C - News Reports from June 2015 to October 2015 - Master Victoria Russell

16th September - 30 intrepid Constructors and their guests climbed over the roof of the O2.

The weather had been terrible all day but fortunately cleared up just in time and stayed dry for our climb of 52 metres at a 30 degree gradient. We had a wonderfully clear view from the top of the O2 and safely survived our descent. It was a great experience and a lot of fun!


1st August - The Master generously hosts The Company at Craven Cottage to see her beloved Fulham v Crystal Palace in a pre season friendly.

The Master Victoria Russell in home strip watching her beloved Fulham while hosting 30 guests to Craven Cottage. Fulham shocked the visitors by going one up in the first half only to see Palace pick the pocket of The Whites to snatch a draw in the second half.

A good workout for both teams. Fulham were impressive sadly Palace not so.

After the game The Master further extended her hospitality to a private area in a local pub where drinks were served to calm the pre season nerves.

Most kind and thoughtful. Lovely also to meet the family and to see how they are ALL members of "The Black and White Army"!!

28th July - Three New Scholarships Announced

The Company is pleased to announce the following Scholarships open for application

A - Sir Ian Dixon Scholarship

Established in 1998 in conjunction with the CIOB, the scholarship supports research in the general field of construction management and offers an annual scholarship award of £3,000.

Application form here

B - Sustainability Scholarship

This scholarship in conjunction with the CIOB and the College of Estate Management supports research in sustainability and offers an annual scholarship award of £3,000.

Application form here

C - The Faculty of Architecture & Surveying Scholarship

In conjunction with the Faculty of Architecture and Surveying at the CIOB, this scholarship supports research in the field of architecture and surveying and offers an annual scholarship award of £3,000.

Application form here

More information from CIOB about these Scholarships here

More information contained in Constructors Website on our Scholarships here

2nd July - Court Meeting & Luncheon on board HQS Wellington in The City of London

The Master Victoria Russell presided over the 204th Session of Court during which the business of the company was discussed in detail and financial reports received on The Company and The Charitable Trust.

Further the following were welcomed into The Company as Freemen of The Company.

Mr Gary Kinrade LL.B (Hons), Dip QS, PGDip Arb, ACILEx, FRICS, FCIArb a Director of Patronus Consulting Ltd, Chartered Quantity Surveyors of Farnham Surrey. Gary also represented GB in the Triathlon. Gary is introduced by Hon Court Assistant & Chairman of Charitable Trust Kenneth Kent.

Mr Gary Jackson MRICS a Director of 3sixty Measurement Ltd. Chartered Land Surveyors of London SE1. 

Mr Darren Touhey CEO & Founder of Rynew Property Management Limited of London EC4. Darren is introduced by Liveryman Edward Ellis.

Court Luncheon

Following the business of The Court The Master hosted a luncheon wherein The Company had the following guests:-

Mr Graeme Groom, Master Innholder

Air Vice Marshal Patrick O`Reilly, CB Master Engineer

Mr Neville Chamberlain CBE, Master Fueller

Mr Bryan Spearman, Master Firefighter

Mr Robert Potter, Master HR Guild

Dr John Moore-Gillon Master Apothecary

Brigadier Charlie Hobson, Master of Charterhouse

Mr Mark Hardy, Master World Trader

Alderman Sir Paul Judge Master Entrepreneur

We also had lunching with us:-

Dr Christine Rigden Past Master & Sheriff Elect

Before lunch a drinks reception on The Quarterdeck in fine weather.

There followed luncheon created and served by The Cook and The Butler under the watchful eye of CEO Mark Grove. A very fine luncheon and wines before some very amusing words to bid all away by The Master.

It really was a most splendid occasion.

3rd July 2015 - The Company is delighted to record that Freeman of The Company Paul Darling QC, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 Birthday Honours List.

The citation published in the London Gazette says that Paul has received this honour for services to safety at Sports Grounds and to horse racing. 

Paul has recently completed 6 years as Chairman of the Sports Ground Safety Authority and 6 years as a Government appointed member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board – prior to that he was a member of the Board of the Tote.

Paul is a Barrister and Queens Counsel in full-time practice specialising in Construction Engineering and Energy work worldwide. As well as being Head of Keating Chambers, he is also non Executive Chairman of the Association of British Bookmakers.

Link here to Keating Chambers

1st July - Renter Warden Mike Parrett Mst (Cantab) Csci C.BuildE FRICS FCIOB FCABE FIMMM - Consultant Building Pathologist

Presented with the Eminent Fellowship from the newly installed President of RICS Martin Bruhl on the balcony at RICS HQ Great George Street, London, SW1.
Martin J Brühl FRICS heads International Investment Management at Union Investment Real Estate, a major German fund manager.  He oversees all property transactions outside the Eurozone, notably in the United Kingdom, the Americas and in the Asia-Pacific world region.
 Martin’s background is in valuation and capital markets advisory. During most of his professional life he has worked for international consultancy firms. Martin qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1995 and is the first Continental European to become President in the history of RICS.
For more details on Mike follow the "Click Here" link

25th June - NEW Livery Briefing newsletter

24th June - The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor poses specially for The Constructors

24th June - Election of Sheriffs

In Guildhall Alderman Charles Bowman and Dr Christine Rigden were elected Sheriffs for 2015

Here Christine & Stephen Rigden outside Guildhall.

The Master, Wardens and Court Assistants outside Guildhall after voting for Sheriffs

In Vintners` Hall a celebratory luncheon for Christine was held.

16th June - Request for £5.00 donation for Sheriffs` Charity Bike Rife

Dear Friends, Romans, Countrymen Friends, Liverymen, Freemen and generous colleagues,

The Sheriffs of the City of London have decided to share everything this year in a spirit of collaboration. We’re a sort of double-act and we take our role very seriously but not ourselves..... a combination of Wallace and Gromit and Laurel and Hardy! 

We are raising funds for the wonderful Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund that helps ex offenders and we are going to ride a tandem bike around our great City and we would really like you to sponsor us. BUT PLEASE DO NOT NOT SPONSOR US FOR MORE THAN £5 - this is really important as we want to break a record for the number of sponsors and not hurt any individual wallets.  Also if you give us more than £5 the person following you on the Just Giving website may not donate if they see that you have been so bounteous. What we would really like you to do is pass this on to 10 of your fellow Freemen, Liverymen or friends; there are over 30,000 Liverymen, just imagine if we could get you all to give £5! 

Click on The Sheriffs' Tandem Bike Ride  to donate.

A BIG thank you!

Andrew and Fiona

The Sheriffs

3rd June - The Sir Christopher Wren Banquet held at Mansion House by kind permission of The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor

Our most important Civic Banquet of the livery year held in the name of Sir Christopher Wren.
Sir Christopher Wren has, more than any other individual, influenced the built environment of the City of London.  An Engineer, Architect, Surveyor and Builder, he epitomises the multidisciplinary nature of the construction industry, and the Constructors’ Company. 
Born in 1632, Wren was a leading scientific thinker of his day, highly regarded by Newton and Pascal, and was a founding Fellow of the Royal Society serving as its President in 1680. His first major project, in 1663, was to design a chapel at Pembroke College Cambridge; it included a dome! Wren was presented with his greatest opportunity in 1666 from the disaster that was the Great Fire of London. He was appointed Surveyor of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1669, and Surveyor for Rebuilding City Churches the following year. 
The Wren Window of St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall depicts Wren flanked by his Master Carver and Master Mason. This, one of the fifty-one churches he designed and built following the Great Fire of London, was one of the most expensive. As the official church of the Corporation of London many splendid occasions are enjoyed here, and it is the Guild church of twelve Livery Companies, including the Constructors.
Wren was knighted in 1673, and numerous commissions followed including the Royal Observatory and Naval Hospital at Greenwich, and the Royal Hospital Chelsea, as well as the appointment as Surveyor of Westminster Abbey, which he held until his death in 1723. He is buried in what is considered his greatest work, St Paul’s Cathedral. 
The plain stone under the south aisle has a Latin inscription reproduced in black marble under the dome which translates as: 
“Here in its foundations lies the architect of this church and city, Christopher Wren, who lived beyond ninety years, not for profit but for the public good. Reader, if you seek his monument – look around you.”


The Master Victoria Russell LLB FCIArb FCIOB FFB and Husband Steve Lawrence hosted The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow together with The Lady Mayoress Gilly Yarrow together with The Wardens, their Ladies and other Livery Guests at The Mansion House.

The Lord Mayor was accompanied by Alderman Sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley and Mrs Wendy Parmley, Sheriff Fiona Adler and Husband David Moss.

The Master invited as her personal guests The Right Honourable Lord Justice Jackson and Lady Claire Jackson. Lord Justice Jackson kindly proposed the toast to The Master to conclude our evening.

During the evening The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow presented his personal gift to The Master.

The menu and seating card can be downloaded here