It was held on Thursday, 6th June 2019 in the august surroundings of Fishmongers’ Hall.
The Master used the occasion of the banquet to present a cheque for £10,000 to the CLIC Sargent Cancer Charity for their “Home away from Home” initiative, and we were pleased to invite Mr Keith Exford CBE, a Trustee of the Charity, and Rachel Kirby–Ryder the Charity’s Director of Income and Engagement to join us at the banquet. We were also very pleased grant Mr Exford, who has spent many years in housing and construction and was our Guest of Honour at our recent Installation Dinner, Honorary Membership of the Company and present him with his framed certificate of membership.
The photographs above show the Master presenting Keith Exford with his certificate of Honorary Membership and Rachel Kirby-Rider of CLIC Sargent with a cheque for £10,000
We were also very honoured to welcome Sherriff Vincent Keaveny and his wife Amanda to the Banquet, and to give him another cheque for £10,000 towards the Sheriffs’ and Recorders’ Fund for the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly into learning trade skills and taking up apprenticeships in construction.
6 June was also the 75th anniversary of the D–Day Landings and Liveryman and RAF Officer Squadron Leader Mike Alden gave a brief summary of the role of the Royal Air Force in that important phase of World War II.
The Concert Band of the Royal Marines Association played both during the reception and the dinner, after which we were entertained by the stunning young violinist, Freya Goldmark.