Fellow Lightmongers,

This month we held our May Court Meeting followed by our Awards Dinner. We were delighted to welcome two new Freemen and six new Liverymen to the Company. It is good to see new blood and very encouraging to see Freemen taking the step to become Liverymen.

Members who progressed to Liverymen and New Members

Members who progressed to Liverymen and New Members

My thanks to our Committee Chairmen for all of their hard work to ensure that the Company is in good order. Particular thanks to all who have worked diligently to ensure that we comply to the GDPR regulation.

The Awards Dinner was a really lovely occasion and we were very proud to present the following awards:

The Lightmonger Brunel Award was presented to Mr Johnathon Taylor who was judged to be the Best Student on the Lighting Design Course at Brunel University.

The Light Education Trust Award selected Mr Matthew Cargill as their Best Student at UCL for achieving his LET diploma in lighting.

The award for outstanding achievement on the MSC Lighting Design course went to Rachel Shaw.

Our thanks to the sponsors of our Educational Awards Mr Ray Reid, Mr John Harding, The Canary Wharf Group, and Mr Peter McVeigh.

We were also delighted to be joined by pupils and staff from our two affiliated schools, Mary Hare School for education of deaf children, and New College Worcester, school and college for blind students. At the awards dinner we make a presentation to the Head Boy and Head Girl of each school. This year the awards went to George Dowsett and Claudia Davies from Mary Hare and Charlie Allen and Grace Whitford from New College Worcester. Our thanks to Past Master Mr Hugh Ogus MBE, his generous sponsorship for these school awards.

It is a privilege to present these awards to the recipients who have worked so hard to achieve recognition and I am sure you would all join me to wish them all every success for the future.

Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth 1st

Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth 1st

This month we held our Consorts Lunch at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall. My Consort did a splendid job when he entertained 40 Ladies and 3 Gentlemen to a three course lunch, followed by entertainment from Lesley Smith who was in full costume portraying Queen Elizabeth 1st and judging from the letters he has received I think the event was a huge success.

Well done John!

We followed the Consorts Lunch with dinner at the Honourable Artillary Company for the Worshipful Company of Launderers’ Annual Banquet. This was also a splendid event in this fabulous venue.

On Saturday 12th May representing the Company I attended St Paul’s Cathedral for the Induction of The Bishop of London. The new Bishop is Sarah Mullally, the first lady to hold this high office. I really do feel very honoured to have been part of this historic ceremony.

On the 15th May I was back to St Paul’s but this time it was The Sons of the Clergy service, where each year Livery Companies Masters process in support.

I was invited by The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers to the opening of their exhibition in Guildhall Library to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the granting of the Company’s Royal Charter. It’s quite amazing to think that their Charter was presented to the Company by Queen Elizabeth 1st in 1568. The exhibition is very interesting and certainly worth a visit.

Friday 25th May I took the train north to Leeds for The Brigantes Breakfast. This event is primarily for Liveryman living in the north of England and what a super event it is. Over three hundred people were entertained at The Royal Armouries where the main speaker was General the Lord Dannett GCB CBE MC DL. I would strongly recommend this to anyone and the next event is The Brigantes Winter Gathering on 8th December at Chester Cathedral.

The Master at the "Brigantes" Breakfast with The Rev'd Daniel Valentine & Liz Green

The Master at the “Brigantes” Breakfast with The Rev’d Daniel Valentine & Liz Green

Congratulations to Captain Michael Simpson Deputy Master, and his crew who took part in the LIA Lighting Industry Sailing Regatta and Won!!!!

Well done all of you!

Lightmongers winning crew

Lightmongers winning crew

To all who are embarking on The Fleet Walk on 3rd June I wish you a happy day and thank Mike for taking over this event as poor Sandra and David Chairman of the Events Committee, are still holed up on the Isle of Wight. We really do hope to see you both very soon and that Sandra will be back to full strength.

The Master’s Weekend in Bristol won’t be long now. I really am looking forward to seeing you all there and hope a good time is had by all.

That’s all from me for now. I look forward to seeing you all very soon, and hope you will be able to join us at our Annual Summer Banquet on 6th July. Application forms have been sent out so do apply, and let’s continue to make this a memorable event in this years’ calendar.

Barbara Harding
Master Lightmonger
May 2018

Future Events

Lost Rivers of London – Events Committee – 3rd June 2018 – Try for last-minute space

Summer Banquet Mansion House – 6th July 2018 – OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

Annual Four Liveries Lecture – 17th July 2018 – details out soon