Events and news

November 25 2020 – Julian Baring Scholarship Fund Dinner at Goldsmiths' Hall, London, EC2V 6BN

The next fund raising event planned for the JBSF is taking place on Wednesday 25th November 2020. We will be hosting a Dinner at the Goldsmiths' Hall. Do contact us at if you are interested to join us.

September 2018 - Walking with Poldark

More than 50 people were involved over a September weekend, all flying the flag for The JBSF. Those of us who walked all three days covered 82.4 KMs or 107,773 steps - considerably further than we originally set out to do! This also included an underground tour of the South Crofty Mine. As you can see from the photos the Cornish coast line is certainly not flat, so we certainly earned our pasties!

A huge thank you to all those that joined us and helped it to be such a glorious event. Cornwall’s mining heritage is richer than you could ever imagine and we were lucky enough to be joined by the world’s experts, especially those from Cornish Lithium and Strongbow Mining (two exciting companies that you should read up on). Our eyes have been well and truly opened to the incredibly rich mining history of the county - with tin, copper, zinc, and silver all coming out of the ground there from 100,000 shafts!

The African based students we support (14 this year) are all very deserving and really appreciate that we are helping (in our small way) to educate the future leaders of Africa’s Mining Industry. Events like this, supported by you, really make a difference to those we are assisting.

We were escorted past many of the old mine workings across the county that also follow a number of the coastal walks made famous in the recent Poldark television series. Our final day covered much of The Penwith Heritage Coastal Walk between St Ives and Penzance.

It was an exhausting but fascinating trip - alas we didn't find Poldark but we were blessed with glorious weather and raised over £15,000 for the cause.

We have raised more than £15,000 so far, for which we are hugely grateful and, just in case you missed the link to give, or know someone else who might like to donate, it is…

Many thanks to all those who took part

Walking with Poldark
Walking with Poldark
Walking with Poldark

December 2013 - publication of "Turning Rocks into Profits" - high grade exerpts from 25 years of Gold & General newsletters.

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the BlackRock Gold & General Fund, Blackrock very generously organised for the editing and publication of this book, edited by Michael Coulson and Justin Baring, which contains exerpts from Julian Baring's weekly newletters. All the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Julian Baring Scholarship Fund. For copies of the book, please contact -

November 22 2012 - Julian Baring Scholarship Fund Dinner at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, EC2V 6BN

A highly successful fund raising dinner was held at Goldsmiths' Hall with many of the leading corporate figures in the world mining sector attending and taking part in an auction of 12 lots. The dinner raised around £80,000 for the Scholarship Fund.

September 2012 - Substantial donation from Bristow Boyz

I am delighted to be contacting you on behalf of our “Nos Vies En Partage” charity motorbike ride which took place from 1 June to 7 July this year.
The participants on the bike ride were me, my two sons Grant and Craig and friends Rob Alexander, Rocky Boulanger and Rob Beaumont. In addition there was a ladies support group consisting of my wife Noeleen and Katija Krazlog.

The bike ride traversed 14 countries in Europe and Africa with the riders travelling from Bagshot in England to Budapest in Hungary and onward to Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, to Bamako in Mali and finally finishing the ride in Abidjan in the Côte d’Ivoire. An important objective of our ride was to support a range of charitable causes that include the Julian Baring Scholarship fund which supports the university education of geologists and mining engineers from Africa who otherwise could not afford it; I’m pleased to inform you that the Nos Vies En Partage committee has allocated a substantial donation to the Julian Baring Fund.

The trustees of the Julian Baring Scholarship Fund wish to thank “Nos Vies En Partage” and the participants for their wonderful, kind and very generous donation, which will make a real and life changing difference to students who receive the Julian Baring Scholarship bursary.

The Bristow Boyz bike to Mali, Africa, 2012

Randgold Resources chief executive Mark Bristow recently departed on a 6 500 mile (10 500 kilometre), six-man expedition from Bagshot, England, to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on specially modified Yamaha motorbikes. The 36-day expedition, dubbed 3boyzonbikes after Bristow and his sons, is the second such trip. The 2012 expedition traversed 17 countries: England, France, Brussels, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and Mali (see map below). They kept an online journal of their adventure on

The purpose of the expedition, like that of its forerunners, is to be a fundraising vehicle for a number of charitable causes including the Julian Baring Fund, which supports the education and career advancement of geologists and mining engineers in Africa.

The Bristow Boyz bike through Africa, 2009

On May 25th 2009 Dr. Mark Bristow and his sons will motor bike from Cape Town to Cairo over 49 days covering 14,800kms all in aid of The Julian Baring Scholarship. See the page on this website to see their route and to sponsor them.

Canoe Trip August 2009

In August 2009 Justin Baring, Graham Birch, Jamie Strauss, Tom Clark, Marcus Hanbury, Jo Wakeley, George Irvine and Rupert Hodson set off in canoes on the Kennet and Avon canal to paddle from Devizes to Teddington. This 142km trip was completed in two man canoes and took three days. If it were not for the encouragement of the many supporters cheering us along on the way and the team work between the crews, the challenge may have got the better of us. The most arduous task was to lift the canoes out of the water and around the 18 locks along the way. The many blisters, aches, pains and general stiffness were all worth it thanks to the hugely generous sponsorship that the teams received for their troubles.

The South Downs Way 2005

In 2005 Justin Baring, Jamie Strauss, Charlie Davies Gilbert, Jo Wakeley set off from Winchester to walk the South Downs Way. Covering 140km over two and a half days, the team (having been joined by many supporters on the way) arrived at The Tiger Inn at East Dean, just 1 mile from Beachy Head in East Sussex met by flag carrying and cheering members of their families. The walk helped raise funds for The Julian Baring Scholarship and was even mentioned in the local Sussex newspapers.