St Paul’s Day – 25th January 2017

The Innholders' Hall

The Innholders’ Hall

As is customary, the Court of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers gathered at the Innholders’ Hall to install the new Wardens (John Warner as Upper and Cheryl Roux as Renter) for the ensuing Livery year.

The Master takes his oath of Office

The Master takes his oath of Office

They then moved to St Mary, Abchurch. There they were joined other members of the Livery and their partners for a service of thanksgiving and for the incoming Master, Dennis Surgeon, to take his oath of office.

Everyone then returned to the Innholders’ Hall for a reception and lunch. This is normally hosted by the outgoing Master but, sadly, Stephen Bellamy-James was unable to attend due to illness and his place was taken by his immediate predecessor, Rupert Best.

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At the end of the lunch, PM Best clothed the new Master in his gown and handed over the Master’s badge, the Company Bible and a copy of our Charter.

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Usually the outgoing Master then addresses the assembled company but in his absence his wife, Rita, read his speech (apart from the parts where Stephen so rightly praised her for her support and also the contribution she had made as Mistress during his year!). It was very regrettable that Stephen was not present to receive the thanks for his very successful and entertaining year but we are sure that Rita passed on our thanks.