Speed Read July 2021

The Wright Time

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Past Master Emeritus, Steve Wright, has recently finished writing his autobiography, which has now been printed and is available to purchase for a charitable contribution.

Steve has funded all the production costs of the book himself and therefore all the proceeds from the book will go to charity.  He has five Grandchildren and each of them will be asked to nominate a charity of their own choice and the accumulated funds will be divided equally between those five charities.

The book, called The Wright Time, is an insight into Steve’s life growing up in north London covering many different experiences and includes milestones like fulfilling the role of Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners for the year 2006/7.  It does, of course also include details of Jamie, his son, who is currently a Court Assistant of the Company, so that may be of interest to some of you.

The book is available for a minimum donation of £5, please feel free to give more, or a minimum of £10 if you would like a personal message and a signed book.  Postage within the UK is £4, please add that to your donation.

Contact Steve directly on for information on how to place an order and by doing so support his Grandchildren’s charities.

Amazon Smile

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Shop AmazonSmile by clicking the link below, and Amazon donates to The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners Charity Trust, at no cost to you.

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Pollinating London


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Supported by The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman William Russell, Pollinating London Together is a new environmental campaign spearheaded by the Livery Companies of London that aims to re-green the one square mile of the historic City of London.

Take a look at their first newsletter and keep up with the buzz!

Read the News Letter

An Update from St Paul’s

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An update from Sarah Beddows, Fundraising Office at St Paul’s Cathedral: 

It definitely feels as though we are all emerging from the pandemic, even if there is still a sense that we aren’t yet quite through it. Since May 17th our doors have been open once more to paying visitors, who have been welcomed back with guided tours and new ‘pop-up’ displays showcasing some previously unseen treasures from our historic collections. The full Choir also returned last month, with Evensong most days and three services on a Sunday at 10am, 11.15am and 3pm; it has been wonderful to hear their music resonate in the Cathedral once more.You may well have seen the recent BBC headline that implied that St Paul’s might have to close its doors. Whilst this is not true, the news story has dispelled the myth that we are sitting on wealth. The reality is that the lockdowns and the resultant loss of our visitor income has indeed had a profound impact on our finances. The majority of our reserves have been spent seeing us through this crisis and we are increasingly reliant on fundraising to sustain our work and offer a wide portfolio of worship, culture and education to all. On this front we have encouraging news to share: our Remember Mefundraising campaign, run in partnership with the Daily Mail, has reached its initial target of £2.3M. This enables us to start work on a physical and living memorial to commemorate those who have died during the pandemic. We hope to have this ready by March 23rd 2022, to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown.The physical memorial will be a newly constructed oak portico, located inside our magnificent new ramped entrance at the North Transept side of the Cathedral. The Middlesex chapel, adjacent to the memorial, will provide a special remembrance area – a quiet reflective space which will have digital screens for accessing the virtual book of remembrance. This Remember Me project is very dear to our hearts and it is clear from the strength of the public response – with over 10,000 donations, that the desire to honour the victims of the pandemic at St Paul’s has struck a particular chord.We are looking at how we can deepen our engagement with our supporters. Thanks to the generosity of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, we have been able to greatly enhance our digital offering for the Friends of St Paul’s. We are planning a major campaign to enlist new Friends and to welcome new Music Patrons supporters. In the coming months, we will be reaching out to promote both of these schemes, which will enable many more people to enjoy a closer relationship with St Paul’s.This summer, more than any other, will provide the perfect opportunity to explore the visitor attractions in our wonderful city and I would urge you and your families to consider making a sightseeing visit to the Cathedral, where you can discover the marvels contained within the glorious edifice. Please do book a time slot in advance of a visit via this link.Looking ahead, with the further lifting of restrictions next month, we are excited at the possibilities of being able to restore many of our usual services and other events and we look forward to seeing you at some of these.

Inter-Livery Tennis

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The Feltmakers’ Inter-Livery Tennis Competition will be held on Monday 13th September 2021 at the Hurlingham Club.The competition is open to teams of two mixed pairs from each Company.  The competition is designed for Liverymen and their spouses/partners; one person in each pair should therefore, ideally, be a Liveryman. The competition will be run as an American tournament, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final.  The Feltmakers’ Trophy will be awarded to the winners.  There will be a knock-out Plate Competition for first round group losers.  The start time will be 11 a.m.The competition will be followed by dinner in the Hurlingham Club when the Master of the Feltmakers’ Company will present prizes to the winners and the runners-up. The evening normally ends shortly after 9.30pm. 

More details to follow.

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