The Leicester Weekend
9th to 11th September 2022
The shattering news of Her Majesty The Queen’s death filtered through to us on Thursday evening and a decision needed to be made on whether all, part or none of our annual Leicester Weekend should proceed. I took counsel with senior Past Masters and our Gallant Clerk, and I decided, with some trepidation, to go ahead as planned.
Our golf day on the Friday at the Leicestershire Golf Club was played out on a warm but cloudy afternoon, with a hint of rumbling thunder in the atmosphere. In the event though we got round relatively dry and the golf was followed by a hearty meal in the club dining room, with plenty of other Liverymen and guests joining the golfers for supper. The Howard Ellis Silver Salver was won for the very first time by a delighted PM George Turner and the Byford Trophy for the leading guest was won by Janey Heaney. Many thanks must go to Liveryman Adrian Keene and his wife Marion for organising the whole event so expertly as usual.
The following morning, the annual Ceremony of the Socks, due to be held at the Wigston Framework Knitters Museum was postponed, due to it being a public event, and the Lord Lieutenant was needed elsewhere to make official proclamations all around the county.
Our usual Court meeting was held on Saturday afternoon in Corah Hall, which was then followed in the evening by a lovely three course dinner in the Grand Hall of St Martins House, next door to Leicester Cathedral. This hall had been visited by the queen on two previous occasions for official luncheons, both organised by our own Liveryman Paul Bonnett. Several residents from our Cottage Homes were in attendance and hopefully they all enjoyed their evening which was capped off by an excellent talk by Professor Marilyn Upstone about the history of Framework Knitters and the background behind her well known book of the same name.
On Sunday morning, the Court and several other Liverymen attended our usual Framework Knitters church service at St Peters in Oadby which had even more poignancy this year due to Her Majesty’s departure. My Chaplain, Jon Tearne, took the service with great dignity and some of our late Queen’s favourite hymns were sung with great gusto by all Liverymen and Cottage Homes residents present.
The weekend concluded back at our Almhouses up the road with the famous Corah/Ellis barbecue. The sun came out on cue to cheer everyone up after a pleasant, but, for obvious reasons, a somewhat subdued weekend. The five new benches, gifted by Liverymen, looked splendid and came in very useful with help for consuming our food and beverages surrounded by lovely new pink geranium tubs, duly deadheaded by the Master.