Autumn Court Meeting & Dinner

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

HQS Wellington

It had been over 600 days since our last in-person meeting, so I was delighted that so many members of the Court were able to attend this meeting, on board our traditional home for the Autumn Court – HQS Wellington. The meeting was preceded by the formal Installation of me, and three of my wardens, supplementing the virtual installations that had taken place in June. At the meeting we were delighted to welcome a new Freeman, Ian Narbeth, a new Freeman and Liveryman, Judith Donovan and three new Honorary Freemen, Sheila Harris, Hilary Walter and Samantha Bennett. It was so nice to be able to do these face-to-face, rather than the rather impersonal experience of a virtual event, and they are all very welcome.

Following the Court meeting, nearly 40 of us moved up to the deck for a fine meal provided by Lee and his team from Seahorse Hospitality, and in the company of the Master Mariner, Les Chapman, and his clerk, Scott Hanlon. We enjoyed a lovely evening, rounded off by port, brandy and cigars – and, I am told, for some of our number, a (very) late night-cap with the Master Mariner