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17 March, 2014

Reception for the Reserve Forces and Cadets

Thursday evening was the reception for the Reserve Forces and Cadets in Greater London at Yeomanry House, followed by a curry supper. The AGM part was a little slow (particularly since we were sat on hard chairs), but then the Lord Lieutenant, Sir David Brewer CMG JP (and former Lord Mayor of the City of […]

17 March, 2014

Joiners and Ceilers Court of Livery Dinner

It was a great evening on Tuesday night when Janet and I were invited to the Joiners and Ceilers Court of Livery Dinner at Plaisterers’ Hall.  We had a very good time.  Jimmy Perry, script writer for such TV favourites as It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi, You Rang Me Lord and many […]

7 March, 2014

Saddlers Dinner At Their Magnificent Hall in Gutter Lane

That evening I went to dinner with the Saddlers at their magnificent Hall in Gutter Lane. I can never pass Gutter Lane without recalling the no doubt apocryphal story about Coopers and Lybrand (as they used to be called) who used to have their head offices there.  To mark their 50 years occupancy they asked […]

7 March, 2014

Spectaclemakers Court Luncheon at Apothecaries Hall

Tuesday was a busy day starting with the Spectaclemakers Court Luncheon at the Apothecaries Hall – the Spectaclemakers are based at the Hall. The Master Spectaclemaker sat me on his right, so I had a good view of everything that was going on; and on my right was Assistant Don Grocott and Col Stephen Foakes. […]

7 March, 2014

Life In The Courtroom

Back to the Old Bailey on Monday night for a reception and “Trial and Error”, a series of sketches about life in the courtroom performed by judges, QCs, various barristers and solicitors and also some professional actors. A rendering of Mack The Knife was followed by the trial if Major General Harrison, one of the […]

28 February, 2014

World Traders 24th Annual Tacitus Lecture

Guildhall was resplendent yet again on Thursday night when the World Traders held their 24th Annual Tacitus Lecture there. Angela Knight CBE talked on the subject ‘Is Energy Just Another Power Game?’ Although the short answer was Yes, as a master of her subject she went into sufficient detail to carry her arguments without boring […]

28 February, 2014

The Wet Ten Livery Companies Annual City Water Debate

The Wet Ten livery companies – actually there are thirteen of them, all of who use water or are interested in water to a greater or lesser extent  – held their sixth annual City Water debate at Glaziers’ Hall on Monday. It was entitled Beyond Floods and Drought: Can demand management deliver water security? Professor […]

24 February, 2014

Presentation of a Royal Charter to the Honourable Company of Air Pilots

It has been a little quiet of late, partly because of train disruptions into Paddington and the tube strike, but I was up in London yesterday for the dinner at Guildhall to celebrate the presentation of a Royal Charter to the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (formerly the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators) by […]

31 January, 2014

Court Lunch with the Salters in Girdlers’ Hall

In London again on Thursday for a Court Lunch with the Salters in Girdlers’ Hall. This was particularly enjoyable because there were several people there who had been on the visit to the Manor of Sal in May, and it was good to catch up with Professor Sir John Holman and Dr Alan Mawson in […]

31 January, 2014

Sponsors Dinner at the Royal Agricultural University Cirencester

I went to the sponsors dinner at the Royal Agricultural University Cirencester on Wednesday night and met many of the staff and Rob Hodgkins, the student we are supporting on the Advanced Agricultural Business Management course.  We are joint funding this with the Farmers’ Company, who also had a representative there. It was a very […]

29 January, 2014

Founders’ Court Dinner

Last night I was invited to the Founders’ Court Dinner with Gill, our clerk. At the reception beforehand I met a guy who lived just round the corner from where we used to live in Wokingham – we knew many of the same people.  During the dinner I was well looked after by their Supplementary […]

24 January, 2014

Butchers Hall – Granting of Royal Charter 650th Anniversary

Yesterday I took our clerk, Gill, to the carvery lunch at Butchers Hall where we were very well fed. We heard all about their plans to put everything into mothballs and move out of their hall so that the builders developing the area around can use their hall as their headquarters. Afterwards we dropped in […]

24 January, 2014

Dinner with the Fellmongers

Last Friday I drove up to Richmond, Yorkshire for a dinner with the Fellmongers. They held the reception and dinner in the Kings Head hotel, a fine old coaching inn on an excellent site in the market place.  I met an old friend, Dr Mark Conroy during the reception – I had last seen him […]

17 January, 2014

Alms Court Dinner

On Wednesday 15th January I presided at the Alms Court Dinner in Painters-Stainers’ Hall. Liveryman Judith Donovan CBE introduced the principal guest, Admiral the Lord Boyce, the Master Draper.  He spoke very well about the history of wool and the areas of common concern with the Drapers; and touched on his time as Chief of […]

17 January, 2014

New Year Service at St Michaels Cornhill

On Friday 10th January I attended the New Year Service at St Michael’s, Cornhill, our City church. The first lesson was read by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and the second lesson was read by the Lord Mayor. There were representatives from the Drapers, the Merchant Taylors, the Musicians, the Turners, […]