St George's Day Ladies Banquet 23rd April 2010
On the evening of the 23rd April 2010 Vintners Hall was the venue for the Company's Ladies Banquet in the presence of the Lady Mayoress and the Sheriffs and their Ladies. The Hall was magnificent with many of the Vintners' Company treasures on display.
The Master, Wardens and their Ladies were ready to receive their guests at 6.30pm. The Beadle in his stentorian voice then announced the guest's names. On arrival the guests were served with Champagne as they mingled with their hosts.
Promptly at 7pm the Beadle announced that dinner was served. The main party then moved to the Livery hall whilst the Officers of the Company and the principal guests held back to have their photographs taken. Once completed the Beadle led the procession down to the Livery Hall where they were welcomed in the traditional manner by all those present.
Once everyone was in place Assistant the Reverend John Hayton said grace. Everyone then sat down to an excellent meal starting with trout Gravadlax, followed by beef (as to expected on St George's Day). Cherry créme brulee followed and the meal was closed off with a field mushroom and Welsh rarebit.
After the sung grace the loving cup was passed accompanied by light piano music provide by Christian Wilson. The loyal toasts followed by the civic toast and the silent toast to James Wood.
Afterwards the entertainment was provided by Janet Sheel one of the Country's leading mezzo sopranos accompanied by Christian Wilson. Her programme began with the Song of the Bow. The song Loves Old Sweet Song followed. She then sang a song of her own choosing. The Company were then encouraged to join in with 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' and 'Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag' which were sung by different members of the Company at the same time. The programme concluded with the 'Bowyers Song'
Assistant the Revd JA Hayton then welcomed the guests in a well tailored and amusing speech Mr Alderman and Sheriff David Wootton responded on their behalf. The Clerk then proposed the toast to the Company to which the Master responded.
On completion of the speeches the Master and principal guests retired for a stirrup cup to be joined by the remainder of the company.