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Celebration of Time, 22 Bishopsgate

I was pleased to accept an invitation from the Master Engineer to attend a reception by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to celebrate time.  This was part of a series of experiments initiated by the Lord Mayor of London Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli’s mayoral theme ‘Connect to Prosper’. According to…...

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The 80th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London, St Paul’s Cathedral

A key date in the Livery Calendar is the United Guilds’ Service in St Paul’s Cathedral. I was pleased to attend on behalf of the Water Conservators with my Consort, Eileen, the Wardens and members and friends of the Company. The Livery were a magnificent sight of colour and history.…...

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Dinner to meet the Masters, Prime Wardens and Upper Bailiffs of the Livery Companies of the City of London, Mansion House

Until the last quarter of the 19th century the Lord Mayor hosted an annual banquet for the heads of the Great Twelve Livery Companies.  Today the dinner is for all Livery Companies. It is held to celebrate the partnership with the Livery Companies of the City of London and to…...

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18th Ezra Memorial Lecture, Worshipful Company of Fuellers, City & Guilds Building, Imperial College London

The 18th Ezra Memorial Lecture was given by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Professor Michael Mainelli.  The audience included academics and students, members of the Fuellers’ Company and other Livery Companies. Professor Michael Mainelli started by observing that, for a colourless gas, hydrogen generates a lot of…...

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The Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Annual Visit to Treloar’s

An important, not to be missed, fixture on the Master’s calendar is the visit to Treloar’s School at Alton in Hampshire.  About 180 young people, aged from 4 to 25, with physical disabilities and complex clinical needs, live and learn as independently as possible and achieve their ambitions.  With around…...

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Worshipful Company of Educators, Providing help to Academics in Exile and Risk of Life

I was invited by the Master Educator to one of her regular seminars on education-related issues.   The Master and members of the Company hosted Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics).  It provides urgently needed help to academics in immediate danger – for instance those forced into exile, and many who…...

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Commercial Models for Major Projects in the UK Water Sector, Helen Orton, Agilia

This webinar followed seamlessly from the dinner with Sir John Armitt on infrastructure.  In order to meet the needs of customers and the environment there will need to be significant investment over the coming decades in the water sector in England and Wales. Helen noted that the sector has various…...

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The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers Basketry Showcase

The Venice Bienniale is well-known.  Within the City of London, another artistic bienniale is the famed Basketry Showcase – so good that Masters, Consorts and other members of the Livery braved the very wet weather to visit the Dutch Church at Austin Friars for this unusual exhibition of an ancient…...

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Royal Society/Lord Mayor series on Nature and Finance, Mansion House

This was another in the series of Lord Mayor’s Coffee Colloquies held at Mansion House, promoting connections that help address the leading issues of the day.  This was the first led by the Royal Society and discussed how to align better the needs of the economy with the capabilities of…...

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Pan-Livery Pro-Bono Interest Group, Information Technologists’ Hall

The Water Conservators are active regular members of the Group where we share information and experience about our Companies’ charitable and support work.  At our recent meeting we focused on how we can enhance collaboration across Livery Companies, both in the short term and the longer term.   We started…...

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