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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

A message from the Master

Posted by: JHM Date: 27 Mar 2020

With all of us living in ‘interesting times’, I want to extend my very best wishes to everyone in our Cordwainer family.

I hope you are all thriving somehow in the strange world we find ourselves in.

Remember that our great 748-year-old Company has survived the Black Death of 1348, the Great Plague of 1665 (and the Great Fire of London the following year), as well as two world wars. The Coronavirus will not beat us, although we must all adapt to new ways of working for the next few months.

The members of the office team are all working remotely and have daily virtual meetings. Much to my surprise, when I joined in, it was much easier that I thought!

The regular round of Cordwainer meetings and events will, inevitably, change. Committee and court meetings will be conducted via email and remote-working – members can expect to receive papers and to comment on them via email, or possibly join a Microsoft Teams meeting.  The office team is working hard to keep things to schedule, but some meeting dates might have to be rescheduled to allow time for preparation. Working remotely slows things down, as I too am discovering.

Sadly, the Apprentices’ Supper and Came’s, Minge’s and Shawe’s Anniversary Sermon are cancelled and although we are hoping that we will be able to run the Footwear Awards digitally, it is extremely unlikely that there will be an awards event this summer.

While we are forced to isolate ourselves and practice social distancing, perhaps you can all raise a glass at home to the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, knowing that we will flourish forever and ever and ever and EVER.

Keep well and until we meet again.