The Children’s Magical Taxi Tour was created to give sick children a break from their world of treatment and therapy by going on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris in a convoy of London taxis.
The City of London Historical Society is organising a battlefield visit to Ypres next August 29,30 and 31st and on behalf of the organising committee, I am writing to seek expressions of interest.
How wonderful that Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Liveryman in time for a Turner to be Lord Mayor of London in 2013 - 2014. In support of our Lord Mayor the Company mounted a float in the Lord Mayor's Show - not just any old float but the longest and heaviest in the biggest parade in modern times.
Since 2010, the East Herts Club has been organising hands-on woodturning taster sessions to raise awareness of woodturning amongst young people. We understand that, subsequently, a few of these youngsters have attended clubs around the country. Following on from a successful taster session for about 30 scouts last year it was agreed to host a teaching day under the AWGB/Worshipful Company of Turners Youth Training Programme.
It is a truth universally recognised that a man in possession of a powerful and shiny new car is in want of a fulfilling journey on open roads. And so it was, dear reader, that your Master embarked upon a 2,000 mile return trip by road from London to Stockholm for his summer holiday. Experiencing the sheer delight of his red Jaguar sweeping effortlessly through the un-crowded landscape of the Mistress’s native Sweden was a dream fulfilled, with much to interest followers of our craft as well.
I am writing as Sheriff and as the Sponsoring Alderman for the 2014 City Livery Concert to ask you to invite your Liverymen and Freemen and their families/associates to join in this key event in the City of London calendar.
Most unusually, there are presently two Masters on our Court. The day before our own Election Court, Assistant Nic Somers became Master of the Company of Arts Scholars. The Deputy Master (on that day, still the Master Turner) represented the Turners’ Company at the Arts Scholars installation dinner that was held, overlooking the Tower of London, in the splendid surroundings of Trinity House. The Company of Arts Scholars are expected to become a Livery Company during 2014. The Master Turner has the greatest pleasure in congratulating the Master Arts Scholar on his appointment but reminds him that despite his exalted status he still remains the Master’s Steward of the Turners’ Company!
While the Company’s major Armed Forces association is with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), we also have close ties with the Royal Naval Defence School of Marine Engineering (HMS SULTAN) and the RAF’s No 4 School of Technical Training at St Athan, near Cardiff.
On the afternoon of June 24th, people walking past the Mansion House were astonished to see a lorry pull up and disgorge eight huge round containers each bearing a leafy tree five metres high. With much heaving and groaning, members of the Lord Mayor’s staff carried them into the Mansion House, put them in a lift and installed them in the magnificent Egyptian Room.
In 2012 we ran a total of 109 events, which is an average of more than two per week. That included: 12 Saturday meetings of the Association of Pole-lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers (APTGW), 88 midweek workshops (mainly on Wednesdays and Thursdays), 7 days of courses, and 2 demos. We registered 73 new participants in 2012.
The Friends of St George's are arranging this tour and there are a few places available. Chief Executive of the ‘Not Forgotten’ Association, Colonel Piers Story-Pugh, an expert on First World War battlefields will accompany the tour.
On the 17th November, 4 A-level students of Product Design, and seven Year 11 GCSE students attended a one day intensive wood turning course sponsored by the Association of Wood Turners of Great Britain. The course was held in a large workshop in Portishead (near Bristol), which was donated to the AWGB by a former member and is now run as a charitable trust which provides a Youth Training and Development Programme to attract young enthusiasts into the art of woodturning.
At 6.30pm on 20 March 2013 a group of 20 intrepid liverymen and their guests set off on a voyage of discovery. Led by Jamie the distiller and Nathan the barman, we began our journey of discovery and enlightenment on all things ‘Gin’.
Keep updated with the latest news from the City of London in a new quarterly news sheet designed principally for Livery Companies. Highlights include the Lord Mayor's vision for his year in office, world economic forum global risks report, economic crime conference and youth initiatives.
With 'almost too many achievements to list', Freeman Ray Key has been awarded the new Master in Turning award.
An article about the Company was published in December 2012's edition of American Woodturner.
The Magical Taxi Tour gives sick children a break from their world of treatment and therapy by going on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Resort Paris in a convoy of London Taxis. And this year we had the special opportunity to support a family, driven to Paris by our own Clerk.
An excellent and informative day was had by members and guests when they visited the home of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, a Grade II listed building situated on a site closely linked with Justice and law for nearly a millennium.
27 members and guests were given rare access to the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street on the evening of 9th November. Gathering in the foyer of Sir Herbert Baker’s fine building, we were taken into the care of our guide for what proved to a fascinating and enjoyable tour of one of the city’s […]