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Installation Dinner - 16 October 2014
Attached below is a filyer and booking form for the Installation Dinner at Vintners' Hall on Thursday 16 October, which as in recent years, will be preceded by a Church Service and Blessing
The new Master is looking for a very good response from members and hopes that as many of you as possible will attend, together with your guests.
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The Court of Aldermen has shared with the Livery that it is supporting Alderman Charles Bowman, a Liveryman of the Company, for election as Sheriff in June 2015.
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SPECIAL PROJECT FOR 2014 – Support for MyBnk – How you can help
For 2014 the Trustees have decided to refocus CALC’s giving so as to make a greater impact to a chosen charity both financially and Member support and they have chosen MyBnk from a list of charities nominated by Liverymen. MyBnk delivers financial and enterprise education programmes directly to young people aged 11 to 25 in schools and youth organisations.
Support – In 2013/14 a grant of £50,000 has been awarded to
- fund the post of one new MyBnk Education Officer who will deliver 500 hours of education programmes to 3,500 young people and
- enable MyBnk to deliver financial literacy projects to 8 new secondary schools
Subject to annual review, increased funding will be offered for a further 2 years
How Members can help
- As ‘Ambassadors’ - This link http://mybnk.org/workwithus/request-a-session/ connects to the MyBnk web site where more information can be found about its operations and to a form that Members may complete to recommend schools within London and the Home Counties to take up CALC funded programmes. The area will be extended in later years and research need not be limited to the South East.
- As mentors – Three Liverymen are already acting as mentors to young entrepreneurs
- As trainers – Liverymen as well qualified to provide training and advice to MyBnk staff
- Category: Dinner Reports
Spring Dinner – Another Record-breaking Day
Our Spring dinner was held on 8th April at Drapers’ Hall when we repeated the unprecedented clothing of seven new Liverymen with the last one, a distinguished lady, being spared one of our relatively heavy lurid purple and orange gowns and getting away with a plain black one.
Draper’s Hall, which was originally bought in 1543, was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666, rebuilt between 1667 and 1671 and again in 1772 following another fire, with further alterations in the late 19th century. The building includes a number of magnificent rooms which are approached by an elegant marble and alabaster staircase. On the chimney piece of the Court Dining Room, where we enjoyed pre-dinner drinks, hangs a ceremonial portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by the Russian artist Sergei Pavlenko, which is said to be her favourite. Paintings of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington hang at opposite ends of the Court Room through which we passed on the way to the Livery Hall. This room is the heart of Draper’s Hall, with scenes from The Tempest and Midsummer Night’s Dream on the ceiling panels, being supported by 28 marble columns which provide ideal spaces for the display of a collection of royal portraits.
Dinner was preceded by Common Hall which lasted two minutes and was held to meet the requirements of our Royal Charter that, having given the required ten weeks’ notice, we should receive our annual report and accounts and appoint and determine the remuneration of the independent examiners.
We dined on a starter of smoked mackerel followed by salt crust baked quail with saffron new potatoes and baby artichokes and concluding with fresh fruit salad and a fruit sorbet. A delightful musical interlude was provided by Emma Curtis.
Our Junior Warden, Mark Spofforth, then rose to introduce the newly elected Liverymen and the Senior Warden, David Illingworth, toasted all our guests after individually welcoming the official ones. On their behalf, The Right Hon the Lord Lang of Monkton, the MP for Galloway from 1979 to 1997 and currently Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc, replied with some interesting insights on Integrity and Politics from the age of the rotten boroughs to the present day. A strong believer in political principles and recognising that it is hard to apply a measure to Integrity, his main theme was that Integrity should never be taken for granted, but is an absolute. The Master concluded affairs by explaining that we now have formalised the Company’s Mission, Vision and Values and reorganised our Committee structure, and he then reminded us of some enticing forthcoming events.
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HAC and Royal Yeomanry Concert, Guildhall Yard
Thursday 24th July, from 6pm to 7pm.
On Thursday 24th July the City’s two Reserve Forces’ bands - the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company and the Band of the Royal Yeomanry - will perform a joint concert in Guildhall Yard. This will be the first occasion that the two bands have performed as an ensemble and a rousing finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is anticipated.
Livery Members are invited to attend this free concert to support this unique City occasion.
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Annual True and Fair Lecture
The link below gives details of the lecture delivered on 6 May by Dame Alison Carnwath DBE at the Company's Annual True & Fair Lecture, held at Chartered Accountants' Hall, in conjunction with ICAEW.