Innholders venue for June Court meeting and Lunch

Finally! The Court meets in person for its June meeting and lunch, accompanied by stewards. Masks, fists contact and secured seating did not detract from the pleasure of social contact again for those attending. Zoom calls temporarily forgotten!

The Master, Wardens and Clerk

The meeting commenced with a serving of fino sherry at the table , accompanied by explanatory words from Allan Cheeseman, who is managing our excess stocks of spirits and wines with good humour.

A vigorous discussion around the agenda ensued which was well managed by the Master. It was particularly pleasing to hear during lockdown the number of new candidates expressing an interest in joining our livery.

We numbered only 37 as capacity was restricted ,and the 27 Court members were joined for lunch by 7 stewards and the Clerks Office . We were treated to a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee as the hall was set up, and a delicious lunch of red mullet,roasted fillet of lamb and strawberries with all the trimmings , accompanied by French wines eager to unleash their bouquet after 16 months of waiting was a welcome change from lockdown take away fare!

The meal was beautifully rounded off with Taylors 20 year old port, and the Bon mots from the Master, accompanied by a glass of Balvenie 21 year port wood finish. The loyal toasts to the Queen and the Lord Mayor, City of London Corporation reminded us of what we had missed since the February lunch last year.

Chris Searle