and hard work that has brought us to this point; no mean feat.
And the HCG’s continuing role in building links for the County with South Korea, and in particular the city of Paju, will include our presence at a dinner in September to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Imjin River.
Add in the visits organised by the Arts and Heritage Group and the memories of lockdown will start to dim as our fellowship in person re-emerges. And as you will see below – we are planting platinum trees!
It was good to see Andrew Tabor at the Gloucestershire Girlguiding Centre recently delivering the cheque awarded from the Honourable Company Charitable Trust.
Christine Wray, Chair of the Deer park Management Committee said 'We are delighted and very grateful to receive the cheque for £1000 towards the cost of a new accessible toilet and shower, and refurbishment of an existing outside toilet at Deer park, our HQ and Activity Centre at Cowley.'
The Honourable Company Dinner
at Tewkesbury Abbey on 16th September 2021
As members will know, the 2021 Annual Dinner of the Honourable Company is being held in Tewkesbury Abbey on the 16th of September. The Company is honoured that our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal will be joining us. Our choice of Tewkesbury Abbey is prompted by the 900th anniversary of the consecration of the Abbey, and also by the commemoration of the Battle of Tewkesbury some 550 years ago. We are extremely grateful that the Vicar and Church Wardens of the Abbey have agreed to welcome us. Our speaker at the dinner is Loyd Grossman, a member of the Company and well known author, broadcaster and cultural campaigner. It should be a splendid evening.
The sunshine, the views and of course the wonderful hospitality from Anne and Johnny Chambers lead to a very memorable trip for our members and their guests. Sadly a few couldn’t make it as the M5 was inconveniently shut but those who did were rewarded with a fascinating and illuminating tour. It was fantastic to see the Kiftsgate Rose in all its splendour although we have to say that the best thing about the evening was the chance to meet up with friends and picnic in such lovely surroundings!