On Wednesday 12 June one of our long-serving volunteers, Chris Purvis, was presented with his Grant of Armorial Bearings by Letters Patent. The ceremony was held here in the Great Hall at Charlecote. We were very pleased for Chris and his family as this is another stage in his interest in Heraldry, an interest which started through his volunteering role at Charlecote nearly 15 years ago.
The ceremony was attended by many local dignitaries and some of his fellow volunteers. We welcomed the Chairman of Stratford District Council, Mr Chris Mills and Mrs Mills, the Town Mayor of Stratford upon Avon, Diane Walden and her Consort Mr Guyver, Robert Noel, Bernard Bryne JP and Adrian de Redman, Birmingham City Honorary Armorist and Master of Ceremonies.
Robert Noel is Lancaster Herald. He works at the College of Arms and steered Chris’ application for the grant through that august body.
Bernard Bryne, as a JP, was there to represent Her Majesty The Queen in the absence on royal duties of the Lord Lieutenant.
Adrian started by putting everybody at their ease and then the dignitaries entered the Great Hall. Adrian gave a little talk and read out the Letters Patent. Bernard Bryne, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, then presented the Letters Patent to Chris.
Chris then gave a short speech, which was followed by a Press Call.
After the ceremony there was an excellent lunch over the road at The Charlecote Pheasant.
Just over 40 people attended the ceremony and everybody had a very enjoyable day.
Our congratulations to Chris on this wonderful accolade and our thanks to his family for sending us these photos of a very special day!