Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Great 13 Inaugural Golf Day – 26 July 2013

A quartet of Masters and Immediate Past Masters enjoyed the summer sunshine at the London Club for the first outing of the Past Masters Association for 2013.  Having not asked anyone else 100% turnout was pretty good!  Now to build the playing members.  For the record the day was won by Immediate Past Master Girdler.

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Marketors’ Company Lunch – 25 July 2013

A veritable cornucopia of ladies hats in all shapes, sizes and materials on display at this formal luncheon at Mansion House in Morning Coat – I guess that’s why we have had a spike in temperatures!  The Lord Mayor on fine form with his speech including a rendition of Summer Holiday by Sir Cliff Richard!

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Firearms Training with City of London Police – 24 July 2013

At the Wings of Kilimanjaro event I bought an evening training with City of London Police and 6 of us went along and were well looked after.  A must do experience where you get the history of police and firearms, handling all types of guns and shooting in the range as well as real life scenarios.  A great evening and I have found out Roberta is a crack shot even in stilettoes!

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Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor Reception – 18 July 2013

The reception which followed the service was held in Apothecaries Hall and with the balmy weather the best use of the Courtyard was made.  There appeared to be more Masters and Clerks at the Reception than had made the service, but they may have just been perception!

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Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor Service – 18 July 2013

A service in the Crypt of St Pauls for the Knights Bachelors and an honour to be there.  As always the Bishop of London delivered a first class address, thought provoking and informative in equal measure.

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RICS Dinner, Clothworkers Hall – 17 July 2013

The first joint dinner hosted by Livery Company and RICS in honour of Japanese delegation.  76 people enjoyed a marvellous evening at Clothworkers Hall.  One Liveryman sent a message saying it made him proud to wear the Livery tie.  Hopefully the blueprint is set for more joint events and building on what each can offer.

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Carmen Cart Marking Ceremony, Guildhall – 17 July 2013

The first time the Surveyors have been invited to this occasion which ranks second only to Lord Mayors Show on history and civic ceremony.  The occasion goes back centuries when the Carmen Company licensed carts and carriers to hire their vehicle and stamped the vehicles annually.  The sunshine gave rise to a few sun stroke casualties but the occasion was fantastic.  Lunch in Guildhall after was equally delightful.  Spending time with the Upper Warden of Joyners was a pleasure as well.  All in all a great occasion.

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Designer of the Year Award St Saviour & St Olaves School – 17 July 2013

Always pleasant to see the schools in action but even more pleasant to see year 9’s and 10 at assembly at SSSO where I had not visited before.  A fantastic school and the pupils are a credit.  From being guided by pupils on which stop to get off at to the sheer achievement and joy in the pupils it was a delight.

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SABTAC Supporters Garden Party – 14 July 2013

A garden party held at Fiona Wolfe’s to thank the supporters of Senior Alderman Before the Chair.  A very pleasant afternoon on what has been the hottest weekend of the year so far.

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Private Supper with Lord Adonis – 10 July 2013

Following the lecture it was an honour to be invited for supper with Lord Adonis, a select group of Corporation officials, educationalists and myself.  An opportunity to continue the discussion and debate.

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City of London lecture with Lord Adonis – 10 July 2013

An interesting discourse from the architect of Labour’s education strategy and policy from 1997.  With an insight into the way forward there was a clear focus that apprenticeships and academies are keystones for the future.

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City of London Academy prize-giving – 10 July 2013

Interesting to go to a school we do not support but that is generously supported by a number of Companies, Associations and Wards.  Entertaining and inspiring as our own schools are.  A delight to see the youngsters proud of achievement and their talent on display with music, song and poems.

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Guildhall School of Music Show – 9 July 2013

As with everything put on by Guildhall School of Music a fantastic evening watching “Rags” performed.  If you have not been to one of these end of year shows, you are missing something.  We even had some of the Jazz competition entrants entertaining during the pre-dinner drinks.

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Sheriff & Recorders AGM – 8 July 2013

Always a delight to enter Old Bailey on the “right side” and for such a worthwhile cause a double delight.  With a record number of Livery Companies represented and the AGM held in Court 1 we were taken through the year’s highlights, of  which many and treated to engaging talks from a beneficiary and HM Prison Inspector.  As the Court room the Masters who had to sit in the Dock proffered it was a unique occurrence for them but looked a little too comfortable there!  Canapé’s and wine in the Judges dining room followed.

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Elections Court Livery Lunch – 5 July 2013

A gloriously warm sunny day allowed the assembled Liverymen and guests enjoy the delight of Haberdashers Hall to the full.  From reception in the marvellous courtyard to the sun glinting through to the dining hall.  Chester Boyd excelled themselves with a delicious menu and everyone was well entertained by our guest speaker Teresa Graham CBE.

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Robert Clack year 10 presentation – 3 July 2013

The final year group for 2013 and no less inspiring.  Some wonderful sporting achievement, extraordinarily talented entertainment and as always an honour to be present.

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Marketors’ Ryder Cup – 2 July 2013

An inclement day at Verulam Golf Club in St Albans where our team of Duncan Preston, William Bagnall, Tony Gordon-James and myself put up a reasonable performance but not enough to win – 10 shots off the pace!  But a very pleasant day and excellently organised by the Marketors.

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St Lawrence Jewry Annual Service – 1 July 2013

A very pleasant service in the company of Lord Mayor and the two Sheriffs.  Only a handful of Masters and a sparse congregation.

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