Monthly Archives: December 2012

Carol Service – 13 December 2012

A cold but crisp evening and St Lawrence Jewry looking resplendent greeted a full congregation to a wonderful Carol service, courtesy of Bill Gloyn with the RICS singers, Nigel Waring, our Honorary Chaplain and the Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry. All there commented the service was inclusive and welcomed in Christmas although probably longer than ideal. At 90 minutes it will stand as the longest service in the life of the Surveyors Livery Company but also one that raised over £1,000 for CSTT. Thank you to all for their contributions.

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Prince’s Regeneration Trust – 12 December 2012

Attended the first Regeneration Network outside of London (in Leeds) talking on education, regeneration and surveying. Joined on platform by Chief Executive of Leeds and a lively and interesting discussion after. May be opportunity for CSTT to link up with Leeds Council and their sponsored apprentices’ scheme.

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Spitalfields Music – 7 December 2012

A concert held to launch the Spitalfields Music festival at Spitalfields Church which carries on for a fortnight.  A select group of Masters attended and were entertained with a mix of Handel and Scottish Reels, learnt that Robert Burns’ Publisher sent a music score to Beethoven to be arranged.  What he got back he didn’t like and asked Beethoven to redo it!

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Candlewick Ward Club Carol Service & Breakfast – 7 December 2012

From initial conversations a year ago I was persuaded to join the Candlewick Ward Club and attend the Carol service and Breakfast. A rousing Carol service at St Clements Church of Oranges and Lemons fame, with breakfast at Guildhall Crypt. The Contractors and Builders Merchants are big supporters of the Ward, the oldest in the City.

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Marketors’ Lecture – 4 December 2012

Held in the splendid surroundings of Goldsmith Hall there was a good turnout from Masters to hear Patrick Barwise expound how to get organic profits in your business. A fascinating discourse. The lecture was followed by supper where I enjoyed follow up conversation with Patrick and the Master Marketor. I hope we will be availing ourselves of their outreach service – free marketing advise to Livery Companies.

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135 Mess Dinner – 1 December 2012

Another trip down to Esher and the headquarters of 135. The mess dinner was held to celebrate Major Mick James tenure as OC and was hosted by new OC Stuart Batey. An interesting and informative evening with excellent company and warmth and empathy for the support and contribution from the Livery. 135 have taken the Livery Owl emblem and developed it to a flying owl to represent dynamism and symbolise moving forward and evolution and change – perhaps we should follow suit?

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