A magnificent evening by kind invitation of the Master Fanmaker, Patrick King and his wife, Mistress Fanmaker Britta King in the company of The Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf. The dinner was most enjoyable with a most thoughtful speech by Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University. We were guided into the Egyptian Room by Musketeers and Pikemen and post dinner, experienced a stunning rendition of the Post Horn Gallop.
To Southwark Cathedral on a foggy, yet sunny December afternoon for St Saviour’s Carol Service. Amanda and I were warmly welcomed by headmistress Catherine May and the Dean of Southwark. What an afternoon! The quality of singing was beautiful, the girls interpreted the bible readings in a most lively way. I feel that the Christmas season is well and truly on us!
An historic and memorable day for the Company! Past Master Laurence Johnstone collected the Royal Charter on behalf of the Company and delivered it to the City of London Club to celebrate its arrival. A formal event is currently being planned for later in the year. Thank you to everyone on the Royal Charter Committee!
Mike and I enjoyed a fundraising evening at Shoreditch Church, marking the start of the Spitalfields Winter Festival
A wonderful evening of Vivaldi, together with the Lord Mayor and Masters. The object was to raise awareness of the area and to raise much needed funds for Shoreditch Church. La Serennissima, a world renowned ensemble, played Vivaldi, exploring two sides of his life and included excerpts from his unfinished opera Montezuma, sublimely interpreted by mezzo soprano Sally Bruce-Payne. A magical evening, which transported us all to 18th century Venice.
Onto Clothworkers’ Hall for a splendid evening at the invitation of David McIntosh QC, Master Solicitor. The company was most convivial, made all the more interesting by sitting inbetween two former Lord Mayors, Sir Robert Finch and Sir David Wootton who are both past Masters of the Solicitor’s Company and Dennis Vine, Surveyor to the Fabric and liveryman of our own Company.
The Guest Speaker, His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, The Recorder of London, talked briefly about his role and the court cases that have recently been heard at the Old Bailey. Thought provoking and it made me realise that we live in a free and tolerant society which must remain so.
Early evening drinks reception Companies and Ward Clubs to launch the 2014 lunch which will take place on Thursday 10th April at Guildhall. The Lord Mayor addressed those present and urged us to be as generous as we can, especially as 2014 will mark the Centenary of the First World War. I will forward details through as and when I receive them
What an end to the week!
Did you know that we are living in a VUCA world?
We were treated to a unique and stimulating talk on how emotion serves to drive purchasing decisions and how it applies to leadership. The church of St Mary at Hill was packed to the gunnels to listen to Kevin Roberts, Global CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi, who has the most incredible, positive leadership style. He described many of his major instructions, including Proctor and Gamble which is worth £2 bn! The evening was so enjoyable that the majority of guests stayed well past the designated hour! We could all learn something from him.
Finally to Mansion House, where Amanda and I listened to the Lord Mayors presentation on her designated charities for the year, all of which are hugely worthwhile: Beating Bowl Cancer, Princess Alice Hospice, Raleigh International and Working Chance. I hope we will do all we can in order to support the Lord Mayor.
A grey, wet day could not possibly dampen the magnificence of the Abbey which was filled to capacity for the festival of St Cecilia, who is the Patron Saint of Musicians and to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten. It was truly uplifting to hear some wonderful choral music, not least the opening piece, Hymn to the Virgin, which was written by Britten when he was a teenager, sung by the choirs of the Abbey, together with St Paul’s and Westminster Cathedral. The lessons were read by Dame Janet Baker, Ian Bostridge CBE and James Bowman CBE.
It was uplifting to see some 30 young people receive their awards for completing their apprenticeships. The Company’s award went to Sunni Roper, the only young woman, who works for Morgan Sindall, who left school after her GCSEs. The construction industry was well represented, however it would be excellent to perhaps see more involvement from the large London commercial practices, perhaps?
It was good to see Pipyn Trustram Eve there, together with her son, Charles. The Company was well represented and moving forward, I hope that we will be able to work more closely with the Trust
A most enjoyable day with our 4 schools, starting at Temple Church, which is one of London’s most unusual and historical buildings. Following a brief guide to the church, we walked over Middle Temple Hall where Liveryman Vivien King and I gave talks on careers in the Law and Property, and the need to carefully choose the right university. We certainly seem to have a number of potential solicitors and surveyors this year. Lunch followed, which was at top table, much to the surprise and pleasure of all students. Thank you to Amanda for arranging a superb day.
Over to Mansion House for the first of the Lord Mayor’s Leadership Programme seminars on Giving and Trusteeship, part of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal .
The attendance was impressive, with many of the UK’s largest charities present, as well as smaller ones, livery companies and some city firms too. The Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf and her husband, Nicholas introduced the evening. The keynote paper was presented by Sir William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, who described the role of the Commission as Regulator, explaining how we might be more effective in helping charities and those which may not necessarily fit within our comfort zone. He also discussed the fact that the State is cutting funding across the board ( whether in health/education as well as help to charities) and how it is incumbent upon Society to give more. Interestingly, private or individual giving is remarkably generous and has been throughout the period since 2008, but the UK Corporate sector is lacking and needs to donate more.
Food for thought and an opportunity to meet people who are engaged in some amazing work.
For those who are interested the Programme is being run in conjunction with Cass Business School www.cass.city.ac.uk/lmclp
A delightful afternoon, together with Past Master Laurence Johnstone to watch the rehearsal of a ballet choreographed by the school’s Founder, Christopher Gable.
We presented a Bursary cheque to Luna Othnin-Girard, a talented 3rd year student, who was delighted.
Who was Jack the Ripper? Was he acting alone: a madman? Or a doctor needing to acquire human organs for research? Or were members of the Royal Family or the Royal Physician directly involved?
A perfect autumn evening set the scene for a 2 hour walk through Whitechapel, taking in Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Aldgate, filled with stories and grisly pictures depicting the victims. It was good to see so many liverymen and their guests. Our guide animated the darker side of life in Victorian London and suggested various reasons for the killings which have never been solved. We then repaired to a nearby pub, suitably called “The Hung Drawn and Quartered ” for a well earned drink and bite to eat .
An early drive to Ewell to meet up with Liveryman David Reynolds and his wife, Ita, in order to attend Remembrance Day with 135 Geographic Squadron. Following the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial and Mattins at St Mary’s Ewell, we returned to HQ for the presentation of the Endeavour Award to Lance Corporal Anna Walmsley, who is a most impressive young woman. We stayed on for lunch and I now understand how an army marches on its stomach as we tucked into an excellent chicken curry lunch with all the extras and a choice of 4 puddings ( note to self: you really do not need to eat everything!) A big thank you to Major Stuart Batey, Captain Keith Butcher and the Company, who made us all extremely welcome.
I think the elements are testing me to the full! Just as we were all gathering to set off, fully badged and gowned, the black clouds opened up to their full extent. Fortunately, we had our WCCS umbrellas to provide cover and of course, they added some additional PR (much to the envy of our fellow companies!). The huge crowds carried us along as we walked past Mansion House to greet the new Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf and down Cheapside. I was amazed as to the numbers of people cheering and waving, despite the rain. A pleasant lunch break ensued on HMS Wellington and fortified by a glass of fizz, we walked back along the Embankment to the Mansion House. A fun, exhilarating day, hugely enjoyable. Thank you to my Junior Warden, Jenna and to Liveryman Alistair Subba Row who stepped in at the last minute.
The unremitting rain on friday afternoon seemed to add to the poignancy of a most moving service at St Margarat’s. The RICS Singers and of course, Damon Emes were magnificent as we heard the familiar and moving words to remember all those who lost their lives in conflict. Philip Tarris FRICS gave a thoughtful and poignant address. After the National Anthem, we walked across a bustling Parliament Square to the RICS to catch up with old friends over tea and coffee.
A visit to the new GSMD headquarters for the Livery Companies that have supported the school. Our own Coat of Arms is proudly displayed alongside the other companies in their ‘Livery Bar’. The students and staff all seem delighted with their new home!
Attended the bi-annual briefing and lunch at Schroders offices in Gresham Street. Always well attended and informative. Good, but cautious news about our investments and the UK economy!
A most moving service in the garden of St Paul’s, with the Lord Mayor’s representative, members of the City, armed forces, British Legion and Masters. After planting our crosses, the reveille sounded, reminding us of all those people how have lost their lives in so many battles, which are still ongoing today, almost 100 years after the Great War.
Mansion House hosted the Engineers’ annual banquet with Alderman David Wootton standing in for the Lord Mayor. Mike and I were looked after by Past President of the Engineers, Dr Jean Venables and her husband Prof Roger Venables.
A truly grand occasion in the wonderful setting of the Egyptian room.
A wonderful evening at Drapers’ Hall , following Roger’s last Court Meeting, which he presided over with panache which has been his trademark. He can be proud of a great year, one in which I will work hard to follow. The Court Meeting was also one of farewell as Past Master David Larkin stepped down after his term on the Court. Thank you David, for all you have done and I hope you will continue to support us.
And so, onto the Dinner, which went incredibly well aided by our Toastmaster Jamie and our Beadles, Jimmy and Steve. Thank you to all the guests, especially Michael Newey and Andrew Manley and for the Livery’s support. I was pleased to see that it was a full house and I look forward to welcoming everyone during my year.
The dinner held at RAF Cranwell was a fitting last function for my year as Master. The hospitality and welcome from the OC and squadron was warm and generous. The dinner was inspiring and enlightening to hear the awards and efforts from the Auxiliary force. Sunday morning saw a lecture on first World War photographic surveillance and then a tour round the College at RAF Cranwell. The history, the memorabilia and the history were truly jaw dropping.
St Paul’s was adorned with London Taxis across the front and the Cathedral was alive with colour from the bright red shirts of the cabbies and the dazzling pearly kings and queens as well as bling from visiting Mayors, Masters and Sheriff. An unusual service with multi faith blessings, a wonderful children’s choir and orchestra made it a service to remember. No shortage of cabs when we left either!
An interesting reception and an impressive book telling the history of the Chartered Secretaries Company. Something we must do and my mission after I fall off the perch. They are selling for £20 each – not sure they’ll make ebay or Amazon though!
A most pleasant evening on board the Master Constructors yacht which he has
moored in St Katherines dock for the year as his London pad. Superb food and great conversation till well into the wee small hours.
Hosted at the RICS Lecture Theatre in Great George Street by Johnny Dunford a fun start to the day with a canter through topics such as occupier flexibility; retail futures; economic recovery and London v UK as questions the time flew by. Good support from the Livery and a good link up with RICS. All to build on.
The Mansion House was resplendent, the occasion was magnificent and the food exquisite. All the ladies were given gloves as a gift from the Master as were visiting Masters. I shall where mine with great pride knowing my hands are warm from a special occasion and Company.
The committee club is a small select dining club that started life a ginger group for the RICS. I have been a member for a while and delighted to be asked to speak to them on the year as Master. A mix of liverymen and senior
property players made for a convivial evening.
Always a pleasure to process in St Pauls and over the year we have come to savour Evensong at St Pauls. Joined by the Senior Warden it got a bit warm in full regalia but the service and the inspirational service always outweighs any discomfort. The reception after was a pleasure in the crypt catching up with friends made who all drop off the perch very soon.