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Lastest Bulletin from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor

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.

Coronovirus, lessons from Eyam

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.

Bulletin from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor

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.

Rev’d Canon Dr Alison Joyce, Reflection Covid-19 and the Great Plague

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.

Lord Mayor to serve an additional year

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.

Lord Mayor’s Easter Message to the Livery

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.

Bishops Crosier for The Bishop of Stepney

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.

A Message from The Master – Covid 19 Response

In these uncertain and unsettling times, it is entirely natural to retreat to where we feel most comfortable, whether that is to our families, our close friends or to communities with whom we have a common bond.

Young Turners Training & Development Programme

The first ‘Official’ Young Turners Training days (referred by some as ‘Youth Training’) was held in the workshop of Stuart Mortimer in August 2006. Since then Training days have been held in various locations throughout the UK, The latest was held on the 22nd February at the workshop of Les Thorne.

Woodturning and tea at the Hurlingham Club

On Monday 9th March, the Mistress Turner, Mrs Liz Sindall welcomed 60 guests, mainly consorts from across the Livery, to a turning demonstration and tea party at The Hurlingham Club in London. Over £300 were raised for Youth Turning.

Richard Gardner Williams Banquet – Truth and Lies

At the Richard Gardner Williams dinner this year, Past Master Andrew Neill delivered a sentiment in which he included a series of truths and lies about this principal benefactor of the Turners' Company. Read on to reveal the truths!

The Turners’ Company Livery Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Turners welcomed the Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Professor MIchael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward CC to their Livery Dinner held in the stunning Skinners' Hall in the City of London.

Fundraising for the British Red Cross

With kind donations from members of the Register of Professional Turners and various woodturning clubs, the Turners' Company set up a stand at the Guildhall Christmas market in London, and with volunteers from the Company working hard, an incredible £4,200 was raised for the British Red Cross.

Turners at Harrogate

The Turners' Company were at the Harrogate woodworking show in mid November, supporting the Register of Professional Turners. RPT members were not only manning their stand and promoting both the Register and the Company, but were also demonstrating on a number of commercial stands.

Learning to turn

A wonderful weekend of turning took place at the Max Carey Trust in Portishead on 2-3 November, with 15 Company members and friends trying their hand, or honing their skills, under the watchful eye of Stuart Bradfield and his team of volunteers.

Cockpit Arts Award winner Arturo Soto reveals new collection

Arturo won the Cockpit Arts turners award 2019 and immediately started work on his new collection. This new collection was shown at Olympia London at the Top Drawer Exhibition 2019.

Master’s Weekend in Wells

Over a weekend in September a group of 21 members of the Company and their partners joined the Master on a trip to the wonderful City of Wells where his brother in law, Peter, is the present Bishop of Bath and Wells. Upper Warden Melissa Scott gave an impromptu recital which was greatly enjoyed.

Place your bids! Ornamental British Red Cross Box

Liveryman and Master Turner Reg Hawthorne has again kindly donated a beautiful turned box in aid of the British Red Cross. This is available now for bidding on the online auction and will be available to view at the Guildhall Christmas Market on 25 to 26 November 2019.

Ray Key Collaboration Auction ends soon!

Following on from the hugely successful exhibition at the Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucester, the 120 pieces from the Ray Key collaboration by turners from five continents, are now available online to buy.  This unique auction is open now, and will end on 13th October 2019 at 8.20 pm.

Clayshooting win for charity

The Inter Livery Clay Shooting Competition took place at Holland & Holland over two days. Prior to commencing the day the organisers announced that they had introduced a new prize called ‘The Glorious 12th’ and to everyone’s delight and surprise, the Turners' team won this prestigious prize.

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