THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF FIREFIGHTERS ISSUE 1
B L A Z E MAY 2003
EVERYTHING CHANGES!! INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: The Masters - the corporate way forward.. The internet.. our website, our plans for the future The Market— A new piece of legislation.. ‘Company Directors (Health & Safety) Bill’
Yes, a new newsletter to celebrate a whole raft of changes that are coming our way. This new style will include import from a range of sources, members, committees, past Masters and even the clerk herself!! Our objective here is to have a range of short columns on specific headings, which will give members a different view on the workings of the company. So what are we in store for?? The Market— a column that outlines issues which effect our everyday business… legislation, Hr matters, management theories, all can be part of this column and whilst the editor will have an
input we hope - nay, we look to some feed back from you!! The Arm Chair— Information from past Masters on the terms and procedures of the company.. How many of you know the origins of a loving cup? Why is it used in company dinners?. Well only past Masters can tell us that— we hope!
Over the coming months we aim to develop a web site, providing full information
The masters—no not the golf society!! More where the master of the company can advise us on the corporate issues and the way forward.
Clerk’s Desk From that illustrious place where we all get our information – by post! And often wonder what to do with it!! We will seek to obtain from Margaret news on current and future events. Open forum—Okay, you have a better name?, Then tell us! But this is going to be the place where you can have your say, raise a question!! Expect an Environmentalists are concerned about the effects of street lighting on our view of the stars and heavens!! Does this concern you?
THE MASTERS Much has happened over the last months and we are continuing to develop the Company for the 21st century. This news letter is an example.
on the Company as well as a bulletin board and hopefully, this newsletter also produced electronically. To continue with our development and to improve our communications we also
plan to have a formal email address so that contact with the clerk can be easier. I hope to advise members of some of the issues facing us and inform you how we intend to deal with them.
THE MARKET—COMPANY (HEALTH AND SAFETY) BILL Over the last 12months or so the government has tried to introduce Involuntary Manslaughter through a parliamentary legislative process The net result is somewhat of an impasse, with government lawyers saying how difficult it would be to introduce, various pressure groups saying how impractical, it is unlikely to be seen (yet again) on the statute books much before next year. In fact it may (sadly) take another disaster to re energize it!!
In the meantime a Private Members Bill -Company (Health and Safety) Bill has had its second reading This will require companies to appoint a director as a health and safety director; and to impose duties on this director and on other directors of the companies in relation to health and safety. It will require an amendment to the companies act 1985 and directors will have specific duties under the legislation to:
Discharge their duties in respect of health and safety of its employees and others
effected by its operations.
To take effective steps to ensure that the company acts in accordance with the obligations imposed on it by any applicable law relating to health and safety.
Monitor Health and Safety on a regular basis
Ensure current health and safety statements reflect the boards view. ..and much more. Watch this space in future!!
The loving cup….
you in a Loving Cup."
A peculiar and pleasing feature of Banquets and Dinners of the Livery Companies is that of the Loving Cup. This cup is generally of gold, silver, or silver-gilt, and filled with what has been called from time immemorial "Sack", another name for spiced wine.
The Prime Warden drinks first and each guest in turn, applying his napkin to the rim of the Cup after having sipped the wine and before handing it over to his neighbour.
At the conclusion of the dinner, and immediately after grace has been sung or said, the Cup is passed round the table, the toastmaster announcing "The Prime Warden bids you all a hearty welcome, and drinks to
Those not wishing to drink may pass the cup on with a short bow.
hand and holds it while the other drinks, a custom said to have originated in the necessary precaution of keeping the right hand or "dagger" h and employed, so that the person who drinks may be assured of no treachery like that practised by Elfrida on the unsuspecting King Edward the Martyr at Corfe Castle, who was slain while drinking. This is why the Loving Cup possesses a cover.
The practice is for the person who pledges the Loving Cup to stand up and bow to his neighbour who, also standing, removes the cover with his right
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4 July 2003
What is common Hall?
City Livery Club With effect from the 1st February Freemen and Liverymen of the Livery companies will be able to have use of the function room. All that is required is for a booking to be made by 12:00pm the previous day:
Examples of meals range from a 3 course @ £21.50 to a 2 course @ £17.50 incl VAT
Brevity is the soul of wit —Shakespeare
Common Hall 12 July 2003 Salamander Ball
Closing date for items for the next issue of Blaze is: Friday 25 July 2003