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Joint Dinner with the Worshipful Company of Fletchers 14th June 2007

In the pleasant surroundings of Founders' Hall the Company hosted the biennial Joint Livery Dinner. It was a balmy evening and many of the guests congregated outside the Hall to enjoy the evening sun and a last smoke!!

Prior to the Dinner there was a joint receiving line where the Officers of both Companies greeted the guests whilst enjoying a welcome glass of champagne. In addition to the Fletchers among the guests was the Reverend Dr Alan MacCormack, the Rector to St Borolphs without Bishopsgate, and Commander M Simpson the new Captain of HMS Northumberland.Promptly at ten past six the Beadle, Paul Tregett, call for everyone to take their place in the Livery Hall.

At the appropriate time the Masters the Warden and the Clerks accompanied by John Hayton (acting as Chaplain) processed into the Livery Hall. The Hall though small was most attractively set out with the Mackintosh style furniture surrounded with examples of the Founder's craft including the two magnificent macquettes by Saggers of the 'Driver' and the 'Letter from Home'.

The meal consisting of potted shrimps; guinea foul; wrapped in bacon; exotic fruit salad with ice cream, finished off with a magnificent cheese soufflé accompanied by some excellent wines was enjoyed.

The Gathering

The Procession forming up

The passing of the Loving Cup

Mr Richard Model, The Master Bowyer

Mr Peter Scott, The Master Fletcher

Afterwards: Commander Simpson, Michael Wren
and Tim West

After the passing of the loving cup, the loyal toasts, the civil toast and the toast to the memory of James Wood. There then followed and excellent entertainment provided by Mr Matthew Sprang an Miss Helen Mills of the Guildhall School of Music. The programme started with an amusing rendition of the "Foggy Foggy Dew", followed by a selection of solos Captain Stratton's Fancy and the Mermaid and a number of songs in which the assembled company joined "the Hippopotamus Song", "Land of Hope and Glory" and in hour of Commander Simpson "When I was a Lad" from HMS Pinafore, and of course no evening is complete with out a rendering of "The Bowyers' Song".

The Master Bowyer then proposed the toast to the Worshipful Company of Fletchers'. In his speech he covered some of the history of the Founders' Company which he linked to some charming and amusing comments regarding the Companies' order of precedence. He touched upon the past relationship between the two companies and prior to proposing the toast to the Worshipful Company of Fletchers' he declared his deep affection for the City of London.

In reply the Master Fletcher, Mr Peter Scott, made some witty comments with reference to events that had occurred on past 14ths of June, the 100 anniversary of Dr Alzheimer's Book being an example. He also alluded to the Company Web site which generously showed the Fletchers being awarded the prize for winning the Joint Shoot at the Tower of London. He concluded by suggesting the both Companies coordinate their efforts in supporting the British paralympic team. An idea which will be processed.

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