The 2016 Glass Sellers' Installation Dinner
On 13th December 2016 Peter Rawlinson was installed as Master at Stationers’ Hall. Peter said he was “really proud to be following in the family tradition, his grandfather being Master in 1946, his father in 1963 and Gwen Rhys, his wife, in 2015.”
John Poulten was installed as the Prime Warden, Leigh Baildham, the Renter Warden and Richard Katz, the Master’s Assistant. Lance Whitehouse took office as Honorary Clerk.
Following the traditional Installation Ceremony, ably conducted by P.M. Brian Rawles, over 100 Glass Sellers and guests sat down to dinner in Stationers’ Hall. It started with an “amazing grace” from Rev Canon Philip Need, our Chaplain, where Glass Sellers discovered if there was one thing they like more than a rhyming grace it was a sing-along grace.
The new Master presented the Glass Sellers’ Tankard to P.O. Mark Bagnall, RN from our boat , HMS Artful. The Glass Sellers’ award is made annually to the rating that the CO considers has contributed the most to the well being and morale of the ship’s company.
The Renter Warden Leigh Baildham proposed the toast to the Guests. The reply was given by Charles Miller, Master Tobacco Pipe Maker and Tobacco Blender who mused over the numbering of our respective Companies in the City’s infamous order of precedence. Finishing his speech he then sent his Company’s snuff boxes round the table with the result that a number of inquiries to purchase were received together with a few sneezes.
Peter thanked the past Clerk, Caroline Gillett, who had left to take up the role of Clerk in the Engineers, for all her services to the Glass Sellers, especially for the organisation of the Installation Dinner. The evening finished with the Master proposing the traditional final toast, “To Glass” before inviting everyone for a Stirrup Cup.