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annually to the Fund. We have taken on

The Master

board some of the reservations expressed

It seems scarcely credible that by the

about the working of the Livery Fund,

time you read this, my year as Master

and we will be sharing some proposals

will be half over.

with the Livery at the Annual Meeting in June on how we might refine the approach in 2011 and beyond.

It is of course a tremendous privilege to head this great Company. At the

In the meantime, I would encour-

many events I have attended to date, it

age all Members, but in particular the

is clear from conversations with people,

Livery, to contribute to the Livery Fund to the extent they are able.

in the City and the charity sector in

On other fronts, the Company is in

particular, that the Clothworkers are

good shape. We are weathering the turbul-

held in very high regard.

ence in financial markets, although inevit-

A significant part of our reputation

ably our charitable giving in 2009 will be less

derives from the magnitude of our charitable

than in the last few years.

giving which, as you all know, is largely the result

Socially, I am delighted to report that our last three

of the generosity of our predecessors. You will read elsewhere in this edition of The Clothworker

big events – the two dinners and the Freedom lunch - were

about the charities which the Livery Fund supported in

all oversubscribed and enjoyed by all those who attended.

2009. I am pleased to report that £56,000 was distributed,

I look forward to seeing many of you over the coming

an increase on the prior year but still below where we

months at the various events at the Hall and wish all

would like it to be. Across the Livery only 30% of Members

Clothworkers and their families a prosperous New Year.

contribute to the Fund, yet most enjoy the Company’s hospitality at no cost. In order to demonstrate their commitment and show leadership, every Member of the Court is contributing


Lord Mayor and Sheriffs Nick Anstee has been elected Lord Mayor for 2009-2010. A qualified chartered accountant, he has worked for Moore Stephens, Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche. He is currently employed in the corporate practice of the City law firm, S J Berwin, and is on the Court of the Butchers’ Company. Despite inclement weather, the Lord Mayor’s Show was a great success and a group of over twenty Clothworkers and their families and friends repaired to Carpenters’ Hall after the parade to enjoy a very convivial lunch. The Aldermanic Sheriff for 2009-2010 is David Wootton (far left), a lawyer at Allen & Overy and a member of several Livery Companies. After the first contested election for over ten years, Peter Cook (Plaisterer) was elected Lay Sheriff (left). As a result of comments from Liverymen about the process used in such situations, the Court of Common Council is reviewing the approach to be adopted for contested ballots in the future. The Court of Aldermen have indicated that Mike Bear, an engineer currently involved in property develop- ment, is expected to be elected Lord Mayor for 20102011, and that Fiona Woolf, a competition lawyer, will be put forward to be Aldermanic Sheriff for the same year. Front cover: The fourth design binding to enter our collection is the Encyclopedia of Textiles. The binding is of deep red suede with an intricate gold and beadwork design inspired by drawings of silk scarves and photographs within the book. The binding is by Jenni Grey, previously President of Designer Bookbinders and currently a senior lecturer in Book Arts at the University of Brighton. This understated yet elegant binding is housed in a bespoke walnut box, a hallmark of Jenni’s work.


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Social Events At the Court Dinner in July, the guest speaker was Lord Vestey, the Master of the Horse and former Chairman of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital, with which the Foundation has a long standing connection. Entertainment was provided by the Scots Guards Regimental Band Brass Quintet. The October and December Livery Dinners were both oversubscribed. In October, our guest speaker was General Sir Richard Dannatt, recentlyretired Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army. He spoke passionately and compellingly about the war in Afghanistan and the need for public support for our troops. The December dinner was in a much lighter vein: Julian Kitchener-Fellowes,


actor, writer, director and producer


replied on behalf of the guests. Best

the lawn at


known for playing Lord Kilwillie in

the volunteer object of their

their home,

‘Monarch of the Glen’ and for writing


Remenham Manor, on the banks of the Thames.

the script of Gosford Park, for which

Towards the end of his Master’s

he won an Oscar, he regaled the com-

year, Anthony West and his wife Sarah

A few weeks later they also very

pany with tales of his career in enter-

hosted an outing for the Court and

kindly entertained all the staff to

tainment. This was followed by a set

their partners. This began with a tour

lunch and a boat trip on the river. A

from the Diamond Divas, a trio of opera

of the impressive River and Rowing

very enjoyable time was had by all,

singers, culminating in a rendition of

Museum in Henley-on-Thames, foll-

despite the somewhat inclement

‘Santa Baby,’ with a Junior Warden as

owed by a cruise on the river and a

summer weather!


were judged to have been over the line at the start and were thus demoted to

The Great Twelve Sailing Challenge

twelfth; overall, they were ninth as a

was held again at Seaview, Isle of


Wight in mid June.

The team comprised Brian Wright (Captain), Andrew Yonge, Johnny Jones,

We entered two crews, in the Mer-

Richard Jonas, Jonathan Portal, John

maid and Cruiser classes. The Old

Coombe-Tennant, Philip Portal, Lucy

Guard came second and seventh in

Rawson, Katie Hirst, David Lander and

their races, a very creditable result.

Alexander Wright, together with a

weekend and we continue to be

Unfortunately, the Young Guard thought

number of supporters.

grateful to the Ironmongers for org-

they had won their first race but

It was an extremely enjoyable

anizing the event.

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Livery Fund 2009 All members, both Liverymen and Freemen, can contribute to the Livery Fund.

Member donations to the Livery

This year £56,000 was awarded in grants to three very deserving charities.

Fund, however large or small, make a huge difference to the

The Livery Charity Committee meets

Following research undertaken by

charities we support. The Company

three times a year to decide how the

Foundation staff into charities work-

matches each donation given –

Livery Fund should be distributed.

ing in each of these areas, the Comm-

please give generously so that we

ittee decided on a final short list of

can continue to support the vital

support three areas:

charities to be invited to submit a

work of such organisations.

■ Respite care (with a focus on carers)

proposal and make a presentation.

For 2009 the Committee chose to

■ Children and young people with

The charities below were selected

Please contact the Clerk for further

to receive grants for 2009, based on

information, including Standing Order

■ Disadvantaged inner-city children

the strength of their written proposals

forms and Gift Aid declarations.

and young people (with a focus on

and presentations, and on the positive

Cheques should be made payable to

short breaks/holidays)

difference the grant was likely to have

The Clothworkers’ Foundation.

eating disorders

on beneficiaries.

BEAT Beating Eating Disorders £20,000 Eating disorders are a serious mental

support, help and information to those

people, themselves recovered from an

illness affecting 1.6m people in the

affected. Services include a helpline,

eating disorder, will provide virtual

UK. BEAT aims to challenge the stigma

online support, a self-help network,

online mentoring support to those

attached to eating disorders, improve

publications and training for health

just starting on the road to recovery.

treatment and healthcare provision,

and social care staff.

The charity has found that young

increase knowledge and understand-

We made a grant of £20,000 towards

sufferers are keen to hear from those

ing of eating disorders, and provide

the Mentors programme in which young

who have been through the same experiences. The Mentors programme will facilitate this through the provision of online self-help sessions where young sufferers can discuss their thoughts and fears using a medium with which they feel comfortable and safe. The programme will help to prevent sufferers from becoming isolated and will give them the support and guidance they so badly need in their steps towards treatment and recovery.


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CHICKS Country Holidays for Inner City Kids £20,000 CHICKS provides free respite breaks in

CHICKS’ two country retreats in Devon

ortive and fun environment where

the countryside to disadvantaged,

and Cornwall. The children, who would

they will be able to relax, make new

often vulnerable, children from inner

not otherwise have a chance to go on

friends and experience the joys of the

cities across the UK. The children who

holiday, will be able to take part in

seaside or the countryside.

benefit come from very difficult back-

activities such as horse riding, canoe-

grounds – they are often suffering

ing, climbing and archery. A high staff/

from abuse, neglect and bullying, some

child ratio will ensure that the child-

are living in care and others are them-

ren receive a great level of care and

selves young carers.

attention – much more than they

We provided a grant of £20,000

would often receive at home. They will

which will give 32 disadvantaged young

be able to enjoy time out from their

people the opportunity to visit one of

stressful and restricted lives in a supp-

City & Hackney Carers Centre £16,000 This charity supports people

ately need whilst also letting

who care for their sick or

them enjoy time with their

disabled spouses, children or


relatives, often on a full time

recently described one of the

basis, without receiving a

Centre’s trips as the best day

wage for doing so. It provides

of her life – this sums up the

a much needed lifeline to

huge importance of their

2,700 registered carers living

work. We also awarded the

in Hackney through the prov-

Centre £7,000 to enable them

ision of a confidential advice

to offer their carers thera-

service, a counselling facility

peutic and relaxation treat-

and an advocacy service – all

ments, to provide some respite

provided free of charge. It from the parents or relatives who

lives of carers, and to encourage them

support them.

contribution to society really is.



from their daily stresses.

offers support services to improve the to appreciate how important their


We have awarded the Centre £9,000 to give these carers a much needed

Many of those who require care

break. With our grant the Centre will

have severe disabilities or conditions,

take eight families on holiday and

such as dementia or multiple sclerosis,

arrange day trips throughout the year.

from which they will never recover.

These trips will give the parents and

This requires a lifetime of commitment

carers the rest that they so desper-

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Trusteeship The Company is taking a measured

experience and track record, the

approach to developing the recently-

Charity has recently launched a

agreed common purpose of becoming

brokerage service, Trusteeworks,

a centre of excellence in trusteeship.

working in partnership with other parties, including a third

We have collected information from

sector search firm. The Comp-

Liverymen on their current involve-

any has made a grant of £50,000

ment with civil society, together with

to help to get this service up

their potential interest in greater part-

and running.

icipation and training needs. As a result,

In parallel, we are having

we are proposing to organize an event in

discussions with two smaller

the spring to capitalize on this interest.

charities involved in trustee recruit-

In parallel, the Company has agreed

ment to see whether we can persuade

to provide some funding to help add-

them to join forces with Reach in

ress one particular area in the field

order to rationalize some of the offer-

held at the Hall in 2010, and we will let

which requires attention – trustee rec-

ings available.

Members know details when available.


subjects for trustees. These will be

Building on our existing relationship

We are also providing some add-

Reach is a well-established charity

with New Philanthropy Capital (who

itional funding to NPC to allow them

which matches skilled volunteers to

produced the well-received report on

to stay abreast of trusteeship issues

organizations. Each year they fill over

Trusteeship in 2009 funded by the Com-

over the next three years and produce

1,000 roles, of which almost half are

pany), we have agreed to mount some

an annual update report, which can

trustee positions. Building on their

jointly-branded seminars on important

be disseminated widely.

St Paul’s Cathedral Choristers We maintain a special relationship with St Paul’s, the City’s cathedral. This has been furthered by our support for two choristers from disadvantaged financial backgrounds, through a grant of £60,000 for the five years of their studies. As part of the arrangement, a chorister wears at services a speciallydesigned Clothworker medal.

The Master attended choral evensong at St Paul’s in September and after the service Bishop Michael Colclough, Bishop in Residence, presented the medal to Ashton McKinnon.


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Member Involvement

Charity Visits

We intend to extend the programme in 2010 to include visits to charities once the projects funded by the Found-

We are making increasing use of Liverymen to visit

ation have been completed.

charities seeking grants from the Foundation – during

In early December, we ran a pilot training session for

2009 fifty members visited 76 charities and submitted

Livery visitors. This was a successful exercise which has

assessment reports to assist decision-making by the

provided some useful pointers on how we might refine the


content before running further courses.


Magical Taxi Tour

The Court has taken a conscious decision to co-opt more

For the first time, we sponsored, at the direction of

Liverymen onto Committees, both to engage members more

Anthony West, Immediate Past Master, a taxi to take a sick

in the running of the Company and to allow the Court to get

child to Disneyland Paris in September.

a better appreciation of individuals’ skills and interests. Our fellow Livery Company, the Hackney Carriage Drivers, The following Liverymen are sitting on Committees:

have since 1994 organised a convoy of London black taxis

Denis Clough

Finance & Investment

to give over 3,250 children suffering from chronic deb-

Roddie Balfour

Property & Investment

ilitating illnesses and life-limiting conditions a break

Philip Portal

Foundation Trustees (and Mathematics)

from treatment and therapy.

Lucy Rawson


David Mowll


Lord Mayor, supported by Livery Companies and other

Charlie Houston


sponsors, gave the ninety cabs a good send off. The

Claire McWhirter


convoy, which stretched for three miles, included police

Dan Jago


escorts, ambulances and other support vehicles.

Adrian Brook


The 200 children were given the holiday of a lifetime,

Ralph Bauer


accompanied by their carers. The cab drivers give their

Scarlet Oliver


time and vehicles freely and the sponsorship covers the

The three-day trip started at Canary Wharf where the

costs of accommodation, admission charges, food, fuel Livery Activities Committee Michael Howell, Chairman

etc. The Court has subsequently decided that the Cloth-

Caroline Cobb

workers should support this worthy cause annually going

Will Harris


Richard Hill Katie Hirst Mary Ann Slim Livery Charity Committee Anne Luttman-Johnson, Chairman Michael Jarvis, Trustee Juliet Cartwright Jamie Ingham Clark Hugo Robinson Tim West

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Textiles Bowes Museum We gave a £90,000 grant to this museum in County Durham towards the creation of a new Textiles and Dress Gallery. Our money is being used to construct a bespoke study area housed in a glass cube within the Gallery. The new facility, which is nearing

University of Huddersfield

completion, will allow greater access to the Museum’s outstanding collection of textiles and lace; the study area

John Stoddart Scott (far left)

will also be used by the curators to

Chairman of the Foundation,

work on the collections in public view.

attended the University’s 125th

When it opens formally in mid

anniversary celebrations; the

2010, the Gallery will be a textile

Company’s ‘munificent help’

centre of national importance in the

towards the founding of the

North of England; one of the first

original Huddersfield Technical

displays will be twenty quilts from

School and Mechanics Institution

the Museum’s collection.

in 1884 is commemorated in a stained glass window.

Royal School of Needlework In August, the Master presented prizes to Clothworker apprentices

Hopetoun House

graduating from the Royal School of

The Bowes Museum

Needlework, including the prize for

Hopetoun House is a stately home

the top third year apprentice, Rachel

located in a spectacular setting over-


looking the Firth of Forth outside

The ceremony took place in the

Edinburgh. Designed by William

new Clore Education Centre at

Bruce with enlargements by William

Hampton Court Palace and the

Adam in the early eighteenth century,

celebrated fashion designer, Zandra

it has been the home of the Hopetoun

Rhodes, gave an inspirational speech

family ever since, although it is now

to the graduates.

owned by a charitable trust. It has a large collection of highly-

Textile Conservation Centre Prior to the Centre’s closure last October, the TCC held a drinks reception at the Hall in June to celebrate their many achievements The Patron, HRH the Princess Royal, attended the event and met many of the guests.


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HM The Queen examining a central Asian Ikat coat at the Ashmolean opening

Ashmolean Museum

buildings in the centre of Oxford had

ious lay-out of the museum did little

become unfit for purpose – dusty

justice. With the support of a

On 2nd December, Her Majesty the

passages, cramped rooms, leaking

£250,000 grant from the Foundation,

Queen formally re-opened a trans-

roofs. The £61m redevelopment prog-

the new Textiles Gallery allows

formed Ashmolean Museum. The

ramme has created one of the most

curators to exhibit the museum’s

Museum claims to be the earliest

exciting museum spaces in the UK,

treasures in an arresting and

modern museum in the world, with

comprising 39 galleries over six

informative manner.

the base of its collection coming from

floors with objects displayed to show

John Tradescant, “keeper of gardens,

connections between different

a Gala Dinner to celebrate the opening,

vines and silkworms” to Charles I and

civilizations across the centuries.

and Carolyn Boulter represented the

The Master and his Lady attended

The Ashmolean has a world-class

Foundation at the official opening

Over the years, the Museum’s

textiles collection to which the prev-

and was presented to Her Majesty.

regarded tapestries and, for many

to work in more suitable surroundings,

occupies the other half of the

years, a small team of textile con-

including the ability to wash tapest-

carriage house, and works on

servators worked in the eaves of the

ries indoors prior to conservation

objects from Hopetoun House itself

roof of the building on these objects.

(rather than doing it outside and

as well as from other collections.

As part of a major project to

being subject to the vicissitudes of

Sarah Paul, a Clothworker scholar

restore the fabric of the house, the

the Scottish weather!). The scale of

from the Textile Conservation

Foundation provided a £40,000 grant

the tapestry collection is such that

Centre, worked for the Studio last

to establish a dedicated textiles

the team of volunteers, led by a

year and one of their current

conservation workshop in an old

professional conservator, believe they

employees recently benefitted from

coach house on the grounds of the

have at least fifteen years’ work on

a Foundation bursary to attend a


the tapestries alone.

course on wax object conservation.

an obsessive accumulator of objects.

This has enabled the conservators

The Scottish Conservation Studio

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Services Affiliations Scots Guards

We were delighted to greet five

After the croquet match

The 1st Batt-

Officers, led by the Regimental Lieut-




Our affiliation with the Regiment goes

enant Colonel, to the December Dinner

dep loying


from strength to strength.

and will be entertaining a number of

Afghanistan for

officers and their partners to an in-

six months, and

We gave them the use of the Hall for a

formal dinner in January prior to their

we are giving

fund-raising dinner

thought to how we might be able to

last May in aid of the

provide any support. Suggestions

Colonel’s Fund. The

include Liverymen putting together

evening was a great

‘buddy boxes’ to be sent by BFPO to



Guardsmen in theatre, support in

guests assembling for

some form for the wives and children

a champagne recep-

at home, and a possible award for

tion, presentation on




The Regiment has kindly offered to

dinner and an auct-

present to the Company a King’s Col-


our which has been hanging in the




Chelsea Barracks Chapel. A ‘Laying up

Alexander Armstrong (of ‘Armstrong and Miller’ fame). Most

deployment to Afghanistan in Febru-

of Colours’ ceremony will take place

importantly, the Regiment raised

ary with the 1st Battalion.

in Dunster Court at some point during

£100,000 net of all costs for the charity.

We were also pleased to contribute

the year.

£10,000 to the Reg-

The Guards kindly provided several

imental Charitable

sets of tickets to the Queen’s Birthday

Fund for the benefit

Parade and rehearsal, and Anthony

of the soldiers – the

West, Geoffrey Waley-Cohen, Tobias

bulk will go to 1st

Mews and their partners attended.

Battalion, to supp-

Attempts to organize a cricket match

Her Majesty’s arrival on August 7th

lement the Christ-

foundered through lack of an avail-

mas lunch for all

able ground, but the Regiment kindly

Guardsmen, to supp-

hosted a croquet match at Royal

ort the Ski Team and

Hospital Chelsea in mid July, together

to provide presents

with refreshments. Regrettably, the

for the Battalion’s

Clothworker team, whilst better looking,

children’s Christmas

was beaten by the hosts.


Army Cadet Force We have established a link with Unit 42 of the ACF which is also affiliated with the Scots Guards. Second Lieutenant Nina Wallace joined us for the October Dinner and we were pleased to provide a grant of £1,000 towards essential supplies and kit for the cadets, as well as helping some of the young people attend camp. The Master joined the cadets at their annual Summer Camp at Napier Barracks in August with the rest of City of London The annual camp at Napier Barracks


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and North East Sector ACF.

Captain Powell

HMS Dauntless

Ship’s Company and their families to celebrate this milestone.

annah Broome attended a civic reception at HMS Calliope, Newcastle,

Following the completion of its build

Earlier in the year, the new Comm-

hosted by Dauntless which is affiliated

phase in Glasgow, Dauntless sailed

anding Officer, Captain Richard Powell,

with that City, and we were pleased

down to Portsmouth at the end of

had joined members of the Court for

to welcome the Captain and three

November under a Blue Ensign. Foll-

lunch and presented the Company

officers to the October Livery Dinner

owing its arrival, the Ship was offic-

with a shield with the Ship’s insignia.

where they were able to meet a

ially transferred from the ownership

Alastair Leslie and Nick Horne were

of its builder, BAE Systems, to the

privileged to join Dauntless during her

In January, the Ship is making a

Royal Navy and the White Ensign

second set of sea trials in July off Largs

short voyage to test the crew’s ability


on the West Coast of Scotland. The

to respond to civil emergencies. Once

number of our members.

trials were designed primarily to test

it passes this test, the Ship will be able

The Ship’s Company is now up to

her stability under power and propul-

to undertake the rest of its trials of

almost 200 and the period before

sion, including a series of high speed

systems and equipment from April.

Christmas was spent in the crew

figures of eight at a maximum speed

moving on board. The Clothworkers

of 29 knots!

sponsored a social function for the

The next major milestone will be the Ship’s official commissioning cere-

In September, Alex Nelson and Sus-

mony in early June in Portsmouth.

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry The Commandant (seen left with the Master) and four Officers attended the October Dinner, and the Master and Clerk were guests at the FANY’s reception for their supporters in November. Our three year support of the critical Adjutant role has come to an end, and we are pleased that it is now being funded by City Bridge Trust. We are continuing to provide some assistance to the FANYs by funding the £8,000 annual cost of their part-time training officer for the next three years. These are the only two paid roles at the Corps, with all other members giving their time voluntarily.

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New Members


Hazel Rolleston

Joy Sullivan, former Cleaning

daughter of Nicola Rolleston



Business travel consultant at Network

Timothy Reed

Business Travel Service

Linda Chappell, former Cleaner

son of Jeremy Reed Web designer at Arden Creative

Alice Ferns daughter of Amanda Ferns Student at Mansfield College, Oxford


Louisa (Lucy) Jefferies


New Honorary Liverymen

daughter of John Guyon

Joanna Dodd, partner of Lawson Dodd

Baroness Susan Greenfield


and a former Clothworker scholar

Former Director of the Royal

Owen Turgoose

Mark Young, partner of Oriel Securities

Patrimonial Redemption

Institution of Great Britain and son of Joanne Aylward Director of Floorplanz Ltd

Neuroscientist. Professor of Pharmacology at Lincoln College,



Lady Alison Davis, widow of Richard Katherine (Kate) Rolleston

Davis, Master 1996-1997

daughter of Nicola Rolleston

Penelope (Nell) Hoare Former Director of the Textile

Teaching assistant at Whitmore

Brigid Goddard, former Personal

Primary School

Assistant to the Master and Clerk

Conservation Centre

and Court Clerk

Alumni Dinner

Hitherto, we have not maintained

Dinner last September. Sixteen guests

contact with any of these talented

accepted the invitation, comprising

The Foundation supports each year

young people as their careers prog-

graduates of the Textile Conservat-

a number of postgraduate students,

ress. The Court has agreed that it

ion Centre, Royal College of Art, and

primarily in textile-related discip-

would be beneficial to keep in touch

Manchester and Leeds Universities.

lines, but also medical students

with those individuals whose studies

It was a very successful event and in

taking an intercalated BSc during

in textiles we have supported.

2010 we will expand the invitation

their studies.


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Accordingly, we held our first Alumni

list to include some earlier graduates.

Deaths Richard Lionel Lance Davis T.D. Master 1996-1997 On 16th June 2009, aged 82

cil for Packaging and the Environment. Richard’s military service continued after leaving the army. In 1949 he

The Rev. Colin Villette Hutt Liveryman On 2nd January 2010, aged 77

joined the Honourable Artillery Company, rising to the rank of Major before

Colin Hutt joined the Company in

transferring to the Royal Hampshires.

1978, thereby reestablishing a three

Later he joined the Company of

hundred year connection which had

Pikemen and Musketeers, becoming

lapsed for over two hundred years.

Captain in 1991 before retiring to the ranks.

Born in 1932, he was educated at Felstead and Sandhurst, but was

In 1952 Richard married Lady Alison

unable to pursue a career in the

Attlee, the youngest daughter of

Army due to a riding injury. Colin

Clement, later Earl Attlee, Prime Min-

switched to teaching, rising to being

ister 1945-1951. Together they had

Deputy Headmaster of a school in

three daughters – Jenny, Tessa and

Lancashire, before another change of

Belinda, who are all Freewomen of the

career in 1966 when he became

Company, and six grandchildren.

articled to a firm of chartered

He was admitted to the Company


by Redemption in 1953 through his

He qualified in 1971 and became

Richard Davis was born in Lucknow,

uncle-in-law Robert Bravery Attlee,

Company Secretary of a furnishings

Uttar Pradesh in February 1927, his

Master 1950-1951. Richard was an

company, working thereafter as Chief

father an officer in the Indian Army.

active member of the Company, chair-

Accountant of Banque Belge in

After education at Sherborne School

ing the Finance Committee from 1987-

London and then in private practice

and Neuchatel University, Switzer-

1990. As Master in 1996, he led the

in Ludlow.

land, Richard entered the army, foll-

way in restructuring the Court, stand-

owing in his father’s footsteps. He was

ing committees and administration.

In 1989, Colin was ordained in to the Church of England, fulfilling a

commissioned into the Duke of Welling-

Richard also chaired the Trust and

ton’s Regiment and seconded to the

Grants Committee from 1994 to 1996,

a curate in Ludlow, he became a

Royal West African Frontier Force,

where he was able to bring the benefit

Team Vicar in Tenbury Wells in the

with whom he saw service in Gambia.

of his involvement with a number of

Diocese of Hereford. He also kindly

After demobilisation in 1948, having

charities, including the Attlee Found-

stood in as Chaplain to the Company

ation and Age Concern, Sevenoaks.

during an interregnum at St Olave’s

achieved the rank of Captain, he began

life-long ambition. Having served as

a long and distin-

In his free time,

guished career in the

Richard enjoyed walk-

In recent years, due to ill health,

paper industry, culmin-

ing, fishing, bridge and

he was only able to attend dinners

ating in becoming a

music but most of all

intermittently. He is survived by his

director of Thames

his family. He and

wife Liz and daughter Jane, who is a

Group Ltd, a Unilever

Lady Alison celebrated




their golden wedding

After retirement he

anniversary at Cloth-

remained active in

workers’ Hall on 8

business – directing

March 2002.


in 1990.


and subsequently chair-

Richard died peace-

ing the Industry Coun-

fully at home surr-

Elizabeth Dimdore, Freewoman and

ounded by his family.

pensioner, on 10th September 2009.

Richard Davis in 1994 as a Pikeman

Margaret Bettley, Freewoman, on 5th January 2010.

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A Clothworker Abroad An Interview with

Raika to help them to engage with

Harry Jonas

government officials to establish arrangements that ensure the co-conservation of livestock and their grazing

Harry Jonas, Liveryman, is currently


living in South Africa. With a degree

“Most often, an area becomes de-

in politics, he went on to study

graded because of outsiders who are

environmental law and qualified as a

extracting natural resources. Yet when

ians of indigenous breeds and the

solicitor. Before he moved to Africa,

the authorities step in to protect the

researchers and livestock breeders

he worked for an NGO providing access

area, they often exclude those comm-

who use them. For example, the Sam-

to justice to communities in the

unities who depend on the land. Desp-

buru, Kenyan pastoralists, keep the

developing world.

ite their sustainable practices, which

Red Maasai sheep that are resistant to

are often embedded in their culture

certain parasites that gravely affect

Natural Justice was founded by Harry

and spirituality, local communities

Australian sheep. “The Samburu are

in 2007 to assist communities to

end up being punished for others’

keen to contribute to solving the prob-

assert their legal rights to protect their


lem, but insist that access to their

traditional ways of life and local bio-

Natural Justice has developed a

sheep and the uses of the genetic

diversity. “Despite being a Clothworker

new method of assisting communit-

material are undertaken according to

and an environmental lawyer, I failed

ies, called community protocols. “We

customary law.” The Samburu Comm-

to see the clear connection between

work with communities to set out how

unity Protocol sets out for researchers

the two until we were contacted by

they have conserved their environ-

how the Samburu want to be app-

the Raika”. The Raika are a group of

ment and the ways in which the inter-

roached and how they want to benefit from any research.

pastoralists who face marginalization

action between themselves, their

in Rajasthan, India, due to the exclus-

livestock and the grazing areas is

“It’s hard to contribute to the Cloth-

ion of their indigenous sheep and

sustainable and mutually supportive.

workers when I live in Africa, but I

camels from a traditional grazing area

We help the community to articulate

hope that by supporting pastoral

called the Kumbalgargh Forest. “The

this in a protocol, framing requests for

communities to continue their ways

ban is having a crippling effect on

assistance according to laws intended

of life and conserve their indigenous

their lives, leading to concerns about

to support them.”

breeds of sheep that I am, at least in a

the viability of their way of life, and

The protocols are also being used

thus the existence of their sheep.”

by Natural Justice to ensure equitable

Over 2009 Harry worked with the

benefit sharing between the custod-

roundabout way, promoting the cause.”

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Through the Woods


Notable Clothworkers

Kelvin’s moving magnet mirror galvanometer

Lord Kelvin Master 1900-1901 oped a tide-predictan

example of which is

Thomson in Belfast

now held by the Science Museum.

in June 1824. He was the son of James

It is in the field of

Thomson, a man of

electricity however,

humble origins who

in particular its app-

nevetheless rose to

lication to submar-

become Professor

ine telegraphy, that

of Mathematics

Lord Kelvin is best

Society, writing that: “I have not the

at the University

known. As Chief Eng-

smallest molecule of faith in aerial

of Glasgow.

ineer on the laying

navigation other than ballooning, or of


expectation of good results from any



An infant prodigy, Kelvin was educat-

Telegraph, Kelvin was responsible for

ed at St Peter’s Cambridge where he

designing and making the instruments

Lord Kelvin was presented with the

subsequently became a Fellow, before

which ensured its final success, ach-

Livery of The Clothworkers’ Company

of the trials we hear of”.

accepting the chair in Natural Philos-

ieving a revolutionary signal speed of

in 1891, in recognition of his distinguish

ophy at the University of Glasgow at

fourteen words per minute. Many

ed attainments and achievements as a

the age of just twenty-two.

doubted that the Britain and the US

scientist. He was elected Master on 18

could be joined electrically and the

July 1900. Despite his many outside

research in the nineteenth century

successful outcome after many set-

commitments, he was a regular, dilig-

and it was at Glasgow that Kelvin

backs earned Kelvin fame, wealth and

ent and very welcome presence at

made a number of pioneering contrib-


meetings and at the Hall, endearing

Physics was a relatively new area of

utions to its study, in particular in the

It was for his work on transatlantic

himself to all members with his

field of thermodynamics: he develop-

cables that Kelvin was knighted in

ed the absolute scale of temperature,

1866, and received a peerage in 1892,

At the close of Kelvin’s year of

measured in units known as ‘kelvins’,

the first scientist to be

office, the Court resolved to perpet-

calculating that absolute zero was

honoured in the way. Desp-

uate his memory by commissioning a

unassuming ways.

ite offers to join other

portrait of him by W.W. Ouless R.A.,

However, his interests

esteemed universities,

which hangs in the Hall today. In

and expertise were wide-

Lord Kelvin refused

return, Kelvin presented the Company

ranging. For example, in

to leave Glasgow and

with a fine silver-gilt loving cup in

1878 he developed an har-

remained in post for

seventeenth century style.

equivalent to – 273ºC.

monic analyser machine to

over fifty years.

study daily changes in atmos-

Upon his death in 1907, he was


buried in Westminster Abbey, next to


scientists how-

Sir Isaac Newton. Lord Kelvin was

pressure. It was adopted by

ever, some of

twice married, but had no issue.

the Meteorological Office in

Kelvin’s theor-




the same year. Photo: Science Museum and SSP


was born William

ies and pronoun-

He was also greatly inter-

cements later proved

ested in maritime matters.




He developed a Mariner’s

Kelvin’s first

compass which was adop-

tide predicting

the use of x-rays for

ted by the Royal Navy in


example and in 1896

1899 and remained in universal use for forty years. He also devel-

Photo: Hunterian Museum


Baron Kelvin of Largs,

initially sceptical of

famously refused an invitation to join the Aeronautical

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Photo: National Musuems Scotland

Lord Kelvin, or 1st

Royal Exchange Lamp Standards Eagle-eyed Clothworkers walking around Bank Station may have noticed the Company’s coat of arms on one of the lamp posts on the forecourt in front of the Royal

standards as part of the improve-


ment of the forecourt in 1985. At their behest, the City Corporation has


The Great Twelve Companies don-

recently refurbished the standards to

ated twelve ornamental lamp

their original look.


Livery charity visit programme, allowing Feria Henry to focus more

The Clerk devoted considerable effort

Following Brigid Goddard’s

on monitoring and evaluating grants

during the month of November to

retirement in August as Personal

made, an activity which has become

growing a moustache to raise money

Assistant to the Master and Clerk

increasingly important in the current

for prostate cancer.

after 25 years’ service, Hilary

economic climate.

Dolamore has joined the Company

The Clothworker | Design by Chris Monk | Printing by Trident Printing |

Andrew Blessley is a trustee of the

to replace her.

Prostate Cancer Charity, the sole UK

Hilary formerly worked at the

partner of Movember, an Australian-

Bank of Ireland, but had an earlier

originated concept which raises funds

career as a professional opera singer.

and awareness around the world for

She will be the key point of contact

men’s health.

on membership enquiries.

In 2009, the third year that Movember has been running in the UK, over

There have also been a few changes

45,000 men grew moustaches during

in the Charities Department: Belinda

November and raised over £4.3 million

Greenwell decided not to return to

for prostate cancer.

work following her period of

The Clerk’s humble contribution to

maternity leave and is pursuing a

this was a total of £4,500 from 130

Masters degree. Nicola Birch joined

kind donors, many of them Cloth-

us in December as Grants Assistant

The Charities team: Nicola Birch, Sam

workers, to whom he is very grateful.

in her stead to work primarily on the

Grimmett, Philip Howard and Feria Henry

Dates for Your Diary Tuesday 16th February

Tuesday 30th March

Tuesday 27th April

■ RGS Lecture – John

■ RGS Lecture – Adrian

■ RGS Lecture

Man, ‘New light on

Wooldridge, ‘God is



Tuesday 11th May ■ RGS Lecture

Wednesday 24th February

Monday 19th April

■ Young Livery Supper

■ Great Twelve Golf Day

Friday 19th March

Wednesday 21st April

■ United Guilds Service

■ Court and Livery

Wednesday 9th June ■ Annual Meeting of Livery

and Livery Lunch

Dinner (with partners)

and Election Dinner

Reception ■ Great Twelve Sailing Challenge, Seaview, Isle

■ Charities Lunch

of Wight

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■ Young Freedom Drinks

Friday 18th June

Wednesday 24th March


Thursday 22nd June

Thursday 24th June ■ Election of Sheriffs and Livery Lunch

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