The Worshipful Company of Solicitors

On Thursday 24 November, the Master and Clerk dined as guests of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors at Drapers’ Hall. The Master and Wardens of the Solicitors Company welcomed Masters and Clerks from 8 other livery companies together with many guests. …read more

St Cecilia Service

On Wednesday 23 November, the Master, Clerk and other members of the company attended The St Cecilia Service: A Celebration of Music at Westminster Abbey. The Festival is a Help Musicians UK annual event and has been held every year since 1946. It rotates between St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, and the music is sung by the combined choirs of the three churches. Before the service, the Master and Clerk took part in a robed procession of the Musicians Company and other City Livery Companies. …read more

Lord Mayor's Show 2016

The Lord Mayor’s Show is the highlight of the city’s calendar. A number of us, including our Master Kevin Thomas, joined the parade as part of the Modern Companies Float, while Jean Jesty walked with the St John Ambulance cadets. …read more

WcoTA Visit to the London Transport Museum at Acton

On an unseasonably warm and sunny October day an intrepid group of us joined the Master (Kevin Thomas)  on a trip beyond the West End to the outpost of the London Transport Museum at Acton for a private tour. After an introduction to the collection which comprises the bulk of the Museum's holdings and serves as a store, with access to workshops to restore and repair items, we were split into two groups and toured both the main store and the small objects collection. …read more

National Insurance - Tax or Social Welfare? presented by Peter Allen



National Insurance-Tax or Social Welfare? was the theme of our meeting on 25 October, presented by Peter Allen, one of our regulars who is Research Manager, Tax Policy and Insight at the iCAEW. …read more

Master’s Day at Rugby School

Alison Lovejoy reports...


Each year the Master invites members of the Company to spend a day at a place of their choice.  On Saturday 9 July, the Master, Anthony Thomas, treated about 25 of us to a tour of the famous Rugby School.  The school was founded in 1567 by Lawrence Sheriff, purveyor of spices to Queen Elizabeth 1 as a free Grammar school for the boys of Rugby.  Lawrence Sheriff School continues today as an exceptional Grammar school in the town and the Master is the current Chair of the governing body. The links between both schools remain strong which is why Anthony was able to facilitate access to Rugby School during the holiday. …read more

City Walk

Alison Lovejoy reports...


On 24 June, thankfully in fine weather, about 25 of us set off from the Monument on our annual City Walk.  2016 is the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the devastating fire that destroyed much of the City of London.  It was therefore very appropriate that were going to retrace the path of the fire. …read more

Civic and Charities Lunch

On Tuesday 7 June the Master, Anthony Thomas hosted the Civic and Charities lunch at Armourers’ Hall in the City of London.  As usual, it was held in splendid surroundings with excellent wine and outstanding food.  The Hall was filled to capacity which gives some indication as to the importance placed by the City of London on the Company and their work.  Members of the Company and guests, were joined by new Liveryman, Hiten Bathia and his wife;  Hiten had been installed at the Court meeting immediately preceding the lunch.  …read more

Museum of Comedy

Aileen Barry reports: 

In April, The WCOTA joined with the Company of Plumbers for an evening at the Players Theatre, now located in the Museum of Comedy, The Crypt of St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, Holborn. …read more

The Brigantes Breakfast at Cutlers Hall Sheffield

Sue Christensen reports:

Yet another excellent event in the Brigantes calendar took place in Sheffield in the magnificent surroundings of Cutlers Hall. The present Cutlers Hall was built in 1832 on the same site as the original which was erected in 1638 for The Company of the Cutlers in Hallamshire. …read more