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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 […]

25 November, 2013

Red Cross Christmas Fair Guildhall

On the evening of Monday 18th November I attended the Red Cross Christmas Fair preview in the Guildhall. The evening started with a parade of the HAC Company of pikemen and musketeers in the Guildhall courtyard, who were inspected by Alderman John Garbutt and Solangela Tangarife; then inside the Guildhall there were masses of things […]

18 November, 2013

Actuaries’ Annual Lecture and Supper at Staple Inn Hall

On Wednesday 13th November I attended the Actuaries’ annual lecture and supper at Staple Inn Hall. The lecture was ‘London 2012 – The Paralympics – How London led the way’ given by Sir Philip Craven MBE.  He has represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball at five Paralympics and other major Games winning an array of […]

18 November, 2013

Past Master Eric Wilson

On Monday 11th November  I attended the funeral of Past Master Eric Wilson at Lillington Church near Leamington Spa, along with at least 20 other Woolmen, and a large congregation. It was a sad occasion, but dignified, and his son Charles and granddaughter Eleanor gave tributes to him.  Charles read out a personal message of […]

12 November, 2013

Remembrance Parade 2013

On Sunday morning we watched the Remembrance Parade from the Guards War Memorial and saw HRH The Princess Royal take the salute on Horseguards. It is always a very moving ceremony, and this was no exception.  After the rain on Saturday, it was a beautifully clear day.  Boris Johnson turned up at the gates by […]

12 November, 2013

River Boat with Joiners and Ceilers

In the late afternoon on Saturday we boarded a river boat at the Millennium Pier with the Joiners and Ceilers and cruised down to Temple to watch the fireworks with a glass or two of champagne, followed by dinner as we cruised down to Greenwich and back. We were very well entertained by the Master […]

12 November, 2013

Lord Mayor’s Show 2013

On Saturday morning, Janet and I watched The Lord Mayor’s Show from the stands at St Paul’s Cathedral. We had excellent seats with a great view of The Lord Mayor and her consort kneeling outside the cathedral – on the kneelers made by Freda Jefferson for the Woolmen to present to Mansion House. Although the […]

12 November, 2013

Silent Ceremony at Guildhall

On Friday afternoon I attended the Silent Ceremony at Guildhall to see Alderman Fiona Woolf installed as Lord Mayor.  I had been invited along with other guests, including the Under Warden John Brewer, by Alderman Peter Hewitt (Citizen and Woolmen).  As usual it was a great opportunity to see old friends and catch up with […]

5 November, 2013

Garden Of Remembrance Service

On Monday the City of London Branch of the Royal British Legion held their annual garden of remembrance service outside St Paul’s Cathedral. A Guards Band played the hymns during the service, the Masters of the Livery Companies sang lustily, and the standard bearers were on parade with their standards.  It was a dry sunny […]

4 November, 2013

Charterhouse Philanthropy Exhibition

On Wednesday night I visited the Charterhouse to see their exhibition about Philanthropy in the City, and to hear the first lecture in a series by Matthew Davies about Philanthropy in the City. It covered a variety of charitable endeavours by many of the older Livery Companies, and of course the work of the Charterhouse […]

31 October, 2013

Civic Dinner 2013 At Drapers’ Hall

On Thursday night we held our Civic Dinner in Drapers’ Hall. It is always a splendid occasion, and the beautiful setting of Drapers’ Hall added to the glamour of the evening.  This dinner is marked out from our other dinners because we present the prizes to our scholars and bursars, and they all make such […]

31 October, 2013

Plantation of Londonderry Lecture

On Wednesday evening I went to Professor James Curl’s lecture at Gresham College about the Plantation of Londonderry from 1641 to the end of the nineteenth century. It was a fascinating presentation, which helps to explain much of the background to the troubles in Northern Ireland leading up to the current situation.  Alderman and former […]

25 October, 2013

Arts Scholars Annual Mithras Lecture

Last night I attended the Arts Scholars Annual Mithras lecture at the Dutch Church in Austin Friars. The Reverend Jonathan Meyer MA FRICS spoke about the Great Exhibitions 1851-1900.  We all know about the 1851 event in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, but I didn’t know that similar ‘crystal’ venues were temporarily erected in […]

22 October, 2013

Company Of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh

On Friday I flew up to Edinburgh for a dinner with the Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh in Merchants’ Hall, Hanover Street.  This was their biennial Charter Dinner celebrating the award of their Royal Charter from King Charles II in 1681. Ian Watson was installed as the new Master, and the guest […]

3 October, 2013

Sheep Drive Over London Bridge

On Sunday 29th September The Worshipful Company of Woolmen exercised their rights as Freemen of the City of London to drive their sheep across London Bridge. ITV News were there filming the event.  Please use the link below to see the news report. ITV NEWS STORY – SHEEP DRIVE OVER LONDON BRIDGE Share: FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail