WC Plaisterers' Dinner for Masters & Clerks

  • By Liz Green
  • 10 Jan, 2018

The start of a 'new term'!

9 Jan - it was lovely to be back in the City and fifty-one Masters/Prime Wardens/Upper Bailiff were present at Plaisterers' Hall, together with their Clerks, as well as a good number of Plaisterers'.  We enjoyed some excellent singing by Apollo5 who are local to the Hall, as well as very good speeches, with the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' responding on behalf of the guests.  
By Liz Green 20 Jan, 2018
19 Jan - before the Court Meeting members of Court welcomed those who were joining as Freemen over a sandwich lunch.   The Court Meeting had a very full agenda and took longer than usual - thankfully our Clerk had everything well organised, and we were able to move seamlessly (or so it seemed to us!) into the Dinner.  The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP was the guest speaker, and we welcomed a number of Masters and Consorts.  Margaret Watson played beautifully for us on her harp - a range of music, including some not normally associated with the harp.  A bursary award was presented to one of our students who studied at Heriot Watt, and awards were made to two members of E Squadron, the Leicestershire and Derbyshire division of the Royal Yeomanry, with whom we have an affiliation.  This was the last Dinner for our Master to preside over before the Installation Dinner in April.  
By Liz Green 20 Jan, 2018
18 Jan - Peter and I were delighted to join the Upholders' for their January Court Dinner.  We have never been to Brewers' Hall and it was lovely to dine there.  Another 'first' for us was tasting Organic Chocolate Stout, which was better than I had anticipated!  Paul Herbage was the guest speaker, and the Master and her Consort, as well as other members of the Upholders' were very welcoming.
By Liz Green 20 Jan, 2018
17 Jan - The Farmers' have a much larger membership than the Framework Knitters', and Stationers' Hall had as many people there as I can remember.  We enjoyed a fabulous evening with a Carpet Guard provided by the Middlesex Wing Air Training Corps and music by The London Banqueting Ensemble (one can never tire of the Post Horn Gallop!).  During the Loving Cup there was hearty singing of The Farmer's Boy - always popular and we had to sing the whole song twice - great fun with everyone joining in.
By Liz Green 12 Jan, 2018
12 Jan - St Michael Cornhill was packed for the City New Year Service.  We listened to readings by the Lord Mayor and The Governor of the Bank of England, and then heard a very relevant and thought provoking Sermon by The Rev'd Charlie Skrine.  Whilst not quite the first event of the New Year it was a wonderful service with hearty singing and an excellent choir - a very good 'almost beginning' to 2018!  
By Liz Green 12 Jan, 2018
11 Jan - it was very interesting to attend another meeting of Common Council, and a bonus that the Lord Mayor was there, and outlined his recent trip to Saudi and the UAE, which included 32 meetings in 4 days!  A wide variety of topics was discussed by members, ranging from the cleaning of Mansion House, to the aim of having a plastic free City, one of the bridges, and updating standards for members.
By Liz Green 10 Jan, 2018
9 Jan - it was lovely to be back in the City and fifty-one Masters/Prime Wardens/Upper Bailiff were present at Plaisterers' Hall, together with their Clerks, as well as a good number of Plaisterers'.  We enjoyed some excellent singing by Apollo5 who are local to the Hall, as well as very good speeches, with the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths' responding on behalf of the guests.  
By Peter Green 22 Dec, 2017
21 Dec - It was lovely to join the Horners' for their carol service at St James Garlickhythe.  Until recently the Horners' have been the only company to have their own choir, and it was very special to hear them perform, and have their Chaplain leading the service.  We walked the short distance to Painters' Hall for supper and we were led in some wonderful singing - December is definitely the month for enjoying music and exercising the vocal chords!  A very festive atmosphere and a wonderful way to end Livery events for the year and head for home.  
By Peter Green 21 Dec, 2017
20 Dec - St Lawrence Jewry was packed for the Carol Service, which was attended by the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs.  We enjoyed singing by the choir, and four boys from The City of London School and David Parrott gave a very thoughtful address, and explained why the lights on their Christmas tree were blue.  I was delighted to attend the Christmas Banquet of The Royal Society of St George (appropriate flags were, not surprisingly, on every table!).  A full Mansion House joined in singing carols and we were entertained by The City Consort of Voices, which is a London-based choir, as well as The London Banqueting Ensemble (The Post Horn Gallop will always remain a favourite with those present).
By Peter Green 20 Dec, 2017
19 Dec - whilst Peter attended the WC International Bankers' and WC Furniture Makers' Carol Service, I was at St Lawrence Jewry with the WC Constructors' and WC Chartered Architects'.  It was lovely to have the Orpington Branch of the Sea Cadets forming a Guard of Honour, and one cadet also read a lesson.  After the service the Constructors' enjoyed a buffet at Wax Chandlers' Hall (my first visit there) with everyone in the Christmas spirit.   
By Peter Green 19 Dec, 2017
18 Dec - having thought I had been inside most of the churches within the City of London, St James Garlickhythe was a first.   We enjoyed the carol service and then lunch at Vintners' Hall, which ended with Julie Fox leading us in groups to sing  The Twelve Days of Christmas.  It was great fun and a wonderful way to end our lunch together - I have never 'bobbed up and down' so often during the singing of a song!  In the evening I was delighted to attend the Turners' Livery Dinner at which the Lord Mayor and both Sheriffs' were present.  There were some stunning and very different candlesticks on the tables, which had all been 'turned' - the creativity and skill of this craft was a treat to see and talk about.
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