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3 June, 2014

Master Presents Shearing Prizes at the Royal Ulster Show

Richard Excell visited the first of the major annual shows to present prizes for the winners who will go onto the national finals at the Royal Welsh Show. The standards were exceptionally high with many overseas shearers present before the world championships which will be held in Eire later this year. Share: FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail

3 June, 2014

Sons of the Clergy Service at St Pauls Cathedral

The Master attended this service at St Pauls that has been held annually since the early 1600’s to raise money for retired clergy. The service in a full Cathedral was attended by the Lord Mayor, Sherriff’s, Alderman, the Judiciary  and Livery Masters but tickets are available to members of the Livery. Past Master Raymond Cousins […]

3 June, 2014

Merchant Venturers of Bristol Summer Banquet

By invitation of the Master Venturer Mr Anthony Brown, the Master Woolman Richard Excell attended a dinner at the Merchants Hall. The guest speaker was the Ambassador of Sweden. The Bristol Society can trace its origins back to the 14th Century and the export of woolen cloth from the West of England. The Master Venturer […]

12 May, 2014

Liveryman attending Chelsea on 22nd May – Join the Master

The Woolmens Livery Company Award for Woolly Garden Innovation A presentation will be made by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen on Thursday 22nd May 12.00pm on the Twool stand EA8 The Worshipful Company of Woolmen City Wool Project Gardening Product Innovation Award 2014 The Award is given by the Worshipful Company of […]

12 May, 2014

Sheep Drive Across London Bridge 2014

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, Richard Excell, has decreed that the Company will organise another Sheep Drive across London Bridge this year, following the success of last year’s event. He has asked me to chair the organising committee, and with the experience of 2013 under our belt, we are implementing a number […]

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 […]