Thursday, 6 July 2017

175. Thank you and Farewell…………….

Earlier today Fiona and I handed over the reins of our Company to Mike and Sandra Williamson.

We have had a fabulous year and we hope that you have enjoyed reading our blogs which have traced our path of events throughout the year. We have done our best to lead and promote our Company and I believe we leave it in good heart.

We wish Mike and Sandra every good wish for a successful and enjoyable year and thank all of you who have helped make our year so enjoyable. It was great fun.

We look forward to seeing you at future events. 

174. Installation Court Meeting

My last task as Master of the Company for 2016/17 was to Chair the Installation Court Meeting at Draper’s Hall.

During this meeting, I had the very pleasant task of installing my Bailiff, Dylan Barker, as a Court Assistant and I presented him with his badge and clothed him in his Court Assistant’s gown.

Following the normal business of the meeting, I adjourned the Court to enable us to move to an adjacent room for the Installation of the Master and Wardens for 2017/18.

Photograph shows the Master and Mike Williamson (Thames Warden), Simon Catford (Fleet Warden) and Mark Lane (Walbrook Warden) as the Court Meeting was adjourned.

Monday, 3 July 2017

173. Master’s Gift to the Company

It has become a tradition of the Company that at the end of his or her year, the Master presents a gift to the Company in recognition of the very enjoyable twelve months of events and leadership.

I have decided to make a gift in silver. The Master and Wardens have a silver goblet for their wine at our formal lunches and dinners. Until now, the Deputy Master has not had a goblet, so I have agreed to put that right!

After much searching, I found a lovely antique silver goblet. It was made by Henry Atkin in Sheffield in 1898 and this morning I collected it from the Silver Vaults in Chancery Lane.

If you have never visited the Silver Vaults they are well worth a visit – whether to browse or buy! What is now the London Silver Vaults was originally opened as The Chancery Lane Safe Deposit Company in 1876 – they rented strong rooms where Londoners could safeguard their silver, jewellery and personal documents.

The original building was bomb-damaged during World War Two. It was rebuilt as retail units at the request of many of the silver dealers who had previously rented space there, and opened in its present format in 1953. Now world renowned, it houses some 30 specialist shops within its walls.

I will present my gift to Mike Williamson (our 29th Master) at our Installation Lunch on Thursday 6th July. It means, of course, that I will be the first to use it!

Photographs show the entrance to the underground Silver Vaults and the goblet I will present to the Company.