Monthly Archives: March 2017

2017 Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Tutt Rivers Lecture – 23.03.2017

Attended a very interesting lecture at the Pewterer’s Hall given by Steve Holliday, former CEO of National Grid, on inclusion, diversity and business culture. We then had an enjoyable informal dinner after.

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Service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Worshipful Company of Carmen – 22.03.2017

 

I attended Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral with around 100 other Masters for a service to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the Carmen. The current Master is Marsha Rae Ratcliff.

The Worshipful Company of Carmen continues to reflect the transport industry  as it has done for five centuries. The Company is currently one of the largest, listed number 77 in the order of precedence, with approaching 700 members, including some 500 Liverymen, 170 Freemen and 40 Apprentices.

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Livery Schools Link – 20.03.2017

31 Livery companies took part in a careers fair for just over 30 schools and around 600 pupils at Guildhall today. Our stand was especially busy and thank you to Clywd Roberts, Ema Saunders and all our other volunteers for helping out. Also thank you to the CSTT team who shared our stand.  It was really enjoyable talking to so many young people about their hopes and aspirations.

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Modern Liveries’ Dinner – 13.03.2017

I attended this dinner held at the Brewers’ Hall.  The idea of the modern livery company took shape in 1921  at the annual shipmaster’s dinner in Liverpool.  This led to the formation of the Company of Master Mariners on 25th June 1926.  Since then 32 other ‘modern’ livery companies have joined them including of course the Chartered Surveyors.  The hosting of this dinner rotates and this time it was the turn of the Information Technologists to do the honours. They did a very good job and it was a great evening catching up again with Masters and  Senior Wardens.

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Visit to Treloar’s – 08.03.2017

Caroline and I joined around 40 other Masters and consorts to support a visit by the Lord Mayor to Treloar’s.  Treloar’s is a school and college for students with profound physical disabilities.  It was founded by a previous Lord Mayor in 1907 and has retained its close links with the City. It is truly an amazing place. It provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training and aims to prepare its students for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential. It has a Nursery and School (from 2 to 19 years) and College (from 16 to 25 years). In School it has a target that every student leaves with at least one nationally recognised qualification. In College the aim is to enable all learners to achieve their long-term goals of a more independent life and make a meaningful contribution to their community, including Higher Education and employment.

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Kew Gardens – 03.03.2017

There is a growing series of events that are put on for the consorts of Masters. Representing the Company is definitely a team effort. Caroline was on duty at Kew Gardens attending an event organised by the Architects.

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Livery Swimathon – 02.03.2017

 

 

Amanda pulled off another successful Swimathon at the RAC club in Epsom.  Although down on previous numbers we still had the support of 9 other livery companies to raise money for various charities including the Lord Mayor’s charity.  The feedback from these companies was hugely positive and I have received some nice letters encouraging us to continue with this event.  We were well looked after by the RAC club who laid on a dinner for us in the Cedar Room.  Many thanks to the club for making the pool available to us.

 

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Pancake Racing – 28.02.2017

I took part in the inter livery Master’s Pancake race in Guildhall Yard with David Reynolds in the liveryman race. We both won our heats! Caroline stood in for the lady livery race and was first into the tossing zone but had to give way to a field 20 years or so younger! A really fun morning with funds raised going to charity.

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Lecture organised by Worshipful Company of Architects – 22.02.17

Attended an interesting set of talks on why the City of London looks like it does through the eyes of architects and a City Corporation planner. Rather harshly the blame on some ugly post war buildings was pushed in the direction of a surveyor at Jones Lang Wootton.

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