The Beadle

The Beadle - Ted Prior

Our Beadle - Ted Prior is National President of The National Association of Toastmasters 2014/15

See here NATM Website :-

The association was founded in 1954 to uphold and develop the standards of the profession. It is managed by an annually elected Executive Committee.

Membership includes toastmasters throughout the United Kingdom. Their services are available for any occasion where a degree of formality is required - from receptions, cocktail parties, weddings and dinner/dances - to charity balls, opening ceremonies and conferences.
The National Association of Toastmasters exists to maintain the highest standards of the profession and to provide support and training for its members. It was the first body of toastmasters to introduce entrance examinations for membership based on knowledge of etiquette and protocol.
A Court of Examiners is held twice a year to screen potential members on their experience, knowledge of protocol and general professional competence. Upon passing the initial examination, consisting of a written examination and an oral examination before a Court of Examiners, newcomers are admitted at Associate Membership level. This is distinguished by the wearing of a dark red collarette with the Association badge attached.
Further advancement, again by examination, is required to achieve full Member status, distinguished by a light blue ribbon. Ultimately a Member may be promoted to Fellow after examination by the Fellowship Assessment Board and approval by the Association's Executive Committee. A Fellow wears a larger badge appended to a dark blue collarette.
The Presidency passes annually, by election, to members who are Fellows of the Association. Past Presidents wear a distinguishing blue and red ribbon.

However as our Beadle:-

The Master Bob Craig with Sir John Wickerson and Beadle Ted Prior on duty.

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Ted is Beadle to The Worshipful Company of Constructors, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and The Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators.

In 2006 Ted was proud to be appointed Beadle to both The Worshipful Company of Constructors and the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers. He was later (2008) appointed Beadle to the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. He has had the pleasure of officiating at The Mansion House, Guildhall and many of the magnificent and historic Livery Halls within the square mile.

Ted has gained considerable experience of City Banquets, Dinners and Award functions; protocols and importance of close liaison to ensure the smooth running of these important functions. The work of the Beadle includes assisting at Company Court Meetings and Church services. Attending the Master and Wardens at all Company events including the Election of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs.

Ted says "Being part of the history and pageantry of the City of London is a real pleasure and privilege". He has also officiated at functions for the Tower Ward Club, The City Livery Club and the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.

Members will meet Ted when he "Beadles" the Company Court Meetings on their admittance to the Freedom of The Company and again at their clothing as a Liveryman. Members also meet Ted as he introduces them with their personal guests to The Master and Wardens in the receiving line before each formal dinner. Throughout the dinner proceedings he works with our Clerk to ensure a smooth and timely conclusion to our formal occasions.

Ted on duty in Ironmongers` Hall

Ted preparing to commence the dinner in Vintners` Hall

Our Beadle Ted Prior with the 2011 Master Doug Barrat.

On right Ted officiating at our very successful Charity Luncheon with Derek "Deadly" Underwood MBE in The Long Room at Lords.

Ted Prior "The Beadle" Bangs Up for Dinner at Stationers` Hall to announce the commencement of our formal dinner and the entrance of The Master and Top Table Guests.