Spring Dinner at Cutlers' Hall, April 2018
|The 2018 Spring Dinner was held on 12 April at Cutlers' Hall and the Company guests included the Master Musician, the Master Apothecary, the Master Glover, the Master Chartered Accountant, Wg Cdr Ed Horne of LXX Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, Lt Cdr Steve Blackbourn RN of HMS Portland, the Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York and the principal guest was former Olympic oarsman John Pritchard accompanied by his wife Julie Williamson.
Col William Paret Boswell of Pennsylvania USA was gowned in the livery immediate;ly before the dinner, and during the dinner the Master presented the Scriveners' annual prize for Best Academic Achievement to Cadet Jack Taylor of 329 (Finsbury) Squadron ATC.
Burns Night Supper at the RAF Club, Jan 2018
On 6 February, in the Judges' Dining Room at the Old Bailey, the Master presented the Sheriffs with the quill pens which they used to sign themselves into office, as well as Scriveners' fountain pens. He also presented a donation to the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund and the prizes to the winners and runners-up in the Karen Nehammer Handwriting Competition for Schools. There were 455 entries in total and those pupils present were the top ten entrants.
The Master arranged a Burns Night Supper for the Company, complete with piper and speaker, and those attending were also treated to some highland dancing.
Mr Jock Meikle addressed the haggis; Mr Gordon Raeburn piped and danced; Past Master Bill Kennair toasted the lassies and Immediate Past Master Julia Hett responded. Over 50 members and guests attended and money was raised for the Scriveners' Sexcentenary Charity Fund.
Quill Pen Lunch at Mansion House, Nov 2017
|At Mansion House on 21 November, the Master presented The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, with the quill pen which he used to sign himself into office. He also presented him with a pair of goblets commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Scriveners’ Royal Charter and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Samantha Bowman, with a Scriveners’ fountain pen.|
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 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.
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 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.