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Treloars School write to say:

Dear Clerk

We hope you and all at your Livery Company are keeping safe and well.

By way of an update, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Treloar's have remained open to help support our vulnerable students and their families. Many of our students continue to shield at home with their families. However over the last few weeks around a third of our students have returned to our campus.

Things will have been difficult at home for families these past few months, so it will be welcomed for their children to return to Treloar's for their care and education for a short while before the summer holidays.

All You Need Is Love

Students, parents, staff and friends recently came together to produce our own version of the Beatles classic "All You Need Is Love".

Everyone contributed by sending in music clips, video or photographs to show that although we may still be apart, we can all work together and support each other.

Watch the video 

Best wishes

Lucinda Gillingham
and all at Treloar's



I am delighted to say thatthe Company has, once again registered its support for the Lord Mayor's City Giving Day which, this year, takes place on Tuesday 22 September.

City Giving Day brings together the City of London and beyond to celebrate all the fantastic philanthropic and volunteering work that has been done throughout the year. It is a day of celebration and this year it will be more important than ever to reflect back on the past few months and applaud and celebrate the collaboration during this crisis and the support that organisations have given through various channels to their communities and frontline workers.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is planning for a virtual City Giving Day this year with the flexibility to do some activities and visits in person if government guidance allows and people are physically in the City. 



Founders’ Company, Staff – Restoration


On Staffs – that is to say a staff of authority – which can come in various shapes and sizes, but all have the common purpose of marking out the possessor as a person holding an official office. It was the ancient sceptre and therefore figuratively it means power and dignity.

Give up your staff, sir, and the king his realm” Shakespeare, Henry VI Part II.

Mr Bumble, the Beadle in Dicken’s ‘Oliver Twist’ is a rather domineering parish official who leans on his dignity as well as his staff.

The Founders’ Company in common with the current 110 Livery Companies in the City of London has a Beadle, complete with staff. Complete that is until recently when Leo Burnigham, Beadle, slipped and fell onto the staff badly splintering and cracking the shaft. This is an imposing staff, some 6 feet 6 inches tall and allegedly the tallest of its type in the City. It is made out of fine turned mahogany and has an imposing silver top depicting the Founders’ ancient coat of arms. From the hall marks the staff can be dated to 1716.

And the Beadle’s staff? In the photograph (below) is Leo Burningham holding the staff in a serious and dignified manner, leading the Founders’ Master (coincidentally one Bill Beadles) to St Bartholomew the Great’s Parish Church in Smithfield, E1 just adjacent to Founders’ Hall, for the annual Election Day Service. It was soon after this photograph was taken that the damage to the staff occurred.

The staff was of a length that would require considerable turning skills to produce a replica and the Clerk Emeritus of the Company, Andrew Gillett, started making enquiries. After some false starts he was directed to Mike Bradley in Oxfordshire, the recommendation was wholly justified as subsequent events proved. After examining the damage more closely Mike Bradley consulted with another highly respected craftsman, Jim Broughton, also from Farringdon, Oxfordshire. After discussion both craftsmen agreed that a repair might be possible and, having regard to the age and history of the staff, this was the preferred option.

Jim Broughton then came up with a scheme to replace the damaged wood with a piece of Cuban mahogany of approximately the same age and to fix all in place with modern resins.

However as work started, the plan was modified and Jim ended up removing a quarter inch thick veneer from the side, approximately three feet from the base, thus removing all the damaged timber. He then let in a half inch conservation glass fibre rod into the heart of the shaft and set it in resin. A new veneer was then glued over this and profiled and coloured to match the original. An excellent result was achieved, a truly amazing and imaginative piece of craftsmanship -   and thus was the Beadle’s dignity restored.

AJG Nov 2018