The Livery Newsletter and Gazette Issue 30 Spring 2019 - Page 17

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, and idea Cognac us links (I did with mention that From April to July this year I was on Sabbatical, or study Cigars, leave. The was awaited to explore the City Livery extensively enjoyed dining on the links High in C’s..) of London and its Livery Companies around the world. I our travelled and found each and of the which seemed to hit the mark – Liveryman places I visited. I went to Florida, Virginia (where I stayed with Past Master Julian Keevil) , Niagara, Jemma Toronto, Freeman had kindly the torpedo cigars I Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney, Cairns, Singapore and provided Dubai! While I was travelling had had exploring them placed tubes Both with these our kept a daily blog and afterwards I wrote a more reflective and document what in I souvenir had learned. Crest emblazoned on it. Several of us also sported are accessible through the church website at . a limited edition Livery Smoking hat - originally There is but one question on everyone’s lips now that humanity in which conceived and as a the sort interconnected of shooting hat, way it serves its we I am back: what did you enjoy most? live in this century. This gift is something which purpose so well as a “team” hat, that of the twenty is wonderful to one receive, and even better ordered, but remained by the close to of give. the day! This seems to be an impossible question. There was Thank you to the Master Mariners for allowing us the so much that I did, and so many people and places. I returned from the sabbatical refreshed and use of the venue, to Tim for being a perfect Principal If I must commit to an answer I think that it is this: renewed. I am sure I will bore you all with tales of Guest, and for everyone attending and giving my I was overwhelmed by the hospitality I was offered my travels in the days to come. Meanwhile I thank year such a special start. around the world. I was greeted in homes, hotels, all those who supported the sabbatical and made it and cathedrals. I spoke about the City and the Livery possible for me to travel and for the work here to at dinners and events of various types. In each place continue in my absence. The Master people treated me like a guest of honour. Sabbatical Newsletter report Hospitality is a gift. When we are welcomed by someone into their home and their City and treated with such generous care we realise the power of David Parrott Honorary Chaplain and Liveryman 17 3