Author and historian Carol Harris led a small group of liverymen and friends on a history walking tour in Bloomsbury. The talk focused on the history of the Foundling Hospital and the development of 56 acres of unwanted farmland into one of the most desirable parts of Georgian London. We heard about Thomas Coram and famous architects, surveyors and builders, including Cockerell, Burton and Nash and how the Georgians (including FH governors) created Bloomsbury.
Later the Foundling Hospital left London then came back and is now known as Coram (it remains Britain’s oldest children’s charity).
We walked down the first pedestrian retail street in London (Woburn Street) and finished the evening at a local wine bar for well earned drinks and nibbles. A big thank you to Helen Pickstock for organising a really fun evening.
On 25 August a small group of Liverymen which included the Master Elect Tony Joyce joined the company of our affiliated RN ship HMS Echo for the final leg of her current tour of duty. Unfortunately I was not able to attend and would like to thank Laurence Johnstone for leading our small delegation on board.
An offshore passage from Devonport (Plymouth) to Falmouth ensured that our group gained at first hand an appreciation of nautical skills as well as an insight into some of the important but challenging work which Echo has recently undertaken in the Mediterranean. The ship has been at the centre of efforts to rescue refugees from the sea recovering over 6000 people.
Highlights of the day included firefighting and weaponry demonstrations, two dolphin-school sightings and also our own team being invited to present awards to three members of the ship’s company. It is very clear our support to Echo is hugely valued by the Ship’s company.