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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

Treloars Lunch at Barber-Surgeons' Hall

The Master and Consort attended a fund raising lunch at Barber-Surgeons' Hall in aid of  the Treloars school for disabled children. The school was founded by a former Lord Mayor of the City of London and is financially supported by many Livery Companies including the Tax Advisers - an annual donation is made from the Tax Advisers' Charitable Trust.  The Master and Consort had the privilege of visiting Treloars School earlier this year to see the fantastic work that they do first hand.  The Lady Mayoress was in attendance at the lunch, supporting the fund raising efforts. …read more

Sunday at Bathampton

After choral Matins at Bath Abbey where the Tax Advisers were welcomed as official guests by Rev Stephen Girling, there was a choice of a boat cruise, led by the Master, or a walk along the towpath, led by the Consort, to the little village of Bathampton, where Arthur Philips, first Governor  of New South Wales is buried.  This was followed by lunch at Bathampton Mill.  It was one of the hottest days of the year so far, so the boat cruise was particularly popular!  The Master's Weekend ended with a return trip from Bathampton to Bath by boat, by taxi or a walk back along the towpath. More photos are available in the Master's Weekend 2018 Photo Gallery on our website. …read more

Dinner in the Baldwin Room at the Ivy

On the Saturday evening of the Mater's Weekend the Tax Advisers enjoyed dinner together in the Baldwin Room at Bath's Ivy Brasserie, which has been sumptuously decorated with posters and paintings predominately in the Art Deco style. The Baldwin Room is named after the architect Thomas Baldwin, one of the leading architects of Georgian Bath who designed the Pump Rooms. Tax Advisers were greeted with a freshly mixed peach bellini cocktail, in keeping with the glamour of the 1920s style of the room, and then enjoyed a three course meal including the Ivy's signature shepherd's pie, with all the drinks throughout the evening and some of the food  being with the compliments of the Master.  There are photographs of the evening in the Master's Weekend photo gallery on our website. …read more

Roman Baths

The City of Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and no trip to Bath would be complete without a visit to the Roman Baths and temple complex which, together with the remains of the city of Aquae Sulis that grew up around them, make a significant contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Roman social and religious society. The Tax Advisers visited this fabulous site as part of the Master's Weekend. The complex is one of the best preserved of its kind in the world, and offers audio guided tours as well as a live guide option.  Minerva's owl can be seen carved into the stone pediment of the Temple of Sulis Minerva, which is on display at the Roman Baths Museum.  It was great to see such an ancient owl alongside those in the modern sculpture trail. Needless to say,  the Roman Baths is sponsoring an owl as part of the Minerva's Owl trail.  Meet Bubo the Owl. …read more

Georgian Fare Walking Tour

As part of the Master's weekend, members and their guests enjoyed a walking tour of Bath learning about some of the foodstuffs that would have been prevalent in Bath's Georgian heyday. A great way to see the city on foot and to taste some unusual foodstuffs. One such foodstuff was the still popular Sally Lunn, which is a large bun or teacake made with a yeast dough including cream and eggs, similar to the sweet brioche breads of France. Some say the bun is named after a refugee Huguenot baker who set up shop in Bath, and others that it is the anglicisation of "soleil et lune" representing the golden crust and white base of the bun. Take your pick! …read more

Parliament of Owls

The Master's Weekend this year was in Bath, the city of the goddess Minerva, whose symbol is the owl.  Bath had a sculpture trail display of 82 themed owls throughout the city, and many people aim  to track them all down. The owl is the symbol of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and the Chartered Institute of Taxation, both channelling Minerva's owl as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. Our annual newsletter is called "The Owl", and we sponsor an owl called Ozzie with the Barn Owl Trust. …read more

Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor

The Master and Deputy Master attended the Annual Service of Dedication of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor in St Faith's Chapel at St Paul's Cathedral. Those knighted in either the Queen's Birthday or  New Year's Honours  list are invited to attend  and make a public declaration of dedicating themselves to a life of knightly service in front of the assembled Livery Masters and Clerks, presided over by the Bishop of London Dame Sarah Mullally. This year a new painting was also dedicated, commissioned for the Society's chapel at St Paul's entitled St Martin Divides His Cloak, as St Martin of Tours is the Patron Saint of the Society. Anyone can  visit the Chapel at St Paul's to see the new painting. …read more