Assistant Peacock and the Master attended a brilliant London Secondary Schools debate at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. The debaters were aged between 13 and 16. The motion was ‘the voting age should be reduced to 16’. Strong arguments were put for and against the motion. Then youngsters were invited to comment from the floor. This programme provides an incredible opportunity for young people to develop their debating skills. We were so impressed by their high standard. Last year the winning UK schools team made it to the world final…and won! Many thanks to the RICS for hosting a reception afterwards at Great George Street for the organisers and supporters of Debate Mate.
Debate Mate Launch, Tony Joyce and Colin Peacock
The Master and Master’s Lady
Thanks to all of my dear friends for honouring me with their presence at my Installation as Master at Drapers’ Hall. Especial thanks to my speakers Claer Barrett, star of paper, radio and television, and to Harvey Soning, Chairman of JAI for being prepared to speak and also being so kind to me. To have the Pikemen and Musketeers on Parade and being entertained by classical guitarist William Scott, student at the Royal College made it all more special. Let’s have more fun together… watch this space!!
To hear Willian Scott playing classical guitar go to the following websites: https://www.willscottguitarist.co.uk
My year as Master is over! We have just finished a magnificent evening at Drapers’ Hall where Tony Joyce was installed as our new Master. Congratulations and best wishes to him and Polly for the year ahead. It has been a huge honour to serve the Company and I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to Amanda and her team for their hard work and of course to you the livery for your incredible support and encouragement during my year in office.
My last official engagement as Master. I was on duty at 8.00 am at the new offices of UBS in Broadgate Circus to participate in a panel session to discuss the Q3 survey results. Some very bullish views from agents and investors on the prospects for the industrial sector.
Congratulations to Duncan Preston who has been presented by Amanda Clack the President’s Medal. Duncan has not only been a great servant of the Company but also over many years for the RICS.
The last social event of my year in office! A group of about 20 liverymen and friends gathered for a very informal evening at 2 Cavendish Square to celebrate chocolate. Caroline is a keen amateur chocolatier and kindly organised this event for us. We started with a welcome drink and enjoyed a tasty buffet supper before the hardwork of the evening started — learning about and tasting chocolate from Russell and Albert of Fifth Dimension Chocolates.
Fifth Dimension Chocolates was founded in 2013 by Russell Pullan and Albert Chau and is an internationally-renowned British chocolatier specialising in luxury handmade chocolates. The aim is to create a sensory experience in fine chocolates, by combining classic and unusual flavours with premium, fine flavour (fino de aroma) single origin cocoa. They have won over 30 awards already!
During the evening we were given an insight into how and where cacao is grown and the many different types giving taste variances equivalent to those between a fine claret and supermarket plonk. We were given instructions on how to taste chocolate and then put that knowledge into practice. We then had a demonstration on how they approached pairing the different chocolate with their amazing filling choices. We sampled Rio — a banana a cardamon chocolate and one with peanut butter and and jam filling.
There was even time for a bit of practical work with the Master producing some hand rolled chocolate truffles but sadly with little style and consistency of chocolate covering.
A fantastic evening with most of the attendees clutching boxes of chocolates purchased on the night. I guarantee that if you buy 5th Dimension Chocolates for Christmas presents you will not be disappointed. Go and have a look at www.5dchocolates.com.
I played this strategy game for the second time recently. The idea is to use your liverymen counters to win guilds and with it become the master. The winner though is the one who accumulates the most points which are gathered during play and then in a count up at the end linked to the cards and guilds you have won. This game is for game lovers who want something with greater emphasis on strategy than rolling the dice. Several leagues up from Monopoly and it will take time to work it out and learn it. However great fun for the the livery company enthusiast! Interestingly when the game maker was putting it together very few Companies allowed him to use their names so you will see plays on names but not very difficult to work out. Available on Amazon at around £25.
Mayfair Capital Investment Management, where I am a non executive director, kindly agreed to make our Treloar’s 40th anniversary appeal the beneficiary of their annual quiz night. Now the numbers have been added up James Thornton, the CEO, has presented me with a cheque for £15,000. Many many thanks again to all the Mayfair team for the huge amount of work that went into the evening as well as the providers of auction lots and the generosity of the bidders.
Zen Master followed up his encouraging 3rd place to make a winning reappearance at Market Rasen in the Smokey Joe Maiden Hurdle. A great start for our new racing club!
I attended a presentation hosted by the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House promoting apprenticeships. It is good to see this getting wider attention. I had some interesting conversations and it is clear the surveyors are well ahead in what we have done. An interesting statistic I obtained the other day was that between August 2016 and April 2017 that there were 1250 Level 6 starts in all subjects. Of these 125 were on UCEM/CSTT programmes meaning currently 10% of level 6 apprentices are budding surveyors!
My third visit to Treloar’s but this time accompanied by Robin Broadhurst, Keith Knowles, Brian Lamden, Alistair Subba Row and Amanda and Caroline. It was an open day for supporters generally but had also been opened up especially for our Company to allow liverymen to learn more about our 40th anniversary charity appeal this year. We were invited into a Maths class, a workshop for a Treloar’s adaption of The Tempest and an Art lesson. It was fantastic to see how well the children were responding to the stimulus of learning and the application of a philosophy of focussing on what they can do rather than what they cannot.
The construction of the coach is now well underway and there was a meeting going on with the supplier when we were there. They are looking to take delivery in January. The gratitude for our gift is overwhelming.
The response from the Livery to the 40th anniversary appeal has been fantastic with some 110 donations to date. It would be great to get a few more before the official end of the appeal on 26th October!
Another fantastic evening at the Central School of Ballet where we were treated to a demonstration of the work from Year 3 students and then extracts from the Nutcracker Suite, Cinderella and a piece of work choreographed by one of the students. Please make a note in your diary to attend the event next year. It is one of the highlights of our programme and the support we give to help students in need is really appreciated. The school is incredibly hospitable and the students a delight to talk to.
I attended the lunch wearing my chairman of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust hat. UCEM are our key delivery partners on apprenticeships organised by CSTT. However given we were in the Haberdashers Hall and the room was well represented by our liverymen including several past masters it did also feel a bit of a livery event too! Congratulations to the award winners and to UCEM for organising a very enjoyable occasion.
The Financial Services Group of Livery Companies aims to support the Lord Mayor in his overseas visits, his meetings in the City with overseas delegations, and his role of promoting “the City” brand of UK financial and other business services. It was established in 2006 by 12 modern companies: the Solicitors, Accountants, Tax Advisors, Information Technologists, Management Consultants, Marketors, Chartered Secretaries, International Bankers, World Traders, Actuaries, Insurers and Arbitrators.
Our application to join this group was approved by the FSG and all the respective Courts of the members during the year and yesterday was the first meeting with the Chartered Surveyors as members. We had a presentation on world trade and gave a briefing to Lord Mayor elect, Charles Bowman.
David Haigh, a liveryman of the Marketeers, gave an interesting and entertaining talk hosted by Investec at their offices in Gresham Street. David is the CEO and founder of Brand Finance plc, the pioneering global brand and business valuation consultancy. He is an big Brexiteer. In his view the road ahead was good if we grabbed the opportunity and the worries from the remainers will turn out to have as much validity as those concerns over the famous millennium bug that never was. Not sure he converted a heavily remain voting audience but it was a fun evening!
Caroline and I accepted an invitation from the Lady Mayoress to watch her opening the trading day at the London Stock Exchange. A very early start was rewarded with the opportunity not only to see the count down and start of business but also to see some of the LSE treasures and to hear a recital from the head flautist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Also another opportunity to catch up with two other Masters that were present.
The first runner of the WCCS racing club made its debut appearance at Southwell in a competitive 2 mile hurdle. Zen Master ran very well making the frame in third place. I have two of the 20 shares in our club’s ownership of a share in the 25 Club available at £500 each with no other costs until next season. The next of the 4 horses in action is likely to be The Ogle Gogle Man.
I represented the Company along with other construction related companies at a prize giving for some very talented young stone masons. The awards were presented by the Duke of Gloucester who is also a liveryman of the Mason’s Company. It was held in the magnificent setting of St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield, the oldest church in London founded in 1123 as an Augustinian monastery.
I was invited to a private viewing of an art display promoted by the Painters’ Decorative and Fine Art Society. It was held at the Painter-Stainers Hall just off Queen Victoria Street. Some beautiful paintings on display and another chance to catch up with a few other Masters.
The last of my committee meetings as Master have now taken place. Our committee chairs and members have given up a lot of their time on behalf of the Company and have been a huge help and support to me in my year in office. They have achieved considerable success with ensuring good governance, delivering our education initiatives, managing our largest ever programme of charitable giving, fund raising, attracting new members and organising a programme of enjoyable and varied events. The business plan group has also come up with a challenging and exciting framework on which to take the Company forward in future years. Thank you on behalf of the wider livery to all who have been involved.
I attended this dinner as a guest of TP Bennett and mention that I did so by virtue of the fact that the guest speaker was Lord Mayor elect and architecture graduate — Alderman Charles Bowman.
Charles said he would champion a Brexit that works for City businesses and communities and would be speaking to government to ensure this happens. He wants to see mutual access to EU markets continue, ensure early agreement on a transitional deal, and make sure we continue to allow the brightest and best to find jobs in the UK.
A particular theme of Mayoralty will be the fact that he believes we need to do more to demonstrate the value and integrity of the City to the public. During his year in office, through the ‘Business of Trust’ programme, he will be challenging business to raise its game — better business trusted by society.
The Lord Mayor is elected at Common Hall each year on Michaelmas, and takes office on the Friday before the second Saturday in November, at The Silent Ceremony.
Electing the Lord Mayor is a right that was granted to the Liverymen of the City of London by King John in the Magna Carta of 1215. The Lord Mayor was first appointed by King Richard I in 1189 but the City of London won the right to elect him themselves and it is one of only three clauses of Magna Carta that are still extant.
With all the other Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiff I attended the Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry for a service prior to the election. We then processed into Guildhall to take our places at the front of the hall below the Hustings.
The qualification to stand for election is that one must have served as a City Sheriff and be a current Alderman. Since 1385, prior service as Sheriff has been mandatory for election to the Lord Mayoralty. By an ordinance of 1435, the Lord Mayor must be chosen from amongst the Aldermen of the City of London.After due process and staged ceremony, Alderman Charles Bowman, Grocer and a partner of PWC, was elected.
Mayfair Capital, where I am a non executive director, kindly agreed to make our Treloar’sappeal the centre piece of their annual charity fund raising quiz evening. We had a fantastic night which started with an emotional presentation by Treloar’s on the school and then a personal one from the BBC Foreign Correspondent, Humphrey Hawksley who has a child at Treloar’s. The quiz was won by Forsters but not before some brisk auction bidding encouraged by the talents of auctioneer Chris Mills. The Company was represented by Caroline and I, Simon Camamile and friends, David Jinks and Ralph Charlwood. Overall thanks to the generosity of those present we raised around £15,000.
Amanda, our Clerk, Caroline and I were invited by the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress to the Mansion House for a private audience as a mark of the City’s gratitude for the Company’s donation to Treloar’s. We enjoyed a glass of champagne before it was time to head off for some fund raising for the Mayfair Capital quiz at the Lansdowne Club.
I attended the annual Sir Frederick Tymms Memorial Lecture at 4 Hamilton Place. The lecture was given by Air Marshal Greg Bagwell CB CBE on Air Power – Today and the Future.
The Company became a Livery Company in 1956, the 81st Livery Company to be formed.