A big day and part of a big week for the Glove Trade at Westminster. Thanks to our sponosr Liveryman Sir Oliver Heald QC MP we have been fortunate enough to secure an exhibition in the Upper Waiting Hall of the Palace of Westminster for our technical military, services and industiral gloves. The exhibition was officially opened today by Lord Robathan in the presence of the Master and various Livery personnel who spent the day lobbying and informing the passing traffic of MPs, Peers and their advisers.It has been  fascinating day-there are two more to go!

The Master presenting gloves of office to the incoming Lord Chief Justice, Sir Ian Burnett.
The gloves were beautifully embroidered by Hand & Lock.

The month of August is a very quiet month for the City Livery Companies with almost no events taking place. I’m not quite sure of the origins of this break but it comes as quite a relief after the particularly busy months of June and July and has enabled the Mistress and I to recharge our batteries for the months leading up to my de-installation in early November.

In August the sad news arrived that Past Assistant Pat Winterton had died and a good number of us Glovers recently attended a most moving Service of Thanksgiving Service.

September has seen many enjoyable Glovers events (reported on later in this Newsletter) and as you will see from the following brief notes, there has been plenty going on in the City that I have attended on behalf of the Company:

  • I was delighted to present to Sir Ian Burnett, in time for his installation as Lord Chief Justice, a magnificent pair of white leather gloves most beautifully hand embroidered with his Coat of Arms.
  • This year, I have presented gloves at Mansion House to the Esquires - the City Marshal, the Mace Bearer and the Sword Bearer – for use in their formal Civic duties.
  • I participated in a Fund-Raising Gala Dinner at Mansion House for Treloar’s which raised £74,000 for the school.
  • Along with the Mistress and Liveryman Oscar Holmes I attended a wonderful concert at the City of London School for Girls, in which great musical talent was on display. A week later, I attended the School’s Prize Day in Guildhall
  • The Mistress and I attended the annual view day of the Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild, a charity that provides clothes to other charitable groups, to which the CPC has donated gloves for the first time.
  • I was delighted to attend a special Evensong for the Livery Companies at St Paul’s Cathedral and to meet our bursary student Lucas Emmott, a leading member of the choir.

Later in October and into early November, the Mistress and I will be presenting gloves to the new Sheriffs at the Old Bailey and then travelling to Yorkshire to join the Fellmongers of Richmond for their Autumn Dinner, before I attend the final round of lunches and dinners and, most importantly, prepare for the Installation of my successor Alvan Seth-Smith on 7th November.

 

Thirty Glovers joined the Master and Mistress at a dinner hosted by our adopted Regiment at Regents Park Barracks on 26th July 2017.

The Commanding Officer and his Officers hosted the Glovers to an excellent dinner held in the Sergeants’ Mess. Pre-dinner drinks were taken upstairs in the Warrant Officers and Senior NCO’s bar where it provided an excellent opportunity for the Glovers to meet and get to know the officers of the Regiment. The dinner was held in the formal dining room after which the Commanding Officer made a speech informing the Glovers of the busy schedule that the Regiment had been experiencing and a brief outline of the deployments that were planned for the future.

The Master addressing members of the Regiment and Glovers

The Commanding Officer reiterated the value of the special relationship that the Regiment enjoyed with the Glovers and regarded the Glovers as special friends of the Regiment. The Master responded and thanked the C.O. for his kind words and thoughts, agreeing that there was indeed a special relationship and that the Glovers were proud of the work that they do. Along with the tradition of the regiment the Master presented gloves to the new officers posted to the regiment, the Training officer and Quartermaster, along with gloves to be handed to the Regimental Sergeant Major.

An enjoyable evening was enjoyed by all that attended.

The Master and Mistress accompanied a party of Glovers on an excellent walk of the Smithfield area of London accompanied by two Blue Badge London guides. The guides as always, were very knowledgeable with lots of information and anecdotes. It was interesting to learn so much about the gruesome history of the area and visit places hidden away off the main roads that many of us hadn’t realised were there. Smithfield is undoubtedly one of the bloodiest locations in the City, with a long history of executions, including William “Braveheart” Wallace, centuries of heretics being burnt and even the slaying of peasants in revolt!

  

As an added bonus, we had the pleasure of the company of Roger de Courcey’s guest actor Derek Martin, who had worked in the market as a porter for many years. Derek’s anecdotes and tales of life as a porter brought the tour to life, he even made it possible for us to enter into the heart of the Smithfield where he explained the day to day operation of the market.

We learnt about the long history of Bartholomew’s Hospital during its nine centuries of operation being founded in 1123; taking in a visit to the churches of St Bartholomew the Less and the Great. After a pleasant lunch in a pub on Cloth Fair we were treated to a tour of one of the oldest churches in the City. We passed under a medieval arch with the last remaining Tudor House still standing after the Great Fire of London. As we entered the church we admired the stunning gold statue of St Bartholomew Flayed, entitled ‘Exquisite Pain’ by Damien Hirst. This was in stark contrast to the amazing Romanesque arches many of which dated back to the 12th century. We certainly felt every one of its centuries, yet the Church still has a functioning congregation in the heart of our multi-cultural City.

 

In early August The Glovers held a fundraising event for the benefit of two of our charities – Ahoy and Providence Row as well as our Charitable Trust Fund. Glovers and their guests attended the event. The main party met at the base of The Shard to be transported by a pre second world war restored London Double Decker Bus to the Ahoy Charity project on the south bank of the Thames at Deptford.

The party were greeted by the Ahoy Management Team who gave us a short tour of the project before explaining the excellent work they do on behalf of many disadvantaged children and young people in South East London. Ahoy use the Thames to help these people develop positive life skills through rowing, sailing, boatbuilding and other associated activities. Many of these people have had difficult childhoods and have come to the project with little self-worth. Through Ahoy’s various activities many have developed the confidence to obtain jobs and become independent young people.

The Glovers were very grateful to Richard Bampfield – an eminent Master Of Wine, who gave freely of his time to provide a fascinating Wine Tasting convincing many of us that you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy some excellent wines. An excellent buffet was provided by the staff of Providence Row, which is an East End Charity we support and who also do an outstanding job in helping many disadvantaged through homelessness by developing their cooking and catering skills. After an auction of a special meal for 10 and personalized Powerboat trip for 2 on the Thames, the party returned to London Bridge Station aboard the vintage bus.

The Glovers and their guests had a thoroughly enjoyable evening engaging with two of our projects, quaffing some interesting wines and succeeding in raising over £8,000 for Glovers charities.


 

The Glovers gathered for the 3rd Annual Croquet day at the Sussex County Croquet Club on 16th September. We were joined this year by two teams from the Cordwainers and one team from the Curriers, all of whom were most welcome and were jolly good company throughout the day.
The Cordwainers and the Curriers joined the Glovers present in a single tournament of five rounds. After the three hard fought rounds played during the morning, no clear winner could be predicted and sustenance was required by all.
A lovely lunch was provided by Chrissie Isaacs and Catherine Grimley and play resumed in the afternoon. Of the many highlights of play, including a spectacular jump shot by Jonathan Isaacs and a hoop scored from a long distance by Sally Wait.

The tension mounted……….


The team, with representatives of the Cordwainers and Curriers, posing for the post match photo

On one lawn Alvan Seth-Smith, Master Elect, and his playing partner, Jenny Abbott, found themselves pitted against Rowena, the Master Elect’s wife and her partner, Clive Grimley.

The tension mounted………..

Despite some good play on both sides, ultimately the Master Elect and his partner graciously conceded defeat to his wife and her partner, who took the honours as the overall winners of the tournament.

The tension dissipated……….

Further sustenance was required, and again, Chrissie and Catherine provided a superlative tea with some delicious cakes – no one left hungry and the Glovers’ reputation for good hospitality was left in no doubt. The Renter Warden presented prizes and thanked our guests and Glovers for participating.

The weather forecast for the day predicted a fine morning, but a wet afternoon. However, we were lucky to be blessed with fine weather throughout the day. The only cloud on the horizon was that, sadly, due to circumstances beyond their control, the Master and Mistress were unable to attend.

It is hoped that this event will be run again and hopefully will attract more Companies to enter teams as well as attracting Glovers.

 


 

  

Liverymen Michael Phillips and Lieselotte Burdorf-Cook both took part in the annual sheep drive across London Bridge which had been organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen. Michael had clearly undertaken a most successful raid on the Company storeroom at Leathersellers in order to make it perfectly clear which Company he was representing.

Recently, the Company has engaged in a garden project at HMP Wandsworth and from which a generous letter of response was received by Liveryman Maggie Manwaring along with a report which is repeated below.

The Conservation Foundation was most grateful to receive a donation of gardening gloves for its Unlocking Nature project at HMP Wandsworth from the Worshipful Company of Glovers.

The Unlocking Nature project set out to establish new garden areas that transform the use and visibility of spaces at HMP Wandsworth and develop the skills and capabilities of the prison, men and staff through workshops.The project is undertaking work at six sites across the estate, including exercise yards, the training centre garden and staff canteen area. More than 50 workshops are also being run as part of the project in horticulture, bee keeping, and design to support the construction of the gardens and to expand the capabilities of the staff and men.The project is being managed by The Conservation Foundation, working with the prison and specialist contractors for design, horticulture, bee keeping, hen husbandry, evaluation and materials and tool suppliers. While the project was due for completion by September 2017, changes within the prison including the departure of the Governor and Head of Education made this impossible and it is to be extended to March 2018.

Training and workshops

Between March and August 2017 50 workshops have been run with the men at HMP Wandsworth to support the implementation of the new gardens and expand the capabilities of the men and staff.

Horticultural workshops

Led by the former Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, 20 workshops have covered cultivation, composting, season planning, propagation, seed sowing, turf care, slab laying and pointing, bedding displays, and dealing with pests. A full-time horticulturist will continue the workshops and include training and qualifications.

Bee keeping

Twenty four bee keeping workshops have covered apiary rules, constructing hives, importance of record keeping and good equipment hygiene, disease prevention and recognition, bee handling, colony development, swarm prevention, preparing the bees for honey, assessing temperament, pollination, bee farming and producing and marketing honey and wax products.

Design and build workshops

Six design workshops with the men have included collaborative sessions on designing the garden, discussions on practical considerations of constructing and maintaining gardens, and construction of hen coops. Journalist and chicken expert Francine Raymond is leading the introduction of chickens to the prison’s Healthcare yard.

Gardens and construction

The prison’s existing garden has been improved through Chris Collins’ weekly sessions, which have included rebuilding beds, compost bins and hard landscaping to provide a suitable space for horticultural workshops and to provide plants and compost. Raised beds, planted with bee-friendly plants, have been created next to the hives. Similar work is also underway in Trinity yard. This is being carried out by a gang of men, under instruction from two staff and includes practical skills in bricklaying, pointing, rendering and painting.

Unlocking Nature is being evaluated by Coventry University to assess the project’s outcomes and impact. The Conservation Foundation is consulting with representatives of the horticulture industry to investigate the employment and work experience opportunities for men post release who have been involved with the project.
 

The Company enjoyed an enjoyable and informative day at the Royal School of Needlework, founded in 1872 and now based at Hampton Court since 1987. We were introduced to the work of the R.S.N. with a presentation by the Chief Executive Dr Susan Kay-Williams whose talk captured the style and versatility of embroidery and embellishment in fashion from the 16th century to the 21st century.

We were then given a chance to peek into a few of the schools 60,000 unique artefacts which included examples of Blackwork, Applique, Goldwork and Silk Shading.

Our tour continued with a visit to the studios were bespoke commissions were painstakingly undertaken; as well as bringing historical textiles back to life by restoring them to their original glory.

A buffet lunch was enjoyed by Glovers in the Tiltyard Café in Hampton Court grounds where the Master presented a pair of gloves to Dr Susan Kay- Williams. After lunch, the Master and Mistress took the opportunity to meet RSN first year degree student Anna Holmes, who recently won first prize at the Glovers awards Lunch, with her brief being to design fashion gloves with a symbolic message.

 The Master presents gloves to Dr Sue Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework

Northbury Primary School had been awarded gardening gloves at the City Bridge Trust, Growing Localities Awards Ceremony in 2016. The Charity Projects Committee provided gloves for this event.


This spring the school suffered an arson attack which destroyed their gardens, shed and greenhouse, including the prize gardening gloves. Maggie Manwaring wrote to their teacher she had met at the ceremony, to see if they would like the CPC to consider replacing the gloves. The CPC offered their full support and gardening gloves were soon sent on their way. She received a letter from the teacher, saying how over joyed the school and children were “It has been a tough summer, so thank you so much for the Worshipful Company of Glovers kind gesture and also your fabulous committee.”
The school will be inviting The Master and Maggie to visit the school once the gardens are open again and they will take photographs.
 

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