Congratulations to Court Assistant Jeremy Field who has been recognised with an OBE in Her Majesty the Queen's 2022 New Year's Honours for his service to the funeral profession during the pandemic.
The annual service where members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us, was held for the first time since the pandemic on Thursday 25th November.
A BIG thanks to all who contributed to Wizardry in Wood 2021. Despite the delays and the many hoops that had to be jumped due to Covid-19 and other factors, the exhibition was a huge success.
It was an incredible week at Wizardry in Wood with so many entries to the competitions, we were overwhelmed by the support from the wonderful woodturning community. With more entries than we have ever had before, extra tables had to be brought in to provide enough space to show the work.
Woodturning has never been so accessible as it is now, but not enough people know about it; we want to shout out about how creative, exciting and fulfilling working with timber and a woodturning lathe can be; with its, seemingly, endless possibilities. Come see for yourself at Wizardry in Wood!
The competitions postponed from October 2020, will now go ahead at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London on 12th October 2021. Emerging from over a year of pandemic and lockdowns, this event will be a beacon of hope for woodturners and woodturning enthusiasts alike.
HRH The Princess Royal KG KT GCVO QSO, an Honorary Member of the City Livery Club, was principal guest at their Annual Civic Luncheon. Past Master Turner Nicholas Somers presented Her Royal Highness with the Club’s ‘ Root & Branch 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Since I last wrote to you at Easter we had the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a fantastic champion for the UK and the City of London over more than seven decades, and an active supporter of the Livery.
This Award is for an aspiring or established turner i.e., someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials. The Award will help the selected turner by providing the space and time to grow their business.
Lord Mayor’s Easter Bulletin Read the full bulletin here (PDF) An abridged version is below: Fellow Liverymen The recent anniversary of the start of the first lockdown gave us an opportunity to reflect on the tumultuous year that has passed since then. It is clear that our lives will never be quite the same again. […]
After almost 10 years at Abney Park Cemetery, we are moving the workshop to Hackney City Farm. This is due to large scale building works at Abney, which would have forced us to shut the workshop again this summer.
I hope that as we enter 2021 you all remain safe and well after a break over Christmas. As January draws to a close the Lady Mayoress and I wish you a good New Year and hope that this year will be one which see all of us in the Livery build towards a recovery from COVID19.
The office is closed, but the Company remains open for business. We are continuing to support our charities and are a signatory to the London Funders‘ Statement. The aim of this Covid-19 hub is to provide information and resources which may help turners and other craftspeople.
Jason began working with wood from a young age and started a carpenter and joinery apprenticeship straight after school in Colchester, Essex and that’s where he first started woodturning.
“The Lord Mayor, in the stronghold of the mighty Mansion House, gave orders to his fifty cooks and butlers to keep Christmas as a Lord Mayor's Household should.” A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
This year of the pandemic has been hard for many, but woodturner Miriam Jones has managed to not only survive, but thrive. After her amazing lockdown candle success, she was asked to take part in a Welsh TV Craft show.
On Saturday 14th November I went without pomp or ceremony to the Law Courts to make my Statutory Declaration before the Lord Chief Justice for a second term of office as Lord Mayor
On 8-9th September 2020 the 26th Anniversary Annual Inter-Livery clay pigeon shooting competition was held at the coveted Holland & Holland shooting grounds in Northwood, Middlesex. The Turners team had much to live up to.
I am sending you this bulletin in an unusual dual capacity, as both Lord Mayor and Lord Mayor Elect. On 30 September, at a COVID-secure gathering of Common Hall, I was humbled to be elected to serve a second term of office, which will start on 13 November.
We are pleased to announce that Jason Lock has received the 2020 Turners' Company award at Cockpit Arts, the country's leading business incubation centre for craftspeople. Jason, from Colchester, specialises in turning wood and resin combinations.