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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, […]

10 January, 2014

The Queen’s Own Yeomanry – Christmas parcels

As part of our affiliation with The Queen’s Own Yeomanry, the Livery Committee arranged for Christmas parcels to be sent out to troops in Afghanistan.  We were delighted to receive a thank you letter from the Commanding Officer, and a photo showing the boys with their presents. I guess they will be leaving soon, but […]

7 January, 2014

Happy New Year – 2014

Janet and I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and are looking forward to 2014 as much as we are. One of the highlights of our village is the ringing out of the old year with half-muffled bells and ringing in the new year with unmuffled bells.  We also have trumpeter to play […]

12 December, 2013

Woolmen and Aladdin

On Saturday Janet and I were up quite early to drive to Wimbledon for the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ along with several other Woolmen and their families. It was a good fun performance, with Jo Brand playing the genie of the ring, and Matthew Kelly as Widow Twankey – and the community song was Old MacDonald had […]

12 December, 2013

East India Club – Committee Meetings

On Thursday morning we had a marathon session in the East India Club of the Charity Committee meeting followed by the FI&GP committee meeting, followed by a discussion on membership. We had the usual rather tired sandwiches but everyone is quite peckish and they are mostly eaten anyway.  it was quite a tiring day, but […]

12 December, 2013

Meet Up At The Guildhall

On Wednesday I had a meeting at the Guildhall with the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court, Murray Craig, to discuss our Ordinances and what changes to them we might wish to make and how we would go about doing it. We ended up talking about the sheep drive, because everyone who attends the Chamberlain’s Court […]

12 December, 2013

The Weavers at Vintners’ Hall

On Tuesday 3rd December I drove up to London with my car full of evening tails, dinner jacket and Janet’s frocks for a few days of Woolman activities. I arrived in reasonable time at the Army and Navy club to get ready for a white tie dinner with the Weavers at Vintners’ Hall.  Their guest […]

3 December, 2013

Information Technologists Company Dinner

On Thursday evening I attended the IT Company’s Dinner with Gill.  I had not been to their hall before but it was very convenient for a dinner of up to 50 so we were very comfortable there. By chance I was sitting next to their Treasurer, Colin Black, and it turned out that he was […]

3 December, 2013

Inaugural AGM of The Great 13

On Thursday morning I attended the inaugural AGM of the Great 13 – the Past Masters dining club for this year’s Livery Masters – and a jolly good lunch in Painters Stainers’ Hall. The committee unveiled the club logo, and various designs for ties, bow ties and brooches and agreed a programme of events for […]

3 December, 2013

New Applicants for The Company

On Tuesday morning I met up with Gill in Guildhall to meet a couple of new applicants for the Company as she took them through their Company Freedom ceremonies. John Payne is an estate agent and chartered surveyor and Tom Barker is a TA officer from the QOY working full time with the Army. Then […]

25 November, 2013

Marketors Annual City Lecture

On Thursday 21st Gill and I went to the Marketors annual lecture in the Wren Church in St Mary at Hill, a splendid venue. The lecture was given by Kevin Roberts, the Global Chief Executive of Saatchi and Saatchi. His talk was titled Loyalty Beyond Reason, and it was a tour de force in good […]

25 November, 2013

Lord Mayors’ Briefing at Mansion House

On Wednesday 20th, the Clerk and I attended the Lord Mayors’ briefing at Mansion House – in black tie, which was slightly incongruous, but we were going on to dine with the Basketmakers at Skinners’ Hall afterwards. The Lord Mayor concentrated on telling us about the four charities that make up her Appeal for this […]