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Spring 2011 • No 6

Clothworker The


F Company from the Scots Guards whilst

The Master

on Queen’s Guard, and my wife Tina and I were invited to dinner at the residence

One of the most enjoyable aspects of

of the Air Chief Marshal to explore the

being Master of this great Company is

possibility of a link with an RAF unit. My

the variety of duties required of the role.

only regret is that it will not be possible during my year to sail on board HMS

For example, in recent months, I have

Dauntless, but hopefully there will be

hosted two events at the Hall for grant

other opportunities! Our Members are the Company, and

beneficiaries – one for a sparky group of thirty students taking courses in textiles,

The Master and our St Paul’s

based on my interactions during this year,

conservation and medicine, and the other

chorister, Ashton McKinnon

I am confident that we will continue to be

our annual Charities Lunch where we get

well served by the quality of our Freemen

to hear about the tremendous work being

and Liverymen as they move through. I

done by the eighty or so organisations we have supported

officiated at a Freedom Ceremony in February for twelve

in the previous year. I have also led a group of Clothworkers

talented individuals and we shall be electing in June six

on our annual visit to Leeds University, where the extent of

impressive new Liverymen. The system of Patrimony

our patronage is evident from the many Clothworker-

serves us well and provides valuable continuity; however,

named buildings and plaques around

it is also healthy to bring in

the campus and from the varied act-

new blood and we continue

ivity of the researchers we are currently

to do this on a selective basis.

supporting through the Clothworkers’

We intend to admit to the

Innovation Fund.

Company over the next year

Our services affiliations also provide

or so a small number of

interesting opportunities – a small

individuals involved in tex-

group of us were entertained for dinner

tiles, to ensure that our

at St James’s Palace by Officers of

understanding of our original trade – in its modern form – remains current. Although as I write this, three months of my year remain, I am conscious that this is the final opportunity I will have in this newsletter to say how much I have enjoyed being Master. Tina and I would like to thank everyone for their support and fellowship – it has truly been a memorable year and I am sure that my successor, John Stoddart-Scott, and his wife Annie will enjoy it as much as we have.

Cover photo: The Golden Ram bound by Christopher Shaw

RICHARD JONAS Master

Great Twelve Masters and Clerks 2010/11

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Social Events There was again a full house at the Civic Dinner in April. We were delighted to host the Lord Mayor, Alderman Michael Bear, the Sheriffs and their partners at this key event in our social calendar. Alex Ingham Clark proposed the Civic Toast. The Master hosted two smaller events for the younger Livery – an offsite supper for a small group to debate the Company’s strategy, and the Young Livery Supper which this year attracted 35 attendees, a significant increase on 2010. A very successful Charities Lunch was held in March. Some 80 charities which received a grant from the Foundation were represented, with 20 Liverymen who have made charity visits joining the Court and staff as hosts. John Kingston, founder Director of CAF Venturesome, was the guest speaker and talked about alternative sources of funding for charities. The Great Twelve golf day was held again at

We will again be fielding three teams in the Inter Livery

Tandridge in April. The Clothworker team, marshalled by

Clay Shoot thanks to Charlie Houston’s efforts. The event is

Richard Saunders, comprised Justin Roberts and the inevit-

being held on 18th May at the Holland and Holland ground

able bevy of Bousfields, this year boosted by the newly-

in Ruislip.

admitted Freeman, Ross, joining his father Tim, and

We will be participating in the

uncle David. Unfortunately, our ranking in the Great

Great Twelve Sailing Challenge at

Twelve Challenge Cup 2011 matched our position in

Seaview, Isle of Wight, in June.

the order of precedence, twelfth out of twelve, with the only consolation being that the number one Company, the Mercers, finished eleventh!

The Clothworkers’ golf team

Olympics In March the Drapers’ Company kindly hosted a reception for the twenty one promising young athletes being sponsored by the Great Twelve Livery Companies. It was a great opportunity to meet these highly-motivated and committed young people seeking to compete in track and field events at the Olympic Games next year. This initiative was the inspiration of Lady Victoria Leatham who will be Master Draper at the time of the Olympics. Lady Victoria (pictured here with Robin Booth who will be Master Clothworker at the same time) is daughter of Lord Burghley

Great Twelve

who won a gold medal in the 1948 Amsterdam

Athletes at

Olympics for the 440 yards hurdles and was the

Drapers’ Hall

inspiration for Lord Andrew Lindsay in the film Chariots of Fire. At the reception she graciously offered the aspiring athletes the opportunity of being photographed with her father’s Olympic gold medal.

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Elections 2011-12 Master-Elect John Stoddart-Scott joined the Company by Redemption, having been introduced by his godfather, Brigadier Kenneth Hargreaves. A graduate in textiles from Leeds University, he started his career at the family firm of B Parkinson & Co, wool merchants and top makers in Bradford and later became Chairman.

Assistant

He is a dairy farmer and landowner in West Yorkshire. He was

Nicholas Horne is son of John Horne,

High Sheriff of the County in 2001

Past Master. Educated at Shrewsbury,

and is a Deputy Lieutenant. He has

he was commissioned from Sandhurst

been on the Council of Leeds

into the 4th Royal Tank Regiment.

University for over twenty years and

After leaving the Army, he worked as

has chaired several of the key

an Expedition Leader for Operation

committees. He was Chairman of the

Raleigh before heading up the

Yorkshire Agricultural Society from

Sponsorships and Special Events

1998 to 2008 and remains a trustee,

division of RJR Nabisco International

and is a trustee of Wade’s Charity in

and latterly Land Rover. In 2006 Nick

Leeds.

and his wife Nikki acquired a hotel and seafood restaurant, the Pierhouse, in Port Appin, Argyll on the shores of Loch Linnhe where they currently reside with their three children.

Livery James Anderton

Philip

Hannah Jones

is son of Susan

Bousfield is

is daughter of

Anderton (nĂŠe

son of Simon

Antony Jones.

Bousfield).

Bousfield.

She studied at

Educated at

Educated at

Wycombe

Sherborne and

Solihull and

Abbey and

the Royal Scott-

Nottingham

Leeds University

ish Academy of

University, he

and graduated

Music and

graduated with

with a degree in

Drama where

a degree in

Geography. After

he obtained a BA in Stage Manage-

Mathematics and Statistics. He is a

a period with a property firm, she

ment Studies. He currently works as

qualified actuary and works for

applied to join the Police and is

freelance project manager mostly in

Deloitte as a corporate pensions

currently a Police Constable in the

the theatre environment but

consultant.

Metropolitan Police Response Team in

occasionally on other large scale events.

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South London.


Wardens

First Warden

Second Warden

Third Warden

Fourth Warden

Robin Booth is a

Christopher McLean May

Melville Haggard has

Carolyn Boulter has been

Chartered Accountant.

runs a Christmas

worked for the past five

involved in education for

After sixteen years with

decoration import

years at DEFRA in the

many years, both in

the Rea Brothers private

business to the UK from

Waste Infrastructure

teaching and research.

banking group he became

his home in La Rochelle.

Delivery Programme on

She has held posts at

Finance Director of the

He studied textiles at

secondment from the

Reading University and

London Chamber of

Leeds University and

private sector. His career in

the Institute of Education.

Commerce in 1990,

spent much of his career

finance focused on project

She was High Sheriff of

retiring in 2008. His

in the trade, working for

finance and advisory at

Berkshire in 2008 and is

family’s involvement in

Courtaulds and Fenwicks.

Lloyds Bank International

involved with several

cloth manufacturing dates

He joined the Company by

and Bank of Tokyo-

charities, including the

back to 1806. He joined

Redemption upon the

Mitsubishi and latterly as

Charles Darwin Trust.

the Company by

introduction of Brigadier

Executive Director of

Redemption.

Kenneth Hargreaves, Past

Impax Group plc.

Master.

Lindsay

Freya Porteous

Bill Tibbits is

Papworth is

is daughter of

son of Caroline

daughter of

Christopher

Tibbits (née

John Papworth.

Jonas. She was

Driver). He

Educated at

educated at

went to school

Hutchesons

King’s Canter-

at Winchester

Grammar

bury and

and Peter Sym-

School and the

studied English

onds College.

University of

Literature at

Bill obtained

Paisley, she has

Liverpool

a BSc in

a degree in international marketing.

University. Legally trained, she now

Chemistry and started working in the

Having started her career with

works for the Financial Ombudsman

City with Deutsche Bank. He is

Scottish Enterprise, she is now

Service as an adjudicator.

currently an Investment Director with

Marketing Manager of Talisker Bay

the stockbroking firm Williams

International Ltd, looking after equine

de Broë.

and agricultural products.

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Trusteeship We continue to make good progress with developing trusteeship as the Company’s common purpose. Prior to the Young Livery Dinner we

and of a local museum; and Andrew

had a short working session during

Yonge described his local involvement

which three Liverymen talked about

with school, village and church. There

their experiences as trustees and

followed a discussion over a drink

involvement with civil society.

before dinner.

Andy Wates described his role with

Our partnership with New Philan-

a family foundation and a construct-

thropy Capital continues. A second

and understanding and improving

ion industry charity; Alex Nelson

series of seminars have been held at

board performance. The three semin-

related his experiences, including as

the Hall, with topics covering collab-

ars were all well attended and elicited

trustee of a charity working in South

orations and mergers, guiding your

favourable comment. We are talking

Africa, of a student welfare charity

charity through challenging times,

to NPC about the next series.

Register with TrusteeWorks to find a great trustee role We are working with Reach Volun-

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Members who would like support

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Registering with their TrusteeWorks

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becoming a trustee can contact Ian

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Lay, our Clothworkers’ Company

yourself what kind of organisation

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contact in the TrusteeWorks team.

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He can be reached on 020 7582 6543

whether it is a local group or a

trusteeworks-for-volunteers.

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Please state that you are a Cloth-

your skills, interests, time commit-

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Clothworker is top Brit in the Marathon des Sables Tobias Mews, Liveryman, has just returned triumphant from the Sahara Desert, having come top British finisher and 21st overall in the 26th Marathon des Sables (MdS). This places him in the history books as one of the highest ranked British competitors to have completed the race. Marketed as ‘the toughest foot race on

is the combination of mid-day temp-

earth’, the MdS is a six day/251km

eratures reaching 52 degree heat,

self-supported endurance race across

kilometers of energy sapping sand

the Sahara Desert. That’s the equiva-

dunes and A&E-worthy foot blisters.

lent of running six regular marathons

So what next you may ask? Three

– back to back! Competitors have to

Ironman races this summer including

carry everything they need for the

the Norseman – ‘the toughest Iron

duration of the race – food, clothes,

distance triathlon in the world’ –

medical kit, sleeping bag – with water

Tobias is going to be a busy man, and

being rationed out at check points.

all in aid of the Prince’s Trust and

The most crippling and worrying Tobias (left) at the finish

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aspect of the race for any competitor,

Access Sport. www.theweekendwarrior.tv


Livery Fund 2011 This year we sought nominations from Liverymen of charities they would like to be considered for a grant from the Livery Fund. The Livery Charity Committee considered the nominations and shortlisted six. Foundation staff did further due diligence, including meeting with each charity. Contributors to the Livery Fund were then asked to vote for three charities, with those getting the most votes receiving a grant.

The charities of the year are Afghan Action, The Children’s Trust and The Warrior Programme. The Master will present cheques to the charities at the Election Dinner on 8th June, when there will be an opportunity for Liverymen to talk to representatives from the three organisations. The exact amounts are not yet known, but all three charities will get at least £20,000 each. Each charity has been offered free use of the Hall for an event.

Afghan Action Despite major reconstruction efforts, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries. Significant numbers of people need food, education, training, housing and other support in order to become self-sufficient. Afghan Action’s aim has been to offer hope of a brighter future to young Afghan men and women.

Michael Howell’s nomination of Afghan Action came from his direct involvement with the charity. He visited their project in Kabul last year (he is seen here in this photo with some of the trainees) and subsequently raised over £20,000 himself for the charity by climbing twenty-five

Munros

(Scotland’s

highest mountains) in all weathers. It is a training establishment in Kabul

olved 12 trainees in carpet weaving.

He is delighted that his fellow

for carpet weavers. Since it was set up

Afghan Action is now looking to

Liverymen chose Afghan Action as

it has trained around 450 young

extend, develop and build on the pilot

one of the charities of the year, as

people in carpet weaving as well as

by launching a sewing/clothing project.

is the Director, Chris Beales. As a

teaching them basic numeracy, liter-

The scheme will provide education

small added bonus, as a result of

acy and IT skills. Most of these young

and training to unemployed sewers/

finding out about the charity,

people are now earning a living as a

tailors with a view to their becoming

another Clothworker has directed a

direct result.

self-sufficient and setting up their

£1,000 donation from a Trust to

own businesses on completion of the

Afghan Action.

Carpets made by trainees are sold in the UK in order to raise much need-

two year training programme.

ed project funds. In addition, Afghan

Funding was sought for

Action runs workshops, seminars and

the equipment and materials

classes for UK-based Afghans and

needed to deliver the project.

non-Afghans.

A new group of young

In October last year, the charity

participants will be accepted

opened a Business Incubation Centre

onto the scheme every six

in Kabul to support young people in

months with 50 expected to

developing their own enterprises. The

benefit from the programme

six month pilot project initially inv-

overall.

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Livery Fund 2011 The Warrior Programme Since it was set up in 2007, the Warrior Programme has helped people with

Participants learn how to gain con-

depression and anxiety issues – which often lead to alcohol and/or drug

trol of their own thinking patterns using

addiction, social exclusion and homelessness – to regain control of their lives.

a proven combination of techniques: Neuro-Linguistic Programming; cognitive therapy; time-

Over 350 people from diverse backgrounds and suffering from a wide

Fundraising

line therapy; medit-

range of debilitating emotional prob-

for Warrior

ation; and Tai Chi.

lems have completed the Warrior

They also learn Huna

Programme. A significant number of

(a forgiveness pro-

those who are helped are severely

cess).

traumatised homeless and ex-service

Sessions are led

personnel.

by qualified, exper-

The Warrior Programme offers two

ienced practitioners

different courses (residential and non-

in their field and the

residential) for groups of 20-25 people

programme meets the

which cover four modules over three

highest standards of

days. Courses are run by a qualified

care and includes:

senior trainer and assisted by pract-

recognised health and

itioners in a secure and safe environ-

wellbeing techniques;

ment with appropriate support prov-

pre-assessment

ision.

participants; ongoing

of

The Children’s Trust, Tadworth The Children’s Trust, Tadworth provides intensive residential rehabilitation and therapy services for children with an acquired brain injury. It aims to provide the best possible care, therapy and education for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs. Its vision is for such children to be nurtured and valued, to have healthy, happy and safe lives, and to have ample opportunities for play, learning and fulfilment. Although most services are delivered

are: specialist residential rehabilitat-

in Tadworth, Surrey, The Children’s

ion and community support for

Trust is a national charity and referr-

children with acquired brain injury;

als are taken for children from across

specialist education for children with

the UK.

profound and multiple learning diffic-

The main activities of the charity

ulties and complex needs; transitional care for children who are technology

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dependent; long-term residential care;

diverse needs of these children and

and short breaks and palliative care.

their families, as well as for its ability

The combination of services offered

to deliver the optimum combination

by The Children’s Trust is unique; every

of nursing, therapy, medical care and

year the Trust helps hundreds of child-

education.

ren and young people and their families.

The Trust was seeking funding to

The charity has a strong reputation

commission New Philanthropy Capital

for its commitment to meeting the

(who have produced work for the Cloth-


thewarriorprogramme esteem and helps to re-build confidence and dignity, empowering participants by giving them the tools to lead a more fulfilled life. In the Armed Forces around 1,000 of the 20,000 service personnel returning to the UK each year fail to make a

A recently-released EP featuring

successful transition to civilian life.

three Warriors, with the proceeds

Many veterans leave the Armed Forces

going to the Charity

with highly debilitating conditions care through a support programme;

including Post Traumatic Stress Dis-

Warrior Programme by Combat Stress,

and complementary therapies. It has

order. Their problems can remain

the UK’s leading military charity spec-

been demonstrated to be extremely

masked for years, and they and their

ialising in the care of veterans’ mental

effective in helping participants to

families may be struggling to deal

health. Combat Stress recognises the

cope with painful and powerful emot-

with matters at home.

programme as a key component in the

ions related to past traumatic experience.

To address this, the Warrior Prog-

rehabilitation of its clients.

ramme wishes to deliver a transform-

The aim of the programme, in add-

The programme has had excellent

ational training programme for 25-30

ition to improving the general well-

results with participants moving on to

ex-service personnel struggling ment-

being of participants, will be to support

normal levels of functioning, an imp-

ally and emotionally with their trans-

their integration back into society via

rovement which is maintained over

ition to civilian life.

training, volunteering and employ-

Participants will be referred to the

ment.

workers on Autism and Numeracy) to

The project is a priority for the

government of the value and imp-

carry out a research project on the

Trust, and the findings of the report

ortance of its services. It is hoped that

long term benefits of the residential

(which will be based on professional

the NPC research will also lead to

rehabilitation programme provided by

research, facts and case studies) will

increased referrals from health auth-

the Trust.

be used as evidence to convince the

orities and health commissioners.

time. The programme restores self-

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Peter Gadsden in a coracol

The Clerk with Alison Phillips, Head of the Costume Project

Ironbridge Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire is one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, in part due to its role in producing lower cost iron by smelting with coke. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains ten museums covering different aspects of industrial history. City Livery Companies have been significant supporters of the Ironbridge Museum Trust, not least as a result of the

persuading over seventy-five comp-

The Clothworkers have made several

efforts by the late Sir Peter Gadsden,

anies to support Ironbridge. In recog-

grants to the Museum, including £50,000

Past Lord Mayor and Master of the

nition of his service to the Museum,

towards a costume project which

Clothworkers in 1989-90. Peter was

the railway engine operated at one of

funds the creation of period costumes

President of the Museum Trust for a

the Museum’s sites was recently

worn by staff working at Blists Hill, a

number of years and succeeded in

named in his honour.

re-creation of a Victorian town.

Centre for Textile Conservation The Foundation was one of the major funders of the establishment of the Textile

the Centre. HRH The Princess Royal

Conservation Centre in Winchester in 1997.

opened the new Centre in February and the Clothworkers were repres-

We were particularly disappointed

of the Centre’s then Director Nell

ented by John Papworth and Alastair

when Southampton University decided

Hoare, Honorary Liveryman, Glasgow

Leslie.

to close the Centre. Since the TCC was

University agreed to take it

a centre of excellence with a world-

on.

wide reputation, this move risked

We were able to assist

creating a serious shortage of skilled

with some of the capital

conservators.

funding and are again prov-

We were thus delighted when, in

iding bursaries to post-

large part due to the unstinting efforts

graduate students at

HRH with John Papworth, Past Master Nikki Chard, Clothworkers Scholar (right)

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Book Binding A recent addition to our collections has been a new bookbinding by Christopher Shaw. The binding is of The Golden Ram, the first history of the Company by Tom Girtin, published in 1958.

aw ristopher Sh Ram by Ch The Golden

Much of Christopher’s work includes

first prize in the Open Choice

an element of gold tooling and fitt-

category which the Company

ingly his binding features a golden

sponsors, for her binding of

ram’s head complete with curved horn

Heliopolis by James Scudamore,

stretching over the front and back

and Jeanette Koch second prize

covers. The golden design contrasts

for London – Portrait of a City by

well with the black goatskin used and

Roger Hudson.

the overall result is very much in

The Company has recently

keeping with the Company’s colours.

agreed to extend its support of

Further commissions are now under-

Designer Bookbinders for a further

way with Ann Thornton and Derek

five years and has increased its

Hood, and we expect to receive our

level of funding to provide

next completed binding later this year.

additional bursaries to binders

The latest winners of the Designer

wishing to attend training

Bookbinders’ annual competition were

master classes in order to

recently announced. Nicky Oliver took

improve key skills.

Nicky Oliver

h Jeanette Koc

Silver Jane Short, the renowned enamellist, has recently completed a new piece of

into the surface and filled and fired

silver for the Company.

with coloured enamels, employed to represent glimpses of colour: from the

Jane was commissioned to produce a

piece: the curved shape of the centre-

vivid blue of the river water to golden

centrepiece for display at lunches and

piece references the folds in cloth as

hues as flecks of gold are caught in

dinners at Clothworkers’ Hall. She has

it is unfurled on the cutting bench and

the wool.

produced a very distinctive and orig-

the sharp angles at both ends rep-

The piece will be on display at forth-

inal work of art – and our first piece of

resent the shape formed by the blades

coming dinners and events at the Hall.

silver to use enamelling, and indeed

of a shearman’s shears.

colour, as a prominent feature in its design. Jane grew up in a

Keen exhibition visitors will be

The engraved and enamelled des-

interested to note that we are to lend

ign is insp-

another recent acquisition to a forth-

ired

coming exhibition at Goldsmiths’ Hall,

Devonshire wool town,

by the

Foster Lane, EC2. Mindful of Silver will

and as such had

ancient

show the works of twelve leading con-

method of pann-

temporary silversmiths, depicting the

ing gold from river-

journey of their creations from con-

beds – using woollen

ception to completion. Toby Russell is

fleece. The surface

amongst those craftsmen selected for

has been engraved to depict the

the exhibition, to which we have

curved locks of the fleece moving

agreed to lend his sculptural loving

through water and the technique of

cup. The exhibition will run from 27th

little difficulty finding inspiration

for

her

champlevé, where recesses are carved

May to 16th July 2011.

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Members

New Members of the Freedom Patrimony

Patrimonial Redemption Robert Portal

Brigid Robinson

Son of Jonathan Portal

Daughter of Pamela Cusack

English student at Exeter Nicholas Booth

Greta Thornbory Daughter of George Cummings

Simon Portal

Son of Susan Booth

Consultant occupational health nurse

Son of Philip Portal

Chemist for EON

Mechanical engineering student at Timothy Howell

Bath

Investment banker

Nicola Hodges Daughter of William Hodges

Son of Lord Howell of Guildford Thomas Adams

Paediatric nurse

Son of Christopher Adams James Houston

Modern languages student at Bristol

Son of Peter Houston Chartered Accountant

Deaths

Lucinda Tibbits Daughter of Caroline Tibbits

Elizabeth Richards,

Claire Morgan

Student at Guildhall School of Music

Freewoman, in November 2010

Daughter of Nigel Morgan

and Drama

History of art student at UCL

Donald Milburn MBE, Freeman, on 21st January 2011

Ross Bousfield

Marjorie Stafford,

Son of Timothy Bousfield

Freewoman, on 18th February 2011

Student

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Wanted Dead or Alive This portrait of the Clerk was painted by Major-General Brian Plummer CBE, Clerk to the Skinners’ Company. Brian produced portraits of all his fellow Great Twelve Clerks largely based on pictures taken on his iPhone at the end of dinners, using oils applied with a palette knife, and graciously presented them to the subjects.

Open House London Weekend

Staff Laura Parrott (above seated) has joined the Charities Department as

We shall be opening the Hall for

Grants Assistant and Sam Grimmett

guided tours by the Archivist during

and Nicola Birch have been

Open House London Weekend on

promoted to Grants Officers.

17th September this year. We last did

Laura has worked for several

this two years ago and the tours were

charities on a short-term basis since

oversubscribed.

graduating from Roehampton University with a degree in theology.

Members of the Company and their family and friends are welcome to

Hilary Dolamore has given birth to a

sign up for these pre-booked tours which

son, Gabriel, who was born on 27th

are open to the public, so demand

March weighing 9lbs 8oz.

may be high. Booking will open in August and will be announced on the website and by email to those on our circulation list.

Clothworker Cope at Westminster Abbey At the suggestion of Christopher Jonas at the end of his Master’s year, the Company made a donation to the Abbey to be dedicated towards a cloth of gold cope for the Dean. This is worn by the Dean at special services, including the Royal Wedding and the visit by the Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury last year.

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Proposed new British Museum Centre

Major Grant for British Museum The Foundation has recently agreed a £750,000 grant to create the Clothworkers’ Organic Conservation Studio within the proposed World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum. This is part of a major £135m development programme on the Museum’s Bloomsbury site. Organic materials (which include textiles) feature prominently in the collection, and the Museum has one of the largest conservation and science activities in the UK. It is thus fitting that we are making a significant donation to this important project.

The Clothworker | Design by Chris Monk | Printing by Trident Printing | www.tridentprinting.co.uk

Embezzling Clothworkers? Cataloguing of the Company’s estates and charitable trusts records has brought to light a rather humorous – if sobering - newspaper article. The author of this extract from an 1829

income above the level pertaining when

edition of The Morning Journal accused

the Will was drawn up. A Suit in Chancery

the Company of embezzling rental

was established by the Attorney General to

income from an estate in Islington, of

investigate the claims of the injured

which they were made Trustees under

inhabitants of the parishes, with the result

the Will of Dame Anne Packington in

that the Company was ordered ‘not to

1562. In essence, for some two hun-

disgorge what they had eaten, but to

dred years, the Company had retained

discontinue eating at the expense of the

for its own purposes all the Trust’s

poor’.

Dates for Your Diary Monday, 6th June

Monday, 3rd October

Saturday, 12th November

■ Young Freedom Reception

■ Election of Lord

■ Lord Mayor’s Show

Wednesday, 8th June

Mayor and Livery

followed by buffet

Lunch

lunch at Carpenters’

■ Annual Meeting of Livery and Election Dinner Friday, 24th June ■ Election of Sheriffs

Hall Wednesday, 5th October

Wednesday, 7th December

■ Court and Livery

■ Court and Livery

Dinner

Dinner

Friday, 24th and Saturday, 25th June

Saturday, 17th September

Tuesday, 20th December

■ Great Twelve Sailing Challenge

■ Hall tours as part of Open House

■ St Thomas Eve Freedom Lunch

Seaview, Isle of Wight

London Weekend


The Clothworker No.6