Monthly Archives: October 2012

Installation Dinner, 15 October 2012



Meeting of the Court of Assistants – Installation Court

This is my final sign off as Master of the WCCS; I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this a very special year for me and my Family. It has been a most stimulating mix of traditional events and new events and I hope you have all enjoyed the fruits of some very hard labour by members of our Committees.

Within the City I have met many new friends amongst the Masters of other Livery Companies and learnt what a generous and good hearted place the City can be.

The roots of the Livery movement lies in the training of young people to a trade or craft and in this spirit the additional support for the CSTT, should be seen as the major achievement of the year. I am certain this will grow and flourish under the stewardship of those who will come after me.

I would like to wish Roger every success in his year ahead – which promises to be exciting.  It is with some relief I hand over to him the task of writing this BLOG and look forward to reading of his activates in the coming year  –  no doubt conducted in his own  flamboyant style.

And as always I must give my heartfelt thanks to Amanda for her support and guidance – I could not have done it without her.

Best wishes to you all

Mickola Wilson
Master Chartered Surveyor 2011/2012


The Tin Plate Workers Alias the Wire Workers Court Dinner

On Wednesday 10 October I attended the court dinner for the Tinplate Workers alias the Wire Workers Livery at the Haberdashers Hall, a modern hall which is beautifully decorated and atmospheric.

The Tin plate trade is ancient craft going back to before Roman times and the Wireworkers have also been existence for many centenaries going back to the time of Henry VIII when they were part of the Girdlers Company. Their joint Royal Charter was granted in 1670 and the Livery is ranked number 67 in the City of London.

For reasons lost in the mists of time, there are a large number of Chartered Surveyors in this company and their new Master Andrew Balcolme is a surveyor a Director of Balcolme Associates and a consultant to Vail Williams. Andrews’s life has been steeped in the Livery with his Father and Grandfather both being former Masters of the Tinplate Workers.

At the dinner his principle guests included John Edgecombe formerly of Hillier Parker, and Torquil Gyngell FRICS MCIArb who is a Director and Head of the Landlord and Tenant Department at HNG, a multi-disciplined firm of Chartered Surveyors based in the West End of London.  Who spoke enthusiastically of the Masters provenance including Philip and Margaret Balcolme, the Master’s parents.

The dinner was a very friendly occasion, with a light hearted ribbing between the two crafts including the Master’s joke

“Last  year it was reported in Der Speigal that at the beginning of 2011 German Archeologists at a site just outside Berlin had dug to a depth of 3m and found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years. They claimed this was irrefutable proof that Germany had telephones 100 years before it was invented. However the Americans did not take kindly to this and 3 months later it was reported by the New York Times that American Archaeologists had dug down 20 ft and found traces of 250 year old copper wire which suggested the native Indians may have been more technologically advanced than the European as this was 50 years before the date of the German wiring.

Last month it was reported in the Sheffield Star that a team of amateur Archaeologists had made a stunning discovery in the site of a former steel works in the City, I quote after digging down a depth of 30 ft said Jack Ludlow, ‘ we found sod all, thereby proving that 250 years ago Britain had already gone wireless…”

A fine end to a lovely evening and a fitting conclusion to my official engagements as Master.


Central School of Ballet

The visit to the Central School of Ballet on 3 October was the most delightful and fitting end to my Master’s year. The school put on the most amazing exhibition of their wonderful ballet dancing, beautifully executed and explained by their tutors as we watched. The pieces included dances from Giselle and Swan Lake and finally a routine to Pulp’s ‘Common people’ given by the young performer Tom Edwards who had recently danced as introduction to the gymnastics at the Olympic games.

We were delighted to award Tom the bursary from the WCCS, organised by Past Master Johnstone, and to wish him every success in the future – I am sure this in not the last time we will be seeing this talented and charming young man.