The City of London Livery companies form one of the largest philanthropic movements in the world with their 35,000 strong body of Liverymen, history stretching back over 700 years, and their ability to donate over £48 million each year to charitable causes.

Message from the Master

As a child we all heard the saying “the streets of London are paved with gold”! The saying expresses the idea “land of opportunity.“ Leaving Northern Ireland in 1972 to seek a career in the City of London, little did I know the streets would be paved with gold (and silver) - wyre!

A liveryman since 1990 I had no concept at that time of ever becoming Master of this Livery Company. I was simply thrilled to be part of an ancient and historic City institution. Aged 38, I was probably one of the younger Liverymen trying to balance work and family with Livery functions - and the economies associated with these commitments! Indeed, in the early days this could be difficult.  However, I was blessed with support and encouraged to be involved as much as I could by my wife, Julia and the Livery. I have enjoyed every single year with the Company making life-long friendships in an institution comprised of Liverymen from many varied backgrounds and careers. Membership has also enabled Julia and I to visit places we would never experience were I not a Liveryman. I would encourage all younger Liverymen to be involved as much as they can, enjoy these experiences and be part of this City of London community that does so much philanthropic good.

The theme for 2019 (and, hopefully, beyond) is the “Next Generation”. I will be forming a new Under 45s Group almost immediately I become Master.  Through this committee, and with our full support, younger liverymen will be encouraged to take “ownership” by working and presenting new thoughts and ideas to the Master, Wardens and Court. An example of this could be to assist in maximising our “group” Facebook site.  Younger livery be encouraged to socialise, get to know one another, encourage younger family and friends to join in and, hopefully, apply for membership. These occasions will be less formal and less expensive. The group members will decide on Interesting and exciting venues in the City to hold these events. It’s my aim that the “Next Generation” initiative will foster the future for the Company for many years to come.

We are also looking to the future through expanded initiatives in support of those already at the forefront of the company through education, charity and support of our armed services. These continue to be the central focus of the Company. We maintain strong links with the trade through our associations with the Royal School of Needlework, the Goldsmith’s Craft and Design Council and Hand & Lock by providing awards and bursaries to deserving jewellery and embroidery student achievers. However, an embryonic idea founded by Past Master Paul Constaninidi in 2017 is coming to fruition. This new initiative will foster new links with the “electronics industry”. In particular, where gold wire is used in the manufacturing process of computer microchips. Updates will be provided to liverymen though use of social media “group” on Facebook as well as the website and Wyre Drawer magazine. Please look out for these!

Our motto Amictiam Trahit Amor – “love draws forth friendship” - truly represents the spirit and harmony we promote. This includes our charitable giving; embracing and upholding support for the City of London, it’s Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and Aldermen; support for our service affiliations: Army - EOD11 bomb disposal (part of the Royal Logistics Corps.); Royal Navy - HMS Victorious (SSBN) and 814 Naval Air Squadron (Merlin); Royal Air Force - 101 Squadron (Voyager); QCS, Central Band, the St. John Ambulance and Sea Cadets; the trade of gold wire through various bursaries and awards as well as the Arts, in particular, music and ballet through our bursaries with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Ballet School and a St. Paul’s chorister.

 I look forward to seeing you during 2019. Details of all my events are listed on our website which I encourage all Liverymen to “bookmark” as a webpage and go there often!

If we’ve not met before, please don’t be shy in introducing yourself to me either in person or by email – malcolmcraig@btinternet.com . I would love to hear from you.

Malcolm Craig