This Year Morley Riches & Ablewhite nominated Robert Pomery to the Colchester Association of Thieves

This Year Morley Riches & Ablewhite nominated Robert Pomery to the Colchester Association of Thieves
8th February 2018 samantha
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This year Morley Riches & Ablewhite nominated Robert Pomery to The Colchester Association for the Protection of Property and the Prosecution of Housebreakers and Thieves within the Liberties of the Borough of Colchester

 

On the 2nd December 1783 a group of Colchester tradesmen met in the Moot Hall and formed “The Colchester Association for the Protection of Property and the Prosecution of Housebreakers and Thieves within the Liberties of the Borough of Colchester”.

The object of the Association was self-evident from its title and an annual subscription of 11 shillings was required from each member, which financed any prosecutions. Members were also required to pay one half of any compensation awarded to them into the funds of the Association. The first prosecution came in January 1784 when a man was sentenced to a whipping for stealing a pair of sheets from a Member.

In modern times prosecutions have of course passed into the hands of law enforcement agencies, the last arrest by the Association being in the middle of the 19th century. However, since 1805, with the exception of the two World Wars, an annual dinner has been held at various venues within Colchester Borough. Menu cards for several of these dinners, ranging between 1973 to the present day can be seen in Colchester Local Studies Library. The Dinner has become one of the principal local functions attracting speakers eminent in Government, Business, Law and the Armed Services.

It is noted in the records that in the year 1866 there were 171 members which is close to the current membership of just over 200. In order to become a member of the Association it is a requirement that the candidate lives or works within the confines of the Borough of Colchester and has attended the Annual Dinner at least once before as a guest. If this criterion has been achieved then the candidate must be proposed and seconded by two existing members at the Annual Dinner. The proposal must take the form of a rhyme, the subject of which will contain some details of the candidate’s business and personal life. Acceptance of any proposal is determined by the volume of applause by the assembled gathering.

Peter Riches and Jon Ablewhite have been “Thieves” since the late 1980s. This year Peter had the pleasure of proposing Robert Pomery at the annual dinner held on February 7th.   Here is Peter’s poem and we are pleased that the volume of applause was enough for Robert to become a Thief.

 

Born in the 60s to a military man

Moved to Thirsk and became a Leeds fan

With the demise of Don Revie

And arrival of Cloughie

Robert decided he needed a plan

 

His father, he wasn’t a fool

He sent Robert to Stanway School

But at Lexden Grange

You may find it strange

He became Head of Development Control

 

Robert was born in Berlin

Despite this, he said with a grin

My name is Rob

I do a good job

I’ll get you planning before you begin.

 

In 98 he married Corine

(She’d never been to Berlin)

With little palaver

They produced baby Tara

Followed later by little Erin

 

This gamekeeper decided on poaching

So went to work with Andrew Martin

It wasn’t that tough

But he’d soon had enough

So decided to do his own thing

 

In 2011 he set up Pomery Planning Consultants which is a rubbish name for a business as it doesn’t rhyme with anything!!!

 

So gentlemen I will be brief

His credentials will give us no grief

He may support Leeds

But there are no other mis-deeds

Robert Pomery should be elected a thief!

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