“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.
There is a distinctly back-to-school feel in the air. I have returned to Mansion House after my summer break and I very much hope that all of you, like me, were able to find some time for rest and recuperation over August.
Arturo Soto is a designer and maker who specialises in working with reclaimed and recycled materials to produce luxury items. Due to the current pandemic, his award has been extended.
We're very aware that many Livery Companies and other institutions are also going through difficult times, and we will share together in coming months the journey of working through what lockdown has meant.
We are delighted to announce that from Sunday 5th July, our doors will be open to visitors & tourists as well as for private prayer. The crypts and free exhibition will also be available.
Ordinarily at this time of Midsummer the Livery would be assembling in Common Hall to choose “two fit and able persons to be Sheriffs of this City for the year ensuing”, as the Serjeant-at-Arms and Common Cryer traditionally proclaims at the opening of proceedings.
There's two weeks left to apply for The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Awards. The Award comprises one year’s business support and subsidised studio space at Cockpit Arts in Deptford. Deadline 31 July. Find out more and apply...
For the second year running Cockpit Arts has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 100 social enterprises in the NatWest SE100 Index 2020.
This will be my fourth bulletin to the Livery since the COVID19 lockdown period began. As ever, the Lady Mayoress and I hope that this newsletter finds you well and safe.
Past Master Edward Sawney used to live near the village of Eyam and has shared this fascinating BBC article, which draws comparisons with our current times. The people of Eyam isolated themselves when the plague arrived in 1665 and stopped the spread of the disease.
The Lord Mayor reports on how the Livery has come together to support the NHS by providing ventilators, making medical scrubs and producing foam for face-masks. The Livery kitchen initiative is providing meals for NHS workers. Read the full report here.
In 1665, the year of the Great Plague, Peirson was the priest here at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street. Faced with the unimaginable horror of the plague, many clergy fled London. Peirson was one of the few who chose to remain.
William Russell, the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London, will serve an additional year in office to ensure continuity of leadership during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
I sincerely hope that this message finds you safe and well despite the significant disruption we are facing to our own lives and the lives of the Livery Companies to which we belong. Like many of us, these last few weeks have seen me adapting to a new way of working.
Colin Norgate, Member of the Register of Professional Turners (RPT) has recently completed his part of leading a collaboration of highly skilled craftspeople to make a new Crosier for the Bishop of Stepney.