Mansion House hosted the Engineers’ annual banquet with Alderman David Wootton standing in for the Lord Mayor. Mike and I were looked after by Past President of the Engineers, Dr Jean Venables and her husband Prof Roger Venables.
A truly grand occasion in the wonderful setting of the Egyptian room.
A wonderful evening at Drapers’ Hall , following Roger’s last Court Meeting, which he presided over with panache which has been his trademark. He can be proud of a great year, one in which I will work hard to follow. The Court Meeting was also one of farewell as Past Master David Larkin stepped down after his term on the Court. Thank you David, for all you have done and I hope you will continue to support us.
And so, onto the Dinner, which went incredibly well aided by our Toastmaster Jamie and our Beadles, Jimmy and Steve. Thank you to all the guests, especially Michael Newey and Andrew Manley and for the Livery’s support. I was pleased to see that it was a full house and I look forward to welcoming everyone during my year.
The dinner held at RAF Cranwell was a fitting last function for my year as Master. The hospitality and welcome from the OC and squadron was warm and generous. The dinner was inspiring and enlightening to hear the awards and efforts from the Auxiliary force. Sunday morning saw a lecture on first World War photographic surveillance and then a tour round the College at RAF Cranwell. The history, the memorabilia and the history were truly jaw dropping.
St Paul’s was adorned with London Taxis across the front and the Cathedral was alive with colour from the bright red shirts of the cabbies and the dazzling pearly kings and queens as well as bling from visiting Mayors, Masters and Sheriff. An unusual service with multi faith blessings, a wonderful children’s choir and orchestra made it a service to remember. No shortage of cabs when we left either!
An interesting reception and an impressive book telling the history of the Chartered Secretaries Company. Something we must do and my mission after I fall off the perch. They are selling for £20 each – not sure they’ll make ebay or Amazon though!
A most pleasant evening on board the Master Constructors yacht which he has
moored in St Katherines dock for the year as his London pad. Superb food and great conversation till well into the wee small hours.
Hosted at the RICS Lecture Theatre in Great George Street by Johnny Dunford a fun start to the day with a canter through topics such as occupier flexibility; retail futures; economic recovery and London v UK as questions the time flew by. Good support from the Livery and a good link up with RICS. All to build on.
The Mansion House was resplendent, the occasion was magnificent and the food exquisite. All the ladies were given gloves as a gift from the Master as were visiting Masters. I shall where mine with great pride knowing my hands are warm from a special occasion and Company.
The committee club is a small select dining club that started life a ginger group for the RICS. I have been a member for a while and delighted to be asked to speak to them on the year as Master. A mix of liverymen and senior
property players made for a convivial evening.
Always a pleasure to process in St Pauls and over the year we have come to savour Evensong at St Pauls. Joined by the Senior Warden it got a bit warm in full regalia but the service and the inspirational service always outweighs any discomfort. The reception after was a pleasure in the crypt catching up with friends made who all drop off the perch very soon.
The City Marketing Suite provided the back drop for 3 of our 4 schools to enjoy a morning seminar on the City, Surveying and careers. The crack team of presenters covered everything from City history and civic runnings through to careers and all things in between.
A very nice tradition where the Master World Trader hosts a reception for Liveryman and guests to thank them for his year. The Oxford & Cambridge Club was “home” as this is a second home for his wife Anna. The Master has clearly enjoyed his year and a nice way to bring the curtain down.
The splendour of Walton Heath greeted the gladiatorial teams of Solicitors, Accountants and Surveyors. I am pleased to say that at lunch the Surveyors were leading by 4.5 points to 4 points (Accountants) and 3.5 points (Solicitors). I had to dash to get back to London for the World Traders soiree and eagerly await news of the final score and how our team faired in the afternoon 12 holes.