Date: 8th October 2019
Start time: 9:00am
End time: 11:00am
Venue: Haberdasher's Hall, 18 West Smithfield , London, EC1A 9HQ
Another Livery year begins
The October meeting of the Court of Assistants and the events that surround it, are always very hectic. What with the Harvest Festival service, the Installation of the new Master and Wardens, changes to the personnel on Court and potential 'clothings' to perform, it is always a pretty packed agenda. And so it was for the 2019 October Court meeting. There was this year however, an extra agenda item that made the Court meeting particularly special.
The Redman Bull
Our Senior Past Master, Creighton Redman stepped down from the Court after almost forty years of service, handing the Senior Past Master baton to Past Master John Thorpe and in commemoration of this event made a most welcome and splendid presentation to the Company in the form of the Redman Bull.
Not everyone knows but Creighton had, in his younger days, a stellar rowing career with many highlights, including representing Great Britain in the Cox’less Fours at the International World Championships in 1957 and 1958 in Duisburg, Germany and Poznan, Poland and winning the Gold Medal in the same event at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. He also won numerous senior events at the various Thames River Regattas, culminating in outstanding races and victories at Henley Royal Regatta. A career that resulted in a substantial collection of pewter tankards - these being the customary award for rowing success.
This level of success simply cannot be achieved without a great deal of blood, sweat and tears, so it is hardly surprising that Creighton was keen to find a suitable resting place for his collection of over sixty, hard-earned trophies. The Redman Bull, a magnificent pewter fellow, was to be that place.
With the help of cattle connoisseur, Liveryman and Steward, Richard Halhead and the Master Pewterer, Mrs Ann Buxton, a suitable subject for sculpting by the renowned sculptor Stuart Harris, a Pedigree English Tom’s Choice Lexicon Bull, and a foundry capable of undertaking the commission, were located. Some months later and just in time for Creighton’s farewell to the Court, the Redman Bull was ready.
The presentation to the Company, of this new treasure was made, in front of the whole Court, to the out-going Master Farmer, Rosie Carne. On receiving the Bull, the Master, speaking on behalf of everybody present I am sure, complimented Creighton on the quality and sheer weight of the new table centrepiece and thanked him, both for it and for his many years of service to the Company. The plaque at the base of the magnificent sculpture says simply:
Presented to The Farmers Company by Past Master Creighton Redman, sculpted from the many Pewter Tankard Prizes that he won during his rowing career.
Immediately after the presentation, the Redman Bull was moved to a central position on the top table for the Livery Luncheon – a position it is destined to occupy on a regular basis at luncheons in the months and years to come. A fitting tribute not only to a long and highly successful, rowing career but to years of service to the Company.