Our Grand Patron and Grand Prior  hosted a most enjoyable walking tour “of the Heart of the Empire” – a guide to the history of Trafalgar Square and its environs – led by  Mr  David Packer, Senior Guide at Historic Royal Palaces and expert on Hampton Court and its history.
Mr Packer treated members and their guests to a most witty tour d’horizon, and members and  their guests repaired to the Savoir Faire Restaurant in New Oxford Street for a most convivial lunch.  Our Grand Prior certifies that they “serve the best sticky toffee pudding in London”!
The  event, the raffle and the auctions of some outstanding Art Deco tableware raised £705.90 for the Art Therapy Project at Willen Hospice .  We were especially delighted to welcome Lieutenant Colonel Roderick E F Morriss TD DL, Deputy Lieutenant for Hackney and his lady Suzanna and our new member of the Order of Merit of St George, Ms Simone Simmonds MMStG.
Mr Packer has been a stalwart friend of the Order and has hosted us at Hampton Court in the past on more than one occasion, so the Grand Patron was delighted to appoint him to the Order of Merit of St George as a token of her and the Order’s sincere appreciation.