Thanks to the generosity of a number of people, the Company will be able to make a healthy donation to our' link regiment - the Royal Notional Lifeboat Institution - as the result of a relaxed lunch function on Friday 13 May. The event was held on board the Thames sailing barge the SB Ardwina moored in St Katherine's Dock.
We are most grateful to the Directors of Rolfe Judd Group Planners for its use and to the powers that be for the excellent weather on the day.
The full complement (and how nice it was for the Clerk to have to open a waiting list) were treated to a generous meal and sufficient liquid refreshments to ensure good behaviour for an excellent talk given by Janet Kelly - Station Manager for the RNLI's Tower Lifeboat Station located at Victoria Embankment. Janet's talk took us through the history of the Station and its buildings, the important role they play on the Thames and the way in which the Station is both staffed and operated. It was informative and interesting and delivered with great style and good humour.
Thanks to Mark Groves of the Cook and the Butler - a regular caterer at out City functions - who provided the food and to Manager of the local branch of Waitrose who donated the drinks, virtually all the monies collected will be able to go as a donation to the RNLI which will be presented to Janet Kelly at the Election Court Dinner on Tuesday 8 July.
Thanks are also due to Michael Wilkey and David Penning for organizing the event and to Patricia Stefanowicz MW - the best barmaid in the business. A selection of volunteers were prepared to forego the charms of returning to their officers for the late Friday afternoon shift and did the washing up. For this , too, many thanks.