The Master’s Medal

The following have been recipients of The Master’s Medal.

Stewart Laing was presented with the Medal at the Autumn Livery Dinner in 2013 by Master Nigel Kempner. The award was made to celebrate Stewart’s achievement on 12 September 2013, when he set out from Dover to swim the English Channel, aiming for a landfall outside Calais. Battling against tides and crossing marine traffic, he reached the coast of France after 18 hours in the water, having swum many miles further than the shortest route. Through these efforts, he raised £70,000 for his chosen charity Greenhouse, enabling them to continue to provide sporting opportunities for disadvantaged young people.

Past Master David Laing presented the Medal to Keith Lambert for his success in raising in excess of £40,000 for the Bobby Moore Cancer Fund by staging a celebrity Golf Day at Woburn in July 2006. Keith was also presented with a model of Temple Bar commissioned by Past Master Laing to be awarded annually to the recipient of the medal. Keith has also been a dedicated member of the Paviors’ swimming team, raising money for the Lord Mayor’s charity through the Inter-Livery Swimathon.

Master David Laing presented the medal to David Marshall for his dedication as the Company’s Almoner.

Master John Carpenter presented the medal to Robin Wilson for overseeing and progressing the Company’s charity funds.

Master Robin Wilson presented the medal to Honorary Assistant John Sunley to mark the Company’s appreciation of the generosity it has received over the years from the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation. In 1983, a donation of £50,000 was made to the Company’s Highways Engineering Education Trust, with a further donation in 1990. In 1998, the Foundation put up £25,000 to be matched by members of the Company. John Sunley, as winner of the Medal, nominated the Kent Association for the Blind to receive his £1,000 award.

Master Ivan Nellist presented the medal to Liveryman Tom Barton for his success in raising record amounts for charity in the Inter-livery Swimathon.

Master Keith White made the award to Liveryman and Past Master Ian Dussek, who had served on the Highway Engineering Educational Trust since 1977, initially as a Trustee and then as Chairman from 1986. He stepped down that year after 25 years of service. During that period, over £200,000 was disbursed, a very considerable responsibility. In addition, he initiated with his father, also a Past Master, the Paviors’ Lecture that was first given in 1975. He was responsible for the arrangements for all the lectures since then until 2002.

The first Medal was presented by Master Peter Gell, to Liveryman Roy Nunn who rode his horse around the coasts of England and Wales for charity. At the time, Roy wrote: ‘My charity ride on horseback brought me many rewards from warm-hearted people and allowed me to raise £52,000 for several charities. The charitable endeavour also provided a purpose and an incentive for my effort when faced with the frustrations which inevitably arise in completing such a project. The Essex Air Ambulance will benefit from the £1,000 from the Company’s generous donation’.

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