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Patrons’ Christmas Party

Patrons – new and long-standing – braved the cold weather to join in the festive cheer at the Patrons’ Christmas Party on Monday 11 December. Guests were welcomed with music by The Tooting Broads who continued to play during the intimate drinks reception. Mariana Spater, Chair of Fulham Palace Trust summarised the highlights of the year in her speech and the evening ended with a beautiful musical performance by three of the Scholars from All Saints Church, including a very talented young pianist. Thank you to everyone who attended this enjoyable evening.

Photography Credit Louise Turnball

Private Tour of The Chapels Royal

On Tuesday 26 September, we were privileged to offer Patrons an after-hours, private guided tour of the Chapels Royal, the private
chapels of the Queen and the Royal family, neither of which is open to the public after hours of service. The exclusive tour began in the White Tower, where we were given exclusive access to the museum rooms before marveling in the beauty of the Chapel of St John The Evangelist. Its 900 years of unique history amazed us as we were taken on a journey through its history as a royal chapel through to a national record office. It is now
recognised as one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the British Isles. Before enjoying a glass of wine in the Tudor Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, we were talked through the chapel’s changing configuration which increasingly reflected its role as the Tower’s parish church. This
included a new pulpit and wainscoting in the late seventeenth century and the installation of a gallery on the north and west walls in the eighteenth century. The beautiful marble floor, installed by Salvin, still survives in the chancel and indicates the final resting places of Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey, among others. This special tour of the Chapels Royal made a wonderful start to an autumn evening and was enjoyed by all who attended.

Private Tour of Dr Johnson’s House

A small group of Friends and Patrons gathered on Thursday 14th September to enjoy a fascinating private tour in the intimate surroundings of Dr Johnson’s House – the only townhouse to survive the brutal onslaught of the Blitz during World War II. Dr Samuel Johnson was the highly distinguished 18th century man of letters, best known for his comprehensive English Dictionary of 1755, but also for his prolific output of poems, essays and novels. Now a Grade I Listed building and a small independent museum, Dr Johnson’s House is a hidden gem in the heart of the City dedicated to the life of Dr Johnson himself and his closest friends. Its historic interiors, paintings and prints and other exhibits gives an impression of what it might have been like during his occupancy from 1748-1759. The group was impressed with the endless knowledge of the Curator who led the tour with such enthusiasm and a glass of wine was enjoyed within the historic surroundings.

Chairman’s Summer Garden Party

We had a wonderful summer’s evening for this year’s Chairman’s Summer Garden Party on Wednesday 5 July. We were joined by so many of our long-standing Patrons, Friends and Supporters and we welcomed a number of new members to the annual event for the first time. As always the Walled Garden was looking stunning and the live jazz was thoroughly enjoyed throughout the evening. We were fortunate to have The RT Hon. the Lord Fowler as our key speaker for the evening who also presented Chairman Tim Ingram with the Bishop Compton’s medal in recognition of his fundraising efforts.

Photography Copyright Cameron Harris

Private Drinks Reception in the Tudor Courtyard

We were blessed with a beautiful summer’s evening for our private party in the Tudor Courtyard on 20 June. Patrons were invited to introduce new guests to Fulham Palace to learn about our plans for development and our membership schemes. Thank you to all those who invited guests to the party and to those who have since become members or supported our current campaign appeal.

Photography Copyright Giselle Brosnahan

Private tour of the Royal Courts of Justice

On Tuesday 25th April, a small group of Patrons enjoyed an exclusive private tour of the Royal Courts of Justice, the famous court building
in London which houses both the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. Patrons were given a real insight into the daily work carried out by the staff at the Court and some of the cases dealt with. The Gothic style building itself was spectacular to see up close; it is reminiscent of a cathedral in both style and scale. Soaring arches and beautiful stained glass windows decorated with the coats of arms of Lord Chancellors and keepers of the Great Seal, combined with a mosaic marble floor leading to a maze of enchanting corridors resulted in an exciting visit.

Photography Copyright John Allan

Patrons’ Christmas Drinks Party

This year’s Christmas drinks party for Fulham Palace Patrons really was an evening of festive cheer and celebration as Chairman Tim Ingram announced the wonderful news that Fulham Palace Trust has been awarded a confirmed grant of £1,880,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund towards the restoration project ‘Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham’. Guests cheered as the long-awaited news was delivered and everyone rose a glass of champagne in celebration.

Patrons enjoyed delicious canapés and seasonal drinks in Bishop Terrick’s Drawing Room before moving through to the Great Hall for a fire-lit musical performance given by the very talented Elspeth Marrow and Sophie Dicks. The duo performed a variety of songs ranging from choral pieces to songs from the musicals and festive carols. Thank you to all who attended and made it an enjoyable evening.

Photography Credit Kajsa Kax

Private tour of Marlborough House

On Thursday 13 October, a group of 30 Patrons and Friends attended an exclusive private tour of Marlborough House, a Grade I listed mansion in The Mall, London.  A great piece of architecture designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Marlborough House is almost 300 years old and has the status of a Royal Palace. After Queen Mary’s death in 1953, Marlborough House continued to be used by various members of the royal family as a London residence before being leased to the Commonwealth Secretariat in the 1980s. It is not open to the public so we were privileged to be guided through the fine rooms, containing exquisite murals, tapestries, paintings and sculptures, while learning of the building’s history and gaining an insight into the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Photography Credit Commonwealth Secretariat

Royalty and Splendour Tour of Parliament

On Thursday 29 September 2016, a small group of Patrons and Friends attended a Royalty and Splendour tour of Parliament which provided a real insight into the royal, political and prestigious goings on in the Parliament building across 2000 years of history. Our theatrical blue badge guide did a splendid job of re-enacting the Queen’s processional route at the State Opening of Parliament through the Queen’s Robing Room, Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber before entering the majestic Lord’s Chamber. We marvelled at the exquisite craftsmanship of Pugin and Barry and explored some wonderful fireplaces, paintings and furniture showcasing the work of many great British artists. The private tour was rounded off in style as the group enjoyed a glass of champagne in one of the Palace of Westminster rooms. In summing up the tour our guide said: “This is not just a building for Parliamentary business. It is not just an art gallery. It’s the Royal Opera House”!

Photography Credit Parliament

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