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LORD MAYOR’S SHOW: Saturday, 10th November 2018

The Lord Mayor's Show parade is an annual celebration that pays homage to the new Lord Mayor.  Peter Estlin formally took over the reins from Charles Bowman on 9th November, making him the 691st Lord Mayor.  [...]

St Paul’s RBL Garden of Remembrance, 5th November 2018

A most moving service to open the annual Garden of Remembrance in the St Paul’s Cathedral grounds to honour the sacrifice of all those who died in the first world war. Crosses  planted [...]

LADA AWARDS, 1st NOVEMBER 2018

A great night at the  LADAs 2018(Laundry and Drycleaning awards) organised by Laundry and Cleaning Today.  Fantastic to see Past Master Richard Orford receive the life time achievement award on the night - congratulations Richard!  [...]

NEW LIVERYMAN: 15 OCTOBER 2018

It was with great pleasure that members of the Court welcomed Stuart Calder of Regency Laundry as a newly enclothed Liveryman following the Court meeting on Monday, 15th October 2018.

CHILDREN’S MAGICAL TAXI TOUR – BIG BREAKFAST

Great to part of a wonderful send off for over 100 taxis heading off to Disneyland Paris.  A fine example of the pleasure of giving.  Well done the Hackney Carriage Taxi drivers for organising this [...]

LIVERY HALLS WALK AND LUNCHEON AT INNHOLDERS’ HALL

Herbert Berger, Michelin starred Chef, based at the InnHolders’ Hall, produced a special bespoke menu for the luncheon which was held in the beautiful Court Room at  Innholders Hall and what a special treat it was [...]

LIVERY HALLS WALK

A delightful and fascinating  day walking round all the Livery Halls in the City of London.  A pleasure to chat to the Masters of other Livery Companies some who feel like old friends and others [...]

MASTER LAUNDERER ATTENDING BOWYER’S NEW MASTER’S DINNER

Master Launderer attended the Bowyers' New Master's Dinner for the newly installed Master Bowyer, Ian Spring at Tallow Chandlers' Hall.   An intimate dinner of just the Livery, but I qualify as I am also a [...]

FABULOUS FIRST OUTING AS MASTER TO ATTEND GLAZIERS’ ANNUAL BANQUET

Fabulous first outing as Master Launderer to Cloth Workers' Hall for the Glaziers' Banquet. Great entertainment from a competing pair of post horns in the Post Horn Gallop and a delightful orchestral numbers including a [...]

JAILED & BAILED

On the 6th July, Deputy Master valiantly "turned himself in" at the Old Bailey for his misdemeanors !  The total figure raised in "bail" for the British Red Cross was £38,873 for which they are [...]

INSTALLATION OF NEW MASTER, 25 JUNE 2018

On Monday, 25th June 2018, Forbes MacDougall was installed as Master of this Worshipful Company for 2018 - 2019. The Installation Ceremony took place in the River Room at the Hall and was followed by [...]

ADMISSION OF NEW LIVERYMEN

On Monday, 25th June 2018, the Court welcomed Charles Betteridge and Kathryn Pantlin as Liverymen to the Company.

Admission of Four New Freemen

On Monday, 11th June Master and Wardens welcomed Philip Hodgson (Tonrose), Richard Wright (Wearwell UK), James Lincoln (Essex County Laundry) and Oliver Moore (Eastern Counties Laundries) to the Company on their admission.

Oh what a year it has been !

On 23rd April my Clerk and I attended a St. George's Day luncheon, courtesy of the Watermen and Lightermen's Company at their lovely Hall. Also a day to remember as the Duchess of Cambridge gave [...]

COURT LUNCHEON, 26 MARCH 2018

Following the Court meeting on Monday, the Court took much pleasure in admitting as an Honorary Freeman, Hannah Houstin-Lacey. Hannah supports numerous charities by raising funds through walking and organising sponsored walks.  Hannah walked fifty [...]

MASTER’S UPDATE ……..

So much has happened since my last blog that I thought it may be easier to share my diary So here goes… 26th to 28th November - I pitched in with all our other kind [...]

LAUNDERERS LIVERY BALL

What a fabulous evening we all had in spite of the Beast from the East. Read all about it here .....

NEW LIVERYMEN

On Monday, 22nd January Robert Hill, Michael Hunt and Bill Mitchell were clothed into the Livery.

NEW COURT ASSISTANTS

On Monday, 22 January 2018, Simon Fordham and Andrew Doyle were installed as Court Assistants.

NEW FREEMAN OF THE COMPANY

On Monday, 8th January 2018, Master and Wardens welcomed Tony Kerr as a new Freeman to the Company.  Tony is the European Sales Director for Xeros Limited.

Master’s Blog # 2

Well after a quiet start to my year, things have picked up a pace. September saw the Livery Halls Walk with Senior and myself keeping pace with the fittest Our Court meeting in October was [...]

MAGICAL DISNEY TRIP: BIG BREAKFAST

LIVERY HALLS WALK

COURT AND NEW LIVERYMEN

As our Hall is not quite ready, my first Court meeting was held in the original Court Room of Tallow Chandlers' Hall and what a wonderful and new experience that was for many of us.  [...]

FROM YOUR NEW MASTER …….

Following on from our new Deputy Master's Filofax Blogs, it is now my turn, so here goes ....... First of all the Installation and Annual Livery Service on the 3rd July was a glorious day [...]

THANK YOU FOR MY YEAR AS MASTER OF THIS WONDERFUL COMPANY

May I start my final blog as Master with two thank yous. Firstly my thanks also to those who contributed to my Red Cross Appeal when I was Jailed and thankfully Bailed as a result [...]

JOURNEYMAN EVENT

It was my pleasure to host our inaugural Journeyman Event recently which had a bit of a nautical theme. The day started with Ruth, Suzi, Martin and Steve visiting my chosen charity Tower Lifeboat Station [...]

The Ironbridge Weekend is an annual event when all Masters in office at that time get together for  a weekend in this historical Shropshire town.  Lesley and I had a wonderful time touring the sites [...]

LIVERY W/E IN EDINBURGH

April saw our Livery join the Lesley and I on our Livery weekend to the wonderful city of Edinburgh (pronounced “Embra”). With perfect weather the thirty eight of us had a varied programme to take [...]

UNITED GUILDS’ SERVICE, ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, 31st MARCH 2017

The Wardens and Court gather in front of my camera before the United Guilds' Service at St Paul's Cathedral.

Master’s Blog 13

In the wonderful surroundings of Carpenters' Hall, I attended the Spring Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers. We have a long association with this Livery including Sponsoring a Taxi in the [...]

Master’s Blog 12

Once again the Launderers fielded a team honed to physical imperfection for the Inter-Livery Shrove Tuesday Pancake race, with all proceeds raised from the pancake races going to the Lord Mayor’s Charities. After a power [...]

Master’s Blog 11

Christmas and New Year over, the dancing elves of Master and Wardens met in January to review the work of the Livery as a pre-cursor to our Court meeting.  Once again, the Court was in [...]

Master’s Blog 10

The Master, Wardens and Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Launderers wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Master’s Blog 9

Conversation of the week. Q - Could I book a vegetarian meal please? A-  Certainly, are you a fish eating Vegetarian?

Master’s Blog 8

Well after the fireworks at the end of October, the theme has certainly continued in November. A sparkling start to the month was our growing relationship with the Company of Fruiterers, when I was fortunate [...]

Master’s Blog 7

A great evening was had by all at our recent Livery Service and Dinner at Southwark Cathedral. Our thanks go to Andrew Nunn and Michael Rawson, Dean and Sub-Dean of Southwark for arranging the collection [...]

Master’s Blog 6

As Master, it was great to see our Court in full flow at our recent meeting. We must never underestimate the wealth of experience and knowledge that we have across our Livery which will be [...]

Master’s Blog 5

There must be a rule about how many Masters can you fit into a Crypt at any one time (picture). This was certainly applied at the Election of the Lord Mayor when the Masters all [...]

Master’s Blog 4

After having the good fortune to visit such wonderful events such as the presentation of a Shrieval Chain and Sheriff's Ball, (with the Guildhall making an excellent Disco) (picture), I then took the opportunity to [...]

Master’s Blog 3

Our first event of the year was the Joyce Kennedy Memorial Lecture given this year by Kevin Maynard Station Manager of the RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station, my Charity for the year. Over 85 people attended [...]

Master’s Blog 2

September is when the year takes off. I and other Masters and Wardens have just completed the Livery Halls Walk, 40 Halls over 9 miles. A great time was had by all, with great company [...]

Master’s First Blog

Those who know me will appreciate that I am a fully paid up member of the Filofax Carrying Society and IT devices seem to malfunction as I approach them. It will therefore be a major [...]