Strengthening ties at Brewers' Hall

The October Court Luncheon, which took place at Brewers’ Hall last week, is an important event in our annual calendar at which we welcome guests from our military affiliations and one of the two schools supported by the Company, this year Aldenham School.  The lunch is an opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the Brewers’ Company and these organisations which are so important to us.

The Brewers’ Company today manages eleven different trusts and in 2016 distributed over £1.75m to charitable causes.  Right at the heart of these long standing trusts are the two schools which we are proud to support.  The older of these two schools is Aldenham, founded in 1597 and consequently one of the oldest schools in Britain (the younger one, founded 16 years later, in 1613, is Dame Alice Owens).  The Master was delighted to welcome the Headmaster, Chair of Governors and other staff and governors from the Aldenham Foundation to the lunch.  The Aldneham Foundation comprises Aldenham School, Aldenham Prep School and St Hilda’s Prep School in Bushey, providing a first class education from the ages of three to eighteen.

The Master was also pleased to have the opportunity to present the annual Brewers’ Company Awards to WO1 Paul Dunbobbin of HMS ALBION and Trooper Harry Sands of the Royal Lancers.  These worthy winners were nominated to receive these awards for their outstanding contributions to their ship and regiment: WO1 Dunbobbin led a team aboard HMS ALBION in preparation of bringing her our of extended readiness, demonstrating resilience and stamina beyond expectations, bringing the ship to full capability as well as re-establishing the damage control capability, his own speciality, he even extended his naval career to be able to put the ship fully back into operation; Trooper Sands picked up boxing gloves a couple of years ago and cleared seven wins (and only two losses) in his first season, he has gone on to represent the Army at boxing and is also a versatile and committed trooper, now developing his career as an armoured cavalry soldier.


Photograph: The Master, Paul Wells, presents the Brewers’ Company Award 2017 to Trooper Harry Sands of the Royal Lancers