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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Graduation Day Cranfield University: School of Aerospace (8th July 2016)

Written by Mike Lakin on August 2, 2016

Cranfield is the UK’s only all post-graduate university.  Originally established in 1946 as The College of Aeronautics, its link with the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers dates back to 1954, and was enhanced in 1959 with the inception of Fan Maker scholarships, and later, Prizes. In addition, until 2016 when the organisation of the University was radically restructured, a member of the Court of the Fan Makers was also a member of the University Court.  The focus of

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No2 (AC) Sqn RAF Visit – Nov 2015

Written by Mike Lakin on December 1, 2015

On behalf of the Master, Mr Assistant Michael Smith visited the Fan Makers affiliated RAF Squadron in Lossiemouth in November 2015.

Please open this post for the full report on this very successful visit: Fan Makers No II Sqn (AC) RAF Visit Report (Nov 2015)


Presentation to the Mayor’s Fund (September 2015)

Written by Mike Lakin on October 2, 2015

The Master presented a cheque to Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London at City Hall on Thursday 24th September. The Fund’s mission is to give disadvantaged young Londoners the skills and opportunities to get a decent job escape the threat of poverty and play a full part in London’s future as the greatest city on Earth. The Master was accompanied by Marshall Blaker (Foreign Warden), Martin Davies (Clerk) and Colin Bramall (Chairman of the

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Visit to HMS Westminster & Royal Navy Dockyard, Portsmouth (16th July, 2015)

Written by Mike Lakin on July 23, 2015

On Thursday 16th July, 2015, the Master John Naylor, Free Warden Paul Hoddinott, Immediate Past Master Doug Clasby and Assistant Dinesh Naidu visited the Company’s affiliated ship HMS Westminster in Portsmouth Dockyard.

They began the day with a private tour of HMS Victory and progressed to a tour of HMS Westminster from the bottom of the dry dock and the ship itself while she is undergoing a refit. The visit was concluded with lunch ashore in the

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Visit to Lloyds of London (9th April 2015)

Written by Mike Lakin on April 21, 2015

On a sunny Thursday afternoon in early April, a group of intrepid Fan Makers set off to explore the mysterious world of Lloyd’s Register. We assembled in the foyer of 71 Fenchurch Street, where we were most courteously greeted by our hosts, Vicky and Shaun.

Once we had been led down to the archive, we were revived with tea and biscuits before being shown a small selection of historic documents, and a slide rule which no one

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Guilds Service (20th March 2015)

Written by Mike Lakin on April 9, 2015
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After the United Guilds Service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 20th March, the Master and Wardens and their wives gathered on the west steps before setting off to Skinners’ Hall for lunch. They were (left to right) Mrs Rue Hoddinott, Free Warden Paul Hoddinott, Mrs Jennie Naylor, Master John Naylor, Foreign Warden Marshall Blaker and Mrs Philippa Blaker.