On Tuesday 14 July 2009 the inaugural Feltmakers’ Summer Luncheon took place at the Cavalry and Guards Club on Piccadilly. The purpose of this new event in our Livery calendar is to attract Liverymen who find it difficult to attend our more formal dinners. On this score alone the inaugural lunch should be deemed a good success: some 30 Liverymen sat down to lunch with the Master, Wardens and our Learned Clerk, accompanied by their spouses and partners. It was particularly encouraging to see a number of Liverymen whom we have not seen for many years and most enjoyable to get together without the distraction of formal speeches or external guests.
Ladies were encouraged to wear hats and there was a lovely variety of summer hats on display, from pale pastels and elegant straws through to bold and vibrant creations. After lunch, Eda Rose-Lawson, Third Warden, and Queen’s Milliner, Rachel Trevor-Morgan, introduced a show of 40 hats from their current collections, most expertly modelled by two students: Victoria Cardona and Kate Copson. Neither of these young ladies had ever put on a hat before, but under Eda and Rachel’s expert tutelage they wore the hats beautifully and modelled a wide variety, decorated with every conceivable trimming: beads, veils, ribbons, flowers, feathers and even a shoe!
The hat show concluded a most enjoyable and relaxed luncheon. Hopefully the first of many for the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers.