In September 2012 our Company was granted its Royal Charter. It took four years to prepare for, apply to the Court of Aldermen and get the Privy Council to recommend the Royal Charter for Royal assent.

Past Master John Cheele, Chairman of the Development Committee, led the Task Force, appointed by the Court, which was integral to the process of achieving our Royal Charter.

To acknowledge John’s contribution, hard work and dedication on this and other matters relating to the Company, Past Master Hugh Robertson suggested presenting John a gift of a framed illuminated scroll, which was approved by the Court. The scroll was produced and signed by Past Master Andrew Day in his Master year.

Tragically and sadly John and then his partner Jennifer passed away before the Company was able to present the scroll to either of them.

In January, Master Gill Moore, and Past Master Andrew Day, had the pleasure of presenting the framed scroll to John’s son Jon, CEO of Vita Cellular Foam (UK) Ltd, following a very pleasant luncheon attended by Jon’s wife Jane, the Master’s Consort and Liveryman Dave Moore, Immediate Past Master John Poore and Almoner Andrew Adams. The presentation took place at The Inn in Whitewell, in the Trough of Bowland, a place of Jon Cheele and the Master’s choosing as it’s close to where they both live in beautiful countryside.

Jon spoke of his father’s love and passion for the Livery and was deeply touched. Our Master, Almoner and others present also spoke of the significant legacy left to our Company by his father and expressed the Company’s very grateful thanks.