A wonderful award evening with the bonus of an inspirational talk from Anyika Onoura, Team GB London 2012 Olympian 100 and 200 metre runner. unfortunately the LionHeart/Company of Chartered Surveyors Award recipient was off ill and unable to collect her prize.
Each year group I have seen gets better and better. Unbelievably there were 6 students who had attended every day at school since the start of year 7. Again the entertainment was first class. I never cease to be amazed by the dedication
of the students and the teachers. Yet again I travelled home inspired by the future these guys and girls can make for themselves courtesy of a first class education.
A fine evening at Mansion House hosted by Lord Mayor with Clive Anderson. Organised by Caroline Haines the entertainment was of the highest level from some very talented school children. An evening to remember!
A very well run and slick event at BAFTA which showcased the Livery at its best. To an audience not acquainted with the Livery Companies and its working. Whilst this year will not be the most successful for fundraising it does offer a platform from which to build for future years.
Having arrived for breakfast without a lunch organised, my gaunt figure must have cast a pitiful sight as the Master Tyler and Bricklayer took pity and extended an invitation to lunch at Armourers Hall. A rare treat since the lunch was arranged for their Liverymen attending Guildhall and it was an honour to be present and made so welcome. Also got to meet the originator of the liverycompanies.com website which enabled me to effuse directly to him!
Without the excitement of the contested election 2 years ago a pleasant ceremonial day for the election of the 2 Sheriffs and the other formal posts for the City, including the Ale Conners. A wonderful occasion and all Liveryman should make an effort to attend to witness the City at its Ceremonial best.
Held at Habberdashers Hall with guest speaker Bruce Poole a very charming Chef and founder of Chez Bruce group. A pleasant way to start the day for the Sheriff Elections.
Having moved my offices to Southwark in October and having been in the area for 7 years now, I had no idea there was a firefighters museum or what lay behind the grand façade and gates of Winchester House on Southwark Bridge Road. A “private”, by appointment only lays the memory of how we gave the World firefighting and how in the mid 1800’s the principles of our fire service and fire protection were laid down. A fascinating insight and a pleasure to be educated on something everyone should know. A privilege to be shown around and humbling in the memories of lives given for saving others.
What can I say! A concert of the highest level from internationally renowned musicians in the magnificent surroundings of Mercers’ Hall with a delightful buffet to follow. The fact I could enjoy it in the company of fellow Masters along with our other halves made it all the more special. A truly memorable and magnificent evening.
A fantastic lunch in a wonderful Hall. The Master Draper entertained Prime Wardens, Upper Bailiffs and Masters with Clerks to a delightful lunch and extremely convivial atmosphere. The Drapers have thrown a gauntlet down for
Livery Companies to join together and fund a new air ambulance for London – a
Held at City Marketing Suite the RICS are looking at increasing it’s
outreach to the City and having marketed to our Liverymen it is good the
relationship builds and to support each other in ventures.
Another inspiring evening at Robert Clack School. The winner of the Jack Petchey prize for adversity was an extraordinary young man and the singing was amazing. A delight and honour to attend and hear the wonderful achievements.
A fine evening at Barbican Hall listening to London Symphony Orchestra
in memory of Sir Colin Davis. A wonderful programme with energetic performances. A treat for all there.
Another splendid evening at Spitalfield Church with the most talented
musicians. In the middle of the Summer Festival and a delight, although it must be said I would love to know who really enjoys Benjamin Britten! But supper with Masters Girdler & Carmen and their Mistresses was great fun.
Another inspiring evening in the company of the pupils of Robert Clack school. Some wonderful talent and from the fulsome praise of the teachers, an exceptional year of pupils – the school is going to have an amazing year going through the school. For example they have started a girls Rugby team who in their first year made it to the National Finals – with 8 of the team from year 7 a very good future in store. I shall look out for the blog next year for the update on performance!
A select band of brothers competed for the Hemrs v Livery cup as well as the Masters cup for the Liverymen. The weather was a drizzly pleasant day and the course was in excellent condition. The day say Peter Davidson triumph in the
Masters Cup with 39 points pipping Past Master Kolesar in to second place. The Livery were victorious in the match and now the two are tied on number of wins – so the pressure is on for next year!
A fun weekend up at Ironbridge in Shropshire. Record number of Masters including Master Mercer who now have their shield on the board and both Sherriffs and the Lord Mayor. Father of the Company did us proud with his turn at the Estate Office.
Held at Regents Park Barracks the Carmen lunch for Masters and Clerks
was a convivial intimate lunch fitting the Master Neil Coles.
A fantastic experience and I would recommend to all who get the chance
to attend. It was the final rehearsal of the Founder’s Day Review for the Chelsea Pensioners whose average age is 82! A glorious occasion.
The launch of a fundraising drive to restore Peterborough Cathedral, attended by a number of Masters and hosted by the Plaisterer’s Company.
The launch of Pewter Live 2013 was a marvellous showcase of pewter
craftsmanship that was a delight to behold. It was also my first time in Pewterer’s Hall and what delight that is as well. If you get the chance, worth seeing both the exhibition (even if it’s next years) and the Hall.