Dear Members and friends, 

Firstly, I am sure you would like to join me in wishing King Charles a speedy recovery and we look forward to his return to full royal duties in the not-too-distant future.

Our next major event will be the Commonwealth Service at Bath Abbey on Sunday 10th March at 3.30pm, followed at 4.30pm by the RCS Bath Art Competition prize-giving reception at the 44AD Artspace in the presence of our president the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Mohammed Saddiq and the Mayor of Bath Councillor Dine Romero. It promises to be a great exhibition. It has been very well supported and we have entries from around 20 schools and 80 individual artists from Bath and the surrounding area on our theme of Moon Gazers and Star Finders. Members and friends are invited along to the service and the reception. (RSVP if you wish to attend the reception). 

As a society we have been very active over the last few months and along with our speaker programme members also enjoyed an excellent Xmas lunch at the Bath Cricket Club in December. Anita our vice-chair organised an annual lunch in January in co-operation with the Bath and County Club when over 40 members and friends joined together. Our speaker General Sir Gordon Messenger, Constable of the Tower of London was most entertaining and let us into a number of secrets from the Tower as well as setting out his high-profile involvement during the Covid pandemic. 

Also in January we were invited by the mayor for an afternoon in the Mayor’s Parlour where we learned more about the role of the mayor, the society and her involvement in Commonwealth matters within the city. The High Sheriff of Somerset was present as were members and students from both universities. Unfortunately our talk on 16th February was cancelled, however we are looking forward to our next lunch and speaker on 16th April (details to follow). In the summer we are looking to organise a canal-boat trip.

We continue to provide grants for Commonwealth projects and students, and look out for our special Commonwealth Schools award to be launched in the autumn. Currently, we are working on a total revamp of our website so if you would like details of any of our activities or information on how to apply for sponsorship, please drop us an email. If you would like to support us through making a donation or sponsor an event, then do not hesitate to contact us. 

Can I remind members that you will have received recent notification that your annual subscription is now due. If you know of anyone who would like to join then, please get in touch.

Best wishes 

Godfrey Hall Chair 


(please see attached Commonwealth Day messages)

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Lord Lieutenant Somerset Message
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