He has also written and lectured on heritage matters. For many years he has chaired a variety of heritage organisations both at regional and national level. A collector and antiquarian, he sits on the Council of the Antiquaries Society of London. Dividing his time between London and his home in Nottinghamshire, Burgage Manor in Southwell – the home of the poet Byron from 1803 to 1808 – he had been Chairman of the Byron Society, London, Master of a number of London Livery Companies and was Sheriff of the City of London in 2004. Extensive pro bono charity work – mostly for heritage organisations – and the sponsorship of numerous educational initiatives for young people, are some of his many other activities. He is a member of the Athenaeum and Garrick Clubs.
Former NSPCC case officer recalls on his 20 years spent with the charity
As the NSPCC celebrates its 125th birthday, Jemma Page speaks to one of the charity’s former case officers about why it is still a needed organisation
Children lying in urine-stained mattresses and young parents unsure of how to cope with the pressure of having kids – pensioner Geoffrey Bond has seen just how vital the NSPCC is for families.
The 76-year-old, who became an honorary case secretary for the organisation in 1975, spent 20 years working with the charity administrating, supervising and overseeing cases.
During this time Mr Bond two inspectors who would visit him every two weeks to keep him updated with their cases.
Memories of a house at war Burgage Manor – VAD Hospital 1915-1919
As part of the nationwide WWI Centenary events, Burgage Manor will be commemorating its role as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Hospital; providing a vital nursing facility for wounded soliders utilising the help of local men and women who volunteered as VAD nurses and orderlies.
New trustees are on board
Trustees of a charity which educates children about the law say the support of local businesses is vital to helping it achieve its national ambitions.
The Galleries of Justice Museum in High Pavement, Nottingham, has already expanded its education programme to London and Manchester.
It provides workshops, debates and mock trials to help young people keep away from crime and out of prison.
Chairman of its Egalitarian Trust, Mich Stevenson, said Cardiff and Bristol are next on the list – but without any government funding it cannot achieve this without the help of visitors and businesses.
He said: “Businesses are the support mechanisms; we cannot do anything without support. Everything helps and everybody can play a part.”
The trust, which welcomed five new members to its board yesterday, also saw the retirement of two others – Geoffrey Bond and Roy Amlot.
Mr Bond, of Southwell, was honoured with a plaque for 20 years’ service.
He said: “Working with the team at the Galleries has been one of the most fulfilling and exciting pro bono jobs I have ever had the privilege to do and I shall miss the work, but the time is now right for new trustees to carry on our work consolidating the Galleries’ national reputation.”
New trustee Stuart Bestwick has run his own businesses for the past 12 years.
Mr Bestwick, of Mapperley Park, said continuing to have support from local businesses was an “ongoing” priority for the trust.
He said: “It’s a privilege to be a new trustee. We have the opportunity to bring this model to the rest of the country and, hopefully, put Nottinghamshire on the map in another way.
“It’s important that we tell as many people about the charity as possible and businesses are important because they can contribute financially, either directly or indirectly.”
Speaking of the new trustees Mr Stevenson added: “You cannot run an organisation like this without the support of its trustees. Each person brings different expertise to the table and that’s how we have developed.
“While we are losing two of our most senior trustees we are delighted to welcome five new members on board who will assist us to develop and deliver our education programmes at heritage sites across the UK.”
Geoffrey Bond receives a special Lifetime Award from HRH The Princess Royal on the occasion of the Centenary Banquet of the City Livery Club in the Guildhall, London on Monday, 9th June. Present were the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London and some 700 guests. Mr Bond’s long history of commitment and work for the Livery Companies of the City of London gave rise to the Award.
Geoffrey Bond O.B.E., D.L., LL.D, F.S.A.
Retired Lawyer, Heritage Consultant, Businessman & Broadcaster. Broadcaster on radio and television, and an original expert on the Antiques Roadshow. Lectured and written extensively on heritage.
- Former member of the MLA Council
- Former Chair of MLA (Museums, Libraries & Archives) London and of the AIL (Acceptance in Lieu) Panel
- Former Chair, GEM (Group for Education in Museums)
- Chairman, Papplewick Pumping Station Trust
- Former Consul for Norway
- Founder of the City of London Bridge Ward Club Norwegian Business Scholars Trust
- Chairman, Scottish Byron Society & Vice-President London Byron Society
- Former Master, Company of Arts Scholars
- Chairman Livery Committee
- Member Court of City of London Solicitors’ Company
- Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass
- Liveryman of the Clockmakers
- Sheriff of the City of London 2003/4
- Chairman & Curator ‘Treasures of the Livery Companies Exhibition London 2012’
- Chairman & Founder – The Lord Mayor of the City of London Cultural Scholarship for young people
- Chairman & Founder – Rolls Building Art & Education Trust London
- Deputy Chairman – Galleries of Justice (Incorporating The Museum of Law & The National Centre for Citizenship and the Law) and Founding Trustee
- Extensive pro bono charity work mostly for heritage organisations and sponsored numerous educational initiatives
- Fellow and member of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries, London
- Member of Committees of a number of Heritage Trusts