It seems only a short time ago that I was preparng the previous Foreword and mentioning some of the many events and activities that I had undertaken. Well, the pace has increased during the last couple of months, so once again it has been a most stimulating and exciting time for me and indeed for Debbie, to whose programme of events for consorts is an ever increasing feature. But the period has also been marked with sadness at the passing in Switzerland of Richard Amstad, a Liveryman since 1984 and Paul Holder who became a Glover in 2015 and died in March after a short illness. A good number of Glovers attended his military funeral at the Guards Chapel in London.
Amongst recent events I would just like to mention the following, particularly those that relate to one of the themes of my year, that of ‘Wonderful Gloves’:
- The opening of the Lace in Fashion Exhibition at the Fashion Museum Bath which highlighted two pairs of exquisite Jacobean gloves from our own Historic Glove Collection (see report).
- The Ash Wednesday celebration lunch with the Safran Guild in Basel, during which the Master is expected to provide a rousing speech in German to the 300 members of the guild.
The Master and Mistress were accompanied by First Under Warden Rodney Jagelman and his wife Susan and Past Master Roddy Morriss and his wife Susanna with Safran Glovers Meister Michael Geiger and Past Meister Lukas Stutz with his wife Gabriele
- A hugely informative visit to the City of London Academy Islington to meet students in the Glovers House and spend time discussing a wide range of topics with them.
- Presenting gloves, prizes and rosettes to classes, spread over three days, at the Shire Horse Show near Stafford, expertly organised by Liveryman Betty Peacock (see photos).
- Celebrating with the Carmen’s Company in St Paul’s Cathedral the 500th Anniversary of their founding.
- The Inaugural Joint Concert of the City of London School for Girls (with who we have a bursary student) and the City of London Freemen’s School held at St John’s Square; chamber music brilliantly performed by the students.
Looking ahead, will be judging the students’ submissions in the Glove Design Competition, a wonderful visit to Bath to see items from our Glove Collections and other Bath attractions, an exchange of views at Common Hall and Livery-only Supper, and finalising the details for my Master’s Weekend in Jersey starting on 1st June. Debbie and I look forward very much to seeing many of you there, but in the meantime we wish you a very Happy Easter.
The Charity Projects Committee has donated several pairs of cryotherapy gloves and cooling equipment to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. These gloves help patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer by keeping their hands cold, thereby helping prevent damage to their fingers and reducing nail toxicity. Dr Cathryn Block, Consultant Medical Oncologist, and Professor Bower, Head of Department, said how grateful they were for our generous donation and support and know that they will be very much appreciated by their patients.
Oscar Holmes, CPC Chairman, and Maggie Manwaring, CPC Secretary who has now taken over managing the CPC links with hospitals, attended a CW Supporter Reception on 21 February at the hospital. Two photos of the very well-attended Reception are shown with this article. One shows the animal projections taken from the hospital Digital Zoo and feature in the treatment rooms in paediatric A&E, helping entertain the children undergoing treatment. The dancer in the other photo is from Akademi South Asian dance. The troupe hold free lunchtime performances in the atrium and then visit a few of the wards to entertain the patients who are not able to leave their beds or ward.
During the Reception Lesley Watts, CEO Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, spoke of the difficulties facing their hospital and how charitable donations, such as those from the Worshipful Company of Glovers, transform their patient treatment and care and help provide new facilities for patients, their families and staff.
A few months ago an enquiry was received from a Mr Jim Ostell about the Coronation Glove and the story behind it. As it is an interesting piece of Company history it was felt that the wider Company might be also wish to know more about the background. The enquiry was forwarded to Past Master Keith Ebsworth and he responded to Mr Ostell as follows:
It would appear that my prompting our Chairman and fellow Trustee has worked so I am now able to reply fully to your question, with apologies for the delay.
The legend has it that Edward the Confessor, the last of the Saxon Kings, had a dream about the punitive tax being collected, so when he awoke he repealed the tax. It is believed that the coronation ceremony was evolved to include a symbolic reminder of this lesson: just before the Archbishop puts the Sceptre of Kingly Power in the sovereign's right hand, a single glove is presented as a reminder that the Sovereign power should be exercised with gentleness in taxation and all matters.
At the coronations of the British monarchy, the sovereign’s right hand glove is removed and the coronation ring is put on. For some 150 years, the coronation gloves have been produced by Messrs Harborow of London. A duplicate glove was always made in case of accident to the original and in 1972, Messrs Harborow presented these to the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London. In 1953, the Glovers Company was itself granted the privilege of producing the glove for HM Queen Elizabeth II, under instructions received in January 1953 from the Lord Chamberlain acting pursuant to the Earl Marshal’s directive. The glove itself was made by Dents at the behest of The Worshipful Company of Glovers.
I do hope this has resolved your query satisfactorily and thank you for showing such an interest.
With best wishes,
The Christmas and New Year holidays provided me a short, but very welcome, break in the middle of two months which were full of Livery and City events, covering a number of activities in which we as Glovers are involved. But the period is also marked with sadness; we mourn the passing of Liverymen Fred Strong (1988) and Alan Millett (1996) as well Jenny Gardner, wife of Past Master John Gardner and mother of Liveryman Andrew Gardner and Irene Jennings, wife of Past Master Roy Jennings and mother of Liveryman Rebecca Jennings-Evans.
The Master and Past Assistant David Bennett with recipients of Long Service Certificates at Bennett Safetywear, and with service ranging from 25 to 40 years.
I have been able to see at first hand the value of our involvement and contributions and I have been delighted to represent the Company on many occasions including:
- Celebrating the anniversaries of the grant of their Royal Charters of other Livery Companies: the Cutlers 600th and the Scriveners 400th an
- A visit to KESW to meet our bursary student, a delightful young man who is doing well in his A Level work and is known for his energy and helpfulness around the school.
- Attending the City of London Academy Islington (with whom we are developing a relationship) for their annual Awards Evening in the presence of the Princess Royal.
- Travelling to Bennett Safetywear in Liverpool to present Long Service Awards to four employees who together have been with the company for 120 years.
- Accompanied by the Mistress and Wardens, presenting to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at Mansion House sets of fine English gloves generously donated by Dents and which clearly delighted them both.
- Strengthening our friendship with the Safran Guild in Basel by attending their important annual luncheon for distinguished guests from politics, culture, the economy and society in Basel and its county. The Renter Warden and I, and our wives, were honoured to be invited and made very welcome by the Safran Meister, Liveryman Michael Geiger.
The Master and Renter Warden with spouses and Safran Glovers: Meister Michael Geiger, Lukas Stutz, Michael Kessler and Peter Pardey
Looking ahead, our next Livery event is the Luncheon on 7th February at Painters’ Hall where we will be (over) full and then 26th April for Common Hall followed by a Livery-only supper. This will provide an opportunity for us to discuss topics of current importance. On the Social front, we visit the exciting London College of Music on 15th February, the Shire Horse Society’s Annual Show on 18th March and Bath on 21st April to see our Glove Collection at the Fashion Museum and to visit other places of interest.
Debbie and I very much look forward to seeing you at these events.
When not being a Glover, Liveryman Belinda Donovan is a Councillor in, and the former Mayor of, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. She was given access to interview the Lord Mayor for the London Mayors' Association newsletter and was given permission to reprint that article for the Glovers. Herewith the article which was published on 12th December 2016:
I had the great pleasure recently of catching up with Dr Andrew Parmley, The Lord Mayor of London 2016-17.
I start by asking Dr Parmley the difference between a Borough Mayor and The Lord Mayor of London? The Lord Mayor of London is the UK Financial Services Ambassador representing Industry throughout the UK and he travels widely abroad - Qatar and Kuwait are up to visit next along with Malta which will soon have assumed presidency of the Council of the EU. The Lord Mayor also links up abroad with Embassies, socialising with ex-Patriates.
Recently he has met The President of Portugal and eight members of The Royal Family, he has also met with The Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, his feet obviously never touch the ground!
Belinda Donovan with Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley
His role, as with other Mayors, Speakers and Chairs is non Political. The Lord Mayor is Head of The London Corporation and chairs two chambers , one being the Court of Alderman which consists of 25 people, the other being The Common Council which consists of 125 people in total; he is also ex-officio Rector of City, University of London and also Admiral of the Port of London. The Lord Mayor tells me that neither he, the Aldermen or Common Councillors receive any money for the work that they put in which I would not have thought is widely known.
Dr Parmley is a member of no less than an impressive 18 Livery Companies, the Lord Mayor looks after the Livery Companies and is voted in by them. Tomorrow Dr Parmley receives some Gloves from the Glovers of whom I am proud to be a Member. He has on display in his office a magnificent organ shaped cake complete with superbly detailed icing sugar music from another Livery Company as well as a wonderfully ornamental sword which he was recently presented with, 'the Brighton Rock'
The Lord Mayor takes a keen interest in the Committee that looks after the City Bridges, but the Charity I find most fascinating of all personally is The City Bridge House Estate which still has monies from the rents from the houses on the old London Bridge as well as the toll charges when travellers had to pay to cross. This, due to the huge accumulation of funds gives a staggering 20 million to charities each year. This Charity funded the Millennium Bridge.
The City of London has a wide range of excellent Schools, City of London School, also the CLSG, The Freeman School, John Cass Primary School, City of London Academy, and City of London University as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As far as culture is concerned, The City has The Barbican, home of The London Symphony Orchestra, Milton Court and The Museum of London to name but a few. The City Corporation is also the fourth largest funder of Arts.
The City of London Corporation is the Police Authority for the City of London Police and is the Lead Authority on Economic Crime.
I ask about Dr Parmley's Charities and these are supporting The London Symphony Orchestra, The St Paul's Cathedral Trust as well as Music in Hospital, having really helped my mother recently after a stroke by playing her great favourite the New World Symphony I can especially relate to that one.
The Lord Mayor is an extremely gifted organist - I have had the pleasure of hearing him play already and I know I for one will be delighted to attend his performance of Camille Saint-Saens on the 14th March at St Paul's Cathedral
Please may I start by saying what an enormous privilege it was to be installed as Master Glover on 1st November. It was a truly wonderful day, not only for the memorable service at St Margaret Lothbury at which our Chaplain demonstrated his skill at managing the unexpected, but also for the very many Glovers and guests who attended the lunch afterwards in Drapers’ Hall. Thank you all for such a splendid start to my year.
Left: Jonathan Crossman MBE being robed as Master Right: The Master and Mistress lead the way back to Drapers’ Hall
A Master’s year starts without a pause. My immediate predecessor, Michael Orr, had warned me of the need for the Master to have stamina, and so it is proving. I was allowed a 30 minute rest after the lnstallation Lunch had finally come to an end, before hastily changing for dinner to join the Curriers Company in Cutlers Hall. A challenging start, and so it has continued. In my first week I was proud to represent the Glovers by planting a cross with poppies at the opening of the Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral, attend a midday concert given by the City of London School for Girls, witness the installation of the new Lord Mayor at the Silent Ceremony in Guildhall and watch the Lord Mayor’s Show, in which a good number of Glovers took part. Last week, along with third Under Warden Richard Morris and Liveryman David Roots, I attended a dinner with the Captain and Officers of our affiliated submarine HMS Artful at Faslane in snowy Scotland, a mere 8 hour train journey in each direction.
We all have much to look forward to in the coming year and I am very grateful to the members of the Social Committee who have been so active in helping to arrange a programme of events for 2017 for all of us to enjoy. In the very near future we have the annual Glovers Carol Service at St Margaret Lothbury and I hope to see many of you there.
As the festive season is now arriving, Debbie and I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Jonathan Crossman – Master
Liveryman Steve Marsh has just returned from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - the highest point in Africa and also the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Steve funded the trip himself but was also raising funds for the NSPCC, following a successful attempt at completing the National 3 Peaks Challenge (Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in 24 hours) two years ago with two friends who also went to Africa. After 5 days climbing Steve finally made Stella Point on the crater rim, just short of 19,000', after a 7 hour climb setting off at midnight. Unfortunately the altitude meant that he couldn't breathe well enough to make it all the way to Uhuru Peak (another 400' higher) so had to descend rapidly to avoid altitude sickness.
Steve said 'It is certainly the hardest thing that I have ever attempted, but the climb and the views made it all worthwhile!' He also said that he wouldn't be doing it again…..
If you would like to sponsor Steve then please go to http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/XTKilimanjaro
At his installation, the Master announced the impending launch of a revamped, turbo-charged websit. Some of you may have noticed that it has quietly been up and running for a week or so. We will shortly be publishing a Guide for Members to explain the new features but the purpose here is to summarise the main changes.
First, and most obviously, we have changed the way pages are laid out to be more like blogs. This is not just to make them more accessible for social media; it also means the newest content is always at the top, older items are expired off the bottom and really important items can be featured so they also appear on the 'What's New' Home page. The Newsletter now has a new outlet through the News page. The site now has automated backups and change logging so it is much more secure and harder for an inexperienced user to damage anything.
The second change is that we have now put the entire membership database online as part of the site, within the members area. Where previously there was just a list of members with names and addresses there is now one database feeding all other lists such as committee lists. All members of the Livery now have individual logins and passwords and the old shared member login will shortly disappear but there is a 'forgot login' button for those that need reminding. You can also use your email address to log in this allowing members to update their own profiles directly through the site. Compiling and uploading everything has been a mammoth task but we are very aware of the gaps and errors in the data. Much of this can be corrected directly by members themselves but changes to history still need to be checked first so please email the clerk if you spot anything incorrect. We are trying to upload photos of as much of the Livery as possible, so please send in any nice mugshots as well if you are not already covered.
The third big change is the event booking system which allows us to have online booking; we will be experimenting with this over the coming months as well as exploring options for online payment, directly linked to the registration.
This work augments, but does not replace, our existing ways of operating. The newsletter and event flyers will continue to be circulated by email and no-one should feel obliged to book online if they prefer to fill in the form and post a cheque. It has been a huge effort to set all this up over the summer, and clean and upload all the data as well as copying across all the existing content into the new pages. We hope it will make the company more effective at what it does and more efficient in how it does it.
Andrew Hicks – Webmaster