Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Past Master Venetia Howes at the Guildhall with the Marketor's royal charter handed over to the Company at a memorable dinner.
Tonight I have had to amend my welcome notes on the right hand side of this blog.  This is because Venetia Howes, the Master Marketor for 2010, has handed over her responsibilities.

When I started this blog I thought that I was establishing a first but it turned out that the Master Marketor was six months ahead of me.  Like many I have followed her blog with interest.  This most particularly so because it could be thought that all masters' blogs would be alike as two peas.  In fact I think we have provided comment, even when posting about the same events, that brings out the very different personalities of both the master and the company he or she leads for the year.

Venetia has clearly had a good year, the highlight of which was undoubtedly the Royal Charter ceremony presided over by HRH Duke of Edinburgh at the Guildhall on 19 October (see my post of 24 October).  As she says she now looks forward to achieving the 'honourable estate' of past master.

I am pleased that Master Jim Surguy, the new Master Marketor, will be continuing the blog.


  1. Dear Master Draper and fellow blogger,

    Thank you for your kind words both during and at the end of my year in office. I hope that our blogs help to demystify the extraordinary experience and privilege of being a Master. I have treated it as a sabbatical year - hard work, learning so much that was new to me about the civic City and the delightful, well-mannered people who work there.

    If I had to sum up the characteristics of a Liveryman it would be: someone who enjoys good company and wants to 'put something back'. Each Livery Company does it in its own way, but at the heart are shared values.

    Good luck for the rest of your year and happy blogging.


  2. Dear Past Master

    Thankyou for your generous comments. I agree your sentiments entirely about our livery movement.

    It will be interesting to see how the blogging movement amongst the Masters develops.