Inter-Livery Competition News
On Monday, 13 June, while much of the Company was deep in a Master & Wardens meeting, four Freedom Ceremonies, the Awards Luncheon, an Industry Group Meeting and then the Summer Forum, others had ventured to Surbiton and were taking part in the Inter-Livery Croquet competition. Our enthusiastic Inter-Livery competitor, Padraig Belton, who led the quiz team to a magnificent third place in the Inter-Livery quiz, took up the challenge and, as you can see, bagged a trophy! This year so far we have provided teams for skiing, quizzing and croquet and it is good to see an increasing participation in Inter-Livery events. Look out for further notices of events and don’t hesitate to volunteer if you’d like to take part.
Sallying forth in their first foray from Stationers’ Hall, the ‘Young and Stationery’ quiz team captured bronze in the inter-livery quiz evening held at Pewterers’ Hall the 7th April. Under Warden Kevin Dewey led out this horde of intrepids, shoulder-to-shoulder on the quiz pitch with former Renter Warden Eric Davies, and captaining, this correspondent, a humble fresh-faced liveryman cloathed but two days before.
The rules permitted the Company ringers, and the Stationers rang with the best: Miss Katharine Schöpflin, head of knowledge and information management at the Houses of Parliament; Dr Emma Jones, a KCL researcher, Tower Hamlets councillor and as yet the only person to cry when chucked from the Weakest Link; and BBC archivist Wilf Weston, who rarely cries.
Leading in the first round, slipping to second in the second and then, reckoning silver a base metal and thing of scorn, the side chose to chance all on the all-or-nothing round, and ended with bronze. They will retain as a battle honour the banner (see photo) made by organiser Eleanor Brown of the Pewterers, festooned with the Company’s arms and a portrait of a tot engaged in the sale of newspapers.
Determined with resolve and derring-do to better this result, the Young and Stationery will next enter the 14th September quiz tournament at St Bride's, Fleet Street.