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 dependents 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 dependents, 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!

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.