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Masters – Court Luncheon – 4th September 2019

Members of the Court and Guests gathered down a narrow hill in the heart of the City at Watermens’ Hall, an 18th Century, Georgian gem where the Master had arranged a lunch for the Court, Partners and Companions. Fifty people gathered for drinks in the Court Room, together with the Alderman & Sheriff, Vincent Keaveny  and his wife, Amanda. It was a great opportunity for people to informally mix and chat – especially with those who had not been able of late to get to dinners in the evening.

We then moved into the beautiful Freeman’s Room (recently redecorated) where the Clerk had arranged tables. A delicious buffet lunch was served again offering an opportunity for conversation.  There was a continuous buzz and it was palpable how much people were enjoying the occasion.

The Master gave a brief speech hoping that this would become a regular feature in the Company’s calendar.  He read a charming letter received from Past Master David Williams-Thomas expressing his delight at being invited and regretted that he was unable to attend.   The Father of the Company, Michael Nathan recalls how he was Renter Warden when David’s father Colonel Reg was Master over 40 years ago.

Good wishes and apologies were received from, Past Masters:  Sir Anthony Hammond, Guy Harrison, Sir Andrew Parmley, Peter Rawlinson, Gwenllian Rhys, John Thorpe, The Right Reverend Dr. John Waine,  Philip Willoughby, Court Assistants, Matthew Demmon, Raymond Layard, Lay Member of the Court and Chairman of the Glass Committee, Maria Chanmugam, Treasurer, David Hinton,

Plans are afoot to repeat the occasion in 2020

J.N. Liveryman, 4th September 2019