The Mercers’Hall hosted an evening of music at their Hall. Masters, together with their other halves and many people from the music world gathered to hear a programme of Lieder, sung by a wonderful young baritone, Benjamin Appl, followed by a piano recital given by Mei Yi Foo who won the BBC Best Newcomer of the Year Award in 2013. She played JS Bach Partita no 5 in G and notably, La Valse by Ravel. These young performers were stunning, dramatic and to watch out for in the future.
Afterwards, we gathered in the various court and dining rooms for a most enjoyable supper. It was a magical evening.
A fun afternoon, together with Junior Warden Jenna Davies, Liveryman Vivian King and over 30 better halves, comprising the Ladies or Mistresses. Assistant Janie Strange kindly arranged an backstage visit to the RAH, including the Queen’s private rooms. Our guide was informative and fun, finishing the afternoon off with tea and sandwiches.
Mike and I were invited, together with Bish Lis, the Master Chartered Secretary and his wife, Yvonne, to a delightful, intimate lunch with Nicholas Woolf, The Lord Mayors Consort. Friends of Nicholas were also present. We lunched in the dining room which forms part of The Lord Mayor’s apartments.
A most enjoyable afternoon.
Rain and thunder did nothing to dampen the spirits and enthusiasm on the many people taking part in this major fundraising event. There was even an appearance by Spiderman (otherwise known at Assistant David Mann) abseiling down Broadgate Tower to the delight of onlookers. Thankfully he wasn’t arrested!!
I, together with Joanna Aveley, Chief Executive of Land Aid presented the awards. We were extremely grateful to Savills for their most generous sponsorship of the event,
The total sums are still being finalised but there will be a fantastic sum available for our charities.
A most fun evening, ending an incredibly busy day. The event as held at Claridges, which is always a pleasure to visit!
The WIP Student Awards recognises the future female talent. Candidates are Second year students studying a Built Environment degree course. The competition was ferocious, but the prize went to Jessica Dowdy, whom is studying construction project management at Oxford Brookes university.
The evening was sponsored by my hosts, DTZ, together with Bouyges and Turner and Townsend.im all an uplifting event! showing that our industry has some fantastic young people.
Last committee meeting for this year. Assistant Ken Morgan has chaired the committee for two years and now hands over to Assistant Mark Larard. My thanks to Ken for doing such a good job .
Last committee meeting of the year. My thanks to the committee, chaired by Assistanr William Hill, who will continue next year.
A most jolly lunch at the Armourers’ Hall to celebrate the installation of the new Master, Geoffrey Purves. I had got to know last year’s Master well, Jaki Howes, who is always great fun and part of the cabal of lady Masters. I was most flattered to be amongst the guests, which included Jane Duncan and other Masters.
The Schools City seminar is a firm fixture in the Livery Company’s calendar, designed to introduce the workings of the City and the property industry to Year 12 students from our 4 schools. This year attracted some 50 young people who listened to a formidable array of people, including Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Liverymen Liz Peace and Neil Murray. Liveryman Tony Joyce introduced the famous City model, which is now quite famous.
Feedback from the students was fantastically positive. A great morning.
Liveryman Gordon Edington arranged for us to visit Fulham Palace, of which he is Vice Chairman and a Trustee. The Palace was home to the Bishops of London for hundreds of years until the late 1970s, when it fell into disrepair until the Trust was formed to protect it. The Palace is tucked away by the river Thames, with a delightful walled garden and is open to the public. It was a delightful evening made more so by the wonderful balmy weather.
A quick dash from the City to East Ham in order to meet Adam Mendries and the Newham Sea Cadets, who were sailing on the Royal Docks that evening. Watching the young people was a real pleasure, however, the Sea Cadets needs our help and I hope that we will be able to support them financially and bring them into the Company’s family.
Thank you to Ann Heywood and Jenna Davies for accompanying me!
Our final Education meeting of the year, held at GVA. This is such an important committee because of the work we do with our four schools and apprentices through CSTT. Thank you to Chairman Graham Chase .
A busy afternoon, thank you to Simon Kolesar for chairing the meetings this year. We discussed new initiatives and interviewed 3 potential liverymen.
Amanda and I enjoyed a delightful lunch at Apothecaries Hall by kind invitation of Baroness Byford. The hospitality was excellent and speeches most impressive, not least the Farmers Company Nuffield Scholar who spoke eloquently and without notes on his Research into improving crop yield without the use of chemicals.
135 hosted the annual dinner to honour this year’s recipient, LCpl Anna Walmsley, who spent 6 months in Afghanistan on a major mapping exercise as well as teaching map reading to the local Afghan troops. She is getting married on 13th September, to Kiaran Terry, a fellow reservist and we wish them well for the future.
I have enjoyed supporting 135 this year . They do great work and are a great bunch of people. Moreover, it was interesting to learn about their role now that the recruitment focus is on reservists as opposed to full time soldiers, which is full of challenges .
The Fuellers Company hosted the Autumn dinner at Skinners’ Hall, marking the first real City event following the summer break. Drinks were enjoyed on the roof terrace followed by dinner in the hall. The atmosphere was jolly and food delicious.
My daughter Sophie and I joined parents and supporters ( plus a number of familiarly famous faces from the ballet world) at the new University of the Arts theatre at Kings Cross for CFB’s end of year performance. The standard of dance was superb and it was a delight to have been invited.
St Faith’s Crypt, St Pauls’s celebrated the annual service of dedication for the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor. A most impressive event.
A balmy evening threatened to overheat the Masters in their gowns as we filed into St Pauls’ Cathedral for evensong! Following the service, we walked to Guildhall for Beating Retreat by the Band of the Prince of Wales Regiment and then a reception at Guildhall Library.
The GSMD’s annual gala evening produced Grand Hotel, based upon the original film that made Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford famous in the 1930s. Amanda kindly arranges for us to support this function every year and I have to say I was disappointed with the poor turnout from the Livery at this event. It is a fundraising event for the School and the talent it develops is quite fantastic and those attending, enjoyed a wonderful evening of young talent.