First Blog Posting

This is the first blog post. …link

Visit To The Birmingham Royal Ballet

Arnold Homer, who organised the event, reports:

On 27 February, the Company enjoyed a splendid programme by the Birmingham Royal Ballet of the heart rendering Romeo and Juliet, following dinner at the theatre during which one of the dancers gave a brief explanation of the production.  This particular production was one of the first after the name of the Sadlers Wells Company was changed after the move to Birmingham some 25 years ago, and taking advantage of the excellent facilities at the Hippodrome Theatre, continue to impress with its sumptuous costumes, superb Prokofiev’s  musical score and dedication of this most excellent dance company. …read more

Guild Of Scriveners York Quiz Night

Sue Christensen reports this annual quiz held on 1st February

Having won the trophy for 2 years on the run the ‘Overtaxed’ team again entered the fray for an interesting night’s quizzing, a little concerned having been told that a third win on the run  would leave us liable to buy a new silver trophy, the design of which sounded alarmingly costly! …read more

Dennis Severs House

Aileen Barry transports us to a magical Christmas visit to this unique museum 

A small group of WCOTA members visited a house acquired by Dennis Severs and lovingly maintained/restored to truly show how it may have been through Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian times.  Guests walking through the rooms must keep absolute silence in order not to disturb the atmosphere.  The living rooms were stunningly decorated for Christmas; no electric lights of course!  It seemed as though the family in occupation had just left the moment we entered, and real nuts, jellies, cakes, bread and fruit gave their aroma, mingling with the smell of the fires in the grates made a magical experience, over too soon.  As it was so close to Christmas it hadn’t been possible to find a restaurant that could accommodate us all, so we kept our thoughts to ourselves as we rejoined the bustling 21st Century. …link

Company Umbrellas

Company umbrellas are now available to buy.

Please log in to the members area and navigate to Company Merchandise for Sale …read more

HMS Bangor

Our affiliated Royal Navy vessel, HMS Bangor, currently on active service in the Gulf, made headlines of a different sort when it was awarded the Desmond Wettern RN Media Award for 2015. This award, named for a distinguished Naval writer, was made to HMS Bangor as the ship that had done most to project a positive image of the Royal Navy in the year. We congratulate her Captain and crew on this achievement. …read more

City & Guilds of London Art School Graduate Show

A group of Tax Advisers visited the Graduate Show of The City & Guilds Art School in Kennington in late June. The School, ranked in the top three UK Art Schools, was founded by the City & Guilds of London Institute in 1879 and maintains close links with the City and the Livery. After an introduction form the School’s Vice-Principal, we were guided round the exhibitions of Fine Art Painting and Sculpture, Historic Wood and Stone Carving and Conservation by student ambassadors from the different Departments who told us about their courses and the external projects with which they had been involved. This most interesting visit concluded with refreshments in the School’s Garden surrounded by works of sculpture, both old and new. …read more

Creating a new fiscal constitution in post-war Japan

In the latest tax history talk, Professor Martin Daunton from the University of Cambridge, addressed the subject of how the Japanese tax system was reformed following World War II. This restructuring has been described as  “the most dramatic tax reform programme ever launched in a modern industrial nation…”. In his talk, Professor Daunton combined the economic and fiscal history of Japan in the late 1940s, with the story of two experts dealing with the same problem. …read more

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race

The Master and three Company members ran in the 11th Inter-Livery Pancake Race organised in Guildhall Yard on Shrove Tuesday. There were four categories – Masters, Liverymen, Ladies and a novelty race. All have to wear appropriate attire including gowns for the Master and Liveryman. …read more

Guild of Scriveners York Quiz Night

On 2nd February 2015 WCOTA we were thrilled to return to the Guild of Scriveners York Quiz Night this time taking two teams.

This was a delightful evening held at York Rugby Club where the beer is excellent and pie, chips and peas are provided as part of the evening - salmon for the vegetarians! …read more