The Master chose this year’s Annual Charity Lunch to launch the WLCoW Silver Jubilee Appeal with the ambition of raising £100,000 to increase the Company’s support to the young people of Wales by increasing the number and/or amount of Awards that will be made in future years.

The Charity Lunch was held at the Arts Centre, United World College of the Atlantic, St Donat’s on 18 March 2018. ATLANTIC COLLEGE, ST DONATS

Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards At a Drinks Reception before Lunch, the Master invited Founder Master Captain Sir Norman Lloyd Edwards to describe the history of the work of the Company, the building up of the Charitable Trust, and the Company’s work to date.

Liveryman Hugh Thomas This was followed on by Liveryman Hugh Thomas who explained his fundraising plans to raise additional sums from Liverymen, Companies, Trusts and Institutions in Wales for the Livery Company’s Charitable Trust.

Two £400 Awards were made to Atlantic College students to support community projects they are currently undertaking as part of their International Baccalaureate courses.

The Master with Joshua McCarthy and Eve Sharples

The Master with Joshua McCarthy and Eve Sharples

Joshua McCarthy (17) from Bargoed won his award for an initiative to create a garden to support the children with autism at St. Illtyd’s Primary School in Llantwit Major. Joshua said “We have cleared an area to create a ‘safe & calm’ space and are awaiting equipment to finish off the project.”

Eve Sharples (17) from Wrexham is using her award to part fund a week working with the Bardsey Bird Observatory in July - Eve hopes to work on the bird census and other environmental tasks. Eve has plans to study Zoology after graduating from college.

Following the presentation of Awards, Liverymen and their guests enjoyed a sumptuous 3-course lunch and the fellowship of friends and family in the magnificent surroundings of the Arts Centre.

 Caitlin McKee

This should also have included a recital from former WLCoW double award winner, the mezzo soprano Caitlin McKee.

Unfortunately, Caitlin was unable to get to St Donat’s due to the adverse weather conditions so, Past Master Wayne Warlow stepped in with a short talk and piano recital, demonstrating his own talents as a pianist and musician.

Despite the snow and adverse road conditions, 43 Liverymen and Guests did attend the lunch which helped raise over £3,000 for the Appeal. This included £330 from a prize draw, approx £2,000 (tbc) from an auction and an additional £1,000 in donations from some supporters unable to attend on the day. The Charitable Events Committee would like to thank all who attended the lunch and assisted with the arrangements. The WLCoW would also like to thank all who contributed to a successful launch of the Silver Jubilee Appeal, especially those organizations and individuals who supplied raffle and auction prizes, and those who made individual donations. It is very much appreciated.