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Bristol Corn Trade Guild

The Bristol Corn Trade Guild provides support to those who have connections with the grain and feed trade who have fallen on hard times by providing financial assistance. If you are aware of anyone who you think may be in need of assistance please contact the BCFTA offices and the matter will be treated confidentially.

The Bristol Corn Trade Guild was established in 1898 as a charity to help those members in the "trade" who fell on hard times.

Guild membership is now open to all employees of BCFTA member companies and it has two specific functions:

1. Charitable Support

The aims of the charity are:

  1. To assist those Members, whether active, retired or honorary, their wives, husbands, widows, widowers, children or other dependants who through force of circumstances and who in the opinion of the Executive Committee require and deserve such assistance.
  2. To assist those persons and their dependants, who have at one time been Members of or benefactors to the Society who through force of circumstances and who in the opinion of the Executive Committee require and deserve such assistance.
  3. To assist those persons previously employed by firms or companies engaged in the grain, feed, flour or allied trades, not being Members of the Society, who in the opinion of the Executive Committee require and deserve such assistance.

Those eligible are helped from Guild funds in all sorts of ways - such as regular payment of a certain bill (e.g. gas, electricity, telephone)  or perhaps "one-off" payments for such things as building repairs, storage heaters or special medical treatment. In the language of modern big business, the amounts may not be huge, but they are sufficient to make a real difference to the individual recipients. The work of the Guild stands as a demonstration of friendship and human values still at work in modern business. Long may it last!

To discuss potential support please ring the Secretary, Richard Cooksley on 01275 373539 or mobile 07801 435772 and all enquiries for support are treated confidentially 

2. Social

While the Guild is primarily a charity it also organises a number of social events for members that include:

  • Spring and Autumn Golf Matches
  • Spring Lunch
  • Summer outing
  • Christmas lunch

For details on guild events please check the events section of the website or contact the BCFTA office.

Des Gilbert, Former President of the Bristol Corn Trade Guild

It is with great sadness that BCFTA past president, current Guild President, long standing Committee BCFTA member Des Gilbert passed away on the 9th November 2020 at Southmead hospital following a very short illness.

Des worked for Willett and Son for over 40 years, and was so well respected and liked by colleagues at Willets, customers, suppliers, the industry as a whole and our thoughts are with his wife Debbie, his sons Adam and James, daughter-in-law Sheralyn, and the rest of his family and friends.

Please CLICK HERE for the copy of the presentation from the BCFTA AGM on the 12th November 2020 to commemorate Des.