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At the Installation Court meeting, held in the splendid surroundings of Ironmongers’ Hall, Stephen Plumb was Installed as Master Hackney Carriage Driver.

Following his Installation, he was pleased to appoint, obligate, invest, and Install, Wendy Sorrell as Upper Warden, Dan Heath as Renter Warden, and Leigh Dargan as Lower Warden.

The outgoing Master, Michael Cullen, was invested as Deputy Master.

Two new Assistants were appointed to the Court, Liam Nammock and Tom Hutley.

And we were pleased to welcome two new Freemen, Ms Renee Rogers and Mr Anthony Doyle.

Sadly, this meeting also saw the end of the tenure of our hardworking Clerk, Carole Seawert, who is moving on to pastures new in a full-time post as Clerk to the International Bankers. We thank Carole for her outstanding service and support during her time with us, and wish her well for the future.

As a result of this move, it was announced that Christne Hodder has been appointed to fill the vacant office of Clerk to our Company, and the Master welcomed Christine to the Court meeting. Christine will be known to many in Livery as, like Carole, she is a Marketor. We look forward to working with Christine as she settles into this new and exciting role.

The formal business of the Court meeting being completed, Company members and their guests were then welcomed to the drinks reception before proceeding into the main dining room to enjoy the dinner.

The guest speaker for the evening was Alice Painting, Senior Development Manager at the Museum of the Home, Hoxton. The Museum has close links with the Ironmongers Company as the Company’s alms-houses, now occupied by the Museum, were founded by Sir Robert Geffrye, a Past Master Ironmonger and former Lord Mayor of the City of London.

The evening concluded with a stirrup cup and the Master bid all present a safe journey home.

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