Worshipful Company of Carmen

scite, cito, certe — skilfully, swiftly, surely

This year the Carmen celebrated their 502nd anniversary and annual Cart Marking Ceremony took place in Guildhall Yard commencing at 10.00am on Wednesday 17th July 2019. there were a total of 47 vehicles marked between the Master Carmen, Stephen Britt, The Rt.Hon The Lord Mayor of London Alderman Peter Estlin  and the Master Glover Rodney Jagelman. A selection of pictures from the day's event are shown below. The weather this year was once again wonderful with a mixture of sun and light clouds. After lunch in the Great Hall we had 520 people sitting down to a wonderful lunch. The Master thanked those who had been instrumental in making the event a success including the Chairman of the Cart Marking Panel, Assistant Richard Buswell, and his Committee. 

Other significant attendees included the Chief Commoner, Tom Hoffman CC, and Sheriff Liz Green. The Royal Logistic Corps were in attendance and officers and soldiers of 19 Tank Transporter Squadron RLC assisted in the running of the event with a number of Police from the City.

At the start of the ceremony the Band of 282 (East Ham) Squadron RAF Cadets formed up and gave a salute to both the Master Carman and Lord Mayor of London.

Guildhall welcomed three winners at the Cart Marking lunch, when Master Stephen Britt and Sheriff  Liz Green presented keys, medals and citations. The keys were for a minibus funded by Carmen and the Ben Trust, and the awards for Cart Marking’s City policeman Matthew Beaumont and for the Company’s Senior Past Master, who celebrated fifty years on the Court, a Lifetime Award, and his vision for Carmen’s Hall.

‘Today you have marked my heart – today I hope you will make your mark on Carmen’s Hall and mark the hearts of tomorrow’s Carmen’. Every table had a Hall Appeal brochure and donor form Donors gave through the website on their phones, or mailed their gifts.

The Ben Trust and Carmen donors had raised £30,000 to buy a minibus for Oasis, a charity dedicated to recovering the lives of drug and drink addicts – the Trust’s first modern appeal for a transport cause. Oasis CEO Colin McGregor-Paterson brought 
a lookalike minibus to cart marking, as DVLA had delayed registration of the real thing, and the bus was marked on Birch’s board.

He described the vision for Carmen’s Hall to the 520 Carmen and guests assembled, 
as he sought more support for the £1m derelict Old School in Fleet Street which the Company’s heritage trustees are restoring and developing as the Carmen’s future Hall and transport learning centre, with lecture hall, gallery, and museum in the 1834 Grade I listed building  in the heart of the City.

‘I have a vision – in Carmen’s Hall we’ll meet, forge the future, raise a glass, see a class of kids watch Mike the Mover, sit in on sixth form workshops, help students discover transport past, hear experts explore the moving future, and together guide young people into our industry, surely, swiftly, safely.’

‘Carmen’s Hall will become the hub of the Carmen’s wheel, helping young people, as part of the Carman family.’

To help the Hall happen, look at the heritage website via the home page or email the office. You can make a donation online, by smartphone, direct debit or cheque.

All pictures from this event are now available in the Members' Area.