Monthly Archives: May 2017

Livery Banquet – Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators – 22.05.2017

I was back at the Mansion House for another magnificent livery white tie dinner as a guest of WCCSA. The Lord Mayor was in attendance with the other guest speaker Richard Hunter, UK Managing Director of Bombardier Transport.


‘Master’ Chef social event – 11.05.2017

David Mann organised a really enoyable livery social. 12 of us turned into chefs for the evening as we prepared under expert tuition a meal for us to eat together.  Although I say it myself the food was prepared  and cooked with great skill and was delicious.  Thorough recommended as a great event for friends, work teams or with clients.


Guildhall School of Music Competition – 09.05.2017


This year’s competition was well attended and as usual and we were not disappointed with a very entertaining programme.  Each of the 5 singers  had to perform one item of musical theatre in addition to the normal repertoire. We provide two prizes.  The first is professionally adjudicated which was won by Isabelle Peters.  The people’s prize voted by the audience went to Claire Lees.  We all then enjoyed a supper in a restaurant a short walk from the School.


The 363rd Festival of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy at St Paul’s Cathedral – 09.05.2017


The service is another where the civic ceremony is to the fore.  Livery companies process in robes and badges and the full civic team is on parade.  This year the preacher was The Most Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Archbishop of York.  The music was provided by the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, directed by Andrew Carwood, and the choirs of Chichester Cathedral and Chester Cathedral.


Elections Committee – 09.05.2017

I attended a regular elections committee meeting interviewing two new candidates for membership of the livery. If you are a member please do not be shy in recommending candidates for the livery. If you are not a member and are interested then please contact the Clerk.


Worshipful Company of Plumbers Court Lunch – 09.05.2017

I represented the Company at a Court Lunch held at the Carpenters’Hall. The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is one of the most ancient of the Livery Companies of the City of London having served the City and the craft of plumbing continuously for over 650 years. We had a very interesting talk by Neil Kerfoot representing the Village by Village charity.


Worshipful Company of Information Technologists 25th Anniversary Banquet at Guildhall – 04.05.2017

I attended a banquet as a guest of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The celebration was the largest banquet held by any of the City’s 110 Livery Companies in many years with over 700 attendees. Guests of Honour included The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley; Aldermen & Sheriffs Peter Estlin and William Russell; Royal Corps of Signals Corps Colonel Simon Hutchinson, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff Major General John Crackett, Sir Brian Jenkins, Dame Steve Shirley and UK Space Agency Chief executive Graham Turnock who was the after-dinner speaker.

The banquet was held on May the Fourth (Star Wars day and as it happened my wedding anniversary which marked 7 more years than the  WCIT history). We were greeted as we arrived by a Guard formed of Star Wars Stormtroopers.  Luckily Caroline was out singing and there were no Darth Vader black looks when I got back!