Worshipful Company of Horners’ Virtual Banquet
1st October 2020
Upper Warden Julian Ellis and I, accompanied by our Consorts, Diana and Julia, were delighted to be invited to join the Worshipful Company of Horners’ for their Annual Banquet usually held at Mansion House. Also Alderman Vincent Keaveny and his wife, Amanda, were present for the event. This year like most other things, it took place virtually, and Julia and I ordered some Italian food from a local restaurant to dine on and chose a bottle of lovely red wine to complement the food and dressed up for the occasion in full Evening Dress!
The Master, Martin Muirhead, welcomed everyone to the event, including the Civic Team and Masters from 49 Livery Companies. According to the screen there were over 110 participants so there was a good turn out from the Worshipful Company of Horners’ too. The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, then said a few words including setting out his vision for his second year in office, following his election at Common Hall earlier in the week. The usual gifts were exchanged between the Master and the Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor also presented the certificate to the winner of this year’s Design Innovation Award, Kristen Tapping, a student at Southbank University who had designed a bicycle wheel that would clean air as it turned.
We then moved to “break out” rooms for some free-flowing conversation over dinner - we were in a room with Masters from Goldsmiths, Gardeners, Glaziers, Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers, Guild of Freemen and the Master-Elect of the Chartered Accountants. We also had a brief visit from the Master Horner, who popped into various rooms during the evening.
Everyone then re-joined the main room for the Toasts and Speeches conducted by the Master and Upper Warden of the Worshipful Company of Horners with a reply by Sheriff & Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli. Finally there was a short musical interlude of the Post Horn Gallop by the London Banqueting Ensemble and during this we saw a video which showed the Horners’ taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2019. The Master then concluded the evening by inviting guests to stay on zoom and join different “break out rooms” for further chat.
A lovely evening which we thoroughly enjoyed and the event worked extremely well and gave Julian and I a few tips for our own virtual dinner later in October.