PM Liz Edwards and JW Daniel Carter with partners enjoyed a superb performance with me given in the theatre in the grounds of Tonbridge School.
The dancers were amazing!
I was invited by The Chief Commoner, Billy Dove, to dinner in the Chief Commoner’s Parlour which is a delightful room. 19 guests, all with differing connections to The City, sat round an elegant oval table to enjoy good food and excellent conversation. The Master Tobacco Pipe Maker was amongst those present.
I joined our Freeman Society for a fascinating talk by Peter Murray, Master Architect, on the development of the whole of London, given beside the excellent model of the whole of the metropolis.
I was delighted to be invited with the Master Carpenter and Master Plaisterer and our Clerk, Amanda, to a lovely Masons’ Lady Day Court Lunch in the Mercer Company’s beautiful Hall. the Master Mason, Bill Gloyn, was most welcoming and The Rt Hon Mark Field MP gave an excellent speech.
Some 150 Liverymen and their Guests enjoyed a splendid evening in the magnificent Merchant Taylors’ Hall. We were joined by eight Masters including the Master Merchant Taylor who was most gracious in the welcome to his Hall. We were also joined by representatives of our Military Affiliates.
Excellent speeches were by Lord Dannatt and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley. Music was given by Paul Collins on the organ and professional opera singer James Cleverton.
My husband and I attended a very jolly Dinner at 135 Geographic Squadron RE in Ewell where I had the pleasure of presenting Cpl. S o’Neill with her Award.
I was accompanied by Liveryman David Reynolds and his wife and was delighted to find Prof. Alan Gillett, the originator of the Award, was also present.
Together with a large number of Masters, I attended the W C of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators 2016 Rivers Lecture given by Dr Karl Mackie CBE, Chief Executive of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.
The Lecture was followed by a very friendly reception and a relatively informal supper hosted by the Master, Patricia Day FCIS.
I had the honour to be The Master Cutler’s personal guest at a delightful dinner for Masters and Clerks in his splendid Hall. As the only Master from a Modern Company I was particularly pleased to have been invited. Speeches were minimal from the IPM Richard Herbert and the Master Cutler Janek Wichtowski.
The Cathedral was packed with pupils from St. Saviour’s and St. Olave’s School for their Annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving.
It was a most uplifting service lead lead by The Dean, The Very Rev’d Andrew Nunn with School choirs, orchestra readers and dancers. The Choir and Orchestra performed Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus magnificently.
Over 30 Livery Companies had stands in the Old Library in Guildall. Some 600 students from a wide variety of schools had the opportunity to talk to representatives of a very wide range of trades and professions. We were very grateful to the four liverymen who joined Clewyd Roberts to man our stand throughout the day. We were situated next to CSTT and hopefully between us managed to raise the awareness of Surveying as profession. I joined the team for an afternoon stint which wound up with a private view and Reception.
I was delighted to be joined by our Senior Warden at the Modern Companies (i.e. those formed after 1926) Dinner, hosted by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.
It was a very jolly and relatively informal occasion, the speakers were the Master Architect and the Chief Commoner Elect, Michael Welbank.
St Paul’s was packed for the 74th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London. It was a splendid and uplifting service with wonderful music and singing. The most thought provoking Sermon was given by The Right Reverend and RightHonourable Richard Chartres, KCVO, Bishop of London.
The service this year was well attended by our own Liverymen and their guests and 12 of us accompanied my Consort, the Wardens and our Learned Clerk to a delightful lunch at the Apothecaries’ Hall.
Once a year The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress entertain all Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiff of the Livery Companies of the City of London to Dinner at The Mansion House.
It was a glittering occasion in every sense, with a delicious menu, excellent wines and triumphant music throughout. Speeches were, by tradition, from The Lord Mayor, The Master Mercer and The Master Grocer.
Our learned Clerk, Amanda, and I were invited to a delicious lunch by the Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. We had drinks on the foredeck and then descended to the Hall housed in the space where the engines would have been. Three awards were presented and excellent speeches were given by the Master and by Alderman Peter Estlin.
Photo: David Iliff
I joined the congregation in this ancient Church which dates back to 1170 for the Election Court Service for the newly elected officers of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.
We proceeded to Wax Chandlers’ Hall for an Election Court Dinner where I was particularly pleased to see Prof Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE welcomed as Master Elect.
It was an honour to be invited with nine other Masters to the Plumber’s Dinner by their Master, Erica Stary. It was a splendid occasion where I was happily seated on top table between Past Master Mike Swallow and the brand new Master Pavior Ian Lumsden.
The speeches were by Dame Fiona Woolf, the Master, the Upper Warden and The Baroness Hale of Richmond. The evening concluded with a very jolly stirrup cup.
David and I were lucky enough to go to Number 1 Court to see a production of “Even More Trial and Error” which was excellent and featured the Late Sheriff Fiona Adler and Music by Late Sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley.
My husband and I went to support GHSM&D in their production with the City Corporation of a Son et Lumiere in Guildhall Yard to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Many of the fine treasures within Guildhall including original manuscripts from Shakespeare and a new photographic exhibition which was excellent featuring the Late Lord Mayor, Dame Fiona Woolf. A themed bar was provided where drinks included “Puck’s Pleasure”.
Court Assistant Ralph Charlwood and his team of supporters ran a most successful and enjoyable evening in a basement function room under Minster Court. 27 teams of approx 6 each took part in an evening of competition and hilarity all in aid of funds for CSTT .
Quiz masters were Mark Pougatch and ex professional Don Hutchinson.
11 Livery Companies took part in the 22nd Swimathon ‘fielding’ 13 teams with a total of 61 swimmers.
Our venue, The RAC Club at Epsom, was by kind invitation of Past Master Sir Brian Hill. We are also most grateful to our Clerk, Amanda, for all the arrangements.
We were delighted that Sir Brian and Lady Hill, the Upper Bailiff of the Weavers Company, John Nugee and the Master Chartered Accountant, Mark Spofforth, were able to join us for Dinner in the splendid Club Dining Room.
We were honoured that Gemma Spofforth, world record holder for the 100m back stroke and former World Champion with a total of 8 medals in major international championships, took time to watch the swimmers and spoke to us all charmingly after the Dinner.