Every Master discovers that one delight of the year is to meet fellow Masters of the other 109 Livery Companies. They are variously City people or professionally skilled at their own Livery trade or part of a family heritage that links to the particular Livery. Thus there is a huge variety of experiences and interests that are all generically known as Master ( Prime Warden/Upper Bailiff). Thus the Livery Halls Walk on September 12 was an ideal time to meet and talk and chat and get under the skin of the Masters and their respective Livery Companies. Fifty of us (including the Renter Warden Stephen Gilbert) assembled on HQS Wellington for a hearty breakfast before setting out on a 9 mile trek around the City. Over 30 Plaisterers supported us by charitable donation to my charity of the year – the Museum of London’s special educational needs programme for young visitors to the Museum. A big thank you to all who contributed. A highlight was to visit Drapers’ Hall which was just emerging from summer works and to see the magnificent plaster ceiling of the Livery Hall that had been strengthened with steel rods – it’s good to see a job well done by plasterers!
Our link with 282 (East Ham) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets is very important to the Livery and on September 21 three Plaisterers attended the London Wing Field Day competition at Woolwich Arsenal barracks. It was a blazing hot sunny day but still the enthusiasm of the cadets did not diminish. They competed in the band competition with subsidiary elements of fanfare, percussion, drumming and ensemble playing. There was drilling and banner carrying as well as model making and first aid. Many of the cadets competed in numerous different categories showing the range of the skills they learn at the Air Cadets. I am pleased to report that 282 acquitted themselves with excellent results and first place in percussion and banner drill NCO. There were many other places and a coveted second prize in the band completion. This led them to a third place overall. It was a great day out to see the skills and enthusiasm on display as well as the volunteer leaders and helpers who give so much of their time to this excellent group. The Master is pictured with the drum major who is wearing a new sash with the Plaisterers’ coat of arms clearly emblazoned.