Monthly Archives: June 2016

Armorers and Brasiers’ Hall 27.6.16

armourersA small group of Masters were invited by The Master Armorer and Brasier to Champagne and a private view of his splendid Hall which was a perfect way to round off a super evening.


Merchant Taylors’ Hall 27.6.16

Together with some 50 Masters with their Clerks and some very distinguished guests I was made made most welcome by The Master, Wardens and Clerk of The Merchant Taylors’ Company at The Billesden Award Dinner. It was a truly glittering occasion when the story behind the 6’s and 7’s was told.

The Master Merchant Taylor and The Master Skinner both spoke most amusingly. We were entertained by international soloists and enjoyed the tones of the splendid organ.

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Gresham Street 24.6.16

Any one with keen eyes may have seen me on TV walking West with a small group from The Worshipful Company of Architects as we made our way West towards Stationers’ Hall for Lunch!


Guildhall Yard 24.6.16

In glorious sunshine, together with a good number of Masters, the full Civic Team, veterans, soldiers and a Guards Band we witnessed The Armed Forces Flag Raising Day. The Lord Mayor gave a short Speech.

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Stationers Hall 24.6.16

My Consort and I joined a very jolly lunch following a reception in the garden of The Hall where we saw what is reputed to be the oldest tree in the City, a plane tree which was looking remarkably healthy.

Before we sat down, the Clerk to The Stationers gave an excellent Grace in verse composed for the occasion and the Master Stationer gave a most amusing and clever Speech to round off the meal.

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Guildhall 24.6.16

guildhallIn full gown, chain and Tudor bonnet I processed the whole length of Guildhall with the Masters of all the 110 Companies to Common Hall for the Election of the Sheriffs and other Officers. The proceedings are performed according to tradition established over 600 tears ago.


Goldsmiths’ Hall 24.6.16

IMG_1340I was invited by Chester Boyd, caterers, to a sumptuous Breakfast held in the splendid Goldsmiths Hall. It was a super occasion for some Masters and their Clerks at the beginning of a busy day.


Property Marketing Awards 23.6.16

This was the 24th year of the Awards which are a highlight of our Livery year when we celebrate and recognise achievement and excellence in Marketing Design.

The ceremony was held in the grand premises of The General Practitioners in Euston Square. We are as always most grateful to the Sponsors, Judges and the Organising Committee who with their Chairman Liveryman Colin Peacock put in a tremendous amount of  work towards the event.

Our celebrity host for the evening, Matt Dawson, was superb!

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Robert Clack School Dagenham 22.6.16

IMG_1333I was invited together with some very distinguished guests to attend The Year 9 Presentation Evening. Once again it was a privilege and an inspiration to see so many enthusiastic and delightful students and to meet the dedicated staff working so hard to shape their futures and open their horizons.


Cavalry and Guards Club 21.6.16

My consort was invited by The Master Innholders Consort, Mr David Cowdery, to a tour and Lunch at his Club together with a small group of Mistresses and Consorts. He particularly enjoyed the splendid collection of very fine paintings, including the famous one depicting  the ill fated Scott expedition “I may be gone for some time”.


Bakers’ Hall 21.6.16

IMG_1329I was invited by The Master Plumber to join a Plumbers’ Company group to a Dinner hosted by the Bakers’ Company who presented ‘The Great Fire of London Remembered, an evening with Samuel Pepys’. We were entertained with a very amusing play/opera in between courses whilst we enjoyed a hearty Dinner. It was an evening of great fun, recalling that the Great Fire originated in the premises of the King’s Baker.


Lunchtime Meeting 21.6.16

I was invited to join a small group to meet Paul Wilkinson, the newly appointed City Surveyor, who takes up his duties on 4 October 2016.

As a Company we have a history of a close association with City Surveyors; Liveryman Peter Bennett and Past Master Edward Hartill OBE in recent years.


Robert Hooke Lecture 21.6.16

FullSizeRender[2]Assistant Liveryman Tony Joyce delivered an erudite Lecture on Robert Hooke FRS ‘The Father of Surveying’.

It was very well attended by well over 60 Young Freemen and Liverymen alike.   I was most grateful to Tony for all the hard work and research he put into preparing the Lecture which was held in his super offices of Bilfinger GVA  in Gresham Street.

Robert Hooke had for over 300 years been forgotten, thanks to Tony’s interesting and amusing Lecture he has now been remembered as a brilliant man  in many fields and for his part in re planning and rebuilding London after The Great Fire.


Haberdashers’ Hall 20.6.16

I was so pleased to see so many Liverymen and guests at our Midsummer Banquet held in the elegant surroundings of the modern Haberdashers’ Hall.

We were fortunate in being able to hold the Reception under blue sky in the cloistered courtyard.

Windsor Herald of Arms, William Hunt, graciously presented the illuminated version of our Royal Charter. We were delighted to be joined by both Sheriffs and we enjoyed an excellent closing speech by Alderman and Sheriff Charles Bowman.

During the Dinner I received a ‘large cheque’ from Paul Morrish, CEO of LandAid, for our Charitable Trust and at the conclusion of my Speech I presented Charles Bowman with a cheque from our Company towards The  Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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Drapers’ Hall 16.6.16

FullSizeRenderAmanda and I were guests of the Master and Wardens of the Drapers’ Company luncheon in their grand Hall. It was a splendid and very happy occasion. We were warmly welcomed by the Master Draper, John Gifford, in a most amusing fashion.


Apothecaries’ Hall 15.6.16

David and I were invited to a glittering banquet to commemorate HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday, hosted by Past Master of The Apothecaries Sir Colin Berry. The guest speaker was Sir Roy Strong who was fascinating.


Brewers’ Hall 15.6.16

My Consort and I were I invited to a delightful Court Lunch by Master and Wardens of The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants. The Master Furniture and the Master Architect were also guests. The Master Builders Merchant, Leo and his Mistress, Deirdre, made us all most welcome.

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The Royal College of Physicians 14.6.16

FullSizeRenderThe Worshipful Company of Plumbers held a Reception followed by their 32nd Annual Lecture in the theatre of the Grade 1 Listed building designed by Sir Denys Lasdun.

Together with a number of Masters I enjoyed the excellent Lecture given by Andy Mitchell CBE FREng on “The Impact of the Thames Tideway” which was followed by Dinner.


Ironbridge Weekend 12.6.16

After breakfast a short meeting of Masters, with a complimentary meeting of Mistresses and Consorts, was convened. At this meeting the Pastmasters’ Association for our year was formed amid much hilarity. It was resolved that we would be entitled Pheonix in recognition of the anniversary of the Great Fire in 1666.


Ironbridge Weekend 11.6.16

We were all taken on 4 coaches for tours of the place known as the Birth place of the Industrial Revolution including several museums, The Iron Bridge itself and the Blists Hill Victorian Town. Here I received the annual chastisement from The Land Agent (Prof. Alan Gillett) in full costume, of me as a defaulting tenant. All difficult to imagine as I was wearing my gown, hat and badge of office for the enactment!

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We had lunch back at Coalbrook. In the evening we were joined by The Lord Mayor, The Lady Mayoress, both Sheriffs and their partners for The Presidents Summer Ball at Enginuity, the Engine Shop and Museum at Coalbrookdale.


Ironbridge Weekend 10.6.16

David and I travelled up to Telford by train – the best way as many others had bad journeys by road.

The Annual visit to Ironbridge was very well attended. On the first evening we all enjoyed a Dinner in The Covered Bays at Coalbrook.

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RS Quest Dinghy Launch 9.6.16

PM Laurence Johnstone, Assistant Mark Larard and I met up at The Royal Docks Boat Station to see the launch of two remarkable newly designed dinghies which had been match funded by our own Company.

Liveryman Martin Coles, CEO of MSSC, Lt Cdr ( SCC ) Cliff Lewis RNR and Sub Lt Adam Mendrys. We were all taken by boat to meet four young Sea Cadets from Newham. One of the Cadets most charmingly thanked our Company for the dinghies and for the opportunities they would give to their Cadet Unit.

With the help of Champagne I launched the two dinghies which were then demonstrated most competently by the Cadets including a planned capsize.

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Pewterers’ Hall 9.6.16

PewterersAmanda and I were delighted to attend a a Court Lunch hosted by the Master and Wardens of The Tyler’s and Bricklayers.

It was a very happy occasion with excellent speeches by The Master, Tom Ryder, and Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden.


Robert Clack School 8.6.16

ClackI was invited to a Year 7 Presentation Evening. It was inspirational to see the enthusiasm of so many well behaved students and to see the dedication of the Staff led by the Headteacher, Sir Paul Grant.

I had the pleasure of presenting the Completion Certificates to half the students in year 7 and some of the special awards.


Old Library Guildhall 1.6.16

Together with a large group of other Masters and in the presence of Sheriff Christine Rigden and the Chief Commoner, Michael Welbank, I was invited to a lecture and reception to mark the opening of the “Fields of Battle — Lands of Peace” Exhibition in Guildhall Yard.

We heard a very interesting and moving short talk by the Photographer Michael St Maur Sheil, who has produced some stunning photographs of the fields of Battle as they appear today. His work is to mark the Centerary of The Battle of The Somme.

This was followed by a learned discourse by Prof Sir Hew Strachan on “The redefinition of battle: Verdun and the Somme”.




A Celebration 1.6.16

A_CelebrationMy husband and I attended a celebration of the life of David Jefferies, held in the splendid lecture theatre in  Savoy Place. Among his many achievements, David had been Master Wax Chandler, one of the tributes was delivered by the current Master, Dr Andrew Mair.

A reception was held in The Riverside Room at the top of the building with splendid views in both directions along The Thames.


Henrietta House 1.6.16

HenriettaHouseLiveryman Gordon Edington introduced a lunchtime follow up meeting following the John O’Halloran Symposium on 17.5.16.

Stimulating discussion on the way mental health awareness and well-being can be promoted in the Property industry. It was concluded that any initiative should come from the top and, with this in mind, ways should be found to contact senior players in the property world as one constructive way forward.


Guildhall Club 26.5.16

A Dinner for those Mistresses and Consorts of the Companies who will attend the 2016 Ironbridge Weekend.

Arranged by the Steering Group of The Mistresses and Consorts Picture Book in order to ease networking and contacts between Companies.

The dinner was hosted most charmingly by The Lady Mayoress.