Visit to Old Bailey & Supper
21 November 2013
The Under-Secondary of the Old Bailey, Mr Steven Humplrby led the Guild's tour of the Criminal Courts, and the cells below the courtrooms of the Old Bailey. At the end of the visit the Senior Warden, Dr John Smail thanked Mr Humpleby and presented him with a cheque. Afterwards the party retired to The City Pipe, now renamed 'The Foster Project', for supper.
Tallow Chandlers' Hall
13 November 2013
The Master Anthony Fleming introduced Jo Burns of Ten Acre Wines Ltd of North Weald, Essex who sponsored the event, and presented a fine selection of wines to taste. Guild Members and their guests were joined by members of the Society of Young Freemen for this annual tasting of wines. Afterwards snacks and Tallow Chandlers' house wine was served before the Master thanked Jo for a splendid evening.
Lord Mayor's Show and Lunch
9 November 2013
The Master of the Guild of Freemen took part in the Lord Mayor's Show, where he sat in a carriage drawn by two horses, which he shared with the United Wards' Club President, the Immediate Past President of the City Livery Club, and the Chairman od the Royal Society of St George (City of London branch). Guild members seated in the South Stand close to St Paul's Cathedral, cheered the Master when he drove past with their flags waving despite the rain! Later Guild members and their guests walked to the City Pipe in Foster Lane, where they enjoyed a traditional lunch.
Soldier of the Year 2013
30 October 2013
The Soldier of the Year 2013 Award was presented to Corporal Wayne O'Connor by the Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, Mr Anthony Fleming, during a visit to the unit's HQ in Tulse Hill.
Reception & Dinner - House of Commons
25 October 2013
Guild Member Sir Tony Baldry MP kindly hosted Guild Members and their guests to dinner in the House of Commons. The reception was held in the Terrace Marquee, and later dinner was served in the adjacent Churchill Room. Prior to the reception tours were laid on for those who wished to visit the Palace of Westminster. At the end of dinner the Master, Anthony Fleming introduced Sir Tony Baldry, who gave an interesting and entertaining speech, before the Master presented him with a commemorative Halcyon Days box and thanked him for hosting the event.
Visit to the Tower of London - Supper & Ceremony of the Keys
24 October 2013
The Master Anthony Fleming, his wife Ann, Guild Members and their guests were met at the West gate and taken on a guided tour of the external building by a Yeoman Colin Smith. He regales everyone with an amusing and fascinating history of The Tower of London. After a buffet supper in the Yeoman Warders' Club, the Guild's party were taken by Colin to Traitors' gate to witness the ancient Ceremony of the Keys, before the event finished.
Visit to the Royal Courts of Justice and Lunch in Middle Temple
15 October 2013
The visit to the Royal Courts of Justice started at 11am in Court 17, where our two guides Mr Brian Grover and Mrs Pat Rowe introduced themselves to the Master Anthony Fleming with his wife Ann, Guild Members and their guests, before recounting the fascinating history of the Royal Courts. The building was designed from the foundations to the spires by the architect George Edmund Street in 1870. Queen Victoria opened the building on 4th December 1882. It is now a Grade I listed building of Gothic revival architecture, and is home to the Court of Appeal, and the High Court of Justice of UK and Wales. Two groups were then taken on a tour of the building which included the Painted Room, Bear Garden and Court 4 where Lord Chief Justice sits. Then it was across the road to Middle Temple for lunch in the Great Hall before everyone departed.
Autumn Reception & Dinner
9 October 2013
The Master Anthony Fleming with his wife Ann received Guild Members and their guests in the parlour of Tallow Chandlers' Hall before dinner. Music was played throughout the evening by the talented pianist Berrak Dyer. After dinner Guild Member Eugene Matthias provided magical entertainment, before the evening finished, when the Master stood up and thanked everyone for coming
Dinner on board HQS Wellington
12 September 2013
The Master, Anthony Fleming with his wife Ann welcomed Guild Members and their guests on the quarter deck for a reception before dinner. After dinner the Master introduced the Guest Speaker Mr Colvin Rae, the Chairman of the RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station, who gave an informative and interesting speech about the RNLI. Musical entertainment was provided by Pianist Adrian Whittell. At the end of the evening the Master presented the Chairman of the RNLI with a cheque.
GSMD Gala Evening Supper and Show
8 July 2013
The Master Anthony Fleming and his wife Ann, with Guild Members and their guests, began the Gala Evening with a champagne reception and then a pre-theatre supper in the Level 3 Gallery in the Barbican Centre. This was followed by a performance of 'Rags' in the GSMD Silk Street Theatre.
City Walk and Light Supper
4 July 2013
Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th July The Master Anthony Fleming, Guild Members and their guests met at 6.00pm at Temple Bar, the entrance to Paternoster Square from St Paul's Cathedral Yard, where once again Peter Tompkins, Past Chairman of the Society of Young Freemen, and a City Guide took us on a fascinating and imaginative walk through the alleys and courts around what Peter calls the 'Street of Shame', Fleet Street to the western end of the City, close to the original site of Temple Bar, where the Lord Mayor traditionally greets the Monarch on formal City occasions. The walk ended at Dr Samuel Johnson's house, before everyone entered 'Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese' for wine and light refreshment. This pub is one of London's few remaining 17th Century Chop Houses, and was the site which formed part of the 13th Century Carmelite Monastery. Rebuilt after The Great Fire of 1666, this house/pub preserves the atmosphere of the intervening centuries through sixteen reigns from Charles II to Elizabeth II. The evening finished with the Master thanking Peter Tompkins and presenting him with a cheque for his chosen charity, The Lord's Mayor's Appeal.
Reception and Dinner - Apothecaries' Hall
27 June 2013
The magnificent and historical Apothecaries' Hall is the oldest Livery Company Hall in the City of London, it dates from 1668 the period of rebuilding after the Great Fire of London, and said to be the oldest building in Britain in continuous medical use today. The Master, Anthony Fleming and his wife Ann greeted Guild Members and their guests to a reception in the Parlour and the Court Room before dinner in the Great Hall. Ivan Kiwuwa played the piano throughout the evening. After the Loving Cup ceremony and the Loyal and Civic toasts, the Master gave a few words about Ivan Kiwuwa, and then introduced Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, who gave an amusing and entertaining talk. The evening finished with the Master thanking Murray and everyone for coming.
Visit to St John's Gate
12 June 2013
At 11am the Master Mr Anthony Fleming with his wife Ann, Guild Members and their guests assembled in the Priory Church, where the Museum Curator Mr Tom Foakes gave an introductory briefing, before organized tours were conducted by guides of the Priory Church, its crypts and the Museum of the Order of St John, St John's Gate. At the end of the tours lunch was served in the Chapter Hall. Before the end of the event the Master stood up and thanked the guides and everyone for coming, and then presented a cheque to the Curator.
Christ's Hospital Presentee
5 June 2013
The Guild of Freemen of the City of London Charity contributes to a number of schools in including a presentee at Christ's Hospital who this year was Isotta Reichenbach, who is a gifted artist and is about to commence a year's study at St Martin's Art College, before hopefully going to Oxbridge.
Day Visit - RNLI Selsey
4 June 2013
Senior Representatives of RNLI Selsey Branch, Clive Cockayne, Colvin Rae and Bruce Jenkins along with other members of the branch and crew, greeted the Master Anthony Fleming and his wife Ann, Guild Members and their guests before the Master with his wife Ann, and ten other keen volunteers climbed into full lifeboat rigs and boarded the lifeboat. Assembled, the klaxon sounded and a hammer knocked the restrainer away, and with the engines running the boat accelerated down the slip and the coxswain, Martin Rudwick had full control of 'Voluntary Worker', as the boat made contact with the water. The unique experience for everyone lasted about forty minutes, before the lifeboat returned to the boat house. A fish lunch followed in the nearby inn before everyone strolled back to the beach in glorious sunshine to watch an exercise that showed the Inshore Lifeboat 'Betty and Thomas Moore' with 3 crew members rescuing a man in difficulties; the afternoon finished with a presentation about the new Shannon Class Lifeboat that Selsey Branch hope will replace the current boat in December 2014.
16 May 2013
The Master Anthony Fleming and his wife Ann greeted Guild Members and their guests to a reception in the Morrison Room, before dinner in the Johnnie Walker Room. After dinner the Master introduced Terry Neason, a Scottish caberet artiste, and Diva from Glasgow, who entertained everyone brilliantly with a medley of songs, before the Master thanked everyone for coming.
Visit to RMA Sandhurst
9 May 2013
Guild Members of their guests arrived at Sandhurst mid morning where coffee was served in the Johnson Bar, before an initial briefing and history of the College was given by one of the tour leaders, John Sandy. People were divided into four groups before being taken on a tour of the College which included the Catholic Chapel, the Memorial Chapel, Le Marchant Room, the History Room, the Grand Entrance and Sovereigns Parade. Lunch was later served in the prestigious and impressive Indian Army Memorial Room, when the Master Anthony Fleming thanked Giles Orpen-Smellie, Director of the Sandhurst Foundation, and the four tour leaders, before a coach tour of the grounds of Sandhurst was taken before everyone departed.
Reception & Supper - Cutlers' Hall
25 April 2013
The Master, Mr Anthony Fleming with his wife Ann greeted Guild Members and their guests to a reception in Cutlers' Hall, after the church service. Before dinner, the Master presented a cheque to the Headmaster of King Edward's School Witley, John Attwater, for the school. After dinner the Master welcomed and thanked The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's and his wife, The Revd Hilary Ison, together with The Revd Canon David Parrott and his wife Sue, and King Edward's School Witley's Headmaster John Attwater and his wife Victoria.
Annual Service at St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall
25 April 2013
The Guild's Annual Service was held on Thursday 25th April 2013 at St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall, and was taken by the Guild Vicar, The Revd Canon David Parrott. The Choir of King Edward's School Witley sang throughout the service, by kind permission of the Headmaster John Attwater, and was conducted by Edward Moore, Assistant Director of Music. The organ was played by Catherine Ennis, Organist St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall. The Senior warden Dr John Smail, JP read the first lesson and the second lesson was read by the Master, Mr Anthony Fleming. The Sermon was given by the Guild's own Honorary Chaplain, The Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's.
Titanic Dinner - Trinity House
8 April 2013
The Master MR Anthony Fleming with his wife Ann greeted the Guild Members and their guests at a reception in the Court Room of Trinity House to commemorate the Titanic's 101st anniversary, prior to dinner in the Library. Dinner was a four course feast which reflected parts of the menu served on the night when the Titanic sank. After the Loving Cup Ceremony, the Royal, Loyal and Civic Toasts, the Master introduced his guest speaker Patrick Mylon, a renowned expert on the White Star Line, who then spoke about the 'Titanic - sinking the myths' which gave a fascinating insight into what happened on the night of the Titanics tragic loss. The Master then thanked Patrick before the evening finished.
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