40 Liverymen and guests enjoyed a wonderful trip to County Durham in September, kindly arranged by our Master, John Swain. Highlights included a visit to the Beamish Museum (“the Living Museum of the North”) and a spectacular evening at Kynren, a live outdoor show at Bishop Auckland; this 90-minute performance depicted vital moments in British history and myth spanning 2000 years. To be recommended!
The Master is now working on his next event – a visit to the Sheffield area on 1st February. Details to follow.
Congratulations to Past Assistant Bev Page on producing a most interesting article about the links between the Livery Companies and the UK canmaking sector. This appeared in the April edition of the Canmaker Magazine:-
We are delighted that our newly-installed Master, John Swain, has made the news! His installation as Master was reported in a recent edition of the Sheffield Telegraph, highlighting all the good work done by our Charity Fund.
John Swain was installed as Master of the Company in July.
Born and bred in Sheffield, John has been a member of the Company since 1996, having been proposed by Dil Scrivens. For most of his working life John worked for Tinsley Wire group and was for many years Group Sales and Marketing director. He was also a non-executive director of the Sheffield City Trust, the organisation running the sport and leisure facilities in Sheffield.
Following John’s installation as Master, he welcomed around 140 friends and colleagues to dinner in the historic setting of the Mansion House. John’s guest speaker was former Sheffield MP, Rt Hon Richard Caborn.
John will be accompanied throughout his year in office by his wife Wendy, and is looking forward to welcoming many Liverymen and guests in what looks like a very busy year ahead .
June saw the Master’s Weekend in Lichfield, and a chance to explore the National Arboretum. A highlight was seeing the new Submariners’ Memorial, particularly relevant to us in view of our association with the recently-commissioned submarine, HMS Anson.
After a very successful dinner in May at Ironmongers’ Hall, 140 Liverymen and guests enjoyed our Installation Dinner at Mansion House on 25th July, when John Swain presided for the first time as Master.
July also saw the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity day out for disadvantaged youngsters, an occasion our members give great support to. We were very proud to be able to cover the costs of the whole day.
September sees a weekend visit in and around County Durham. Then comes the October Lunch at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall, followed by the Christmas Carol Service and Dinner.
In March we were very pleased to welcome three new members to the Company, shown here alongside our Master, Erica Stary.
Dr Frederick Cooper (left) was one of our Swansea University prize-winners back in 2016 and, like many of the prize-winners we support each year, went on to become a Yeoman of the Company. He is now a Freeman.
Robert Fell (second from left) has become a Liveryman. He is responsible for the overall management of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers’ Association (MPMA), where he is the principal contact with Government and the voice of the industry, focusing on the environment and sustainability.
Martin Van der Zwan (right) has become a Liveryman too. He is the Chairman of Cable Tapes UK Limited, supplying a wide range of cable materials across the globe from their base in the North-West.
With Covid (hopefully) behind us, the Company was finally able to return to its tradition of holding five dinners last year, enjoying the fine hospitality offered by the Livery Halls in the City. Christmas 2022 saw us at Drapers’ Hall, where a fine time was had by all, and the Master was delighted to present prizes to some of the young students that the Company supports through its Charity Fund.
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