The Visitation of QEC also has a further feature. When the endowment was established by William Lambarde in 1576 he asked the Master of the Rolls, one of England's most senior judges, to be the Visitor. Lambarde had a particular friendship with Sir William Cordell who was Master of the Rolls at the time and 325 years later the tradition continues. This year Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury paid his second visit to the College.
The Visitation started with a short service in the chapel, that can seat about fifty. Rev Chris Moody, Vicar of St Alfege and also a member of the Company's Sir William Boreman Foundation that helps students in of the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham, officiated. Towards the end of the service the Master of the Rolls gave a short address and as he left the chapel he was, as is traditional, presented with a pair of white kid gloves. These are nowadays returned for use on following years.
We then moved on to the community centre where we met a large number of residents. I have been Chairman of the Friends of Drapers' Almhouses (FODAH) for some years now and it was good to meet up with residents I have known for some time and also to meet new faces. Also members of FODAH including Liverymen Felicity Conway and Jonathan Bush as well as Sir Nicholas Jackson Bt, who leads the QEC FODAH team, were present. Any member of the Company is also invited to attend and it was good to see a recently joined Freeman, James Baily, present.
All in all a lovely day, the sun shone, the blossom looked lovely and with the Visitation completed spring has definitely arrived.
Later this month we are visiting Walter's Close in Southwark and Edmanson's at Bruce Grove, Tottenham but before that on Monday 11 April it is the residents' tea party at the Hall. I shall post this next week.