A Master’s Year: Part One

Written by Mike Lakin on October 31, 2018

This article is the first in a series in which Dr Michael Smith describes his year as Master Fan Maker.  The series runs from February to February, and features the February, April and October Court Dinners, the June Summer Dinner, and the December Banquet at the Mansion House.  Of course the activities of the Mistress Fan Maker are also included!

The February Election Court Meeting started early at 2.45 p.m.  There was much business to cover.  As always this meeting began

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A Master’s Year: Part Two

Written by Mike Lakin on October 31, 2018

The first article in this series concluded with a reference to the April Court Dinner where the company not only clothed five new Liverymen, but also celebrated the Centenary of the Royal Air Force with the Master’s Principal Guest and Speaker being the former Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Andrew Pulford.  There was a great deal of ‘light blue’ present including no less than four Air Marshals, the Commanding Officer of the Company’s affiliated RAF squadron, No. 11(AC), the

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A Master’s Year: Part Three

Written by Mike Lakin on October 31, 2018

The third article in this series starts with the Master and Mistress’s attendance at the Ironbridge Gorge Livery Weekend from 8th. to 10th. June, a superb event bringing together all the Livery and Guild Masters, Prime Wardens and their Consorts, and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.  For a Master and Mistress Fan Maker it comes fairly early in their year and so is a valuable networking opportunity.  It is also the time when the Masters and Consorts establish, and

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Inspection of Rockcoco Fans

Written by Mike Lakin on February 11, 2018

Rockcoco Fans & the Free Warden’s Inspection

 On 30 November 2017, the Free Warden was delighted to exercise the Company’s right to inspect any fan making company ‘within 20 miles round the Cities of London and Westminster’ – Rockcoco Fans.

 It is often the case that members of the Fan Makers’ Company are asked why their senior and junior wardens are called, respectively, the Free Warden and the Foreign Warden. The explanation can be found in the Company’s

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Visit to H Forman & Son (Smokehouse) 19th September 2017

Written by Mike Lakin on October 3, 2017

On Tuesday 19th September, 34 Fan Makers and their guests made their way through  crowds of West Ham fans to enjoy an evening at H Forman & Son, the East End’s last smokehouse.

We were treated to a fascinating talk from the owner, Lance Forman, a truly inspirational character who described the history of the business which was founded by his great-grandfather in 1905. Having suffered a serious fire, his refurbished premises was then destroyed by flooding.

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Master attends the 500th Anniversary Procession of the Carmen

Written by Mike Lakin on July 14, 2017

The Master Fan Maker was delighted to attend the 500th Anniversary celebration on 12th July of the Worshipful Company of Carmen which held a special Cart Marking ceremony for the of its founding.  This involved a procession of many transport vehicles (horse drawn, steam and  internal combustion) before the Lord Mayor.

The Master is pictured in front of Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van from “Dad’s Army” with a most convincing Captain Mainwaring for company.

 

 


The Art of Modern Fan Making

Written by Mike Lakin on July 14, 2017

The Company is honored that Victoria Ajoku, a modern day Fan Maker at the Fan Museum, has instructed members of the Livery, friends and spouses about art of Fan Making at several events over recent months.


Cranfield University Prizes – June 2017

Written by Mike Lakin on July 14, 2017

On Thursday 29th June the Master and Clerk attended the Graduation and Prize Giving ceremony for the Aerospace School at Cranfield University. The winner of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers Prize in Fluid Engineering was Fernando Lartategui Atela from Spain and the winner of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers Prize for Aerodynamics was Paolo Valloni from Italy.

On Friday 30th June the Master met Rosie Chalker the winner of

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Fan Makers Return to the River Thames

Written by Mike Lakin on March 8, 2017

Fan Makers Return to the River Thames

For the first time in living memory, and likely the first time since the mid-1800s, the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers participated in a Thames River Pageant.

On Saturday 12th November the Master, Mistress and Learned Clerk, a team of six oarsmen and cox joined The Lord Mayor’s Flotilla from Westminster Pier to HMS President. Although the course was approximately 2 miles, the rowers’ endurance was tested by a 5 knot

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