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Visit to Art Gallery at the Guildhall

On 10 February the Master and 18 company members and guests visited the London Guildhall Art Gallery.  We were amazed at the variety of paintings displayed and vastly entertained by the charismatic guide who basically showed us his favourite paintings.  The Gallery was first established in 1886 as a “Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city” and contains works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. The highlight of the tour was a parchment 950 years old being a charter given by William the Conqueror in 1067, the year after the Norman conquest, confirming the legal rights of the citizens of London. …read more

The World Traders Tacitus Lecture

On Thursday 23 February, the Master and Clerk attended the Worshipful Company of World Traders 30th Tacitus Lecture at Guildhall. …read more

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