[ Cheadle Hulme School, Manchester, and Sir Eric A. Carpenter. ] Duplicated 'Address by E. A. Carpenter, J.P. (President, Manchester Chamber of Commerce)', at the 'Cheadle Hulme School Founders' Day Service'.

Sir Eric A. Carpenter [ Sir Eric Ashton Carpenter ] (1896-1973), President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, banker and industrialist [ Cheadle Hulme School, Manchester ]
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Cheadle Hulme Paris Church [ Manchester ]. 29 October 1948.
SKU: 20321

Carpenter, who was knighted in 1951, 'For services as President, Manchester Chamber of Commerce', was a leading Manchester industrialist and banker. Among the numerous positions listed in his entry in Who Was Who, he was for 40 years the chairman and managing director of the Manchester cotton manufacturers Greg Brothers & Co., and for 21 years a director of Williams Deacon's Bank (serving as chairman for 12 years), a leading member of the Cotton and Rayon Merchants' Association, the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, and the International Chamber of Commerce. 17pp., landscape 12mo, paginated 1, 1A, 2-17. On seventeen leaves punched in corner and attached with metal-tipped tie to grey card covers, on which the title and other details are printed. Carpenter begins by explaining that 'Mr. Lockhart, the Headmaster of my old school, invited me to give the address at the Founders' Day Service', and explains that he is going to begin the address 'on a rather personal note', giving the biblical quotation which he will take as his text. He continues: 'My father passed away when I was about eight years of age and I have therefore few very vivid recollections of his influences upon me, but amongst them is one of being taken [to] what was then a country walk from Heaton Mersey to Didsbury Parish Church for service on Sunday mornings.' After a reference to his mother he continues: 'It is nearly 37 years since, at the age of 15, I completed five years of boarding-school days at Cheadle Hulme and became a very young “Old Boy.”' He continues for a while with a discussion of the school's influence on him, it having 'led' him to 'the firm [Greg Brothers] with which I have been privileged to spend the whole of my business life', and also having 'fitted' him 'to enter upon voluntary work in the Chamber of Commerce and other organisations in the commercial field. That has led to my being honoured and entrusted with the presidency of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and, incidentally, to my presence in this pulpit this morning.' He turns to the need for voluntary work and 'Service before Need', 'pride in our work', 'our standards of honesty' and the 'desperate need of leadership' in the world. The address ends with a pious exhortation. Scarce: no other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.