Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Cobham Lecture – 25 April 2013

A fascinating lecture on the 70 year history of the Test Pilot Training
Centre held at the Royal Aeronautical Society on Hamilton Place.  Fortunately we had one of the few pleasant Spring days and could enjoy wine on the splendid terrace.

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Actuaries Mansion House Dinner – 23 April 2013

Evening dress at the Mansion House is always special but made more so to
celebrate Master Actuaries year, although being of Scots origin the irony of
being on St Georges Day did not go amiss and indeed he still sported the red
rose from lunch!  We were joined by Mr Assistant Waugh and his wife, a  delightful evening.

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Watermen’s & Lightermen St George’s Day Lunch – 23 April 2013

A marvellous celebration of St Georges Day with red roses given to all
attendees. The lunch is to thank all Masters and Prime Wardens who give
hospitality to the Master Waterman over the year, they do not invite Master’s
to any other function so it is a one off mass get together and great fun.

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Spring Livery Dinner – 22 April 2013

Hosted in the pleasant surroundings of Carpenters Hall the assembled gathering were entertained by RICS singers who went above and beyond in their renditions and the speeches were from Brandon Lewis MP and Lt Gen David Leakey CMG CBE (aka Black Rod).

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Paviors’ Dinner – 18 April 2013

The dinner held at Skinners Hall was convivial and fun with fine performance from Sea Cadets band.  Well entertained by Past Masters Lelliot and Laing and a fine evening.

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The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch – 18 April 2013

A splendid occasion with the best curry ever.  In the presence of HRH Duke of Kent and the Lord Mayor.  Surveyors were well represented and hopefully masses of money raised!  A must for all to support next year.

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Chartered Accountants Dinner – 16 April 2013

A strange coincidence that my last two dinners have been at Carpenters Hall, the scene of our dinner on 22 April.  A very pleasant evening in the Company of the Past Master of Accountants who also happens to be immediate Past Master of Gunmakers and Lord Mackenzie of Luton.  Interesting that the Accountants have Company Jackets (maroon velvet smoking jacket style) reportedly because one of the first Masters persuaded the Livery it would be a good idea – purely coincidence that he had a client with large amounts of liquidated maroon velvet cloth!  Also found out Gunmakers had to move their Hall outside of City after blowing up their Hall, for the second time in the 1600’s!

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Blacksmith Ladyday Lunch – 11 April 2013

A hot dash from joining in the Thanksgiving Service for the Huguenots to
the Blacksmith Ladyday lunch.  Slightly delayed because of Easter’s proximity to Ladyday did not detract from an enjoyable, unch in convivial company with the Blacksmiths.  The current Prime Warden was on fine form and we heard from Lady Wootton on life in the Mansion House.

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Thanksgiving Service to commemorate Huguenots of Spittalfields – 11 April 2013

The inanaugral service of thanksgiving held at Christ Church.  The occasion was splendid and made even more unique with the Lord’s Prayer in French and singing the hymn “Thine Be The Glory” in French (for those interested it translates to “A Toi la Gloire”.  The service was followed by ale, bread and
cheese.

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Ceremony of the Keys – 10 April 2013

A fantastic evening hosted by Assistant Beadle Jimmy James.  Clearly he hides his light under a bushel as he came into his own on the stumps around the ower.  An entertaining tour and excellent food along with wet Ceremony of the Keys made for a very enjoyable evening.

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Schroders Charity Economic Lecture – 9 April 2013

An interesting evening with presentation from Schroders  on how they see the economy at large and how this impacts on Charity clients.  Followed by wine and canapés and a good chance to natter with other Livery Company clients.

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