Date: 20th January 2016
Venue: Clothworkers' Hall, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AH
The Cloth Workers Hall, in Mincing Lane is the sixth to be built on the site and this iteration, refurbished in 1985, provided an elegant and historic venue for the 200 members of the Company and their guests to enjoy another wonderfully organised Annual Banquet.
The 2016 Banquet, the highlight of the year for many members of our Company, hosted by our Master Thomas Wheatley-Hubbard, lived up to all expectations. The evening was formally opened by Senior Warden Philip Wynn, who welcomed liverymen, guests and principal guests on behalf of the Company.
A sumptuous dinner, with beautifully cooked venison as the centre-piece, was accompanied by splendid wines and much conviviality and enjoyment, as members and guests caught up with old friends and made new ones. The Loving Cup made stately progress, around the assembled company, accompanied as ever to the tune of To be a Farmer’s Boy – sung with rather more enthusiasm than finesse in some quarters.
The Master proposed the toast to the guests and announced the award of the Company’s Silver Salver – presented each year to a liveryman who has made an exceptional contribution to the life of the Company – to Mr John Evans the retiring editor of the Company’s newsletter and webmaster of the Company’s website. He thanked John for his tireless efforts over the past five years and commended him on the work he had done for the Company.
The Master introduced the principal guest Mr Marcus O’lone CVO, the Queen’s land agent. Mr O’lone provided some fascinating insights into the inner workings of the Queen’s 8,000 hectare estate at Sandringham; its history, land use and some particularly important thoughts on the approach to sustainability being developed and trialled on some of the estate land. And he made particular mention of the remarkable abilities of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – in terms of his involvement in the management of the estate and the extent to which he encourages and supports innovation and development.