108th City & Guilds College Association

Annual Dinner

The Dinner will be held on Friday, 25th February 2022, at Ironmongers’ Hall. The drinks reception will start at 18:45, carriages at 22:45.

The Annual Dinner is a splendid occasion to meet up with your colleagues from College Days!

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Our guest speaker is:

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, FREng, FRSE, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

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Sir Jim McDonald is one of Scotland’s most accomplished engineers, and co-chairs the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board, with the First Minister. 

Born in Glasgow, Sir Jim studied for his first degree in electrical engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He worked in the electrical utility sector for seven years and returned to the University of Strathclyde in 1984 as a University Grants Commission New Blood Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. He was appointed to the Rolls-Royce Chair in Electrical Power Systems in 1993 and became Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in March 2009.

In Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List on 16 June 2012, Professor McDonald was awarded a Knighthood for services to education, engineering and the economy.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the Energy Institute

Ironmongers’ Hall

We last visited Ironmongers’ Hall in 2018.  The earliest records suggest that the Ironmongers, then known as Ferroners, were an effective body as early as 1300, taking action on the quality of iron supplied in London. By 1328 they were regarded as a firmly established brotherhood, joining in the elections of the City officials and chartered by Edward IV in 1463. The first hall was acquired in 1457.  The current hall is the fourth and was opened in 1925. The Tudor style Hall feels like a country house re-located to the heart of the City of London. 

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The CGCA Annual Dinner at Ironmongers’ Hall, 2018

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Access into the Hall

(From Ironmongers’ website)

There are ramps available for our steps at the entrance to improve ease of access. There are two levels within the building and access to the first floor of the Hall is by a front service lift, located centrally in the main entrance hall. The lift has sufficient width to allow for wheelchairs and an accompanying guest and is fitted with Braille buttons for the visually impaired.

​There are accessible toilet facilities on both levels and the Banqueting Hall has a loop system for the hard of hearing.

Car Parking

Although there are no parking facilities at the Hall itself, visitors are welcome to drive through the archway to the front doors to allow easier drop-off and the local NCP offers ample parking.

​Ironmongers aim to ensure that your visit is as productive and enjoyable as possible. Please do let them know if you are visiting the Hall and any special requests you have.

Ironmongers’ Hall (Copyright of Ironmongers’ Company)