Coachlines - December 2018

19.12.18 Cmdr Mark Leaning RN

Clerk’s notes – December 2018

Christmas is upon us but the New Year beckons.

The Award to Industry Dinner will be held at Saddlers’ Hall on Wednesday 23rd January 2019; for more details and access to the booking form follow this link.

On 6th February a visit to HMS PRESIDENT at St Katherine’s Dock is planned. This will consist of a Champagne Reception looking out over the Thames followed by a briefing on the Royal Navy today by elements of the RN presentation team and concluded by a hot fork supper looking out over Tower Bridge. Save the date, the book will open in the New Year.

Looking further ahead, also save the date for the Automotive Industry Dinner on 26th March 2019 and the Coachmakers’ Banquet on 5th June 2019; this year the Banquet will celebrate youth and music.

City News

Looking ahead to the Shrieval and Lord Mayor’s Elections in 2019, as has been done every year previously, to update the Common Hall Register the Corporation will ask for the latest list of names and addresses of all Liverymen entitled to vote in the elections each year.
Mindful of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) but in order to meet our obligations in relation to the register of electors for Common Hall each year, we will share your personal data (name, address, title and livery membership) with the Town Clerk & Chief Executive of the City of London Corporation for electoral purposes pursuant to the City of London Ballot Act 1887. A separate privacy notice setting out how your personal data will be processed by the City of London Corporation is available via this link.

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?

Event details are here:
Ticket link (also on the website above) is here:
Or telephone 020 7831 0575 to reserve a seat.

London Landmarks Half Marathon
The LLHM will be held on 24th March 2019 and is the first half marathon to go through the heart of the historic City of London and City of Westminster. It is a little different to other events it offers a great route which celebrates London’s history and heritage and shine a light on the city’s culture and talent. The event took place for the first time in 2018, was extremely well received by everyone involved and raised nearly £5million for 102 charities. More information about the event can be found here and a highlights video from 2018 is available here.

City Livery Briefing
Have you ever wondered what the Lord Mayor does or what the Chief Commoner might do to fill his time? Well if so the City’s Livery Briefing will tell you, simply follow this link for the December edition: Previous editions may also be found at the same location.

Within the link above I particularly draw your attention to details about the programme of City Briefings and Courses arranged by the City Corporation. In 2019 they will take place on the evenings of 5th February, 15th May, 21st October and 19th November. The Livery After-Dinner Speaking Course will be on the morning of 12th February and the Wardens and Court Assistants Course on 25th September. You are most strongly encouraged to attend these events and I promise you that you will learn a lot more about the City and the Livery Community than you thought possible. Booking details can be found in the Livery Briefing.

Coachmaker Administration
Hopefully by now, all of you will have received your copies of the Coachmaker Events booklet for 2018/19 and your copy of The Coachmaker incorporating the Directory. While a great deal of effort goes to ensure that your personal information in the Directory is correct, ultimately it is the responsibility of each member to keeping their contact details up-to-date on their website account.
If you have recently changed your details and they are not correct in the Directory please let me know and, please log-on to your website account and make those changes today. This is particularly important for the 35 or so members who have not yet listed their postal address – your support in this matter will be much appreciated.

The Clerk’s office will remain open for business until 21st December 2018 and will then be closed until 2nd January 2019.
The Assistant Clerk and myself and all the various creatures of the menagerie that is the Old Barn wish all Coachmakers and their families a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.