Red Cross Christmas Market – Guildhall – Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th November 2017

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Once again New Spitalfields Market came up trumps with their generosity and skill in making sure that the Fruiterers put on a great show at this bi-annual Market.

Liveryman Peter Thomas with his daughter Vikki behind the display that he put together.

Liveryman Peter Thomas, with his daughter Vikki, behind the display that he put together.

This year the market was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra.

HRH Princess with the Lord Mayor opening the market

HRH Princess with the Lord Mayor opening the market

She spent several hours touring the market and was even persuaded to make a donation in exchange for a bag of fruit from our stall!

Liveryman Kevin Rose drives a hard bargain - all in the name of charity!

Liveryman Kevin Rose drives a hard bargain – all in the name of charity!

Thanks to the hard work of all present the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers was able to make a substantial contribution to the Red Cross Charity.

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Our Master’s latest post in the Fresh Produce Journal – 17th November 2017

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Master’s comments, Fresh Produce Journal – Nov 17

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Installation of the new Lord Mayor – Guildhall – Friday 10th November 2017

People queuing outside Guildhall for the Silent Ceremony

People queuing outside Guildhall for the Silent Ceremony

Inside the Great Hall just before the Ceremony began

Inside the Great Hall just before the Ceremony began

Alderman Charles Bowman was, today, installed as Lord Mayor of London in an ancient ceremony, known as the Silent Ceremony.

As the name suggests, apart from the taking of the oath, the Ceremony is conducted in total silence with the symbols of power being transferred between the outgoing and incoming Lord Mayors without a word being uttered. The full description of the ceremony is available if you click on the following link:

Admission of the Lord Mayor Elect

Following the Ceremony the new Lord Mayor posed for photos with his extended family.

The new Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, with the new Lady Mayoress, their two daughters (Grace & Charlotte) and his Mother

The new Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, with the new Lady Mayoress, Samantha, their two daughters (Grace & Charlotte) and his Mother

Tickets for this Ceremony are available to everyone in a public ballot that opens well before the event. It is totally unique and every Liveryman should take the opportunity to attend at least once. Only in this great City of ours could such a tradition continue to exist! Like the Lord Mayor’s Show it is, of course FREE.

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National Cherry & Soft Fruit Show – Presentation to Sophie Sidaway – Tuesday 7th November 2017

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Our Master writes:

I attended the National Cherry and Soft Fruit 2017 Presentation Dinner on Tuesday, 7 November at the Dover Castle Inn, Teynham, Kent where I was privileged to make many presentations.

One in  particular was very special, it was to Sophie Sidaway. She was a previous award winner in 2013 as you will see below.

Sophie subsequently wrote to the Master to say the following:

“It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday evening at the awards dinner and a great honour to receive the Fruiterers’ medal and diploma.

I mentioned that this was my second award from the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, as in 2013, when I graduated from Pershore College of Horticulture, I was  presented with a certificate to recognise my interest and aptitude in fruit growing. That ceremony was held in Pershore Abbey, and was a truly memorable occasion.

I will be, very proudly, returning to Worcestershire this morning with my medal. Many thanks again.

Sophie Sidaway

Pershore Juneberries Ltd.”

The Fruiterers Medal that Sophie won was for the exhibit at the 2017 National Cherry and Soft Fruit Show that “had the greatest merit and most impressed the judges”. As there were over 220 exhibits this year this is an exceptional achievement and the Fruiterers send their congratulations.


The Royal British Legion’s opening of the Annual Garden of Remembrance – St Paul’s Cathedral Monday 6th November 2017

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Our Master wrote:

“I was privileged to place a cross with a poppy together with the name of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers in the garden of remembrance.

It was attended by the Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor-elect, Charles Bowman, and Alderman & Sheriff Peter Estlin, together with many more dignitaries and 106 other Masters of the City of London Livery Companies.”

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Launch of the 13th World Marmalade Awards & Festival – Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Australia House

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The World’s Original Marmalade Festival was founded, and continues to be run, by Liveryman Jane Hasell-McCosh at her home, Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria.

Jane Hasell-McCosh speaking at the launch with, on her right, a former President of the Historic Houses Association and the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, HE The Hon Alexander Downer AC

Jane Hasell-McCosh speaking at the launch with, on her right, Edward Harley (a former President of the Historic Houses Association) and, next to him, the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, HE The Hon Alexander Downer AC

The Fruiterers present a trophy to the winning marmalade and, through Tiptree’s kind offices this marmalade is produced for a year and sold by Fortnum & Mason.

Because of our close association with this Festival several Fruiterers were invited to this launch

Spot the Fruiterers!

Spot the Fruiterers!


Presentation of the Scholar of the Year Award at the National Fruit Show – Detling – Wednesday 25th October 2017

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Nathaniel Oliver received his Diploma for the Scholar of the Year 2017 together with a cheque for £1000 from the Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Dennis Surgeon on 25th October at the National Fruit Show Kent.


Presentation of Fruit to the Lord Mayor – Mansion House – Wednesday 18th October 2017

The Honorary Fruit Porter Jim Huddart presents the basket of fruit to the Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley while the Master & Wardens look on

The Honorary Fruit Porter Jim Huddart presents the basket of fruit to the Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley while the Master , Wardens & Beadle look on

Once again some 25 Liverymen, Officers and guests gathered in Mansion House to fulfil our long-standing commitment to present the Lord Mayor of the day with “no less that 12 bushels” of fruit in lieu of taxes.

PM Ivor Robbins with the Fruit Bowl

PM Ivor Robbins with the Fruit Bowl

The customary arrangements for the fruit presented to the Lord Mayor were made by Past Master Ivor Robins. (Who kindly donated the asparagus enjoyed at the post presentation lunch).

The assembled Liverymen and their guests are briefed by the Clerk

The assembled Liverymen and their guests are briefed by the Clerk

After the presentation the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress generously provided us with champagne and spent as long as they could mingling with everyone before being whisked off to lunch at Kensington Palace, thus missing out on PM Robbin’s asparagus!

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2017 Craftsman’s Award

Liveryman Graham Collier (Chairman of the Awards Council, James Dewhurst and Raymond Blanc

Liveryman Graham Collier (Chairman of the Awards Council), James Dewhurst and Raymond Blanc

The Company, represented by the Chairman of the Awards Council, presented the 2017 Craftsman’s Award to James Dewhurst at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.  James started at le Manoir as a temporary gardener but soon impressed his colleagues with his dedicated hard work and his thirst for knowledge. Indeed the assessor for his sprayer operator training said that James scored 100% in his assessment, completing it in almost record-breaking time and was a pleasure to work with.  James quickly became an invaluable asset, rising to the position of Senior Gardener, with particular responsibility for the establishment and success of the organic orchard. James has become an expert not just in the cultivation of organic apples and pears but in their flavours and other eating characteristics. It was a great pleasure to meet James, tour the orchard with him and hear how the chefs use the wide variety of fruits that are produced.


Breaking news from the Awards Council

It has been announced that not only are the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers going to be lead sponsor at the forthcoming Fresh Careers Fair  on Thursday 8th March 2018 but that they are again jointly sponsoring (this time with the Gardeners and AHDB) a Nuffield Scholar – Richard Harrison from NIAB EMR. His study subject is ‘Where next for soft fruit in the UK? Addressing the yield gap and providing a path to 500 t/ha’.

For further details contact the Awards Council at awards@fruiterers.org.uk


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