The Master with his Consort, Miss Penny Alison

Some of the Company treasures on display in the Court Room

Autumn Dinner at Painters' Hall

Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE DL was the principal guest at the Autumn Dinner at Painters’ Hall on 11 October. Other guests included the Masters of the Worshipful Companies of Tallow Chandlers, Spectacle Makers, City of London Solicitors, Marketors, Chartered Secretaries, the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Past Master Colin Goodman of the Painter-Stainers and Mr Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court. The toast to the guests was given by the Renter Warden, Mrs Valerie Hamilton JP, and the Master, Mr David Philip, presided. This was the first occasion on which the new Honorary Chaplain, The Reverend Steven Brookes, officiated. The evening also featured an exhibition of Company treasures and other items of historical interest and an after-dinner entertainment given by Mr Jeremy Nicholas.


New Master and Wardens installed on HQS Wellington

The Master for 2017/18, David Philip FCA, was installed in the Court Room on HQS Wellington on Tuesday 18 July, following a Court Meeting earlier. Also installed were the new Upper Warden, Edward Gardiner, and the new Renter Warden, Valerie Hamilton JP. Richard Saville was reinstalled as Notarial Deputy and Iain Rogers was reinstalled in absentia as Education Officer. The Immediate Past Master, Julia Hett, was presented with her Past Master's badge, and tribute to her year of office was paid by the new Master.

The Hon Chaplain, The Reverend Michael Lovegrove, stood down from that office and the new Hon Chaplain, The Reverend Steven Brookes, was warmly welcomed. Michael Lovegrove was presented with a hand-painted icon of St John dictating the gospel to a scribe: this was to mark the occasion of his last Court Meeting as Chaplain; and the icon, the new badge on the Master's gown, and the Company's work in the year ahead were blessed by Reverend Brookes. A reception to thank Michael Lovegrove for his ten years' service as Hon Chaplain will be held in the Autumn on a date to be announced. All Scriveners will be welcome to attend.

This installation ceremonial, to which Scriveners and their guests were invited, was then followed by a Summer Reception on the quarterdeck and a buffet supper.

Three new Liverymen were cloathed in the gown of the livery: Leslie Cuthbert, Katherine Lyons and Dominic Cheetham.


Quill Pen Reception and Recital at St Lawrence Jewry

Our Quill Pen Reception for the Sheriffs was expanded in this anniversary year to include Masters, Past Masters and Clerks of 44 other livery companies (tallying neatly with our number in the order of precedence) as well as other guests and prizewinners. The event took place at the Guild Church of St Lawrence Jewry on 28 February 2017. The Master presented the quill pens to the Sheriffs with which they had signed themselves into office, as well as prizes to the winners and runners-up in the Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools and the winner (Janet Harper) and runner-up (Lizzie Matthews) in the Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination. The Sheriffs were also presented with Scriveners' fountain pens and a donation to the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund.

A performance of Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate by Catherine Ennis (organ) and Emily Owen (soprano) followed the presentations, and that in turn was followed by a performance of the Skryveners' medieval mystery play, The Incredulity of St Thomas, given by members of the Company: Court Assistants John Hammond and Jonathan Coutts, Liverymen Graeme Harrower and Denis Moriarty and Past Master Giles Cole. It was introduced by former Hon Chaplain and former Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Philip Buckler.


Anniversary Dinner at Stationers' Hall

The Scriveners celebrated the 400th anniversary of the granting of our Royal Charter by James I with a special service at our guild church, St Martin-within-Ludgate, followed by a Dinner at Stationers' Hall on 26 January 2017. The service was led by the Hon Chaplain, Revd Michael Lovegrove, and the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, gave the sermon. The St Paul's chorister who is supported by the Company, Benedict King, sang a solo anthem.

Company guests at the Service and Dinner included: Sir Alan (who responded on behalf of the guests) and Lady Yarrow; the Dean of St Paul's; Alderman & Sheriff William Russell and Mrs Russell; Masters, Past Masters and Clerks of eleven other livery companies; the Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York; representatives from LXX Squadron RAF Brize Norton, HMS Portland and the London Wing, RAFVR(T); the Master of the Faculties; the Registrar of the Faculty Office; the President of the Notaries' Society; Mrs Wendy Mead OBE CC; Garter Principal King of Arms; Master Benedict King accompanied by his father Mr Graeme King; and the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on private and international law, M. Christophe Bernasconi accompanied by Mme Annie Roy Bernasconi. The Master presided and the Upper Warden gave the toast to the guests. After-dinner entertainment was provided by The Leading Ladies.

Carpet guards were formed by Officers of the Light Cavalry, HAC and cadets of 329 (Finsbury) Squadron ATC.


Autumn Dinner at Apothecaries' Hall

Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow QC, was principal guest at the Autumn Dinner, which had a suitably heraldic theme. Other Company guests included: the Master Stationer, Mr Ian Bennett; the Master Glover, Mr Michael Orr; the Master Apothecary, Dr Derek Adams; and the Master Chartered Secretary, Mrs Patricia Day. They were all accompanied by their Clerks. From our military affiliations we were very pleased to entertain Lt Col Tim Smart, CO, The London Regiment and Maj Nic Storey, OC 'A' Company, The London Regiment as well as Wg Cdr Simon Boyle and Sqn Ldr Nick Stringer, both of LXX Squadron, RAF Brize Norton. Garter King of Arms, Thomas Woodcock CVO DL, was also present as a personal guest of the Master, Miss Julia Hett, who presided. The toast to the guests was given by the Renter Warden, Edward Gardiner.


New Master and Wardens installed at Guildhall

For the first time, the installation of the new Master and Wardens took place outside the Election Court Meeting and in public view. That is not to say that we paraded up and down Gresham Street, but that the ceremony took place in view of the assembled liverymen and guests at the Summer Reception which immediately followed the Court Meeting. The general view was that this gave greater focus to the occasion for those attending and that it helped them to understand a little more the workings of the Court.

The new Master, Julia Hett BA, our fourth lady Master, is flanked by, left to right, the Upper Warden, David Philip FCA, the Renter Warden, Edward Gardiner, and the Notarial Deputy, Richard Saville MA. It was also on this occasion that the new Master's gown was first worn.


Spring Dinner 2016 at Trinity House
The principal guest at our Spring Dinner at Trinity House was Mr David Moorhouse CBE FNI (pictured right) with Mr James Kidwell of Braemar Shipping Services and the Renter Warden, Mr David Philip (centre). Other Company guests included the Master Solicitor, Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf DBE; the Master Mariner, Capt Jim Coneybeare; the Prime Warden of the Shipwrights, Deputy Doug Barrow; the Master of the Faculties, Charles George QC, accompanied by the Registrars, the Chief Clerk and the Clerk to the Registrars, of the Faculty Office; the President of the Notaries' Society, Ms Sally Osborn; the Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York, Mrs Katharine Widdowson, accompanied by her husband and Past Master Mr Adrian Widdowson, along with representatives from the world of shipping and commerce. The toast to the guests was given by the Upper Warden, Miss Julia Hett, and the Master, Mr Jeremy Burgess, presided.


Quill Pen Lunch at Mansion House
At the annual Quill Pen Lunch at Mansion House on 1 December, the Master presented the Lord Mayor with the ceremonial quill pen with which he signed himself into office at the Silent Ceremony. He also presented him with a donation to the Lord Mayor's Appeal and the Lady Mayoress with a Scriveners' fountain pen (which she seemed very happy to receive!). Also present were Captain Simon Asquith OBE RN, the commanding officer of our affiliate ship HMS Portland, and Wing Commander Simon Boyle, the commanding officer of LXX Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, our affiliate RAF squadron.

Photos by Gerald Sharp Photography

Autumn Dinner 2015
The Autumn Dinner was held this year at Inner Temple Hall, with Maitre Daniel-Sedar Senghor, the President of the UINL, as principal guest. Other Company guests included Mr Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, Mr Jonathan Smithers, President of the Law Society, Mr Andrew Caplen, Immediate Past President of the Law Society, Mrs Helen Esmonde, Master Stationer, Dr Roy Palmer, Master Apothecary and Mrs Sandra Worsdall, Master Chartered Secretary, who were accompanied by their Clerks.


Visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery
The Master and Master's Lady led a party of Scriveners and their guests on a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in Hampshire in October, when we all learned more than we could possibly remember about the fragrant spirit, and all selected a cocktail of our choice based on the botanicals and other ingredients on display. The tour was followed by an excellent lunch at the nearby Watership Down Inn.


Summer Reception and Installation of New Officers
The new Master, Jeremy Burgess, the new Upper Warden, Julia Hett, the new Renter Warden, David Philip, and the continuing Notarial Deputy, Edward Gardiner, relax with a glass of something refreshing after the rigours of the receiving line on board HQS Wellington as the Summer Reception gets under way. They had been installed at the preceding Court Meeting on the ship. Also gowned as new Liverymen were (left to right) Paul Borrow-Longain, Colin Harris and Alexander Green. Alex Green had had a Scriveners' blazer specially made for the occasion (also seen below).


City Architecture Walk

A party of 24 Scriveners and guests enjoyed a leisurely guided tour of the City's newer and newest architecture on 28 April. Starting with the Bloomberg building (Foster + Partners) - very much in progress alongside the Walbrook Building (nicknamed Darth Vader, and also designed by Foster + Partners) - we were led by a very knowledgeable lady by the name of Charlie, an official City tour guide. Other buildings en route included Cannon Place (Foggo Associates); the 'Walkie Talkie' (Rafael Vinoly); Plantation Place (Arup Associates); the 'Cheesegrater' (Rogers, Harbour, Stirk & Partners); the 'Gherkin' (Foster + Partners); the 'Scalpel' (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates); Fen Court (Michael Visocchi) and Heron Tower, Bishopsgate (Kohn Pedersen Fox). The photograph shows some of the group outside the Gherkin.


Spring Dinner 2015
Vintners' Hall was the setting for the 2015 Spring Dinner on 22 April. The principal guests were Sir David and Lady Brewer, Sir David arriving hotfoot from royal duty as Lord-Lieutenant. Other official Company guests included: the Master Glover, Mrs Ann Esslemont, who is also a Companion of the Scriveners Company; the Master Insurer, Mr Graham Dickinson; the Master Solicitor, Alderman Vincent Keaveny; the Master Painter-Stainer, Mr Colin Goodman; the Master Information Technologist, Mr Nicholas Birtles; and the Clerks of all of the above. We also welcomed the Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York, Mr John Latimer. The Upper Warden, Mr Jeremy Burgess, proposed the toast to the guests and an excellent musical interlude was provided by Marielle Way (flute) and Alex Rider (harp).

Sir David Brewer with Past Master David Scott

The Master Glover with her Clerk,
Lt Col Mark Butler (left);
the Stirrup Cup in full flow (right)


Sheriffs' Quill Pen Reception

Three sets of presentations were made by the Master Scrivener, The Reverend Michael Lovegrove, on the occasion of the annual Sheriffs' Quill Pen Reception at St Lawrence Jewry on 4 February: firstly, to the winners of the Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools; secondly, to the winner of the Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination; and thirdly, of course, to the Sheriffs themselves, who received the quill pens with which they signed themselves into office along with Scriveners' fountain pens and a donation to the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund.

The Handwriting Prizes were awarded to Jemima Laidlaw of City of London Freemen's School (Year 8), pictured next to Sheriff Fiona Adler, and Olivia Devlin of St Paul's Cathedral School (Year 7), next to Alderman and Sheriff Andrew Parmley. The Year 9 winner, Isabel Harley of City of London School for Girls, was unable to be present as she was on a school trip and had received her prize and certificate at her school (see full results under Competitions / Handwriting).

The Peter Esslemont Prize was awarded to Felicity Hollis, centre, who was nominated by Gerald Mynott of
Reigate School of Art.

The Company was very grateful to Canon David Parrott and to the Verger and Administrator, Arnel Sullano,
for the use of the church for the occasion.


Annual Quill Pen Lunch at Mansion House
Mr James Kidwell of Braemar Shipping ServicesAs evidenced by the photograph, the Lord Mayor was delighted to receive from the Master the quill pen with which he signed himself into office at the Silent Ceremony on 7 November. He and the Lady Mayoress, who was presented with a Scriveners' fountain pen, were the guests of honour at this annual lunch in the Old Ballroom at Mansion House on 25 November. They were accompanied by Sheriff Fiona Adler and Mr David Moss, and the new City Marshal, Mr Philip Jordan. Companion Scrivener Ann Esslemont (also of course Master Glover) entertained as her guests former Sheriff Wendy Mead and aspiring Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden.
Our newest Freeman, Mr Allan Kill, also had the unique honour of being sworn in as a Freeman in the Mansion House immediately following the lunch.

Photos by Gerald Sharp Photography


Autumn Dinner at Apothecaries' Hall
The Bishop of Chelmsford, The Rt Rev'd Stephen Cottrell, was principal guest at the Autumn Dinner held at Apothecaries' Hall on 14 October. Other Company guests included the Master Stationer, Mr Ian Locks; the Master Apothecary, Dr John Moore-Gillon; the Master Glover, Alderman Alison Gowman; the Master Mariner, Capt Sam Judah MBE; and from our affiliate ship HMS Portland, Capt Simon Asquith OBE RN and Logistics Officer Lt Cdr Rachel Smedley RN. Our newest affiliated organisation, 329 (Finsbury) Squadron ATC, was represented by Flt Lt Cydonie Riley RAFVR(T).

Also present were Liveryman Michael Pisapia and his wife Melissa, who had the distinction of being married the day before at our Guild Church, St Martin Within Ludgate, by none other than the Master. As the Master himself pointed out, it was the first occasion he knew of where the Master officiated at the wedding of a Liveryman. The happy couple are seen here with the Bishop of Chelmsford and the Master (who, it should be pointed out, is in fact a retired clergyman still licensed to officiate! His normal role within the Company is Honorary Chaplain but, during his year of office, we have a new incumbent, the Rev'd Canon Chris Bishop).

Past Master Sir Henry Bedingfeld Bt clearly enjoying the company of the Master Mariner, Capt Sam Judah MBE.


Private Tour of Westminster Abbey
The Dean of Westminster Abbey, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, led a party of Scriveners and their guests on a private tour of the Abbey on 16 September. Afterwards he entertained those present to drinks in the Jerusalem Chamber, during which the Master presented the Dean and Chapter with a donation to the Abbey. This was one of the most popular events that the Scriveners Company has held in recent years. It also raised money towards our own Sexcentenary Fund.


Summer Reception and Installation of New Officers
The new Master, the Reverend Michael Lovegrove, accompanied by Mrs Gillian Lovegrove, the Upper Warden Jeremy Burgess, the Renter Warden Julia Hett and the Notarial Deputy Edward Gardiner, welcomed guests to the Summer Reception on board HQS Wellington on 23 July. The officers had been installed at the Court Meeting immediately prior to the Reception.
Also welcomed on board were newly installed Freemen Alexander Green, Sara Dodd and Sarah Mackie (below). Sara and Sarah were admitted as newly qualified Scrivener Notaries from the notarial firm Cheeswrights.

The Master is also pictured with three new Liverymen: Alistair Meldrum, Peter Adams and Sion Taylor. Peter and Sion are also Scrivener Notaries, with the firm De Pinna.


Affiliation to 329 (Finsbury) Squadron ATC

On Monday 9 June, the Master, the Clerk, Past Master Bill Kennair and Liverymen Richard Mair and Melvyn Jeremiah attended a parade by 329 (Finsbury) Squadron Air Training Corps marking the affiliation of the Company and the Squadron. The Master was presented with a wall plaque by Pilot Officer Cydonie Riley and he, in turn, presented her with an affiliation scroll and a challenge shield for the awarding of an annual prize to the cadet with the best academic achievement. The scroll was designed and created by Anthea Power, the winner of the first Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination.



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