Modern Livery Companies' Dinner

The Master and the Upper Warden attended the Modern Livery Companies' Autumn Dinner at Tallow Chandlers' Hall. This event is for Masters and Upper Wardens of the Modern Livery Companies, and modern in this context begins with The Honourable Company of Master Mariners at number 78 in the order of precedence.  The dinner is a wonderful opportunity for Upper Wardens to meet their opposite number in other Livery Companies who they are likely to encounter on the Livery Circuit during their year as Master. Tallow Chandlers' Hall has been on its present site since 1476, and the current Hall dates from 1677. The Company is number 21 in the order of precedence. …read more

Livery Halls Walk

The Master and Upper Warden joined many other Livery Companies in the annual walk around the 40 or so Livery Halls in the City of London. It is a chance for a leisurely stroll around the City meeting other Masters and Wardens and discovering new Halls, with the opportunity to dine or take coffee in a number. …read more

Curry Night at the Oriental Club

The Tax Advisers enjoyed a wonderful evening in the beautiful surroundings of the Oriental Club sampling a fine curry menu. The evening started with a drinks reception and Indian style canapes, followed by a wide choice of curries from a buffet, and then a dessert kulfi course followed by coffee and Club chocolates. The Club's symbol is the elephant, and a wonderful solid silver one was placed in front of the Master's place at the meal. Thanks to the Upper Warden for organising this event. …read more

London Remembers WWI

The Master and Consort attended a Drumhead Service at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to commemorate the actions of the London Divisions during the final Hundred Days ’ Offensive of the First World War. The Chelsea Pensioners were in attendance. The former Bishop of London, Richard Chartres presided. This was followed by a celebration of international youth show-casing the work of young people's organisations such as the scouts and the sea cadets. Past Master John Dewhurst was also at the Drumhead Service, along with Past Mistress Susan Dewhurst who is a volunteer at the Hospital. …read more

Army Cadet Camp

The Master and Consort visited our affiliated cadet unit, Army Cadet Force City of London and North East  Sector at their Summer Camp in Crowborough. The Camp Commandant, Lt Col Larry Davis was at our Civic and Charities' Lunch in June to receive the Company's cheque in support of the unit.  Visitors were treated to tug of war and drill displays, as well as having an opportunity to chat to the cadets about their time on camp. The Master presented the Company prize for The Most Improved Cadet. …read more

Livery Schools Link Volunteering

Livery Schools Link (LSL) is looking for volunteers from the Livery to engage with schools.   LSL Volunteering Platform  helps the Livery to positively support a volunteering ethos and promote its own special skill set into Schools and make a difference to students’ lives in a simple and effective way. …read more

Shrieval Chain of Office and Badge Appeal

It is customary for friends and supporters of the Sheriffs-Elect to contribute to the Shrieval Chain of Office and Badge Appeal for new Sheriffs. …read more

Sheriffs' Rowing Challenge

The Sheriffs' £10 Challenge is back!  On Tuesday 18th September two Sheriffs, Tim and Neil, one Wingman, Fiona,  and one Consort, Emma,  will row the City of London's Cutter, The Lady Gillett, down the Thames to raise funds for the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund. …read more

Band of the Royal Yeomanry

The Master and Consort attended a concert given by the Band of the Royal Yeomanry in Guildhall Yard, which was introduced by Wendy Mead, the Immediate Past Chief Commoner. The Band played a selection of military marches, film scores, and classical and light music. The Yeomanry has its origins in the cavalry regiments, so all band members wore spurs and chain mail epaulettes, which were designed to protect against sword blows landing on the shoulder.   A number of other Livery Masters were in attendance.  Perfect for a Summer's evening! …read more

Court Dinner

The Tax Advisers' Court Dinner this year was held at Gunmakers' Hall, one of the smaller and more difficult to visit of all the London Livery Halls.  Court members heard our Beadle, Andy Bignold, deliver a fascinating talk about  the history of the Gunmakers' Hall and  Company.   The Beadle was formerly Assistant Clerk to the Gunmakers' Company.   After the talk, we were escorted by the Proof Master into the Proof House itself,  the place where all guns in the UK must be sent for safety testing (to be "proved") before they can be used (though there is a sister Proof House in Birmingham which handles some of this task). …read more