The Livery Newsletter and Gazette Issue 30 Spring 2019 - Page 14

The lunch was deliciously catered by Mark Grove and his team at Cook & Butler and we cracked along at a goodly pace. Our guests were admirably introduced by Liveryman Fran Morrison and our Principal Guest, Tim Wonnacott gave a generous and very humorous reply to which I responded initially by drenching poor Tim in a glass of water - he was very kind about it (sorry Tim!). I was very pleased to show off the newly found Livery Grant of Arms and Letters Patent which have been missing for many years - our Clerk tenaciously sought them out, and the new Immediate Past Master, Chris Allen, and his IPM, Mark Gower-Smith have funded a beautiful re- presentation and they are now resplendent in frames carved with tobacco leaves (or close to); Sandra also located a huge banner not seen since 1985 and Angus Menzies, Clerk to the Master Mariners and never shy of a challenge saw to it that it was displayed on the Quarterdeck. Whilst all this was going on, apparently biblical- style downpours were being had all over London - oblivious to all that drama we ended our lunch and trooped back to the quarterdeck where Coffee, Cigars, and Cognac awaited us (I did mention that our Livery enjoyed dining on the High C’s..) and which seemed to hit the mark – Liveryman Jemma Freeman had kindly provided the torpedo cigars and had had them placed in souvenir tubes with our Crest emblazoned on it. Several of us also sported a limited edition Livery Smoking hat - originally conceived as a sort of shooting hat, it serves its purpose so well as a “team” hat, that of the twenty ordered, but one remained by the close of the day! Thank their you 37th to the Inner Master Mariners allowing us at the The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards hosted Livery Bridge for Tournament use of the venue, to Tim for being perfect Principal the glorious Draper’s Hall on March 4th. Once again Senior Warden, Andrew Golding and a Court Assistant, Guest, and for everyone attending and giving Elise Rasmussen played valiantly against august competitors whose years of experience ultimately won my the year temptation such a special start. during the scrumptious day. However quite possibly due to completely resisting the to imbibe dinner, the final score was an improved position over the first half. For a brief moment, thoughts of receiving the trophy for increased performance from the first half to the end loomed. Alas it was not to be. However, the dynamic duo was consoled by an unexpected photo opportunity with Non-Aldermanic Sheriff The The Master Hon Elizabeth Green and a much deserved glass of wine. The Inter-Livery Bridge Competition Assistant Elise Rasmussen 14 3