Last Tuesday, 15th September 2020, we celebrated our 3rd Anniversary with a visual Zoom lunch. That was a first for me and probably also for many of the 65 of us who attended. I must admit I didn’t sleep too well the night before for fear of messing things up even though Colin had given me a practice run the evening before. I already had a Zoom log-in as we had enjoyed being part of a weekly quiz night group during lockdown but I’d always joined Colin then and never bothered to log-in in my own name. He was out last Tuesday so I had to manage things on my own and I am pleased to report that for a technophobe I did it ! I chose to use the kitchen table for my venue. I ditched the plastic table cloth with chickens on it in favour of a pale blue cotton gingham one ( hope you all noticed ) and I shut the utility room door so that you couldn’t see the backdrop of the pile of ironing and even put a couple of roses in a vase. Colin also warned me to be careful about not yawning etc as everyone can see you. You think you are in a little ‘ box ‘ but in reality your face could be filling the entire screen at any time.
Special thanks now to our host Richard Lovell. He had this whole event so well organised and everything worked brilliantly . I really only had to put the password in didn’t I ? Everything worked so well, faces kept popping up as people logged on. It was wonderful to recognise ladies I hadn’t seen for ages and, of course, many that I didn’t recognise at all but we all share a common interest and that is what brought us all together. From being somewhat nervous about the lunch things moved along smoothly and in fact we would be chatting quite happily and then finding that we would get a warning on the screen that we only had a few seconds remaining before we would be moving on to another group.
Claire’s tips on lunch were very well received - I had no idea what to do so salad and fresh fruit worked beautifully.
It was lovely to know that three of our Lady Mayoresses were with us and sharing their stories from lockdown. In particular, I think we all couldn’t fail to fall in love with Lady Samantha Bowman's Lockie the Jackdaw. What a beautiful bird but I do have to ask if he is house trained?
Despite my previous concerns, the time passed by very quickly. If I can be totally honest here, having been away from my beloved London and the City for so many months now I didn’t even know if I would fit in again. But getting together with everyone has been lovely and encouraging and of course thanks are due totally to Von, Claire, Hannah and our wonderful Committee members at City Consorts. Without them we wouldn’t have this incredibly special group and I know they will have spent so much of their valuable time and energy organising this event and I’m sure it has been very much appreciated. I just look forward to the time when we can all be together again in person, in London and without having to wear a face mask.
We will never know all the hardships that we all encounter at some point in our lives; this is a particularly trying time for all of us as it affects us all in so many ways. None of us are exempt right now. Take care.
Thank you for including me at your party at the 11th Hour. I so enjoyed my trip on the MV Mercia on such a perfect spring day.
I loved the Waterman dressed in authentic c. 1715 costume. He told me that he had been taken onto the Thames in his father's boat/barge from the time he was just 3 years old. He gave a wonderful commentary and brought all the vibrant sights/sounds and buildings to life with all the ancient history of The Thames.
The view of all the buildings from the Mercia at water level was fascinating; the Houses of Parliament, Tower of London with Traitor’s gate looking dwarfed near to Tower Bridge; St Paul's glimpsed past Millennium bridge, towered into the sky; the tiny Globe theatre and the architectural grandeur of the royal Naval College at Greenwich.
Lunch was superb and I sat with my fellow Mistress mason, also Clare.
Please pass on my thanks to Susan Keane, and your committee members, Gaye, Von, Sonya, Deborah, not forgetting Susan Maynard whose boat it was. Thank you all for your wonderful welcoming hospitality,
With Kind Regards, Melian Payne
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City Consorts visit to the Old Bailey
Posted: 17 Mar 2019 10:29 AM PDT
For the second time in a week Susan was at the Old Bailey - this time for a C2 City Consorts event hosted by the Sheriffs' Consorts Peter Green and Amanda Keaveny. Amanda and Peter each took a group on a comprehensive tour covering everything from the section of Roman wall and very stark cells in the basement to the courtrooms and the magnificent grand hall. Everyone then enjoyed a private dinner in Cote restaurant, St Paul's. Once again it was good to meet up with a number of current and future consorts.
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Dear Claire, Debbie, Mary and others
Many thanks for organising such an interesting tour of St Paul’s this afternoon. I learnt many fascinating details about the cathedral which I will now try to remember and impress my family when we next visit! It was a lovely first introduction to City Consorts for me and good to see old friends and meet new ones. I look forward to your next event.
The Sung Requiem Eucharist was a beautiful service and I felt quite privileged to light a candle in memory of my parents and take part in communion. It was wonderful to enjoy the service from the reserved seats at the front of the dome. Please do pass on my thanks to Patrick and Valerie Wilkins for managing to secure us such excellent seats.
Thank you again ladies for all your hard work in putting on today’s event.
(Past City Solicitors)
The 1st Anniversary with a short Annual General Meeting of the City Consorts, was held on the 5th September 2018 at the delightful venue of Bakers' Hall. This was attended by members, with the presence of our delightful Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman and of course our eminent Chairman Von Spofforth and her Committee.
This was an ideal Hall as we Mistresses/Consorts gathered to witness this special occasion. Reports were read and seconded and Apologies recorded together with relevant thanks delivered to various personnel attending.
It is ideal to say that our charming Chairman Von Spofforth had every reason to smile. All her City Consorts members were delighted to be there and thrilled that their involvement with this Society had turned out to be so successful. Every Mistress/Consort already in office and a Member of this progressive Society had a reason to be grateful for the support given while settling into their new posts. This has been followed by meeting and enjoying the friendships which have followed whilst giving each of us the confidence to attend the numerous functions ahead supporting our Prime Wardens/Masters. Even, I would add, to organizing a function for Livery Mistresses/Consorts.
Claire Chitty as Secretary also deserves an immense debt of gratitude. Involved with her very busy and exhausting nursing career she has managed to carry out our banking payments and ensured we members, received regular reports and updates on planned events.
Sincere thanks were expressed to Claire as well.
After the various Reports given by the Treasurer and Committee Members we were all able to enjoy a welcome glass of bubbles followed by a truly excellent luncheon.
To end our gathering, Von had asked her close and best school friend to entertain us with a song or two. This proved a SUPERB climax as Fridal, a beautiful Mezzo Soprano swung into action, after I would add, cleverly rectifying an electrical problem, with much humour!
Well, was there a Member attending who didn't enjoy her amazing performance? NO. We listened, toe-tapped and sang and thoroughly loved her amazing voice and brilliant entertaining personality.
A truly superb way to end the 1st AGM and 1st Anniversary Celebration of our City Consorts Association.
The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers.
With my personal thanks for "being there" for me.
What a great visit to Freemasons Hall and the meal after. So much to organise and yet a very smoothly run event.
C2 has been my passport to enjoying and sharing John's year as the Master of his Livery.
So many absolutely lovely ladies and some gentlemen who are great company at all the formal gatherings we are invited to.
And your arranged gatherings are so constructive in breaking shyness as each individual enters their year.
So thank you and Claire Chitty together with your Committee for making C2 a required membership for every prospective Warden, be they male or female.
Amanda (Walsham )
Thank you and all the committee, and especially Patrick, for organising a most interesting tour of Freemasons’ Hall, and lunch.
A most enjoyable day.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Just a follow up note to thank you again on behalf of everyone who helped arrange and support the visit to Freemasons' Hall yesterday and the pub lunch afterwards. What a wonderful building, so rich in history, such magnificent and unique architecture and with such a deep significance to the Freemasons themselves. And a special thank you to Past Master Baker Patrick Wilkins for his insight into the building, and the society, which made the whole event so much more than just a simple visit to the hall. Many thanks and many thanks too for all the ongoing work that so many people are doing behind the scenes on newletters, websites, events etc.
Thank you so much for organising a fascinating tour yesterday, of Freemasons Hall.
I learnt so much and met so many interesting people at lunch- a much appreciated first visit for me!
with thanks to all concerned, and best wishes