Monthly Archives: April 2016

City Centre 22.4.16

The City Centre, which is part of Guildhall, was opened by The Lord Mayor, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Sheriff Charles Bowman and The Chief Commoner.

The model of Central London is amazing and well worth a visit.


Bletchley Park Visit 22.4.16

45 Liverymen and guests converged on Bletchley Park. After a short briefing over Coffee, one group set off for a conducted tour of the campus whilst the remainder did a self guided tour of the Museum and the Mansion.

We enjoyed a welcome lunch in Hut 4, then the rest were given the outside tour which was executed with military precision. We were most grateful to Liveryman David Jinks who had organised the event.

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Watermen’s Hall 21.4.16

photoAmanda, our Clerk, and I were guests at a delightful St George’s Day Luncheon when the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames entertain Masters and Clerks. The traditional meal was excellent and extensive, each guest received a red rose as a button hole. The Master spoke and the Master Mercer responded very briefly.


Leadenhall Building 8.4.16

The City of London Building of the Year 2015 was unveiled by The Lord Mayor accompanied by both Sheriffs. It was a short but charming ceremony after which we were invited to go in the high speed lift to the top where I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Graham Stirk, the architect who had designed the building. There was a very good attendance of other Masters. I had been invited as a guest of the Master Architect.

The Leadenhall Building is indeed iconic in style, known as ” The Cheese Grater “.

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Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 7.4.16

This is an enormous fundraising event in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Many hundreds of guests enjoyed a simple curry lunch held in Guildhall, in 3 sittings.

HRH Prince Harry, the Civic team and Masters of many Livery Companies attended. Luckily I met a most charming member of the Leathersellers Court who escorted me throughout the Lunch, for which I was most grateful.

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Carpenters’ Hall 5.4.16

I was the guest of The Master Architect who was co hosting the Worshipful Company of Carpenters Annual Craft Lecture. The speaker was Dr Anya Matthews, an art and architectural historian, speaking on The Livery Halls Destroyed in The Great Fire.

It was an interesting and informative talk which was followed by a most convivial drinks and nibbles supper.


HQS “Wellington” 31.3.16

My Consort attended a most enjoyable tour  of the ship followed by a reception and Lunch hosted by The Honourable Company of Master Mariners for Mistresses and Consorts.