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Wizardry in Wood

One of the greatest thrills of being Master is seeing at close hand what other Livery Companies get up to, particularly those who still promote their ancient craft. This week my wife and I visited Wizardry in Wood, an exhibition held every four years by the Turners’ Company to promote outstanding woodturning and introduce individual

By |October 15th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

Career Change

This week we tried a new kind of event, a career change workshop for our members. The brainchild of two of our members, Court Assistant Brian Sweeney and Liveryman Bryan Foss, it was their idea that the Company should offer help and advice to members who have experienced a break in their careers or are

By |October 8th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

Election of the Lord Mayor

This week I exercised my right as a Liveryman to participate in the Election of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, as I have for several years. This is a right that was granted to the Liverymen of the City of London by King John in the Magna Carta of 1215. The Lord

By |October 1st, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

From Pudding to Pye: the Great Fire of London

This month we are commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, one of the most significant events in English history.  As Master of my Livery company I have been invited to a number of events to mark the occasion and indeed have organised one of our own. Last weekend I again invited

By |September 24th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

The Guildable Manor of Southwark.

This week I was invited to a City of London event, paradoxically taking place outside the City of London across the river to the south side. Manors and their Courts Leet are usually thought to be an anachronistic remnant of rural areas. But the Guildable Manor in the heart of central London can trace its

By |September 17th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

A Weekend in Oxford

It  is customary for the Master to organise a weekend away in an historic town. In 2013 Sally Muggeridge took us to Canterbury; in 2014 Michael Harrison to both St Albans and Stratford-upon-Avon; and last year Andrew Marsden to Lincoln where one of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta is kept.  This year I

By |September 10th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

Conference at New College, Oxford

Last week the Marketors held its first full day conference for over ten years. The subject was “Is Marketing for Good the Future of Marketing?” a variation on my theme for the year: “Marketing for Good is Good Marketing”. I chose the venue not just because it’s my alma mater or one of the most

By |September 5th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

Lady Daphne

While the Civic City goes into recess for the month of August not everyone goes on vacation so I decided to hold two of our social events at this time. The first, a walk round Hampstead and on to the Heath which is owned by the City of London Corporation, I blogged about two weeks

By |August 27th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

Green Spaces

The City of London is often referred to as the Square Mile but its Corporation is responsible for much more land than that. One of the things that is less well known about the City of London Corporation is that it looks after a great number of green spaces. These include Hampstead Heath; Epping Forest;

By |August 12th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|

Mid-Year Reflections

As we enter the August City recess I am just past the halfway point in my year. July is the month when more Companies install a new Master than in any other month. No less than 29 of the 110 livery companies change in July, no doubt because of the summer recess that follows. October

By |August 6th, 2016|Master's Blog Archive|