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Sheriffs' Reception at the Old Bailey

On Thursday 6 February, at a reception held in the Judges' Dining Room at the Old Bailey, the Master, John J Tunesi of Liongam, presented Alderman and Sheriff Sir Paul Judge and Sheriff Adrian Waddingham CBE  with the quill pens with which they signed themselves into office last September. The Master also presented them with Scriveners' fountain pens and a donation to the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund.

This was also the occasion on which the Company presented certificates and prizes to the winners of the Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools. The winners were:

Jemima Laidlaw (Year 7 prize) - City of London Freemen's School

Sera Pensoy (Year 8 prize) - City of London School for Girls

Salma Khan (Year 9 prize) -  City of London School for Girls

The standard was so high this year that the following were also Highly Commended:

 Nabeela and Sally Ali (Sir John Cass Red Coat School), Ines Fournis-Lerma, Isabel Harley and Sacha Berg (City of London School for Girls) and Emily Wheal (City of London Freemen's School) 

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Annual Quill Pen Lunch 2013

On Tuesday 10 December, at a lunch held at the Mansion House, the Master, John J Tunesi of Liongam, presented The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, with the quill pen with which she signed herself into office at the Silent Ceremony. The Master also presented her with a donation to the Lord Mayor's Appeal, as well as presenting the Lord Mayor's Consort, Mr Nicholas Woolf, with a Scriveners' fountain pen. 

This was also the occasion on which the Scriveners Company's annual prize for Calligraphy and Illumination was presented - now in its new guise of the Peter Esslemont Prize. It was presented by the Master, and Mrs Ann Esslemont, to Anthea Power.

Photographs by Gerald Sharp Photography

Such were the numbers on this occasion that we had to forsake our customary gathering in the Salon at the Mansion House and move upstairs to the Old Ballroom.

Also among the guests were Sheriff Adrian Waddingham CBE and Mrs Waddingham; the Master Apothecary, Dr Peter Tooley, and his Clerk, Andrew Wallington Smith; the Master Needlemaker, Mrs Susan Kent; former Sheriff Wendy Mead CC; and shrieval candidate and Past Master Tobacco Pipe Maker & Blender, Ms Fiona Adler.

It was serendipitous that the first time the Scriveners' Quill Pen was presented to the Lord Mayor was 30 years ago, in 1983, when the recipient was the first lady Lord Mayor, Dame Mary Donaldson, later Baroness Donaldson of Lymington, GBE.

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Autumn Dinner at Armoury House



The Scriveners Company trumpet banner, displayed by a member of the HAC Light Cavalry Unit

Colonel Alastair Bruce of Crionaich OBE, DL, was the Company's principal guest at the Autumn Dinner on 24 October at Armoury House. 

Other Company guests included Captain John Hughes, Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, accompanied by his Clerk, Commodore Angus Menzies RN; Wing Commander Simon Footer MBE; Squadron Leader Garry Brown RAF; Colonel David Rankin-Hunt LVO, MBE, TD, 'A' Company, the London Regiment, accompanied by Major Stuart Young TD, Regimental Secretary; and Pilot Officer Cydonie Riley RAF VR(T).

A stair guard was formed by members of the HAC Light Cavalry Unit and a carpet guard by 329 (Finsbury) Squadron of the Air Cadets. Colonel Bruce inspected the carpet guard prior to the arrival of the guests.

Wing Commander Footer presented the Master with a plaque of the LXX Squadron badge in recognition of the Company support of the LXX Squadron Association welfare fund. The Renter Warden, Mr Jeremy Burgess, proposed the toast to the guests, to which Colonel Bruce responded. 
The Master, John J Tunesi of Liongam, presided.

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Master and Wardens 2013-14


On 23 July, the Court installed the following officers for the year 2013-14:

Master - John Tunesi of Liongam
Upper Warden - The Reverend Michael Lovegrove
(who also serves as our Honorary Chaplain)
Renter Warden - Jeremy Burgess

Edward Gardiner continues as Notarial Deputy (far right) and the Immediate Past Master is Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Bt.

The Company welcomed three new Liverymen, from left to right, Scrivener Notaries Emma Noon and Michelle Scott-Bryan, with Graeme Harrower. 
(photos by Chris Alderman)

The Company also presented the recently retired Assistant Clerk, Doreen Goggi, with gifts subscribed to by the Company - an historical map of old London and a specially commissioned pendant in 18-carat gold depicting the Scriveners' heraldic device of an eagle clutching a book. Doreen was also installed as an Honorary Freeman at the Court Meeting.

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We are very sorry to hear of the death of our former Beadle, Vic Alden, who retired in 2011, and of our Liveryman Lt Col Bob Payne, OBE, KStJ, FCIS, who took the livery in July 1978. Both are remembered with great respect and affection.

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Visit to Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk




The Master and Lady Bedingfeld welcomed 56 Scriveners and guests to their ancestral home (now owned by the National Trust) on Friday 21 June. No children were lost down the priest-hole, and no one fell into the moat. It was a most successful visit - complete with an impromptu organ recital in the chapel by Liveryman Keith Lovell. It was preceded by an excellent lunch at the Bedingfeld Arms with Sir Henry, and - because we couldn't all be accommodated in one hostelry - at the Berney Arms with Lady Bedingfeld. Norfolk pubs are clearly not accustomed to such a livery onslaught from London. 


Court Assistant Iain Rogers and son Alex putting on their brightest smiles for the occasion.

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Spring Dinner at Vintners' Hall





Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB, LVO, OBE, DL, former Chief of the Defence Staff, was the Company's principal guest at the Spring Dinner on 17 April at Vintners' Hall, and was accompanied by The Lady Guthrie. 

Other Company guests included Commander Sarah West RN, Commanding Officer of HMS Portland, the Company's affiliate ship; Lieutenant Commander Suzi Nielsen RN, Logistics Officer;  Colonel David Rankin-Hunt LVO, MBE, TD, 'A' Company, the London Regiment; Major Stuart Young TD, Regimental Secretary; Mr Kevin Dewey, Master Stationer, and Mr William Alden MBE, DL, Clerk; Mr Martin Roberts, Master Solicitor, and Mr Neil Cameron, Clerk; Mr Adrian Widdowson, Master, The Guild of Scriveners of the City of York, accompanied  by Mrs Katharine Widdowson and Mr Tim Hinton, Clerk.

Among the Master's personal guests were Mr David Lentaigne, Master Gunmaker, and Mrs Caroline Lentaigne. 

A musical interlude was provided by Mr Martyn Clarke (piano) and Mrs Phyllis Clarke (flute). Mr John Tunesi of Liongam, Upper Warden, proposed the toast to the guests.

The Scriveners' Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination was presented to Mrs Lu Guthrie, seen with some samples of her work, below).


Photographs by Chris Alderman 01483 223940


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