Congratulations to Madison Beale, the newly
appointed apprentice to the Master. Madison is previously from Windsor
Girls’ School and currently studying Classics, Modern History, English Literature
and French A Levels at Strode’s.
The Worshipful Company of Coopers is a member of
the City of London’s Livery Companies, historically connected with the
manufacture of wine barrels, and a major conduit for charitable giving.
Trustees representing the Company sit on the Strode’s Foundation, which is a
registered charity charged with carrying out the wishes of Henry Strode since
1704, when he bequeathed £6,000 to establish a school of learning in Egham.
The appointment of an apprentice to the Master,
chosen annually from Strode's College and The Coopers’ Company is one of the
many ways in which the Company maintains its links with its ancient charities …
these days, however, you don’t have to make wine barrels to become the Master’s
apprentice! The duties of the modern apprentice entail maintaining
regular contact with the Master during the four year apprenticeship and
representing the Company at a number of social functions. Once the
apprenticeship has been served, the apprentice is usually given the dual
honours of ‘freedom of the company’, and alongside this, ‘freedom of the City
Madison selected as this year’s prestigious
Strode’s apprentice by the Master. Madison applied for this position in
writing along with many other Strode's students. Madison’s letter stood
out due to her academic achievements.
out more about The Worshipful Company of Coopers and its focus on fundraising
and charitable work log on to their website: http://www.coopers-hall.co.uk/coopers/.