The dinner on April 3rd was held in the wonderful surroundings of the Vinters Hall, which I imagine is one of the few original ones left standing after the last Great War. It dates from the 17th century and was actually rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666. It is filled with beautiful silver and gold pieces.
The dinner was very well attended and the menu was very special and delicious, starting with guinea hen, followed by shoulder of lamb and finishing with blackcurrant charlotte, all beautifully garnished.
After toasting the Queen and the Royal Family, an Assistant proposed the guests. She did it well and elegantly.
Lieutenant Colonel Robin Matthews then proposed the Livery. He was very interesting and contrasted service life (he was stationed in Afganistan) with civilian life – not an easy transition.
Finally the Master Jeremy Brassington gave us an update on Feltmakers’ activity including visits to various functions. He mentioned the Hat competition and other events including the annual Summer Banquet. He particularly emphasized that he would be concentrating on charitable giving.
There was the usual stirrup cup after the dinner and I am sure everyone felt it was a most enjoyable evening.