Our Military Affiliations
Through its Affiliations Committee, chaired by Past Master Rosie Carne, the Company supports the country's armed forces and the Air Cadet movement. It has formal affiliations with branches of the the Army, Navy and Airforce, as well as the Middlesex Wing of the Air Cadets. It is also a supporter of Highground, the charity that helps ex-service personnel transition to civilian life through outdoor work.
The Royal Navy - HMS Defender
Since completing a nine month deployment ending in the autumn of 2016, HMS Defender has undergone an extensive capability upgrade in Portsmouth. Some of the Livery were able to go and inspect the ship in Feb 2017 when she was in dry dock. Now afloat and under the command of Commander Richard Hewitt, HMS Defender continues to undergo sea trials before resuming full active duties
The Army - the Westminster Dragoons
The Livery has strong links with the W Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry, otherwise known as the Westminster Dragoons, now under the command of Captain Sam Beagley. In July 2019 the Master, Rosie Carne, visited the Westminster Dragoons at the invitation of the commanding officer. There she was able to address the troops and enjoy their company later in the Mess.
The Master also presented the Worshipful Company of Farmers' trophy - a magnificent silver Salver, which Past Master Peter Taylor presented to the Company following his Mastership in 1965 and which his son, Past Master Simon Taylor, approved becoming this award - to 3rd Troop - Recruitment and Community Engagement Troop - deemed the the best performing troop in the squadron by their Squadron Leader. The trophy was received on behalf of 3rd Troop - by Second Lieutenant Hugo Sutton who is the liaison officer for the WCF.
Also in attendance at the event was WCF Apprentice, Victoria Rayner, one of our famous 'triplet' apprentices, who had temporarily joined the Dragoons three weeks previously, en-route to what she hopes will be an Army Career via Sandhurst.
Speaking at the event the Master said. "It is an honour to be here, to meet you all and to make this presentation. 3rd Troop are clearly worthy winners of the award and I congratulate you all on your performance this year. I never ceased to be impressed by the professionalism of all our Military Affiliates."
Middlesex Wing Air Training Corps
On Sunday 22nd September the Master attended the Air Training Corps Wing Field Day at RAF Northolt. This is the highlight of the year for the Cadets.Also in attendance were, Past Master Jeremy Courtney and his wife Liveryman Anne Courtney our liaison with the Cadets.
Unfortunately it was a wet and windy day but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of over 400 cadets, representing 25 squadrons, who attended. The Company's party was greeted by Wing Commander Dan Mihailovic and Cadet Officer Venessa Njoki who then showed us around the many activities, competitions and displays that the Cadets were taking part in during the day. Wing Commander Simon Firth representing the Station Commander of RAF Northolt joined the party for lunch.
After lunch several Cadets outlined their life and experiences in the Corps.
Due to the wet weather the marching parade and bands at the end of the day had to be cancelled but the presentations took place instead in front of the Cadets in an aircraft hangar.
The Master gave a speech praising the Cadets and the work of the Volunteer Officers and then presented the awards. This aptly included our guide for the day Cadet Warrant Officer Venessa Njoki of 393 Finchley Squadron being presented with the John Thorpe Livery Salver for the Squadron who has had most Community Involvement in the year.
The Royal Airforce - RAF Waddington
RAF Waddington is home to six squadrons and is under the current command of Group Captain Tom Burke.
In this very special year for the Royal Airforce, the centenary of its founding on April 1st 1918, 21 members of the Company were honoured and delighted to take up the Station Commander's invite to visit.
Our day included a visit to 5 Squadron, one of the oldest squadron's still in existence - pre-dating even the RAF itself - having been formed in 1913. Today 5 Squadron flies one of the RAF's most sophisticated and advanced aircraft - the Sentinel.
It was inspiring to hear our guides talk with such conviction and passion about the role this amazing aircraft plays in many of today's most difficult and troubling conflicts. And impossible not to admire and celebrate the skill and dedication of the ground and aircrew who keep the squadron of four aircraft in constant action.
Highground - life beyond the military, outdoors
HighGround is a charity which has been formed to assist in the transition to civilian life of individuals who have served in HM Forces.
Many individuals working in this sector may experience physical and mental health issues as a result of service to their Country. HighGround’s vision is to provide expert advice on and insight into alternative land-based jobs, career and vocational opportunities for these individuals to support their transition to civilian life via education, training and future employment.
Support will be delivered to Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans through individually-tailored programmes including professional and practical advice, leading towards employment and fulfilment.
The Worshipful Company of Farmers admires and supports the work that Highground does and is working with the organisation to see how we, through our Liverymen, might be able to provide them with opportunities for ex-service personnel.