Dear Glovers,

A little late – but may I wish all Glovers a very Happy New Year.

Your Master and Mistress have been and about across the City and beyond in the chilly weather, particularly enjoying wearing gloves in the chilly weather and, in Rowena’s case, hats.

The Master Glover with the Mistress, Lord Robathan and General Sir Richard Barrons at Merchant Taylors’ Hall for the Winter Livery Lunch on 30th January 2018. 

The Master Glover with the Mistress, Lord Robathan and General Sir Richard Barrons at Merchant Taylors’ Hall for the Winter Livery Lunch on 30th January 2018. [Left]

The Master with LMA Karen Campbell RN of HMS ARTFUL who was the 2017 winner of the Glovers Rams Head Trophy for the greatest contribution to extra-curricular activities. [Right]

I write just after a well-attended Livery Lunch at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in which the Principal Guest General Sir Richard Barrons gave us a most thought provoking address, describing the great challenges posed by cyber warfare and military posturing around the world. An innovation, suggested by the Mistress, was having our coffee afterwards, outside the dining hall. This worked well, allowing Glovers to chat to the Company’s guests, mingle and catch up with friends. We will do the same when we can during my year..

All tickets for the fundraising dinner at Lord’s on March 8th have been sold. Thank You Glovers! The event committee is grateful too for generous sponsorship and donation of raffle and auction items.

Also ahead, I am looking forward to addressing the Safran Guild in Basel on Ash Wednesday, descending with a party of intrigued Glovers to the Temple of Mithras under Bloomberg’s HQ in the City (March 1), attending the United Guilds Service at St Paul’s (March 16)) and presenting gloves to winners in the Shire Horse Show in Stafford (March 17 ).

Can I urge all Glovers to book for the Livery only Lunch at Grocers’ Hall on Thursday 12th April? We have not visited this fine Hall for a very long time and I wanted to hold a Lunch there just for Glovers. Our Liveryman Ian Dyson, Commissioner of the City of London Police will attend and speak to us.

I am very keen to continue visiting the schools and many charities we support and am grateful to the Charity Projects Committee for ensuring the Glovers’ donations are well directed and make a difference.

Happy Gloving !

Alvan Seth-Smith


183 members of the Company and guests sat down to a wonderful lunch at Merchant Taylors’ hall on 30th January 2018. The Company were joined by Guest of Honour General Sir Richard Barrons KCB, CBE, ADC Gen and Lord Robathan. In addition Masters from the Merchant Taylors, Plaisterers, Cordwainers of York, Merchant Venturers and Skinners and Glovers of Glasgow also attended. And to add colour 4 members of HMS ARTFUL, our affiliated RN boat, joined the Company specifically for the annual award of the Rams Head Trophy. The lunch concluded with a most thought provoking talk from General Barrons.

TOP. The Procession in all its glory. MID LEFT. The Master with new Liverymen Phillip Griffiths and Alex Bennett. MID RIGHT. The Master with the ARTFUL contingent. BOTTOM. Glovers at the trough.





The first social visit of the new Master’s year was kindly hosted by the Honorary Chaplain, Liveryman the Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley and once again organised by Lieselotte Burdorf-Cook. The tour took in all 3 of Jeremy’s churches; St Margaret Lothbury (obviously), St Mary Woolnoth and St Edmund the King and Martyr.

Each of these superb churches has a long and interesting history and each was rebuilt following the Fire of London. Sir Christopher Wren was the architect of St Margaret and St Edmund and Nicholas Hawksmoor was responsible for St Mary. We also called in at St Stephens’ Walbrook. Afterwards the party repaired for refreshments to The George & Vulture; in days gone by the meeting place for the Court of the Glovers. Very sensible.


The Master Glover, accompanied by the Mistress and available Wardens, continued the tradition of presenting gloves to the new Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. The Lord Mayor chose White Leather for formal occasions, Gardening gloves for less formal occasions and Fives gloves for when feeling in need of exercise. The Lady Mayoress chose red coloured everyday gloves, long ivory coloured gloves for evening dress and riding gloves.


The Master presented 200 pairs of white cotton gloves to Warrant Officer Ivor Thomas on behalf of ATC London Wing. The presentation was made at HQ Rochester Row in the presence of Group Captain Al Lewis (Area Commandant), Wing Commander Colin Gale OC (London Wing) and over 60 senior members of RAF ATC London Wing. Also in attendance were Mistress Glover, Rowena Seth-Smith; Past Master Chris Dadson and Valerie Dadson.

The Master and Mistress Glover with Glover Bursary Student Umair Qasmi, headboy of King Edward’s School Witley. You might think there is a spooky resemblence to Usaid Qasmi who was the Glovers bursary student a few years ago; that is because they are brothers. [left]

Liveryman Richard Abbott has been the leading light in the relationship between the Glovers and King Edward’s School Witley where he was a governor and treasurer for 10 years. Here he is standing below his porttrait which had recently been unveiled. [right]




The Master and Wardens were delighted to be able to welcome Mrs Minnie Harris as a Freeman of the Company at Cutlers’ Hall on 11th December 2017. Minnie was introduced to the Company by Felicity Chadwick-Histed. Minnie will be gowned in the Livery later in 2018.






A large number of Glovers attended the carol service at St Margaret Lothbury on the 11th December and officiated by Liveryman Jeremy Crossley. A huge vote of thanks for all the arrangements made by Liveryman Lisa Page and for the excellent food provided by Providence Row.




Congratulations to Liveryman Dave Dennison DL on his award of the British Empire Medal for his contribution to charity


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