The Livery Newsletter and Gazette Issue 30 Spring 2019 - Page 16

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- Tower of London and the Ceremony of the Keys presentation and they are now resplendent in frames carved with tobacco leaves (or close to); Sandra also On the 17th September 2018, 65 Liverymen and Freemen of the company as well as their guests attended the located a huge banner not seen since 1985 and Angus Ceremony of the Keys at The Tower of London. This was at the kind invitation of our beadle, Mark Anderson Menzies, Clerk to the Master Mariners and never shy who is also a Yeoman Warder. of a challenge saw to it that it was displayed on the Quarterdeck. Mark hosted us and provided an interesting tour before the ceremony which included the Chapel and a visit to the Crossed Keys pub inside the Whilst all this was going on, apparently biblical- walls of the Tower. It's fair to say that we all learned a lot along the way. style downpours were being had all over London - oblivious to all that drama we ended our lunch The ceremony itself, which has been going on uninterrupted for about and trooped back to the quarterdeck where Coffee, 700 years, was something quite special. From the moment that we first Cigars, and Cognac saw the Warder approach with the keys to the challenge which echoes out awaited us (I did mention that our keys" Livery enjoyed dining on the High C’s..) and every night: "Halt! Who comes there?" and the reply: "The which which seemed is challenged again with "Whose keys?". The Warder then confidently to hit the mark – Liveryman Jemma Freeman had Keys. kindly provided the torpedo cigars answers "Queen Elizabeth's keys" and is told “Pass Queen Elizabeth’s and had had them placed in souvenir tubes with our All’s well.” Crest emblazoned on it. Several of us also sported It finished with the playing of the last post and there was a a limited further edition Livery Smoking hat - originally opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the Crossed Keys conceived pub and smoke a of shooting hat, it serves its as a sort pipe or cigar. purpose so well as a “team” hat, that of the twenty ordered, but one remained by the close of the day! Sanctum Soho Hotel Thank you to the Master Mariners for allowing us the use of the venue, to Tim for being a perfect Principal The roof terrace at the Sanctum Soho Hotel provided the venue for our Guest, and for everyone attending and giving my quarterly drinks on 27th November 2018 and we didn’t quite know what year such a special start. to expect. The rumours were that the place was owned by Iron Maiden and that there was a 12ft gorilla on the roof. As it turned out, there was no heavy metal and the gorilla was a statue and so perfectly harmless. The Master We were very well looked after with delicious (and quite substantial) canapés and wine. A good many cigars were smoked and quite a few people remarked that they would be coming back to this hidden gem in central London. Smoking Club Quarterly Drinks Liveryman Stephan von Schilling 16 3