Thank you to everyone who was at the Goldsmith’s Hall last night to share in my installation as the 40th Master of the Company and for all your good wishes. I hope you all enjoyed the evening. A special thank you to my speakers Amanda Clack, The President of the RICS and to Reverend Canon Ann Easter. We were entertained by some wonderful singers who were joined, to my complete surprise, by the Master’s wife in the singing of The Prayer by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster.
Prior to handing over to the next Master, William, I just wish to thank everyone who has been reading my Blog over the past year.
Best wishes to you all and to my successors,
I was one of about 30 Masters and Prime Wardens entertained by The Musicians Company at their Master and Clerks’ Dinner. It was a delightful evening hosted most enthusiastically by their Master, Andrew Morris. The main speaker , The Rt Hon Lord Gill was most entertaining. The guest of honour was Annie Lennox OBE who spoke briefly about her career.
After dinner we enjoyed a splendid performance by The Buck Brass Trio which was followed by a most generous stirrup cup.
Together with a dozen or so Masters I enjoyed a most interesting talk by the Immediate Past Master David Dewing on The Great Fire, focusing on furnishings before and after 1666. We were welcomed by the current Master Ben Burbidge and enjoyed drinks before and after the lecture.
My consort and I attended the memorial service for His Honour Judge Sir Gavyn Arthur, Lord Mayor of London 2002/3.
HRH Princess Michael of Kent , The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the two Sheriffs and their ladies, and leading representatives of the legal profession, The City and all the other organizations with which Sir Gavyn had been involved joined a huge Church congregation. The choir, organ and trumpeter were splendid. Tributes were given by The Hon Mr Justice Baker and Alderman Nicholas Anstee, Lord Mayor 2009/10.
I was delighted to be invited to The University College of Estate Management 29th Property Awards Luncheon. After a reception where I met some most interesting fellow guests I was honoured to be seated at Top Table between John Gellatly, UCEM Chairman and Past Master David Larkin , a trustee of UCEM.
We were welcomed by The Principal and CEO, Ashley Wheaton, who was able to advise us of the tremendous progress the University is making in educating members of our profession. The Awards were presented following the Lunch.
I joined a very large number of Masters and Mistresses at the splendid Mercers Hall for a super Concert of Classical Music given by students at St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School. The performance was outstanding and the talent amazing. The Master Mercer, John Manwaring Robertson welcomed us all most warmly.
The Concert was followed by a very jolly free seating supper. I joined a table with The Masters Carpenter, Innholder and Spectacle Maker and their Mistresses.
David was delighted to attend a most enjoyable Mistress and Consorts Luncheon hosted by the Mistress Tallow Chandler, Mary Fleck, who welcomed her guests, some 90 in all.
I joined the Master Plumber at the 367th Anniversary of The Lion Sermon: On 16 October 1643 Sir John Gayer in Arabia became separated from his companions. As dusk fell, a lion circled him but did not attack. In the morning his companions found him sleeping peacefully with the lion’s footprints all around him — a modern Daniel. In his will he established an annual commemorative sermon, this year given by Paul Carling, former Master of Sherborne School.
The service was followed by a wine and buffet lunch also provided for in the bequest.
Amanda and I thoroughly enjoyed the Private View of The Wizardry in Wood Exhibition and Reception where we saw the amazing items of turned wood on display, including a section on the theme of The Great Fire of London.
We were greeted most warmly by The Master Turner, Nicholas Somers. The occasion was graced with the presence of the two new Sheriffs, one of whom, Peter Estlin, officially opened the Exhibition which is only held every 4 years.
A group of Liverymen and guests including The Master Elect and Caroline and several Past Masters attended a delightful studio production given by the 3rd year students. A very friendly reception with canapés followed the performance when we were able to chat to the extremely talented students.
I had the pleasure of presenting cheques from our Livery Company to the two students who had been nominated by the School.
The Master Elect and Caroline, my Consort and I enjoyed Evensong attended by The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Over 70 other Companies were represented with all Masters and Mistresses seated on either side of the main aisle under The Dome. The music was predictably amazing. The Service was followed by a jolly reception in The Crypt.
I popped in to Goldsmith’s Hall to admire the annual “up market” bazar of Gold and Silver and I am pleased to report that I got out without spending too much!
I was invited to The Worshipful Company of The Makers of Playing Cards Michaelmas Livery Dinner. Other guest Masters were The Master Salter, The Master Framework Knitter and The Master Air Pilot. We all received a very warm welcome from the hosting Master, Charles Fowler, to a most friendly and happy evening. The guest speaker was Alderman Charles Bowman who was excellent as always.
Five Members of our Company plus my consort joined 18 other Livery Companies for Lunch following the Election. We were seated on a very jolly table with the Master Actuary and his team,
Guildhall was packed with Liverymen for the Election of The Lord Mayor. A splendid procession led by all Masters followed by all the civic dignitaries and The Lord Mayor all took their seats for Common Hall. The formality of the occasion is long established with a great deal of delightful ceremonial ritual.
We were all delighted to see Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley duly elected for the coming year.
All Masters, Aldermen and the Civic Team, all robed, proceeded across Guildhall Yard to a Divine service prior to the Election of The Lord Mayor. The Music and singing were splendid. Katherine Ennis played the organ, Rev’d Canon David Parrott led the service and Rev’d Dr Alan McCormack, Chaplin to The lord Mayor, preached an excellent and powerful sermon.
The Cook and The Butler Event Company hosted the 12th Supporters Breakfast to Celebrate Common Hall 2016.
The Breakfast, attended by a large number of hungry Masters and Clerks, was delicious. The welcome by Mark Grove and his staff was warm and friendly setting us all up for a long day.
I joined HRH Prince Michael of Kent and many Masters and Clerks at The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Annual Sir Fredrick Tymms Memorial lecture to hear Chris Martin give a fascinating talk on the development storey, so far, of Airlander.
This was followed by a very relaxed reception on the terrace on a warm evening overlooking Hyde Park.