Despite it being Friday, 13th October, twenty Luncheon Club members and guests, the maximum number permitted, visited the College of Arms to be greeted by Windsor Herald, our host for the evening.
The College of Arms has been located within the existing building from the 15th Century, which provides a very appropriate home for the very many ancient and historical records stored on the site. The venue and event was a new activity for the Luncheon Club and we were treated to a fascinating and entertaining evening, where we learnt about some of the unique aspects of Heraldry.
During the visit none of the Luncheon Club members came across their family coat of arms, although most were probably too modest to want to draw attention to such matters. We did, however, see the recently completed coat of arms for Past Master Ivan Nellist, the one currently being prepared for Alderman Michael Bear and, of course, the Paviors' own coat of arms. Our recently retired Archivist, David Marshall, did, however, note that the date on which the Arms were issued appeared to be later than the date on which the Company was apparently using them!
Although we were not allowed to take our glasses of wine into the Records room, the evening had been well organised by our host with a welcome drink during the introductory session and concluded with an excellent buffet.