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Clara Leitao Wins the New Designers Printed Textile Prize

The Clothworkers' Company Associate Prize

Last week, Past Master Christopher McLean May acted as a judge for the New Designers Printed Textile Prize, awarding the honour to Clara Leitao. Clara recently completed her degree in Textile Design from Heriot-Watt University. Clara draws on her Portuguese heritage and whimsical imagination for inspiration.

Before finishing her degree, Clara explored Textile Design at the National Institute of Design (India) as well as Costume and Set Design at Antonio Arroio Artistic School (Portugal). Over the past few years, her work has earned her a number of honours:

  • 2019: Shortlisted for the Worshipful Company of Dyers - Colour Prize
  • 2017: University Prize for the academic session 2016/17
  • 2017: Ede & Ravenscroft Prize for the academic session 2016/17
  • 2017: Illustration selected and featured in 'Baby & Kids Lifestyle' Trend Book for Trend Bible (AW 19/20)
  • 2016: Sardine Illustration International Competition + Exhibition at Fundação Millenium BCP EGEAC
  • 2016: Bradford Textile Society Design Competition, third place for a knitted fabric which shows creative potential
  • 2016: Bradford Textile Society Design Competition, commendation for a printed textile design which shows creative potential

You can see more of Clara's work on her website at

Clara will be presented with her £1,000 prize at Clothworkers' Hall during the Alumni Dinner (23 September). Sponsorship of the New Designers Associate Prize helps The Company meet its strategic objective to encourage innovation and foster talent among students and young designers – particularly those who demonstrate an advanced understanding of textile technologies and possess the ability to convert ideas into products.

2019 New Designers Associate Prize

July 2019

Congratulations to Clara Leitao, winner of The Clothworkers' Company Printed Textile Design Prize at New Designers 2019.

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Inter Livery Sports

Celebrating Clothworkers' Achievements

Inter Livery Clay Shoot

The 2019 Clay Shoot took place at Holland and Holland in West Ruislip on 16 May. Clothworkers again sent three teams of four guns: A, B, and C. Team A (Chris Horne, Charles Houston, Simon Purefoy and James Horne) finished in 18th place. Team B (Michael Drummond, Jonathan Portal, Chris Remers, and Oliver Hartley) finished in 25th place. Team C (Owen Turgoose, Raplh Anderson, Will Portal, and Giles Malyon) finished in 55th place (out of 114 teams).

Team A, which won the flush the previous years, could not repeat their performance, but Team B gave a notable effort in scoring 74/80 in the flush.

The year will be remembered for a number of firsts:
The first time that Master Elects shot with us two years running
The first year that a member of the Hall staff shot with us
The first time that we had two pairs of fathers and sons shooting
The first time that we welcomed as many as five new guns to our ranks (Will Portal, Oliver Hartley, Giles Malyon, Owen Turgoose and Michael Drummond)

Thanks to Michael Malyon and Oliver Howard for their support for this event over many years; they have hung up their guns as far as this event is concerned.  We hope to include new shooters every year; just let Charlie Houston know and he will email you at the time. Come on, ladies – put your names forward!

Inter Livery Rifle Shoot (Bisley)
Three Clothworkers (Charles Bowerman, Nick Horne and Andrew McLintock) represented The Company at the Sniper Rifle at 300m; the Full Bore Rifle at 900m over open sights; the .22 Rifle; and of course the 6 shooter, Black Powder Revolver at 15m. A new event this year was the 'running boar'. The RAF and The Bakers' Company provided superb organisation and hospitality for the event, as in previous years.

Of the three guns, only Charles had shot for The Company before; this maintains the policy of rotating new guns through this event. The team scored very well throughout the day and came fifth out of 15 teams overall, slightly lower than in previous years. However not only were the Clothworkers' awarded the trophy for the best team at the black powder revolver, but Charles Bowerman won the best individual overall by a long margin.

Anyone interested in joining us next year for the Inter Livery Clay Shoot (15th May or 22nd May) or the Inter Livery Rifle Shoot (31 May) should contact Charlie Houston for more information.

Inter Livery Golf Competition
Results coming soon ...

Great Twelve Sailing Challenge
This annual event is organised by The Ironmongers and run by the Seaview Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight.  

This year (1 June 2019), in addition to the two teams of four, we entered into the Mermaid Class for the main part of the event. We were also very pleased that Tom Tibbits was able to bring his family’s beautiful yacht over and race. The Cruiser team consisted of Tom Tibbits, Lucy Rawson, Marc Kernick (Lucy's husband), and Susannah Broome. The Mermaid team was Andrew Strang, Amy McVittie, Jonathan Portal, and Katie Hirst. And the other Mermaid team was Master John Coombe-Tennant, Annabel Yonge, Sarah Churton, and Matthew Coombe-Tennant. The teams were drawn from both the Freedom and the Livery.

The Mermaid racing included four races with each team racing twice. The first race was completed in sunshine, but with very light winds. While our team started very well, they struggled to get around the buoy with the tide pushing them back and the wind fading, and they ended up lower down the order. The Cruiser team also had a frustrating moment during their race when they caught the line of a lobster pot around the keel, which slowed them down somewhat! A typical day of racing - like a game of snakes and ladders.

Overall Clothworkers came in at a respectable ninth place (higher than our order of precedence among the Great Twelve). At least we can aim for the ‘most improved team’ prize next year. Perhaps it is not all about winning, but about taking part and enjoying the fellowship that the event provides. The weekend is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better and meet members from other livery companies. With supporters, there were about 200 people enjoying the supper on Friday and the formal dinner on Saturday night after the racing.  

We are always looking for more sailors to join the team, so if you know your spinnakers, jibs, sheets and booms, then please do make contact and put your name down for next year. The Great Twelve Sailing Challenge is such a fun event and everyone really enjoys the weekend. Taking part in one of The Company’s sporting teams may seem incongruous with the philanthropic aims of The Company, but taking part is a good way to get to know one another better, which is so important when working together for the benefit of The Company and Foundation.

Contact Captain Andrew Yonge if you are interested in participating next year.

Inter Livery Sports Highlights Summer 2019

June 2019

Read about our Inter Livery achievements in golf, sailing and shooting.

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The Annual General Meeting of The Clothworkers' Company took place on Wednesday, 5 June, ahead of the annual Election Dinner. The Clerk kicked off the AGM with a presentation on The Clothworkers' Foundation - its history and the role members play in sustaining The Foundation today. To learn more, download a PDF of the presentation using the link below.

Make a Donation

Inspired? Making a donation to the Clothworkers' Charity Fund (formerly known as the Livery Fund) today. It's easy – all members of the Freedom and Livery are encouraged to do so. Visit our 'Charity' webpage to find out more about setting up a standing order for annual or even monthly payments. You can also contact Emma Temple at Clothworkers' Hall if you have questions.

2019 AGM Foundation Presentation

June 2019

Download a copy of the Clerk's presentation on The Clothworkers' Foundation (from the AGM).

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Your Votes Are In!

2019 Recipients of the Livery Fund

Each year, we encourage all Clothworkers to donate, within their means, to the Livery Fund (a sub-fund of The Clothworkers' Foundation). The Company not only matches all donations, but also allows you, as a donor, to decide where the grants are allocated by nominating and then voting for shortlisted charities—making the Livery Fund an effective and rewarding way to directly support causes important to you.

The votes are in for 2019. This year, grants of £32,000 each will be awarded to Pathway, Revitalise and Switchback.


Pathway is a homeless healthcare charity. It works with the NHS to create hospital teams to support homeless patients. Each team includes a specialist GP, nurses, allied health professionals, housing experts and in some hospitals, Pathway Care Navigators (people who were once homeless who are trained to support homeless patients).

Pathway teams provide patients with: housing and benefits advice; links to community services; support and collaboration with other clinicians (e.g. advice on drug interactions); complex care planning and discharge liaison; referral for addictions support; help with GP registration; clothes, shoes and other basics; and support to reconnect with loved ones.

To date Pathway has supported 11 hospitals to create homeless healthcare teams, helping over 3500 patients every year.  Many of the people they support have complex combinations of physical illness, mental illness and substance misuse problems, and histories of trauma and abuse.  The charity also carries out health and homelessness research and collaborates with other health and homelessness organisations in this arena.

Livery Fund grant: Professional have gained knowledge through academia and study.  But homeless people have gained insights from their experiences on the streets and their journey to recovery. Over the last five years, Pathways has developed a ground-breaking approach to supporting homeless ‘Experts by Experience’ to improve the quality of health services for homeless people.  A grant from the Livery Fund be used to the initiative to another level and would be used to support and train homeless people to teach professionals about homelessness, give a voice to the most excluded and speak about homelessness. Training formerly homeless people as ‘Experts by Experience’ ensures that they can speak on an equal footing with medical professionals, making sure that voices from the streets are heard. Past ‘Experts by Experience’ trainees have gone on to paid roles in homeless hostels, hospitals, mental health services, and commercial services. Beyond employment, they have been appointed to advisory boards and have spoken to national television about their experiences. Click here for more details:    


Holidays matter to everyone. Many people care for a disabled loved one and having no break can put family relationships and wellbeing under and immense amount of strain, with some reaching breaking point.

Revitalise is a national charity that has been providing short breaks and holidays for disabled people and carers for more than 50 years. It welcomes those who need 24 hour on-call nurse-led care to have a holiday, giving much-needed reassurance to disabled people and offering their carers peace of mind.

The charity provides around 4,000 breaks a years at its 3 fully-accessible UK centres in Essex, Southampton and Southport.  It is able to cater for more than 150 debilitating conditions and also offers specialised Alzheimer’s weeks.  

Breaks are tailored to every guest, with personalised care plans put in place for each of them.  The Revitalise service is vital in offering disabled people and carers a lifeline away from the daily pressures of giving and receiving care.

Livery Fund grant: A grant from the Livery Fund would be used towards the Breaking Point Project to provide up to 65 week-long breaks for disabled people and their carers who are in financial hardship over a 12 month period. Click here for more on Revitalise:


Switchback aims to change the way offenders think about, and participate in, society.  It does this by identifying male prisoners aged 18-30 who have express a wish to life differently on release.  Using catering as the vehicle for participation in, and reengagement with, society, the Switchback approach involves a three stage process:

- An eligible prisoner chooses to take part. During his last three months in prison, he meets regularly with his Switchback Mentor and starts to plan for a stable future. The same Switchback Mentor meets him on the day of release.

- He starts at a Switchback partner training cafe as soon as he is released; learning in a real work environment, and supported by his mentor to make the right choices, be reliable, get the help he needs and practice trying new things.

- Switchback works closely with a range of employers, arranging mock interviews, visits and work placements. The ex-prisoner continues to build stability across all areas of his life so that employment is rewarding and sustained.

Livery Fund grant: Switchback is currently recruiting two new roles, a Salesforces Administrator and a Communications Co-ordinator, both of which will contribute to increasing Switchback’s impact through policy and training work.  A grant from the Livery Fund will almost wholly fund both posts, as well as the case management database both posts will be dependent on. Click here for more on Switchback:

Make a Donation

Inspired? Making a donation to the Livery Fund is easy—all members of the Freedom and Livery are encouraged to do so. Visit our 'Charity' webpage to find out more about setting up a standing order for annual or even monthly payments. You can also contact Emma Temple at Clothworkers' Hall if you have questions.

2019 Livery Fund Recipients

April 2019

Your votes are in! Members have decided the three 2019 Livery Fund recipients.

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Inter Livery Sailing and Shooting

Recruiting Clothworkers for Forthcoming Events

Inter Livery Clay Shoot
The 2019 Inter Livery Clay Shoot is Thursday, 16 May.

Inter Livery Rifle Shoot (Bisley)
The 2019 Rifle and Small Arms Event at Bisley is Friday, 31 May.

Anyone interested in joining us for either of the shooting events should contact Team Captain Charlie Houston for more information.

Inter Livery Golf Competition
Please contact Golf Team Captain Tim Bousfield with questions or expressions of interest in forthcoming events.

Great Twelve Sailing Challenge
This year the Great Twelve Sailing Challenge will be on Saturday, 1 June (Seaview Yacht Club, Isle of Wight). The Company covers the cost of entry for the teams, as well as the eventing meal each night for competing Clothworkers and their partners. Clothworkers participating in the event are asked to cover their own travel and accommodation. The event is a great opportunity to make new friends and develop your sailing skills during a friendly competition. If you are interested, or have any questions, please email the Sailing Team Captain, Andrew Yonge.

Incorporation of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen (Exeter) Annual Boule Competition (Exe Estruary, Topsham)
The Clothworkers' Company has been invited to send two members to this annual boule competition on 3 July. The event will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the granting of the IWFS Royal Charter and the 550th anniversary of continuous occupation of their hall. If you are interested in representing The Clothworkers' Company, please register here.

Recruiting Clothworkers for Inter Livery Sports

March 2019

Learn more about getting involved with Inter Livery Sailing and Shooting events.

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