|Nothing but the best for our apprentices!|
Corpus Christi Day is the traditional date when classical guilds like us hold their Call to the Guild ceremony. The Call is where we admit new members into the Guild, including apprentices. As the Clerk of the Guild, whose Office is responsible for the guild's finances it genuinely pains me that my predecessors never index linked this. Thus, the 'fee' that our apprentices are obliged to pay us consists of:
- A bottle of beer
- A loaf of bread
- Thirty three pennies
It is the equivalent, then, of a 'peppercorn' rent, having been fixed some time back in the medieval period.
|Apprentices at last year's Call with beer and loaves|
Last year, the wonderful Pump Street Bakery in Orford was kind enough to support our apprentices by providing the loaves you can see pictured, above. However, much as we appreciate this generosity, this year, as a Guild with our national base in the city of Norwich, we looked closer to home for support. It was very important to us that the bakery and brewery we approached embodied the excellence and values of hand-made craft that we represent.
Accordingly, it was to the Fat Cat Tap Brewery we turned, to provide us with the bottles of beer. Not only did they donate seven bottles of their limited edition Anniversary Ale, they have also provided additional refreshment for the apprentices to whet their whistles during the celebrations that will follow their Call.
When it came to the bread, our first choice was the Bread Source Bakery. As their name implies, Bread Source own their own mill (located in Horsham St Faith, Norfolk), which enables them to control the quality of each stage of production in order to produce bread of the very highest quality. We are very grateful to receive the donation of artisan loaves, which, I would add, will be a great accompaniment to the Anniversary Ale.
|The work of a Guild Master|
Thanks to Bread Source Bakery and the Fat Cat Tap Brewery for enriching our day with your generosity!