BULLETIN NO 5
Worshipful Company of Firefighters
Peter Cowland, our Honorary Almoner, continues to be in touch with those members in need of support and that will continue unabated for the duration of this Pandemic however long that maybe. Peter updates ESCB members at every weekly meeting on changes and progress so we are all aware of the needs and support where required. Please do not forget if there are any issues that you feel will be better administered and dealt with by somebody outside the Company profile you can always contact the Reverend George Bush, Honorary Chaplain.
Just as a reminder, the contact details for Peter Cowland are firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Honorary Chaplain, Reverend George Bush,on email@example.com.
Latest news and progress on company matters and business are explained below:
- COVID-19 Update on Progress
- Continue to work from home if you can.
- Do not use public transport unless necessary and always wear a face covering.
- The revised London Congestion Charge plus parking charges make the use of private transport expensive.
- There is no indication of timescale when public gatherings or numbers will be considered that would allow meetings or functions to recommence in any normality.
- There is no indication when The Wax Chandlers Hall will reopen along with what preventative measures will be applied.
ESCB are aware of a number of small functions (30-35 maximum) being arranged during September 2020 which are taking place in very large Livery Halls normally seating 250 plus and we will monitor the outcome if these plans go ahead.
What is emerging, and it is worth all members noting, that due to the loss of income experienced by many Livery Halls and catering companies during the protracted COVID-19 period, as well as the increased cost of insurance arrangements, future charges for Company functions when a return to a “new normality” occurs, will be universally sharply increased from previous costs.
Members have received the mid-summer letter from the Lord Mayor and the discussion of his recent “on-line” Coffee afternoon which the Master and The Clerk were participants.
Please circulate the Salamander to as many of your friends, colleagues and associates as possible to make them aware of the work undertaken.
Liveryman Professor David Holt is arranging distribution for the City of London organisations, and associated professional organisations to have copies of the Salamander. The Clerk is also providing this document to other fellow Livery Companies and relevant organisations.
6. The end of an Era
- Michael Lever – Chair of the Finance Committee
- Ian Parlane – Honorary Treasurer
- Tony Skinner – Constable
- Alan Mabbutt- -Sentinel
In the meantime, as always, to you, your families and friends stay safe and keep well.
Chair of the Emergency Strategic Coordination Board
and Upper Warden
6th July 2020