Our Court & Officials  

The Court controls the activities of the Masons’ Company under the guidance of a Master, Upper Warden and Renter Warden (The Officers).  Other members of the Court include several Past Masters plus Court Assistants who have not passed the chair. 

We have a number of committees covering Finance, Craft & Training, Awards, Communications, Membership, Development Fundraising and Sponsorship and Social matters all of which report to the Court. We also run two independent charities the trustees of which are members of the Company.

The Master and Wardens are elected annually in June.

Officers for 2017-18

Peter Clark Andrew Bowles Christopher Radmore
Master Upper Warden Renter Warden

                                

Photographs by Michael O'Sullivan.

The full range of photos taken by Micharl O`Sullivan at Common Hall on 13th June 2017 can be seen by clicking on icon below (opens in new window) then selecting "Livery Companies" from the list (quite easy)

Message from The Master Peter Clark

"Members of The Livery,

My earliest recollection of our Company was on a cold day in December 1996 when I was asked to meet with our then Clerk in his offices in North London. Little did I realize where such a meeting might lead in the next 20 years.

I am deeply honored to be elected as your Master for the ensuing year and will do everything in my power to uphold the traditions that our Company has established since inception in the fourteenth century.

The Company as a whole is increasing in size with the growing number of Liverymen, a rising number of Freemen as well as the establishment of Yeoman Masons. Our support for the City is developing and our new office is firmly established at the heart of our efforts.

Our volunteers who work so hard within our committees are firmly committed to the development of our company in line with the Strategic Review. The work of our charities is enormous and members will now know of the vast range of donations which are given to supporting the training of stonemasons and the various bodies, which underpin their training. None of this can be achieved without the generosity of individual members and I do earnestly encourage each member of the company who does not make a charitable donation to one of our two charities to do so now. In doing so you help the trustees to support our ancient craft.

One of my initiatives during the year ahead is to foster fellowship amongst all members of the Company. Various events, some old and some new, have been arranged and they will allow time for friendships to be developed even further. For those members who are unable to attend on a regular basis contact will be made so as to ensure that everybody feels that they belong to a caring organsation.

I look forward to meeting all of you in the year ahead and serving you and the company to the best of my ability."

Peter Clark                                                                                                    June 2017

"Deputy Master, Warden, City Marshall, Liverymen and Freeman,

Past Master Barry may I thank you for your very kind remarks.

I should like to welcome new members of the Company admitted at this morning’s Court meeting. May I ask each of them to stand when mentioned:

Liveryman Gordon Verhoef is the owner of a number of stone companies under the Szerelmey umbrella as well as a couple of vineyards.  Gordon joins a seasoned veteran of the Company in Liveryman Bernard Burns, also here this day, and Mark Walden admitted at our last Court.

Freeman Peter Oweh joins us through his involvement with ACF South West where have a strong interest and they form ‘carpet guards’ at our Livery Dinner and Master’s Banquet.

You are both most welcome.

The Deputy Master informed me that I would be busy representing the Company and that has proved very true. Ten events in twenty working days and our Clerk is keeping you informed of my activities through the e-bulletins and those on ‘twitter’ will see regular postings. My first event was the Heritage Skills Event in Lincoln this being particularly successful and I was grateful to those in the livery who came to Lincoln, which included the Deputy Master.

During the past year the Deputy Master quietly but firmly managed our affairs with efficiency, good humour whilst being fully committed to representing our Company within the City of London and elsewhere.

Remaining with the Lincoln connection it is traditional to present the outgoing Master, now Deputy Master, with a memento of his year. This year the memento is a Lincoln Imp carved in Carrara marble with the lettering in 24 carat gold and has been created by Yeoman Catherine James.

May I remind liverymen that there is the visit to Terlingham on Saturday to sample the wines and the visit to St Alban’s Abbey is in mid-September and will be advised by e-bulletin.

As some of you will know I have a passion for cricket as a player and a fully qualified umpire. I managed two days at the recent Test match at Lords. I was accompanied by a Past Master on each occasion just in case I became so in incensed with the umpire’s decision that I would invade the pitch. Incensed I did become with one umpire on more than one occasion but decorum was maintained, as you would expect.

In this connection there is an inter-livery cricket tournament on 5 September at HAC and I have volunteered to umpire. Perhaps the aforementioned umpire might wish to view my performance from the boundary?

The bi-annual Duke of Gloucester Awards will be held on 4th October at St Bartholomew’s’ the Great church in Smithfield. His Royal Highness has agreed once again to attend and present the prizes. Please do note this date in your dairies to attend and celebrate the stonemasons who will have been successful in gaining awards.

Our guests at Court lunch this year will reflect the Company mission and strategy. At this particular Court we welcome guests from the City of London.

Initially may I thank the Lords Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Roger Royal, for saying grace in the unavoidable absence of my personal chaplain. Welcome again Roger and our chance meeting at Freeman’s last Thursday was welcome.

Our principal guest is The City Marshall, Philip Jordan. Prior to his appointment Philip had a highly distinguished career in the Metropolitan Police retiring as a Detective Chief Superintendent in Specialist Operations with experience with Special Branch, International Intelligence and involved in counter-terrorism and counter-espionage as well as managing the security operation for the 2012 Olympic and Paraolympic Games. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2014 before joining the Lord Mayors Office in the mayoralty of Dame Fiona Woolf. We look forward to hearing from you about your most recent career.

May I ask members of the Company to rise and drink a toast to our guests."

Officials of the Company

The overall running of the Company is the responsibility of the Clerk.  This he achieves with the assistance of the Administrator in the office and the Beadle at formal Company functions.

 

 
Giles Clapp   Ted Prior
Clerk   Beadle & Toastmaster

 

 

   

The Masons Company office administrator in support of The Clerk is Ms Jacqueline Oakley