Presentation of a Bespoke Ladies’ Fan to HRH The Duchess of Sussex

Written by Past Master Dr Michael Smith on March 27, 2019

In keeping with tradition since the time of HM Queen Victoria, on particular occasions the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers present a unique fan to Members of The Royal Family.  Consequently, following her marriage to HRH The Duke of Sussex last year, the Master (Dr Jeffrey Bines), the Immediate Past Master (Dr Michael Smith) and the Clerk (Martin Davies Esq) attended Kensington Palace earlier this month and presented a specially made ladies’ hand fan to HRH The Duchess of Sussex.


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A Master’s Year: Part Five of Five ‘Reflection’

Written by Past Master Dr Michael Smith on February 19, 2019

It is often said that the Mansion House Banquet in December is the culmination of the Master Fan Makers’ year. In a sense, it is. It takes place almost at the end of the calendar year, ten months into the Company’s annual cycle, and is undoubtedly a truly wonderful highlight.  Nevertheless, it is not the end.  Five days later the Master attended the Turners’ Banquet at Saddlers’ Hall. During January and February eight more events including Dinner with the Tobacco

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A Master’s Year: Part Four

Written by Past Master Dr Michael Smith on January 21, 2019

After the summer break, business as usual commenced in September with a General Purposes and Finance Committee meeting.  Other work that month included the Livery and Recruitment Committees, and the production of a suitably fine fan for potential presentation to a lady member of the Royal Family.  The highlight of the month for the Mistress Fan Maker was hosting a superb luncheon in Vintners’ Hall featuring a presentation on Swan Upping, the annual census of swans on the Thames.  Only

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Press Release: Fan Makers to support the re-establishment of a Fan Craft in the United Kingdom

Written by Liveryman Colin Bramall on January 17, 2019

The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, one of the 110 Livery Companies in the City of London is pleased to announce that it has received a substantial bequest that will be used to help re-establish the craft of fan making within the United Kingdom.

In May 2017 the Heritage Crafts Association published a report identifying Fan Making as a critically endangered craft within the United Kingdom. They identified only three people involved in the making and conservation of fans, the Livery

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The Banquet at the Mansion House – Thursday 13th December 2018

Written by Liveryman Nicholas Cooke QC on January 10, 2019

As usual the Banquet was a glittering and memorable occasion. The attendance was high and the guests distinguished and numerous. There is no more impressive venue than Mansion House and the Company is doubly fortunate to be able to use it and to do so in the festive season. The Master, the Wardens, the Court, the Clerk, the Beadle and the Mansion House Staff ensured a splendid evening was enjoyed by all.

There is interest wherever one looks in the Mansion

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A Master’s Year: Part One

Written by Past Master Dr Michael Smith 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 chaired

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A Master’s Year: Part Two

Written by Past Master Dr Michael Smith 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 Commanding

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A Master’s Year: Part Three

Written by Past Master Dr Michael Smith 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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