Ladies Night 2019

Ladies night at Trinity House on Monday 25th February was a real treat. This charitable corporation has operated under Royal Charters for more than 500 years, using ever more sophisticated technology to guide those that venture to sea around these jagged islands. Trinity House maintains fully automated lighthouses, lightvessels and buoys and licenses deep sea pilots.

 

We were warmly welcomed by their headquarters ‘crew’ and by our impeccably turned out cadets of the 1921 Air Cadets Squadron and the 135 Detachment Royal Fusiliers. Trinity House is filled with maritime paintings and artefacts including a contemporary painting of Queen Elizabeth I, Churchill and Roosevelt meeting at sea during World War II, and the ship’s bell from the Royal Yacht Britannia, which were a delight to peruse. Many of their records and possessions were destroyed in the Great Fire of London, another fire in 1715 and an incendiary bomb during the Blitz that destroyed the 1796 building. It was faithfully rebuilt in the same style and reopened in 1953. The reception was held under the magnificently painted ceiling in the Court Room, where Edgar King  described the unique history of Trinity House.   

We moved through to another elegant room, called the Library, to dine beneath the minstrels’ gallery where the Elysium Brass, a quintet of graduates from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, performed for us at intervals throughout the evening.  Unexpectedly we were served the red wine first, a Gamay from Anjou, which went well with the starter of Mozzarella and smoked venison salad.  Picpoul from Languedoc followed providing a delicate accompaniment to the main course of Arctic Char. Loving cups circulated followed by the traditional toasts. Duncan Garland, the Upper Warden, welcomed the guests. David Rintoul, the Scottish actor, described some amusing experiences in his versatile career in theatre, film, television and  audiobook recording.  The Master responded and presented a cheque from the Fletchers to Alderman and Sheriff Vincent Keaveney for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.  The Sheriff replied and gave the toast to the Worshipful Company of Fletchers coupled with the name of the Master.

After a most enjoyable evening in historic surroundings, well fed and entertained, we left with a deeper appreciation of the vital services Trinity House provides to keep us all safe at sea - and a magnificent view of the floodlit Tower of London. As his year draws to a close it remains for us to thank the Master and June for a wonderfully successful year that we have greatly enjoyed and hope they have too; also to our Clerk for the enormous effort she puts in, much of it unseen, to navigate us safely through the hectic round of events, committees, formalities and informalities.

 

 

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