St Georges Day Dinner, April 2013
The St Georges Day Banquet took place on 23rd April 2013 at the very lavish Stationers Hall with 130 guests enjoying a most excellent evening. The Master had the privilege of welcoming The Rt Hon Prof Lord David Alton of Liverpool, Mr Robin Booth the Master Clothworker, Alderman Neil Redcliffe and Mrs Emma Redcliffe Prime Warden and Mistress Basketmaker, and Sheriff Nigel Pullman JP.
The Beadle presented all members and guests to the Master and Mrs Wren, Rev Hayton (Upper Warden) and Mrs Hayton, Mr Antony Kench (Renter Warden) and Mrs Kench which was followed by a champagne reception prior to dinner. As the weather was so warm some guests welcomed the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outside courtyard gardens.
The Beadle called everyone for dinner into the Stationers Hall with incidental music from the musicians. Prior to Grace the Master requested a minute's silence in remembrance of Lance Corporal Jamie Webb of the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment who recently lost his life in active service. Father Michael Seed then offered prayers for the soldier and his family and then said Grace.
The meal that followed was a sumptuous banquet of roasted salmon timbale, followed by tournedo of beef, lemon and ginger torte, finishing with a cheese soufflé. The quality of food was excellent and praised by many members and guests. The wines that accompanied the meal were equally well received and were matched perfectly with all courses. The matched wines for the evening were Champagne Moutard Grande Cuvee, Domainede Villargeau 2011 Coteaux du Giennois, Plan de Dieu 2010 Domaine Durieu and lastly Barros LBV Port
Prior to the toasts the Master invited everyone to join him in the drinking of the Loving Cup. The company has four silver Loving Cups designed by Antony Elson that are used at all Bowyers livery dinners. Although some guests had not witnessed this event before, the ceremony of the Loving Cup was well received and proceeded well around all guests.
After the Toasts to The Queen, The Royal Family, The Lord Mayor and Corporation, and The Pious memory of James Wood, the members and guests were treated to a musical entertainment by Ms Grace Durham and Mr Liam Paterson from the Guildhall School of Music. The choice of music allowed for much audience participation that was enjoyed by all. The programme of music comprised of a number of patriotic English songs, including "The White Cliffs of Dover" and "We'll Keep the Home Fires Burning" that reflected the significance of St Georges Day.
Following the music, the Beadle gavelled and asked for silence for Assistant Mr Mark Elliot who proposed a Toast to the guests. The Beadle then gavelled and asked for silence for the Rt Hon Prof Lord David Alton who responded on behalf of the guests. Finally the Master thanked all guests, members and speakers for attending such an important evening in The Bowyers calendar of events. All of the toasts were entertaining and appreciated by all members and guests.
To bring the evening to a close the Master invited all to join him in in a stirrup cup before continuing their journey home.
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