The setting of this year’s April dinner was the magnificent Vintners’ Hall. As London roasted outside to a blistering 27C, making this the hottest April 19 on record, 140 members of the Livery and their guests gathered to enjoy some of the best hospitality the Vintners’ Hall team has to offer. A spring inspired menu featuring lamb and a pudding of Rhubarb and Elderflower was accompanied by some excellent French wines.
The dinner was preceded by a court meeting which included the presentation of the Livery to Robert Anderson, Jamie Norman, Stuart Urquhart, William Lowe, Paul Matthew, Elizabeth Rudd and Raymond Davidson.
In proposing a toast to our guests, Liveryman Mr Justin Hicklin introduced no fewer than five visiting Masters to the company, Mr Roy Campbell, (Master Cooper), Mr Ralph Edmondson, Tobacco Pipe Makers & Tobacco Blenders), Mr Richard Slade QC, (Master Ironmonger), Mr Paul Wells, Master Brewer and Mr Tim Solway, (Master Upholder).
Following last June’s three-day Livery trip to Schiedam, the assembled company were delighted to be able to welcome four members of the Jenever Guild as well as a number of other distinguished guests.
Mr Hicklin introduced the Master’s principle guest and friend Mr. Kenneth Greig. Mr. Greig responded with much aplomb, noting that he’d found himself speaking in a similar position some years earlier as Best Man to the Master at his wedding. However, those in the company hoping for a litany of tales of the Master’s past misdemeanors were to be disappointed. As with all good friends, any transgressions, if indeed there were any, were kept firmly under wraps.
The Master responded, no doubt relived no further information was forth coming and went on to highlight the phenomenal success of this year’s Charity Whisky Auction which raised over £200,000.
The Master thanked all those who had made the evening such a success before inviting the assembled company to a stirrup-cup.