The bleak afternoon did nothing to dampen the lively Court dinner at Apothequaries’ Hall. The 17th century restoration hall was filled to capacity with liverymen, partners and guests to hear George Gillon, Chief Commoner and Karen Coumbe, vet to the 2012 Olympics, talk about their respective roles and experiences. Amongst the guests was Davina Goodchild, chief executive of Lionheart, who had given a presentation to the Court earlier that afternoon .
I also took the opportunity at the end of my speech to congratulate Amanda for being the longest serving Clerk in the City.
Dinner was superb, a big thank you to party Ingredients for a delicious menu.
Our next Court dinner will be at the Royal College of Surgeons on Thursday 10th April, book now in order not to be disappointed.
Over to the City, to the new Willis building for an early evening presentation by 135 Geographic Squadron on their expedition to California last August to trek along the John Muir Trail. It was certainly not a gentle stroll, as Lt Jim Larcombe described their 215 mile walk which set out from Yosemite National Park, through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, the Sequoia National Park, to Mount Whitney. Quite apart from the distance and the altitude, Jim told us of the heat which meant that their daily water intake was 6litres and that their backpack averaged 27 kg. what was interesting was the need for planning and the need to work together as a team.
The packed audience included Commanding Officer Major Stuart Batey, together with supporting colleagues from 135, Honorary Colonal in Chief, Vanessa Lawrence who gave a speech afterwards, Sir Peter Ellis and colleagues from the City of London Reserve Forces who also generously donated to the trip and finally, Sir Idris Pearce the former Colonal in Chief and Past Master.
Food and drinks were served afterwards, generously provided by David Mann’s practice, TFT.
My invitation from Mr Sheriff Adrain Waddingham stated 12.30 pm arrive at the Old Bailey. This was a most punctilious lunch and ran like clockwork in order to accommodate the Judges’ strict timetable in Court. The Old Bailey is unique in that it is owned and operated by the Corporation of London.
After a refreshing glass of fizz, together with the other guests, we met the Judges, who had just arrived from the Courts. Conversation was witty and covered diverse subjects such as the ballet to general topics about the UK judiciary. Lunch is scheduled to last one hour and everyone ran with clockwork precision. I was fortunate to sit in on a long running case with some rather well known people.
It was an honour and a pleasure to spend a very short time with such interesting people. Thank you.
A most convivial evening by invitation of the Master Plaisterer, De Bradshaw to join her, the Court and guests for their January dinner. Some 50 Masters and Clerks joined the Plaisterers for a sumptuous meal with delicious wines.
I look forward to welcoming De to our own Court dinner towards the end of this month.
Imagine the Egpytian room with 1200 balloons festooning the balconies and hanging inn a large net; 300 children aged 6–9 dancing the Conga, led by The Lord Mayor and her Consort, through the state rooms, followed by the Sword bearer, Sherriffs(complete with cowboy badges), Chief Commoner and Chaplain (Rev David Parrott) complete with, yes, a glove puppet parrot! It was an amazing, magical afternoon for Sylvie, my stepson’s six year old daughter who had never experienced anything like it! We arrived at the appointed hour to be greeted by the mounted police, a fire engine with its lights on and Sylvie gasped as we walked up the stairs at the paintings and then of course the Egyptian room.
A fun filled afternoon with music, magicians, Punch and Judy, animals (including a huge python ), tea and ice cream. The highlight at the end was the balloon cascade and a treat to see children(plus adults) struggling home with several balloons each, which seemed to have minds of their own!
A fantastic afternoon!!
A delightful, friendly lunch for me and Amanda at the Mercer’s Hall. Many familiar faces, including Barry Woodman, Derek Sayer and Bill Gloyn, together with Masters and Clerks from the constructors, architects, painter stainers and cutlers, together with many of the Masons’ Freemen who are practising stonemasons.
The church was filled to capacity, it was standing room only as over 180 liverymen together with their friends and family joined together for the celebration of Christmas, lead by the RICS singers under Bill Gloyn, Nigel Waring played the organ (thank you, Nigel ) and Damon Eames played the horn (sublime as always). Thank you to Amanda for arranging the evening.