Speed Read Dec 2018

Welcome to the Festive Speed Read! It’s our way of keeping you up to date with Livery Company and City of London life, initiatives and events.

12 Days of Christmas at the Ladies Charity Banquet

The Ladies Charity Banquet was held in the wonderful venue of Skinners’ Hall on Friday Nov 30th. The Master, Maureen Marden, and Wardens along with Members of The Company and their guests were joined by The Masters and Consorts of The Worshipful Company of Fanmakers, Master Mariners, Water Conservators and Firefighters.The Master Fanmaker, Dr Michael Smith responded on behalf of The Guests.

Superb quality Festive entertainment was provided by students from The Guildhall School of Music, the School benefits from a donation each year from the WCEC Charitable Fund.

A stirrup cup after the dinner was concluded allowed fellowship to continue, until those who attended left fully refreshed and relaxed at abut 11pm.

The evening, including the Silent Auction that had email bidding in advance and silent bids in the hall on the night raised a total in excess of £3000.00 for the Charitable fund.

Every ticket included a charitable donation element, so all who attended can be sure they have made a contribution to the Company’s charitable activity.

Thank you to everyone who attended!

December Livery Briefing

The December Livery Briefing is now available for download by clicking the button below.

We’d like to highlight the Livery Briefing Courses which need to be attended by Freemen who wish to progress to become Liverymen.


This months Charitable Giving

Charitable giving in December has included the annual distribution of cheques to Widows of Company Members. Other Donations made recently by the Charitable Trustees: Dalston Sailing and Watersports Centre – pledged £200.00 money in December, this donation has been doubled in value by matching giving. London Air Ambulance – £1,422.00 donation agreed for equipment for the medics on the Air Ambulance team.

A Thanks has been extended from The Lord Mayor’s appeal for a Donation from The WCEC Charitable Trust of £2,000.00 raised from The Livery Hall Walk held in September, where the Company organise a walk around all the Livery Halls in The City of London for Masters of other Livery Companies to join.

Thank you for your fantastic efforts and generous contributions!

Goldsmiths updates on Festive events

Made for the Table at Osterley Park

Silversmithing Demonstrations

16 December, 28 December
Silversmith Angela Cork will be the Osterley Park silversmith in residence in the run up to, and after Christmas.

The exhibition at Osterley Park runs until 24 February. See silver from the collection of the Goldsmiths’ Company, displayed alongside other crafts and Osterley’s rarely seen silver collection.
A gift shop with work by the silversmiths and other craftsmen featured in the exhibition has also been specially curated for the exhibition.

View the full programme of events at Osterley on the National Trust

Read more

Christmas Jewellery Pop Up

Until 17 December
Mare Street Market, Hackney

Affordable fashion jewellery from emerging makers, in time for Christmas!

A series of ‘Meet The Maker’ events will be running throughout this pop-up: join us this weekend to meet Fraser Hamilton and Frances Wadsworth Jones. For timings and makers, visit the Company website.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity

Harrow Carers

Harrow Carers have been awarded a grant of £5,000 towards increasing their capacity to support an additional 400 carers.

The charity’s main aim is to improve the wellbeing and resilience of carers from all ages and backgrounds, so that they can continue to provide for their cared-for without compromising their health, inclusion and ability to contribute to society. Read more.

Heart n Soul, Deptford

Heart n Soul have been awarded a grant of £5,000 towards arts-based outreach activities in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, for 80 young people with learning disabilities.

Heart n Soul believe in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible. Read more.

Jade Jewellery:
A Chronological History

In our latest recording from the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 talks programme, listen to The British Museum’s Carol Michaelson talk on the history of Jade Jewellery.

Listen to the latest podcast on iTunes or on the Fair website.

Christmas Decorations

Some of the UK’s leading silversmiths have once again produced Christmas decorations in time to decorate your tree!
Visit our website to view more decorations and make a purchase by contacting the silversmith directly.

Check out the Gresham Lecture by the Lord Mayor of the City of London

‘RUDQ?’ Digital Skills: Crisis or Opportunity?

Tuesday 8th January 2019, 6pm-7pm, Guildhall Old Library followed by reception

The 2019 Annual Lord Mayor’s Gresham Lecture will explore the so-called ‘digital skills crisis’ and question whether this may present an opportunity? As the digital era unfolds and the future demands for talent become evident, what are the implications for our system of education? Could the future provide for a more balanced approach to skills-based learning and the chance to at last draw on all of our talent? In short, we’ve seen new initiatives, but are more needed for the UK to position itself as a digitally creative and competitive nation, home to digitally enabled citizens?

Further event details

Call 020 7831 0575 to reserve a seat or click the link below.

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And finally…some dates for your diary

All future events can be found in the new ‘Events Calendar’ on our website. However, a short list of forthcoming events is as follows:-

5th February- Court Meeting and Luncheon
12th April – Installation Ceremony

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