Speed Read (19th July)

Master-blogging, paper trails, special awards and the charitable might of the Livery! 

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

If you would like to receive Speed Read by email, please contact Sean Canty.

Master-blogging…it’s a thing!

To say it’s been an interesting few weeks for the Master Environmental Cleaner maybe something of an understatement. Arrested for one. Rudely dragged away to the Tower of London, charged with some dubious offences for another. Then swiftly released for a trip to the Palace for a date with a Princess!

And if that wasn’t enough he’s had to write all about it in a blog. It’s all here for you to read and enjoy.




Upload complete

As we’ve gradually made the transition to our in-house communications team there’s been some catching up to do with uploading all the meeting minutes and Court papers to the members’ area of the website.

After a couple of days of frantic emailing and button pushing everything is now up to date and the paper trail completed once more. Select the ‘Meetings’ option on the website or click here and all the papers are now archived for your convenience.



 Excellence In Education Award

The Hill Club’s annual boat trip is now a firmly established event in the cleaning industry calendar and features a range of awards – operated in conjunction with the British Institute of Cleaning Science – aimed at recognising personal performance excellence. The club was delighted to be joined at this year’s event by Junior Warden Past Master Emeritus Barrie Torbett who presented a special award, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners, for Excellence in Education.

This year’s awards received a record number of nominations and, from a substantial list of industry leaders the independent judging panel chose our own Liveryman, Lorraine Larman, as its worthy winner. In front of almost 250 guests Barrie took a moment when presenting the award to give his own personal words of support to “a very well respected and deserved winner”.




The Goldsmiths & the new Museum of London

The Goldsmith’s Company, founded in 1327 and one of the ‘Great Twelve’ Livery companies, is to be a Founding Partner of the new Museum of London due to open in the City in 2022. In a gesture of incredible altruism the Company has pledged £10 million towards the funding of the museum which is to be constructed in the old Smithfield Market area, which sum – alongside £180 million from the City of London Corporation and the Lord Mayor – represents over 75% of the whole project’s funding requirement.

This clearly demonstrates the generosity of the Livery and that, whilst our own charity donations are substantial by comparison to our age and size, the ‘big boys’ will also give big in the same manner when called upon to do so. A sum of this size significantly ups the ante across the whole Livery movement and highlights that collectively we are among the most generous groups of people in the country.

Read the article…

And finally…some dates for your diary

…and the welcome return of online booking!

8 September – Inter Livery Cricket Tournament

14 September – Livery Halls Walk

20 September – General Meeting, Military Awards and Luncheon at Haberdashers’ Hall

24 September – Woolmen’s Sheep Drive and Wool Fair

29 September – Common Hall – Election of Lord Mayor and Luncheon at Painter Stainers’ Hall

16 October – Past Masters’ Dinner at Coopers’ Hall

8 November – Court Luncheon at Armourers’ Hall

11 November – The Lord Mayor’s Show

24 November – Ladies’ Banquet at Merchant Taylors’ Hall

If you have any feedback on member communications or any Livery company stories or pictures to share, please email or check us out on Twitter and Instagram.


With thanks to Mayflower Washroom Solutions, one of the supporters of the Environmental Cleaners’ communications and marketing.

Details of all this year’s supporters are on our website.

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