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Come and join us on Monday 5th September 2022 for a behind the scenes tour of the UK’s largest bike manufacturers state of the art factory in Greenford West London. Since its inception in 1974 the company now manufactures around 50,000 bikes per year with revenues of around £40 million. Program 12 noon         Rendezvous for […]

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Last Wednesday 3rd August saw the inaugural Fan Makers  monthly meet-up/drinks at the Swan Tavern, Gracechurch St. The informal gathering was attended by five members of the Company plus one guest,who all put the world to rights for two hours. Attendees: Past Master Paul Hodinott, Assistant Geoff Cannel, Assistant Ian Block, Liveryman Edward Shaw, Liveryman […]

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Welcome to the Summer Edition of the Fan Maker

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Currently studying for his Degree Apprenticeship in Building Services with LSBU, Harry Day, Graduate Mechanical Engineer receives his Worshipful Company of Fan Makers CIBSE Bursary for 2022.  As a leading committee member of the CIBSE Young Energy Performance Group, Harry is extremely passionate about sustainability and a keen advocate for the encouragement of STEM subjects […]

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Article from Past Master Dr Michael Smith

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In 2021 Past Master John Allen reached the Fiftieth Anniversary of his joining the Livery. To mark the occasion and to commemorate the contribution to the Company of his father James Allen who was Master in 1976 John commissioned the making of a splendid speaker’s lectern from the workshops of fellow Fan Maker Assistant Ian […]

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Rod Brafield will be taking over as Beadle of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers. He had a full career in the Metropolitan Police retiring as an Inspector in the Special Escort Group (Royalty Protection Command). He is a Licensed London Taxi Driver (Black Cab) and a fully qualified Toast Master. He has experience as […]

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2021 Bruce Oldfield Designed Fan >>

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Welcome to the Spring 2021 Edition of The Fan Maker >>  

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Welcome to the January 2021 edition of The Fan Maker >>

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Welcome to the December 2020 edition of The Fan Maker >>

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The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers has launched a specially designed hand fan to mark the impact of COVID-19 on so many lives in 2020 and to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Appeal. The Fan Makers’ Company began in 1709 as a trade guild for the makers of traditional folding fans but now […]

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Welcome to the October 2020 edition of The Fan Maker >>

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Welcome to the September 2020 edition of The Fan Maker >>

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Welcome to the July 2020 edition of The Fan Maker >>

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Welcome to the June 2020 edition of The Fan Maker>>

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Welcome to the May 2020 edition of The Fan Maker>>

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Welcome to the April 2020 edition of The Fan Maker>>      

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Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of The Fan Maker >>  

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The Young Members group of the Company had a successful year in 2019. It started in January when a group of us went Go Karting at Capital Karts, followed by dinner at Canary Wharf. A great time was had by all. In May, Past Master John Hayes was kind enough to take us on a […]

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The restoration to flight of an extremely rare Spitfire with its amazing provenance; and the associated nation-wide Sandy Gunn Aerospace Careers Programme.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill was concerned, very concerned, as to the location of Tirpitz, sister ship to Bismarck, the pride of the Nazi fleet. A ship so menacing it threatened all the Royal […]

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In keeping with tradition since the time of HM Queen Victoria, on particular occasions the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers present a unique fan to Members of The Royal Family.  Consequently, following her marriage to HRH The Duke of Sussex last year, the Master (Dr Jeffrey Bines), the Immediate Past Master (Dr Michael Smith) and […]

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It is often said that the Mansion House Banquet in December is the culmination of the Master Fan Makers’ year. In a sense, it is. It takes place almost at the end of the calendar year, ten months into the Company’s annual cycle, and is undoubtedly a truly wonderful highlight.  Nevertheless, it is not the […]

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After the summer break, business as usual commenced in September with a General Purposes and Finance Committee meeting.  Other work that month included the Livery and Recruitment Committees, and the production of a suitably fine fan for potential presentation to a lady member of the Royal Family.  The highlight of the month for the Mistress […]

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The Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, one of the 110 Livery Companies in the City of London is pleased to announce that it has received a substantial bequest that will be used to help re-establish the craft of fan making within the United Kingdom. In May 2017 the Heritage Crafts Association published a report identifying […]

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December 13, 2018

As usual the Banquet was a glittering and memorable occasion. The attendance was high and the guests distinguished and numerous. There is no more impressive venue than Mansion House and the Company is doubly fortunate to be able to use it and to do so in the festive season. The Master, the Wardens, the Court, […]

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The third article in this series starts with the Master and Mistress’s attendance at the Ironbridge Gorge Livery Weekend from 8th. to 10th. June, a superb event bringing together all the Livery and Guild Masters, Prime Wardens and their Consorts, and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.  For a Master and Mistress Fan Maker it […]

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