09.08.17 Cmdr Mark Leaning RN

Clerk’s Notes August 2017


As you read this I am likely to be out in the fields doing some paddock maintenance while giving my best interpretation of Poldark – The Later Years.

And with that dubious image polluting your consciousness I offer the following news:

The new Livery year will commence on 1st September 2017, as it has done for the past 240 years since King Charles II graciously bestowed upon the Company its Royal Charter on 31st May 1677. The Election Court Meeting has in recent years been held at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall incorporating the Installation Ceremony followed by the Election Court Dinner.

In modern times at least, this event has been restricted to members of the Court and their immediate family. This year it will be different.

The Court agreed at its last meeting that the Election Court should be held in accordance with the Charter on 1st September at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall after which the Court would then process to the Company church of St James, Garlickhythe. There, in a break with tradition, an Installation Service will be held, led by our own Honorary Chaplain, Honorary Court Assistant the Venerable Ray Pentland CB. During this service the Master Elect will be sworn and clothed after which he will lead the Court and guests back to Tallow Chandlers’ Hall for the Election Court Dinner. And for the first time, as far as we can determine, members of the wider Livery and guests will be able to join the celebration. The numbers are very limited due to the size and capacity of Tallow Chandlers’ Hall but if you wish to attend please click here for full details and access to the booking form.

Following on from this of course, with a new Livery year comes a new Coachmakers’ Directory. The format of this year’s Directory is also likely to be revised but one thing that remains extremely important is the need for you to keep your contact details up to date, particularly your address, telephone number and e-mail address. This detail is essential for us to keep in touch with you, for you to continue to receive information about the growing list of events in which Coachmakers can participate each year and, most importantly, for our Company Accountant to quickly and efficiently collect your annual subscriptions.
Please check your contact details are correct and if not please update them. If your e-mail address has changed you must login to change that yourself because if anyone else does it (e.g. one of the system administrators) the system is likely to revert to the old address the next time that we send anything out on the Coachmaker distribution; this is an anti-hacking security measure. That said, let me know if you have difficulty accessing the Coachmaker website or if you have forgotten your username or password; and if you have changed your bank details which might affect your Direct Debit arrangements please let our Accountant know; Court Steward Bob Wilson is at Bob.Wilson@alliotts.com

Of course one way to offset the annual subscription is to become a member of the Coachmakers 100 Club in which a number of places have recently become available. Since its inception, the 100 Club has raised a significant sum of money for the Coachmaker Charitable Trust Fund and made a number of lucky winners very happy. For full details about the 100 Club and information on how you might join follow this link: 100-club-application-for-waiting-list.pdf.

And on the subject of lucky winners and raising funds for the Coachmakers’ Charitable Trust Fund, click here to purchase your chance to win a night at the Last Night of the Proms in a private box with four of your friends or relatives on 9th September, or see the RAF in Concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 4th October. All the proceeds of the ticket sales will be transferred to the Coachmaker Charitable Trust Fund and help the Charity Committee to fulfil its aspiration to double the current annual dispersal of charitable funds. A list of the various donations, bursaries and awards made by the Coachmakers’ Charity Committee during this Livery Year can be found here: coachmaker-charitable-giving-2016-17.docx.

In other news:

By the time you read this the dates of forthcoming Coachmaker events will have been uploaded onto the Coachmaker website. Mark in your diary the Aerospace Industry Dinner which will be held at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

For a wider briefing on City matters please see the latest Livery Briefing here
I particularly draw your attention to the following:

City Briefings

These early evening events (5.30pm-7.30pm) are aimed at introducing Liverymen and Freemen to the City of London Corporation and its links and inter-relationships with the Livery. Taking place at Guildhall, forthcoming dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 10th October 2017
  • Monday 6th November 2017
  • Wednesday 7th February 2018
  • Monday 8th October 2018
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018

Comments from past attendees have highlighted how useful and informative they have found these sessions, as they provide an opportunity for you to ask questions of the City Corporation and the role of the Livery. We hope that as many of you as possible will take full advantage of the service offered. To book, please contact me at clerk@coachmakers.co.uk

For those with an interest in the light blue, the Air League has made an offer you may wish not to refuse if you follow this link: raf-museum-.docx.

Regarding the Coachmakers’ History, the book has yet to be printed as amendments are being applied to the final draft but with about 130 shopping days left to Christmas there is still time to order one.

Finally, I am aware that many of you like to keep the virtual reality of the internet at arms-length and may not be aware of a network called LinkedIn, which is effectively a communication forum for the business community. However, I thought I’d share the precis of someone’s CV who is not one of my 1st connections in said network but is clearly a connection of several former RN colleagues. In the thumbnail descriptor below his picture he is described thus: “Former helicopter pilot, author, public speaker and drone tutor” – well it made me smile. Have a great summer in between the showers.