9th - 11th September 2016
This weekend is one of the highlights of our year. The weekend began with a golf competition at The Leicestershire Golf Club with 28 golfers taking part. We were lucky to enjoy a dry day although the wind was strong and made some holes rather tricky. Adrian Keene had organised a super day and 50 diners sat down to enjoy an evening meal together.
On Saturday a number of Liverymen and guests enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Richard III exhibition at Leicester Cathedral, followed by lunch. I attended the Ceremony of the Socks at Wigston Framework Knitters Museum. It was sadly wet which meant we were all indoors but the peppercorn rent of a framed knitted pair of socks was presented to the Mayor of Oadby and Wigston, and we looked round the Museum, which is fascinating and well worth a visit.
Members of the Court met in Corah Hall, Oadby for our Court Meeting, and we then went to The Grand Hotel, Leicester for our September dinner. We were delighted to be joined by residents from our Cottage Homes and the traininig officer for the LDY Yeomanry. Chris Ouvry-Johns, Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral and Emma Trounson entertained us with three well known songs, and prior to that we were treated to a Flanders and Swann rendition by our Clerk, who has a very fine voice.
On Sunday a number of Past Masters, Past Masters Emeritus and Court Members processed into St Peter and St Paul Church in Oadby for our annual service and a number of our Cottage Homes residents also attended. The Very Rev’d Dr Derek Hole led our service and gave a very thoughtful sermon. Our weekend together concluded with a barbecue at the Cottage Homes and I was fortunate to see the renovation and extension of one of the cottages.
On display in the grounds was our milk float which is being prepared for our entry to the Lord Mayor’s Show – some work still to do but quite a transformation thus far! Two months to go until the big day!