Rolling News

Past Master Jeremy Spofforth  30th August 2017

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Past Master Jeremy Spofforth, Father of the Company.


Jeremy had been in hospital for the last 3 weeks and passed away peacefully.

The many that were privileged to know Jeremy will recall a very kind, generous and indeed, perfect gentleman.

Inter Livery Golf  17th July 2017

The Lord Mayor's Inter Livery Golf Day was organised by The Horners and took place at Burhill.  For a full report, click here.
More photographs will shortly appear in the gallery.
BPF Annual Review 2016  June 2017
The Horners have a strong association with the BPF, working together within the Plastics and Composites industry.
The Horners were featured in the BPF's Annual Review

27 Squadron visit 2017  1st June 2017

The Officer Commanding 27 Squadron, Wing Commander Phil Wadlow RAF, kindly invited a party from the Horners’ Company on Thursday 1st June 2017.


During our visit, we were taken for a flight in the Chinook helicopter and briefed on the current and recent operations undertaken by the Squadron.


Lunch was served in the Officers Mess.  This was an all ranks event, at the end of which the Master presented the Horners Trophies - the Competitions for which the Flights had been striving.  Last year, the engineers became fully embedded with 27 Squadron.  To that end, in addition to the Master presenting the award to the most deserving pilot and crewman, a new award to the most deserving engineer was presented. 

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Past Master Dr Eric Hunt  19th May 2017

It was with great sadness that we learned that Past Master Eric Millman Hunt FIChemE, FRSC, FIMMM, CEng, passed away on 31st March from a sudden cardiac arrest. 

Eric was admitted to the Livery in July 1966, was Master in 1994 and received his 50th Year Long Service Certificate from the Rt. Hon. Lord Mayor at the dinner following the carol service in December 2016. He was a highly respected  Assistant Clerk ( 1981-83) and Clerk (1983-1992). Eric loved the Horners, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the company and City and was always generous with his advice. He will be greatly missed by all.

The Master, Past Masters, and Liverymen joined his family on 19th May, for a service at Trinity United Reformed Church in Wimbledon, to commemorate his life. Past Master David Williams gave an address reminding  us of his years of service to the Horners.

Eric considered the contribution to charitable causes one of the prime functions of a City Livery Company and would have appreciated donations in his memory to the Horners Charity Fund.

Donations can be made in his memory by clicking here.

There follows two tributes from the service of commemoration:

Long Service Awards  7th April 2017
The Clerk travelled to Sussex to visit Honorary Court Assistant John Macey to present him with his long service Certificate for serving 60 years as a Liveryman of the Horners Company. He was delighted to receive this recognition of service to the Company.

He also visited Fred Hamblin in Brighton. Fred recently received his 100th Birthday card from the Queen and the Clerk presented him with his 50 years Long Service Award as a Liveryman. He too was delighted to receive this recognition of service to the Company.

On Easter Sunday, whilst in Australia, the Clerk was entertained for lunch by Past Master Emeritus Bernard and Honorary Freeman Adele Schaverien. He took the opportunity to present Bernard with his Long Service Award and handed both their copies of Irene Wilkinson's recent book, Portrait of a Livery Company - The Horners' Company.
Livery Showcase 2017  20th March 2017
We once again attended the Livery Showcase event at The Guildhall, where over 800 students attended from 30 schools.  Great interest was shown in the demonstrations given by the Horners.  In particular, our Upper Warden was able to 'High-Five' students for their great interest in his plastics knowledge !
Installation 2017  2nd February 2017

On Candlemas Day 2017 as is the Horners custom, the new Master and Wardens were installed. Our new Master for the ensuing year is Alison Gill, our second Lady Master. Alderman Gordon Haines became Upper Warden and David Giachardi our Renter Warden. After the Installation Court the Company attended the installation Service at St James Garlickhythe followed by lunch at Painter Stainers Hall. A gallery of Pictures is here
Christmas meeting  20th December 2016

Horners Carol Service and supper afterwards at Painters Hall.

Court Assistant Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London, played the  Organ at our Annual Carol Service held at the delightful Wren church, St James Garlickhythe. The Horners choir sang their hearts out and as before the church was full and the supper that followed was oversubscribed. During supper the Lord Mayor, Assistant Dr Andrew Parmley, made a series of presentations. To those Horners with 50 years of service, to Tony Milhofer for his services as our Fundraiser and to Assistant Mike Birrell for our entry in the Lord Mayors show. The Master, Hugh Moss, also re-presented to the Lord Mayor,   the pair of rams horn candlesticks that had been previously been formally presented to him at  his recent election. After supper Assistant Jeremy Cartwright entertained the gathering by singing whilst accompanied by the Lord Mayor on the piano. He finished with the familiar Horners refrain which you can hear below.

With apologies for the Webmaster's poor video quality!!

A Gallery of photos can be viewed here.

The Lord Mayor's Show  12th November 2016
The Horners at The Lord Mayor'  12th November 2016

The Horners' entry in this year's Lord Mayor's Show carried the theme 'From Horn to Hybrid'.  Led by The Master, our entry showed our origins, with a 'Horned Beast' on a vehicle also carrying two Post Horn players.  They also played the plastic trumpets that were our Horners' Award winners this year.  In front of this vehicle were driven two composite bodied Lotus sports cars, a 400bhp Evora 400 and a 345bhp Exige 350, showing the 'state of the art' of the industry that The Horners now embraces.

The Horners would like to thank the following companies for their kind support:

The Rockery Centre at Sandy for the kind loan of the 'Horned Beast'.

Lotus Cars and Hexagon Lotus for the kind loan of two Lotus sportscars.

Vauxhall Motors for the kind loan of a Movano flat bed vehicle.

Paul Pibworth for his invaluable assistance in our float construction.

We would also like to thank LogoSew for their help in the supply of jackets, Signs Express of Bedford for their assistance with vehicle graphics, Andrew Tanser for his assistance with our float and Oakthrift for their help with the supply of umbrellas. 

19th Ralph Anderson Lecture  9th November 2016
The Lecture took place at the Royal Society of Medicine and details can be found here.
Presentation to Lord Mayor  11/12th November 2016

Andrew Parmley is the 689th Lord Mayor of London.

On 11th November in the Silent Ceremony, Andrew Parmley, a Court Assistant of the Horners' Company, was installed as the 689th Lord Mayor of London and at the Presentation of Addresses the Master and his Wardens presented him with a pair magnificent rams horn and silver candlesticks. 

One candlestick is inscribed 'Presented by the Worship Company of Horners' with the other one inscribed 'to Dr. Andrew Parmley on becoming Lord Mayor'.

Horners Shop  5 Nov 2016

Horners Thank you cards and the History of the Horners by I.M.Wilkinson are now available for purchase on the public area of the Web site under CONTACT US > FOR SALE

Ties and Cufflinks, for Freemen & Liverymen,  are available in the Members area of the Website.

Mansion House Banquet 2016  6th October 2016

The Annual Banquet is the highlight of the Company’s year and by kind permission of the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, it was once again be held in his residence, the magnificent Mansion House. 
It was our pleasure to welcome as our Guests of Honour, the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, The Lord Mountevans with the Lady Mayoress. The Banquet is usually one of the first events in the Shrieval year and so we also  greeted, as our guests, Sheriffs Alderman Peter Estlin and Alderman William Russell and their Consorts. As is our custom, during the evening the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor  presented the Horners’ Award for Design and Innovation in Plastics and the Horners Bottlemaking Award. These well-deserved awards reward excellence and are much appreciated both by the recipients and the Horners. 
The Master also welcomed the award-winning journalist, Martin Bell who is well known as a foreign affairs correspondent and more recently as politician as our guest speaker.

2016 Sheep Drive  25th September 2016
Every year the Worshipful Company of Woolmen exercise the right given to Freemen of the City of London to drive sheep across London Bridge and invite other Livery Companies to participate. This year an intrepid band of Horners joined the Woolmen to herd some sheep across London Bridge.