As usual, our Carol service followed a meeting of the Court at Painter Stainer’s Hall. Towards the end of court, Armelle Ellison, our current holder of the Ridgewell Jewellery Grant gave a short presentation of her work including a ring of silver and horn that she has designed and made. There then followed a number of admissions. His Honour Judge Simon Oliver, Dr David Cameron and Timothy Margetts were admitted to the Livery. Edward Lewis and Professor Stefaan Simons were admitted as Freemen. Montgomery Beresford, Joseph McCluskey, Alexander MisCampbell and Oliver Marsh, all Horners prize winners, were admitted as Associate Horners. As is our convention the doors were opened to allow members of the Company and their guests to view the ceremonies.
Then we all took our places in the nearby beautiful Wren church of St James Garlickhythe for the Carol Service. Our choir opened the Service with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. This year they were joined by the Modality Youth Choir who entertained the congregation with carols, one composed by their musical director, Jenny Ewington. Both choirs were excellent. As usual our organist was Dr Sir Andrew Parmley whose rendition of JS Bach’s organ voluntary as we left the church was quite stirring.
Dinner followed a reception back at Painter’s Hall. The fillet of beef was cooked to perfection and wine flowed freely. Our Master, Gordon Haines OBE, gave the loyal toast followed by some warm words and his thanks for the Livery’s support for his Master’s Charity. The Modality Youth Choir then entertained us with some carols, including their own composition, ‘The ten days after Christmas’ which we all enjoyed. Past Master Jeremy Cartwright rounded off the evening with his usual rendition of ‘The Horners’ are best’ with everyone enthusiastically joining in the chorus.
You can see pictures of the occasion in the Gallery by clicking here.