August 11, 2022

THE FORFEIT FEAST WAS HELD AT CUTLERS’ HALL, SHEFFIELD ON 29.7.22

Front Row: Mrs Chris McPherson; Alderman and Sheriff Nicholas Lyons; Lady Mayoress of the City of London, Mrs Amanda Keaveny;Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE, Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire; Master Cutler, Mr James Tear; The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny; Mistress Cutler, Mrs Jo Tear; Lt Colonel R A McPherson MBE,  High Sheriff of South Yorkshire; Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman

The Master and Mistress Cutler, Mr and Mrs James Tear were honoured to welcome The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Vincent Keaveny, and his wife, The Lady Mayoress, Amanda, to this year’s Feast.  They also welcomed Sheriffs Alison Gowman and Nick Lyons, and his wife Felicity.  Some 230 guests attended a wonderful evening of pre-dinner drinks provided in the Reception and Drawing Room, followed by a truly sumptuous dinner of scallops, beef and lemon tart and some very fine wines.  Entertainment was provided during dinner by the talented Band of the Yorkshire Regiment with the Worsborough Brass Band giving a rousing performance after the speeches.  The toasts were proposed to the Queen and other members of the Royal family with Dame Julie Kenny, Senior Warden proposing a toast to the Company’s Benefactors.  Mr James Tear, Master Cutler, proposed a toast to the Guests with a response by Alderman Vincent Keaveney, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London.

Traditionally forfeits or fines were imposed on members for non attendance at meetings going back to the 17th Century.  During the 18th Century, the term “forfeit” was also used to describe the fines imposed for the late or non payment of their Mark Rents.  These forfeits were put towards the dinner held to celebrate Mark Rent day.  The dinner subsequently became known as The Forfeit Feast.

After dinner in his toast The Master Cutler commented that the Lord Mayor has promoted his theme of People and Purpose and championed a purpose led and people focused UK Financial and Professional Services sector.  He was delighted to confirm that the Engineering and Manufacturing sector in the South Yorkshire Region is proud to champion the same theme ensuring they remain at the forefront of the sector across the global markets they serve, of which they are very proud.  He continued that manufacturing and engineering remains the powerful beating heart of the country’s economy and despite continued skill shortages and increased utility costs Yorkshire continue to punch well above their weight.

He presented the Lord Mayor with a silver penknife which was hallmarked on one side and had his signature engraved on the other, alongside a cheque for the Lord Mayor’s appeal.

Alderman Vincent Keaveney, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London responded thanking the Master and Mistress Cutler for their kind welcome and wonderful hospitality.  He continued that despite inflation being at an all-time high and many sectors striking all exacerbated by a war in Ukraine effecting global food supply, the spirit of enterprise is alive and well in Yorkshire.  He agreed we would be foolish to think that these challenges are the sole responsibility of the Government but business, especially the financial and professional services sector, have a central role to play in addressing these problems.  He concluded that Livery Companys could also be a vital part in tackling business’s impact on society and the environment while at the same time, ensuring that the industries they represent continue innovating.

The Lord Mayor presented the Master Cutler with a set of coasters, being a member of the Distillers’ Company, hoping he would find a suitable distilled beverage to place on them!

He also presented our excellent Clerk, Colonel Philip Bates, the ceremonial Lord Mayor’s teaspoon, decorated with a silver owl.

The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment

A thoroughly superb evening.