Master's Blog - March 2018

From the Master Professor Gillian Davies DL


The Company will be launching the Silver Jubilee fund-raising appeal on the occasion of the Company's forthcoming CHARITY SPRING LUNCH PARTY to be held on 18 March 2018 in the Arts Centre at Atlantic College, St Donat's Castle (for details of the event and to book see this website News-Upcoming Events and the Members' Section) . The appeal will be addressed to major companies, trusts and institutions in Wales which have an interest in education, inviting charitable donations and financial support with the aim of augmenting our Charitable Trust Fund by at least £100,000. At present, we receive applications for support from more young people than we are able to assist. Augmenting our funds will enable us in future to increase the number of Awards we are able to give annually. We will also be appealing to Liverymen to make personal efforts in their local communities to raise money for the Silver Jubilee Fund. For full details of this campaign, please click here

On Thursday 15 March 2018, the Western Mail published an article about the Company's Silver Jubilee celebrations and fund-raising appeal together with profiles of five of our past Award Winners across two pages of the Newspaper. I am delighted that the article has drawn attention to our activities and the forthcoming launch of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations and Charity Lunch which will take place on Sunday 18 March at such an auspicious time.



Thursday, 22 February – Visit to the Museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Caernarfon Castle, followed by lunch at Plas Dinas, former home of the late Lord Snowdon.

Sunday, 18 March – Charity lunch at Atlantic College, St Donat’s.

Friday, 18 – Sunday, 20 May Master’s Away Week-end at Portmeirion Village, Gwynedd – On 20 May there will be a fund-raising Garden Party at the home of Liveryman Mrs Bettina Harden and Mr David Harden, Nanhoron, Pwllheli

The full calendar of events in 2018 can be viewed here.

Recent Events

DATE: - THURSDAY 22nd February 2018

Welsh Livery Company to visit Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon.

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon

Many Liverymen will have strong personal or family connections with the historic regiment of the Royal Welch Fusiliers which had its principal recruiting ground in North Wales. The Regimental Museum located inside Caernarfon Castle provides a fascinating insight into the long and illustrious history of this famous regiment.

The Trustees of the Museum have very generously offered to host a visit by the Livery Company to the Museum and to give a talk about the Regiment and its battle honours. Liverymen will also be given a conducted tour around the ancient castle. The Custodian of the Castle has very kindly agreed that Liverymen attending the event will be granted free access to the Castle. We are very grateful to Lieutenant General Riley CB DSO, the Chairman of the Museum Trust for agreeing to the visit and also to Colonel John Williams MC DL who will host us and talk about the Regiment.

The occasion will provide a wonderful opportunity for Liverymen and their guests to learn about the role of the Regiment in many historical campaigns including service in China during the Boxer Rebellion and in South Africa during the Boer War as well as very many others.

Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon


Athenaeum, London

On Thursday, 25 January 2018 a lecture followed by dinner was held at my London Club, the Athenaeum, in Pall Mall (above). The evening commenced with a Reception, followed by a much appreciated lecture by Professor Michael Wheeler entitled ‘Sleeping with books in Wales: Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden’, and an excellent dinner. Professor Wheeler, a distinguished historian, who has recently completed the official history of the Athenaeum, is among his many other responsibilities the Chairman of Trustees of Gladstone’s Library at Hawarden in Denbighshire. The library is the only residential library of its kind in the world and unique in the United Kingdom for being the only Library to have been established in this country by a former Prime Minister (William Gladstone was Prime Minister for four terms beginning in 1868 and ending in 1894). Professor Wheeler’s lecture was much appreciated and was followed by many questions and a lively discussion. After dinner, guests were invited to tour the Athenaeum premises to see more of the beautiful building.

The evening was pronounced a great success by all present and the idea of asking the North Wales Committee to organise a visit to Gladstone’s Library attracted much attention.



On 21 October 2017, I had the honour of being installed as the Master of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales at an Installation Court at Cardiff City Hall, along with the Senior Warden, Mr Geoff Hughes and the Junior Warden, Mr Peter Coleman. After the ceremony, the Wardens and I processed to St John the Baptist Church for the Installation Service where the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Revd John Davies, did us the honour of giving the address. The Installation Banquet in the Assembly Rooms of the City Hall was attended by more than 100 Liverymen, friends and family as well as many guests of the Company.

At the Banquet, the Company’s Gold Award was presented to Dr Hywel Griffiths, a geographer from Aberystwyth University and the Merit Award was presented to Mr Stephen Thomas, a Para-Olympic athlete. The welcome to the guests was given by the Junior Warden Mr Peter Coleman, and the reply on behalf of the guests was given in a highly thoughtful response by the Rt. Hon The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, QC, which was very supportive of the Livery Company’s work. Lord Thomas retired on 1 October 2017 as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Lord Thomas concluded by proposing the toast to the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales. The text of Lord Thomas’ speech is available.


Gillian and Sian Rees

The first event of the Livery year was held at Howell’s School, Cardiff, on 20 November 2017. Mrs Sian Rees, former Inspector of Ancient Monuments at CADW, presented a fascinating paper on the work of CADW for the conservation of the heritage of Wales. In the run up to the Christmas holidays, two Carol Services took place: the advent Carol Service at St Asaph Cathedral on Sunday 3 December 2017 and the Annual Carol Concert and Supper held in St Germans Church, Cardiff on Friday 15 December 2017. I was happy to see that all three of these events were well attended and supported by Liverymen.

Gillian Davies