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Officers

 

7.1 Prime Warden

 

Prime  Warden (called Master in some guilds) is elected bi-annually by The Guild at Common Hall and takes office at the Installation Court Meeting in June. He/she presides at all formal and social occasions of The Guild at every meeting of The Court and is ex-officio a member of all committees, Prime Warden represents The Guild at all official functions in which The Guild participate, the Prime Warden can be re-elected.

 

7.2 Wardens (Upper and Under)

 

The Guild has the right to nominate one of it's Court of Assistants to serve as Under Warden bi-annually. They are usually a senior member of The Guild. An Under Warden past or present to be elected to succeed to the office of Upper warden takes office at the installation court, they represent the views of The Guild on The Court and can support the Prime Warden at official and social occasions. The Upper Warden becomes a past warden upon leaving office and is still eligible to be elected Prime Warden and as such will be invited to attend certain courts.  Upper and Under Wardens can be re-elected.

 

7.3 Court Assistants

 

Craft members must always out-number redemptive members by a minimum ratio of two to one - only in the exception of the early years of The Guild's development, when an insufficient ratio will be rectified by the recruitment of craft Guild members as soon as is practicable.  There can be as many as ten Court Assistants, no more than 5 of whom are permanent officers who are also Liverymen; the remainder hold office for one year and are elected in June from the membership by all members. After their year at Court they will revert to ordinary members. Court Assistants can be re-elected.  All Assistants are expected to attend all four Court of Assistants meetings and Common Halls.


 

Officials

 

7.4 The Clerk

 

The Clerk accompanies the Prime Warden on those social occasions to which he is invited by other Guilds and associations. The Clerk can hold no other office. The position of Clerk, should, when possible, be taken up by a craft member, if this is not possible, a redemptive member and lastly by someone from outside The Guild. The quality of the candidate should not be compromised to meet the above criteria. Interviews should be held before a vote being held by Court officers and officials.

 

7.5 The Head Master or Capo Maestro

 

The Head Master or Capo Maestro as Apprentice Master has full responsibility for the training and time of Apprentices and trainees along with the education of the craft in general e.g. through demonstrations and talks to the general public.

 

The Head Master can accompany the Prime Warden to all social occasions to which he is invited by Guilds and associations. He is also in overall charge of the collection and archive. The Head Master sits at the head of the Board of Masters.

 

On occasion, the Head Master will also be a Guild Master. This is rare and full advantage should be taken of the fact, when it arises.

 

The candidate for the position of Guild Head Master must have carried out a formal apprenticeship and have 30 years minimum relevant experience and supply references and a portfolio of work for the Court to examine.

 

Eventually a Head Master should come from  The Guild's own trained membership. A candidate should be found and selected by the previous Head Master (if possible) and the Board of Masters.

 

A new Head Master must be forward-thinking and be passionate about building on the existing Guild.

 

The Guild should always employ the very best candidate for the position of Head Master.

 

A Head Master should expect the going rate salary for his/her position, the Guild should supply accommodation, when able, to any Head or Guild Master and meet expenses.

 

The Head Master should continue with his/her own work so as not to become detached from the modern working world and practices.

 

The main concern of the Head Master will always be the training of the Apprentices and Mates.

 

The Head Master and Board of Masters will always be anonymous outside the Guild using only their given Guild names.

 

The craft members of the Court officials must not be personally celebrated as this detracts from their ability to serve their office.

 

The Head Master, while in office, must not publish any technical books or pamphlets without permission of the Court.

 

Any papers written by the Head Master must be kept within The Guild.

 

The Head Master will never work for Gildencraft C.I.C. nor any other of the Guild's trading arms.

 

The Guild and Gildencraft C.I.C. can advertise the projects from the Head Master and Board of Masters' portfolios for the good of The Guild with prior permission.

 

7.6 Clerk-Head Master relationship

 

The Clerk and Head Master must always support each other in furthering The Guild's aims and fighting to uphold the culture of excellence within The Guild and look not to stagnate but to improve and innovate in all things where appropriate.

 

7.7 The Clerk and Head Masters' Offices

 

The Clerk's Office will be known as 'The Company Office' and must comprise a qualified, independent Secretary, Bookkeeper and Accountant.

 

The Head Master's office will be known as 'The Craft Office' and may employ a PA, other Staff can be drawn from craft membership and Dons.

 

The Clerk's Secretary and the Head Master's PA's are known as 'Scriveners'.

Gildencraft C.I.C. and The Guild will support the Clerk and the Head Masters' Beneficences.

 

The Current Head Master (as at 10th July 2018) will have 2 Beneficences: the first will be to train some Apprentices from the area known - until 1965 - as Finsbury, the second to work with and support the craft and training in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka where he has family ties.

 

The objectives and responsibilities of the Clerk and Master will sometimes be their sole remit but will at other times overlap.

 

7.8 Objectives and responsibilities of the Clerk's Office.

 

To liaise with international Guilds at redemptive level.

 

To promote public engagement, outreach and public education

 

To manage all media enquiries and interviews

To develop and care for The Guild Library.

 

To preside over The Guild Court

 

To chair meetings of Guild Committees

 

To oversee Guild finances and administration.

 

7.9 Objectives and responsibilities of the Master's Office.

 

"To make the Guild's output a high point of the craft."

 

"To make The Guild an unrivalled centre for scholarship and learning, amassing the best of world knowledge, building on it with our own skills, research and discoveries."

 

For as long as required, to supervise a Foreman's Office run by craft employees of Gildencraft C.I.C. and/or any future trading arm of The Guild who will liaise directly with The Bookkeeper and Secretary of The Clerk's Office regarding payroll and work expenses (including: company vehicles and transport, tools and materials, client correspondance and job pricing) of Gildencraft C.I.C. and/or any other trading arm of the Guild, until such time as The Head Master deems The Foreman's Office capable of running independently.

To liaise with other Masters and craftsmen from bodies such as The Compagnons, Journeymen, Société des Maçons etc.

 

To encourage and educate regarding the craft and Guild.

 

The Master's Office will work mainly in England, Wales, France, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Lebanon, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia and Iraq where the Master already has connections and projects running.

 

The Master will continue his obligations in Antioch, Montenegro / Albania and Turkey / Armenia.

 

To set up and run an office in Central Europe.

 

To hold and promote Bearlish and other masons' cants among masons.

 

To help preserve and encourage craft traditions in vulnerable and war-torn regions.

To outline the principles and framework of the traditional Guild School education as a theoretical and practical guide to any Guild members establishing such a school in the future.

To document and protect the rich cultural heritage of the craft through maintaining records of regional traditions associated with the culture of Stonemasons (e.g. music, dance, poetry, oral folk tales, literature and customs)

 

7.10 Masters

 

An optimum number of five Masters sit on the Board of Masters and as members through servitude they must necessarily be Stonemasons with >30 years experience and have attained a level of qualification deemed adequate by the Head Master of The Guild. Candidates for the Board of Masters need not necessarily be an employer. Their responsibility is to advise on technical craft issues and the training of Apprentices and trainees.

 

There should always be a majority of Masters on the Board who were not trained within The Guild.

 

7.11 The Beadle

 

The Beadle was originally a constable responsible for summoning members to meetings at the Hall and/or the maintenance of good order and discipline among the members and, perhaps especially, the Apprentices. The Beadle now is a member of The Guild whose duties comprise: attendance upon the Prime Warden at all official and social occasions in which The Guild takes part and acting as adviser and confidant to Guild Apprentices.

 

The Beadle should have been military NCO or similar.

 

When necessary and by a directive of the Court, the Beadle can form an office with an employed Assistant Beadle and a staff.

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