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

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