Wednesday 1st June 2022

The Installation took place in the magnificent Armourers’ Hall. The Armourers’ Company started life in 1322 as the medieval guild charged with overseeing standards in the production of arms and armour. The vast array of suits of armour hanging from the walls did their best to deflect attention!

It was an absolute privilege to be gowned Master by my predecessor, Jerry Merton, who, along with Catherine, had an outstanding year representing the Company.

What a pleasure it was for me to appoint my Wardens Elise Rasmussen, Henry Tuck, Tony Scanlan and Jacqueline Burrows…and to present the Mistress with her badge!

The Court Room was full with members and guests to witness the occasion!

Customary photographs were taken followed by the drinks reception before being ‘called’ to lunch by the Beadle.

Our Principal Guest was my good friend Lloyd Wigglesworth, and he was joined by our special guests The Master Painter-Stainers, Lewis Cohen and The Master Pewterers, Richard Hills.

Our Honorary Chaplain, The Rev Canon David Parrott, delivered Grace with his special ability to find a fitting rhyme!

The Cook and The Butler served lunch with a particularly delicious desert – burnt orange and grand marnier crème brulee!

Thanks to Court Assistant Pieter Vorster for presenting the guests.

Lloyd responded with a somewhat amusing speech touching on his understanding of my life!

The lunch concluded with the Immediate Past Master reflecting on his year and giving thanks to all his supporters – what a year he and Catherine had.

Thanks to The Master Armourers, Mrs Nicola Davies, for allowing us the use of the Hall.

An unforgettable day and start to what promises to be a very memorable year!