The Leathersellers’ Company

Congratulations to our two new Sheriffs, Alderman Tim Hailes & Neil Redcliffe

The Master & Warden lead a distinguished group of Leathersellers (pictured) to exercise their right and duty as Liverymen to vote for the two new Sheriffs at Guildhall on Midsummer Day in June.
Along with about 1,000 other liverymen, and amidst much pageantry and procession, they duly voted for Alderman Tim Hailes and past prime warden Basketmaker, Neil Redcliffe. Neil is well known to our Company, for he served for some years as the alderman for our ward of Bishopsgate, in which the old Hall stood.
Tim (an International Banker) and Neil will take office on Michaelmas Eve (28th September) and begin their duties at the Old Bailey and supporting the Lord Mayor.
And their first duty will be to preside over the next gathering of Common Hall at Guildhall, on 29th September, when the assembled livery will elect our new Lord Mayor. The preferred candidate is Charles Bowman, again well known to Leathersellers, as he is the alderman for our new ward of Lime Street, and spoke at our recent Common Hall.
Alderman Bowman will be sworn in as the new Lord Mayor in the Silent Ceremony on 10th November, and the following day process through the City’s streets in his Lord Mayor’s Show. As “our” alderman, the Leathersellers will be actively supporting him by taking a spectacular float in the Procession. As last year, the Hall will be open for all Leathersellers and their families on Saturday 11th November.
Following the election of the new Sheriffs, the Master entertained those Leathersellers who had attended and voted to a delicious and jolly lunch at the Hall. The Master-elect, Antony Barrow, has generously indicated that he will do the same on 29th September. Be there!
The election of sheriffs next year (which is likely to be a genuine election with more than two candidates for the two places) will be on Monday 25th June 2018.
You can read extracts from the Sheriffs addresses here

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