Monthly Archives: April 2017

6th Form Prize Giving at Robert Clack School – 26.04.2017

I had the honour of being invited alongside the Mayor of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the chair of the Governors to present prizes to years 12 and 13. They are a terrific group of students who have achieved some great things during the year both in and out of the classroom.  Our support of the school is really valued.


Dinner with the Worshipful Company of Paviors – 25.02.2017

I attended a magnificent dinner at the Goldsmith’s Hall as guest of the Paviors.  It was my first dinner at the Hall since my installation dinner in October.  The main speech was by Phil Wilbraham who is leading the new runway  project at Heathrow Airport for BAA.


Company Business Plan – 25.04.2017

Fortified by lunch at the Waterman’s Hall I chaired the third of our business plan meetings. Please do email me or Amanda with any issues you think we should be considering. We are building a 10 year plan to take us up to our 50th year.


St George’s Day Luncheon – The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames – 25.04.2017

Amanda and I represented the Company at a traditional livery lunch to celebrate St George’s Day. We were all given a red rose button hole on arrival and enjoyed very generous hospitality at Waterman’s Hall. The speech on behalf of the guests was from the Master Mercer who was a guest at our Spring Dinner.


Visit to Treloar’s – 24.04.2017

My second trip to Treloar’s since becoming Master.  This time  Caroline and I were accompanied by Amanda who was carrying a very important piece of paper — our cheque for £100,000 towards the coach appeal.  Readers of my blog or attendees at the 40th anniversary dinner will be aware that the Trustees of the Charitable Trust and the Court approved this donation.  It allows Treloar’s to press the button on their order for a new coach  and has shortened their anticipated fund raising programme by three years.

In their words:

‘Your gift is life changing.  A coach like no other which will enable the severely disabled young people at Treloar’s to travel in comfort as a group, accompanied by their carers and essential medical equipment, providing more opportunities to support their education, living skills and independence and ultimately enabling this group of inspirational young people to lead as independent and inclusive a life as possible.’

A big thank you  to the livery – our generosity over the years in giving and fund raising  has enabled the Company to make this donation.  I will be writing to you shortly regarding our plans for a special 40th anniversary appeal to replenish our funds following this gift.


The United Guilds Service, St Paul’s Cathedral – 31.03.2017






The United Guilds Service is one of the key civic events in the Livery year. The Lord Mayor and his Sheriffs are joined by the Masters and Wardens of every Livery Company, dressed in their colourful robes. This year the Sermon was given by the The Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, Lord Bishop of Southwark.

After the service 12 members of the Company enjoyed each others company over lunch at the Stationers’ Hall.


Lord Mayor’s dinner for Masters at Mansion House – 30.03.2017

Caroline and I attended a white tie dinner at the Mansion House hosted by the Lord Mayor with around 100 other Masters. This is one of the set piece livery events in the calendar and obviously a huge privilege to be there representing the Company. The Master Mercer and Master Grocer as one and two in the order of precedence spoke with the Lord Mayor.


Lunch with Commanding Officer of 42 Squadron – 29.03.2017

I had the pleasure of lunch with Lt Col Nicky Bell RE, Commanding Officer of 42 EngineerRegiment (Geospatial) and Captain James Smith to discuss the expedition DRAGON KYRGYZSTAN ODYSSEY 17. This is an alpine mountaineering expedition for 12 personnel from 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic), including personnel from our affiliate
135 Geographic Squadron, to climb Peak Lenin (7134m) on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. We have agreed to support the trip with a grant of £3,000 and I presented the cheque to Nicky outside the Royal Exchange.  Assistants David Reynolds and Mark Larard also attended the lunch.


Spring 40th Anniversary Banquet at Fishmongers’ Hall – 28.03.2017

A very special evening as we marked our 40th anniversary since the Company was founded  and the  Clerk her 30th year of service. Earlier in the evening the Court  approved a donation of £100,000 to Treloars’ for the purchase of a state of the  art  specially adapted coach to enable their severely handicapped children to undertake more trips and work experience. This was announced at the dinner together with a 40th anniversary appeal. We also presented a cheque for just over £22,000 to the YMCA  raised from the Towerathlon last year to help fund a new  hostel for homeless young persons.  Speakers at the dinner were Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin and The Right Honourable Sir Hugh Robertson.  A special grace was written and said by Alan Gillett, father of the Company. Thank you to the sea cadets for their carpet guard and to all the staff at the Fishmongers’ Hall.