The Company’s Annual Carol service took place at our church, St Lawrence Jewry where those attending were able to loosen their vocal chords at the reception with a glass or two of Pommery Royal Brut Champagne, very kindly provided by the Master.
The Honorary Chaplain, Rev. Canon David Parrott, was up to his usual standard.
With a very amusing address, supported by another ‘first’ the use of a nasal aid. The theme was the three gifts and our senses were awoken by the smell of frankincense when we arrived at the church, which he had brought back from some recent travels. No myrrh or gold was on show!
The Master and Mistress’ selection of music all had a strong meaning and link to both of them, as the Master enlightened us later that evening during his speech. The Processional Hymn “Christians Awake” is apparently also known as the Mancs Carol – a reference to their roots in Manchester and the Choir’s carol, “The Boar’s Head Carol” reflected their time spent at Oxford.
During the service, we always take a collection for the Distillers’ Company Charity and we raised £585.
Following the Carol Service, we all made our way to the Members Dining Room at the Guildhall Hall where The Cook & The Butler under the guidance of their chef, our Liveryman and Steward Jean Deillon, prepared a traditional Christmas Dinner – turkey with all the trimmings followed by a wonderful traditional Christmas Pudding and Christmas Crackers .What more could we wish for?
With our coffee, we were treated to some marvellous Blandy’s Bual 10 Years Old Madeira, which ensured our vocal chords were once again fully restored as the Master asked everyone to follow the lead of the Clerk and join in with “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” which left everyone feeling in a very festive mood as the evening concluded.