Please find a link to the most recent (May) newsletter here.

Below is the welcome message from the Guild Master with information about the appointment of the new Clerk and other important news!

Welcome message from Guild Master, Marie Heylin
Dear Guild Member
I am half way through my Master’s year and enjoying the challenge.  I would like to thank the Court and Guild members for their excellent support.  I am also pleased to announce that we have a new addition to our team, Mr Biagio Fraulo, who was appointed on 20 March 2017 to be the part-time Clerk to the Guild. Since 2004, Mr Fraulo has been a director of Southgate Consulting, and amongst his current clients he is Part-Time Clerk to The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. His knowledge of the work involved is first class, and his application came to us through The Fellowship of Clerks, of which the Guild is now a member. His role will include the preparation and administration of four Court Meetings and one Annual Meeting each year. We are extremely lucky to have secured the services of Biagio and we look forward to working with him over the following years. On behalf of the Guild I would like to say a very large thank you to Sue Shilling who stood in as Clerk since October 2016 and has given much time and energy to completing the Clerk’s role so well.

Mr Biagio Fraulo, Clerk of the Guild of Mercers’ Scholars
Volunteering Opportunities
The Guild has many loyal and supportive volunteers who do much of the essential work of the Guild to ensure that the organisation runs effectively and meets its mission and goals.  In the Newsletter we are inviting applications from Guild members for three posts, fundamental to the Guilds activities.  The first is an Assistant Treasurer. Graham Goodeve has held this role for over two decades and he feels it is time to stand down.  We thank him sincerely for his devoted service to the Guild. In 2018 the Guild also needs to select a new Treasurer.  The present Treasurer has completed an excellent job and I would like to thank him for his support and efficiency on the Guild’s behalf.  He now wishes to step down to do other personal activities. The third post is for a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) who will support the Lead in the important duties surrounding apprentice master recruitment and safeguarding. Much of the preparatory work has been completed by the Lead and previous Deputy but due to the Deputy’s pressure of work he has had to resign.I am hoping that we will have a good response to these three requests and I am looking forward to seeing applications for the roles.

Guild of Mercers’ Scholars Charitable Grants
The Guild has had a long history of providing Charitable Grants but as often the case with many organisations applications can be very low.  I wish to remind all Guild members and apprentices that the Grants are there to support you and we would welcome more applications. The Guild has two grants available.

The first is the Guild’s Charitable Trust Grant which welcomes applications from Indentured and unindentured apprentices and Guild members. The grants can be awarded for educational projects and work experience in the UK or abroad; charitable activities, where the apprentice/member is actively engaged in fund-raising (e.g. sponsored walks, bike rides or other types of physical activity). Please Click here for further details

The second grant is the Mercers’ Livery Company Grant which is specifically aimed at apprentices who were bound after January 2016. The award sum is £400.00 and the apprentice would complete a project which aims to develop apprentices personal development such as leadership or team working skills and/or fulfilment of a community project. Further information is available on the website or from your Apprentice Master. Please Click here for further details.

Social Events
I am delighted to say that the social events have been very well attended and the feedback has been very positive. The next important event will be held on 26 June at Armoury House. It is our 70th year and I am delighted that the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dr Andrew Parmley and the Sheriffs will be attending. We are also pleased to announce that the Master of the Mercers’ Livery Company and his wife will be present. This is the first time a Lord Mayor has attended a Guild event so we feel very privileged that he has fitted us in to his very busy schedule. The focus for his year is on apprenticeships and the development of young people’s skills. He recognises that the Guild has the largest number of apprentices of any City Livery or Guild in the City of London and he would like to meet as many apprentices and young Guild members as possible. We hope to see as many as possible of our members on the night. We do have tickets for other events and details are within the newsletter.

I look forward to meeting you all soon at one of the events.

Marie Heylin, Guild Master.

May 2017.

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