27.03.17 Cdr Mark Leaning RN

Clerk’s Notes – April 2017

It’s been very wet up here in the foothills of the Lincolnshire Himalayas and the ground has been commensurately soft and muddy. The manure makers have taken to standing at their various field gates to stare at the fresh spring grass that is just beginning to poke its head above the surface in their delegated summer pastures. However, it’s not yet time to move them from their winter to their summer paddocks – so they must wait a few days more.

There are a number of forthcoming events of which you may wish to make a note.

Echoes Across the Century is an exhibition that opens on 31st March in the Guildhall Art Gallery. Honorary Assistant John Blauth has been helping to support this event in his role as the Coachmakers’ Livery Schools Link Liaison Officer. If you are in the City while it is open please pop in and support it; more details can be found here.

Looking ahead, the Lord Mayor also invites you to join him at Ascot on 3rd May for a day at the races. If you would like to book tickets, please click here.

Looking ahead in the Coachmakers’ calendar, please book your tickets now for the Annual Banquet at Drapers’ Hall on Wednesday 24th May 2017. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO had agreed to be our guest of honour but must now be abroad on that date, however he has kindly helped us to secure an appropriate representative, the identity of whom will be revealed in due course. Once again, awards will be made to members of our military affiliations and entertainment will be provided. Full details are available on the website.

Another one to mark in your diary is the Election of Sheriffs at Guildhall on 26th June 2017. More details will follow in the next edition of Coachlines.
Looking further afield, the following events are available to Liverymen of all persuasions:

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch will take place in Guildhall on Thursday 6th April 2017. For details of how to book visit: https://www.soldierscharity.org/events/the-lord-mayors-big-curry-lunch/ 

The Inter Livery Rifle Shoot takes place at Bisley Ranges on Friday 2nd June 2017; please email Colin Sach at: colin.sach@sachco.com or call him on 020 7600 2009 for details.

The 2017 Brigantes’ Breakfast for Liverymen of the City of London will be held at St George’s Hall Liverpool on Wednesday 26th July at 12.00 for 12.30. For details and a booking form follow this link.

For those with an ovis aries bent, the Worshipful Company of Woolmen’s annual Sheep Drive will be held in London on Sunday 24th September 2017. This has become a grand affair and for those who might wish to participate or simply stare in wonder follow this link.

Returning to Coachmaker business, the Company is only as good as its membership and appropriate candidates are constantly being sought to maintain a healthy and vibrant membership base. If you know someone who you think would make a good Coachmaker please do not hesitate to send the details to me at clerk@coachmakers.co.uk and I will pass on those details to the Membership Committee.

In the same way the Chairman of the Charity Committee has asked me to mention the Coachmakers’ 100 Club. Since the Club was set up in July 2009 a sum of £42,458 has been transferred to the charity trust account. In the past year ending December 2016, £6,000 has been transferred (2015 – £6,000). The budgeted transfer for each year is £6,000 based on the membership remaining at 100 throughout the year. The cost to join is £10 per month and four draws are made each year, three of which have a first prize of £800 and a second prize of £400. The super draw at the Christmas Carol Service Supper has a first prize of £1,600 and a second prize of £800. Further recruits are being sought by Liveryman John Pearl to join the waiting list for the next ball that becomes available. If any Coachmaker wishes to join the waiting list please email me at clerk@coachmakers.co.uk and I will pass on your details to the 100 Club co-ordinator.

Photographs from the Automotive Industry Dinner can be viewed and purchased by following this link: http://sharpphoto.co.uk/f657448896

And in conclusion, for the manure makers in the foothills of the Lincolnshire Himalayas, their wait is almost over.