Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Leeds Castle


The weekend involved us in a trip to Leeds Castle which, as most will know, is actually in Kent. Modestly promoted  as "the loveliest castle in the world" it is indeed a delightful place which contains 900 years of history. A beautiful sight, set in 500 acres of rolling Kent countryside, the castle was the perfect location for a Worshipful Company of Actuaries banquet. Hosted by the Master John Lockyer together with Mistress Anita, guests included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, David and Liz Wootton. Dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall was preceded by a tour of the castle.

An excellent meal and delightful company made this an event to remember. In addition to learning of the fascinating history of the castle, both ancient and modern, we met with, amongst others, the Master Blacksmith Don Barker and his wife Barbara only to discover that he is actually a working blacksmith. I would guess one of the few practising Masters amongst the older companies. In addition Barbara was about to become a Pattenmaker, originally makers of a type of clog or overshoe. Being involved with the Livery is never dull.

Carriages were at 11:45 but we had the fore site to stay over in the grounds, in fact it the converted stable block. There was an excellent view of the gardens and a hearty full English the following morning . A really great weekend.

John Flynn
Master Marketor

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