Past Masters pay tribute to Isobel Lattimore

The Company of Nurses was saddened to hear of the news that Isobel Lattimore died on Christmas Eve 2020. Isobel was a Liveryman of both the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and the Broderers’ Company and instrumental in producing the wonderful banner that was presented to The Guild of Nurses in 2018.

Liz Turnbull, Immediate Past Master paid the following tribute:

“I remember Isobel with much affection. As I recall, Foundation Past Master Brenda Griffiths sat next to Isobel at a dinner in 2016 and during conversation, discovered that she had trained as a nurse. As a Liveryman of the Broderers’ Company, Isobel offered to approach the Master Broderer with the idea of making a banner for the Guild and we really appreciated such a generous offer of support.

I was asked to liaise with Isobel by Past Master Helen Pickstone, to discuss a design for the banner. The Court decided that we would like something to hang vertically from a pole, to be carried or to stand behind the Court during meetings - with tassels!

When I told Isobel that I dabble in patchwork and enjoyed (very amateur) embroidery, I had the privilege of being invited to St Pauls' Cathedral to visit the workshop of the ladies from the Royal School of Needlework who were working with her on the project - to discuss the design, fabric, embroidery techniques (couching, satin stitch, applique, gold work to name just a few) and colours. Isobel told me that she wanted to create something that would stand out “in candlelight at a formal banquet”.

To see their workmanship on the vestments for the Clergy of St Pauls' Cathedral was just amazing - and very humbling!

I was told that they would design the piece for us so that the word “Guild” could be removed and the word “Company” inserted, as and when it became necessary. I understood that they would sew a label inside the banner explaining the involvement of the Broderers’ Company. 

Isobel was energetic, enthusiastic and as a nurse, so proud to be able to produce a banner for the Guild. The finished work is very beautiful and has been admired on several occasions - most memorably at installation banquets at Guildhall and annual church services at St Lawrence Jewry. I remember her fondly.”

Foundation Past Master, Brenda Griffiths:

I remember Isobel as vibrant, always elegant and great company. Isobel was an old school trained nurse - she chose not to join us because she was already a Clockmaker and then a Broderer. She was at Livery functions several nights a week with her husband, a Past Master of the Clockmakers, and she felt she would not be able to support our functions in the way she would have liked.  The banner was her overt support for the Guild which she thought was a wonderful development for nurses in the City movement she loved.

Our banner is a testimony to the support from varying quarters that we received in the early days and something never to be forgotten - or taken for granted.”

Our Company Chaplain blessed the banner during the Annual Service in October 2018 and the Guild of Nurses were very proud to display it at all subsequent formal occasions.

The Company of Nurses are indebted to Isobel for the support that she gave us and send condolences to her family and friends.