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Full house for WCA charity banquet

The Drapers Hall was filled to bursting with Actuaries Company liverymen and their guests at the Master’s Charity Banquet on 20 September. New Master, John Lockyer, introduced a personally selected 
programme of drama, music, good food 
and fundraising activities. He welcomed guests, thanked the many generous prize donors and sponsors, and introduced the entertainers for the evening.

Drapers Hall is the home of the 600-year-old Drapers’ Company, which ceased its direct involvement in the drapery trade as early as the 17th century and has dedicated itself since to philanthropic endeavours. Drapers Hall itself is a magnificent location for a party, and the layout with round tables meant that guests had time — among all the entertainments — to get to know each other. Keen movie buffs may also have been interested to look out for where scenes from 
The King’s Speech, The Lost Prince and Agent Cody Banks were filmed.

Performers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama entertained members and guests with a variety of songs and sketches. Nothing too heavy — ‘What you didn’t know about Shakespeare’, Kismet, West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, The Pearl Fishers and 
Don Giovanni went down very well with the audience, as did the food and excellent wine.

Auctioneer Nick Bonham (pictured) kept spirits — and bids — up, in a marathon effort that kept the audience entertained. The generosity of the prize donors was only matched by the generosity of the participants in the ensuing auctions and raffle. Including proceeds from the banquet and the fundraising, the overall event raised around £35,000 for the Company of Actuaries’ Charitable Trust. Donations will be used for the Royal Society Mathematics Project, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Rainbow Trust, the latter providing emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Report by Brian Ridsdale; photography by Michael O’Sullivan