Master's Blog - JULY 2018

The month of July has been packed with events. It started with the wonderful and successful occasion of the Silver Jubilee Concert and Supper at Y Senedd, Cardiff Bay, on 4 July (see report below). Since then it has been my busiest month to date representing the Company at outside events.
On 5 July, the Clerk and I, together with the Deputy Master, Graeme Morgan and his wife Elizabeth, had the honour of being invited by HRH the Prince of Wales to an evening reception at his home in Wales at Llwynywermod, near Llandovery. It was a very special, high-summer, evening party and we had the great pleasure of being presented to Prince Charles. We had the opportunity to discuss the work of the Company with him and found him to be well briefed about our activities and very supportive. We also met other guests with whom we found we had many common objectives in Wales.


A few days later on 10 July, the clerk and I attended the Installation Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers, which took place at the Mansion House in London, in the presence of the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs of London. There I met the Chairman of the Lady Masters’ Association (new to me) and she has kindly invited me to join their float for the Lord Mayor’s Show in November.

On 18 July, the Chairman of the Awards Committee, her husband and I were invited to a reception and musical evening where Ensemble Cymru made their début in London at the home of Lord Davies of Abersoch and Lady Davies. Having performed all over Europe, this was the Ensemble’s first performance in London (see Recent News).

I was back at the Mansion House on 25 July at a Banquet of the Worshipful Company of Marketors at the kind invitation of Liveryman Keith C. Williams, again in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs. This was another great experience, a highlight of which was the Honour Guard formed by The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers of the Honourable Artillery Company.

On 30 July I have been invited to lunch with the Judges at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) by one of the Sheriffs of London.

The following WLCOW meetings have also taken place this month: North Wales Committee, Ad hoc Fundraising Committee for the Silver Jubilee (which has met twice), General Purposes Committee, the Trustees and Court.


Silver Jubilee Concert and Supper at Y Senedd, Cardiff Bay

On Wednesday, 4 July I had the pleasure of inviting Liverymen, their guests and Assembly Members to a Silver Anniversary Jubilee Concert and Buffet held at Y Senedd, Cardiff Bay.

The evening was kindly sponsored by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the Independent Assembly Member for the Dwyfor Meirioneth constituency in the National Assembly and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport in the Welsh Government.

The Concert was given by Ensemble Cymru led by Peryn Clement-Evans, principal clarinettist and Artistic Director of the Ensemble. Based in Bangor, North Wales, Ensemble Cymru is Wales’ leading chamber music group. For the Senedd event, performers from Ensemble Cymru were joined by six recent music award winners granted by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales. A full report on the evening with more photographs may be found under the Silver Jubilee heading of the website.



L – R Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards (Founder Master of the Company), Glain Dafydd (soprano), Peryn Clement-Evans (Artistic Director, Ensemble Cymru), Olivia Hunt and myself.




On 16th June 2018, Liveryman Derek Morgan, Chairman of the Trustees of the Charitable Trust of the Company, and his wife Anne (seen above with Alun Cairns, Secretary of State for Wales and myself), hosted a very successful Garden Party at their beautiful home “Erw Graig” in Merthyr Mawr.

The occasion, held in aid of the Silver Jubilee Fund, was exceptionally well attended with nearly 90 liverymen and their guests enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea in lovely surroundings. A prize draw and silent auction raised a substantial sum for the Fund (for a full account see Recent News).


Gillian Davies