At 10:15 on Friday, 1 October 2021, at Temple Pier, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell, piped away his two Sheriffs, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli and Chris Hayward CC. Having completed an extraordinary two-year term of office, the first time since 1228 AD, the two Sheriffs boarded the City of London Corporation Thames Waterman cutter to be rowed away downriver and out to sea by a rowing crew under the command of Jon Averns, Director of Markets & Consumer Protection [don’t worry, they were safely ashore at Tower Pier about 11:00].
10:00 – London Port Health Authority Thames Waterman Cutter, ‘Lady Gillett’ and ML Londinium III arrived at Temple Pier.
10:15 – The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman William Russell, Alderman and Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli, Sheriff Christopher Hayward CC, Elisabeth Mainelli and guests met at Temple Pier.
10:20 – Crew embarked Lady Gillett: Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli and Elisabeth Mainelli rowed with Sheriff Christopher Hayward CC as a passenger. Guests embark ML Londinium III.
10:25 – Londinium III and Lady Gillett departed Temple Pier and headed down river towards Tower Millennium Pier.
11:00 – Londinium III and ‘Lady Gillett’ arrived at Tower Millennium Pier where the guests disembarked.
What a way to end two years!!
My sincere thanks to Adrian Evans and the Totally Thames Team of the Thames Festival Trust, but even more to Jon Averns and the City of London Corporation rowers of Lady Gillett.
Well, all good things come to an end, and after two years rather than one, a good one.
Our address to Common Hall was as Carry On Sheriffs for our Late Sheriffs Reply To Vote Of Thanks
Common Hall, Wednesday, 29 September 2021, Guildhall
“muted” signs in front of microphone stands.
My Lord Mayor, Fellow Liverymen:
No, this is not the Silent
Mainelli unmutes self.
Chris and I were thrilled to be
elected by you, our livery brothers and sisters, over two years ago at
Midsummer. A number of you have
commented that we truly are the ‘carry on’ Sheriffs. As we like to remind the Lord Mayor, we are
the first Sheriffs to serve two consecutive years since 1228 AD, when Henry III
declared himself of age to assume the throne. Thus we’ve had two Sheriffs’ Challenges for
young people; two sheep drives, two Pearly Kings & Queens; and three
Sheriffs’ Bravery Awards. The great
thing is that the two of us still get on despite our prison term being doubled
at the Old Bailey. Don’t we, Chris?
In true Carry On fashion, I often
say to Chris, “May the great God Russell bring blessings on your house.”
Hayward starts to talk. Michael Mainelli
walks over and unmutes, staying there.
“And on yours.”
Mainelli mutes Christopher Hayward and returns to his microphone.
“And may his radiance light up your darkness.”
Hayward walks over, mutes Michael Mainelli and returns to his microphone, and
“And up yours.” In the immortal line from “Carry On Up The
Jungle”, I often say to Michael, “I’m flabbergasted, my gast has never been so
flabbered.” Rather than gaining weight, many
of you know I wound up losing 46 lbs for charity, the same amount a prisoner
receives on release. Over the course of
our two years we were thrilled to raise well over £150,000 net for charity
through a combination of things such as my weight loss, Michael’s Ride Round
the Range, the fifth Sheriffs’ Ball, and over 60 tours of the Old Bailey.
Then in March last year we were
struck by the dreadful Covid pandemic. Five
months of Shrieval social whirl came crashing to a halt as we worked out how to
adapt the Old Bailey, the Shrievalty, and the City to the pandemic.
Mainelli gesticulating, Christopher Hayward unmutes Michael Mainelli, returns,
Oh mute on me, mute on me, they’re
all putting mute on me. Yes, the
pandemic led us to change many things. While
we and the Lord Mayor missed out on civic travel, we Sheriffs chaired or
presented at some 800 video-conferencing webinars. We held two virtual ‘movie’ evenings at the
Old Bailey that had 1,300 people watching the legal documentary “Life Is
Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes”. We
held eight Financial Services Group of Livery Company events to highlight the
need to strengthen and simplify anti-money laundering. We still managed to lunch, or dine, with 1,000
people personally. Along the way the
City of Xi’an provided us with a permanent gift to the Old Bailey of a terracotta
warrior, nicknamed “Mike” for some reason by the staff. And, yes, one dark afternoon I was allowed to
play my bagpipes, alone, in the Grand Hall.
Mainelli unmutes Christopher Hayward, returns, and mutes himself.
“Oooh Sheriff”. But we didn’t do it alone. The thanks we owe to everyone are
copious. Doing an extra year meant our
businesses donated another year of our time to the City. Every livery company and ward club radiated
positive, can do, energy. Each livery
company and ward club seems to be outdoing the others in a wide range of events
– history, architecture, science, crafts, politics, economics, and the
environment. Our City was mentally and
virtually alive as never before.
We had outstanding support from
everyone at the Old Bailey starting with the Recorder, Common Serjeant, and
judges to our fantastic footmen, Sean and Nick.
The cleaning, security, and administrative team supported us superbly,
and discreetly. The catering team have
been a constant threat to both Michael and my waistlines as we fought to
endeavour to keep ourselves trim. Our colleagues on Common Council and the
Court of Aldermen, and the entire Mansion House and Guildhall teams never
wavered in trying to find new ways to do old things. And new ways to do new things as well.
Mainelli unmutes himself.
Thanks to so many supporters could
go on and on from the Cook & Butler at that first breakfast to the City
rowing team that will take us away downriver this Friday, but we’d like to
single out two special thanks. First, to
the two Mayoral teams we worked with, two great introductory months with Peter
& Lindy Estlin, and then twenty-two wonderful months with William &
But the biggest thanks of all must
go to our wives and families for all of their support, especially when faced
with the idea that in my case our two teenage children would spend another year
with us in the Old Bailey. To my darling wife Alexandra I say a heartfelt
‘thank you’. I could never have carried out the many civic duties of this very
high office without your love, support, encouragement, and understanding. And
although not with us today I too want to recognise our two children Richard and
Elizabeth who have suffered much to allow Daddy to be Sheriff. Indeed, they have embraced the opportunity
despite the demands of the role on our family life.
But our time is over and we wish Alison and Nick every success in
their year as Sheriffs.
Like Chris, my biggest thanks go to Elisabeth and our family. To lose one family year for our beloved City is fortunate, but to lose two years begins to look careless. The City is always about continuity and change, conducting our rituals while seeking to renew our relevance. So, in partial thanks, we’ll leave you with the big lesson we learned these past two years:
to each other, then look to audience.
Just “Keep Calm and Sheriff On.”
Christopher Hayward –
So it’s goodbye from me
Michael Mainelli –
and it’s goodbye from him!
and look at each other, then look back to audience.
We, Michael & Elisabeth, must thank everyone most warmly for their fantastic support last week. We truly appreciate everyone’s contributions, whether financial, organisational, or libational. We had a simply wonderful time, and a terrific closing event for our two years in the Old Bailey.
By way of follow up:
1 – some 240 photos are here
(sample above). These photos are courtesy of Mark Duff, our official
photographer. Mark has donated them all without copyright, so you are
free to use them. We hope that one or two might suit your wall, your
livery, a newsletter, or social media. Mark has rendered them all for
5×7, but has kindly said that if you particularly want another size, please
just ask him at Aberthau Consulting firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were too many highlights from the trip, but it was fantastic to get round Mansion House, some 17 livery halls, and a lot of iconic City locations, including riding into Haberdashers’ yard to put hoof marks on the lawn for the first time. We thank everyone for being so generous with champagne, wine, port, beer in tankards, sloe gin in thimbles, juices, and water (don’t underestimate how great water can feel after three hours in the saddle), and more generous to the horses with apples and carrots, including some bags of fruit and vegetables to take home (Leo and his team of trusty steeds say thank you).
The route was: Sweetings 09:25, Mansion House 09:30, Grocers 09:40; Furniture Makers 09:50; International Bankers 09:51; Drapers 10:08; Carpenters 10:15; Armourers 10:22; Girdlers 10:34; Wax Chandlers 10:41; Saddlers 10:51; Goldsmiths 10:58; Pewterers 11:05; Plaisterers 11:12; Ironmongers 11:19; Farmers & Fletchers 11:27; IT Hall 11:36; Founders 11:42; Cutlers 11:50; Old Bailey 12:15.
There are too many thanks to get everything right, but let’s start with Caroline Quested, Yard Manager of the HAC Light Cavalry at Flemish Farm, Windsor, and her team on the day led by Joy. The two City of London Mounted Police and two City of London Bicycle Police made our route smooth shod. Our sincere thanks to the accompanying fundraising squad of Yvonne, Margaret, and Linda handling buckets and ‘tappers’. Thanks of course to Mark for being our most generous official photographer. Thanks to Sean, Philip, Rebecca, and the Old Bailey and Mansion House teams for costume arrangements and accompanying us, as well as all the administrative arrangements. To William Hunt of the College of Arms for a bicorn (where else would you get one?).
The biggest thanks of all
must go to Officer Commanding Alan Willis and the entire HAC Light Cavalry for
their superb organisation and execution. Alan personally walked the route
over six times to get it right, given frequent changes in availability and
roadworks. Charles kindly let Michael ride his favourite horse Leo, and
kept trying to train Michael en route. The whole team made Michael feel
most confident; perhaps too confident as he’s now booked to go riding twice
next month with his daughter. At the beginning Alan told Michael that
“this will be the highlight of your two years as Sheriff”. He couldn’t
have been more right.
There is one final Totally Thames event open to one and all, “Sheriffs Ahoy!”, no fundraising involved, on Friday, 1 October, at 10:15 am if you want to go to Temple Pier and wave Michael & Christopher off as Sheriffs as they’re rowed down river and away by the City of London Thames Watermen Cutter, captained by Jon Averns – https://thamesfestivaltrust.org/read-watch-listen/sheriffs-ahoy/. If you’re in the neighbourhood, it would be great to see you there.
What a week! The Lord Mayor and the Civic Team had the privilege of continuing to ‘open’ the City. During the week of 12 April we participated in a significant number of events showing that shops were open. During this week of 17 May we participated in a significant number of events showing that hospitality locations and clinics were open. Just on Monday we ‘opened’ a hormonal replacement therapy clinic, an especially ‘green’ dental practice at the edge of recycling everything possible, Tower Bridge’s visitor centre, the Barbican, two pubs, a drinking club, and a hotel reception overlooking the Tower for the Central London Alliance.
Of all these, perhaps the most telegenic was Shepherd Neame brewery bringing up a dray and horses to go from Mansion House to one of my favourite pubs, a haunt for 40 years, and one of the oldest pubs in the City (1610, present premises 1666). The Lord Mayor and our host, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, Jonathan Neame, led the dray through the City streets, ‘guarded’ by two panting Sheriffs straggling behind, for there was no room at the ‘inn’.
And here you can see the amazing things that emerge from behind horses’ backsides from time to time…
Well, the Elf went home, the weather warms, and all good brewing seasons must come to an end. We managed to squeeze in a final batch. This time it was a porter, although my nephew Sean points out, strictly, they should always be a porter. At 6.8%, it packed a punch, fermented on coffee and barrel-matured on cocoa with a touch of cinnamon and ginger. After 10 days of fermentation and a month in the barrel we cracked it last night (anzapfenned it as we say in our household).
Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli MStJ FCCA FCSI(Hon) FBCS, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group, Wednesday, 24 February 2021, via Zoom, on the occasion of the launch of the Sheriffs’ Award 2021.
Our family is full of amateur linguists. Dotted round we have fluent Italian, German, French,
Dutch, and Japanese speakers. Some
family members dabble in Chinese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin,
Greek, and Hebrew. A few even claim
English proficiency. Many of us enjoy
Duolingo, with Luis
van Ahn’s great Guatemalan back story.
Some of us even pay for it.
“Life is Wonderful: Mandela’s Unsung Heroes” is a documentary film by Sir Nicholas Stadlen, former judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He captured the personal experiences of the last remaining trialists and their defence lawyers, sharing the human stories and the legal arguments used in the Rivonia Trial. A wide team of people organised a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for participants to understand the complexities of the times and to engage with Sir Nicholas Stadlen, who had much to share that did not make the final cut. Then we had a ‘second in a lifetime’ event…