Liverymen and Members’ Corner

This page was set up during the Coronavirus outbreak as a point of contact for all our members to keep in touch and also provide some light relief from the lockdown. We will keep it running post lockdown to copy the update sent to all members via email.  If you have anything you would like to add to it, please email it to the Clerk. The Clerk and Webmaster will have the final say on what will and will not be published!

Greetings from a sunny and crisp Lincolnshire. Autumn has well and truly arrived here and it is hard to believe it’s less than eight weeks to 2022!

Our new Master, Nick Jones, now has his feet firmly under the (Clerks? 😉 ) table. We enjoyed a bright London day for his Installation; the rain stayed away and we were able to process between Vintners’ Hall and St Magnus, and back again, in the dry! You can read all about the day by clicking on the picture below:

​Nick Jones, our new Master, flanked by new Upper Warden Paul Nash to his right and new Renter Warden David Adams to his left.

We were also able at last to personally welcome our new Liveryman who had joined us virtually during the lockdown and admit another five new ones on the day too; almost the last act by outgoing Master Dr Peter Rumley after 2 years in the chair. In total ten new members, who we are delighted to have on board. Click on each picture below to see a short introduction on each of them. We look forward to their company at our forthcoming events and functions:

Our Liverymen who joined us virtually during lockdown, with outgoing Master Dr Peter Rumley

Our new Liverymen who we admitted, with outgoing Master Dr Peter Rumley​

In my last update, I reported on the excellent Jools Holland evening to raise money for St Magnus’s roof. We now have a short highlight of the performance, which I’ve added to the website post:

​Jools Holland with Ruby Turner

Don’t forget to sign up for the Ladle Dinner at Saddlers’ Hall on 16 November. One of my favourite Livery Halls and a splendid opportunity to catch up with everyone again.  As a thank you for staying with us through the pandemic there is a one-off subsidy for the ticket price, so it’s even better value-for-money. Book quickly if you haven’t done so already, the deadline of 10 November to book is fast approaching. All the details are here:

Saddlers’ Livery Hall

We also have the Foundling Museum visit to look forward to on 29 November, with a concert, champagne reception and lunch too. The link is through the picture:

The Foundling Museum

Our last event of the year will be our Traditional Carol Service at St Magnus on 7th December. Look out for details on that which will be published shortly. The Service, along with the Ladle Dinner (and many others) are run with the support of our splendid Stewards; the outgoing Senior Steward even presides over the Ladle Dinner. We couldn’t do what we do without them; our own ‘Magnificent Seven’.

Sadly, as you will have heard, we lost Past Steward Tom Thackeray last month.

Past Steward Tom Thackeray

He and his wife Pat, who passed away last year, were warm, kind, generous and great supporters of our company for nearly 30 years; Tom served as a steward from 2003 to 2009. Farewell old friends. They had a good innings and we send our thoughts and condolences to their family.

Another one of our Past Stewards, John Carnaby, regularly provides me with some fascinating historical articles and he has followed up on his earlier article on St Paul’s Cathedral with one on its refurbishment in the 1960’s, again showing the close links our company has with this historic building. The accompanying video has some wonderful images of London then, available by clicking on the picture:

A view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the Shard

Gresham College has just published its next series of on-line lectures, which you can book to join through this link:
Gresham College On-line Lectures

Subjects include ‘Ancient Greek and Roman Libraries’ and ‘Food and Drink-borne Diseases’, the latter given by Professor Chris Whitty.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a ‘gippy-tummy’ on holiday!

This latter lecture will, I’m sure, be of particular interest to Past Master Prof Rodney Cartwright, who has highlighted another aspect of holiday travel arising from the pandemic, ‘Air hygiene’. He and International Member Dr Estaban Delgado have written a thought-provoking article in the on-line ‘Travel Weekly’ publication, which you can read by clicking on their pictures below:

Past Master Professor Rodney Cartwright (L) and International Member Dr Esteban Delgado (R)

Halloween and Bonfire Night are now behind us and as we rush towards Christmas I hope you are all keeping fit and well. I’ve had my flu jab and I get my COVID booster jab this evening, so I’m looking forward to a healthy festive season – apart from the turkey, Christmas pudding, chocolate, brandy sauce and cream and the odd glass or two!

As always, all the latest news and events can be found via the homepage.


I’ve kept up the link to ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room’, with its selection of books, each chosen by Her Royal Highness. New ones are posted at regular intervals with information about the authors, including videos, pictures and commentary:

Clicking on the picture above will “take you into her room”.

I’ve also kept these stories here because they still bring a smile to my face!

 Plumbers’ Apprentice Statue Missing!

  Plumbers’ Apprentice Statue Found?

A Lesson or Two with Honorary Liveryman Jules Holland

The Order of Precedence Song


Join the company

With up to two dozen events each year, from dinners and dances to yacht racing and wine tasting; exclusive tours of engineering marvels to intimate looks at Londons hidden treasures, being a member of the company can be hugely rewarding and a lot of fun. There’s a reason we’re known as ‘The Friendly Company’! Become a part of our social history.

Find out more about the rewards of being a Liveryman and how to apply.