WCSIM Royal Charter

Prince Michael of Kent presents Royal Charter

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 to follow

Masters Weekend in Geneva

The WCSIM trip to Geneva has been a long time in the making and it marks the Masters’ weekend for both the current Master, Charles Holroyd, and Deputy Master, Martyn Wheatley. The organisation of this trip could not have been done without a huge effort by Liveryman Alessandro Raimondo and his family, who made us all feel very welcome throughout our trip.

Ron Howard Memorial Dinner 2022

Past Master Ron Howard most kindly bequested a sum of money to the Livery, to be spent on an annual dinner for members of the Court and their consorts.

This year’s dinner was arranged by our Clerk Emeritus Neville Watson.  The 17th May was overcast with a threat of rain, and a bit cold for the time of year, but as we arrived at Berry Bros & Rudd No.3 St James’s Street we were met and cheered up by a glass(es) of fine champagne and some excellent hors d’oevres.

After a suitable interlude, during which Past Master Ken Saunders made a lovely speech thanking Caroline the Master’s Consort for her support of the Livery, we were called to dinner in the Sussex Cellar.  Surrounded by many cellars containing hundreds of thousands of bottles, we suspected that it would be a special evening – with no shortage of good wine.

We were not disappointed: A 2018 Meursault with the cured seabass on blood orange escabeche; a 2019 Nicolas-Jay pinot noir from Oregon to accompany the saddle of venison; the sweet 2013 Tokaji Aszú for the black cherry with iced pistachio parfait; and a 1994 Warre’s Port to round off dinner.

Whilst we were enjoying the port, Past Master Sir Ivor Cohen gave a wonderfully entertaining talk about Ron Howard, and then the Master gave a short speech to thank the Clerk Emeritus and those who had attended, and to wish everyone a safe journbey home.

Carl Hunter OBE Chairman of Coltraco

British Company Coltraco Ultrasonics Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for Second Time

Liveryman Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter OBE Chairman of Coltraco Ultrasonics  is honoured that his company has won The Queens Award for Enterprise 2022.  High-exporting, advanced manufacturer Coltraco Ultrasonics won the Queens Award for International Trade in 2019 and are honoured to win it again in 2022 for Outstanding Growth in international trade over the last three years.