Liveryman William Nicol- Gent and I were invited to to the Newham Sea Cadets annual parade at their headquarters in East Ham. The sea cadets are a relatively new addition to the Company’s charitable activities and an incredibly worthwhile cause. The cadets are aged 12–18 years old and are all from the immediate vicinity. Commander Tim Porter RN and Sub Lt(SCC) Adam Mendrys RNR explained to me afterwards, how for many of the young people, this is the major focus of their lives, due to difficult family backgrounds and poverty.
The Cadets gave us a presentation of their history, core values and I was invited to take part in tying knots!
The Company has been invited back on 11th September and I hope to make various presentations at that event. Do please put this date in your diary!
A fabulous evening of music, together with kind hospitality provided by Robert Clack School. As always, Sir Paul Grant made Amanda and I most welcome .
A delightful lunch in the Company of the Environmental Cleaners as the historic Armourers Hall, by kind invitation of Master Issa Tahaan.
Great food and entertaining company!
Following the court meeting, I had the pleasure of welcoming members of the Court, new liverymen and guests to an informal supper. It did not take the form of a usual livery dinner, but I had asked two of our bursary students to talk about their experiences. Jemima Bamgbose, who is studying Building Surveying at Westminster and Josh Geach, studying Architecture at de Montfort, spoke eloquently for a few minutes each. Both students came from Robert Clack School in Dagenham. I was also delighted to welcome headteachers Esther holland of Central Foundation Girls School and Catherine May of St Saviours and St Olaves in Southwark.
A lovely ending to a busy afternoon.
A busy afternoon, discussing Budgets for the next Livery Year and the approval of nominations for the next Master: Graham Chase, Senior Warden: Lady Davies, Junior Warden: William Hill.
I also had the pleasure to admit the following new liverymen: Andrew Ellingworth, Nicholas Farrington, Gareth Hird and John Wetherall.
Drapers Company opened its doors to the Livery Companies for a special preview of their 650th anniversary celebration. Master Draper, admiral Lord Boyce openend the proceedings with a warm welcome, informing us that the purpose was to showcase all their activities, schools and universities that they support, as well as providing a fascinating display of their history and fascinatingly, an art exhibition by Past Masters and many of their liverymen.
A quick sprint across to Piccadilly for the annual Property Marketing Awards, which hit a new high this year. Huge thanks to Colin Peacock and his team ( who were magnificent ). The room was packed with contestants, sponsors, all eager to learn who had won the various categories. Katie Derham hosted the presentation and obviously enjoyed the evening as she stayed on afterwards for the celebrations. The highlight this year was the actual PMA award, digitally printed in 3D by Hobbs, which is a major innovation. Do look up the Hobs website for examples of their work.
Staple Inn played host to the inaugural conference to bring London schools and livery companies together, initiated by Sheriffs Sir Paul Judge and Adrian Waddingham. Some 50 Masters, together with headteachers from many inner London schools plus members of the education department from the City Corporation listened to various initiatives undertaken by some enterprising livery companies and more interestingly, the needs from a number of schools for assistance. We then split into groups and brainstormed, exchanging views. The outcome was that schools don’t necessarily need money, they require support in the form of skills and opportunities from the wider world that the livery companies can bring to their students.
A most interesting and worthwhile afternoon.