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Welcome to our Civic City Blog

Being a Modern Livery Company, we are continually building our role and involvement within the Livery and Civic City as each year passes.  The Master regularly represents WCoMC, but many of our members are also involved through their work in the Civic City, such as the City Values Forum or the Financial Services Group. For my part I am told that being Master of a Modern Livery Company is not all it may seem at first glance and taking over the reins can be quite challenging.  My immediate predecessors Edward Sankey and Geoff Llewellyn reported through this blog how they mixed their Civic City responsibilities with some other activities (such as abseiling down City buildings) that certainly would not appear in the Master's job description (if there were one). Now it is time for a wider group to join the conversation!

So my aim of this blog is to capture as much of our Company involvement as we can and not just that of our Master. 

Patrick

Patrick RR Chapman
Master 2014-15
October 2014
 

Please read on ...

 

The City Refreshes, Rejoices and Remembers, plus Ryanair again!

How exactly does the Lord Mayor take Office? I knew it happened the day before the Lord Mayor’s Show but the How was a mystery!

Our Clerk very kindly invited me to attend Friday’s ceremony, generally called the Silent Ceremony and in a crowded Grand Hall of Guildhall. Lasting about 20 minutes with the symbols of Office being passed across, the only audible words are the incoming Lord Mayor making a one sentence oath to perform the duties of office. Its very silence brings it great dignity and import.

What Do You Think Of It So Far?!

Like a visitor to New Zealand, a country I love having lived and worked there, I find people asking how I’m finding the role of Master. It is of course deeply interesting.  The predominant feeling so far is that it is also very busy. This is partly the inevitable result of being installed at the same time as a new Clerk and Assistant to the Clerk took up their duties! No complaints - we consultants know about handling change, don’t we!

Seminar on Management Consulting Gives Food for Thought

In With A Bang!

An Unforgettable Ceremony and a Happy Dinner!

A tumultuous week, headlined by my Installation by IPM Geoff Llewellyn and an Address to the Members and guests at the end of the Ceremony!

The Installation Ceremony and Dinner will live in my memory. More importantly though, it was a celebration of our Company – looking back with pride and looking forward with expectation.

The speech of our Distinguished Speaker Alderman Sir Paul Judge, Sheriff of the City of London was a piece of hard sense about business sandwiched between some very good humour!

The last lap and a heady height!

Since my last Blog, I've chaired the Election Court, which to my great pleasure, elected First Warden Edward Sankey as my successor and advanced Patrick Chapman and David Peregrine-Jones to First and Second Wardens. I wish Edward every success in his year which will start on Thursday.

Summer nights ...

Something of an hiatus since the last blog because of Summer holidays, so a bit of a catch up is due!

Catching-up.. and a STOP PRESS .. our new Clerk!

To the good ship HQS Wellington on 20 June for the Summer Court followed by the Education Supper – a very full afternoon and evening.

Summer Court was well attended and we covered a number of important issues including the decision that we would declare two Warden vacancies in the Elections to be held in September – so as to bring the number of Wardens back up to four. There’s a lot of work to be done and extra input is always welcome!

As I was saying...!

The last month since the Celebration Dinner seems to have been like going over a waterfall - or perhaps a turbulent breakwater as suggested by Jeff Cant's account of the Royalist Regatta in the "Recent News" section. Actually I don't recognise Jeff's account at all, since my recollection is that we spent the two days reclining on the poop deck in velvet smoking jackets reading Swinburne - I think Jeff must have been smoking something funny!

To tea with the Queen on 6 June at a Royal Garden Party!

Cel ...ebrate good times....c'mon!

To the Honourable Artillery Company on 9 May for the first of the Management Consultants' Celebration Dinners which we intend will become a part of the industry's annual calendar. We broke records for attendance with 180 people joining us for the reception in the Long Room at the HAC and dinner in the Prince Consort Room - very nicely decked out in our Company colours!

We also had a very nice write-up of the evening from Mick James, the leading specialist journalist covering our industry for “Top-Consultant”, who attended the event.

April, not quite the cruellest month!

In my last blog, I anticipated a pretty grotty Easter break but the reality exceeded even the worst expectations! Least said, soonest mended on the weather front, I think, and now that Spring does appear to have sprung it may seem churlish to complain about a "white Easter" of which I certainly did not dream!

... and out like a lamb (not!)

To St Pauls on 15 March for the United Guilds Service with a very interesting sermon delivered by the Bishop of Chelmsford on the challenging “labourers in the vineyard” parable, introduced by a nice observation that the Churchmen particularly like the UGS because it’s the one service in the year when the congregation is more oddly dressed than the clergy!

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