Coachlines - October 2018

03.10.18 The Clerk

Clerk’s notes October 2018

With the first month of the new Livery Year under our new Master, Graham Cole CBE, the first major Livery event of the year is the Coachmakers’ Aerospace Industry Dinner at Clothworkers’ Hall on Tuesday 13th November 2018. Follow this link to book your tickets but don’t hesitate, this year will have an Army Air Corps theme and I am expecting the event to be a sell-out.

The Clerk, Cmdr Mark Leaning RN

For those Coachmakers who are a bit arty you may find the following City Music Foundation events to your liking – please follow this link to the CMF advert. If you wish to attend any of the events featured by the CMF please follow their booking instructions, I shall not be taking bookings.

The Festival of St Cecilia on 21st November 2018 takes the form of a service at St Paul’s Cathedral starting at 1100 hrs. All the Livery Companies of the City will be represented. If you wish to attend this service please let me know by Friday 19th October 2018 by emailing

The Coachmakers’ Carol Service will this year be held at St James, Garlickhythe on Thursday 13th December 2018, followed by supper at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall. The electronic booking form will go live on 1st November 2018.

Please note that the Banquet in 2019 will be held at the Guildhall on Wednesday 5th June 2019, not Friday 24th May 2019 as originally promulgated. This will avoid a conflict with the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

For those who wish to learn more about what has occurred in the City recently, follow this link.

If the home of the Industrial Revolution is your thing then the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is looking for volunteers. Follow this link to find out more.

Continuing the theme of those who exist ‘oop north’, the 2018 Brigantes’ Winter Gathering is being held in the historic City of Chester on Saturday 8th December and will include the annual Christmas Concert in Chester’s magnificent Cathedral. To find out more and and book your place please click here. Please also note the following diary dates for 2019:

  • Brigantes Golf Day – Wednesday 24th April – Lindrick Golf Club, North Nottinghamshire – invitations due out in February
  • Brigantes Breakfast – Thursday 25th July – Whitworth Hall, Manchester

And as we approach the time of the pre-Christmas spending frenzy you may wish to consider the offer being made by the Worshipful Company of Fanmakers – please click here.

In other news, if you have not yet done so the Lord Mayor would be grateful if you would complete the Pan-Livery Communications Working Group Survey at this link:

Also, as we edge ever nearer to the production of this year’s Coachmaker incorporating the Directory, please log into your Coachmaker account and ensure that all your personal details are up-to-date. As you know, in accordance with the General Data Protection Rules, your personal details are retained by the Company for Company use only and are not shared with a third party with the exception of the City Corporation. Guildhall retains an up-to-date record of the names and addresses of all Liverymen who are members of the London Livery Companies. This information is used solely for the purpose of administering those eligible to vote in the annual Shrieval and Mayoral elections. At any time you may choose to have your personal details deleted from the Coachmaker records by e-mailing the Clerk at

However, that would make it rather difficult to administer your continued membership of the Company so I hope that you don’t choose that option.

At the very least please do make sure that your contact details are up-to-date and correct and please don’t be shy about including a photo of yourself. Copies of the photos taken at the main Livery events in 2017/18 can be seen and accessed here:

And finally, those who have an interest in modes of transport that are one horse powered may be amused to learn that we have now progressed from attempting to control half a ton of excitable four-year-old sports horse at the end of a piece of string, to climbing onboard and riding away around the school. A picture may appear in the next edition of Coachlines. We are some way from entering the arena at A in working trot and riding down the centreline to halt at X – but that will come.