The Livery Newsletter and Gazette Issue 30 Spring 2019 - Page 2

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 With nine months of my Master’s year complete, a great Freeman deal has happened. and foremost, all cigars three of had kindly First provided the torpedo our Company’s signature formal events have taken place. and We had enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Saddlers’ Hall our had them placed in souvenir tubes with for the Installation and fabulous dinners at Drapers’ Hall Crest and emblazoned Goldsmiths’ on Hall the Annual Banquet and it. for Several of us also sported January Dinner respectively. These showcase occasions allowed Company to Smoking do what it hat does best; extend a limited the edition Livery - originally generous hospitality and bonhomie towards our guests. conceived as a sort of shooting hat, it serves its purpose so well as a “team” hat, that of the twenty We were blessed to have outstanding Principal Guests I have fond memories of all these celebrations and I ordered, but one remained by the close of the day! that offered a variety of interesting topics in their am grateful for the strong support of the Wardens and Thank you to the Master Mariners for allowing us the speeches. The first was Margaret Evison, the Chief our Livery Company members at each. use of the venue, to Tim for being a perfect Principal Executive of the Mark Evison Foundation, one of Guest, and for everyone attending and my The Master represents the Company at giving many civic the many charities that we support. The second was year such a special events during his or start. her year. This includes attending Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute Common Hall to vote for the Lord Mayor and the of Economic Affairs, who delivered an entertaining Sheriffs. In the case of the voting for this year’s Non- speech on the serious matter of the impositions of Aldermanic Sheriff, unusually, it was a contested The Master the ‘nanny state’ on the general public. The third election. There were three candidates in the ballot; and final Principal Guest was Air Vice Marshal Nick Richard Fleck (Tallow Chandler), Liz Green Kurth, Chairman of The Ulysses Trust, a charity (Framework Knitter) and Gwen Rhys (Glass Seller). that provides funding for challenging expeditions The City was abuzz in the lead up to the election and adventurous activities involving members of the Volunteer Reserve Forces and Cadet Forces of the UK. day in late June as the candidates all jockeyed for The Master’s Year 3 2