Roberta, my fiancé, had an interesting tour of HQS Welling ton followed by
lunch. Pleasant company and delightful setting.
Held in the Lecture Hall of the RICS building and catered by Roux restaurant,
a very pleasant lunch with the President and Lord Mayor and 28 other Chartered
Surveyors. Interesting take from Lord Mayor of seeing very clearly the RICS as lobbying and the Livery there for charity and education.
A white tie banquet held in Carpenters Hall with a convivial gathering of architects and their guests. The evening was good fun an d made more special with the Master Engineer who was the first Master I sat next to at my first dinner and we together for what will be the last dinner I will see him at before he steps down in early April.
A huge success and enormous thanks to Eleanor and Jamil from GVA, Past Master Bould and Court Assistant Moss and our Clerk Amanda. We have raised around £19,000 and best of all I am now engaged to my gorgeous and lovely partner. I promised something special and you should have been there! Thank you to all involved and especially Guildhall School of Music who performed magnificently. We also had a splendid turn out from other Company Master’s.
Clashed with our Celebration of Music at Christ Church so we were
represented by Court Assistant Watts and thank you to him for standing in,
although he missed a cracking concert!
Always a pleasure to be at one of the most beautiful and embracing halls
in the City and indeed the first Hall I dined at over 23 years ago. A pleasant lunch with good company and one of the funniest stories I have heard for a long time. Best part, I can’t use the story in a speech for fear of offence!
A fantastic celebration at Southwark Cathedral for the career and dedication of Dr Irene Bishop CBE. A magnificent headmistress of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s and a shining example to us all. A truly moving experience where the pupils performed majestically and with sheer positive delight and in gratitude for what Dr Bishop had given them and shown them. If you don’t know her life story, you should find out – you would never complain again!
A goodly turnout of Masters to see wonderful array of baskets and basket makers. From reeds, to twisted paper to willow; from commercial production to fine weaving. A pleasure and a delight to be guided, taught and given insight. Lunch was orchestrated by the Prime Wardens wife who thought she had volunteered to cater for 12 people in select gathering, not a 100 for the demonstration!
Retiring from St Paul’s to Plaisterer’s Hall for lunch in the Company of
a select band of Livery Companies, the Surveyors Livery Company had 2
tables. Good food and fun company, always makes for an enjoyable day.
The most spectacular service that has been going for 71 years. Originally arranged to lift spirits in 1943 after the Blitz, it has been held every year since. If you haven’t been then you are missing a treat! All Livery Companies in full regalia, Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Alderman etc.
I would recommend this to al Liverymen to come along. Next year it is being held on 4th April 2014
The first of their breakfast clubs and celebrating Chester Boyd’s 30th
Birthday. A select group of Masters and Clerks and assorted guests enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast that teed us up for the United Guild Service. They had Matthew Jukes (Daily Mail wine writer) speaking and entertaining he was too. Always helps to wash breakfast down with Champagne!
A white tie banquet at the Mansion House with full pomp and ceremony. An honour to be there and truly memorable. For all the times I have visited the Mansion House and the Egyptian Room, to see it displayed to its full was fantastic. The Mercers and Grocers hit the zeitgeist that there is a stirring in the Livery Companies to go back to their roots and reclaim the City from factions stepping in to the elections and threats.
The most remarkable place that everyone should visit and witness for themselves. Nestling in Alton, Hampshire Treloars provides school and college for 9 to 25 year old guys and girls who happen to be severely disabled. A more loving, rewarding and moving visit I think we will never find. From the classrooms, to the music participation to the wheelchair dancing and the concert the students put on – all truly moving. I think “I dreamed a dream” will always be poignant in a way I could not have imagined and to hear a young girl to describe her frustration at her voice and how she hates it was truly emotional. No wonder the Lord Mayors have long supported.
I am very grateful to Yvonne Kolesar for organising the day and she reports: “The Ladies day went better than I could have wished for. All the ladies thoroughly enjoyed their day. The backstage tour at the National was excellent, with very well-rehearsed guides who certainly knew their stuff. Most of the Livery Ladies then went to look at the glorious Norman Parkinson exhibition which is on in the theatre. Then we all made our way to the Brasserie Blanc over the road from the National Theatre. We were looked after well and the lunch was ideal. Altogether a good day!”
Held at Guildhall with horn volleys and all of their supported forces the dinner was the Lightmongers awards dinner. Good company and a very convivial evening.
Evensong at St Paul’s to celebrate Vintners’ 650th Anniversary. Very special experience and perhaps should make the effort to go to evensong on regular basis. Although I’m not sure the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and Duke of Gloucester are always popping in!
A lecture from Gordon Meldrum, Director Designate of the Organised Crime Command in new National Crime Agency (when it gets enacted by Parliament). Interesting lecture where despite what press say it is not a UK FBI – although it sounded like a UK FBI to me!
The Court of City University for which the Lord Mayor is Chancellor for the year. Interesting presentation from Cass Business School Professor Payne on computer trading and impact of values on stocks. There was a half hour crash on 6th May 2010 in the Nasdaq etc in USA because of computers!!!!!! Check out Nanex.net for more scary stuff like that!
As always a fun event, the turn of Insurance Company and held at Insurers Hall with Nigel Pulman, lay Sherriff as guest speaker. As it clashed with the Master Insurers wife’s 60th birthday, noble effort on hosting the dinner – suspect may be expensive in the long run!
A splendid thought provoking lecture from the Headmaster of Tonbridge School, held at City of London Boys School, the trepidation in getting 100 lines or detention if I failed to obey orders on how to ask a question was unbearable. Fortunately I got away with the question and no lines! Supper was in the school as well – better than school dinners I remember!
A fun evening at East India Club hosted by the legendary Chris Mills, the previous two winners Messrs Harthill and Camomile joined forces this year and were triumphant so still only their names are on the Salver! I blame the Masters team confusing Fylde with Filey!
A select band of brothers and sisters took to the splendour of RAC Epsom Swimming Pool and swam their little hearts out. It was our 21st year and I hadn’t swum for 10 years! My arms are aching more than I can say and can surely be good for you. The Loriners won most money raised 2012 and Girdlers had a team in for the first time. A very pleasant dinner followed.
A very pleasant white tie evening at Mansion House as the personal guest of liveryman Bill Gloyn. The evening had Duke of Gloucester as guest to present his namesake award.