By popular request, on Thursday 22 February 2024, the WCSIM held another fun, on-line tasting, in association with LoveCheese from York.
On Thursday 1 June 2023 the Master’s Consort Audrey Ross kindly invited partners of the Livery members to join her for lunch.
On Saturday 11 March, twenty SIM members joined Past Master Martyn Wheatley, and his wife Valerie, for an informative and fascinating London History walk, Following the Walbrook River.
On Wednesday 22 February, Liveryman Ian Gilbert, Freeman Edward Talboys and Apprentices Noa Barcons Daniels and Oliver Bridge were hosted by Professor The Lord Mair CBE at the All-Party Parliamentary Engineering Group (APPEG) discussion and lunch in the House of Lords. The discussion for this event was around ‘Skyscrapers’, where there were short presentations from Professor Hanif Kara OBE and Marta Galinanes-Garcia, both from AKT II, and Natasha Bellamy from Laing O’Rourke.
The WCSIM own two vintage cutters, which we enter, in various events on the Thames throughout the year, such as The Tudor Pull and The Great River Race.
On an unseasonably balmy 13th October, four livery companies took to the Thames to sail under the nine London bridges that have been lit up as part of the Illuminated River Project – the longest art installation in the world.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Alderman and Mrs Vincent Keaveny,were present when Prince Michael of Kent, a Liveryman of the Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, presented the Company’s Royal Charter to Mr C A Holroyd, Master, at Mansion House on 22 June 2022. The Lord Mayor was the principal speaker at a banquet held afterwards and the Master paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Company and, in particular, the 10 Past Masters present. Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman and other members of the Company members and their guests were present.
Reported in the Court Circular, Other notices in The Telegraph on 23 June 2022
Photos of event can be found here.
Ms Tamara Finkelstein CB was guest of honour and spoke at the Annual Family Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers on Wednesday 27th April, 2022.
Tamara became Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2019, having previously led the department’s work on EU Exit Delivery. Prior to her recent appointment, she led the Building Safety Programme following the Grenfell Tower fire at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Tamara is the daughter of Professor Ludwik Finkelstein OBE FREng who was himself a Liveryman of the Company and a sister of Lord (Daniel) Finkelstein OBE, an Honorary Liveryman of the Company. However, Tamara reminded her audience that she herself had been supported as a Scholar of the Company during her study of Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford and prior to studying at the London School of Economics (LSE). From University, she joined HM Treasury in 1992 as an economic adviser.
In her speech, she reflected on becoming a speechwriter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997 and a senior adviser in 2000 in the Treasury, before holding a number of director roles. She spoke in a moving speech of the influence of her mother, a holocaust survivor and her father who had been deported from his native Poland to the Soviet Union at the start of the war and how they met in London after the war. She encouraged the audience, which included a large number of newly appointed apprentices and freemen, to pursue their career dreams and aspirations.