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The Company of Cordwainers 2018 Charter Weekend was a great success. The weekend included the installation of the new Master, Ann Reid MBE; the Livery Dinner – where the Lord Provost of Aberdeen was the guest speaker; and the well-attended Charter Day service which included a long procession from All Saints Church to Bedern Hall.

February Court Dinner

In February the Court Dinner was held at the Grange Hotel.   We were pleased to welcome representatives of The Master’s charity, York Young Carers.   The Master presented them with a cheque for £2000 to help them support this vital work.    

The Kings Book of Heroes

The names of all those York people who lost their lives in the First World War are recorded in the Kings Book of Heroes and have been read out across the City in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.   The Master and Clerk read our portion out at the Railway Memorial on 29th […]

2018 Waggon Plays

The 2018 staging of the York Mystery Plays returned to pageant wagons which promenaded through the city streets in September. The event, presented by the York Festival Trust and Guilds of York, requires the participation of hundreds including the Master and Court members who escorted our waggon to the four stations. The Company of Cordwainers’ […]

Visit to Kilburn

The Master’s first social event during his year of office was a visit to Robert Thompson craftsmen in Kilburn. Robert Thompson was a British furniture maker who was born and lived in Kilburn, North Yorkshire.  There he set up a business manufacturing oak furniture, which featured a carved mouse on almost every piece. This was […]

On 26th June, Ann Reid travelled to Buckingham Palace to be invested with her MBE for services to Local Government. The Company of Cordwainers is so very proud of her achievement. Congratulations Ann!