Scientific Instrument Makers Annual Banquet

Wednesday 20th June 2018

So, to Fishmongers Hall to attend the Annual Banquet of The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers by kind invitation of the Master, Professor Ron Summers, and his Wardens. Our two Companies have a long and close association not simply due to proximity in the Order of Preference but warm friendship over a great many years. This was evident from the moment the Mistress and I arrived upon which we were entertained at the Reception by Assistant Charles Holroyd and his wife Caroline. We also happily met with Past Master Scientific Instrument Maker Chris Sawyer, a fellow Liveryman of the Tobacco Pipe Makers.

A delicious meal followed prepared by the kitchen at Fishmongers Hall with magnificent fish courses - the lobster bisque was sublime - all washed down with exceptional wines. To underline their consummate skill still further, the caterers also served perfect baked Alaska to the 140 or so diners; a truly impressive feat.

The Principal Guest for the evening was Air Vice-Marshall Nick Kurth CBE who gave a fascinating and witty speech, marking both the 100 year anniversay of the Royal Air Force as well as his own experiences in his eventful and illustrious career. As a mountaineer myself, I was delighted to learn that he too is an avid climber. Nick has applied this interest in a practical way and is Executive Chairman of The Ulysses Trust. This organsiation provides encouragement, advice and financial support for challenging expeditions planned and undertaken by the UK Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces. This is incredibly good work that teaches young people many life skills. A force for good, building aptitude and confidence in the new generations and strongly supported by its Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales.

This was a fine evening amongst great friends.