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Donna Bowers
23 November 2020
Our First Virtual Installation Ceremony

If any proof were required that the Distillers are a resilient Company, undaunted by challenges or technology, then the Installation Ceremony for our new Master surely provided it.  The Clerk opened the ceremony by stating “The Court is summoned pursuant to the Company’s Charters for the Installation of its Officers for the ensuing year.” Thereupon […]

Donna Bowers
13 November 2020
An interview with the Master Elect

Now available to view on our YouTube channel: An interview with the current Master Elect, Jonathan Driver. Part one of a three part interview, we learn about the Master Elects background, his time so far with the Distillers and what the future holds for the future Master. To view this interview, click below or visit: […]

Donna Bowers
21 October 2020
Meet with the Master: Now available on our YouTube Channel

In the current climate of Covid-19 and restrictions on Liverymen gatherings, the Master has kindly given up some of his time to reach out to members via our new YouTube Channel, in the first of a series of interviews to be published. This new ‘digital’ way of staying in touch with members, ensures we preserve […]

Donna Bowers
20 October 2020
London Recharged: The Lord Mayors Vision for London

The Lord Mayor, Rt.Hon. William Russell, has released a 64 page report, titled London Recharged: Our vision for London in 2025, commissioned by the City of London Corporation to outline the recovery of business in London following Covid-19 and its long-term competitiveness to 2025. “Our vision for London in 2025 is attainable, but also ambitious. The […]

Donna Bowers
20 October 2020
Queen’s Birthday Honour for Livery member

We are delighted that one of our Liverymen, Commodore James Parkin has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List where Her Majesty has appointed him as a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Our warmest congratulations go to James from everyone in the Worshipful Company […]

Donna Bowers
13 October 2020
Masters Blog – Summer Special

Those of you of a certain age will no doubt have had a favourite comic and will doubtless remember the eagerly awaited Summer Special. It was an extra-long edition designed to keep children amused during the long summer holidays, although it normally arrived during our holidays and was waiting on our return home and was […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
New members receive Freedom of the Livery

Duncan Baldwin, James Pennefather and Olivier Nicolai were recently granted the freedom of the livery in another virtual ceremony. Duncan currently works for Angus Dundee Distillers , James is Regional director for W.Grants and Sons, and Olivier is a city Analyst for Goldman Sachs, advising clients on investments in the spirits industry amongst other responsibilities. The Master welcomed […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
New Commanding Officer for Military Affiliate 825 NAS

Our military affiliate 825 Naval Air Squadron has a new Commanding Officer and it is with great enthusiasm and that we welcome Commander Scott Simpson to his new post, taking over from Cdr Duncan Thomas. Past Master David Raines, and wife Jenny, very kindly hosted us as we endeavoured to plan some events which will […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
603 Squadron Update

The past six months for 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron have been dominated to a great extent by the shared experience of dealing with Covid-19. Indeed, the Squadron’s new Officer Commanding (OC) Squadron Leader Derek Read joined from RAF Force Protection HQ on 20th March, just days before the Prime Minister announced the rigorous restrictions that […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2020
Latest HMS Montrose Newsletter Now Available

Follow the latest activities of the crew aboard HMS Montrose, the impact of Covid 19, training and charity fundraising. To read the full newsletter, click on the link below: HMS Montrose July/August 2020 Newsletter

Donna Bowers
18 September 2020
Installation of the Master into the Schiedam Guild of Genever Distillers

The Master in the first international virtual ceremony, received the honour of being installed in the Guild of Genever Distillers based in Schiedam and received a wooden medal of the Golden Glass. The Master participated via Zoom and another new liveryman, Amanda Garnham from BNIC was similarly honoured! The Guild is an ancient order, set up by the local […]

Donna Bowers
16 September 2020
The Master’s Charity Bike Ride goes ahead under “Rule Six Restrictions”

We are providing an update on the Distillers 500 event in light of the new restrictions put in place by both the UK Government and Scottish Government with effect from Monday 14th September to combat the spread of Covid 19 (the “Rule of Six”). The organisers had already completed a detailed Health & Safety risk […]

Donna Bowers
7 September 2020
THE MASTER’S CHARITY BIKE RIDE: WHO IS RIDING WITH THE MASTER?

There is still time to support our riders and sponsor them via our JustGiving page. Show your support today and visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/distillers500 THE MASTER: Kenny MacKay Having started my career in 1977, I have lived through some remarkablechanges in our industry – This continuum is also reflected in ourmembership, with somewhere over 85% of our […]

Donna Bowers
27 August 2020
THE MASTER’S CHARITY BIKE RIDE: 500 MILES IN 7 DAYS

September 16th – 22nd 2020 PLEASE HELP US RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FOR 9 OUTSTANDING CHARITIES As I am sure you are aware, I rather stupidly said I would do something different for Charity in my Master’s year. Well, this year has certainly been different from anything I could possibly have imagined, but […]

Donna Bowers
29 July 2020
First ever International Installation by Zoom for the Livery!

On July 24th, three new freemen were installed in a virtual ceremony spanning three countries. Martin Brown Jr. and Marshall Farrer were proposed by family member and Court Assistant Garvin Brown, and were dialing in from the US to connect with the Masters and Wardens Committee. Henri Sizaret who is currently living in Portugal, was […]

Donna Bowers
24 July 2020
First virtual Installation Ceremony held for new liverymen

The first virtual installation ceremony for new liverymen to be accepted into the company took place last Friday, led by the Master with the Wardens and Clerk in attendance, and the nominees were accompanied by their Court sponsors. The Oaths to the Livery were supervised by the Clerk, and each candidature in turn read out […]

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Industry News

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Taiwanese whisky company Kavalan has launched a four-bottle limited edition series to highlight the parallels between whisky and fine art.

Good One launching Christmas-flavoured hard seltzers
25 November 2020

London-based hard seltzer brand launches mulled wine and mince pie-inspired drinks

Wine.com H1 sales soar as consumers subscribe to online delivery trends
24 November 2020

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Cotswolds Distillery founder Daniel Szor launches his first book
12 November 2020

Cotswolds Distillery founder Daniel Szor explores his journey to the spirits industry in first book, Spirit Guide

DISTILLERS ON TWITTER

Now available on our YouTube channel: An interview with the current Master Elect, Jonathan Driver. Learn about his background, his time so far with the Distillers and what the future holds for the future Master.
Visit: https://youtu.be/N7PzejtXfwI
#twcdlondon #masterelect #distillers

MEET WITH THE MASTER: NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Clive Bairsto, our Development Director sat down to find out the Masters views on the past year and what the future has in store for fellow liverymen

View the full conversation at https://youtu.be/F1qX7BLn0ek

#meetthemaster

We are delighted that one of our Liverymen, Commodore James Parkin has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List where Her Majesty has appointed him as a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). Congratulations James!

It’s been 4 weeks since the #Distillers500 Masters Charity Bike Ride from Scotland to London, raising money for @futureyz and @LMAppeal

Watch this amazing journey and interviews now on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/MnIOsquR4FY

#distillers500 #citygivingday #charity #CGD