The objects of the Society shall be:-
(a) To preserve the continuity of the Cirencester Society in London, which was in existence before the year 1702, and has since that date continuously met and dined in London.
(b) To promote intercourse and good fellowship amongst the Members.
(c) To strengthen the ties between the ancient Town of Cirencester and those resident in London and elsewhere interested in its welfare.
From its origins the Society raised funds primarily to meet the cost of apprenticeship fees to be paid to masters approved by the Society for the benefit of poor Cirencester boys.
This involved many trades: Dyers, hatters, tailors, leather workers, silversmiths, pewterers, whitesmiths, braziers, woodworkers and barber/surgeons.
Today the Society’s charitable aims are met through the John Edmonds Charity. In recent years bursaries have been awarded for:
- Teaching in foreign orphanages
- Medical electives in Africa
- A scientific vist to Spitzbergen
- Childcare in Mexico
- Work with street children in India
- MSc in Biomedical Sciences
- Purchase of musical instruments
- Sponsoring an apprentice stonemason working on the South Porch of the Parish Church