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Welcome to Turners' News Online issue 9

 

News Online

 

Issue 9 Feb/March 2014

 

Welcome to the Lord Mayor

How wonderful that Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Liveryman in time for a Turner to be Lord Mayor of London in 2013 – 2014.  In support of our Lord Mayor the Company mounted a float in the Lord Mayor’s Show – not just any old float but the longest and heaviest in the biggest parade in modern times. Upper Warden, John Bridgeman CBE has made a report for us on this wonderful occasion which you can read later in this issue.
 


  The Lord Mayor Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE 

 

We are indebted to the Lord Mayor for sharing her ambitions with us for her term of office:

The Lord Mayor’s Energy to Transform Lives

I am honoured to be promoting the City of London this year as the 686th Lord Mayor (and only the second woman since 1189). I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from the Livery and am looking forward to seeing you all in the coming year.

The Reference to Energy

I shall be continuing with the theme of The City in Society but my focus will be on “The Energy to Transform Lives”, which reflects my long association with the City as an energy lawyer specialising in global electricity industry reforms at CMS Cameron McKenna to bring cheaper and cleaner energy to more people. The title refers to my conviction that the City of London has the energy and talent for innovation necessary to serve the needs of society and the environment at a time that I call the “new normal”. All of my mayoral programmes are based on three themes which I feel are critical to our resource-constrained society: sustainability, diversity and charity. I hope that within these mayoral programmes there will be something of interest for everyone. If I have a single objective, it would be inclusiveness and Liverymen have so much to bring to the party.

New Approach to the Lord Mayor's Appeal

We have abolished the “shut down and start up from scratch approach” to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal by the creation of a permanent charity to provide a long-running platform for the Appeal. This will enable us to accept contributions in cash and in kind over more than one year and to promote giving to a wider audience. It also enables us to support smaller charities, particularly those that punch above the weight that their size might imply in terms of their impact and outcomes, and that is exactly my plan!

Fundraising is at the heart of the Appeal programme but there is also a strong commitment to mentoring, helping to raise the profiles of these charities and opening up new sources of funding for the future.

How You Can Help

We are always open to offers of help, so please contact my Lord Mayor’s Appeal team on 020 7332 1582 if you would like to be involved. There are lots of fun and affordable events and we are determined to reach a wider audience!
 
Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London


Lord Mayor's Show
The Company's Float Triumphs!

Upper Warden John Bridgeman CBE

Some 500,000 people lined the City streets (while it poured and poured) all the way to the Royal Courts of Justice. And although remarkably wet (and it’s still raining!) it was a wonderful occasion.

The last time the Turners entered a float was in November 2003 to mark the Company’s 400th Anniversary. People still remember an elfin Andrew Mayer peeping mischievously over the top of a gigantic Wassail Bowl. In 2013 we again called on the support of our brothers (and sisters) in arms from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. They provided a uniformed escort, the British Army’s latest recovery vehicle and its longest road trailer on which we could mount a display of turning: in all a magnificent sight as the convoy circled St Paul’s Cathedral.
 

The Resplendent Float
 
 
Everyone was fascinated to see turners in action on a variety of lathes old and new. In equal measure they were inevitably charmed by the robed radiance of Past Master Penrose Halson and Liveryman Barbara Newman CBE and the uniformed splendour of Liveryman Brigadier Bill O’Leary as they graced the float as official wavers.

 
  Ryan Barker, a wave from The Lord Mayor

We’ll supply a much fuller account of preparations and proceedings for REME’s Craftsman Magazine later this year; many photographs have already been circulated and more can be seen on the Company’s website. It’s invidious to single out contributors to the event but Chief Whiffler, Assistant Andrew Sindall provided a suitably motley crew of whifflers which included Past Masters Ilan Krieger and Peter Gibson while Float Impresario, Assistant David Batchelor was able to harness both the energy and the guile of Assistant Sarah Fabergé and Liveryman Joey Richardson to ensure our float was suitably decorated. We also owe a special thank you to Farrows for their work in providing durable banners and signage.

In the background, rather like Lord Raglan surveying the best route for the Charge of the Light Brigade from a Crimean hilltop, was our gallant Clerk, Alex Robertson. Always on hand to help, he certainly sorted out London Underground who feared we might cave in the Circle and District line tunnel and gave frequent reassurance that the rain was bound to stop soon. (Alex, it hasn’t yet!)

There was a slight disappointment that we didn’t receive more BBC television coverage: just 2 seconds of an extravagant Jacobean bow from the Upper Warden to the Lord Mayor seems rather short shrift for a substantial entry fee and over 2,000 man hours of effort. Never mind. We made our Master proud - and the Lord Mayor proud to be a Turner, she has been effusive in expressing her gratitude. A job well done – thank you all who contributed.

Ed. Turn again Ryan! Warm congratulations to Ryan Barker, a West Suffolk College Apprentice who was invited by the Company to take part on our float. Ryan assisted Simon Hope on the lathe, demonstrating wood turning skills as they processed.

Master Traces Turning in Sweden
Master Rhidian Jones

It is a truth universally recognised that a man in possession of a powerful and shiny new car is in want of a fulfilling journey on open roads. And so it was, dear reader, that your Master embarked upon a 2,000 mile return trip by road from London to Stockholm for his summer holiday. Experiencing the sheer delight of his red Jaguar sweeping effortlessly through the uncrowded landscape of the Mistress’s native Sweden was a dream fulfilled, with much to interest followers of our craft as well.

As no Master Turner worth the name could travel anywhere without seeking traces of turning, I wished to share my discoveries with members of the Company on my return. One of the most spectacular castles we visited was Skokloster, sited on a bluff overlooking a branch of Mälaren, the lake to the west of Stockholm. This was the home of General Wrangel and it is now a time capsule from that period. From the 14th to the 18th century turning (Sw. svarvning) was a highly regarded hobby amongst the European nobility. Wrangel was an enthusiastic turner and his workshop has been recreated on the top floor complete with wood and metal lathes and all his tools neatly arrayed.
 


L-R, Skokloster Castle, King Adolf Frederick's Lathe, Drottningholm Palace.


But the items in the collection of interest to turners are not limited to those in his workshop. He was presented with many stunning decorative pieces by the burghers of towns in northern Germany in gratitude for freeing them from Catholic domination. Amongst those are turned plates and an exquisite drinking vessel, each of serpentine, which would excite the Upper Warden, a geology graduate and aficionado of turned stone.

To learn more about the Master's journey, the royal pastime of turning and the significance it held in the lives of many prominent families in Europe click here



Financial Support for Company Members
Past master Andrew Mayer


The Court has decided to appoint a Company Almoner and I am very pleased to accept their invitation to assume that role.My brief is to help identify where financial assistance is needed by Liverymen and widows/widowers of past Liverymen who are infirm and/or are suffering financially.  The Clerk has a list of these widows and I will be writing to them to let them know about my appointment – but this list may not include them all so if any Liveryman knows of someone I should contact, or of someone who might like to contact me, whether they are a Liveryman or a widow/widower of past Liveryman, would they please let me know. All conversations/correspondence with me will be treated in strict confidence.



A Cool Crafter?
Eleanor Lakelin hits the Sunday Times Supplement 2 Feb


Said the Times 'Craft has thrown off its worth hobbyist image to emerge as the latest luxury' with a celebration of 'the best artisans and designers in the British Isles' - and featured Eleanor Lakelin, one of our first Turners Cockpit Arts Award Winners (2011).

Here's what they said about her: This trained cabinet-maker works exclusively in wood, handcrafting vessels that showcase the natural figures and texture of the timber. She uses a lathe, turning wood to create highly contemporary forms, then adding textural interest by sandblasting, bleaching or scorching. Each of her tactile vessels comes with a note detailing the age, type and provenance of the tree and the inspiration behind its final form. Lakelin works from a studio in the Deptford branch of Cockpit Arts, where her work can be bought during Open Studio events. Prices start at £75 for a scorched-edge bowl, rising to £1,200 for large decorative vessels.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk
http://eleanorlakelin.co.uk/

Thanks to Assistant Sarah Faberge, who happily spotted the article... 'a Turner included hopefully? Yes!'



East Herts Woodturners Host Youth Training Day


The AWGB/Worshipful Company of Turners Youth Training Programme enabled eight young people to experience a hands-on day lead by the AWGB Chairman Andy Coates.

Since 2010 East Herts Club has been organising taster sessions to raise awareness of woodturning amongst young people which are proving very successful. 
 


Please Sir, I want some more!!!
 

Read the full story here



Clerk's Notes




HMS Belfast Visit Monday 10th March Cancelled

It is with regret that the Livery Committee has had to cancel this. I appreciate this will be a disappointment but what we thought had been promised for our visit was no longer available and therefore not so special. However please read on.

Two Temple Place Private View and Exhibition Monday 12th March 6.00pm 

The Livery Committee is, if nothing else, flexible!  No sooner than one door closes they look for another to open.  Two Temple Place is one of London's hidden architectural gems, an extraordinary late-Victorian mansion built by William Waldorf Astor on Embankment. The house is owned by registered charity The Bulldog Trust and supports the charitable activities of the Trust through exhibitions and events hosted in the building. Its current exhibition, Discoveries, opened on 31 January. It explores human discovery in all its forms, selected from more than five million objects at eight University of Cambridge Museums. www.twotempleplace.org  

United Guilds Service Friday 4th April

Held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Company is allocated a limited number of tickets. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. The Company has again been invited to join members of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for an informal buffet lunch in Apothecaries' Hall following the service.  The cost is £60 per person and please confirm this to me by Friday 21st March so that the Society can let their caterers know how many to expect.

The RPT Annual General Meeting and Craft Meeting Tuesday 29th April

All Turners are invited to join members of the Register of Professional Turners at their AGM and Craft meeting.  It will be held at Skinners' Hall with the AGM starting at 11.00 am and Craft Meeting at 12 noon.  There will be a buffet lunch and the meeting will finish around 3.30pm.  Again, please let me know if you wish to attend.

Roman London Walk Wednesday 30th April

Following on from last year’s successful walking tour of Smithfield and Clerkenwell a walking tour of Roman London has been arranged for your education and fascination.  Exact details are still to be finalised but seek out your walking shoes and be prepared.

Ladies' Dinner Thursday 8th May   

Finally, in case you have not already done so, please note the date in your diary for the last Company event of the Master’s year.  I will send out a formal reminder, along with a booking form, in due course.
 

Taxi! The Turners’ Company helps to make memories to cherish

Once again, through the generous support of the Charity Committee, I had the honour and privilege of driving the Turners’ cab on the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris over the weekend of 20th to 22nd September. This was my sixth trip with the tour. For four years I led the police escort and this was my second year driving a cab, so hopefully my experience reassured my family of two brothers, Bailey Rae and Jude and their father Daniel.

  On the way to Disneyland! 

Bailey Rae is 5 years old and for most of his young life has suffered from a rare form of heredity leukaemia which was passed down by his mother.  After spending around 3 years in and out of hospital it would appear he is in remission and the prognosis is looking good.  But those early years have certainly been tough for him and the rest of the family.  Most people’s sympathy goes to the sick child but their siblings and parents can also be severely affected by the illness.  For a number of years Jude has had to accept that Bailey Rae was the centre of attention, which can not be easy for a boy just a couple of years older than his brother.  He also had to spend a considerable amount of time away from his mother as she cared for Bailey Rae at the hospital.  His father commented how much Jude missed his mother during these times as he started on his school career.  So this weekend was as much about giving Jude some quality time with his brother and father as it was about giving Bailey Rae an opportunity to enjoy his improving health.

It was a very long and tiring weekend for the families but one they thoroughly enjoyed.  The excitement began from the moment they were picked up at 5.45am on Friday morning from the Royal London Hospital. In the back of the cab there were two goody bags full of Disney related gifts for the boys to discover and enjoy. From the hospital it is only a short hop to Canary Wharf for the big breakfast and the send off from the Lord Mayor.  During the breakfast the children are entertained by Disney cartoons and the Band of the Blues and Royals.

At 7.45am, with horns blaring, the Lord Mayor cut the ribbon and the convoy set off for Disneyland Paris.  Some ten or eleven hours later 120 vehicles arrived at Hotel Cheyenne with some very exhausted occupants – and the families sitting in the back were pretty tired too!

Saturday was taken up with a full day in the park.  It was great to be able to witness the wonder of the boys as they made their way around the Magic Kingdom. The smiles never came off their faces which even made the “It’s a Small Small World” ride bearable!

After an exhausting day the excitement continued with the gala dinner in the New York New York Hotel.  Following a formal dinner chaos broke out as the children were joined by about ten Disney characters for the end of dinner disco.  Most of the evening was spent collecting autographs and getting pictures of the boys with their favourites as they tried to stay awake until the end and the coach ride back to our rooms.

On Sunday morning, two very subdued boys and a tired dad flaked out in the back of the cab as we started the long drive back home again.  Throughout the weekend the organisers had ensured that all the families wanted for nothing and that they had a truly magical weekend to remember.

Bailey Rae, Jude, Daniel, and the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers were extremely grateful for the support given by the Turners’ Company and the other livery companies that sponsor cabs.  Without the support of the livery companies this weekend may not exist and 200 children would not have a weekend of memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, however long that may be.

Oh, and if you are wondering about Bailey Rae’s hair, he has not let anyone touch it since it all fell out during the treatment he received for his cancer.  He has, apparently, agreed to it being cut for his sixth birthday.

ED. All our thanks go to the Gallant Clerk for his part in making this such a special weekend for the family.

Diary Dates

Company Events 2014


10 March
HMS Belfast Visit Cancelled

12 March 
Two Temple Place Tour and Exhibition 6.00pm
Embankment

4 April
United Guilds Service and Buffet Lunch
St Paul's Cathedral and Apothecaries' Hall

29 April
The RPT Annual General Meeting and Craft Meeting
Skinners' Hall.

30 April
Roman London Walk
A tour of Smithfield and Clerkenwell.

8 May
Ladies' Dinner
Apothecaries' Hall.

3 June
The Inter Services Twenty20 Cricket Day
Lord's. London

28 October
Biennial Turning Competitions with prizes awarded by Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf
Apothecaries' Hall.

29 October
Exhibition of Competition entries open to the public
Apothecaries' Hall.


For information on the above events, or to book, contact clerk@turnersco.com

Stop Press! Don't Miss It
Mystery of the Moor
BBC 2 March 9 at 8.30 pm

Liveryman Stuart King takes the use of the lathe and woodturning back to the early Bronze Age, 4000 years ago, in a fascinating programme airing Sunday March 9 at 8.30pm.

In August 2011, an early Bronze Age cist (a small chamber made of thin stone slabs) burial was discovered on Dartmoor. Inside were the cremated remains of a female and, almost uniquely for this period, were well preserved grave goods - including four lathe turned ear studs (labrets).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2555811/Is-tomb-prehist



Insider Track on the Royal Yacht Britannia  
The Clerk
 

Twenty-five members and their guests were royally entertained by Court Assistant Gerry Thwaites with stories about his time aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, as Naval Officer and Senior Engineer. From meeting and greeting the great and the good to ensuring safe passage it was a gripping tale! All had a very enjoyable, informative and informal evening in the convivial surroundings of the Red Herring Public House. Whilst we were charmed with 'never seen before' photos of the Royal Family discretion would not allow News Online to publish any - so here is a picture of the Yacht! 
 

The evening’s format certainly received a seal of approval and it is intended that similar evenings will be held in the future.


 

Visit to the Cheapside Hoard
London's Lost Jewels 
Andrew Sindall - Chairman Livery Committee
 

An extraordinary collection of 16th and 17th century jewellery found in a Cheapside basement in 1912 was the reason for 25 members and guests to visit the Museum of London on 9 December. A talk by the curator provided helpful background and context, including contemporary paintings of Elizabeth I and others wearing pieces we would be seeing. And the story of the find is a fascinating and intriguing one - how the builders who found the hoard stuffed the emeralds, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, some dating back 1,500 years to Byzantium, into their pockets, hats and knotted handkerchiefs and took them to "Stony Jack", George Fabian Lawrence, an enigmatic character who ran a pawn shop and acquired objects for museums. He was known to pay workmen cash, no questions asked, for any interesting finds. One wonders how many pieces never saw the light of day again!

And of course the biggest mystery is how such a large collection ended up abandoned for so long? Did the owner of the collection go off to fight in the English Civil War never to return? Was it a cache of stolen goods that was stored there? The most likely explanation is that it was the working stock of a jeweller whose shop in Goldsmith’s Row was reduced to ashes in the Great Fire of London but which left the treasure in the cellar untouched. But we will never know for sure.

The exhibition itself was beautifully presented and as fascinating as expected. The delicacy and quality of many of the pieces was simply breath-taking - rings, brooches, chains and watches - and members had plenty of time to enjoy them all before retiring for an excellent lunch at the Red Herring in Wood Street. 
 

Book a visit to the Cheapside Hoard


 

Max Carey Turning Course
Andrew Sindall - Chairman Livery Committee
 

The weekend of 19/20th October saw the Master and Mistress lead a party of 16 members of the Court and their partners on a turning course hosted by the Max Carey Trust in Portishead, Somerset. For some time it has been felt desirable to provide an opportunity for members of the Company to experience some ‘hands on’ turning, not only as a means of widening their knowledge of the craft but also to understand more what is meant by the “mysterie and art of turning”. This was a chance to see if such a weekend would work.

After a comprehensive briefing on the tools and the Health & Safety aspects to be followed, we were each allocated our own lathe and, under the watchful (and patient) eye of a member of the Max Carey staff, began to turn. Beginning with some basic techniques, my piece of pine quickly resembled a clumsily turned table leg! But we were learning, and following further instruction, we graduated to a piece of ash to begin work on the upright of a candlestick. By Saturday evening, mentally exhausted having absorbed so much new information, we were glad to relax over a very agreeable supper at a local restaurant, Bottelino’s, with our instructors joining us as our guests.
 
Very personalised coaching from the Max Carey team!

The following morning, after a hearty breakfast, we were back at our lathes to continue work on our candlesticks. A base was turned and, for the fortunate few, the upright fitted snugly into the hole prepared in the base – for others, it took a little more persuasion! Some buffing and polishing followed and by lunchtime on the Sunday, as the picture shows, all of us had a highly desirable and attractive piece with which to impress our family and friends!

Grateful thanks should be extended to Stuart Bradfield and his team of assistants who kindly gave up their weekend to provide instruction to our group. The Trust is an ideal set-up for courses such as this and the success of the weekend suggests that this should become a regular event in the Company’s calendar. Having road-tested the event with members of the Court, the Livery Committee will work towards offering it to other members in the future.
 

Proud students!


Visit to HMS Sultan
Master Rhidian Jones 

Each year in the autumn, HMS Sultan, the Navy’s engineering apprentice training establishment in Gosport holds a Livery Day to give members of supporting livery companies the opportunity to see something of its work. This is a thoroughly worthwhile occasion which Turners are encouraged to attend. Last year it took place on 19th September when the Company was represented by the Master and Liverymen Katie Abbott (accompanied by her husband, Nic), Nic Fisher, and Mark Hatt-Cook, who, as a former officer in the Royal Marines Reserve, handles military liaison for the Company and its charity. Special thanks are due to Lieutenant Jonathan Tweed RN who is the Company’s liaison officer at HMS Sultan. As well as the Company, representatives of the Blacksmiths, Engineers, Founders, Fuellers, Plumbers and Shipwrights attended, so it is also a good opportunity to meet other liverymen and share fellowship. After a warm welcome by the Commandant the party received presentations by training staff on the work of HMS Sultan, as well as the RN Presentation Team on the role of the navy in the modern world, from tackling pirates to combating natural disasters. Following a congenial lunch in the wardroom the party toured the workshops to see apprentices in training. The scope of a marine engineer’s duties requires a broad spectrum of activities to be covered from marine diesel engines of various sizes to aircraft avionics. So the craftsmen who emerge from the course, and later return for further training at regular intervals, are accomplished and resourceful. Each student is taught several techniques on the lathe, and 3D printing is also being used to produce smaller plastic components. At the end of a very interesting day each participant felt much better informed about the place of engineers in today’s navy, and returned homeward confident that although technology changes, “Hearts of oak are our ships; jolly tars are our men; we always are ready; steady boys, steady” remains the enduring refrain.
 

The Master, Liveryman and teams from HMS Sultan



Keep Warm this Winter! 

New Company Fleece
 

The Clerk tells us how those who took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show were very grateful for new Company fleeces on a very soggy day. The good news is that they are now available for members too. Designed in our Company blue colour and embroidered on the left breast with our crest and ‘The Worshipful Company of Turners’ they come in sizes XS (36” chest), S (38”), M (40”), L (42-44”) XL (46”) and 2XL (48”). £25 each. Please let the Clerk know if you would like one or more with the size(s) required as he is placing orders this month. 


Assistant Sarah Fabergé sporting the new fleece with Past Master Penrose Halson

City and Other Events


City Livery Concert
Barbican Centre - 22 June

Join this key event in the City of London calendar for Beethoven's sublime Mass in C and Richard Strauss' epic tone poem 'A Hero's Life'. City tickets are £46 each and include an interval reception, complimentary drinks and a souvenir programme. One sixth of the ticket price will go towards the Lord Mayor's appeal and the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf, has indicated that she will attend.
 
 

For more info and to book, contact the Clerk.

Visit to Ypres
29 - 31 August 2014

To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the City of London Historical Society is organising this 3-day visit and tour of the battlefields around Ypres.

A highlight of this visit will be the presence of the Lord Mayor who will lay a wreath on behalf of The City of London at the Menim Gate and who will also attend a civic dinner in the presence of the Mayor of Ypres.
 


 
For more details and to express your interest in booking click here

City Briefings
Guildhall
(5.00pm - 7.30pm)

The Corporation runs City Briefings designed for Liverymen, Freemen, Court Assistants and Wardens (as well as their spouses and partners) - an easy way to learn more about the workings of the City of London. Their content has recently been updated making them more relevant to Liverymen - the next is on Wednesday 19 February 2014. Tickets are £10 per person.

  • Wednesday 19 February 2014
  • Thursday 1 May 2014
  • Thursday 9 October 2014
  • Monday 17 November 2014

Registration and bookings are preferred via the website www.liverycommitteecourses.org but if this presents difficulties, please contact the Course Administrator at Guildhall, Claire.Holdgate@cityoflondon.gov.uk telephone 020 7332 3176

More Livery-related dates are at http://nigelpullman.info/City_Diary.html

 

Featured Piece
by Theo Fabergé
(1922-2007)

Theo Fabergé was the grandson of Peter Carl Fabergé and from an early age had a passion for making objects of a highly crafted standard. A fascination with the natural beauties of wood led Theo to explore the techniques of ornamental turning and our featured piece was made in the 1980's from ebony and ivory. When Theo turned 80, he was made an Honorary Liveryman of the Company.

His daughter, Assistant Sarah Fabergé, is a founding member of the Fabergé Heritage Council.


See London as it looked before the Great Fire
3D Animation



This realistic fly-through of 17th century London's tightly packed streets has been awarded the top prize in a competition run by the British Library

A team of six students from De Montfort University in Leicester has turned a historic map into a realistic and detailed 3D animation of Tudor London.

The video shows the area around Pudding Lane in the City of London before the Great Fire of 1666. Some of the buildings are hypothetical, but all streets are based on original maps of the area.

The animation has won the top prize in a competition to produce a 3D animation of a real historic setting, run by The British Library and video game developers GameCity and Crytek.

“The haze effect lying over the city is brilliant,” says Tom Harper, panel judge and curator at the British Library. “Great attention has been given to key features of London, complete with glittering window casements and other atmospheric cues.”

Watch the full video here

Courtesy: Pudding Lane Productions


Wages of two pence per week!
The Deputy Master's Apprentice

You may not be aware that it's possible for Liverymen to take on an apprentice who, after serving a term of at least 4 years and on reaching 21, can become a Freeman of the Company.

Rebecca Marie, Deputy Master Peter Gibson’s Apprentice and grand-daughter, is only active apprentice since Josh Fabergé, Court Assistant Sarah Fabergé’s son, became a Freeman.  Rebecca is now at the end of the second year of her apprenticeship, having signed her indentures during Past Master Ilan Kreiger’s year.  

Signing her indentures was a serious business, as she had to promise amongst other things, to serve her Master faithfully, keep his secrets, gladly carry out his commands and not do him any damage.  She must not play unlawful games (cards, dice, etc.), which might bring upon her Master any loss, nor haunt taverns or playhouses!

 Upon receipt of £7.00 from her family, her Master committed to pay her wages of two pence per week, increasing to four pence a week at the start of her third year and to the princely sum of five pence per week in her final year.  

Rebecca has taken her responsibilities to heart and has also learned to turn well.  Her Master has played some small part in this but has deferred to rather more experienced and expert turners to help her to learn the Craft. She has done this through the excellent training she has received by taking part in the Youth Training Scheme sponsored by the Company and the AWGB, at Stuart Mortimer’s workshop.  She has also received individual help from Stuart and Les Thorne.

She is delighted that, through her ‘servitude’ she has been able to learn more about the role of Livery Companies within the City of London and particularly the Turners of course, and is looking forward to the time when she can become a freeman.

Please contact the Deputy Master if you would like to know more about Company Apprenticeships.


The Master's Apprentice

Roman eagle rises again in London after 2,000 years




Archaeologists in London have discovered the finest Romano-British sculpture ever unearthed in the capital. The spectacular 65-centimetre tall sculpture of a Roman eagle with a snake in its beak, found at the bottom of an ancient Roman ditch just south of Aldgate station in the eastern part of the City - is now on show at the Museum of London.

Originally, the eagle had almost certainly adorned either the interior or the roof of a grandiose tomb belonging to a prosperous and very important early Londoner who died in the late first or second century AD.



The excavation team - from Museum of London Archaeology - found the eagle on the final day of an eight-month-long dig in the Minories near Aldgate. The excavation - directed by archaeologist Simon Davis - was carried out in preparation for the construction of a hotel on the site.

 

 

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