Monday, 24 June 2013

The Drapers' Company Court Luncheon Thursday 20 June

It was to Drapers Hall that the Assistant Clerk and I departed, leaving our Learned Clerk to prepare for the Business Court at 4.30pm and a Marketors Trust meeting due to take place beforehand.  The Master, Lady Victoria Leatham DL, was hosting her final luncheon for several Masters and Clerks and it was good to see so many now familiar faces. The Master gave a splendid speech about her enjoyment at attending Ironbridge and how her year had been full of fellowship and fun.  However, the Master also spoke of the need for greater diversity in the Company, an issue she had worked hard at improving in her year and one she felt was probably very evident to those at the luncheon today. I appreciated how hard it is for a Company that is No 3 in the order of precedence to amend and update its very long lasting traditions.  However, the Drapers has a very modern feel to it with its stunning hall dating from 1668.  The next Master Draper is to be Admiral the Lord Boyce, Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and also Constable of Dover Castle.  We shall be visiting both locations, as well as his residence at Walmer Castle on my Master's visit to the South Coast in September from 6 - 9 September.

Returning to Plaisterers for our own Business Court, I am pleased to report that it was a very successful meeting, approving three new Court Assistants as well as a number to be progressed to Livery and others to be admitted to the Freedom.  A major Ceremonial Court will be held on Thursday 25 July at Mansion House, prior to luncheon to the Lord Mayor.

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