A very enjoyable evening with the Solicitors and always good to be able to obtain free advise in convivial surroundings! I had the pleasure of sitting opposite Master Actuary who it turns out is reading my blog and beside Dennis Vine surveyor to the Fabric for Solicitors and who I hadn’t seen for a long while. Interesting the speaker was Professor Richard Susskind OBE who’s last book was entitled The End of Lawyers?
Roberta enjoyed her first solo engagement in the Company of Masters Ladies courtesy Tallow Chandlers. I am told a very enjoyable occasion.
A marvellous cause which is chaired by Assistant Lady Davis, the debate was on Drugs, Criminality and Prison. An interesting debate that left me divided on not agreeing with either side! Held at St Mary Le Bow Church and not a great attendance, but a select band of Masters.
The Musicians Benevolent Fund have organised a festival to celebrate the patron saint of music since 1946, it rotates from Westminster Abbey to Westminster Cathedral to this year’s venue, St Pauls. A delightful service and celebration, worth going at some point to savour.
The new Lord Mayor, Roger Gifford, outlined his plan for the year and his aims and ambitions. With a keen interest in music that provides a central theme and alongside getting Liverymen active in the City and Liverymen committing to legacy for their Livery Companies.
A fascinating lecture on Polymers and supper at the Royal Society of Medicine. I now know more about hips and joint replacement, advances in medicine in using polymers and how our teeth will be filled in 12 months’ time! I have always long believed you only get out what you put in and being a broad church and open conduit to experience – but the value of this paid off last night!
Having left in good time to get to 135 at Esher, I discovered owing to casual conversation with Roberta that I had managed to leave the Endeavour Tankard behind that I had to present! So we turned round, went home and retrieved the tankard. We then had a mad dash to Esher and the service. Ably covered by Assistant Larard, we arrived at 10.25, parked by a sign at TA saying “no parking MOD”, went to the wrong church but still arrived as wreaths being laid! The service was splendid and aside from the sheer emotion of remembering the fallen at 11th hour on the 11th of the 11th, it was a magnificent reminder of days gone by when I would parade as a cub and scout and the pride of being in the colour party! The service was followed by lunch at TA 135 and the presentation of the Endeavour Award by our company which went to Corporal David Olajide – thank goodness I went back and got the tankard, he leaves for Afghanistan next week on a 6 month tour – I think that would have exceeded our postage budget!
It dawned on me as I travelled to the show that it is 30 years since I first appeared in the Lord Mayors Show as a To Let board for Jones Lang Wootton where I was a sandwich student. This year it was my honour to appear as Master in the Modern Companies float accompanied by Senior Warden Liz Edwards and Liveryman David Reynolds (no, the other one!). Much fun was had by all and we had the pleasure of seeing Jessica Ennis – it was very sweet of her to say that to have her picture taken with the Surveyors Master was the pinnacle of a great year for her!
The highlight of a great year for Ennis, meeting Surveyors Master!
The Surveyors Livery Three
As moving as I remember from my time on General Council, it is a shame the RICS do not encourage greater attendance by announcing high wide and mighty. Extra special having Philip Tarris who has been ordained and was RICS Staff member giving the address and Bill Gloyn and his band of RICS singers doing a fantastic job. Although the event should come with a health warning for Masters, having managed to be covered in candle wax during rehearsal (bumped into candle stand!) the clergy did a marvellous job with iron and brown paper getting all wax off my suit, could have done with the same on my head and hair!
A fitting evening to Celebrate Lord Mayor David Wootton’s year with a champagne and canapé reception in Mansion House. Funds raised to date are £2.5m with some serious pledges apparently which will significantly raise the total.
A truly moving occasion held at St Paul’s with British Legion The Forces and City grandees planting crosses in Remembrance and launching the opening of the Garden of Remembrance in the run up to Armistice Day
As the President couldn’t make the Installation Dinner he kindly invited me to lunch at Roux. A very pleasant 2 hours chatting about anything and everything in convivial surroundings.
A fascinating evening with a lecture on the Role of Boards given by Donald Brydon (Chairman of Royal Mail) and hosted by the Actuaries at Staple Inn. A large number of Masters and a good opportunity to chat and catch up over a pleasant supper.
The inaugural composition launched by the Musicians Company with the Lord Mayors support held at Mansion House. The composition was delightful and inspired by John Milton and entitled Paradise Lost. The Guildhall School of Music supplied a string quintet to perform and a convivial evening was enjoyed by a small but select audience – Past Master Hibberdine was there with his new hip in fine fettle!
The laying down of the old colours at St Clements Dane Church and then at the RAF Club. Fantastic event, which only happens about 25 years so a real treat. The hierarchy of the RAF in attendance was something else along with HRH Duke of Gloucester. Made very welcome and well looked after by Squadron Leader Stuart Talton of 7010.
White tie banquet at Mansion house in the convivial company of the Engineers Company. A charming evening, well looked after and a nice balance between formal and relaxed occasion.
A celebration of Sir Michael’s year as Lord Mayor and to showcase Coram. He raised £4m of which £400,000 from Livery Companies of which £50,000 from Surveyors Company – we should be hugely proud, well don Rob and his team! Interestingly it made me think we are not maximising our bang for our buck because we weren’t listed in roll call for supporting Coram because channelled through Lord Mayor’s appeal – something to think about.
A very wet and inclement day was enjoyed by 60 brave golfing souls. The bunkers and greens took on the look of the lakes as the round wore on. An enjoyable day in spite of the weather and next year must seek sunshine!
An extraordinary event which happens every 4 years and the detail and craftsmanship was amazing. The Turner’s who hosted, are one of the few Liveries with still active tradesman some of whom are keen amateurs along with professionals. A pleasurable early evening viewing. Never cease to be amazed who you bump into – Andrew Meyer a Chartered Surveyor who joined Turners in 1970’s (via his Grandfather) and the father of our Livery, Alan Gillett who is also a Turner.
An interesting evening in the Livery Hall at Guildhall (apparently no one knew it existed until 2005! – built in 1600’s!), where I was introduced as Roger Southam and then the Assistant spent the rest of her speech on my CV calling me Clifford! Also the Actuaries support the Narcolepsy Charity, you can make your own jokes from there – there are just too many. The Actuaries are a very warm and welcoming Livery and having an egg timer to make sure dinner stays to time is priceless!
The Installation dinner was held in Clothworkers Hall, one of the great 12 Companies and a magnificent dinning facility. The guests were entertained by Steve Backley OBE and Dr Pippa Malmgren. From the reaction and sweet notes received a fun and enjoyable was had by all. Hopefully the first of many and the start of a year where we can encourage greater participation from our Liverymen.