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The Master's installation

The new Master for 2018 - 19 Geoffrey Hughes was installed at Court held in City Hall Cardiff on 20th October 2018. Peter Coleman was installed as Senior Warden and Dr Kathy Seddon as Junior Warden.

The Master's Installation
It shows left to right: Peter Coleman, Senior Warden, Geoff Hughes, Master, and Dr Kathy Seddon, Junior Warden.

Outgoing Master Professor Gillian Davies was clothed as Deputy Master and she then clothed the outgoing Deputy Master Graeme Morgan as a Past Master.
During the Court meeting, Hugh Thomas, Dr Keith C. Williams and Keith Shankland were clothed as new Court Assistants.
The event was witnessed by Court members, Liverymen, guests, family and friends. Following Court, officers, liverymen and guests moved to St John the Baptist Church for an Installation Service where the address was given by The Reverend Professor Thomas Watkin. It was also the first service at St John’s for the new vicar, The Reverend Sarah Jones.
The final hymn was sung to the tune of Cwm Rhondda written by John Hughes, the Master’s great-uncle!
The Banquet which followed at City Hall was very well attended and honoured by the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Mrs Morfudd Meredith and the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Dianne Rees.
The Company’s Gold Award for 2018 was presented to Dr Ben Evans of Swansea University and the Merit Award for the year to Mrs Nicola Rogers, Head of Operations of Techniquest.

Gold Award 2018 Merit Award
The Master with the winner of the Merit Award and Agnes Xavier Phillips, Chairman of the PR Committee.
This picture shows the Master handing over his certificate and award to the Gold Award winner.

The Toast to the guests was given by Junior Warden Dr Kathy Seddon.
We were also honoured by the presence of the Rt Hon Sir Gary Hickinbottom and Lady Hickinbottom.
Sir Gary, a Court of Appeal Judge, replied on behalf of the guests with an excellent speech including some humorous anecdotes which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Musical entertainment was provided by Emily Harris, a harpist who is studying for an MA in Cardiff and is a previous award winner of the Company.
All in all, it was an excellent evening with good food, fellowship and fun!