This year’s Installation Dinner was held in Tallow Chandler’s Hall, a magnificent location and where the Guild traces back its origins to in June 1947. The dinner was particularly well attended by young Guildmen who, as the future of the Guild, have been actively encouraged to participate in and take ownership of the Guild’s work and social events. So, it was a delight to see so many of them.
We welcomed the previous Chief Commoner, John Stott, and Ms Melanie Waters OBE, the CEO of Help for Heroes who gave a passionate and informative talk on the role of the Charity and the support it provides to veterans once they have left the armed forces. Her speech clearly resonated with the Guild as £500 was raised during the collection.
The dinner was also an opportunity to welcome Sandwell and Hammersmith Academies which have joined the Apprenticeship scheme. And to give public thanks and recognition to Tim Cunis who, after many many years of loyal service as the School Court Assistant for St Paul’s School, has decided to hang up his boots and retire from Guild work.
And finally, we had the pleasure and the privilege to have Chloe Zou, a young Paulina, play for us on the violin. Without doubt she was the highlight of the evening such was the beauty of her playing. She quite rightly received a standing ovation.
I hope that we will have the pleasure of seeing many of you at our next event which will be the Carol Concert to be held on 12th December at St Mary Woolnoth Church at 1830 with the Choir from St Paul’s Girls’ School.