My husband and I were honoured to be invited to the magnificent Egyption Hall for the Master Mason’s Banquet in Mansion House. Their Master Bill Gloyn made us most welcome. We were entertained throughout by the RICS Singers.
The Speakers, addressing a packed Hall, were excellent, the Master, Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden, the Upper Warden Nicholas Payne and Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans.
We were seated on the long top table with distinguished guests and seven visiting Masters.
I hosted a small group of Masters for lunch to discuss commemorative events to mark the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, including a series of lectures and City Walks and support of the City Corporation’s anniversary Celebrations. I will post details on our web site when they are known.
I was delighted to attend the 29th Tacitus Lecture given by Sir Paul Tucker and Hosted by the Worshipful Company of World Traders. It was an amazing turnout of Masters and Clerks together with other invitees and in the presence of both Sheriffs. Guildhall was full.
The erudite Lecture was followed by a very jolly reception in the Old Library.
At the invitation of Sir Gavyn Arthur and together with a good number of Masters and Clerks I attended a reception and presentation to raise awareness of the sad plight of Rhinos who are savagely hunted and killed by poachers who illegally trade in rhino horn.
My husband attended a most enjoyable small private lunch, mainly for some Mistresses and Consorts, graciously hosted by The Lady Mayoress, Juliet Mountevans.
30 or so Liverymen and their guests together with our Clerk joined me in a fascinating tour of these historic buildings dating back to 1371 and still in use today.
We were guided and entertained by The Sutton Singers and enjoyed a delicious supper in The Great Chamber built in 1546.
In the company of a good number of fellow Masters I attended a thought provoking lecture, held at Westminster University, given by Dr Uly Ma. The event was at the Invitation of the Worshipful Company of Constructors.
The lecture was on Managing Sustainability in Construction and the evening concluded with an excellent buffet supper. The whole event had been sponsored by the University’s Department of Property and Construction.
I was joined by my husband for a tasting menus in preparation for our Spring Dinner on 21 March. I look forward to seeing you all in the splendid Hall when you can enjoy the menus chosen.
My husband and I were entertained splendidly, in the presence of The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden, at the invitation of the Master Needlemakers, Martyn Chase, on the occasion of the Needlemakers’ Annual Dinner at Mansion House. The Egyption Hall was packed.
I found myself seated between their IPM and the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths, no other visiting Masters appeared to have been included, so we felt particularly honoured.
Speeches were by the Lord Mayor, the Master Needlemaker and His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC Recorder of London.
Amanda, our Clerk, and I had the pleasure of attending a lunch generously hosted by the Arbitrators. Once again I was made most welcome and well looked after throughout.
The Master, Michael Goodrich, greeted one and all, introducing the visiting Masters in a most amusing fashion. The main speaker was the Late Sheriff Fiona Adler who entertained us magnificently.
I was delighted to attend the splendid Constructors Awards and Livery Dinner in one of my favourite Halls. I was greeted by a most charming Liveryman who looked after me in the Reception and seated between the Senior and Middle Wardens on the top table.
The Master, Graeme Monteith, spoke most movingly of our visit to Treloars the day before and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley followed with a most amusing speech which was enjoyed by all.
I was privileged to visit Treloar’s College and School with The Lord Mayor, both Sheriffs and a large number of Masters. After a welcome and coffee we enjoyed a conducted tour of the establishment and met many of the students. We were extremely impressed by the work they had produced and by the dedication of the amazing and caring staff.
We were treated to a delicious lunch, followed by a concert which was performed by 13 of the students which was heart warming and very jolly.
The visit concluded with tea and cake cooked by the students specially for us.
This has to be one of the more crazy things we do, rushing from one end of Guildhall Yard to the other, tossing a pancake en route in Gown, chef’s apron, chef’s hat and white gloves.
I was ably supported by a splendid team of two Liverymen, David Reynolds and Sophie Willetts. No prizes this year I am afraid, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed a very jolly lunch in the vaults under Guildhall.
Together with a large number of fellow Masters I attended a presentation by Artichoke on the plans they have for the commemoration ( 1–4 September 2016) of The Great Fire of London. This was followed by a reception in the delightful surroundings of Skinners’ Hall at 8 1/2 Dowgate Hill.
Past Master Liz Edwards and I attended a Lady Masters Association Dinner in the Peers’ Dining Room kindly hosted by The Rt Hon the Baroness Garden of Frognal. It was a most enjoyable evening with a speech by Nicholas Woolf, consort to Dame Fiona Woolf, past Lord Mayor and now Master of the City of London Solicitors.
Amanda joined me at a presentation of three prizes awarded by WCCS for outstanding achievement in Design. It was a delightful occasion and we were most impressed with the students who are a great credit to themselves and to their school.