Master's Blog - September 2018

From the Master Professor Gillian Davies DL

Welcome to my Master’s Blog on the new website of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales. I will be using this page to report on a monthly basis to Liverymen on Livery events and also to draw attention to the upcoming programme of the Court and Company.


My last blog was posted at the end of July. August began with a small dinner at the Athenaeum in London in honour of Sir Terry Morgan, Chairman of Cross Rail, and recipient of the Company’s Achievement Award for 2018 on 1st August. Thereafter, like all Livery Companies, activities ceased for the holiday season.


Work resumed in the first week of September. On the 2nd of the month, I had a meeting in Cardiff with the Director of the Prince’s Trust Cymru, Philip Jones, to discuss plans for cooperation between our two organisations. We are now looking forward to working with the Prince’s Trust to support their Development Plan.

The same week a series of WLCOW meetings also took place: the Ad hoc Fundraising Committee for the Silver Jubilee, the General Purposes Committee and Court. Later in the month on the 18th a special meeting of Court was held at Aberystwyth University (the first Court meeting to be held outside Cardiff). We were honoured by the presence of the Vice Chancellor of the University, Dr Elizabeth Treasure, who described the University’s progressive approach to education and the high priority given to student welfare. Having been in post for eighteen months, she outlined her vision for the future. The University is to be congratulated on its recognition in the latest University league table as the University with the best student experience in the UK.

On September 20, the Company’s annual meeting of Common Hall took place at Bridgend followed by a dinner for those present. Common Hall is the forum which approves the annual accounts for the Livery Year and receives the Master’s annual report. The report I presented to Common Hall about the Company’s activities in the Livery year 2017/18 can be seen here. Common Hall decided to increase the annual quarterage paid by Liverymen by the small amount of £10, from £150 to £160.

Once again, I received a number of invitations to represent the Company at outside events. On September 7, I attended the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the RAF held at RAF Valley on Anglesey and in the course of the month I attended three other events in London as Master: Dinner at the Old Bailey at the invitation of the Lay Sheriff of London (September 12); a dinner of the Lady Masters’ Association held at the Innholders’ Hall off Cannon Street (September 24) and finally the Annual Dinner of the Paviours Company held at the Mansion House (September 27). The Master of the Paviours Company, Mr Dyfrig James, is Welsh and the evening concluded with a brilliant performance by the London Male Voice Choir.

Click here to see the Master’s Diary with a full list of the major livery activities from 21 October 2017 to 20 October 2018.

My year as Master comes to an end on October 20, 2018, when the Senior Warden, Mr Geoff Hughes, will be installed as Master at City Hall, Cardiff. I look forward to seeing many Liverymen on that occasion. My last blog will be posted earlier that week.


Western Mail Article

(c) 2018 Media Wales; reproduced with their kind permission.

Gillian Davies