Princess Royal to support WCB

The Princess Royal is expected to become Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers in September 2010.

At Common Hall, the Company's annual meeting, the outgoing Master, John Tuckwell, confirmed that Her Royal Highness had indicated she would accept the invitation to be Master.

Past Master Tuckwell said it was an exciting time for the Company, with one of its Court members, Alderman Nick Anstee, likely to become Lord Mayor next November, the first person for 157 years to have the Butchers' as his Mother Company.

The Master of the Butchers' Company for the coming 12 months is Brian Wheatley from Leeds.

The new Master said he took over from Past Master Tuckwell with the Company in a very sound financial situation. "I intend to keep it that way and, with your help, even improve it. The funds for our general charity and our education charity continue to grow and we are always looking at ways to improve things."

His charity for his year of office will be 'The Little Sisters of the Poor'. It has nine homes in England including one in his home town, Leeds. Funds raised during the year will go to the Little Sisters in South Lambeth, London. His charity dinner will be held on 18 June next year,

John Tuckwell had been an excellent Master, leading from the front in everything he had set out to achieve, said the new Master. He had been inventive, intuitive and forward-thinking.

Reporting on his year in office Past Master Tuckwell said he was confident he was leaving with the Company in good heart, strong and with an exciting future. His charity dinner in aid of the RNIB Talking Book Service and the Company's own 400 Charter Appeal raised £20,000.

In one of his final acts as Master, Mr Tuckwell had presided at the Hall over the unveiling of a bronze of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother who had been an honorary Freeman. Commissioned from Royal Academician James Butler, it was given to the Company by John Hamperl to mark his 50 years as a liveryman.

Elected at Common Hall: Master - Brian Wheatley. Wardens - Bernard Raymond Woodhouse, George Christopher Mark Adams, John Richardson, Ian Kelly, Robert John Charles Ensor. Assistants - William Joseph Parker, Douglas George Brydges,

John Tuckwell, Jeffrey Cedric Davies, Nicolas John Anstee, Patricia Jane Dart, Stuart Peter James Thomson, Geoffrey Michael Gillo, Frederick William A'Court, David Charles Butcher, Robert Andrew Parker, Douglas John Ward, Graham William Baker, George Christopher Abrahams, Alan Hunter Gibson.

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