The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries 400th Anniversary Banquet – 6th December 2017

Liveryman, Assistant Alistair Subba kindly entertained The Master and other guests to a magnificent banquet in the Great Hall in the Guildhall. Alistair, Senior Partner at surveying practice Farebrother, is a Liveryman of the Apothecaries Company as well as Chair of the Fund Raising Committee for our Worshipful Company.

The Assembled Company

The occasion commenced with champagne (Lagache Brut) being served in the Old Library. Moving into the magnificent Great Hall we enjoyed a delicious four course meal with 4 wines (Vire-Clesse Chanson, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Sevety Six Shiraz Cabernet, Coteaux du Layon Domaine des Forges and Fonseca Bin 27 port). It was stupendous!

The caterers served 750 guests with incredible efficiency.

We were honoured to be entertained in the presence of the most elegant, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.

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Sir Brian Hill’s Memorial Service – 5th December 2017

Today at 2.45 pm representatives of our Livery Company turned out in their masses to pay tribute to Sir Brian Hill, immediate Past Master William Hill’s father. In a truly moving service the packed congregation celebrated the life of this wonderful gentleman. Sir Brian was the 18th Master of our Worshipful Company in the 1994/5 year. In the service, tributes were given by William Hill, Derek Ridout, Sarah Lott — Sir Brian’s daughter, and Bob Gunn, Maggie Kippen and Sally Moss from The Kingswood Community.

We closed with a song written about Sir Brian to the tune of ‘Hello Dolly’ paying special tribute to Sir Brian’s formidable acting career.

Sir Brian Hill

Afterglow by Helen Lawrie Marshall read:

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Sir Brian will be greatly missed, our sympathy goes out to his family.

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The Mercers’ Livery Concert – 30th November 2017

The Master and the Master’s Lady, Tony and Pauline, enjoyed a brilliant evening at the Mercers’ Concert followed by a delicious supper. We were entertained by the virtuoso trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins who amongst other achievements plays the intro music to ‘The Antiques Road Show’ and played for The Royal Philharmonic, Sadlers Wells and English Chamber Orchestras.

Crispian was accompanied by Leslie Pearson, Britains most distinguished keyboard player. His compositions include, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dr Who, Poirot and Lovejoy.

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FieldFisher Market Round Up – 29th November 2017

Liveryman Colin Peacock, Liveryman elect Antony Phillips and The Master attended a Property Case Law round up given by six members of FieldFisher’s Real Estate Team

Colin Peacock, Tony Joyce and Antony Phillips

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Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman – 22nd November 2017

The Masters Lady, Pauline Joyce joined other consorts for a Champagne Tea at the Guildhall Club where the Lady Mayoress  spoke about Fellowship and Charity and how the role of consorts is becoming more important in these changing times.

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Mistresses’ and Consorts’ Luncheon at Bakers’ Hall – 23rd November 2017

The Master Tax Advisor’s Consort, Mr. Andrew Loader welcomed the Mistresses’ and Consorts’ at a splendid luncheon at the Bakers’ Hall which was followed by an hilarious address by Mr Neil Fletcher, Beadle to The Worshipful Company of Bakers on the Bakers’ Hall and it’s history. They seem to still be licking their wounds for being blamed for starting the Great fire of London. He blamed the French. The Master’s lady, Pauline Joyce enjoyed another opportunity to meet fellow Consorts.

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The Worshipful Company of Actuaries at Staple Inn Hall – 22nd November 2017

The Master with a number of other Livery Masters were treated to an excellent presentation followed by supper by Cambridge Professor David Spiegelhalter, OBE, FRS who has presented the BBC4 documentaries including ‘Tails you Win’, ‘Climate Change by Numbers ‘ and ‘Sex by Numbers’. He enlightened us to how statistics are knowingly wrongly presented in order to sensationalise stories, often saying quite the reverse of the statistical findings.

Staple Inn Hall

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Mansion House Lord Mayor’s address to Masters – 22nd November 2017

We were privileged to be invited  to have drinks at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s City home. The Lord Mayor then set out his aims and ambitions not just for 1 year but a 3 year plan, which subject to due process will be fulfilled by his successors…well at least 2 of them! Alderman Charles Bowman Lord Mayor presented his concerns for the future of the City and emphasised the need for even more transparency. His 4 ‘R’s’ are Responsible, Reliable, Radical and Relevant. He encouraged all Livery Companies to acquire RAF Military Affiliates and referenced our very own past Master Delva Patman, who presided to this end, in an official capacity.

The Livery Masters gathered in the Great Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House

Alderman Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor

Clive Parritt, Master Chartered Accountant, Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor and Master Chartered Surveyor Tony Joyce

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Festival of St Cecilia – 22nd November 2017

The Masters and Wardens of the 110 Livery Companies were invited to process the full length of Westminster Cathedral to enjoy a splendid musical service in support of Help Musicians UK. The choir was male only from the youngest school children to seasoned choristers. They were superb.

Westminster Cathedral

Senior Warden and Master

Master listens carefully to sage words of Senior Warden

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The City of London Solicitors Dinner at Stationers’ Hall – 21st November 2017

The Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London held a formal dinner at the Stationers Hall, It was a fun evening with a most entertaining address given by Lieutenant General David Leakey, CMG, CBE, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod who proposed a toast to the Company.

Caroline Field, Ronnie Fox (Past Master of the Solicitors Company) and The Master

Mrs Panthea Parker, Neil Logan-Green, Master and Ed Parker

Master, Alderman David Graves with Black Rod to his right

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25th Wedding Anniversary – The Grand Hotel – 19th November 2017

The Master and the Masters Lady, were privileged to be invited to attend a celebratory lunch at the 5 star Grand Hotel  in Eastbourne to celebrate Lady Davies and Sir David’s 25th wedding anniversary. It was a splendid affair with excellent amusing speeches.

Master, Master’s Lady, Past Master Lady Davies and Sir David Davies

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Pledge 150 – Campaign to end youth homelessness – 17th November 2017

A number of Liverymen supported the RICS/LandAid charity event at the RICS HQ and were treated to a surprise visit from the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duke of Cambridge addresses the supporters of this worthy initiative

Past Master Bould converses with The Duke of Cambridge

An honourable moment

Champagne Breakfast Fundraiser 2017, RICS, Landaid, Pledge 150, 17th November 2017, The Duke of Cambridge,

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135 Geographic Squadron – Remembrance – 12th November 2017

It was a privilege to be invited by 135 Geographic Squadron to attend their Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church, Ewell and afterwards to be fed and watered in their drill hall. At lunch which was either Curry or Shepherds Pie, I was honoured to be sandwiched between The Worshipful, the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost and Honorary Colonel Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB.

It was with great joy that I presented the Endeavour Award to Corporal Gary Kirchmair for going beyond the call of duty in his care for his colleagues and new recruits through exceptional voluntary mentoring.

Splendid Guard of Honour as we paraded from the Memorial to the church

The Worshipful, The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell addressing the troops

135 Geographic Squadron on Parade

The Master presenting the Endeavour Award to Corporal Gary Kirchmair

 

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The Lord Mayor’s Show – 11th November 2017

A privilege to engage with these wonderful citizens

135 Geographic Squadron at the Lord Mayor’s Show

Our military in the making!

The Master and Renter Warden

Our Military affiliate
135 Geographic Squadron

The Chelsea Pensioners bus

Yes and they even had Camels!

Amazing music from around the world

Renter Warden Ken Morgan with representatives of the Modern Livery Companies

Liveryman Mark Larard and Renter Warden Ken Morgan

Poppy Donkey

Unlike the past two years, we were blessed with a dry day. Liverymen Ken Morgan and Tony Joyce paraded with the Modern Companies. Liveryman Mark Larard was again on Marshall duty. It was agreat joy to catch the eyes of Past Masters Delva Patman and George Gillon in the Lord Mayor’s Stand.

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Elizabeth Greens reception at Armourers Hall – 9th November 2017

It was great to catch up with so many Surveyors Liverymen and Past Masters at The Hon Elizabeth Green’s reception this evening.

Past Masters Roger Southam, Lady Jenna and Rob Bould with The Master

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Charles Russell Speechly/Savills/WCCS Careers Evening – 8th November 2017

Very many thanks to Charles Russell Speechly and Savills under the guidance of Liveryman Clwyd Roberts and his team for delivering a great careers evening for  year 12 students, as a result of which many students have secured half term work experience placements.

Students from Robert Clack with teacher John Hamill

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The Horners’ Company Memorial Lecture – 8th November 2017

Dr Matthew Burke gave a fascinating discourse on the use of polymers in medicine at The Royal Society of Medicine. He focussed primarily on how the polymers enable the slow release of drugs which dramatically reduces side effects. Afterwards, Masters, Masters Ladies, Wardens and Clerks were treated to a delicious supper.

Polly Joyce (Masters Lady), Tony Joyce (Master), Alison Gill (Master Horner), Diana Muirhead and Martin Muirhead (Horner).

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Surveyors Freeman Society Property Lecture – 8th November 2018

Antony Phillips, Senior Property Partner at Fieldfisher for the fifth year running once again treated the SFS to a very interesting Property Landlord and Tenant update focussing on break clauses  and Landlord and Tenant covenants and obligations.

Phil Richards, Chairman of the SFS, Tony Joyce (Master). Antony Phillips, Fieldfisher Head of Property

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Service of Thanksgiving for the Lord Mayor – 6th November 2017

At St Stephen Walbrook, the Livery Masters attended a service of thanksgiving for the Lord Mayor’s year in office. A most entertaining address was given by The Revd Canon Roger Royle, Chaplain to The Lord Mayor. His tribute was not only to the Lord Mayor but also to Wendy, the Lady Mayoress during which he presented each a limited edition of Roger Royle Blackpool Rock (well beyond their sell-by date… the rock, not Andrew and Wendy!) The reference to Blackpool being the home town of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley and Tony Joyce (Master Chartered Surveyor)

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Master’s lunch at The Waterman’s Hall – 6th November 2017

Following the Service of Remembrance at St Paul’s, the Waterman’s Company invited the Masters and their Clerks to enjoy a delicious luncheon in their Hall at St Mary at Hill, London EC3.

Stephen Gee, The Master Basketmaker and Tony Joyce, The Master Chartered Surveyor

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The Royal British Legion Garden of Remembrance Service – St Paul’s Cathedral – 6th November 2017

Besides representatives from the Military and City Guilds, 110 Livery Masters and their Clerks gathered for breakfast in the Crypt at St Paul’s and then joined the Lord Mayor in each planting a cross with poppy in the garden of remembrance.

Robert Burgon, Master Plumber, Tony Joyce, Master Chartered Surveyor, and Stephen Wagstaffe, Master Chartered Architect

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RICS Service of Remembrance, St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey – 3rd November 2018

A most moving service in Westminster remembering the many fallen Surveyors who died or suffered as a result of war. The service was well attended by Livery colleagues and the address given by our Honorary Chaplain John Kronenberg. The Hymns and Anthems were led by the RICS singers and conducted by our very own Bill Gloyn. This was Liveryman Amanda Clack’s final engagement before flying off to Toronto to hand over her Presidency.

Liverymen: Amanda Clack (RICS President), Tony Joyce (Master), Bill Gloyn (Choir Master)

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The Culture Mile with the City of London Corporation – 1st November 2017

Liveryman Liz Peace and the Master were treated to an exclusive preview of the proposed Culture Mile. This is a partnership between The Barbican, the Museum of London, The Guildhall School of Music and Arts and the London Symphony Orchestra. The City have delivered project funding and the cooperative will be seeking partnership funding for the scheme. This involves moving the Museum to the redundant elements of Smithfield, and the redevelopment of the site where the Museum is currently housed. Amazingly Banksy has been at work on the corners of Chiswell Street and Golden Lane EC2. More to come on this fabulous and exciting programme.

Liveryman Liz Peace and the Master admiring the City’s very own Banksy

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Debate Mate – 10th Anniversary Launch – 31st October 2017

Assistant Peacock and the Master attended a brilliant London Secondary Schools debate at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. The debaters were aged between 13 and 16. The motion was ‘the voting age should be reduced to 16’. Strong arguments were put for and against the motion. Then youngsters were invited to comment from the floor. This programme provides an incredible opportunity for young people to develop their debating skills. We were so impressed by their high standard.  Last year the winning UK schools team made it to the world final…and won! Many thanks to the RICS for hosting a reception afterwards at Great George Street for the organisers and supporters of Debate Mate.

Debate Mate Launch, Tony Joyce and Colin Peacock

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Installation Dinner – Drapers Hall – 26th October 2017

Drapers Hall

Thanks to all of my dear friends for honouring me with their presence at my Installation as Master at Drapers’ Hall. Especial thanks to my speakers Claer Barrett, star of paper, radio and television, and to Harvey Soning, Chairman of JAI for being prepared to speak and also being so kind to me. To have the Pikemen and Musketeers on Parade and being entertained by classical guitarist William Scott, student at the Royal College made it all more special. Let’s have more fun together… watch this space!!

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Last Post – 26.10.2017

 

My year as Master is over!  We have just finished a magnificent evening at Drapers’ Hall where Tony Joyce was installed as our new Master.  Congratulations and best wishes to him and Polly for the year ahead.  It has been a huge honour to serve the Company and I would like to take the opportunity to say a big  thank you to Amanda and her team for their hard work and  of course to you the livery for your incredible support and encouragement during my year in office.

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RICS Q3 Commercial Survey presentation – 26.10.2017

My last official engagement  as Master.  I was on duty at 8.00 am at the new offices of UBS in Broadgate Circus to participate in a panel session to discuss the Q3 survey results.  Some very bullish views from agents and investors on the prospects for the industrial sector.

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Duncan Preston – award of President’s Medal -26.10.2017

Congratulations to Duncan Preston who has been presented by Amanda Clack the President’s Medal. Duncan has not only been a great servant of the Company but also over many years for the RICS.

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Chocolate Soirée – 24.10.2017

The last social event of my year in office!  A group of about 20 liverymen and friends gathered for a very informal evening at 2 Cavendish Square to celebrate chocolate.  Caroline is a keen amateur chocolatier and kindly organised this event for us.  We started with a welcome drink and enjoyed a tasty buffet supper before the hardwork of the evening started — learning about and tasting chocolate from Russell and Albert of Fifth Dimension Chocolates.

Fifth Dimension Chocolates was founded in 2013 by Russell Pullan and Albert Chau and is an internationally-renowned British chocolatier specialising in luxury handmade chocolates. The aim is to create a sensory experience in fine chocolates, by combining classic and unusual flavours with premium, fine flavour (fino de aroma) single origin cocoa. They have won over 30 awards already!

During the evening we were given an insight into how and where cacao is grown and the many different types giving taste variances equivalent to those between a fine claret and supermarket plonk.  We were given instructions on how to taste chocolate and then put that knowledge into practice.  We then had a demonstration on how they approached pairing the different chocolate with their amazing filling choices.  We sampled Rio — a banana a cardamon chocolate and one with peanut butter and and jam filling.  

There was even time for a bit of practical work with the Master producing some hand rolled chocolate truffles but sadly with little style and consistency of chocolate covering.

A fantastic evening with most of the attendees clutching boxes of chocolates purchased on the night.  I guarantee that if you buy 5th Dimension Chocolates for Christmas presents you will not be disappointed.  Go and have a look at www.5dchocolates.com.

 

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Christmas present idea: Guilds of London Strategy Game

I played this strategy game for the second time recently.  The idea is to use your liverymen counters to win guilds and with it become the master.  The winner though is the one who accumulates the most points which are gathered during play and then in a count up at the end linked to the cards and guilds you have won. This game is for game lovers who want something with greater emphasis on strategy than rolling the dice.  Several leagues up from Monopoly and it will take time to work it out and learn it.  However great fun for the the livery company enthusiast!  Interestingly when the game maker was putting it together very few Companies allowed him to use their names so you will see plays on names but not very difficult to work out. Available on Amazon at around £25. 

 

 

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Presentation of cheque for Treloar’s appeal by Mayfair Capital – 24.10.2017

Mayfair Capital Investment Management, where I am a non executive director, kindly agreed to make our Treloar’s 40th anniversary appeal the beneficiary of their annual quiz night. Now the numbers have been added up James Thornton, the CEO, has presented me with a cheque for £15,000. Many many thanks again to all the Mayfair team for the huge amount of work that went into the evening as well as the providers of auction lots and the generosity of the bidders.

 

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Zen Master victorious for WCCS racing club – 21.10.2017

 

Zen Master followed up his encouraging 3rd place to make a winning reappearance at Market Rasen  in the Smokey Joe Maiden Hurdle. A great start for our new racing club!

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Grow your own – National Apprenticeship Service – 19.10.2017

I attended a presentation hosted by the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House promoting apprenticeships. It is good to see this getting wider attention.  I had some interesting conversations and it is clear the surveyors are well ahead in what we have done.  An interesting statistic I obtained the other day was that between August 2016 and April 2017  that there were  1250 Level 6 starts in all subjects.  Of these 125 were on  UCEM/CSTT  programmes  meaning currently 10% of level 6 apprentices are budding surveyors!

 

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Treloar’s Open Day – 17.10.2017

 

My third visit to Treloar’s but this time accompanied by Robin Broadhurst, Keith Knowles, Brian Lamden, Alistair Subba Row and Amanda and Caroline. It was an open day for supporters generally but had also been opened up especially for our Company to allow liverymen to learn more about our 40th anniversary charity appeal this year. We were invited into a Maths class, a workshop for a Treloar’s adaption of The Tempest and an Art lesson. It was fantastic to see how well the children were responding to the stimulus of learning and the application of a philosophy of focussing on what they can do rather than what they cannot.

The construction of the coach is now well underway and there was a meeting going on with the supplier when we were there.  They are looking to take delivery in January.  The gratitude for our gift is overwhelming.

The response from the Livery to the 40th anniversary appeal has been fantastic with some 110 donations to date.  It would be great to get a few more before the official end of the appeal on 26th October!

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Visit to Central School of Ballet- 12.10.2017

Another fantastic evening at the Central School of Ballet where we were treated to a demonstration of the work from Year 3 students and then extracts from the Nutcracker Suite, Cinderella and a piece of work choreographed by one of the students. Please make a note in your diary to attend the event next year.  It is one of the highlights of our programme and the support we give to help students in need is really appreciated.  The school is incredibly hospitable and the students a delight to talk to.

 

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University College of Estate Management Prize Giving Lunch – 12.10.2017

 

I attended the lunch wearing my chairman of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust  hat.  UCEM are our key delivery partners on apprenticeships organised by CSTT.  However given we were in the Haberdashers Hall and the room was well represented by our liverymen including several past masters it did also feel a bit of a livery event too!  Congratulations to the award winners and to UCEM for organising a very enjoyable occasion.

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Livery Financial Services Group – 11.10.2017

 

 

The Financial Services Group of Livery Companies aims to support the Lord Mayor in his overseas visits, his meetings in the City with overseas delegations, and his role of promoting “the City” brand of UK financial and other business services.  It was established in 2006 by 12 modern companies: the Solicitors, Accountants, Tax Advisors, Information Technologists, Management Consultants, Marketors, Chartered Secretaries, International Bankers, World Traders, Actuaries, Insurers and Arbitrators.

Our application to join this group was approved by the FSG and all the respective Courts of the members during the year and yesterday was the first meeting with the Chartered Surveyors as members.  We had a presentation on world trade and gave a briefing to Lord Mayor elect, Charles Bowman.

 

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Is Brexit the new millennium bug? – lecture sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Marketors – 10.10.2017

 

David Haigh, a liveryman of the Marketeers, gave an interesting and entertaining talk hosted by Investec at their offices in Gresham Street. David is the CEO and founder of Brand Finance plc, the pioneering global brand and business valuation consultancy. He is an big Brexiteer. In his view the road ahead was good if we grabbed the opportunity and the worries from the remainers will turn out to have as much validity as those concerns over the famous millennium bug that never was. Not sure he converted a heavily remain voting audience but it was a fun evening!

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Opening of trading at the London Stock Exchange – 05.10.2017

 

Caroline and I accepted an invitation from the Lady Mayoress to watch  her opening the trading day at the London Stock Exchange. A very early start was rewarded with the opportunity not only to see the count down and start of business but also to see some of the LSE treasures and to hear a recital from the head flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra.  Also another opportunity to catch up with two other Masters that were present.

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Zen Master makes debut at Southwell – 03.10.2017

 

The first runner of the WCCS racing club made its debut appearance at Southwell in a competitive 2 mile hurdle.  Zen Master ran very well making the frame in third place.  I have two of the 20 shares in our club’s  ownership of a share in the 25 Club available at £500 each with no other costs until next season.  The next of the 4  horses in action is likely to be The Ogle Gogle Man.

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