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5 January 2018
St Lawrence Jewry, Feb-March Newsletter

Please find attached the latest newsletter from St Lawrence Jewry Feb-March 2018 Newsletter

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3 January 2018
And So The Journey Starts

So the journey starts. I had two visits to the Old Bailey in the first month of office. First I showed liveryman Edi Etter and his wife around the courts with the help of the IPM and Sheriff Fiona Adler. Edi is Master of the Swiss guild of wine growers based in Basel. Later in […]

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1 January 2018
New Years Honours for Ian Harris and Desmond Payne

Many congratulations to Ian Harris and Desmond Payne for their MBEs, as announced in the Queens Honours list. Ian and Desmond are both legends in their own fields in the drinks industry and in long running careers, we celebrate the recognition they have received with their efforts in contributing to the success of our industry.

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15 December 2017
HRH The Princess Royal opens Chatham’s Copper Rivet Distillery

On Friday 1st December, HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Copper Rivet Distillery in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard. The three founders, Bob Russell and his sons Matthew and Stephen welcomed her to their beautiful distillery before introducing her to the team. During the tour, The Princess Royal tried her hand at using a copper ‘valinch’ to […]

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11 December 2017
Scottish Freedoms announced

The Master presented Peter Prentice, Raymond Davidson and Stuart Urquhart with the Freedom of the Company in a ceremony at 603 Squadron in Edinburgh.

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11 December 2017
The Big Day is here… Master’s Blog

The big day arrived. We traditionally hold the Installation dinner at our spiritual home of Vintners’ Hall. The dinner had been in planning for many months with eat-throughs at Vintners’ Hall and wine-tasting with the Spirit & Wine Committee. I decided to be radical by serving Neudorf Chardonnay, which is a wine I have admired […]

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24 November 2017
My Last Day As Master – Master’s Blog

Just when you think it is all over, suddenly there is a flare of activity the day before the installation of the new Master. At 8am we were both in the Mercers Hall taking part in the inter-livery initiative to propose a charitable mission that all Liveries could take part in if they wish. There […]

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13 November 2017
Master’s Blog – Remembrance Week

Remembrance Week One of the pleasures of being Master (and there are many) is being part of some national events as a participant rather than an observer. It’s Remembrance week in November and we are in the churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral at the very hour and day of the second battle of Paschendale exactly […]

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7 November 2017
Basel and the Guild of Wine producers

Basel is a city which you probably feel you know something about but may well never have been to before. Perhaps that will change as we now have a relationship with a Guild of Wine producers, the EE Zunft zu Rebleuten (literally The Honourable Guild of Vine-Men) and I spent an interesting weekend there exploring […]

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26 October 2017
Motoring in the Highlands – Master’s Blog

It’s September and Scotland calls. With the promise of good weather and fine roads I joined the rally charity organised by Liverymen Peter Mackay and Alex Bruce. They had come up with the brilliant idea of a drive through some of the most beautiful back roads from the Dumfries border to Speyside and back to […]

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26 October 2017
An Exciting Evening at The Mansion House

The Gin Guild Installation in the Mansion House preceded the WCD Mansion House Banquet on October 12. It has been a great honour and privilege to have been Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild for the last two years, during a period of exceptional growth for the Gin category, both at home and abroad. The […]

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4 October 2017
Car Club visit to The Cotswolds

It has long been an ambition of mine to have the Car Club come down to our adopted home in the Cotswolds and at last a break-through occurred to enable this and to make the visit particularly special. The area is blessed with a number of rare and famous car collections and after some months […]

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29 September 2017
The Scottish Charity Distillery Tour 2017

On a bright blustery day in early September, ten crews consisting of a Distiller and consort gathered at the historic and newly restored distillery of Annandale in the borders, for the start of a unique tour of new, restored and lesser known distilleries the length and breadth of Scotland. The brainchild of Liverymen Peter Mackay […]

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1 September 2017
A Trip To Savour – Jenever Masterclass in Schiedam

The Master with the support of Past Master David Raines organized a three day visit to Schiedam (Netherlands), at the end of June, the purpose of which was to experience and understand Jenever, the traditional Dutch spirit which had been the origin of and the inspiration for English Gin. The concept of an international masterclass […]

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1 September 2017
Livery Life Rushes On – Master’s Blog

This is traditionally the month of rest for the busy Master and Clerk’s team. Well, like the football season, which hardly seems to have finished before it starts again, the Livery world scarcely seems to stop as it used to. So early August saw me on a train to Windsor and a tasting at the […]

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6 August 2017
Doggetts Coat and Badge Race

The sun god is without question in the ascendancy this year, as we weaved this fun day out on the Thames through the complex of rainy fronts and found a day’s worth of glorious sunny weather. Cannily deciding to lead rather than follow the scullers in order to have a chance of seeing their tiny […]

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The post Britvic upbeat on 2022 as Omicron fails to dent pre-Christmas growth – trading update appeared first on Just Drinks.

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