New WCB Master elected
Published:  14 September, 2012

Mark Adams has been elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Butchers.

A liveryman since 1979 he formerly headed the family fresh meat business business Geo Adams & Sons, now part of Tulip. His father, George Adams, was Master in 1997.

Speaking at the Company’s annual meeting – Common Hall -  Adams said there were plans for a number of activities during his year before warning liverymen that planned very extensive redevelopment of buildings around the Hall would have an enormous impact on the Hall itself and its business.

It may be necessary, he said, to close the Hall, perhaps undertaking a major rebuild of the premises while nearby demolition work is carried out.

Development work around the Hall site, which is surrounded by St Barts Hospital and near Smithfield Market, is likely to take four years. “This is a very fluid situation and the timing of the redevelopment could be two years away, and so our Livery could be hampered in its plans for Butchers’ Hall for some six years,” he said. 

A development committee to propose plans for the future of the Hall and to monitor work on the buildings surrounding it has been set up by the Company, which has also appointed professional advisors.

Proposals for a Smithfield Meat School have made little progress, he reported,  principally due to uncertainty surrounding development work in the area.

Adams has chosen Farms for City Children as his nominated charity.

The outgoing Master, Raymond Woodhouse, outlined activities undertaken and functions attended during his year, the hightlight of which was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant, followed a few days later by a lunch for the Queen at Westminster Hall organised by City Livery Companies.

John Tuckwell, Jeffery Davies, Robert Gould and Dennis Clark retired from the Company’s governing board – the Court – and Derek Berry, Christopher Wood, and John Jones joined.

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