OW Liverymen’s Dinner – 4th July 2015

A splendid dinner was enjoyed on board HQS Wellington on Saturday 4th July.

Over 40 OWs, guests and parents of current Whitgiftians began the evening with the tour of the ship (champagne glasses in hand), fantastically conducted by Captain John Freestone, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Master Mariners. It was fascinating to learn about the history of the HQS Wellington and how it came to be the Livery Hall of the Company.

Dinner was served in the magnificent Court Room, formerly the engine and boiler room of the ship. The catering was second-to-none, served in this most magnificent room, surrounded by a trove of interesting artefacts, including gold plates and framed original documents penned by Samuel Pepys.

Past President, Ian Flanagan OBE from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners delivered the first speech, encouraging us all to draw upon the links between Livery companies and Whitgift to everybody’s advantage.

He was followed by Sheriff Fiona Adler, the first female to be a Freeman and Master of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Maker and Tobacco Blenders. She delivered a most interesting account of her duties as Sheriff and a real insight into the workings of the City of London.

All in all, 14 livery companies and guilds were represented, including:-


Worshipful Company of Carmen
Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers
Worshipful Company of Gardeners
Honourable Company of Master Mariners
Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Worshipful Company of Educators
Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
Worshipful Company of Fanmakers
Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors
Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards
Worshipful Company of Farriers
Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Maker and Tobacco Blenders
The Guild of Entrepreneurs

If you are interested in attending an OW Liverymen event in the future, do please get in touch with the WA Office.

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