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A lunch for every generation

Published on: 7 August 2023

The August Court Luncheon is the annual occasion when the WCB welcomes the 'younger generation' of our Liveryman to Butchers' Hall. For many it was a big day out in The City of London and an opportunity to see where their parents and grandparents often attend Livery functions.

The Master with the kind youngsters that helped to announce lunch

This year we were thrilled to welcome Liveryman attending the luncheon with sons, daughters and grandchildren. It was particularly nice to see some youngsters returning again this year.

There was a great atmosphere at the pre-lunch drinks reception, which this year was held on the Roof Terrace prior to moving to The Great Hall for a delicious three-course lunch, with roast beef and chocolate for dessert. For some this was their first formal event in special surroundings. Liveryman Peter Sturge MBE was accompanied by two grandsons Ollie and Tom for their first visit to the Hall. Tom said it was “Very impressive” and Ollie thought it was “Very, very grand”.

We were honoured to be called to Luncheon by Miss Beth Richardson, special guest of Liveryman Dr Claire White, striking the Cleaver and Master Fincham, present with his parents Marcus and Lisa and elder brother, announced to the assembled guest that Luncheon was served.

Following the meal, The Clerk presented a potted history of the City of London and the origins of Livery Companies, from Roman to the present day.

During the Stirrup Cup, instead of the usual champagne draw, there was a non-alcoholic prize draw for one of the Young Generation attendees which was won by Master Felix Fincham. 

The Master thanked all for attending and expressed the hope that we would one day see many of them returning as Liveryman in the future.

Assistant Julien Pursglove