The Livery Lunch was held on Tuesday 7 September at the Cavalry and Guards Club, Piccadilly, an occasion enjoyed by around 60 liverymen and their partners (a turnout similar to last year’s inaugural lunch). Indeed, it was a turnout apparently unaffected by problems caused by the Underground strike that day. The sun shone through the long windows and our ladies were resplendent in their hats. After drinks, and grace by our Chaplain Colin Semper, we sat down to a simple but excellent late summer luncheon of chicken and roast pepper terrine followed by cold poached salmon, with dessert being a choice between summer pudding or a selection of plated cheeses.
The highlight was the very entertaining talk by Liveryman Freddie Fox LVO in which he recounted how he became involved in hatmaking as a teenager in Australia, ultimately progressing to becoming the Queen’s Milliner. One of his more public engagements is his role as the principal fashion judge at the Melbourne Cup, not of the horses but of the ladies. In his opinion, avoid tattoes, bare midriffs and ankle bracelets if you wish to be adjudged a Well Dressed Woman! For those interested to learn more about Freddie, he has a book coming out soon and there will be an exhibition of his work next year at the Fashion Museum.
There was also much interest in a CD commissioned by our Master, Susan Wood, and featuring hymns sung by the choir of St Stephen Walbrook, City of London, including the Feltmakers’ Anthem “A Crown of Glory”. Copies of the CD were sold at the lunch and it is the intention that profits from those sales and any further sales will fund further and much-needed research into the early history of the Feltmakers’ Company. All in all, an excellent event in our calendar!