Monday 17 November 2008

When is a Guild not a Guild?

When is a Guild not a Guild? When it becomes a Miscellany!

A very well attended meeting of The Cheshire Heraldry Society on Saturday saw John Titterton step into the breach at the very last minute (almost literally) after a last minute telephone call from an indisposed Barry Wilde who, despite trying his hardest to fight a virus in the hope that he could attend, regretted very much not feeling up to the task. So, our anticipated talk changed from an expected Guilds and Livery Companies to a Les Pierson Slide Miscellany ably and entertainingly presented by John on behalf of the late Les Pierson. It is hoped that, subject to improved health and diary availability, Barry will be able to move his talk back to our February meeting (which was to have been the one John has now presented to us).

John was very fortunate to have received a large collection of slides and lecture notes as a legacy from the late Les Pierson and we have, from time to time, benefited enormously from John's delivery of the notes; on this occasion however, although the slides were of photographs put together by Les, the content of the afternoon's delivery was very much down to John who steered us with his usual enthusiasm through an afternoon where we were all able to participate in the proceedings. 

All in all, it was a most enjoyable afternoon and John is to be congratulated on putting the content together somewhere between getting home from work at 11 p.m. (yes, 11 p.m.) on Friday and setting off on his journey to Macclesfield the following day.

I really ought to also place a note of thanks to Rutha (and the lady who made the cake) for the now almost fully established initiative to once more provide members with a good old cuppa along with sandwiches and cakes. Marvelous!

I'm now looking forward to our Christmas lunch.

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