Monday, 23 April 2012

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, Installation Dinner

On April 20 John and I drove through torrential rain and hail to arrive at a serene and sparkling Goldsmiths’ Hall for the Framework Knitters’ Installation Dinner.

I have had the pleasure of meeting the outgoing Master, Paul Bethel, at several City functions over the past six months and he was our guest at the Mansion House. Well – time to move on and we were delighted to congratulate their new Master, Graham Smith, who was installed earlier that evening. We always get to know the Framework Knitters well during the year as they are number 64 in order of precedence and we are 65 so whenever we are processing we follow in their footsteps!

Although the Framework Knitters, like the majority of Livery Companies, no longer controls its trade it maintains a close association with them. Many of the Company’s members have direct connections with the knitting and hosiery industries, and assists them with various charitable works including Student Bursaries, Scholarships, and Almshouses and has strong connections and quite a number of Liverymen from Leicester.

The Master does indeed come from Leicester - his ‘day job’ is running a 140 year old milk delivery business in and around Leicestershire, employing about 150 people, delivering to around 30,000 households 6 days per week. We wish him a very successful and enjoyable year.

The Goldsmiths' Hall is one of the most opulent halls in the City, all red and gold. In the main Hall there are four matching chandeliers each with 48 candles and the sight of the candles reflecting off the cut crystal was magical. You can visit the Hall for one of their exhibitions (sadly without the candles). Goldsmiths exhibitions and promotions.

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