The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers' News

11th November 2018
After almost two years in the making, the Master Fruiterer’s vision to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice in a special way, came to fruition. Following a Service of Remembrance with The Commemoration of the Fallen at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Fruiterers’ Beadle Mr Ted Prior led one hundred gowned Liverymen and Clerks along Cheapside with the Innholders’ Beadle bring up the rear.

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8th November 2018
There was a City Theme at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall for the Master and Wardens Dinner which followed the Court Meeting onThursday 8th November 2018 Replying on behalf of the guests, the City of London Police Commissioner Mr Ian Dyson QPM spoke of the many issues surrounding cyber-crime and reassuringly explained how the City of London Police dealt with this modern day crime.

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31st October 2018
The Ceremony of Presentation of the Fruit to the lord Mayor is an annual Ancient Custom which continues to this day, whilst albeit in a much reduced format, it is none the less important as it provides both the Fruiterers Company together with the Lord Mayor the opportunity to fulfil their commitments.

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24th October 2018
This year was the 85th Anniversary of this very important show which began in 1933 as the Marden and District Commercial Fruit Show, becoming the Marden Fruit Show Society in 1960 and then relaunched in 1999 as the National Fruit Show.

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20th October 2018
The Master was honoured to be invited to open the 25th Bramley Apple Festival on Saturday 20th October 2018. The invitation came from the Festival Committee Chairman, Liveryman Roger Merryweather - great grandson of the nurseryman (Henry Merryweather) who, from a chance seedling growing in the garden of a cottage owned by Mr Matthew Bramley in 1856, cultivated every single Bramley apple that we know today.

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17th October 2018
On Wednesday 17th October 2018 an initiative of Liveryman Rupert Hargreaves took him and five fellow Honorary Assistants on a visit to New Spitalfields Market where CEO of the Tenants Association Jan Hutchinson together with Marie from the City of London Corporation arranged a most interesting tour of the market. An early start with the opportunity to meet the market wholesalers, followed by a hearty breakfast gave the visitors a true experience of market life!

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29th September 2018
The opening day of this year’s Three Counties dawned warm and dry on the Fruiterers’ stand, ably staffed throughout the Show by Liveryman Graham Collier and a series of willing helpers. Once again, we ran the Peoples’ Choice Perry Competition with a choice of five Pear Perries for members of the public to savour, all very different in style, appearance and taste.

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18th September 2018
A busy week for the Master – Supporting the Sheriffs’ Sponsored Row and attending the Sheriffs’ in Wonderland Banquet in aid of the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund

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10th September 2018
Winner of the Historic Houses/Christie’s “Garden of the Year 2018” - The Garden at Miserden. On arrival at Miserden, the Fruiterers were greeted by Mr Nicholas Wills and his father Major Tom Wills and invited to enjoy a most welcome cup of coffee in the beautiful home of the Wills family.

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1st September 2018
The Master and Mistress joined Masters and Clerks from other Livery Companies, together with representatives from every London Borough and senior members of the British, Commonwealth, French and German Forces at a Drumhead Service in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea on Saturday 1st September 2018 to commemorate the actions of the London Divisions during the final Hundred Days Offensive of the First World War.

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21st August 2018
While on holiday in Guernsey the current Master had the great good fortune to meet Past Master Mike Tanguy, a Guernsey resident, born and bred. Mike is a Jurat and it was a real privilege for the Master to hear exactly the meaning of this title. Guernsey’s legal system is totally different from the UK’s where juries are selected from the general populace, however well or badly fitted to the task they may be.

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