10th to 12th September 2021
Sadly I was not well enough to award the prizes at the Golf Competition. Tony Jarvis won again. A highlight of the day was that Baroness Byford won the Byford Cup after trying for ten years. Congratulations!
In the morning, I attended the Ceremony of the Socks at Wigston Framework Knitters’ Museum. I had not visited before, as they normally only open on Sunday afternoons. It is so very different from the Ruddington museum and worth a visit.
A pair of socks, made at the museum, was presented to the Mayor of Wigston as rent. They were beautifully framed, and the Lady Mayor delighted with them.
I chaired the Court Meeting in Corah Hall in the afternoon. I was congratulated on the shortness of the meeting, but in reality this was because it was only some seven weeks since the previous one that had been put back by a month.
In the evening a reception was held in Leicester Cathedral, followed by dinner in St Martin’s Rooms next door. The Lord Lieutenant and I were conducted into the Great Hall by my Sword Bearer, Cadet Flight Sergeant Sheena Chouhan from Birstall 1947 Squadron Air Cadets. This was a complete innovation, as nobody knew of a Master having a sword bearer before. This year’s Master likes to be a little bit different!
The entertainment was a magician who baffled everybody. The food was plentiful, and I believe everybody enjoyed themselves.
The Annual Church service was held at Saint Peter’s Oadby and conducted by my chaplain, the Reverend Phil White. The preacher was Jon Tearne, curate. Sadly not very well attended by other than Court Members, but there were several absences due to ill health. We had a very good organist on a good organ - I love organ music.
The Barbecue at the Cottage Homes was cooked for us by Underwarden Matthew Ellis and his brother-in-law Assistant Peter Corah. The weather was nice and dry and many of the residents came and joined us for lunch and good conversation. Many people helped set up the event, with Nettie, our Homes Administrator working particularly hard. I thank all who were involved in arranging a splendid event.
I went home and slept for 13 hours!