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					                                 LIVERYMEN & FREEMEN                                                   CALENDAR OF EVENTS

     The following were clothed as Liverymen at the June Court Meeting:                           2008
                                                                                                  Saturday 8 November
     John Charles Alliston                    Genevieve Marie-Blanche Borner
     David John Bright                        Simon Rowley Butcher
                                                                                                  The Lord Mayor’s Show                                                                                                                                                                    Autumn 2008
     Andrew Steven Counsell                   Timothy James Gibbons                               Tuesday 2 December
     Jeremy Paul Moody                        Christine Mary Tacon CBE                            Court Meeting & Christmas Livery
     Howard Leigh Venters                                                                         Luncheon in Hall

     The following were made Freemen by Redemption at the June Court Meeting:                     Wednesday 3 December
                                                                                                  Visit to Surrey Docks Farm

                                                                                                                                             John Thorpe OBE installed as
     Edward Augustus Bishop                   Proposed by M E S Dart                                                                                                                                                                                                   “I’ve been a cricket fanatic since giving
                                              Seconded by R J Soffe                               Tuesday 9 December                                                                                                                                                   up sailing Finns in 1968” he says. “One
                                                                                                  Christmas Carols at St Sepulchre’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       main reason for buying this house was
     Antony James Cooke                       Proposed by A M Stevenson
                                              Seconded by A J L Worth DL
                                                                                                  Church and supper in Hall
                                                                                                                                             Master of Farmers Company                                                                                                 because of the cricket pitch.”

     Richard William Davey                    Proposed by M E S Dart                              2009                                                                                                                                                                 Despite his passion for cricket - and
                                              Seconded by W Cumber                                Monday 19 January                                                                                                                                                    for the Livery Company – John’s other
                                                                                                  Annual Banquet at Grocers’ Hall                                                                                                                                      interests are rugby, golf and walking.
     Professor John David Leaver              Proposed by J D Courtney                                                                                                                                                                                                 He received an OBE in the 2003 New
                                              Seconded by T J Calcutt                             Wednesday 28 January
                                                                                                  City Food Lecture                                                                                                                                                    Year Honours, for his services to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       community (but largely, he thinks, for
     Mark Richard Leggott                     Proposed by A C Ireland JP
                                              Seconded by N D S Brown                             Tuesday 24 February                                                                                                                                                  his services to education), is an
                                                                                                  Pancake Race                                                                                                                                                         Honorary Fellow of the University of
     Mrs Karen Jayne Mercer                   Proposed by Lord Plumb DL                                                                                                                                                                                                Northampton; was Chairman of the
                                              Seconded by S C R Fell                              Tuesday 10 March                                                                                                                                                     Governors of Moulton College, 1998 -
                                                                                                  Court Meeting & Livery Luncheon in                                                                                                                                   2006; High Sheriff of
     William David Peck                       Proposed by W D Peck                                Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Northamptonshire, 2004 - 2005;
                                              Seconded by P M Bolam LVO                                                                                                                                                                                                Chairman of the Nene Foundation;
                                                                                                  Tuesday 28 April                           From left to right: The Clerk, Steward Thomas Wheatley-Hubbard, Senior Warden Jeremy Courtney The Master, Junior Warden
                                                                                                  Agricultural Lecture & Dinner in Hall      Follett Balch, The Beadle, Steward Ian Stockley.                                                                          Chairman of Northamptonshire
     Air Commodore                            Proposed by Gp Capt G P Carson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Chamber of Commerce, Training and
     Stephen Neil Skinner

     Robert Angus Jack Stovold
                                              Seconded by W E Wilson CBE

                                              Proposed by Sir Graham Wilkinson Bt
                                                                                                  Tuesday 2 June
                                                                                                  Court Meeting & Livery Luncheon in
                                                                                                                                             J ohn Thorpe OBE is the new Master
                                                                                                                                               - the 57th - of the Worshipful
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and banks. He remains a trustee of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            several farming trusts.                                    Enterprise Council and Business Link,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1996-1998; was a member of other
                                                                                                                                             Company of Farmers. His installation
                                              Seconded by P M Bolam LVO                           Hall                                                                                                                                                                 regional bodies such as the CBI and
                                                                                                                                             took place immediately after the                               John and Susan have three married
                                                                                                                                             Company Service of Harvest                                     children. Daughter Joanna, with three                      East Midlands Regional Development;
     Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE              Proposed by Baroness Byford DBE                     Wednesday 8 & Thursday 9 July                                                                                                                                        and is a member of The Farmers Club
                                              Seconded by A J L Worth DL                          Summer Outing                              Thanksgiving at St Sepulchre-without-                          children, lives in Tanzania, where she
                                                                                                                                             Newgate, Smithfield, on 7 October,                             has a school and her husband a safari                      (as was his father) and the CLA.
     James Reginald Townshend                 Proposed by R H B Malim                             Tuesday 6 October                          followed by lunch at nearby                                    company. They also have a farm in
                                                                                                  Court Meeting, Harvest Thanksgiving        Haberdashers’ Hall.                                            Devon, to which they intend to return.                     John - whose cousin Henry Ashby is a
                                              Seconded by M R Taylor
                                                                                                  Service, Installation & Livery Luncheon                                                                    Son Michael, with two children, is in                     Liveryman with the Farmers Company,
     The Hon Christopher                      Proposed by Lord Wade of Chorlton                                                              John Thorpe – Northamptonshire born                            recruitment and recently married son                       as was his father, John’s Uncle Will -
     James Oulton Wade                        Seconded by J D Courtney                            Please remember that the Clerk allocates
                                                                                                                                             and bred and 69 on October 17 - a                              Roger is manager of the Whitbread                          became a Liveryman in 1997- was
                                                                                                  places at Company functions on a ‘first                                                                                                                              invited to be the Company’s Honorary
                                                                                                  come first served basis’.                  lawyer by background, inherited rural                          Estate, near Bedford.
     Edward Frederick Walters                 Proposed by J S Beer OBE JP
                                                                                                                                             interests from both parents. “My father                                                                                   Solicitor from 1999-2007 - became
                                              Seconded by G W Allen                                                                                                                                                                                                    Junior Warden in 2006 and Senior
                                                                                                                                             was a miller,” he explains, “and my                            They live at The Manor House,
                                                                                                             OBITUARIES                      mother’s father, uncle and cousins                             Everdon (population 300) Daventry,                         Warden in 2007.
                                 CONGRATULATIONS TO:
                                                                                                                                             were all farmers, so there’s plenty of                         which has a beautiful 10-acre garden,
                                                                                                  It is with sadness and regret we
                                                                                                                                             it in the blood.”                                              complete with lake and its own cricket                     As Master, he would like to reconnect
     Liveryman Tom Streeter presented with the Livery Salver at the 2008 Annual Banquet           announce the death of the following:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            pitch, where the village team and also                     the Livery with its heritage and the
     Liveryman Tony Worth appointed Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire.                                                                        “I went into law by whim, after                                John’s old firm, Shoosmiths regularly                      aims of its founders, with the emphasis
                                                                                                  Liveryman Major John David                                                                                                                                           still very much on education. “The
                                                                                                  Summers (Retired) of Romney Marsh,         studying A Level English and History                           play. John used to keep wicket, but
     In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 an OBE to Liveryman Henry Cator for                                                                at Oundle School. I noted that father                          retired from active playing and now                        Farmers Company was established in
                                                                                                  Kent. Died 20 January 2008. Clothed
     voluntary service to the community in Norfolk.                                               16 March 1954.                             had a good friend, a solicitor, who                            umpires.                                                   the challenging times of post-war
                                                                                                                                             seemed to live quite comfortably. I                                                                                       Britain making their achievements all
                                                                                                  J P (Pat) Jackson, Clerk to the Company    decided to become one of them.”                                                                                           the more impressive. The industry is
                                                                                                  1988-1992, died 30 May 2008.                                                                                                                                         in challenging times today and I am
                                       EDITORS NOTE:
                                                                                                                                             John became articled to this family                                                                                       mindful of the need to present an
     This Newsletter is larger than usual to cover Company activities from January until going    Liveryman Robert Jack Harrison JP                                                                                                                                    interesting programme of events whilst
                                                                                                  of Randswood, West Wratting,               friend - “who looked after me very
     to print in early October. Copy date for the Spring Newsletter is 16th February 2009. Will                                              well” - for five years, before qualifying                                                                                 keeping down, as far as possible, the
     any Liveryman with copy please send it with any photographs by that date. E-mail:            Cambridge died on 8 August 2008.                                                                                                                                     cost to Liverymen of attending or post to Jacobite House, Sancton, York YO43 4QX. Thank you.           He was Clothed on 15 March 1953 and        in 1963 and marrying Susan. In 1964
                                                                                                                                             he joined Shoosmiths Solicitors, which                                                                                    functions”.
                                                                                                  Master from 1979-1980.
                                                                                                                                             when John retired as Senior Partner in
                                                                                                                                             1998, had 70 partners and more than                                                                                       Liveryman Don Gomery
     The Worshipful Company of Farmers publishes the Newsletter. Clerk: David King, Red Copse End, Red Copse Lane, Boars Hill,
                                                                                                                                             1,000 staff. With many farming clients,
                 Oxford OX1 5ER Tel: 01865 321580 Email:                                                                                                John and Susan beside their lake.
                                                                                                                                             his speciality was building societies

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           ADVANCED COURSE IN AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - 13 January to 2 February                                                                                            CITY FOOD LECTURE                                              3 JUNE LUNCHEON

Course to move from Wye                                                                                                                                 “Are the Malthusian chickens                                                        Church and
T   his was the 58th course organised
   by the Company since the first
                                                                                                                                                        coming home to roost?”                                                              farming
held on the Lees at Folkestone in the
cold winter of 1963.
As has become the custom we had                                                                                                                                                                                                             stood
allocated one place for an antipodean
Nuffield Scholar and two for west
European farmers. In the event we                                                                                                                                                                                                           B     efore giving his talk at the June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lunch the Bishop thanked the Livery
had a lady cheese maker from                                                                                                                                                                                                                Company for the kindness and
Tasmania and an arable farmer from                                                                                                                                                                                                          hospitality shown to him during his year
Germany leaving eighteen places to                                                                                                                                                                                                          as the Masters’ Chaplain. He described
fill from a strong field at the interviews                                                                                                                                                                                                  himself as the eldest son who decided
held on 10 October. Places were                                                                                                                                                                                                             not to farm but join the Church. He has
                                             Presentation to Sara Harden by The Master with Liveryman Tim Calcutt                                                                                                                           lived in a number of parishes and had a
offered to two consultants, two
bankers, and fourteen to general arable                                                                                                                                                                                                     number of interesting jobs including
                                             lonely job and it may be that bonding                         bowl and thanked by the Master on
and stock farmers and specialist duck                                                                                                                                                                                                       being religious advisor to the Archers-
                                             is one of the most valuable outcomes                          the occasion of her retirement.
and fish farmers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           but not recently for those who currently
                                             of the course.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            listen! Ely is in the Cambridge delta
                                                                                                           The unexpected decision by Imperial
Funding for this year’s students was                                                                                                                                                                                                        between three rivers and is a “thinking
                                             All students were asked to complete                           College to close the CEAS facility at
a challenge since DEFRA- who                                                                                                                                                                                                                diocese” with close ties with three
                                             a questionnaire about the course.                             Withersdane in July 2008 caught us
provided funds of £34,000 last year -                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cambridge Colleges. He talked about
                                             Many had not known what to expect,                            unprepared and left without a venue
were unable to help. Overseas and                                                                                                                                                                                                           the 1947 Marshall Plan being a social
                                             all felt the course content had exceeded                      for the 2009 course. The lack of student
‘professional’ students are asked to                                                                                                                                                                                                        rather than an agricultural document
                                             their expectations. Some speakers and                         accommodation and teaching facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and its subsequent effects on rural areas
pay the full cost of the course
amounting to some £3,000; ‘primary
producers’ were expected to pay a
                                             projects were the subject of adverse
                                             comment, others enthusiastically
                                                                                                           at the University of Kent at Canterbury
                                                                                                           removed that option. The old campus          S   peaker Lord Haskin with an
                                                                                                                                                            impressively well-balanced
                                                                                                                                                                                                   He suggested supermarkets encourage
                                                                                                                                                                                                   over consumption contributing to the     and activities. The Church and farming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            he told us share the common feature of
                                             supported. Typical comments were                              at Wye would have been possible as a         approach, explored with finite             obesity problems in Britain today.
minimum of 1/3 of the fees and more                                                                                                                                                                                                         being seriously misunderstood by society-
                                             ‘it was a privilege to be on the                              teaching venue, but the financial and        resources what needs to be done to         Controversially-for the Farmers,
according to ability. In the event we                                                                                                                                                                                                       a major misconception being that all
                                             course..that taught me to stand back                          logistical difficulties of finding student   meet the needs of the world’s growing      Butchers, Poulters and probably the
were able to raise £39,450 from external                                                                                                                                                                                                    rural areas and community groups are
                                             and look at my business’. ‘I was lucky                        accommodation were such that, with           population, increased and western-         Cooks Companies- he said meat was
funding, £12,400 from the Company’s                                                                                                                                                                                                         similar so the differing needs of the
                                             to have my business pulled apart…’                            great reluctance, the Education              based food demand and climate              not ‘a nutritional essential’ and
funds and students paid £9,650. It is                                                                                                                                                                                                       various groups are not being addressed.
                                             ‘I learned new skills…and to produce                          Committee decided not to risk putting        change. The task looks pretty daunting     highlighted the less efficient use of
generally agreed that students should                                                                                                                                                                                                       He highlighted the requirement to
                                             that which will sell rather than what                         on a course for 2009. A sub-committee        and he suggested political and             land and grains in animal systems.
fund a minimum of 1/3 themselves                                                                                                                                                                                                            address the real problems of rural
                                             I thought should sell’.                                       has made a reconnaissance of six
for courses at this level, and 1/2 for                                                                                                                  technical genius-including GM- will                                                 poverty.
                                                                                                           alternative venues/course providers.
                                                                                                                                                        be needed to avoid a major disaster in     The panel discussion lead by brilliant
higher-level courses such as the             The Master, Wardens, several members                           Three selected potential course
Cranfield Institute of Technology being                                                                                                                 the coming decades.                        Chairman Sir Stuart Hampson
                                             of the Education Committee and some                           providers have been asked to make a
trialled in 2008/9.                                                                                                                                                                                expanded the subject leaving us with      The Rt Revd Dr Anthony Russell,
                                             local Liverymen joined the course for                         presentation to the Education
                                                                                                                                                        Speaking authoritatively with his          the conclusion we can take personal       Bishop of Ely is one of the senior
                                             the concluding session and                                    Committee on October 29th, when one
Again an exceptional line up of                                                                                                                         background as a farmer and food            choice actions to help mitigate the       Diocesan Bishops with a seat in the
                                             ‘Presentation Dinner’ at which                                will be invited to mount the course
students produced the now expected                                                                                                                      processor, he praised the technological    looming crisis.                           Upper House and is the Church of
                                             certificates and Company ties were                            from 2010.
synergism for original resolution of                                                                                                                    developments in farming to produce                                                   England’s spokesman on farming and
                                             presented. As usual this was a lively
the challenges put to them by the                                                                                                                                                                  The 2008 City Food Lecture was the        countryside matters. Dr Russell was
                                             joyous occasion with impromptu                                Further details of the 2010 course will      increased yields (five fold) and food
Course Director Nigel Williams and                                                                                                                                                                                                           President of the RASE in 2004/05.
                                             presentations from the delegates                              be given in the next Newsletter.             manufacturing to improve the variety,      first to be sponsored directly by the
his team. It is always gratifying, but       recalling memorable moments from                                                                           distribution and reduced food prices,      seven food-related Livery Companies
still surprising, to see the closeness of    their three-week course. Following the                        Liveryman Tim Calcutt                        balanced with the acknowledged             with support from hospitality
the bonding that develops between            presentations to the delegates, Sara                                                                       problems of pesticides, surplus            sponsors. The 2009 event will be on
course participants. It is not unusual       Harden, the Course Administrator for                            Tim Calcutt is Vice Chairman of the                                                   28 January.
                                                                                                                                                        production and pollution. 50% of all
to be told ‘I have made friends to           eleven years -who was always highly                             Education Committee with executive
                                                                                                                                                        food produced is wasted he said, with
whom I can turn in any situation, be         commended by the Students for her                               responsibility for the Advanced
                                                                                                             Course in Agricultural Business            30% of food wasted in our own homes-
it business or personal’. Farming is a       attention to their welfare during the
                                                                                                             Management. Tim is a ‘graduate’            castigating ‘conservative sell by dates’
                                             course – was presented with a rose                                                                         and our inability to use leftovers.
                                                                                                             of the first Course in 1963.
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                                            THE AGRICULTURAL LECTURE - 15 April                                                                                MILITARY AFFILIATIONS WITH THE ROYAL NAVY AND THE ARMY

“Too Much Short Term Thinking And Not                                                                                                 A    ffiliation with the Royal Navy is
                                                                                                                                           with HMS York and follows a
                                                                                                                                                                               Perpetual Trophy will be presented
                                                                                                                                                                               annually to the winning troop at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       lunch in the Commanding Officer’s
                                                                                                                                      visit to the Warship during the summer   Squadron inter-troop competition. The
Enough Co-operation”                                                                                                                  visit to Portsmouth in 2007. The
                                                                                                                                      Worshipful Company of Farmers
                                                                                                                                                                               silver Rose Water Dish remains
                                                                                                                                                                               Company property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       HMS York is undergoing a major refit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with most of the crew transferred
                                                                                                                                      Leadership Perpetual Trophy will be                                              elsewhere. Commander Andrew Price
T   he inaugural Livery Lecture was
    held in 1957, and the Agricultural
                                              survive organically, but now with 6
                                              billion + we need to make use of all
                                                                                          east coast arable plain. Despite the
                                                                                          aims of the Red Meat Industry Forum-        presented annually, with the name of
                                                                                                                                      the recipient engraved on the silver
                                                                                                                                                                               HMS York                                has assumed command from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       September as they start to develop a
Lecture is now firmly established as          resources with the figure rising to 9       part of the Curry Commission for
a key event in the Company’s calendar.        billion+ by 2050. There is too much short   whom he had worked until its closure        salver.                                                                          new crew with the target of her being
                                                                                                                                                                               Past Master Sir Graham Wilkinson and
A ‘full house’ of 119 including 59            and medium term thinking when the long-     in March- the red meat sector still                                                                                          re-dedicated in April 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                               Clerk David King were well received
                                                                                                                                      Affiliation with the Army is with W                                              Commander Tim Cryar has moved to
attendees from 32 of our courses were         term global position should be driving      resists production cost analysis, largely                                            and entertained by HMS York on
                                                                                                                                      (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron                                                  the Ministry of Defence in London.
present in our Hall to listen to the 2008     government and EU policy. United we         clings to tradition and resists the huge                                             Wednesday 9 January. The WCF
                                                                                                                                      Royal Yeomanry, London’s only
Agricultural Lecture given by Mike            stand and divided (devolution bad)          potential for co-operation.                                                          Leadership Trophy was presented to
                                                                                                                                      Territorial Army Cavalry Unit. This                                              The expectation is that HMS York will
Keeble. It was a challenging and, at          we fall. Democracy does not work.”                                                                                               POMA (Petty Officer Medical
                                                                                                                                      affiliation came about through the                                               remain in service until 2014 / 2015 and
times, uncomfortable assessment of                                                        Taking questions from the floor, Mike                                                Assistant) Nicholson in front of the
                                                                                                                                      Clerk who has links with                                                         that the Type 45 Destroyer HMS
where he sees the industry today and          He regretted the number of farmers-         recognized the role LEAF had played                                                  Ship’s Company and the Chief of Staff
                                                                                                                                      Headquarters London District. The                                                Diamond, which will take on her
the consequences of not addressing its        particularly in the uplands- leaving        with its “Speak Out “ campaign and                                                   (Capability), Rear Admiral Philip
                                                                                                                                      Worshipful Company of Farmers                                                    affiliations, will replace her.
problems.                                     the land creating a generation gap and      farm information boards. He called                                                   Wilcocks CB DSC followed by a small
                                              shortage of enthusiasm and talent- so       for a post mortem on the cost
                                              essential for future success. A             effectiveness of the “Year of Food and
                                              Federation of Farming will need young       Farming “ which he perceived as a
                                              people with charisma and                    wasted opportunity to get farming
                                              communication skills to bring food          messages in to schools.
                                              and fuel production back to the top of
                                              the National agenda.                        Unsurprisingly, he was not in favour
                                                                                          of the government proposal for cost
                                              After commending the Worshipful             sharing on disease control.
                                              Company of Farmers for the
                                              leadership it has taken with its             Mike Keeble’s background is in farm
                                              business and leadership courses he           management. He and his wife have a
                                              called for more action in promoting          tenanted farm in Wensleydale with a
                                              the many good messages about                 herd of Limousin cattle which they                                                                                              The Westminster
                                              farming. 70% of the UK landmass is           have had since Mike was one of the
                                              agricultural and forestry land that          original group that introduced the                                                                                              Dragoons
                                                                                           breed in 1971.The herd is run on a
                                              could be a ‘factory floor showcase’
                                                                                           “park system”, it is not recorded with                                                                                          The Master and Clerk visited
After commending the work of the              open to the general public with                                                                                                                                              the Westminster Dragoons on
                                                                                           the majority of bulls sold as prime
Commercial Farmers Group (one of its          information boards explaining what                                                                                                                                           Sunday 27 July at the
                                                                                           beef the main aim being to produce
founders Henry Fell gave the 2006             is going on in the fields, forests and                                                                                                                                       Pirbright Training Area and
                                                                                           top quality females.
Agricultural Lecture) and calling for         buildings.                                                                                                                                                                   both took an active part in
them to be listened to and                                                                 Up to 2001 Mike spent 15 years                                                                                                  the exercise, which involved
acknowledged, he called for a                 He criticised show organizations for         working for Strutt and Parker on their                                                                                          being ambushed and shot at!
Federation of British Agriculture,            allowing dogs and horse to replace           promotion and development activities                                                                                            The Master presented the
which could speak with one                    farming exhibits and believes the            covering their conferences and outside                                                                                          WCF Trophy to Sergeant
authorative voice to replace the              RASE should return to its original role      events. He is a well-known journalist                                                                                           Miranda Underwood of the
fragmented number of organizations            of supporting ‘Practice with Science’,       in all medias; with a regular column                                                                                            winning Troop. Sergeant
we have today,                                calling for the Council to make radical      in Farmers Guardian and regional                                                                                                Underwood was a guest at
                                              attitudinal changes.                         press. He also fills around 40 days a                                                                                           the October installation lunch
                                                                                           year as a commentator at various                                                                                                at Haberdashers Hall.
Warming to his theme he said:
                                              Calling for co-operation, he felt the        shows. He has just completed his
“The appearing world food shortages
                                              northern counties should forge links         second book, based on the life and
will lead to increasing conflict. In 1945                                                  times of John Rymer, taking the on-
a global population of 3 billion could        between the livestock sectors in the
                                              central and western uplands with the         coming World Food crisis as its theme.

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                   Susan Thorpe,
                   Senior Warden
                   John Thorpe,
                   Brenda Copas, The
                   Master Tom Copas,
                   Anne Courtney
                   and Junior Warden                                                                                          The
                   Jeremy Courtney.                                                                                           Carpenters’

219 Liverymen and their guests gathered at Carpenters’ Hall for the Annual
Banquet. Master Tom Copas and Mrs Brenda Copas had planned this carefully,         C     arpenters’ Hall has a splendid
                                                                                         reception area and the opportunity
                                                                                                                                            the Company. The Senior Warden John
                                                                                                                                            Thorpe OBE proposed the Toast to the
with two tastings to select the caterer and a tour of Halls to select the venue.   was taken to make more of this part                      Guests.
The Master even invited as a guest Mr Fred Holloway, in order that his fine        of the evening. To complement the
voice could lead us in The Farmers Boy.                                            Master’s Champagne Reception our                         The menu and the food and wine
                                                                                   caterers, Inn or Out, served canapés                     partnerships were a feature of this
                                                                                   of duck, crab, tuna and goats cheese.                    Banquet with the traditional ceremony
                                                                                   A smart carpet guard from our                            of the Loving Cup together with a
                                                                                   affiliated TA Squadron, the Westminster                  number of surprises. As a guest wrote
                                                                                   Dragoons, marked the route to the                        afterwards, “it was a truly magical
                                                                                   Reception Line.                                          occasion with great splendour, a
                                                                                                                                            fantastic attendance, excellent speeches
                                                                                   As the Master’s procession made its                      and fascinating company.”
                                                                                   way into the Banqueting Hall, a Band
                                                                                                                                                                                       Fred Holloway leading the singing of The Farmers Boy
                                                                                   from the Royal Yeomanry played the                       The Carpenters Company are Number
                                                                                   traditional Scipio. The room looked                      26, founded in 1333 with a medieval
                                                                                   stunning with the ivory table covers                     responsibility for all timber-framed
                                                                                   and beautiful flower arrangements by                     buildings in the City of London. It was
                                                                                   Brenda. Guests were Major General                        one of the earliest Livery Companies
                                                                                   Bill Cubitt CBE, General Officer                         to possess a Hall of any size. The Hall,
                                                                                   Commanding London District and a                         opened in 1960 is the third on the site,
                                                                                   farmer; the Chairman of the Farmers’                     the first having been burned down in
                                                                                   Club Liveryman Julian Sayers; and                        1849 and the second bombed in 1941.
                                                                                   Meurig Raymond MBE representing                          Our Banquet was held in the
                                                                                   the NFU. The Master’s guest and                          magnificent Banqueting Hall that is a
                                                                                   speaker was Julian Cook, a                               showcase for the craft of carpentry
                                                                                   farmer/banker and Fellow of the                          and employs 18 different woods.
Liveryman Tom Streeter receiving The Livery Salver from The Master
                                                                                   Royal Agricultural Societies from East
                                                                                                                                                                                       Carpet guard provided by The Westminster Dragoons
                                                                                   Yorkshire. He proposed the Toast to                      David King- Clerk
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Treasures of the Mansion House                                                       B    renda Copas invited all Lady
                                                                                         Members of the Company and               Farmers                                                   Finally the waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                            was over and the
                                                                                     Members’ Ladies to join her for a                                                                     Farmers Company
                                                                                     guided tour of the Mansion House
                                                                                     followed by a luncheon at our hall.
                                                                                                                                  Company                                                 were placed in Lane
                                                                                                                                                                                         One for the first Masters’
                                                                                                                                                                                       heat. The Gunmakers fired
                                                                                     30 of us had a super day entertained
                                                                                     by the very charming John Davis, an
                                                                                                                                  Wins Livery                                         a resonant, black powder
                                                                                                                                                                                     cannon to signal the start.
                                                                                     enthusiastic Welshman from the
                                                                                     Mansion House staff, who gave us an          Olympics!                                            By the time the smoke had
                                                                                     insight into the busy life of the building                                                        cleared the Masters were
                                                                                     and the hectic diary of the Lord Mayor-                                                           well on the way with the
                                                                                      Mansion House is the only private
                                                                                     residence in England with its own            T  he Fourth
                                                                                                                                     Pancake Race
                                                                                                                                                                                       Clockmakers watches
                                                                                                                                                                                       ticking. Graham Wilkinson,        London
                                                                                     Court of Justice, a reminder that the        was opened
                                                                                     Lord Mayor is chief magistrate of the
                                                                                     City during his year in office- as well
                                                                                                                                  by The Rt.
                                                                                                                                  Hon The
                                                                                                                                                                                       running on behalf of the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Master, progressed to win         Matters
                                                                                                                                                                                the Masters Final. Lindsay
                                                                                     as guiding us through the state rooms        Lord Mayor                                                                             A Guide To Remembering
                                                                                                                                                                             Hargreaves, Sarah Waymouth and
                                                                                     and showing us all the plate and other       Mr David
                                                                                     treasures.                                   Lewis and
                                                                                                                                                                             Sarah Keene- wearing a splendidly           ‘The Great 12’
                                                                                                                                                                             rural, straw hat decorated with
                                                                                                                                  hosted by
                                                                                     A highlight - certainly memorable -                                                     spectacles- competed strongly in their    My Goodness Darling, For Goodness
                                                                                                                                  the Master of the Poulters Company,
                                                                                     was visiting the gentlemen’s loo with                                                   respective races.                         Sake Make Haste, Suddenly I’m Very
                                                                                                                                  John Nokes in Guildhall Yard on
                                                                                     its ‘contraption’ for misdemeanours…         Shrove Tuesday. Thirty-two Livery                                                    Cold
                                                                                                                                                                             The event concluded with a splendid
                                                                                                                                  Companies attended.
                                                                                                                                                                             Pancake Song from the Musicians           1 My          MERCERS
                                       Walking the
                                                                                                                                  Rain had fallen overnight leaving the
                                                                                                                                                                             Company before the Chief Commoner
                                                                                                                                                                             Pauline Halliday presented the prizes-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2 Goodness GROCERS
                                                                                                                                  cobblestones wet and slippery but the                                                3 Darling     DRAPERS
NFU President Says Why Farming Matters talk!                                                                                      adrenalin was running amongst the
                                                                                                                                                                             the four Trophy Copper Frying-pans.
                                                                                                                                                                             Mark Grove of ‘The Cook & The Butler’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4 For         FISHMONGERS
                                                                                                                                  competitors as they donned gowns,                                                    5 Goodness GOLDSMITHS
26 Masters - and 1 Prime Warden -          want handouts and subsidies and to        Master Tom Copas and Junior Warden                                                      ensured that all were sustained with      6* Sake       SKINNERS
                                                                                                                                  chefs’ hats and aprons and laced their
together with 23 Clerks were hosted        be seen as being ‘feather bedded, but     Jeremy Courtney took part in The                                                        pancakes and the event concluded with     7* Make       MERCHANT TAYLORS
                                                                                                                                  running shoes. Master Farmer Tom
at this event at our Hall by The           want to be allowed to be competitive      Worshipful Company of                                                                   an excellent buffet lunch in Guildhall.   8 Haste       HABERDASHERS
                                                                                                                                  Copas was there giving his team -
Master, Clerk, Wardens and 23              and efficient versus the rest of the      Environmental Cleaners Sponsored                                                        In short, the Company were                9 Suddenly SALTERS
                                                                                                                                  consisting of the Immediate Past
Liverymen from the Farmers Company.        world. He said “Recent suggestions        Walk to 40 Livery Halls on Thursday                                                     enormously privileged to be invited to    10 I’m        IRONMONGERS
                                                                                                                                  Master and Livery Members Lindsay
                                           from DEFRA of re-introducing set-         18th September 2008 in aid of the Lord                                                  this enjoyable and amusing event,         11 Very       VINTNERS
                                                                                                                                  Hargreaves, Sarah Keene and Master’s
After welcoming our guests, The            aside, failing to implement TB control    Mayors Appeal for the Charities:                                                        which in a short space of time has        12 Cold       CLOTHMAKERS
                                                                                                                                  daughter Sarah Waymouth - every
Master introduced the guest speaker,       measures against infected badgers and     Wellbeing of Women, & ORBIS.                                                            become a highlight of the Livery Year.    *Alternating years
                                                                                                                                  encouragement to stride out for the
the NFU President Peter Kendall who        controlling migrant labour is making                                                   Company in the Masters, Liverymen,
gave a masterly description of the         the industry nervous as these measures                                                                                            The Winners for 2008 were:                Tom Copas - Our Master 2007/08
                                                                                                                                  Ladies and Novelty (dressed to
increasing importance of our industry      restrict our competitiveness”.                                                                                                     Masters Race – The Farmers
                                                                                                                                  promote the Lord Mayor’s chosen
to global issues of population increase,                                                                                                                                      Liverymen Race – The Farriers
                                                                                                                                  charity ORBIS- “saving sight
water shortage, climate change and         Following lunch, Immediate Past                                                        worldwide”) races. Pancake tossing
                                                                                                                                                                              Ladies Race – The Curriers
                                                                                                                                                                              Novelty Race – The Remembrancer’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lord Mayor’s
food security, and with great              Master Sir Graham Wilkinson thanked                                                    was practised across the Yard and
enthusiasm explained why farming           Peter Kendall and endorsed the                                                         muscles were flexed for the great
                                                                                                                                                                              Department                                Show 2008
matters - The NFU campaign slogan.         comments he made before                                                                                                            Best Hat in the Novelty Race- The
                                                                                                                                  challenges ahead.
                                           congratulating the NFU in their                                                                                                    Farriers                                  The Master, Wardens and
Bringing the subject back to the UK,       centenary year for the essential role                                                                                              Wooden Spoon – The Launderers             Assistant Lindsay Hargreaves will
                                                                                                                                  Every race consisted of a two-length
he talked of the recent weather causing    they play.                                                                             sprint in Guildhall Yard with frying-                                                 again be marching in the Modern
a difficult harvest and an early start                                                                                                                                       Past Master Sir Graham Wilkinson           Livery Companies exhibit on
                                                                                                                                  pan in hand and a toss of the pancake
to winter feeding of livestock, and the    Returning to our Livery Company                                                        on the way out and on the way back                                                    Saturday 8th November
challenges of high commodity prices        guests, he said what a privilege it had   Jeremy Courtney - Junior Warden              to the finish- a win meant another heat!                                              2.30pm. The LMS is the BBC’s
with falling crop prices.                  been for the Farmers Company to           2007/08                                                                                                                            longest continuously broadcast
                                           return the hospitality the Company                                                                                                                                           event, so if not in London please
To the surprise of some of our guests,     had enjoyed with all of them.                                                                                                                                                set your video!
he stressed that British farmers do not
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Masters
Three Henley Veterans And Sir Steve Redgrave                                                                                                                                                                                  Reflections
Recall Regatta Races                                                                                                                                                                                                          E    lsewhere in this omnibus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  newsletter you will have read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reports of the recent activities we have
T   he Master and Brenda were
   the most marvellous hosts at the
                                                                                            That year they were to row in the
                                                                                            Stewards event against Trud Club, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              enjoyed together. However now my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              year has come to an end I would like
Temple Island Enclosure on Sunday 6                                                         Domestic and European champions
July at the summer outing at Henley                                                         from Leningrad, clearly the favourites                                                                                            to take the opportunity to share some
                                                                                                                                      Braving the elements to cruise on the river
Royal Regatta. The Farmers Company                                                          to win. Reliving the race he recalled,                                                                                            memories with you all:
boasts at least three ‘Veterans’ of                                                         “ We drew level at the mile and           Following his address, the second of          Attention to detail has been a constant
Henley - Past Masters Creighton                                                             managed to get home half a length up      our three ‘rowing Veterans’, Past Master      feature of Master Tom Copas’s year,       The honour of being Master of a
Redman and John Cossins and                                                                 to win one second outside the record.     John Cossins, rose to thank Sir Steve         together with stylish hospitality and     London Livery Company is an
Liveryman John Brooks- all brought                                                          1958 being the height of The Cold War,    and to introduce John Brooks first            stunning, fragrant arrangements           experience like no other. You are treated
into play on the day. Messrs Redman                                                         our boat was seen as a representative     informing us that it was sixty years to       courtesy of Brenda. Our day at Henley     quite differently and to say you cannot
and Brooks with reminiscences of fifty                                                      of a Capitalist Institution that beat a   the day that he had rowed at Henley           was a testament to the Copas              prepare for it is quite true.
years ago and John Cossins of sixty                                                         Communist idol.” It was the only time     for Bryanston School having been              Partnership’s way of doing things!
years ago!                                                                                  Creighton’s Grandmother came to see       entered for both the Ladies Challenge                                                   For a start everybody calls you Master
                                                                                            him row at Henley and his father had      Plate- a race for schools and colleges-       Further pictures of Henley can be         and your partner Mistress Farmer. We
After morning coffee in the marquee,                                                        to bring her round with a glass of        and the Princess Elizabeth Challenge          viewed at:                                experienced new acquaintances unsure
tractors and trailers took the whole                                                        brandy!                                   Cup for schools. 1948 was a unique                   if Brenda would be happy to be
party to cruise along the Regatta course                                                                                              occasion as it was the only time two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              addressed as Mistress Farmer when
whilst Creighton entertained us with                                                        We returned to the marquee for a          schools have been in the Ladies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              first introduced. The wife of a
some of his experiences and
recollections of Henley Royal Regatta,
                                                 The Master and Mistress Farmer

                                                 He regaled us with his stories of racing
                                                                                            splendid lunch, followed by guest
                                                                                            speaker Sir Steve Redgrave who
                                                                                                                                      Challenge Plate. Unfortunately
                                                                                                                                      Bryanston were narrowly beaten by
                                                                                                                                                                                     Windsor                                  Liveryman is reported to have declared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on seeing the seating plan of the Master
first informing that:                            at Henley in 1957 and 1958, describing     described many fascinating rowing         Eton College in the final.
                                                                                                                                                                                     50 of us stayed on for a special visit   and Clerks lunch. “ I would love to be
                                                 races he had won and lost and brought      experiences. A Starter Steward at                                                        to St George’s Chapel and Windsor        known as Mistress Farmer”.
“ Wherever you start in the rowing               alive ‘the Henley experience’ whilst       Henley that day, Sir Steve explained      John Brooks resplendent in his rowing
                                                                                                                                                                                     Castle hosted by Military Knight
world you very quickly realize two               telling us of high profile people in the   the old fashioned system of mirrors       blazer told us he had been at Henley
                                                                                                                                                                                     Colonel David Axson who lives in         During your early days in office, you
things. Firstly that while the Cathedral         rowing world. Fifty years ago- in 1958-    with string which gives an accurate       in 1958 rowing in the Ladies Plate for
                                                                                                                                                                                     the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle.        find yourself being recognised by your
of tennis is the Centre Court of                  his boat (from the National Provincial    method of ensuring bows are level at      Gonville and Caius College Cambridge
                                                                                                                                      who were beaten in the preliminary                                                      badge rather than your face, with the
Wimbledon, the Cathedral of rowing               Bank) had won the trials to represent      the start of racing.                                                                     The Chapel is within the curtilage
                                                                                                                                      rounds by the narrow margin of only                                                     badge giving you instant introduction
is the Henley Course, and secondly               England in the Commonwealth Games                                                                                                   of the Castle and is one of the
                                                                                                                                      four feet!                                                                              to other Masters – just like a ‘Master
the ambition of all oarsmen is to                and Great Britain in the World                                                                                                      acknowledged masterpieces of late
become a member of Leander Club”.                                                                                                                                                                                             Key’ it opens all doors. High points of
                                                 Championships.                                                                                                                      Medieval European architecture
                                                                                                                                      He endorsed Creighton Redman’s                                                          my year include attending the great
                                                                                                                                                                                     and home to the prestigious
                                                                                                                                      story having been there to watch the                                                    city occasions such as the elections of
                                                                                                                                                                                     chivalric Order of the Garter.
                                                                                                                                      race against the Russians. John Brooks                                                  The Lord Mayor and Sheriffs- when
                                                                                                                                                                                     Colonel Axson had arranged for us
                                                                                                                                      then proposed the vote of thanks to                                                     all Masters are gowned, chained and
                                                                                                                                                                                     to have private tours of the Albert
                                                                                                                                      the Master and Brenda coupled with                                                      badged- occasions open to all
                                                                                                                                                                                     Memorial Chapel, the choir stalls,
                                                                                                                                      the name of Company.                                                                    Liverymen and usually followed by a
                                                                                                                                                                                     and to see the priceless plate and
                                                                                                                                                                                     vestments.                               jolly lunch at our hall, I thoroughly
                                                                                                                                      It had rained solidly all day- Sir Steve                                                recommend attending.
                                                                                                                                      had told us they had had to suspend
                                                                                                                                                                                     After lunch and an afternoon spent
                                                                                                                                      racing for the first time ever due to                                                   However my overwhelming memory
                                                                                                                                                                                     visiting the castle, the party
                                                                                                                                      lightning - and little rowing was                                                       is of the friendship and comradeship
                                                                                                                                                                                     returned to attend Evensong in St
                                                                                                                                      watched, though Past Master Sir                                                         that Brenda and I have received which
                                                                                                                                                                                     George’s Chapel where the name
                                                                                                                                      Graham Wilkinson braved the
                                                                                                                                                                                     of the Company was mentioned in          we will treasure for years to come,
                                                                                                                                      elements to watch Christ Church race,
                                                                                                                                                                                     the prayers.                             along with thanks to the Livery for
                                                                                                                                      but the weather did not affect the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              allowing us to Master and Mistress for
                                                                                                                                      splendid day. We had had a flavour of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a wonderful year.
                                                                                                                                      Henley and its unique traditions,
Past Masters John Cossins and Creighton Redman                                                                                        setting, organization and culture.
                                                                                            Enjoying the occasion                                                                                                             Tom Copas - Our Master 2007/08

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