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Autumn Dinner at Armoury House
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Presentation to Sheriffs and Handwriting Prizes
Photo: Alison Robinson
The annual presentation of quill pens to the Sheriffs took place on Tuesday 15 January at St Lawrence Jewry. The Master, Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Bt, presented Alderman and Sheriff Jeffrey Evans and Sheriff Nigel Pullman with the quill pens with which they signed themselves into office in September last. The Master also presented them with Scriveners' fountain pens and a donation to the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund.
He also presented a Scriveners' fountain pen to the church, for use in signing the register for weddings and other ceremonies, and this was accepted by the Reverend Canon David Parrott, who welcomed all those attending.
Prizes and certificates were also presented to the winners of the Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools. Awarded for the 'clarity and excellence of their handwriting' the prizes went to:
Scarlett Robinson (Year 7 prize) - City of London Freemen's School
Kate Pesenti (Year 8 prize) - City of London School for Girls
Annual Quill Pen Lunch
Photos: Gerald Sharp Photography
On Monday 3 December, at a lunch held at the Mansion House, the Master, Sir Henry Bedingfeld, Bt, presented The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Roger Gifford, with the quill pen with which he signed himself into office at the Silent Ceremony. The Master also presented him with a donation to the Lord Mayor's Appeal, as well as presenting the Lady Mayoress with a Scriveners' fountain pen.
As mentioned by the Lord Mayor in his speech, the Scriveners are the only Company to hold an annual lunch in the Salon at the Mansion House. The presentation of quill pens, and fountain pens, to the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs is one of the newer traditions of the Company, being a mere 29 years old (although the first Ordinances date from 1373).
The Scriveners' Autumn Dinner was held on 16 October at Apothecaries' Hall. The principal guest was His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, accompanied by the Duchess of Norfolk.
Other Company guests were Capt. John Freestone, the Master Mariner, accompanied by his Clerk, Commodore Angus Menzies, Professor Rodney Taylor, Master Apothecary, accompanied by his Clerk, Mr Andrew Wallington-Smith, and Mr Hew Dundas, Master Arbitrator, accompanied by his Clerk, Mrs Gaye Duffy.
Among the personal guests were: Mr Thomas Woodcock CVO, Garter Principal King of Arms, Mrs Margaret Holland Prior JP, Mr Howard Mundy, IPM Bowyer, Dr Eamonn Hall and Maitre Michel Burgan.
Musical entertainment was provided by Mr Oliver Nelson (violin) and Mr William Godfree (piano).
Updating the List of Masters, Wardens and Clerks
Past Master Donald Jackson MVO updated the Scriveners' List of Masters, Wardens and Clerks on 19 October. This is displayed, in two large frames, on board HQS Wellington, where the Company is based, and lists all officers of the Company from 1392 to the present day.
Donald has spent the best part of the last thirteen years on his world-renowned St John's Bible project, now complete, whereby he designed, illuminated and 'scrivened' the entire Bible with a team of illuminators and calligraphers. It is the first hand-illuminated, hand-written bible in the modern era (see www.saintjohnsbible.org). The multi-million dollar project was commissioned by St John's Abbey and University in Minnesota USA, and is an extraordinary work of art in seven volumes. An authorised copy (one of only two in the UK) is housed at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. The image below shows an early sample page depicting Jacob's Ladder.
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