At the Dinner a really warm welcome was given to our new Master by the 95 in attendance. (The Hall holds 94). In addition to Members and Guests, there was a very supportive family group, who really enjoyed themselves.
Immediately after Grace given by Past Master James Cross, the Master made a short speech of introduction, touching on his chosen charity for the year T.O.F.S (see above) and had great pleasure in presenting Sally Anne Hill with her Past Masters Jewel and introducing our new Upper Warden, Ivor Cook and Lower Warden, Norman Chapman
Dinner, provided by Cook and Butler.
Trio of smoked fish, Marinated in Dill and Cucumber Gin – Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Dom Bergan Vias
Loin of Highland Venison, Plum Crust, Juniper Berry Jus – The Accomplice Shiraz – 2016 De Bortoli
Poached Pear in Mulled Wine – Clotted Cream Ice Cream – Muskat Ottenel Late Harvest 2016
Coffee, Petit Fours – Baräo de Villar Port
The Master’s Guest speaker, who replied on behalf of the guests was Mr Paul Kelly Managing Director of Kelly’s turkeys, a very major supplier. He is in the Guinness Book of records for being the fastest Carver and Turkey plucker, and holds awards for outstanding service to the Turkey industry.
He had many of us laughing a great deal, perhaps a joke or two were not necessarily 21stC PC.
Towards the end of the evening after the toasts, one of David and Margaret’s family, apologised if he was breaking with protocol but wanted to thank Margaret for all that she has done and does for David and the family, this was supported with a very large round of applause. Quite right to.
The AGM was held in the Court Room of Bakers’ Hall, where it was agreed that our regular donations would be continued to.
Lord Mayor’s Charity
St Peter upon Cornhill
Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund
COLA Shoreditich Park
Lord Mayor’s Big Curry (H.M. Forces)
The Master’s chosen charity.