Monthly Archives: September 2013

Candlewick Ward Club Celebration Lunch – 30 September 2013

Fortified by the Divine Service and the Election, lunch was taken at Cutlers Hall with the Candlewick Ward Club and Solicitors.  120 people enjoyed a tasty meal from Cook & Butler in the convivial surroundings of Cutlers Hall.

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Election of Lord Mayor – 30 September 2013

From the moment entering Guildhall and processing through to the election of the next Lord Mayor it is an experience to savour and enjoy.  It shows the City at its best and ceremonial like no other.  Apparently the oldest and largest continuous election in the World.

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Lord Mayor Election Divine Service – 30 September 2013

Following robing the Masters lined up and processed to St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall.  A pleasant service given by Canon David Parrot and an uplifting experience.

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Lord Mayor Election Breakfast – 30 September 2013

Cook & Butler provided an Irish breakfast in the ambient convivial surroundings of Carpenters Hall.  A goodly number of Masters enjoyed a delightful warm up for the Lord Mayor Election day.

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Sheep Drive over London Bridge – 29 September 2013

A bright autumn day greeted the 17 Chartered Surveyors to embark on herding the flock of sheep over London Bridge.  Organised by Woolman Company it was organised very efficiently and great fun.  We retired to The Folly on Gracechurch Street for a splendid lunch and catch up.  A very enjoyable day out.  We even bumped into the Master Joiner and his entourage in The Folley.

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National Sea Cadets Combined Regatta – 28 September 2013

Held at Excel exhibition centre in East London with rowing, sailing and canoeing
on Royal Docks.  Over 500 sea cadets come together for a regatta all funded by Marine Society & Sea Cadets.  This event cost around £50,000!  They hold numerous National events over the year.  Anything we can do for them is gratefully appreciated and everything we do is very worthwhile.  Past Master Johnstone is harnessing a troop of Surveyors to provide pro bono work on the property assets of the Sea Cadets.

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Goldsmiths Fair – 26 September 2013

A feast of jewellery and crafts that inspire and tempt in equal measure on display at Goldsmiths Hall.  As we approach the end of the helter skelter it is nice to see familiar face and chat in such delightful surroundings.

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Joiners & Ceilers Golf Day – 26 September 2013

The hidden gem of Dyrham Country Club was the host for the this golf day.  The Master Joiner is a water rat and bought in a host of celebrities to join the teams thrashing their way around the course.  Our team was joined by Roger de Courcey who happens to be a Glover.  The team acquitted ourselves well but not well enough.  The course was in excellent condition and the weather was balmy.  A great day with the Joiners.

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Treloars Concert Mansion House – 25 September 2013

To hear Beth and Amy sing was moving, inspiring and emotional.  The evening was a pleasure to be at and to know that in some small way we were helping to help the wonderful school that is Treloars.  A must for everyone to visit at some point.  You won’t ever complain again!

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Plumbers’ Company Autumn Festival Dinner – 24 September 2013

Always a delight to go to Clothworkers Hall and a splendid occasion in the company of the Plumbers.  Unusually the room was configured in round tables of 10 but gave a nice ambience.  The processing in and out was fun though as the assembled principle guests and Masters tried to peel off smoothly to find their seats!

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Annual Livery Halls Walk – 19 September 2013

From the pictures and tales I had heard I thought this would be good fun, but the experience way exceeded the anticipation.  Excellently organised by Environmental Cleaners and a goodly number of Masters and Prime Wardens and their minders made for a very enjoyable day.  Hospitality at Armourers, Bakers, Glaziers and Master Mariners eased the aches and the rain sodden fur gowns.  The spirits couldn’t be dampened though as the Master Tobacco and Pipe Maker whipped the gaggle into a frenzy at each Hall for the photograph – or were the assembled throng tittering at their corporate brolly!!!!!!!  Like herding
cats, but great fun and thoroughly recommend it, whatever the weather!

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Royal Engineers Function – 14 September 2013

With great sadness, I didn’t manage to get into the Garden Party. I drove to Brompton Barracks at Chatham and on arriving at the gate they knew nothing about the party and wouldn’t let me in!

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Launderers Joyce Kennedy Memorial Lecture – 9 September 2013

A very pleasant evening at Glaziers Hall, with a talk from Sir Peter Hendy CBE of TfL followed by reception.  The talk was interesting and informative and as a public transport user in London a gaining of respect for TfL is a good thing.   The reception was generous and fun, catching up with a number of Masters and acquainting with newly installed Masters.

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TA135 Endeavour Dinner – 7 September 2013

A dinner at the HQ of TA 135 in Ewell to celebrate the Livery Endeavour award 2013 recipient Corporal David Olijade.  It is always an honour to spend time in the company of our affiliates and humbling to hear of the challenges and matters facing our troops.  Corporal Olijade has just returned from a 7 month tour in Afghanistan and a worthy winner of the Endeavour award.

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Ceremony of the Keys II – 5 September 2013

Our second visit to the Tower and the gang of 60 enjoyed a tour de force by Jimmy James, our Beadle.  Quiet and mild at Court and dinners, put him on a stump at the Tower and he entertains like he should be on stage.  Unfortunately
I had taken a French guest and our Gallic neighbours don’t fare well in the historical rhetoric!  I even managed to see the ceremony of the keys, for the first time in 7 visits to the Tower to see it!  I walked away from the temptation of staying in the bar!

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Upholders September Court Dinner – 4 September 2013

Having had a period with no Livery activity over the summer it was delightful to enjoy a barmy evening in the courtyard of Apothecary Hall for a reception followed by dinner in the Hall.  The Master Upholder was very generous in his welcome words and a very pleasant evening started my run down to dropping off of the perch.

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