The Merchant Venturers of Bristol Spring Banquet – Bristol

Friday 20th May 2022

Following the works visit in Sheffield, the Mistress and I set off south to Bristol for that evening’s Spring Banquet with the Merchant Venturers of Bristol. This was a far more intimate affair than the Cutlers Feast, with only 70 or so of us gathered in the lovely Merchant Venturers Hall in Clifton. We were greeted by the Master Merchant Venturer, David Freeth, and looked after by Sir David Wills, formerly of this parish, who introduced us to many of his fellow Merchants, who were all most welcoming. Dinner, wine and conversation flowed, and we were entertained by a most amusing speech by HH Judge Richard Marks QC, who is an old school friend of the Master. We enjoyed ourselves enormously, to the extent that we had to be dragged to the minibus that was taking us back to our hotel.