Paul Taberer 2022

  • London's Turbulent Son
    London's Turbulent Son

    Saturday 18th June 2022

    Thomas Beckett's Life and Legend - a musical

    The Mistress and I attended an evening open-air play in Guildhall Yard on 18 June – an informal gathering to witness ‘London’s Turbulent Son’ – a modern musical interpretation of the dramatic life of the former Patron Saint of London, Thomas Becket – and in celebration of his 900th anniversary.

    Did you know: Thomas Becket was an English archbishop and martyr, famously murdered by knights of Henry II at Canterbury Cathedral? After his death, his tomb and relics became a focus for pilgrimage, and he was made a saint!

    Charting Thomas’s story from the mythical meeting of his parents in the Middle East and early life on London’s Cheapside, to his meteoric rise to King Henry II’s right hand man, we followed his struggle between ambition, friendship and conscience to its tragic climax in the most shocking murder of the Middle Ages.

    It was an incredible production written by Emmeline Winterbotham with Music by Vahan Salorian and performed with great energy and heart by a talented professional cast and live band, members of the City of London community and local schools.

    There were a number of stalls by various Livery Crafts with displays of ancient and new craft skills.

  • Fishmongers' Company 750 Year Civic Reception
    Fishmongers' Company 750 Year Civic Reception

    Thursday 16th June 2022

    Fishmongers' Company 750 Year Civic Reception

    The Fishmongers’ Company hosted a 750th year Civic Reception at their quite magnificent Hall located alongside the River Thames on a very warm summer’s evening.

    Formed in 1272 they are one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.

    They play a leading role in upholding the standards in the trading of fish and shellfish as well as making a significant contribution to the UK fishing sector and other non-fishery areas through their Philanthropy and Grants projects. We heard about their various significant projects in an address given by their Prime Warden Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow (former Lord Mayor of London 2014-15) and some video clips by recipients of their support.

    Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne (Prime Warden 2017-18) attended to Reception as did The Lord Mayor amongst others.

    It was a lovely and interesting evening, an opportunity to meet others, a privilege to see their Hall and to enjoy some delicious canapés.

  • Drapers' Co Lunch for Masters and Clerks
    Drapers' Co Lunch for Masters and Clerks

    Thursday 16th June 2022

    Drapers' Co Lunch for Masters and Clerks

    The Master and Wardens of the Drapers’ Company hosted a lunch for Masters and Clerks by way of giving thanks to those that have supported their magnificent Hall

    I’m looking forward to having our 2023 January Dinner there – such a splendid Hall.

    We met in the gardens on the hottest day of the year to date for some light pre-lunch refreshments.

    The London Youth Choir provided us with some great musical entertainment.

    Master Draper, David Chalk, has one month to go in the chair – he has become a popular figure on the circuit as one of the Past Master’s mentioned in their speech. David is a good friend to us and we have enjoyed his year as Master.

    A lovely lunch and the opportunity to meet a few more folk.

  • The Livery Weekend in Sheffield 10-12 June
    The Livery Weekend in Sheffield 10-12 June

    Friday 10th June 2022

    Traditionally the Livery Weekend has been held in Ironbridge.

    2022 marked the first time for it to take place in Sheffield following the plan to spread the event around the UK.

    We were most graciously hosted by The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. Their Master and Mistress, James and Jo Tear, along with others in their support team, put on a most splendid program of events.

    The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, Sheriffs and members of The Livery Committee joined Masters and their Consorts from just about every Livery Company.

    Coordinating plus 220 people was no small feat.

    Sheffield played a crucial role in the Industrial Revolution. We would learn that significant inventions and technologies have been developed here and that the city enjoyed rapid growth in the 19th century on the back of the stainless steel and crucible steel industries.

    On Friday evening we were welcomed into the Wintergardens for a drink and canape reception followed by a viewing of the Millennium Galleries displaying metalwork and art from both Sheffield and the world…this allowed us to get a taste for the Sheffield region’s significant industrial heritage.

    It was a first time visit to Sheffield for many of us and we were staggered at the importance this region has played over the centuries.

    Supper was served in the Galleries.

    Saturday’s events covered 5 venues – allowing us an insight into the past, present and future.

    We visited Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Kelham Island Museum (see snuff photo!), Persistance Works, MetLase (a Unipart / Rolls Royce JV) and the University of Sheffield’s AMRC – Factory 2050.

    Each venue offered fascinating facts – and the tour guides were exemplary under such time pressures.

    The University of Sheffield is considered as one of the top 100 global teaching and research institutions.

    The Gala Dinner was held in the splendid Cutlers’ Hall – without doubt one of the finest halls in the country – along with the very best of cutlery!

    It was a busy day with no time for rest – and a lot to reflect on.

    We gathered the next morning to discuss the 2022/23 Past Master’s Association – seemed strange to be doing this having been installed 10 days ago!

    The final viewing and tour was Wentworth Woodhouse, a Grade I listed country house in the village of Wentworth, in the Borough of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England. The building has more than 300 rooms, although the precise number is unclear!

    The original Jacobean house was rebuilt by Thomas Watson-Wentworth (1st Marquess of Rockingham in the early 1700’s) and vastly expanded by his son, who was twice Prime Minister, and who established Wentworth Woodhouse as a political centre of influence. In the 18th century, the house was inherited by the Earls Fitzwilliam who owned it until 1979, when it passed to the heirs of the 8th and 10th Earls, its value having appreciated from the large quantities of coal discovered on the estate! It is now owned by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation and is undergoing an ambitious renovation project.

    This weekend – typically held soon after our Installation – provides an ideal platform to meet other Masters and Consorts and we thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Some Masters only have a month to go; other a few months; some are into their second year. Whatever, we look forward to many more gatherings and to developing friendships amongst the City Liveries.

    Exhausted, we returned home Sunday evening and collapsed into bed at a rather early hour!

    Our sincere thanks to The Master and Mistress Cutlers in Hallamshire and all the many others involved in making the weekend a truly memorable one.

  • Master's (now IPM) Dinner
    Master's (now IPM) Dinner

    Wednesday 8th June 2022

    St. Jacques, St. James's

    It's a tradition for the Wardens to dine out the Master.

    What's not a tradition is for this event to take place soon after Installation - but...we were snookered by forced cancellations for the planned dinner during the weeks before!

    It was a lovely evening hosting the IPM and reflecting on the excellent year he and Catherine had. We had many a good laugh and took the opportunity to throw many questions at Jerry. Unfortunately Catherine had to withdraw and she was sorely missed.

    The meal was delicious as were the wines and beverages!

    Again - thank you Jerry and Catherine from the Wardens and partners.

  • Installation

    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!