Best wishes to you all and to my successors,
Best wishes to you all and to my successors,
I was one of about 30 Masters and Prime Wardens entertained by The Musicians Company at their Master and Clerks’ Dinner. It was a delightful evening hosted most enthusiastically by their Master, Andrew Morris. The main speaker , The Rt Hon Lord Gill was most entertaining. The guest of honour was Annie Lennox OBE who spoke briefly about her career.
After dinner we enjoyed a splendid performance by The Buck Brass Trio which was followed by a most generous stirrup cup.
Together with a dozen or so Masters I enjoyed a most interesting talk by the Immediate Past Master David Dewing on The Great Fire, focusing on furnishings before and after 1666. We were welcomed by the current Master Ben Burbidge and enjoyed drinks before and after the lecture.
HRH Princess Michael of Kent , The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the two Sheriffs and their ladies, and leading representatives of the legal profession, The City and all the other organizations with which Sir Gavyn had been involved joined a huge Church congregation. The choir, organ and trumpeter were splendid. Tributes were given by The Hon Mr Justice Baker and Alderman Nicholas Anstee, Lord Mayor 2009/10.
I was delighted to be invited to The University College of Estate Management 29th Property Awards Luncheon. After a reception where I met some most interesting fellow guests I was honoured to be seated at Top Table between John Gellatly, UCEM Chairman and Past Master David Larkin , a trustee of UCEM.
We were welcomed by The Principal and CEO, Ashley Wheaton, who was able to advise us of the tremendous progress the University is making in educating members of our profession. The Awards were presented following the Lunch.
I joined a very large number of Masters and Mistresses at the splendid Mercers Hall for a super Concert of Classical Music given by students at St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School. The performance was outstanding and the talent amazing. The Master Mercer, John Manwaring Robertson welcomed us all most warmly.
The Concert was followed by a very jolly free seating supper. I joined a table with The Masters Carpenter, Innholder and Spectacle Maker and their Mistresses.
David was delighted to attend a most enjoyable Mistress and Consorts Luncheon hosted by the Mistress Tallow Chandler, Mary Fleck, who welcomed her guests, some 90 in all.
I joined the Master Plumber at the 367th Anniversary of The Lion Sermon: On 16 October 1643 Sir John Gayer in Arabia became separated from his companions. As dusk fell, a lion circled him but did not attack. In the morning his companions found him sleeping peacefully with the lion’s footprints all around him — a modern Daniel. In his will he established an annual commemorative sermon, this year given by Paul Carling, former Master of Sherborne School.
The service was followed by a wine and buffet lunch also provided for in the bequest.
Amanda and I thoroughly enjoyed the Private View of The Wizardry in Wood Exhibition and Reception where we saw the amazing items of turned wood on display, including a section on the theme of The Great Fire of London.
We were greeted most warmly by The Master Turner, Nicholas Somers. The occasion was graced with the presence of the two new Sheriffs, one of whom, Peter Estlin, officially opened the Exhibition which is only held every 4 years.
A group of Liverymen and guests including The Master Elect and Caroline and several Past Masters attended a delightful studio production given by the 3rd year students. A very friendly reception with canapés followed the performance when we were able to chat to the extremely talented students.
I had the pleasure of presenting cheques from our Livery Company to the two students who had been nominated by the School.
The Master Elect and Caroline, my Consort and I enjoyed Evensong attended by The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Over 70 other Companies were represented with all Masters and Mistresses seated on either side of the main aisle under The Dome. The music was predictably amazing. The Service was followed by a jolly reception in The Crypt.
I was invited to The Worshipful Company of The Makers of Playing Cards Michaelmas Livery Dinner. Other guest Masters were The Master Salter, The Master Framework Knitter and The Master Air Pilot. We all received a very warm welcome from the hosting Master, Charles Fowler, to a most friendly and happy evening. The guest speaker was Alderman Charles Bowman who was excellent as always.
Guildhall was packed with Liverymen for the Election of The Lord Mayor. A splendid procession led by all Masters followed by all the civic dignitaries and The Lord Mayor all took their seats for Common Hall. The formality of the occasion is long established with a great deal of delightful ceremonial ritual.
We were all delighted to see Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley duly elected for the coming year.
All Masters, Aldermen and the Civic Team, all robed, proceeded across Guildhall Yard to a Divine service prior to the Election of The Lord Mayor. The Music and singing were splendid. Katherine Ennis played the organ, Rev’d Canon David Parrott led the service and Rev’d Dr Alan McCormack, Chaplin to The lord Mayor, preached an excellent and powerful sermon.
The Breakfast, attended by a large number of hungry Masters and Clerks, was delicious. The welcome by Mark Grove and his staff was warm and friendly setting us all up for a long day.
I joined HRH Prince Michael of Kent and many Masters and Clerks at The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Annual Sir Fredrick Tymms Memorial lecture to hear Chris Martin give a fascinating talk on the development storey, so far, of Airlander.
This was followed by a very relaxed reception on the terrace on a warm evening overlooking Hyde Park.
David and I were guests at The Autumn Livery Dinner of The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. The Master Glazier spoke and welcomed visiting Masters and the guest speaker, Andrew Moor, spoke on his promotion of exciting decorative glazing projects including Hong Kong Airport.
This was a glittering affair attended by hundreds of guests in Guildhall in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Following a lavish reception in The Guildhall Library we were seated at round tables of 10 in the packed Hall decorated superbly with a nautical theme. The meal was delicious, the Silent Auction (which raised £70,000) was most entertaining and then we danced to a great band until midnight.
I attended a most splendid Evensong in Memory of Sir Robert Finch, one of our own Liverymen and Lord Mayor in 2003/4. I was sitting under The Dome next to Past master Rob Bould where we enjoyed splendid singing and thunderous organ music.
The service was followed by a reception in Guildhall.
In glorious sunshine we enjoyed drinks in the garden followed by a delicious Installation Court Lunch hosted by the worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. I was joined by five masters of allied companies and seated with them all at top table. The principal speaker was Jane Duncan, President RIBA.
The Chaplin, The Rev Canon David Parrott gave an excellent address relating the lesson to the architectural profession. The singing and the organ music were superb.
Our Livery Company hosted a Schools Half Day Seminar. Three of our four schools had sent students, some 50 in all. I was the “warm up act” for Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley. Other speakers were Mike Reid, Lawyer, Liz Peace CBE and Liveryman Tony Joyce.
I was joined by a good number of guest Masters and Sheriff Charles Bowman for The Accountant’s 3rd Fair and True Lecture entitled “Globalization and its Discontents” given by Fayezul Choudhury. It was particularly pertinent in view if current affairs and post Brexit. A reception for all followed the lecture.
Accompanied by Amanda, I attended a Luncheon for Masters and Clerks hosted by The Worshipful Company of Farmers in their newly refurbishes Hall. The welcome from the Master was most warm and friendly and I was honored to be seated at top table between the Master Mercer and the Master’s Chaplin, both excellent company
The speaker was Liveryman Peter
43 Liverymen and guests boarded the Thames Sailing Barge at London Bridge City Pier for a day on the river. After a safety briefing we proceeded East with Tower Bridge lifting for us. The day was fully catered and we were well cared for by the skipper and crew.
We passed The Dome and went beyond The Thames barrier, returning to take part in a parade of other Thames Sailing Barges which was most impressive. Tower Bridge was lifted for us 4 times in all, twice to its highest extent for the Parade itself. During the day we were delightfully entertained by Stephen Shepherd of The Scots Guard Military Band on saxophone. The outing was pictured in The Times on the following Monday!
This was an amazing
All proceeds from the day are this year to go towards the rebuilding of a hostel for homeless young people in The City. The day concluded with a reception and
It was a privilege to attend the Upper School Prize Giving evening. Also present were the Master Dyer and a Past Master Cutlers who share our support of the school. The main speaker was Colleen Amos who spoke about her charitable support of students.
Over supper with the students and staff I was delighted to meet two of our own bursary students who demonstrated with their enthusiasm for their courses the difference that we have been able to make in their pursuit of their studies.
The Mistress Farmer invited David to a most enjoyable and well attended Consorts’ Luncheon. The excellent speaker was Samantha Bowman, whose talk was “From Vet to Sheriff’s Consort — all in a day’s Work”.