Very many thanks to all those who came to enjoy a triumphant Livery Christmas service at St Lawrence Jewry.
Escaping for Christmas
The full Compliment: L to R: Livery Chaplain Revd John Kronenberg, Renter Warden Ken Morgan, Senior Warden Digby Flower, The Master, Junior Warden John Woodman and Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry David Parrott
In collusion with Liveryman and Choir Master Bill Gloyn, the Master requested some personal touches in the service. he was suitably indulged. These included adopting the ‘original’ air to While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (tune the same as Ilkley Moor ‘Bar Tat). Also the Trinidadian Carol — The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy. Members of the choir confessed the practices were on occasion challenging but it was more than ‘all right on the night’ — they were simply brilliant.
Bill ‘Santa’ Gloyn conducts both choir and congregation with gusto!
The lessons were read by Renter Warden — Ken Morgan, The Master’s Lady — Mrs Pauline Joyce, Junior Warden — John Woodman, Senior Warden — Digby Flower, Liveryman Duncan Moss and the Master Tony Joyce.
The service was conducted by Reverend Canon David Parrott with the address given by Chartered Surveyor The Reverend John Kronenberg,
The service was opened with a magnificent Trumpet and Organ Voluntary.
Thanks to GVA for kindly hosting a brilliant after party.
The Master and Master’s Lady wish you all very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
The Master and Masters Lady were privileged to join Masters of other companies including Roy Sanders, Master Broderer and Archie Smith, Prime Warden of the Company of Shipwrights and Prime Warden of the Master Mariners in the magnificent Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
The Chapel of St Peter
The Magnificent Organ
Liveryman and CEO of the Sea Cadets with University colleague, the Masters Lady and the Master
The Sea Cadets London Band played instrumentals, young cadets devised their own readings on Commitment, Honesty and Integrity, Loyalty and Respect.
Liveryman, Assistant Alistair Subba Row kindly entertained The Master and other guests to a magnificent banquet in the Great Hall in the Guildhall. Alistair, Senior Partner at surveying practice Farebrother, is a Liveryman of the Apothecaries Company as well as Chair of the Fund Raising Committee for our Worshipful Company.
The Assembled Company
The occasion commenced with champagne (Lagache Brut) being served in the Old Library. Moving into the magnificent Great Hall we enjoyed a delicious four course meal with 4 wines (Vire-Clesse Chanson, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Sevety Six Shiraz Cabernet, Coteaux du Layon Domaine des Forges and Fonseca Bin 27 port). It was stupendous!
The caterers served 750 guests with incredible efficiency.
We were honoured to be entertained in the presence of the most elegant, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.
Today at 2.45 pm representatives of our Livery Company turned out in their masses to pay tribute to Sir Brian Hill, immediate Past Master William Hill’s father. In a truly moving service the packed congregation celebrated the life of this wonderful gentleman. Sir Brian was the 18th Master of our Worshipful Company in the 1994/5 year. In the service, tributes were given by William Hill, Derek Ridout, Sarah Lott — Sir Brian’s daughter, and Bob Gunn, Maggie Kippen and Sally Moss from The Kingswood Community.
We closed with a song written about Sir Brian to the tune of ‘Hello Dolly’ paying special tribute to Sir Brian’s formidable acting career.
Sir Brian Hill
Afterglow by Helen Lawrie Marshall read:
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Sir Brian will be greatly missed, our sympathy goes out to his family.
The Master and the Master’s Lady, Tony and Pauline, enjoyed a brilliant evening at the Mercers’ Concert followed by a delicious supper. We were entertained by the virtuoso trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins who amongst other achievements plays the intro music to ‘The Antiques Road Show’ and played for The Royal Philharmonic, Sadlers Wells and English Chamber Orchestras.
Crispian was accompanied by Leslie Pearson, Britains most distinguished keyboard player. His compositions include, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dr Who, Poirot and Lovejoy.
Liveryman Colin Peacock, Liveryman elect Antony Phillips and The Master attended a Property Case Law round up given by six members of FieldFisher’s Real Estate Team
Colin Peacock, Tony Joyce and Antony Phillips