Tuesday, 11 January 2011

WCCA Facebook page

If you chick 
you will be taken to the the Worshipful Company's new Facebook page.  
Maybe, if you do not yet have a Facebook account,
is the time to join the world of social networking.


Saturday, 8 January 2011

The Youngest and Second Youngest Freemen

Pictured above - Paul Weston, the Clerk and Yasmin Shariff
On Wednesday 5 January two members of the Company were admitted to the Freedom of the City. Each enjoyed, in turn, the right to claim the title of the youngest Freeman.  

Kees van der Sande was admitted at 12 noon and held the title for all of half an hour before Yasmin Shariff was admitted. Both ceremonies were carried out by the Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court - Murray Chandler who, having administered the oath of allegiance to the City, handed the new Freemen their copies of the Certificate recording the event and of that splendid book 'Rules for the Conduct of Life'. 

In the informal parts of the ceremonies a number of photographs of other recent Freemen were flourished and a number of the treasures of the Court on display were discussed.

It is hoped that both new Freemen will now proceed to take up the Livery at the first opportunity.

We wished you a merry Christmas

The Company's annual Christmas Carol Service was held, for the first time, at its official church - St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guildhall on Tuesday 14 December. After many years of sharing the service with the Furniture Makers' Company at St Mary-le-Bow, we decided to go it alone and to dispense with a sit down supper at their hall in favour of a finger buffet at the back of the church.

We were delighted with a turn-out of well over 80 for the service. 65 stayed for the supper and the chance to enjoy some seasonal fellowship. The service was led by our Honorary Chaplain and the Guild Vicar of the church The Rev Canon David Parrott whose sermon centred around the rights and privileges of the Freemen of the City of London. By way of a graphic aid, a small calico bag of (even smaller) woolly sheep was produced and its contents distributed (on loan for the duration of the service) among the flock. It is not clear why the one black sheep was passed to Patricia Stefanowicz. Perhaps we should be told.

The music was, as always, delightful and uplifting with Organist and Music Director Catherine Ennis and her highly professional choir performing some delightful choir pieces. Those carols entrusted to the congregation were sung with considerable gusto.

Thanks are due to Paul Weston for his invaluable help in putting together the Order of Service.

Friday, 7 January 2011

The WCCA visits York's Guild of Building

This movie, made by the Master, shows a visit made to the city of York to our brother company,
  York Guild of Building.

best wishes to all chartered architects 
for the year
anno domini
....don't you love the Pachibel canon?