On 13th June Horners gathered at Painter’s Hall for our annual Charity Dinner, an evening both to be enjoyed and to raise money for the Master’s Charity which this year is Sands, the Charity that supports those that have suffered the death of a baby.
But first there was a meeting of the Court at which the doors were opened so that Horners could view the admissions. Freeman Julie Fox was admitted to the Livery and Pilot Officer Justin Muir, the Officer Commanding 1349 (Woking) Squadron was given the Honorary Freedom of the Company. Two new Freemen were admitted, Jason Bone and Rupert Smedley and also three Associates, Lieutenant Oliver Brown RN Commander of HMS Puncher, Flt Sergeant Alexander Muir and Samuel Poynder.
Afterwards, a champagne reception preceded Dinner. Our guests were Dr Clea Harmer, the Chief Executive of Sands accompanied by her husband. Dr Harmer spoke eloquently about the Charity, one close to the Master and Mistress’s heart whose Granddaughter Matilda was stillborn. During coffee the Clerk, ably aided by Liveryman Crawford Kingsnorth, conducted a lively auction of promises which raised over £4000 for the Charity.
There then followed entertainment by Emily Kyle mezzo soprano, with pianist Rebecca Cohen, both from the Guildhall School of Music. Their repertoire ranged from Mozart to Gershwin and was very much enjoyed by all. Finally the Master gave his thanks to all that had contributed to a most successful evening and wished everyone a safe journey home.
The are some pictures of the evening in the GALLERY page. Click here to see them.