The Worshipful Company of Butchers (WCB) 2022 Common Hall Ceremony, held at Butchers Hall in London today [8th September] elected Andrew Parker as its new master for the coming year, along with a new court staffed by keepers and attendants.
The Common Hall is an annual event with a history dating back several hundred years and WCB Liverymen are required to attend when the new Master is nominated for election.
This is the second time Andrew Parker has been elected Masters and follows his original year beginning in September 2020 which was severely disrupted by the Covid pandemic.
Subsequently, it was agreed that it was only fair that he be re-nominated as Master for the coming year once Margaret Boanas, the outgoing Master (whose year began in September 2021 ) resigned.
The common room ceremony follows a church service at nearby St Bartholomew The Great and the process leaving the Master and Court from Butchers Hall to the church and then returning for the election. The election process and confirmation of all appointments is followed by a convivial lunch attended by family and guests of the livery members.
Having been made Master for the second time, Andrew Parker said Meat management“I can’t wait to take on the role of Master. Although I was a Masters in 2020/2021, this second time, in a Covid-free environment, will hopefully allow me to fully represent our livery across the city and the meat industry. A sincere thank you to all the Liverymen for supporting me this year.
Andrew Parker’s late father, Bill Parker, was an ex-master, who took up the prestigious post in 2003.
Outgoing Master, Margaret Boanas, commented, “It has been a wonderful and exhilarating year on the roller coaster. On the one hand, representing Livery at City of London Livery and meat industry events has been such a privilege; on the other hand, the management of the financial situation was very difficult. But I’m so proud to have been the Master of the Company of Butchers.
The Common Room election confirmed the following:
John Jones, Gwyn Howells, Peter Allen, Stephen Chick and Tim Stone.
Timothy Dumenil, Margaret Boanas, Christopher Wood, David Baker, Tony Stanton, Rachel Griffiths, David Richards, Paul Dolan, James Connell, Julien Pursglove, William Buchanan, Amanda Buitelaar, Andrew Burton, William Thurston and Peter Wright.