Alison Lovejoy reports...
On 24 June, thankfully in fine weather, about 25 of us set off from the Monument on our annual City Walk. 2016 is the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the devastating fire that destroyed much of the City of London. It was therefore very appropriate that were going to retrace the path of the fire. …read more
On Tuesday 7 June the Master, Anthony Thomas hosted the Civic and Charities lunch at Armourers’ Hall in the City of London. As usual, it was held in splendid surroundings with excellent wine and outstanding food. The Hall was filled to capacity which gives some indication as to the importance placed by the City of London on the Company and their work. Members of the Company and guests, were joined by new Liveryman, Hiten Bathia and his wife; Hiten had been installed at the Court meeting immediately preceding the lunch. …read more
Aileen Barry reports:
In April, The WCOTA joined with the Company of Plumbers for an evening at the Players Theatre, now located in the Museum of Comedy, The Crypt of St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, Holborn. …read more
Sue Christensen reports:
Yet another excellent event in the Brigantes calendar took place in Sheffield in the magnificent surroundings of Cutlers Hall. The present Cutlers Hall was built in 1832 on the same site as the original which was erected in 1638 for The Company of the Cutlers in Hallamshire. …read more
Arnold Homer, who organised the event, reports:
On 27 February, the Company enjoyed a splendid programme by the Birmingham Royal Ballet of the heart rendering Romeo and Juliet, following dinner at the theatre during which one of the dancers gave a brief explanation of the production. This particular production was one of the first after the name of the Sadlers Wells Company was changed after the move to Birmingham some 25 years ago, and taking advantage of the excellent facilities at the Hippodrome Theatre, continue to impress with its sumptuous costumes, superb Prokofiev’s musical score and dedication of this most excellent dance company. …read more
Sue Christensen reports this annual quiz held on 1st February
Having won the trophy for 2 years on the run the ‘Overtaxed’ team again entered the fray for an interesting night’s quizzing, a little concerned having been told that a third win on the run would leave us liable to buy a new silver trophy, the design of which sounded alarmingly costly! …read more
Aileen Barry transports us to a magical Christmas visit to this unique museum
A small group of WCOTA members visited a house acquired by Dennis Severs and lovingly maintained/restored to truly show how it may have been through Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian times. Guests walking through the rooms must keep absolute silence in order not to disturb the atmosphere. The living rooms were stunningly decorated for Christmas; no electric lights of course! It seemed as though the family in occupation had just left the moment we entered, and real nuts, jellies, cakes, bread and fruit gave their aroma, mingling with the smell of the fires in the grates made a magical experience, over too soon. As it was so close to Christmas it hadn’t been possible to find a restaurant that could accommodate us all, so we kept our thoughts to ourselves as we rejoined the bustling 21st Century. …link
Company umbrellas are now available to buy.
Our affiliated Royal Navy vessel, HMS Bangor, currently on active service in the Gulf, made headlines of a different sort when it was awarded the Desmond Wettern RN Media Award for 2015. This award, named for a distinguished Naval writer, was made to HMS Bangor as the ship that had done most to project a positive image of the Royal Navy in the year. We congratulate her Captain and crew on this achievement. …read more