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12 May, 2014

Master Visits Axminster carpets and finds the Woolmens Rug!

The Master Richard Excell visited Axminster Carpet factory to see the developments of their Axminster Museum celebrating some of the early Axminster carpets of the 18th Century that were found in many of the Royal Palaces.  Many have been lovingly restored and are in daily use. The Museum found a copy of the Woolmens Rug […]

12 May, 2014

Master at the Coal Face

The Master Richard Excell and Ian Hartley the CEO of British Wool Marketing Board inspect the SW  wool clip at the South Molton Devon collection depot where it is graded and then shipped to Bradford for Auction. BWMB are one of the Company’s Strategic Partners. Share: FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail

2 May, 2014

Lord Mayor Thanks Woolmen For Support

The Lord Mayor thanked supporting liveries, including the Woolmen, at a reception for their support in raising £167k for the soldiers charity at her Big Curry Lunch. Share: FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail

28 April, 2014

Gill Wilson To Be Appointed Honorary Liveryman of the Company

Mrs Gill Wilson will retire after nearly 10 years as our learned Clerk at the end of the year.  As a mark of the high regard that she is held in, the Company have taken the exceptional decision to appoint her an Honorary Liveryman of the Company.  Gill will then  be very involved as the […]

25 April, 2014

Installation Service and Dinner 2014

The Installation Service and dinner for the new Master and Wardens was held at St Michaels Cornhill and Carpenters Hall. Over 150 Liverymen and guests attended.  The toast to the guests was given by Court Assistant Alderman Sir David Wootton.   The guest Speaker was Lord Cameron of Dillington who focussed on the need for more […]

24 April, 2014

The City Wool Project – Message From The Master, Richard Excell

Creating a new Business dimension for the Livery and the Global Wool Industry. Dear Liveryman I am writing to you about a major initiative that our Company launched at our Installation Dinner on April 23rd following an 18 month Feasibility Study. It will provide a new and unique commercial opportunity for many of us in […]

23 April, 2014

Water Conservators in Cutlers’ Hall

On Wednesday morning I caught an early train back down from Bradford in time for lunch with the Water Conservators in Cutlers’ Hall. The Master, Ivor Richards OBE, was introduced by his Beadle in Welsh, and there was a strong Welsh influence on the menu – Pwllheli smoked mackerel, laverbread quiche tart, Welsh black beef, […]

23 April, 2014

British Wool Marketing Board Event

Court Assistant Robert Allan laid on a splendid event at the British Wool Marketing Board premises in Bradford on Tuesday evening. We had a most interesting tour of the premises clutching a glass of wine which included the grading process and the auction room.  I spoke for a few minutes about the Livery and our […]

23 April, 2014

Breakfast With The Guildable Manor of Southwark

I enjoyed a very nice breakfast with the Guildable Manor of Southwark on Tuesday morning in Borough Market. Terry Waite was there as the president of YCARE International which promotes youth employment opportunities through the YMCA across the world. He spoke very movingly about some of his experiences in captivity and those of others, as […]

15 April, 2014

Dinner with the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers & Shearmen of Exeter

On Friday afternoon I drove down to Exeter for dinner with the Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen of Exeter in Tuckers Hall. This is an amazing building dating from 1471 with a wool and linen exhibition on the ground floor and a wooden barrel-vaulted dining room on the first floor with magnificent carvings. There […]

15 April, 2014

The Army Benevolent Fund Reception at the Guildhall

The Army Benevolent Fund (The Soldiers Charity) laid on a splendid reception and lunch at the Guildhall on Thursday 10th April. I was accompanied by Court Assistant Chris Thierry, and at the reception I was presented to HRH The Duke of Gloucester.  After the reception the Guildhall was full to bursting of people queuing for […]

7 April, 2014

United Guilds Service

Then we proceeded to St Paul’s Cathedral (via a coffee or two) for the United Guilds Service, which as usual was a wonderful occasion. Rousing hymns, a stirring sermon from the Dean of St Paul’s about the difference between appearances and the substance of people, and a new anthem specially commissioned by the Founders’ Company […]

7 April, 2014

New Ordinances for the Worshipful Company of Woolmen

On Friday morning we presented a pair of sheep shears to the Chamberlain Chris Bilsland and he presented us with our new Ordinances for the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. He is due to retire as Chamberlain on 16th April, so we were delighted to make the presentation to him before then.  We were all in […]

7 April, 2014

Lord Mayor’s Banquet

On Thursday I drove back up to London again for the Lord Mayor’s Banquet in Mansion House with Janet – we are regular visitors there now! – and it was another splendid evening, with the Lord Mayor – again. The Egyptian room was full, and there was a glittering array of tiaras and jewellery – […]