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Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects

On Wednesday 22 February, the Master attended a lecture on ‘Designing London’, hosted by the Master Architect, Richard Brindley. …read more

The City Food Lecture

On Tuesday 21 February, the Master attended the City Food Lecture as guest of our Clerk, who is a Past Master Cook.

A lecture was delivered  on the topic ‘Does it matter where our food comes from?’ to a packed Guildhall attended by many representatives of the food industry. It was followed a panel debate chaired by businesswoman Margaret Mountford and featuring LEAF chief executive Caroline Drummond, writer and broadcaster Tim Hayward and Tesco group quality director Tim Smith. The final speaker was the Princess Royal. …read more

2017 Brigantes Breakfast for Liverymen of the City of London

We have great pleasure in announcing the invitation and booking form for the 2017 Brigantes Breakfast - the annual Northern luncheon open to all City of London Liverymen. …read more

Livery Hall Lunches

Ironmongers’ Hall – Monday

Lunch is available to members of all Livery Companies and their guests.

You can enjoy pre-lunch drinks in the drawing room before making your way to your table.  Lunch will be served at a time of your choice between 12.00 midday and 2.00 pm.  …read more

Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners

On Wednesday 8 February, the Master dined at Armourers & Brasiers’ Hall as a guest of the Master Environmental Cleaner, Philip Morrish. This was the last formal lunch for Philip before he ends his tenure as Master and hands over to the Master Elect in April. After a very good lunch, most guests retired to The Globe public house. …read more

Worshipful Company of Arbitrators

On Thursday 9 February, the Master and Clerk joined the Worshipful company of Arbitrators for their Spring lunch on board HQS Wellington, home to the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. On what was a very cold murky day, the lunch was held in the very warm and comfortable surroundings of the magnificent Court Room, once the engine room of Wellington. Guests were entertained by the Master Arbitrator, Matthew Bastone and guest speaker, the Master Mariner, Captain Flavian D’Souza. …read more

Guild of Scriveners of York – Quiz

Past Master Peter Gravestock and Court Assistant Ian Somerville travelled to York on 6th February to represent Tax Advisers at the annual Guild of Scriveners charity quiz night. As other Tax Advisers were unable to travel to York because of flu, Ian's wife, Mary, and local taxman, John Beeley, stepped up to complete the "Over Taxed" team. After a hard fought contest which included questions on Kings of England, celebrity photos, nursery rhymes and shops in York and a welcome break for pie, chips and mushy peas washed down with Yorkshire bitter, team "Over Taxed" finished in joint second place. However, they were delighted that the worthy winning team was led by our own Court Assistant, Jean Jesty. …link

The Worshipful Company of Carmen

On Wednesday 25 January, the Master was a guest of the Master Carmen, Marsha Rae Ratcliff  at their Charity lunch.

The lunch was held in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall located in Foster Lane where almost 200 Carmen and their guests attended. The proceeds from the day went to the Master's chosen charity The Alzheimers Society. …read more

The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders

On Tuesday 24 January 2017, the Master was a guest of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders, Charles Miller. The company hosted their January Dinner in the splendid surroundings of Drapers’ Hall. The dinner included a unique event to their company  - The Smoking Cap Ceremony. The ceremony takes place immediately after the Loyal Toast where the Clerk presents the traditional Smoking Cap to the Master, who dons it and bows to the assembled company. This ceremony, which formerly signified that smoking was permitted, is carried out in silence. At its conclusion, the Livery and guests are invited to join the Master in the partaking of snuff. …read more

The Worshipful Company of Coopers

On Thursday 19 January 2017, the Master attended a dinner as guest of the Master Cooper, Alderman Ian Luder, former Lord Mayor and Past Master Tax Adviser. Coopers Hall is a Pre-Georgian Town House in the heart of the City of London built on land that once formed part of the gardens of Devonshire House. The dinner was held in the intimate Dining Room for a small group of 25 including the Master Carmen and Master Turner. …read more