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- Category: Latest News
LORD MAYOR’S SHOW 2013
The Lord Mayor’s Show 2013 was exceptional on three counts – it was only the second time in 686 years that a woman had been elected as Lord Mayor, the Chartered Accountants wore top hats for the first time instead of Tudor bonnets and it was probably one of the wettest!
After British Rail decided to suspend all trains into London Bridge that morning, the Clerk eventually joined the Master and Wardens at Moorgate Place to don top hats and Company robes. Company umbrellas were also essential accessories!
Being the 46th float out of about 150 floats, the Modern Livery Companies’ float didn’t have long to wait before getting into action. However, just as we were about to start, the rain came down softly, then a little harder and by the time we actually moved off, it was torrential and the umbrellas were already up. Despite the fact that the heavy rain continued throughout the outward leg before lunch, the huge size of the crowd was amazing.
The stop for lunch and the now familiar glass (or three) of bubbly on board HQS Wellington was a welcome relief after being saturated during the procession. When we returned to get in to position for the return leg up the Embankment, the rain magically stopped and the large crowd was still there to wave us on our way.
Next year, although the top hats were considered a success and will stay, cagoules will be standard wear unless we are lucky enough to get a dry day.
- Category: Latest News
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
Installation Dinner - 15 October 2013
Records tumbled on 15th October as we held the Installation Dinner for our new Master Michael Fowle at Goldsmiths’ Hall. In the shortest ever Court meeting, we admitted two new Assistants and next year’s Wardens, before clothing an unprecedented – according to outgoing Master Clifford Bygrave, whose nearly twenty years service as Clerk, Assistant, Warden and Master gives this credibility – seven new Liverymen, so many that the last one was spared our lurid purple and orange and got away with a plain black gown. Happily, two of the newcomers were distinguished ladies, which seemed somehow fitting on the night we mourned the death of Past Master Barbara Culverhouse and on which Past Master Rachel Adams stepped down after twenty years service to the Court.
On to the church of St Vedast alias Foster, where a record congregation of more than ninety heard the Master Elect read from the Book of Proverbs that “a false balance is an abomination to the Lord”, a fitting text for a sermon from our newly appointed Chaplain, Canon Philippa Boardman, on her first official duty with the Company. This was shortly followed by her second, when she said grace for a record two hundred Liverymen and guests before the Master’s formal installation in front of a staggering display of the Goldsmiths’ treasures.
Beforehand, we had greeted our guests among a display of recent gold and silver smithing at the foot of the stairs but, beyond the receiving line, there were more historic pieces. The court room held a sequence of fine portraits from the reign of Queen Elizabeth toVictoria, while the drawing room illustrated the same period with works of gold, the highlight being the priceless silver gilt and crystal Seymour Salt presented to Charles II’s Queen, Catherine of Braganza, in 1662.
In the hall, the gold-encrusted ceiling was softly lit by dozens of candles in enormous crystal chandeliers as we dined on smoked salmon, lamb and passion fruit, accompanied by sauvignon and a ripe rioja. Perhaps it was the passionate pudding that inspired lusty renditions of the Laudi Spirituali and National Anthem.
Junior Warden Mark Spofforth then rose to introduce the newly clothed Liverymen and Senior Warden David Illingworth toasted all our guests after individually welcoming the official ones. On their behalf, Douglas Flint, Chairman of HSBC, replied with a stirring call for Integrity in Banking before the Master concluded affairs, introducing along the way CALC’s new financial education project MyBnk and the busy programme he has arranged for us for the coming year.
As we headed for a stirrup cup in the golden glow of port and candle light, trolleys were already trundling golden treasures away. Records may have tumbled but the Goldsmiths clearly prefer to trust their strong room to our Integrity.
- Category: Dinner Reports
Our Annual Banquet at Mansion House - 4 July 2013
The Annual Banquet of the Company was held at Mansion House on 4 July 2013, when 170 members and guests attended. This was a fine occasion, held in the most lovely surroundings of the Egyptian Hall. The Clerk had assisted the splendour of the occasion, by arranging for some lovely colourful floral arrangements, which were displayed along the tables. Dinner followed Grace by the Right Reverend Michael Colclough, who was once again assisting us in the absence of a Chaplain.
In proposing the City Toast, The Master welcomed the Aldermanic Sheriff, Jeffery Evans, who was attending in the place of the Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor, who was unavailable to join us. During his speech, the Master presented the Company’s sword and cufflinks to Lt. David Gates of the HAC – the Young Officer of the Year. He also took the opportunity to present a Past President’s badge to Liveryman Clive Parritt in recognition of his service to our Professional body.
In accordance with our usual custom, the Master also presented the Company’s annual contribution to the Sheriff for the benefit of Lord Mayor’s Charity, which this year covered a number of beneficiaries under the heading of “The City in Society”.
Representatives from our Affiliated Military Units were present, and the Master indicated his pleasure at their attendance and our association with them. He announced that the Court at its April meeting had agreed to form an association with 47 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, and their Officers were particularly welcomed. He also thanked our Sea Cadets for their very smart Guard of Honour.
The Master had invited the Commissioner of the City of London Police, Adrian Leppard, to reply to the Toast of the Guests, and he indicated his pleasure that he was able to attend at such a busy time in the affairs of his City responsibilities.
Following the City Toast, Sheriff Jeffery Evans replied and also proposed the Toast to the Company The Senior Warden welcomed all the guests and proposed a Toast to them, following which the Commissioner replied with an interesting talk on his work and that of policing such a major financial centre. Music during the evening was provided by The Royal Yeomanry Band (Inns of Court Yeomanry), which concluded with a superb rendition of the Post Horn Gallop.
- Category: Other Livery Events
Sheep Drive over London Bridge
On a bright and sunny Sunday, 29 September 2013, a team of ten intrepid accountants with a herding instinct drove the same number of sheep over London Bridge to exercise their right as Freemen of the City of London. The Sheep Drive was organised by the Woolmen’s Company and was attended by almost 600 Freemen and their family and friends.
Our team comprised Past Masters Ken Gardener and Graham Ward, as well as the Clerk, shepherd Mike Hawkins and other members of the Company. Apart from a rather chaotic start, when it was not clear where we were meant to start, the short drive over about one fifth of London Bridge (in our case in a northerly direction)was concluded successfully. Team members retired to enjoy a well-earned lamb burger and coffee.
Proceeds from the successful event went to the various Lord Mayor’s charities and to the Woolmen’s charitable trust and a good time was had by all.