Awards and Open Day 2010

The sun shone on The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies for its annual Awards and Open Day on 17th July 2010 – but this year was a very special occasion, marking as it did the end of an era and we trust the beginning of another.

The occasion was to commemorate the retirement of the Institute’s founder and Principal, Cecil Humphery-Smith, OBE, FSA after almost half a century at the helm.

The Institute was delighted to welcome more than 70 visitors including Trustees, former students, successful examinees and friends.

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The Institute’s President, The Earl of Lytton handed out certificates to those that had passed the Higher Certificate in Genealogy examination in Genealogy.

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Ann Ballard, Richard Baker, The Earl of Lytton
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Elizabeth Green
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Patricia Smith

The Earl then conveyed his personal thanks to Cecil for all his work over the years.

This was followed by the Chairman of the Institute’s Trustees, Peter Beauclerk-Dewar presented Cecil with a magnificent illuminated heraldic scroll crafted by artist Tom Meek, and Cecil’s wife Alice received a cut crystal vessel and a bouquet of flowers.

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Then, a great friend and benefactor of the Institute, Texan Oilman Edward Blessing disclosed that he had arranged for the Texan flag to fly over the Alamo that day in Cecil’s honour – and that the flag itself would be sent as a permanent reminder.

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Amongst the guests present were the Earl and Countess of Lytton, High Sherriff of Kent, Peregrine Massey and his wife, the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Canterbury and the Dean of Arts and Humanities of Christ Church University, Dr Paul Dalton, the trustees of the Institute and many others.

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Cecil with the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Pat Todd
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High Sherriff of Kent, Peregrine Massey, Peter Dewer and The Earl of Lytton

Music throughout the day was provided by Peter Rose, an excellent buffet lunch by Party Flair of Cliftonville, and a most pleasant occasion was rounded off with a superb decorated fruitcake made by Jenny Baker, wife of the new Principal, Dr Richard Baker.

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