2012 - 2013
Master James Cross

 

Annual Dinner and AGM - Cutlers' Hall - 27th February

For the first time in some years our Annual Dinner and AGM was held in a Livery Hall - a wonderful Hall.

Cutlers Hall

The AGM prior to the Dinner was very well attended. Some of the members guests whilst waiting for the AGM to finish enjoyed looking at the various "Cutler" related artifacts on display both in the corridors and the specific museum on the first floor.

Attendees at AGM 2012

At the close of the AGM Members and guests (90) enjoyed a convivial glass before going to the main hall on the first floor. As people arrived to take their places for Dinner they were welcomed by relaxing piano music being played by the Master's son - Tom.

An excellent Dinner with very enjoyable accompanying wines was served after Grace had been given by Rev John Cross the Master's father. (He was "Priest in charge" of St Peter's Cornhill in the late 1980's early 1990's.).The newly elected Master was introduced by the Immediate Past Master. Our Master announced that he intends to play a Hymathon! in the summer on the organ at St Peter's (more infomation shortly) to raise money for his chosen charity.

Our guest Speaker was Mr William Fittall, who gave a fascinating insight into the role of the Church of England in today's society.

William Fittall, one of the Church of England’s most senior civil servants. General Secretary to the General Synod,the Archbishops’ Council and the House of Bishops.  He came to Church House from a distinguished career in Whitehall during which time he was actively involved in major issues including the reform of the prison system, anti-terrorism, and the Northern Ireland peace process. 

 

An extremely enjoyable Dinner provided by Cook and Butler concluded with a warm vote of thanks from our President Sir John Stuttard.

A stirrup cup and more coffee was enjoyed by many in the downstairs lounge.

Scottish Salmon and Sole with long grain rice and saffron sauce
Braised Breast of Duck, Red Currant & Shallot Sauce
Bread and Butter Pudding - Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cremant de Bourgone - Louis Chavy
Louis Alexandre - Mas de Vigneron

Chateau Haut Belian 2009 - Bordeaux
Port

Charles Dickens' Museum - 19th March

Music Sheet re Great Expectations


20+ Members and Guests anjoyed a fascinating tour of the house where Dickens lived between 1837 and 1839 and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicolas Nickleby. Although a comparatively small house our tour gave a great insight in the man himself and the atifacts that surrounded him.

 

We learnt that so many of his well known characters are based around people he knew (liked and disliked) and that apart from writing Books and leaflets on a range of topics, he also wrote and performed in a series of plays. For many of us it was a surprise to be reminded on the one hand he was actually born and brought up in the late Georgian era (not Victorian), whilst on the other he became famous at the same time as the development of the Camera, thus various photos exist of him from different periods.Some great insights and stories, furniture, prints and picures. 
I think a few people will return. Fascinating.

We then went just round the corner to the Blue Lion for a enjoyable and relaxing supper - they looked after a large group very well.

 

Members and  Friends Evening - Ortega, Leadenhall Market  - 11th April
Almost 40 Members and their guests enjoyed this very informal "party". Tasty food, enjoyable wine and good company - what more can you ask for.

 

Big Curry - Guildhall 26th April 2012.

Advert for Big Curry

The Master and the Hon Sec attended this annual charity event on behalf of the Ward Club, which raises money for ABF - The Soldiers Charity. In 2011 this one event raised an amazing £193,000. A full Indian Buffet was provided in the glorious setting of Guildhall. Our Master was one of those selected to meet the Guest of Honour Field Marshal HRH The Duke of Kent.    

Red Cross City Collection Day  - Friday 11th May
A small group of kind volunteers braved a chilly wind to shake "tins" in Leadenhall Market and its environs from 8.00am through to 2.15pm as part of the Red Cross City collection day.

 
A pretty typical collecting experience as many people had already run the gauntlet of the Livery Masters, shaking their buckets on London Bridge (Raised £4,000 +/- and  many others just kept their heads down. The goods news is that a goodly number very kindly made donations for which we are very greatful - we raised £400 - so thanks to the small team of volunteers and the management of Leadenhall Market for allowing us to collect in the Market.

Annual Church Service and Civic Lunch - 14th May

Church Service
A well attended Church Service at St Peter upon Cornhill involved a couple of enforced changes to the norm. With this year's Master being also our organist a substitute had to be found - Tom Cross his son did an excellent job on the Piano!

The Organ is rather tempremental and could not be used (lack of use and damp do not help).

Service Details
Hymn: Praise my soul the King of Heaven
First Lesson: Isaiah Chapter 55 Verses 1 - 11 - The President
Second Lesson: Matthew chapter 5 Verses 1 - 12 - The Master
Hymn: Crown Him with many Crowns
National Anthem: - Verse 1  

Civic Lunch
Almost exactly 130 members and guests filled the Livery Hall at Guildhall for our Civic Lunch. We were honoured by the presence of The Lord Mayor Alderman David Wootton and his wife, Liz, The Lady Mayoress, they in turn were accompanied by Alderman and Sheriff Alan Yarrow and the Duty Officer, Col Billy King-Harman. The Lord Mayor who is a keen supporter of Ward Clubs received a donation towards his charity, with our Master receiving a small gift in return. Much to her surprise our Hon. Sec. (Mrs Daphne Cave) also received a token of appreciation from the Lord Mayor.

A special mug (The Hon. Sec. commented that this seemed appropriate)

Our Guest Speaker The Rev Paul Perkin gave a succinct and moving presentation on the work of the Master's chosen Charity "Compassion Uk" which targets specific individuals in small villages in countries such as Kenya to actively sponsor them and support them in bettering themselves and therefore in the longer term their communities.

Menu
Chardonnay Baron de Beaumont Vin Mousseux Brut

Courgette Flower stuffed with Halibut and Sorrel Mousse
 - Bellingham, Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Rack of Lamb, Thyme Jus, Parsnip Dauphinoise Potatoes, Purple Broccoli
 - Calafate 2006, Neugun Patagonia

Dark Chocolate Tear Drop, Bitter Mint Sorbet
 - Barrio Port

Coffee and Chocolate Truffles

Toast Master James M Wallis Esq

 

 

Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker Exhibition - Guildhall  - 11th July

About 30 Members and Guests were taken on a guided tour of this unique exhibition - showing 800+ years of Livery and some of the unusual and priceless artifacts that the Livery Comapnies had kindly donated.

Butcher Baker Prograamme

Prior to the tour in two groups, the majority joined for a very enjoyable relaxed lunch, very close by at Davy's (just behind Guildhall).

 

Buckingham Palace and Jewels - 8th September
Over 60 members and their guests took part in this Visit - one of the highest turn outs ever.
We all met for a relaxing Coffee at the Rubens Hotel - very conveniently located, before moving off to the Palace. Having been security screened - it was "headsets on" and the tour commenced, everyone going at their own speed and finding different parts of the Palace fascinating - from the Court Yard behind the main facade, to the main staircase, beautiful paintings, chandeliers, hidden doorway....
The star attraction was of course the Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, showing off some of the major items of Jewellery, Crowns and Coronets used by The Queen and other Members of the Royal Family.

The items on display were literally dazzling - from Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown,

Queen Victoria's Crown

 

to 7 of the 9 parts of the Cullinan Diamond (The largest Diamond ever discovered) and finishing with the Diamond Diadem, which has been worn by The Queen to each State opening  of parliament. It was also worn by a young Queen Elizabeth for the pictures on the first postage stamps issued once she became Queen. (Machin)

One disappointing note was that lack of space to view these amazing exhibits - the room was totally jam-packed with people - a great shame.

We left the palace via the gardens in wonderful weather having had a truly memorable experience. (On the way out various people noticed a Heron and decided it was a decoy as "it did not move" - it wasn't it was just waiting for a fish to put in an appearance - lunch!).

Inter Ward Quiz - Sept 13th

Our valiant team
Robert Woodthorpe Browne - Captain
Sally Anne Hill

Neil Roberts

Tim Wiilens

Vernon Ashford (Upper Warden)

Margaret Asford

came a very creditable 5th up against stiff opposition - the winners Bishopsgate will be hosting next years event

 

Lambeth Palace - 19th October 

A grey drizzly day but a very enjoyable morning. The Hon. Sec. was spotted handed out tickets from a Coffee Stall by the Thames as people gathered for our guided Tour. About 30 of us were split into 2 groups led by two very knowlegible and entertaining guides (owing to demand) a third group did the visit on a different day together with the Master. After a brief look from a distance, at the Gardens, which must be well worth visiting in the Summer, a short introductory film, the tour commenced in one of the oldest parts of the Palace. The Chapel / Crypt then onto the Library with its Vaulted Ceiling and "State Rooms" wiith stories on occupants from the past and present. Very infomative and interesting.

A light lunch and a glass of wine after our visit was held in the Cafe that forms part of the Garden Museum immediately next door. Hyaving had a very busy morning our Master was able to join us.  Very simple but tasty food - even the carnivors admitted that the vegitarian food on offer was excellent and very well presented. A good day was had by all. 

 

Southwark Cathedral - 13th November

A good number of members and guests enjoyed a very special evening in this fascinating building. The even started for most, by attending sung evensong - beautifully sung and well worth attending. This was followed by a Private introdction to the Cathedral's Organ by Peter Wright, Cathedral Organist and Director of Music followed by a very varied  Organ Recital with the pieces chosen to show off the tones and colours of this lovely organ.

Prelude and fugue in B minor - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Aria - Flors Peeters (1903 - 1986) - one of Peter Wright's tutors at Cambridge University
Scherzetto Sonata No 5, Op 140 - Francis Jackson (b 1917
Final (Symphony No 1) - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Following this we were taken on a candlelit guided tour of the Cathedral. I am sure that everybody who attended had their own special moment but 2 stand out. The Cathderal Cat, walking up and down every brass floor cover hoping that the hot air that normally comes through them would arrive. The boilers had broken in the am and it was VERY Cold.
Hearing the wonderful story of ? Andrews who apart from speaking 30 plus languages is the man responsible for translating the opening words of the King James Bible into English - In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God..... - his tomb is in the corner just to the right of the main Altar.

We finished of our excellent evening with a light supper and a glass in the Refrectory.

Carol Service - 13th December

Wine Tasting - January  21st

St Botolph's Bishopsgate - Church Hall
Annabel Virtue - Bibendum. Almost 50 members took part in this very informative and entertaining presentation on the theme of "A Sommeliers View". More info to be added. 

Jame's year finished with;

City Matters The Lamb, Leadenhall Market
An excellent evening, with almost 40 members and guests enjoying two different presentations on "City Matters". The first talked us through The City in Jubliee and Olympic Year as seen through the eyes of the Remembrancer. Lots of good pictures. We all greatly appreciated the time that Paul Double gave up for us from his very busy schedule. The Master announced that were making a small donation (£100) to the Lord Mayor's Appeal as thanks.

The second presentation was given by Peter Cave (Lower Warden) explaining in some detail and with a great deal of enthusiasm the City Election processes (Election in a few weeks). 

We were also very fortunate to have in the Audience our President and Alderman, Sir John Stuttard, Our Deputy Denis Cottgrove, Common Councilmen, Elizabeth Rogula and Robert Howard plus Our Ward Beadle, Stephen Kipping and Hon Ward Clerk - John Bristow. A very good evening.

The Rembrancer and Office ?

The current Remembrancer is Paul Double. He joined the City of London from the Bar and earlier government service. His recent work in Parliament has centred on the legislation to implement the changes to the City's electoral system.

The Remembrancer is one of the City of London’s Chief Officers with the role dating back to 1571. His traditional role is as the channel of communications between the Lord Mayor and the City of London on the one hand and the Sovereign, Royal Household and Parliament on the other. The Remembrancer is also the City's Ceremonial Officer and Chief of Protocol.

The Remembrancer’s department at the City of London is broken into three distinct branches of work - parliamentary, ceremonial and private events. The parliamentary office is responsible for looking after the City of London's interests in Parliament with regard to all public legislation, while the ceremonial office’s objectives are to enable the Lord Mayor and City of London to welcome high profile visitors both domestically and internationally. Functions staged range from small receptions to major state dinners. Finally, the private events team co-ordinate the hiring of the Guildhall for private banquets, receptions or conferences.

 

 

The Remembrancer is one of the City of London’s Chief Officers with the role dateing back to 1571. His traditional role is as the channel of communications between the Lord Mayor and the City of London on the one hand and the Sovereign, Royal Household and Parliament on the other. The Remembrancer is also the City's Ceremonial Officer and Chief of Protocol.
The Remembrancer’s department at the City of London is broken into three distinct branches of work - parliamentary, ceremonial and private events. The parliamentary office is responsible for looking after the City of London's interests in Parliament with regard to all public legislation, while the ceremonial office’s objectives are to enable the Lord Mayor and City of London to welcome high profile visitors both domestically and internationally. Functions staged range from small receptions to major state dinners. Finally, the private events team co-ordinate the hiring of the Guildhall for private banquets, receptions or conferences.
The current Remembrancer is Paul Double. He joined the City of London from the Bar and earlier government service. His recent work in Parliament has centred on the legislation to implement the changes to the City's electoral system