This year’s event was held on Thursday 18th May, just after a few days of heavy rain which had little effect on the great Walton Heath courses, other than to…
The Company & The City
This year’s event was held on Thursday 18th May, just after a few days of heavy rain which had little effect on the great Walton Heath courses, other than to…
On 22nd June we hosted our annual Charities Reception at Leathersellers’ Hall. The event is not just an opportunity to make contact with the charities we support, most of which…
The Company & The City
The Leathersellers’ Company is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London, ranked fifteenth in the order of precedence. It was founded by royal charter in 1444 with authority to control the sale of leather within the City. The Company no longer has this regulatory role, and instead devotes its energies to support for charity, education and the British leather trade.
The Leathersellers’ Company is made up of 150 liverymen and a variable number of freemen. There are three main routes into the freedom: by apprenticeship, patrimony (i.e. if the candidate’s parent is a member) or by purchase at the Company’s invitation. Freemen are eligible for election onto the livery, and once on the livery, a member may be invited to serve higher office within the Company.
The Company is governed by an elected Master and three Wardens, and the Court of Assistants, which is a permanent body comprised of senior Liverymen who have served as Master (Pastmasters) and those who have not (Assistants).
The Company elects a new Master and Wardens each summer in a traditional ceremony. Members of the Livery assemble at the Hall before processing to church for the Election Day service. At a Confirmation Court in the following month, the outgoing Master and Wardens ‘crown’ their successors with silver garlands which date from the seventeenth century, and the new Master’s year officially begins.
The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants act as a chairman and board of directors, meeting once a month to decide policy and oversee Company affairs. Assisting them is a small permanent staff headed by the Clerk, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of Company business.
The Leathersellers’ Company’s orgins, like those of many other Livery Companies, lie in the middle ages when guilds gradually emerged to support and protect those engaged in particular crafts and trades.
The Leathersellers’ Company is thought to have its origins amongst the whittawyers (makers of fine white leather) and pouchmakers who congregated along London Wall in the early thirteenth century. The English word ‘letherseller’ is first found to describe the occupations of John and Roger Pointel in 1297, but the earliest official documentary use of ‘leathersellers’ for a group of London craftsmen comes in 1372, when members of the mistery or craft of Leathersellers and Pursers complained to the mayor and aldermen about the Dyers who had been dyeing sheep leather to pass it off as the the more durable and expensive roe leather. In 1398, during the first mayoralty of Richard Whittington, the Leathersellers applied for articles for the regulation of their craft and the prevention and punishment of dishonest practices in their trade. This resulted in “ordinances” or bye-laws, in which the Leathersellers laid claim to the right to inspect all leather goods and hides sold in the City of London. By 1444 the Leathersellers were sufficiently organised and powerful to apply to Henry VI for a charter of incorporation.
IAN RUSSELL MBE
Master 2016 – 2017
Ian was born in 1956, the son of Past Master Leatherseller Tony Russell. He was a pupil at Hitchin Boys Grammar School and went on to study Yacht & Boatyard Management at Southampton College (now Solent University) before moving to Norfolk. He was made free in 1979, admitted to the Livery in 1981, served as Fourth Warden in 2002/3 and joined the Court in 2006. He has served as a Governor of Colfe’s School since 2005 and as Chairman from 2006 to 2015.
Note: this list is complete from 1535 onwards, but only some names of Masters before then are known. In the early 1400s there were two Masters per year, but by the end of the century one Senior, Upper or First Warden was elected each year – with the title Master from the 1560s onwards.
Spellings of surnames in the early period were not consistent and in many cases other spellings were used as well as those shown here.
This list is complete from 1531 onwards, but there are gaps in the earlier period from 1468.
The spelling of surnames in the early period was not consistent and in many cases other spelling variations were used as well as those shown here.
The designation of M (Master), 2, 3 and 4 (Second, Third and Fourth Warden) reflects the order in which the names appear in our Account books. The office of Master evolved in the early 1500s.
This two way partnership largely derives from the role of all liverymen in having the vote for each new Lord Mayor (on Michaelmas Day, 29th September, in the Guildhall). And so, for all practical purposes, any alderman standing for election must be a liveryman.
Hence the Lord Mayor, the de facto leader of the City of London Corporation, needs the support of the livery, and in turn, we, the Livery, look to him or her (there have been two women at Mansion House so far) to be our leader and representative.
Until 1649 all Lord Mayors had to be liverymen of one of the Great Twelve companies, and the four Leathersellers to hold the office before that date were required to “translate” to such a company. But Leatherseller Sir Thomas Andrewes has the distinction of being the first of any non Great Twelve company to serve as Lord Mayor, and went on to do so again a couple of years later.
A further four Leathersellers have served as Lord Mayor since then, the most recent being Sir John Pound in 1904-1905. Aside from these nine, another eight member of the Company have served the office of Sheriff (a prerequisite to becoming Lord Mayor). Notably Alderman Douglas Hill (sheriff in 1966) would have expected to go on to be Lord Mayor, but he died in office whilst at the Old Bailey.
He was (to date) the last Leatherseller to be an alderman (aside from two past Lord Mayors elected Honorary Liverymen).
More recently, past master Richard Scriven served as Chief Commoner (the senior elected member of the Common Council) in 1998/99, but only one of very few Leathersellers to have served as a Common Councilmen in modern times. In 2012/13 Nigel Pullman served as Sheriff, though as he is not an alderman, is ineligible to progress to Lord Mayor.
All Leathersellers are strongly encouraged to vote both for the Lord Mayor, and for the two Sheriffs (each Midsummer Day, 24th June) at Guildhall, returning to Leathersellers’ Hall afterwards. The ceremonial and spectacle is impressive, even if you only do so once. Should you want to learn more, or become involved in the City’s Governance and Elections, follow this link.
Nowadays, the involvement of the Leathersellers and the City, and other livery companies, can go well beyond governance and elections. The Company has a strong record in the premier inter livery golf competition, the Prince Arthur Cup (having won it more than any other company, and recently a record three years in a row), and now in its eighth season, the Leathersellers have dominated the inter livery skiing since its inception. But as this link makes clear, there are many other sporting or social activities where we can become involved, and indeed have done, for example tennis, clay shooting, sailing and bridge.
To learn more about the relationship between the City and its 110 livery companies, the Livery Committee run courses and briefings for liverymen, whose details may be found at this link. The Company will reimburse your registration fee, and there is invariably a “fellowship” element to meet members of other companies.
Below follows an extract from the annual Livery List booklet:
Leathersellers and the Corporation of London
The following members of the Leathersellers’ Company have attained positions of honour in the City of London as:
Sir William ALLEYN 1571-72
Sir Richard PYPE 1578-79
Sir Edward BARKHAM 1621-22
Sir Edward BROMFIELD 1636-37
Sir Thomas ANDREWES 1649 and 1650-51
Thomas SMITH 1809-10
Sir Charles WHETHAM 1878-79
Sir John STAPLES 1885-86
Sir John POUND 1904-05
By long-established custom the Lord Mayor belonged to a ‘Great Twelve’ Company and those elected from other Companies ‘translated’ to one of the Great Twelve. The Leathersellers have the distinction of being the first Company not to do this. In 1649 Sir Thomas Andrewes became the first Lord Mayor from any Company who refused to translate. He was Lord Mayor twice and remained a Leatherseller throughout.
There have been 17 Leatherseller Sheriffs. In addition to the nine who went on to become Lord Mayor (above), they are:
Hugh OFFLEY 1588-89
Sir James BUNCE 1643-44
Francis WARNER 1659-60
Slingsby BETHEL 1680-81
Sir Joshua SHARPE 1713-14
Sir Richard William Sanders EATON 1937-38
Douglas Rowland Holdsworth HILL 1966-67
Nigel Reginald PULLMAN, J.P. 2012-13
Aldermen and Common Councilmen
The Company has supplied the City with 35 Aldermen and numerous Common Councilmen. Liveryman Gregory Jones, QC, and Freeman Edward Lord, OBE, JP, are Common Councilmen at present, both for the Ward of Farringdon Without.
The most recent Leatherseller Chief Commoner was Richard Scriven in 1998-99.
One Leatherseller has served as Chamberlain of the City of London: Sir Thomas Cuddon (Master 1698-99; Chamberlain 1696-1702).
See www.liverycompanies.info for a database of past Aldermen, Lord Mayors and Sheriffs plus much other historical and current information on Livery Companies and the City of London.
There are presently 110 livery companies (at 2017), ranked in order of precedence from the Mercers’ Company at No 1, the Leathersellers’ at 15, and the newest company to be granted livery in 2014 being the Arts Scholars (110).
The order of precedence was set by the Court of Aldermen in 1515, and though modern companies (see below) take their place from the date of their becoming a livery company, the original order was drawn up with reference to each company’s wealth and influence, and has never altered. The story that at the time of the order being set, the Leathersellers’ Clerk was in prison (and hence our relatively low status!) is apocryphal. By common consent, the oldest company are the Weavers (42) whose charter dates from 1155 (cf our own from 1444, or the Mercers in 1394).
In addition, two ancient companies have chosen never to become livery companies, though in most respects they behave and are treated as though they were. They are the Parish Clerks’ and the Watermen & Lightermen.
In 1932 the Master Mariners (78) became the first new livery company for over 200 years, and the 30 plus companies formed since are termed Modern Companies. There are currently four further guilds and companies without livery in the pipeline waiting to become livery companies, a process usually lasting at least eight years, and controlled by the Court of Aldermen.
To progress to full livery status, the founding members of a new guild will need to demonstrate to the Aldermen their commitment, cash, a flourishing membership, and a role to represent the craft, trade or profession that is not already included in the existing companies.
Like the Leathersellers, all these companies, ancient and modern, will share an active interest in charity and education, along with (to varying degrees) a continuing involvement in their trade or craft. A few (such as the Goldsmiths’ and Gunmakers) retain a formal role in maintaining craft standards, whilst others have adapted to the modern world, for example the Tallow Chandlers now focus on the burgeoning oils & fats industry. One or two of the wealthiest (eg the Mercers) concentrate largely on managing their very substantial property and investment portfolio, though they also are actively responsible for many schools, academies and other educational establishments, as well as almshouses and (like Leathersellers and virtually all other liveries) military affiliations with the armed forces.
All share the aim of good fellowship – hence the expression describing the liveries: where philanthropy meets gastronomy!
To many non liverymen, the term LIVERY immediately implies dinners and halls. In fact there are only about 40 livery halls (the number is inexact because there are a few that are shared, and others which may or not be properly described as a livery hall). Only two or three of the modern Companies have a hall, and the great majority are owned by the top 28 liveries in the order of precedence. However, the oldest hall is generally accepted as that of the Apothecaries (58), whilst the Master Mariners (78) make their home aboard HQS Wellington, moored on the Thames Embankment. Many Blue stones around the City record the site of an old hall, often destroyed in the Great Fire or the Blitz.
A full list of all these companies can be found at the Livery Companies Database, in the LiveryCompanies.info website, where you can find details of their masters, wardens, clerks, their contact information, and much else.
Aside from the Leathersellers own programme of events, there are many other activities in the City and beyond designed for liverymen of all companies. They range across sporting, cultural, educational and charitable. There are also events aimed at younger liverymen, in addition to our own Young Livery Committee programme of activities. Some are listed at the Diary page of the Livery Companies website.
A summary of most of the inter livery sport competitions and similar are described at this link. If you would like to take part, please contact the Clerk.
The governance of the City of London is complex and unusual, thanks in large part to its ancient and fiercely independent history. You may get a good feel for it by watching this light hearted, but largely very accurate YouTube cartoon video, Secret City.
Elections form an important part of the governance of the City, but to someone not directly involved, their different procedures and electorates can be confusing. The various principal elections are for:
The Lord Mayor
The Common Councilmen
The Lord Mayor
Eligibility for election requires candidates to be an alderman, and to have served the office of the sheriff. Typically there will be just three or four such qualified candidates, and all Leathersellers (who have been liverymen since May the previous year) are eligible to vote for two of them, at Common Hall in Guildhall on Michalemas Day (29th September).
The Court of Aldermen then decide which of the two will be the next Lord Mayor, to take office the following November.
Normally of the two sheriffs, one will be an alderman, and the other not. Occasionally, when the pool of qualified aldermen to go on to be the Lord Mayor dwindles (see above), the Court of Aldermen will request that two aldermanic candidates stand for election, unopposed.
Often there are just two candidates (for two places) but three or more candidates are also quite normal. However regardless of the number, an election will take place. All liverymen, as above, vote for two sheriffs at Common Hall in Guildhall on Midsummer Day (24th June – but note in 2017 the election will take place on Monday 26th June). The Sheriffs take office on Michaelmas Eve (28th September).
The ceremony for the elections, which involve considerable pageantry and spectacle (and are well worth attending for that reason alone, at least once in a liveryman’s career) begin at noon, but to get a seat it would be wise to arrive not long after 11 o’clock. Leathersellers are invited to return to the Hall after both of the above elections.
The Court of Aldermen has 25 members, one representing each ward of the City of London. They are elected by the registered voters† within the ward (ie not the livery), and stand for re-election at least every six years (separately from the Common Councilmen elections, and not all at once, but as vacancies occur). They retire at 70 years of age.
Leathersellers’ Hall is in the Lime Street ward. More information about forthcoming elections is available at the City of London website
The Common Councilmen
The Court of Common Council has 100 members, a variable number representing each ward of the City of London (on average four per ward, which is the case in Lime Street). They are elected by the registered voters† within the ward, (the same as aldermen, ie not the livery), and stand for re-election every four years (on the same day in March, next on 23rd March 2017). Common Councilmen are the City’s equivalent of local government elected councillors, and have similar responsibilities.
Follow this link to read more of te Election of Common Council
To see a list of the Court of Common Council, please click here.
† Registered voters – In the City, uniquely, workers as well as residents have the right to vote. Any organisation that is based in the Square Mile can nominate workers to vote in the ward elections for aldermen and common councilmen. The number of votes is determined by the size of the workforce in each building, not as an aggregate.
AIDE MEMOIRE FOR SPONSORS OF CANDIDATES FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE COMPANY
To describe the admittance process for Liverymen in order that sponsors can brief fully their potential candidates for admittance by patrimony and redemption.
The Admittance Process
Sponsors should remain responsible for the briefing and induction of their candidate and maintain open lines of communication certainly during the Initial and First Phase of the admittance process. It is recommended that full use is made of the following materials:
The Clerk and staff will ensure that candidates are briefed on the “next steps” of the process at each occasion that they are involved in interviews. Each year, with effect from January 2012, the Clerk will arrange an induction briefing for new Freemen.
DETAILS OF DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED BY APPLICANTS FOR THE FREEDOM
Everyone who applies for the Freedom of the Company needs to produce the following personal documentation:
Copy of original birth certificate (this must be long form which identifies the parent’s details). The short form is not acceptable for the Guildhall. [Copies of birth certificates can easily be obtained on line these days].
For ladies who are married and have therefore changed their surname a copy of their marriage certificate.
All Liverymen of the Company are eligible to use these facilities. Bedrooms will be available for booking Monday – Friday (incl) throughout most of the year on a room-only basis. Maximum single stays will be limited to one working week. Booking priority will be given to individuals “on duty” on the evening of an event, in the order: Wardens, Court Members, Pastmasters Emeriti, Stewards and Liverymen.
Get involved with our sporting activities
One of the significant and enjoyable benefits of being a member of our company is the opportunity to take part in a whole range of sporting activities. These events allow us to meet up with and get to know fellow Leathersellers and to meet members of other livery companies.
The Leathersellers’ Golfing Society was formed in the 1920’s and is the hub of the sporting endeavours of Liverymen. The inaugural meeting was held on 10th April 1930 at Sundridge Park Golf Course.
Present membership comprises 45 players and 8 non playing members. Those wishing to join, should send their name, address and current handicap to the Secretary, Mr. Paul Jupp. firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Livery Yacht Club Inter-Livery Sailing Regatta 2017
“Come join the Leathersellers,” they said “and get involved with more charities,” they said. These words are echoing in my head as I find myself crossing the Solent to Cowes on a beautiful Nauticat 385 called Gryphon owned by fellow Leatherseller Tim Fooks and reminiscent of the True Love from High Society…sleek, quick to the helm, everything a boat should be. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the sea is sparkling and Tim has even very kindly let me steer. How did I find myself here? I’m not entirely sure but I’m very grateful.
The trip hasn’t been void of charitable escapades. As I am quickly realising, everything the Leathersellers does is underpinned and driven by philanthropy. The CLYC Inter-Livery Regatta is no exception. We are met in Portsmouth Marina by Liveryman Edward Phillips who is the Founder, CEO and Chairman (yes, he’s a busy guy) of Portsmouth Sail Training Trust. He, and his amazing wife Carolyn Phillips, work with 100 young people each week who are on pupil premium (free school meals, high deprivation areas or however you want to label it), teaching them marine industry skills. Often coming from 3rd or 4th generation unemployment, these kids desperately need the intervention that Ed and Carolyn are offering. After an inspiring tour of their facilities which includes them kitting us out with waterproofs, branded Leathersellers tops, oh and a boat…a big one…a Sweden 38 yacht called Flame, we head back to the marina.
With Leathersellers Nigel Pullman, Gavin Bacon, James Blott, Nick Tusting and Thomas Daniels as crew, we board our respective boats and sail down to Cowes, as you do….as one does.
Of course, no Leathersellers event would be complete without a dinner, we have two this weekend, I’ve never packed so many outfits for one weekend’s sailing! With glad rags on, our now “finely honed” crew head to the Royal London Yacht Club on Cowes where we are joined by the Master and his wife, the 2nd Warden and Mike Bradly Russell. The view from the balcony is distractingly beautiful looking out onto the estuary where ships great and small are coming in and out as the sun sets. We meet sailors from The Gardeners, The Pewterers, the Silver and Gold Wyre Drawers and the Loriners.
A little worse or better for the wine we head back to the boats, which are moored in the marina. The Master and 2nd Warden perform a thorough inspection of the whiskey cabinet and our yacht is filled with the sounds of 13 Leatherseller sailors sharing fellowship and laughter until late into the evening.
As we emerge from the good ships Gryphon and Flame the following morning we are greeted by a fabulous dawn chorus, sparkling flat water and brilliant sunshine, a reminder of how magical life on the water can be. After breakfast there’s not much time to linger over the scenery, as it is time for some serious racing. As if on cue, the wind starts to pick up and heading out to sea the wind, sun and excitement are a wave of nostalgia reminding me of my childhood racing days. Tim is skippering yacht Gryphon with myself, Thomas, Nigel, Carolyn and Nick as crew. The Master is skippering Flame with the Mistress, 2nd Warden, Gavin, Ed, Mike and James (who I have now discovered makes better brownies than me!). We hear our guns, 10 minutes (think about panicking), 5 minutes (prepare to panic) and 1 minute (panic stations – we’re too close to the f***ing line, no, we’re too far away, STARBOARD!). At least that’s how I remember it growing up but Tim is as cool as a cucumber and we cross the start line with minimal fuss, indeed, I’m stunned, Tim doesn’t shout at anyone the whole way round. Am I doing something wrong? Why aren’t I being shouted at?!
We are a team of course but, let’s face it, there’s only one race that counts here and that’s between yacht Gryphon and yacht Flame. Flame is first over the line, indeed she even crossed it twice, and gets into a little tussle with The Butchers but comes out triumphant. We have our own tussle going on with The Gardeners but their much bigger boat passes us and we remain hot on her heels. A brief discussion takes place as to whether is would be correct etiquette to overtake the Master. This notion is quickly nonsensed as competitive streaks, mine included, kick in left, right and centre. Somewhere around the midway point we overtake Flame. We enjoy a brief lead but after a bad tack we find we have lost a lot of ground. The wind starts to really blow and with Flame bearing down on us it’s a race to the finish. Tactics and rules are discussed, should we position ourselves upwind or downwind? “One should always stay upwind of the Master” remarks Nick. Sound advice Nick. Flame chooses to put in a tack and cross the line closer to shore, Tim holds his nerve, and our tack, choosing a different line to the finish. It pays off and we cross the line before Flame to finish in 10th place with Flame in 11th, high fives all round!
We while away the afternoon patting ourselves on the back, visiting other livery boats, and regaling stories of races and cruises passed before donning our formal gear and strolling down to dinner. Dinner is at the Pavilion at the Royal Yacht Squadron. This magnificent venue looks out over the Solent and, as Carolyn points out, “has a herbaceous boarder to die for!” Here we dine with our fellow livery companies watching the ships pull in and out of the harbour under the setting sun.
One thing I’ve learnt this weekend, as if I didn’t know this before, is that Leathersellers love a party…and an after party. Gryphon is the after party boat and, on doctor’s orders, we pack on board for a medicinal night cap or two and stories of leather, Leathersellers and the Sea are told and retold.
I retire to my cabin in the early hours, exhausted, happy and wondering how on earth I’m going to keep up with the Leathersellers in the years that lie ahead of me!
The Lord Mayor’s Cup for First Place – The Stationers/Marketors in Assassin
The Anne Glover Cup Awarded to the Highest Placed Innholders’ Yacht – Innholder 1
The Lady Sue Trophy Awarded by Ian Russell to the Highest Placed Leathersellers’ Yacht Having Started Twice – Flame
A full list of result can be viewed at http://www.islandsc.org.uk/results.aspx
With special thanks to the Commodore of the City Livery Yacht Club, Portsmouth Sail Training Trust, Tim Fooks and The Master.
Our annual fixture is against Colfe’s School Headmasters XI.
We will return to Colfe’s on Sunday 11th June 2017. Always a very enjoyable occasion, an event where the whole family are welcome. The School put on a lovely lunch (for both grown-ups and little ones) and the weather normally obliges. See below the report from Captain Dr Tim Nicholson on the hard fought match last year…..
The annual cricket match between the Leathersellers’ Company and Colfe’s School was another notable success, both in terms of numbers attending and – particularly gratifyingly – because it marked a return to winning ways by the Company, after a nine-year drought.
For many years the annual match has been played at the Leathersellers’ ground, close to the School, but this year the venue was changed to the nearby and newly-refurbished Old Colfeians ground. This turned out to be a fantastic venue with plenty of space for fun activities for children, such as mini-cricket and a bouncy castle, thereby adding to the family-friendly nature of the day.
The match was a superb team performance, with everyone contributing. Jasper Holmes, Harry Pilcher, Tom Watson and Tom Bourne-Arton all bowled economically and picked up valuable wickets, allowing us to restrict the School to 147 – a ‘gettable’ total in 20/20 cricket. Solid contributions with the bat came from James Russell, Tom Bourne-Arton and Mark Russell (who also put in a tidy performance behind the stumps), whilst Will Cock anchored and paced the innings to perfection – enabling me to pick off the final runs with only 2 balls to spare! The rest of the team (Julian Barrow, Stu Fuller, Alistair Russell, David Santa-Ollala and Tom Santa-Ollala) all made great contributions with a mix of sterling effort in the field, selfless aggressive batting and general camaraderie. This year’s ‘champagne moment’ was Harry Pilcher’s athletic catch, off his own bowling. Everyone watching was astounded to see such agility coming from our team!
Anybody wishing to play next year – or just come along for a great family day out – please do get in touch! ( email@example.com)
Inter-Livery Clay Shoot – Wednesday 17th May 2017
Despite the appalling weather, we had a most successful and enjoyable day representing the Leathersellers’ at the annual inter-Livery clay pigeon competition at Holland & Holland.
Lady Lucan, (shooting for us as a guest), won the Ladies Top Gun award with a score of 67/80. With other great individual scores, Gavin Bacon 62, Peter Newton 59 and Josh Cautley (guest shooter) 64, would have been good enough to finish second in the overall team competition had we been a full Leathersellers’ Livery Members Team. However, this was good enough to finish joint 1st in the (Non-Livery Prize) with the Horners’ only to have the Trophy snatched from our fingertips on a technicality. We also posted a respectable score of 71/80 in the 80 Bird Flush, which saw us finish in third place (73 won the day!).
Our final score of 323, which includes the Flush score, should be taken in the context of the overall winners (Gun Makers A) who won the day with a score of 351, and the individual winner who dropped just one clay all day – 79/80!
In short, we had a high profile, positive and successful day which was thoroughly enjoyed by the entire Leathersellers Team. Thanks are due to The Master and The Clerk for helping us make all this possible, and Paul Jupp, who supported us splendidly throughout.
If you would like to take part and represent the company next year, please e-mail me mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Jupp email@example.com
Leathersellers’ Shooting Team
To all keen Tennis Players: I am wanting to put together a Tennis Team for the Inter Livery Tennis Tournament which takes place on Wednesday 6th September at the prestigious Queen’s Club.
We now have more details: 11am start, followed by dinner at 7.30pm. We can enter up to 2 mixed doubles, at least one of each pair needs to be a member of the livery. The Company will subsidise us so each individual will need to pay £90 (inc dinner). Extra dinners for partners/family @ £60 pp. Please get in touch with me asap if any of you (or your partners) are interested in playing. Sense of humour essential! I envisage getting together once or twice before the event.
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel No: 07989 853057
City Go-kart Grand Prix 2017 in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal
Sunday, 18th June 2017 at Sandown Park
The Inter-Livery City Go-kart Grand Prix is now in its third year, raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and giving much pleasure, as well as the odd bruise, to many Liverymen and their families. The venue remains unchanged at Sandown Park in Esher. Livery Companies enter teams of three or four drivers (Members, family and friends) in the Grand Prix, which involves practice sessions, a grid ranking race and then the main Grand Prix.
Masters are not expected to take part (unless they wish to!), and usually instead preside over their party in a stylish manner. However, lots of younger Liverymen and prospective ones do take part and thoroughly enjoy themselves. No previous karting experience is necessary, and all the driving kit is provided.
There is a range of silverware at stake, plus the always hotly-contested loo seat for the worst-behaved team – something won by the Sheriffs this past summer, to their great glee.
The Lord Mayor likes the day to promote Inter-Livery fellowship, and for parties of Livery Members, family and friends to socialise and enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere of picnics and good-humoured competition.
So, please save the date and prepare to have great fun and support a very good cause.
2017 Inter-Livery Ski Championships
Morzine in the heart of the Port du Soleil was once again the host for the prestigious inter-livery skiing championship now in its 8th year and team Leathersellers’ were back to see if they could equal last year’s triumphs. The competition was again fierce with the championship growing year on year this year there were 167 competitors representing 27 different livery companies. Leadership was provided by Anthony Barrow our ever-present captain was once again providing the team with racing advice and the Master (Ian Russell) providing encouragement and moral support.
The team had all assembled at our home chalet by Wednesday evening due to some excellently arranged logistics from Hamish Williams, despite some small luggage issues. This year the racing was set to start on Thursday afternoon so there was only limited time for training before the start. Once again the first event was a parallel slalom; this was arranged for two racers to be directly competing against each other. Each racer is given two runs down and would switch sides for the second run and the quickest time would determine the start position for the next day’s giant slalom. The seeding from previous years had meant that several Leathersellers were racing directly against each other.
The conditions were extremely good for racing with some lovely sunny weather nice firm snow without too much ice. There were some competitive results from the team, with the overall standard of skiing being very high this year, with the best from the marvellous Anthony Barrow in 8th with a time of 20:16 followed extremely closely by Mark Williams in 11th with a time of 20:52 and then by Imogen Barrow in 28th with a time of 22:17. Internal competition within in the team then was the focus between William Tusting in 32nd and John Tusting in 37th and Hamish Williams in 49th and Charles Curtis in 53rd place. Somewhat later we had Sue Russel in 153rd and in the penultimate position we had the Master finishing in 169th. This very nicely set the stage for some internal competition Charles was determined to beat Hamish in the GS.
The next morning we were all set for the giant slalom a more technical event with slower flat sections making it necessary to keep your speed through these sections; it is also a much longer course. Anthony Barrow was once again the top performer for the team finishing in 11th with a time of 49:86 followed very closely by Mark Williams in 12th with a time of 50:31. Next came the two Tusting’s with William in 32nd with a time 56:01 just piping John who came in 34th with a time of 56:85. Imogen Barrow and Hamish Williams were neck and neck in 39th and 40th respectively with Imogen ahead by 12 hundredths of a second, despite his confidence Charles Curtis was a little off the pace down in 75th position. Lastly for the Leathersellers we had extremely valiant performances from the Mistress and Master in 162nd and 16th.
As is now traditional we had lunch in the nearby Point du Nyon with the Vintners, Mercers, and Shipwrights where wine was taken and fellowship shared. Following this there was a slightly tentative ski back to the chalet to prepare for the evening dinner and prize giving. The team were of course the best presented in jackets and Leathersellers ties and Anthony Barrow gave a very interesting speech during dinner. Once again the team had had retained the Actuaries prize for the fastest age adjusted team (Anthony Barrow, Mark Williams and William Tusting). On an individual basis Anthony Barrow was the fastest male over 60, Imogen Barrow was the fastest female guest and Mark Williams was the third fastest male aged 36-59.
Most of the team stayed in the chalet until Sunday night and two more fantastic days were had skiing in nearby Avoriaz. A fabulous four days of skiing was had with racing at both levels of the spectrum and a thanks to the captain Anthony Barrow and Hamish Williams for organising all our logistics. Myself and the Master would like to encourage everyone and anyone of any skiing ability to enter next year’s championship.
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The 9th Annual Inter-Livery Ski Championship will take place in Morzine, Portes du Soleil, France on 25th and 26th January 2018.