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Thanks to modern technology over 50 Guild members were privileged to join Katie Wignall, a London Blue Badge Guide on a Zoom tour of Spitalfields; its history past & present.

In absorbing the fascinating history we visited Sandy's Row and Artillery Passage, where former shops belonging to the Huguenot silk weavers existed until the 1770s. Then on to the Tenter Ground where the wooden frames were used for drying fabrics. The fabric was stretched and held tight by Tenter Hooks ... hence the phrase.There is an old Soup Kitchen still bearing the original sign for the Jewish Poor, bearing the date of 1902 (and 5662 for the same year in the Jewish Calendar

In just about an hour we had covered just a couple of miles but visited one of the most interesting, colourful, and constantly changing parts of London which, although outside the boundary, has a long-connected history with the City and its activities. We had walked without moving our feet, not seen a single car or bicycle, and not had to wait to cross streets or avoid fellow pedestrians and tourists. As the Master summed up this wonderful talk, ‘We have no sore feet and are still cool despite the hot weather outside; Thank you Katie for such an enlightening, interesting and well-presented talk’.

Photos courtesy of Katie Wignall, Ruth Deadman and Steven Morson can be seen here

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Annual Banquet at Guildhall

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Well done everyone" - Mrs J.D.

"A triumph" - Mr A.W."

"..a brilliant evening at Guildhall last night. The event was spectacular and we, our guests and everyone around us enjoyed it tremendously. A great highlight of a fantastic year" - Mr J.H.

"A magnificent evening was had by all" - Mr K.B.

"It really was the most wonderful and unforgettable evening " - Mrs K.J.

"It was a great privilege to be present of Friday evening on such a splendid occasion.  What a truly stunning and memorable evening. The organisation, the pageantry and the attention to detail was remarkable. A and I enjoyed it all enormously" - C H.C.


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"Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the dinner last night, super seat thank you! Please convey our thanks to the Master for a wonderful evening, superb food and company and thank him for all his events over the past year, we have had great times.
We now look forward to the next year, different venues and events." - Mr P.B.

Reception and Supper at Grocers' Hall
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"It was good to meet you at last and on such an excellent evening in one of the nicest Livery Halls in the City.  Thank you for making it such a special evening for M and me.   It was so well organised and enjoyable.   The food was first class and the company good as well". Mr D B

RNLI Demonstration and Supper at the Little Ship Club
"Thank you SO much for arranging a most enjoyable evening. Once again, I was able to catch up on friends and make new acquantainces - all thanks to you for the excellent place settings.  The weather was kind to us, the food was amazing and everybody around our table was very happy with the service and the meal."  Ms V H

"Following the interesting demonstration Guild Members and their guests retired back inside the Little Ship Club for a stunning two-course supper with some excellent wine and tremendous companionship discussing the RNLI’s great work being achieved on the tidal Thames.​" Mr D K
 
 

 

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