Monthly Archives: June 2017

William Bagnall – MBE

Congratulations to William for being made MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list!

MBE — William Edward Hampshire Bagnall Governor and Chair, Finance and Strategy Committee, The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Hampshire. For services to education.


Jailed and Bailed – 19.06.2017


Summoned to the Old Bailey with around 30 other Masters, I appeared in Court and was charged, found immediately guilty by Sheriff Peter Estlin (masquerading as a judge) and sent to the Tower of London for indecent exposure. A bit harsh for a waistcoat malfunction at Mansion House corrected by a safety pin and no flesh in view!

Fortunately, my incarceration was not for long and after meagre prison rations of chicken salad, eton mess and Pol Roger (declined by me for water) the 30 or so Masters were finger printed, photographed and given bail raising between us £37,000 for the British Red Cross. The event has raised nearly £500,000 since it was launched about 14 years ago.


Company lecture and informal dinner at Barber-Surgeon’s Hall – 13.06.2017


Just under 100 liverymen and guests attended the evening — the first time we had tried this type of event. With thanks to Schroders for hosting us, we started the evening with a very enjoyable and informative lecture on the changing face of London Wall by Ken Shuttleworth of Make Architects. Ken’s practice is the architect of the Brookfield/Oxford Properties London Wall Place, the new home in 2018 for Schroders.

We then made the short walk to the Barber Surgeon’s Hall built by a segment of the original London Wall for a reception in the garden. Dinner in the hall was under the eye of the Holbein painting behind the Master’s chair.  Traditionally known as “King Henry VIII and the Barber Surgeons”, The Holbein  shows the King celebrating the Act of Union between the Company of Barbers and the Guild or Fellowship of Surgeons in 1540.  It was probably painted in 1542.

We were entertained by our two prize winners from the Guildhall School of Music who finished with a Happy Birthday encore for my son Charlie who was celebrating his 19th birthday.  The Company’s charitable Trust also received a donation of £5,000 from Brookfield and Oxford towards the Treloar’s coach appeal for which I would like to record our thanks.

This was a hugely enjoyable and successful evening.


Livery Committee Dinner – 12.06.2017

I represented the Company at the annual dinner of the Livery Committee held at the Cutler’s Hall.  A chance to catch up with a few masters and share stories about the Ironbridge weekend.  It was also a good opportunity to meet a number of people from the livery movement, most of whom had held high office in their Companies in years gone  by.

The livery committee was created over 150 years ago to oversee the arrangements for the elections of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs at Common Hall — a role it continues to fulfil to this day. It now plays an equally important role in acting as a link between the Livery and the City of London Corporation.



Ironbridge Weekend – 09.06.2017 to 11.06.2017

A livery tradition is for the Masters and their partners to meet for a weekend away structured around a visit to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, a charity that has been supported by many livery companies over the years including our own. We funded a re-siting brick by brick of an Estate Office to the Victorian town at Blists Hill.

In 1986, the Ironbridge Gorge became one of the first group of 7 UK sites to be awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. This recognised the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, the impact of which was felt across the world. It was the achievements of pioneering industrialists including Abraham Darby, William Reynolds and John Wilkinson that led to the Ironbridge Gorge becoming by the close of the 18th century the most technologically advanced area in the world. We enjoyed an intensive speed visit to Blists Hill Victorian town, the Coalport china museum, Jackfield tile museum, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, the Iron Bridge and toll house and Enginuity. Two dinners were added in to complete an enjoyable full on weekend.


Royal Garden Party – 01.06.2017

One of the privileges of being Master is an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party.  The invitation also includes two children aged between 18 and 23 and from our portfolio of 6 we were able to find two (Charlie and Oliver) that qualified.  Dressed in our finest we arrived in good time on a scorching hot afternoon along with other 8 to 9,000 guests!  On entry to the garden we were approached by a man with a rolled up umbrella who asked whether we would like to be presented to the Queen!  We were taken aside, given an briefing and about an hour later had the honour of being one of 14 groups who had just over 5 minutes each talking to Her Majesty.  I was introduced as Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors in which Her Majesty showed great interest.


Sandown Park Race Evening – 25.05.2017

Around 30 liverymen and friends met in the Eclipse Suite for a fantastic evening of racing. We were hosted by David Crosse, a jump jockey, who marked our card, took us to the stalls to see a race started,
showed us his racing kit and ended the evening with a tour of the weighing room and the jockey’s changing room! Charlie Mann, the trainer, also attended and talked about the racing syndicate the newly formed livery racing club is going to have a share in. The first horse is rather appropriately called Zen Master.  There are still a few places for those interested in joining.