The dinner held at RAF Cranwell was a fitting last function for my year as Master. The hospitality and welcome from the OC and squadron was warm and generous. The dinner was inspiring and enlightening to hear the awards and efforts from the Auxiliary force. Sunday morning saw a lecture on first World War photographic surveillance and then a tour round the College at RAF Cranwell. The history, the memorabilia and the history were truly jaw dropping.
St Paul’s was adorned with London Taxis across the front and the Cathedral was alive with colour from the bright red shirts of the cabbies and the dazzling pearly kings and queens as well as bling from visiting Mayors, Masters and Sheriff. An unusual service with multi faith blessings, a wonderful children’s choir and orchestra made it a service to remember. No shortage of cabs when we left either!
An interesting reception and an impressive book telling the history of the Chartered Secretaries Company. Something we must do and my mission after I fall off the perch. They are selling for £20 each – not sure they’ll make ebay or Amazon though!
A most pleasant evening on board the Master Constructors yacht which he has
moored in St Katherines dock for the year as his London pad. Superb food and great conversation till well into the wee small hours.
Hosted at the RICS Lecture Theatre in Great George Street by Johnny Dunford a fun start to the day with a canter through topics such as occupier flexibility; retail futures; economic recovery and London v UK as questions the time flew by. Good support from the Livery and a good link up with RICS. All to build on.
The Mansion House was resplendent, the occasion was magnificent and the food exquisite. All the ladies were given gloves as a gift from the Master as were visiting Masters. I shall where mine with great pride knowing my hands are warm from a special occasion and Company.
The committee club is a small select dining club that started life a ginger group for the RICS. I have been a member for a while and delighted to be asked to speak to them on the year as Master. A mix of liverymen and senior
property players made for a convivial evening.
Always a pleasure to process in St Pauls and over the year we have come to savour Evensong at St Pauls. Joined by the Senior Warden it got a bit warm in full regalia but the service and the inspirational service always outweighs any discomfort. The reception after was a pleasure in the crypt catching up with friends made who all drop off the perch very soon.
The City Marketing Suite provided the back drop for 3 of our 4 schools to enjoy a morning seminar on the City, Surveying and careers. The crack team of presenters covered everything from City history and civic runnings through to careers and all things in between.
A very nice tradition where the Master World Trader hosts a reception for Liveryman and guests to thank them for his year. The Oxford & Cambridge Club was “home” as this is a second home for his wife Anna. The Master has clearly enjoyed his year and a nice way to bring the curtain down.
The splendour of Walton Heath greeted the gladiatorial teams of Solicitors, Accountants and Surveyors. I am pleased to say that at lunch the Surveyors were leading by 4.5 points to 4 points (Accountants) and 3.5 points (Solicitors). I had to dash to get back to London for the World Traders soiree and eagerly await news of the final score and how our team faired in the afternoon 12 holes.
Fortified by the Divine Service and the Election, lunch was taken at Cutlers Hall with the Candlewick Ward Club and Solicitors. 120 people enjoyed a tasty meal from Cook & Butler in the convivial surroundings of Cutlers Hall.
From the moment entering Guildhall and processing through to the election of the next Lord Mayor it is an experience to savour and enjoy. It shows the City at its best and ceremonial like no other. Apparently the oldest and largest continuous election in the World.
Following robing the Masters lined up and processed to St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall. A pleasant service given by Canon David Parrot and an uplifting experience.
Cook & Butler provided an Irish breakfast in the ambient convivial surroundings of Carpenters Hall. A goodly number of Masters enjoyed a delightful warm up for the Lord Mayor Election day.
A bright autumn day greeted the 17 Chartered Surveyors to embark on herding the flock of sheep over London Bridge. Organised by Woolman Company it was organised very efficiently and great fun. We retired to The Folly on Gracechurch Street for a splendid lunch and catch up. A very enjoyable day out. We even bumped into the Master Joiner and his entourage in The Folley.
Held at Excel exhibition centre in East London with rowing, sailing and canoeing
on Royal Docks. Over 500 sea cadets come together for a regatta all funded by Marine Society & Sea Cadets. This event cost around £50,000! They hold numerous National events over the year. Anything we can do for them is gratefully appreciated and everything we do is very worthwhile. Past Master Johnstone is harnessing a troop of Surveyors to provide pro bono work on the property assets of the Sea Cadets.
A feast of jewellery and crafts that inspire and tempt in equal measure on display at Goldsmiths Hall. As we approach the end of the helter skelter it is nice to see familiar face and chat in such delightful surroundings.
The hidden gem of Dyrham Country Club was the host for the this golf day. The Master Joiner is a water rat and bought in a host of celebrities to join the teams thrashing their way around the course. Our team was joined by Roger de Courcey who happens to be a Glover. The team acquitted ourselves well but not well enough. The course was in excellent condition and the weather was balmy. A great day with the Joiners.
To hear Beth and Amy sing was moving, inspiring and emotional. The evening was a pleasure to be at and to know that in some small way we were helping to help the wonderful school that is Treloars. A must for everyone to visit at some point. You won’t ever complain again!
Always a delight to go to Clothworkers Hall and a splendid occasion in the company of the Plumbers. Unusually the room was configured in round tables of 10 but gave a nice ambience. The processing in and out was fun though as the assembled principle guests and Masters tried to peel off smoothly to find their seats!
From the pictures and tales I had heard I thought this would be good fun, but the experience way exceeded the anticipation. Excellently organised by Environmental Cleaners and a goodly number of Masters and Prime Wardens and their minders made for a very enjoyable day. Hospitality at Armourers, Bakers, Glaziers and Master Mariners eased the aches and the rain sodden fur gowns. The spirits couldn’t be dampened though as the Master Tobacco and Pipe Maker whipped the gaggle into a frenzy at each Hall for the photograph – or were the assembled throng tittering at their corporate brolly!!!!!!! Like herding
cats, but great fun and thoroughly recommend it, whatever the weather!
With great sadness, I didn’t manage to get into the Garden Party. I drove to Brompton Barracks at Chatham and on arriving at the gate they knew nothing about the party and wouldn’t let me in!
A very pleasant evening at Glaziers Hall, with a talk from Sir Peter Hendy CBE of TfL followed by reception. The talk was interesting and informative and as a public transport user in London a gaining of respect for TfL is a good thing. The reception was generous and fun, catching up with a number of Masters and acquainting with newly installed Masters.
A dinner at the HQ of TA 135 in Ewell to celebrate the Livery Endeavour award 2013 recipient Corporal David Olijade. It is always an honour to spend time in the company of our affiliates and humbling to hear of the challenges and matters facing our troops. Corporal Olijade has just returned from a 7 month tour in Afghanistan and a worthy winner of the Endeavour award.
Our second visit to the Tower and the gang of 60 enjoyed a tour de force by Jimmy James, our Beadle. Quiet and mild at Court and dinners, put him on a stump at the Tower and he entertains like he should be on stage. Unfortunately
I had taken a French guest and our Gallic neighbours don’t fare well in the historical rhetoric! I even managed to see the ceremony of the keys, for the first time in 7 visits to the Tower to see it! I walked away from the temptation of staying in the bar!
Having had a period with no Livery activity over the summer it was delightful to enjoy a barmy evening in the courtyard of Apothecary Hall for a reception followed by dinner in the Hall. The Master Upholder was very generous in his welcome words and a very pleasant evening started my run down to dropping off of the perch.
On a pleasant summers day the final 8 of the 12 person Livery crack parachute troop completed the challenge. All dived out of the plane and all landed safely. Full gambit of emotion and enjoyment but reaction on reaching terra firma is some would go back up tomorrow for others once is enough! I won’t put names to the categories that would be mean. Suffice to say the bonding of the adventure and the money raised surmounts anything – they are all heroes to me. For me, I just fell out of the plane with some bloke on my back!
Seriously a great experience. Look out Liz for what David dreams up for next year for you to take part in! Wise money is on wing walking!!!!!!
Carpenters Hall is delightful and always a pleasure to attend there. Especially so to welcome the new Master, Martin Mosley into post and to wish the Deputy Master a fond farewell. A very delightful lunch with good company and pleasant food and first class wine. A good last luncheon before I jump tomorrow!!!!!!!