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Master's Blog - may 2019

31st May

Welcome to the latest blog as I near the final third of my year in Office as Master, a year which has, so far, been eventful and enjoyable.
On 30th April we were entertained to a lecture by well known author Diana Preston at Howells’ School, Llandaff. An audience of about 80 people including Liverymen, guests and special guests from the Captain Scott Society were enthralled by the dramatic story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO, RN who set sail from Cardiff on his famous and, tragically, final expedition to the South Pole. The lecture was followed by an excellent hot buffet supper and musical entertainment was provided by former WLCoW Award winner Iestyn Griffiths.
Sue and I attended the Service of Celebration for the life of Liveryman David Glynn-Jones at Holy Trinity Church, Guilford on 2nd May. Liveryman Huw Wynne-Griffiths and his wife, Helen were also present in a well attended, representative congregation.
On 9th–12th May 32 intrepid Liverymen and guests enjoyed the Master’s Away Weekend in Bruges. We travelled on Edwards’ Red Dragon Coach used by the Welsh Rugby and Football teams and stayed at the Navarro Hotel which was excellent. The programme included a superbly entertaining guided tour of a famous brewery, a visit to several war cemeteries, including the grave of Hedd Wyn and the Welsh Memorial, followed by attendance at the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres where we laid a poppy wreath on behalf of The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales. I was privileged and moved to be asked to give the Exhortation during the Ceremony. Finally, we visited the Diamond Museum where we had a fascinating Demonstration before concluding the weekend in Bruges with a most enjoyable group Dinner in the Hotel.
Sir Gary Hickinbottom, Master of The Worshipful Livery Company of Arbitrators had extended an invitation to any of our Liverymen who wished to attend their Charter Commemorative Banquet at the Mansion House in London on 20th May. Our Company was well represented by Sue and I and 10 Liverymen and guests. We all received a warm welcome in the toast to Visitors.
Sue and I were invited to HMS Dragon Auxiliary Wardroom Mess Dinner at Vale Resort Hotel on 23rd May to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of HMS Dragon, one of our affiliated Royal Navy ships. The guest speaker was Lt Cdr Richard Attwater from Dragon and he was accompanied by three other officers who each gave a description of their work on board. It was good to meet with members of the Wardroom some of who are also members of our Livery Company during an excellent evening.
On 30th May Sue and I attended the Annual Banquet of the Worshipful Livery Company of Actuaries at the Mansion House as guests of Liveryman Huw Wynne-Griffiths, a Past Master of that Company. It was a superb evening in the Company of the Lord Mayor of London Peter Estlin and Sheriff Elizabeth Green. Sir John Timpson of high street fame was the guest speaker and spoke of the rehabilitation of offenders, something dear to my heart. His company has been employing ex- offenders for nearly 20 years and he rates them as some of his best employees.During the month I attended the Charity Committee meeting and the Public Relations Committee meeting. Both continue to work well in the interests of the Company. Members of the Awards Committee have been out and about embarking on their interviews of candidates for Awards this year.
All three Committees would welcome volunteers to join them in the important work they carry out for the Company.
Sadly, the month also saw the passing of Liveryman David Clark who had been a staunch supporter of our Company for many years. We offer our condolences to his family.

Geoff Hughes