The New Year has seen the public announcement of the appointment of our new Clerk who will take over in July 2020. He is Col Garth Manger RM OBE. Our current Clerk, Nigel Bamping will be retiring after 10 years of excellent service (and still 6 months more to do!). In selecting a new Clerk the Company had an open, advertised process and this culminated in some intensive days of interviewing at the end of December. The new Clerk was selected and introduced to the Court at the first meeting of the year on 14th January and able to attend our Masters and Clerks’ dinner that evening. There is a lot of planning for Garth to be introduced to the Livery and our affiliates and I look forward to working with him.
It was a pleasure to attend the City’s New Year Service at St Michael’s Cornhill. This was conducted by the Vicar, Rev Charlie Skrine. The Lord Mayor and the Governor of the Bank of England both attended and read lessons. The Vicar cleverly took a throwaway line from the recent Golden Globe Awards when Ricky Gervais said “We’re all gonna die soon and there’s no sequel” in order to expound on the lessons and suggest that the Christian will see life after death. He also quoted Mark Carney who had recently spoken about “the tragedy of the horizon” to urge the congregation to take the long view. End of a very pointed and pertinent sermon for us all!
The Drapers’ Livery traditionally host a buffet lunch after the service and provided excellent food served by a charity that it supports called Café Domenica. They provide training to young people with learning disabilities to find value in the workplace. It was a great chance for them and for us to meet them. An excellent example of how the Livery is working with charities to give young people opportunities and useful experiences.
A visit with fellow Plaisterers to the Court of Common Council proved very successful and is the subject of a separate blog.