- Honorary Assistants’ Dinner – HQS Wellington – Thursday 13th April 2017
- Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch – Guildhall – Thursday 6th April 2017
- United Guilds Service – St Paul’s Cathedral, Friday 31st March 2017
- Fresh Produce Journal – March 2017
- The Fruiterers’ Conference Thursday 16th March – 1 Great George St
Once again the Fruiterers supported the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, an annual event held to raise funds for ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity (formerly the Army Benevolent Fund).
All the produce on the wonderful displays was donated by those that erected and staffed their own stalls free of any charge:
all ably supported by “market girls” from Liveryman Sue Handy’s School of Dancing
His Royal Highness was amused to discover that Liveryman Sue Handy had taught his two daughters at her School
HRH then moved on to examine Liveryman Peter Thomas’s display
and, finally, Liveryman Chris Newenham explains Tiptree’s latest offerings, fruit gins
HRH then departed leaving others to enjoy their lunch!
The guard of Honour was formed by The Light Cavalry of the Honorary Artillery Company
The serious business of eliciting donations from the diners as they left the Hall then began. As soon as the final figure that the Fruiterers passed to ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity is confirmed it will be announced on this website.
Nothing would have been possible without the generosity of New Spitalfields Market, Rodanto, Peter Thomas, Tiptree and Belazu. Not to say the persuasive skills of the “Market Girls” who managed to conjure donations from the most unlikely of people in exchange for strawberries and fruit baskets! They were supported in their efforts by Past Masters, the Upper Warden, Liverymen, an Apprentice, the Honorary Fruit Porter, wives and others too numerous to mention.
Special mention should be made of Past Master Peter Cooper who once again masterminded the whole event on our behalf, many thanks, Peter.