Friday, 31 October 2008

Olympic Park - Visit to the London 2012 Site

The first of a series of visits for members of the Company and of other construction related Livery Companies to the main site of the 2012 Olympic Games has been arranged for Thursday 5 February 2009 at 2.00pm. The size of the party is limited to 30.

The visit is tio be a technical one comprising a full site tour and a discussion on the Master Planning, design and development processes. Final details are awaited.

Bookings need to be made to the Clerk by Monday 19 January to enable him to submit the list to the Company's event co-ordinator - Patricia Stefanowicz in good time for her to arrange the necessary security passes.

It is intended that this be the first of a series of visits over the coming years.

Friday, 24 October 2008


Writing a blog, like all writing, is a rather lonely activity. Each post is shot off into the e-choing e-ther when one hits the publish post button. But is anyone out there....?

FOLLOWERS are simply those who read and follow the blog. Now one can show the author that you really are there, and further, show this fact to other readers. It can build a sort of community of interest, as it also allows one to get in contact with other readers of the blog.

So how does one become a follower?
(sounds a bit biblical, n'est-ce pas?)

On the top panel on the left there is a Follow this Blog button that highlights in red when the cursor is over it. Click on it to reveal a dialogue box. It asks you to get a Google account (this is 'free'). This allows Google to connect other followers to your e-mail address, all fully protected with your own password. You can then decide to remain mysteriously private to the world, or - more confidently - have your picture added along side those in the community already displayed.
(24 October 2008 - 2 followers so far)

Go on - try it out!    You know you want to.......

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Coming Events

The Company's October Newsletter has just been sent out to members and a copy is posted above. but here are the dedited highlights concerning coming events.

There is to be a visit to St Paul's Cathedral in the company of the Surveyor to the Fabric of the St Paul's - Martin Stancliffe - a Freeman of the Company. Martin will show a small group around the ground floor and triforium areas.

The tour, commencing at 6.30pm, will be followed by a Reception in the Upper Chamber of Temple Bar which contains a plaque commemorating the role of the Company in supporting the relocation of the building and, in particular to the furnishing of the space.

Full details are set out in the Newsletter and early booking with the Clerk is encouraged as numbers are limited by the comfort capacity of the Upper Chamber of Temple Bar itself.

The Annual Carol Service is to be held on Wednesday 10 December at the Church of St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside comencing at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a supper at Furniture Makers' Hall from 7.30 to 9.00pm. Again, numbers will be limited to ensure that seats at supper are available for all who book and to avoid the necessity of disgruntled diners depositing their dessert course onto the Clerk's shoe - presumably by way of protest at the lack of seatring accommodation!

There is to a 25th Anniversary Lunch at Cutlers' Hall on Tuesday 27 January 2009 following the January meeting of the Company's Court.

Details of all these events and others which are in the planning stage for later in 2009 are included in the newsletter along with news of the recent Company visit to Dresden - a few images of which city (courtesy of Alan Downing) are shown below.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008