The Master goes to Jail

(accompanied by over 30 Liverymen and their guests)

The Clink Restaurant next to Cardiff jail is run by a charity with the aim of helping prisoners gain the skills, qualifications and confidence to return to a productive and honest life. The waiters and cooks are from the Prescoed open prison near Usk and much of the food is grown by prisoners in their gardens. The reoffending rates in the men and women who go through the charity’s courses are reduced by nearly 50%. More than 1,800 prisoners have had the chance to complete the training offered by the charity in four Clink Restaurants around the country.

The Master's Installation

The Master, Mr Geoff Hughes, and over 30 members of the Company were very pleased to support this charity and at the same time enjoy the award-winning food and have the pleasure of the friendship of many of the members. The event took place on Sunday 26th November at lunchtime and the food served reflected the coming Christmas celebrations. The dishes were prepared fresh in the adjacent kitchen in full view of the diners. The preparation and service were supervised by the Clink Charity permanent staff assisted by the prisoners on duty. The Master, a former Prison Governor, was pleased to extend thanks to all and to express on behalf of The Livery Company our support for this very worthwhile initiative.

The Awards Committee made an award to a recently discharged “graduate” of The Clink Restaurant earlier this year and will do so again shortly to a serving prisoner proposed by staff at The Clink but, as yet, the name of the candidate is still under wraps.