The Distillers Company hosted their 9th Annual Tasting of IWSC Award Winning Spirits and Liqueurs. I joined a fascinating Masterclass on Scotch Whisky given by Mark Thomson who talked about the seven whiskies he had chosen for us to taste .
This was followed by a “free” tasting of spirits and liqueurs, 170 in all, in Vintners magnificent main Hall. As you can probably imagine this event was very well attended!
Several of us had a very jolly steak and chip supper and a nightcap to round off the evening.
Our two Sheriffs this year, Charles Bowman and Christine Rigden, escorted by the HAC, rode around The City calling for Liquid refreshment at some 15 Livery Halls, Mansion House and Guildhall. All in ceremonial dress, they rode to raise money for the Sheriffs and Recorders Fund helping London’s ex- prisoners and their families since 1808.
I was very pleased to be invited to the Joiners and Ceilers Election Court Dinner at which their Craft Awards for 2016 were presented. It was a “family” occasion, only attended by 2 other visiting Masters, which ran beautifully having been organised by our mutual Clerk, Amanda.
The Joiners and Ceilers’ St James Day Service was delightful and well attended with splendid music and singing by the choir and congregation. The Sermon was given by the Chaplin to the Company, The Rev John Cotton.
David and I were delighted to be invited with several other Masters and their Mistresses by the Master Accountant, in his capacity as The High Sheriff of West Sussex, to his home.
It was a super occasion attended by very many representatives of Church, Civic, Uniformed Organisations, family and friends. We were blessed with good weather and entertained by a steel band.
The Worshipful Company of Architects hosted an interesting talk, one in a series, on The Rebuilding of The City in the historic College where lectures have been delivered for hundreds of years.
The most interesting speaker on this occasion was Christopher Costelloe, director of The Victorian Society, who spoke about the period of rebuilding following the Second World War. The evening concluded with drinks in the delightful enclosed courtyard garden just off High Holborn.
On one of the hottest days of the year so far I joined more than 20 Masters with Mistresses, Past Masters and Clerks for a fascinating tour of 11 Churches, organized by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. We met up for coffee and bacon baps in the Crypt of St Pauls’. Our two City Guides were excellent and taught us a lot.
We had a delicious lunch in St Laurence Jewry, then embarked on a tour of the remaining Churches, concluding with a most welcome tea and cake in All Hallows by the Tower.
Together with several other Masters, David and I attended an Awards Ceremony followed by a full Livery Dinner hosted by The Worshipful Company of Engineers, in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
I joined Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden to enjoy a splendid Concert in the early evening sunshine given by the combined bands of The HAC and The Royal Yeomanry. Needless to say the performance was glittering and faultless and executed with military precision.
Our Clerk and I had the pleasure of attending the Students Achievements Ceremony 2015- 16 for years 7, 8, 9 and 10. We were most impressed with the students and the dedicated staff. The guest speaker, Ms Sarah Begum, a documentary film maker, was inspirational.
I had the privilege of presenting The Lion Heart Award to the student who had made exceptional progress despite challenging personal circumstances.
Small informal lunch for a group of Masters overlooking The Thames with update on the planned commemorations of the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London due to take place in The City at the beginning of September.
I was invited by the Master Chartered Secretary to the her Company Annual Church Service. It was a most meaningful service with music led by the splendid choir and the cracking and most topical sermon was given by the Company Chaplin , Rev. Andy Rider.
It was a warm dry evening for our walk starting at The Monument around Livery Halls that had been rebuilt following The Great Fire in 1666. The party of 20 comprised Young Freemen and Liverymen of our Company. Our Guide, Stephen Wagstaffe, Renter Warden of The Architects’ Company, was excellent. The two hour walk concluded with supper at Corny and Barrow in Paternoster Square.
My Consort and I were most fortunate to be invited to a magnificent Banquet hosted by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Alderman Sir David Wootton was locum tenens, as The Lord Mayor was representing The City in Japan. Both Sheriffs and The Sheriff Elect, Peter Estlin were present. We were well seated on Top Table overlooking a packed Egyptian Hall. Speeches by The Master, Sir David Wootton, The Master Elect and Ms Belinda Moore.
A very large number of fellow Masters and Clerks collected in No 1 Court at The Central Criminal Court for the AGM of The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund following which we had a most interesting talk given by Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. We enjoyed a convivial reception, hosted by The Cooks’ Company, in The Judges’ Dining Room.
I joined volunteers from Savills, Nationwide, The Worshipful Company of Dyers and The Chartered Surveyors Company for a Careers Day for 15 to 16 year old students. We covered interview techniques on a one to one basis and gave information on a career in the property profession.
Many of us stayed for school lunch which was delicious!
Master Elect Hill, Past Master Johnstone, Liaison Officer Heywood, Military Affiliates Officer Reynolds and Court Assistant Larard joined me in Newham for Evening Colours, Evolutions, Annual Inspection and Presentation of Awards. It was a delightful and enjoyable evening which concluded with a reception. We were extremely impressed by the Cadets we met and the Staff who train them.
I presented a cheque to support the Unit and an Honours Board on behalf of our Livery Company.
I was invited by the Master Wheelwright to a delightful lunch on board. We enjoyed Pimms on deck then went below for the Summer Court and Livery Luncheon. I was made most welcome. The speakers were The Master, David Viner, and Ian Lovett, Dep. Chairman of England and Wales Cricket Board and Chairman of Seven Investment Management Ltd who was hilarious!
David and I were invited by the Master Framework Knitter, The Hon Elizabeth Green, to a lunch in The Cholmondeley Room. The weather was super and we had the thrill of drinks on the House of Lords Terrace overlooking the River. The delightful luncheon was hosted by The Baroness Byford and Earl Attlee after which we went into the House to watch Question Time in The Lords which was fascinating and was followed by a reading of a summary of The Chilcot Enquiry which had been published that day.
Together with a large turnout of other Masters and Clerks, both Sheriffs and The Chief Commoner, I attended a Service of Thanksgiving for The Lord Mayor. Splendid music was led by the choir and the sermon was by Revd Cannon David Parrott. A very convivial reception for all was held within the Church.
Following the Summer Election Court Meeting, about 27 Court Members and Liverymen enjoyed a very jolly informal Court Lunch in a private room where we were delighted to be joined by the newly admitted Liverymen.
I joined a large congregation for Choral Evensong in Thanksgiving for the life of Sir Richard Nichols, Past Lord Mayor.
The Mayoralty, past and present were well represented as where Sir Richard’s mother Company, The Salters. Sir Roger Gifford was Locum Tenans and the Sheriffs were represented by Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden. I found myself seated next to our Past Master Keith Knowles. The sermon was by The Very Reverend Victor Stock and the singing was led by the choir of Christ’s Hospital School.
I joined the family at Salters’ Hall after the Service.