Tickets are selling for the dinner and arrangements coming together for what should be a fantastic evening on the 24th. However, there are some tickets remaining and I would really like to have a full house if possible. Please let Amanda know if you can come as soon as possible (remember we are doing a double ticket for £150 — the lowest price we have done for many a year) as it will really help with the event planning.
The carol service took place on 13th December at St Lawrence Jewry. It was a wonderful service led by our chaplain, John Kronenberg. At the end of the service the roof was raised with the now traditional singing of the 12 Days of Christmas aided by the spectacular conducting of Bill Gloyn and the singing of the RICS singers. Many thanks to GVA for hosting the reception after and to David Parrott for allowing us to use the church.
I attended a reception at the City of London Club for the launch of the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry lunch. At the moment the date is not fixed but it should be either the 4th or 6th of April. Tickets will be £100 for as much as you want to eat and drink! Proceeds go to the Soldiers’ Charity with the aim to raise around £450,000 from sponsorship and ticket sales. Put the two dates in your diary and we will see if we can get a group together to support this great cause.
I attended a dinner in both my capacity as Master and the new chairman of CSTT to thank Richard Carter for his 5 year tenure as chairman. Richard is a past CSTT apprentice himself and has put in a huge amount of time into CSTT as a director and chairman as well as acting as a mentor and source of motivation for our learners. Job well done and I am pleased he will continue to help CSTT going forward from the back benches.
I was a guest of the Master, Nicholas Hughes, at the City Solicitors’ Livery Dinner held at the Drapers Hall. The principal guest was Major General Susan Ridge, Director of the Army Legal Services. A very enjoyable evening to finish a busy livery week.
Caroline and I represented the Company at Westminster Abbey at a service to mark the Festival of St Cecilia. Modern festivities date back to 1946 and is an important fund raiser for Help Musicians UK, the country’s leading independent music charity which helped some 2,600 musicians last year. St Cecilia, a Roman woman, was martyred in 230 AD for her Christian faith and is the patroness of musicians. The first recorded event in her memory was in 1570 in Normandy. An Ode to St Cecilia was composed by Henry Purcell in 1692.
The first social event of my year saw 30 people enjoy a very privileged insight into the world of Port courtesy of a guided tasting of 6 vintage Sandeman Ports by Ligia Marques, Wine Educator, the House of Sandeman. The 2000 had most acclaim and a good Christmas present idea if you can find some! Many thanks to Jonathan Wallach and to his colleague Bernard Hornung for organising a special event.
A really proud moment for some young people who received certificates from the President of the RICS to mark their completion of level 3 apprenticeships. I presented a prize on behalf of the Company and as chair of CSTT the apprentice of the year award. The RICS provided some excellent hospitality which was enjoyed by the largest year group of apprentices we have seen to completion to date.
An important milestone for the Company with the hanging of the Royal Charter in its new home in the library of the RICS at Great George Street. In a ceremony hosted by Amanda Clack, RICS President, we unveiled it in the presence of a small group from the Court and Laurence Johnstone, a member of the Royal Charter Committee.
A really enjoyable event at Staple Inn Hall with a pre dinner talk from FT columnist and author John Kay on risk and uncertainty in business. John put a historical overview on his talk tracking risk management back to the coffee houses and the start of the insurance industry. Sally Bridgeland, the first lady master actuary, hosted the evening attended by a number of other masters.
Attended a very informative seminar today at the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Cazenove Capital manage our funds and ran an investment event especially for charities. Fascinating insight into how big data helps improve investment decisions and a good paper from James Thornton of Mayfair Capital on charities investing in property. Key note speech on robotics and the rebuilding of the UK’s first robot Eric. Eric will be on display at the Science museum next year.
Caroline and I attended a Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Ewell with representatives of our military affiliate 135 Geographic Squadron. Back at their base I then presented an endeavour award on behalf of the Company. We presented this for the first time as long ago as 1979. We will be welcoming the commanding officer, Neal Archer, at the Spring Dinner as our guest. Thank you Neal for you hospitality today and making us so welcome and to Assistant David Reynolds for all the organising behind the scenes.
Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden braved the elements and participated in a spectacular parade. Due to some smart thinking by the JW who befriended Gyles Brandreth in Starbucks earlier in the morning, we did get a mention on the BBC broadcast! Thank you to PM Jenna for her support from the stand by St Paul’s Cathedral. Have a look at the event on BBC iplayer if you missed it.
The Company was well represented at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey for the RICS Service of Remembrance. We listened to a very powerful address by John Kronenberg, the Company Chaplain which I will try and get posted on the website.
The Clerk and I represented the company at the Royal British Legion service to open the Garden of Remembrance in St Paul’s churchyard this morning. All 110 livery companies took it in turns to plant a cross and poppy in the churchyard grass. A lot of City ceremony, medals on show and much to reflect on.
A privilege to attend Mansion House as a guest of the first female Master Engineer, Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE and in the company of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs. A lovely evening and made some new friends from other livery companies.
Great job done by Clwyd Roberts, chair of our education committee, Ema Saunders and Savills team in providing a presentation on careers in surveying and law to 20 students from Robert Clack and Archbishop Tenison’s School. Many thanks to Robert Highmore of Charles Russell Speechly for hosting and providing the legal insight and also to Katherine Parker of Chartered Surveyors Training Trust for explaining apprenticeships. Some serious interest in surveying as career generated and requests for work placements.
Thank you to everyone who was at the Goldsmith’s Hall last night to share in my installation as the 40th Master of the Company and for all your good wishes. I hope you all enjoyed the evening. A special thank you to my speakers Amanda Clack, The President of the RICS and to Reverend Canon Ann Easter. We were entertained by some wonderful singers who were joined, to my complete surprise, by the Master’s wife in the singing of The Prayer by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster.
Prior to handing over to the next Master, William, I just wish to thank everyone who has been reading my Blog over the past year.
Best wishes to you all and to my successors,
I was one of about 30 Masters and Prime Wardens entertained by The Musicians Company at their Master and Clerks’ Dinner. It was a delightful evening hosted most enthusiastically by their Master, Andrew Morris. The main speaker , The Rt Hon Lord Gill was most entertaining. The guest of honour was Annie Lennox OBE who spoke briefly about her career.
After dinner we enjoyed a splendid performance by The Buck Brass Trio which was followed by a most generous stirrup cup.
Together with a dozen or so Masters I enjoyed a most interesting talk by the Immediate Past Master David Dewing on The Great Fire, focusing on furnishings before and after 1666. We were welcomed by the current Master Ben Burbidge and enjoyed drinks before and after the lecture.
My consort and I attended the memorial service for His Honour Judge Sir Gavyn Arthur, Lord Mayor of London 2002/3.
HRH Princess Michael of Kent , The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the two Sheriffs and their ladies, and leading representatives of the legal profession, The City and all the other organizations with which Sir Gavyn had been involved joined a huge Church congregation. The choir, organ and trumpeter were splendid. Tributes were given by The Hon Mr Justice Baker and Alderman Nicholas Anstee, Lord Mayor 2009/10.
I was delighted to be invited to The University College of Estate Management 29th Property Awards Luncheon. After a reception where I met some most interesting fellow guests I was honoured to be seated at Top Table between John Gellatly, UCEM Chairman and Past Master David Larkin , a trustee of UCEM.
We were welcomed by The Principal and CEO, Ashley Wheaton, who was able to advise us of the tremendous progress the University is making in educating members of our profession. The Awards were presented following the Lunch.
I joined a very large number of Masters and Mistresses at the splendid Mercers Hall for a super Concert of Classical Music given by students at St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School. The performance was outstanding and the talent amazing. The Master Mercer, John Manwaring Robertson welcomed us all most warmly.
The Concert was followed by a very jolly free seating supper. I joined a table with The Masters Carpenter, Innholder and Spectacle Maker and their Mistresses.
David was delighted to attend a most enjoyable Mistress and Consorts Luncheon hosted by the Mistress Tallow Chandler, Mary Fleck, who welcomed her guests, some 90 in all.
I joined the Master Plumber at the 367th Anniversary of The Lion Sermon: On 16 October 1643 Sir John Gayer in Arabia became separated from his companions. As dusk fell, a lion circled him but did not attack. In the morning his companions found him sleeping peacefully with the lion’s footprints all around him — a modern Daniel. In his will he established an annual commemorative sermon, this year given by Paul Carling, former Master of Sherborne School.
The service was followed by a wine and buffet lunch also provided for in the bequest.
Amanda and I thoroughly enjoyed the Private View of The Wizardry in Wood Exhibition and Reception where we saw the amazing items of turned wood on display, including a section on the theme of The Great Fire of London.
We were greeted most warmly by The Master Turner, Nicholas Somers. The occasion was graced with the presence of the two new Sheriffs, one of whom, Peter Estlin, officially opened the Exhibition which is only held every 4 years.
A group of Liverymen and guests including The Master Elect and Caroline and several Past Masters attended a delightful studio production given by the 3rd year students. A very friendly reception with canapés followed the performance when we were able to chat to the extremely talented students.
I had the pleasure of presenting cheques from our Livery Company to the two students who had been nominated by the School.
The Master Elect and Caroline, my Consort and I enjoyed Evensong attended by The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Over 70 other Companies were represented with all Masters and Mistresses seated on either side of the main aisle under The Dome. The music was predictably amazing. The Service was followed by a jolly reception in The Crypt.
I popped in to Goldsmith’s Hall to admire the annual “up market” bazar of Gold and Silver and I am pleased to report that I got out without spending too much!