An excellent service at St Lawrence Jewry with a full congregation of Liverymen, their families and friends .
We were warmly welcomed by the incumbent The Revd Canon David Parrott and the service was ably conducted by our own The Revd John Kronenberg who delivered a thoughtful address based on the Dickens’ Christmas Carol story.
The music and singing under the direction of Bill Gloyn with the RICS Singers, Michael Chapman, organist and Damon Eames, trumpeter, were all superb giving us an uplifting start to Christmas.
Following the very happy service we were invited for drinks and canapés, generously provided by Past Master Rob Bould and Court Assistant Tony Joyce of Bilfinger GVA, in their palatial new offices at 65 Gresham Street.
I had an excellent fish and chip lunch with a group of allied Masters to discuss events to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
David and I attended a magnificent Carol Service with the Company of Engineers in The Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula within The Tower. It was extremely atmospheric walking through The Tower to get to the Chapel at night.
The singing was led by a superb choir and was a wonderful start to Christmas. It was in all a very happy and uplifting occasion.
After the service we enjoyed a delightful Livery Dinner in the Clothworkers’ Hall where the Master delivered a most amusing speech.
I attended a reception in the grand setting of The HAC Club, together with a large number of Masters and their Clerks, to hear a message from The Lord Mayor and representatives of ABF The Soldier’s Charity, as a forerunner to The Big Curry Lunch to be held in Guildhall on Thursday 16th April 2016 which we are all encouraged to attend.
I had a fun morning supporting the Lady Mayoress’ Christmas Market in Guildhall. At least 10 Livery Companies were taking part and plying their wears, in aid of funds for the Red Cross.
My husband and I joined visiting Masters and partners who were guests of the Mercers’ Company in their splendid Hall at a Concert performed by a most accomplished string quartet and brilliant pianist from The International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. The programme comprised works by Dvorak and Brahms.
We were welcomed with a champagne reception before the concert which was followed by a delicious supper generously provided by the Mercers.