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Donna Bowers
18 December 2019
Mansion House Banquet – Shaping tomorrow’s City today

We had the honour of holding this year’s Annual Livery Banquet in the Egyptian Hall at the Mansion House in the presence of the 691st Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin and the Lady Mayoress Lindy Estlin. Built between 1739 and 1752 on the old site of the Stocks Exchange by architect George Dance the […]

Donna Bowers
10 December 2019
Master’s Blog – November 2019

The month began with the Glass Sellers Mansion House Banquet to which the Mistress and I were invited. A splendid evening where the Master’s guests were accompanied by a brass band playing “Bring Me Sunshine“ on entering the Egyptian Hall. The week of Remembrance began on Monday 4 November with a service in the garden […]

Donna Bowers
6 November 2019
Master’s Blog – October 2019

If September seemed busy – October was supercharged.  It was undoubtedly the busiest month in the Master’s year.  It began with an invitation to the Glovers’ Mansion House Banquet – during which the Mistress and I were each formally presented with a pair of bespoke leather gloves … which remarkably fitted “like a glove”.  The […]

Donna Bowers
4 October 2019
Master’s Blog – September 2019

Lunch with High Court Judges at the Old Bailey is an invitation extended to all Masters of Livery Companies during the course of their year. The conversation gives an insight into the work of the Judges and the type of trials undertaken at the Central Criminal Court.. principally murder and terrorist offences. For their part […]

Donna Bowers
26 September 2019
The Scottish Distillers Dinner

Thursday, 12 Septmber 2019 This year’s Scottish Distillers Dinner was held in the Signet Library in Parliament Square Edinburgh which is owned by the Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet known as the WS Society – a society of Solicitors.   The dinner was once again a record breaking one with one hundred and […]

Donna Bowers
11 September 2019
“Mastering the Range” – A field visit to A (London Scottish) Company at Pirbright

On Sunday 4th August, the Master and Steward, James Higgins, visited our Army Reserve Unit (A (London Scottish) Company at Pirbright in Surrey.   A Company, together with the other Companies of The London Regiment, were on a training weekend at Pirbright to complete their Annual Personal Weapons Test (APWT) ensuring that every member of […]

Donna Bowers
6 August 2019
Master’s Blog – July 2019

July is a busy month and  there were a number of key events in the month starting with the Innholders’ Dinner in Innholders’ Hall where the Master gave a short history of the Company that is a fellow member of the Cask Group. After all, Inns are where our products were and are sold.  The […]

Donna Bowers
31 July 2019
IWSC/Worshipful Company of Distillers spirits tasting not the hottest day of the year shock!

Vintners Hall hosted the 12th annual IWSC/Worshipful Company of Distillers spirits tasting on 30th July, always a popular event in the livery calendar and most unusually not the occurring on the hottest day of the year for the first time in some years. The evening began with whisky and rum masterclasses led by Richard Paterson of Whyte […]

Donna Bowers
31 July 2019
The Master’s Honorary Doctorate

On July 15 The Master received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Greenwich in recognition of the support he has given to the Business School over the last 7 years. He has been a member of the Advisory Board and has given lectures on marketing and mentored business students and young […]

Donna Bowers
31 July 2019
DCC Meeting to Somerset – July 2019

Our trip to Somerset started with a visit to Thornley Kelham, the famous car restoration company in Cirencester. They specialise in Lancia’s, but had more than 50 other cars in various states of restoration. Thornley Kelham began life in 2009, at that time they were just three, now they employ 35 people and offer many […]

Donna Bowers
22 July 2019
HMS Montrose

Following the recent activities of our affiliated Frigate HMS Montrose in the Gulf, we thought you would find this exchange of E-mails of interest. To Commander Will King – Commanding Officer HMS Montrose As the Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers, I am writing to let you know that we are all watching your […]

Donna Bowers
16 July 2019
Haymans open their new doors to the livery!

The Hayman family of Christopher, Karen, James and Miranda welcomed The Master and Wardens and members of the Livery to their new distillery – Hayman’s of London – The Home of English Gin (opened in March 2018) in down town Balham, London SW12 on Thursday 4th July. After a refreshing G&T we sat down and […]

Donna Bowers
5 July 2019
Master’s Blog – June 2019

June began with the Court visit to Armagnac in gloriously sunny weather. 47 of us including consorts assembled in Barbotan les Thermes in Gascony – a spa town in the Bas Armagnac region. The visit is the subject of a separate report by PM Watling so I will not dwell on this now except to […]

Donna Bowers
3 July 2019
The Worshipful Company of Distillers

Court visit to Gascony June 2-6th 2019 The Master has a particular affinity for southern France which naturally led to a Distillers Court visit to Gascony, the country of gastronomy and rural charm and especially the home of the much loved spirit of Armagnac. This area stretching almost from the Pyrenees toward the Massif Central […]

2 July 2019
Call out for volunteers with design expertise

Volunteers are needed to help a working group on planning for a float/participation for Lord Mayor’s Show in November 2020. We are looking for someone with design skills and/or a younger Liverymen to help. Please contact Bryan Burrough via the Clerks’ Office.

Donna Bowers
1 July 2019
The Friends of St Lawrence Jewry Newsletter July 2019

Guild Vicar:  Canon David Parrott Dear Friend of St Lawrence Jewry, I trust this finds you well. Please find below some exciting news and events that we are hosting in the next few months. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events  COMING UP!! Annual Service Monday 15th July at 4.30pm Join […]

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Industry News

The Oxford Artisan Distillery becomes Fielden
23 May 2024

The brand is currently building a new distillery in Yorkshire, and has announced a partnership with Berry Bros & Rudd

Cooper appointed at Irish Distillers
1 May 2024

Derek Cronin is only the second new cooper to join Midleton Distillery in the past 45 years

Fever-Tree toasts bumper US performance in 2021 – trading update
27 January 2022

A combination of continued off-premise strength and a returning on-premise have boosted Fever-Tree’s sales for 2021, led by the US. In a trading update today, the mixers company said that sales in the 12 months to the end of December, reached GBP311m (US$416.7m), a 26% increase on 2020. US sales for the year were up …
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Britvic upbeat on 2022 as Omicron fails to dent pre-Christmas growth – trading update
27 January 2022

Strong at-home consumption has bolstered Britvic’s performance in the closing three months of last year, despite the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Two months after reporting a near-7% rise in 12-month sales to the end of September, the UK-based soft drinks group today posted sales from fiscal-Q1 – to the end of December – …
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