On Monday 5 December 2016, the Master and Clerk attended a service of thanksgiving to mark the Sexcentenary anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers. …read more
On Tuesday 29 November 2016, the Master and Clerk attended a reception hosted by The Lord Mayor to launch the Big Curry Lunch for 2017. …read more
A Tour of the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great.
A group of 22 Tax Advisers and friends gathered for a guided tour of this wonderful church in the early evening of 22 November, the feast day of St Cecilia, with the darkness of the night falling making this a most atmospheric visit. Sir john Betjeman considered the church to have the finest surviving Norman interior in London and given the size of the surviving pillars and the beautiful clerestory it is easy to concur. …read more
On Thursday 24 November, the Master and Clerk dined as guests of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors at Drapers’ Hall. The Master and Wardens of the Solicitors Company welcomed Masters and Clerks from 8 other livery companies together with many guests. …read more
On Wednesday 23 November, the Master, Clerk and other members of the company attended The St Cecilia Service: A Celebration of Music at Westminster Abbey. The Festival is a Help Musicians UK annual event and has been held every year since 1946. It rotates between St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral, and the music is sung by the combined choirs of the three churches. Before the service, the Master and Clerk took part in a robed procession of the Musicians Company and other City Livery Companies. …read more
The Lord Mayor’s Show is the highlight of the city’s calendar. A number of us, including our Master Kevin Thomas, joined the parade as part of the Modern Companies Float, while Jean Jesty walked with the St John Ambulance cadets. …read more
On an unseasonably warm and sunny October day an intrepid group of us joined the Master (Kevin Thomas) on a trip beyond the West End to the outpost of the London Transport Museum at Acton for a private tour. After an introduction to the collection which comprises the bulk of the Museum's holdings and serves as a store, with access to workshops to restore and repair items, we were split into two groups and toured both the main store and the small objects collection. …read more
WCOTA TAX HISTORY GROUP
OCTOBER 2016 MEETING
National Insurance-Tax or Social Welfare? was the theme of our meeting on 25 October, presented by Peter Allen, one of our regulars who is Research Manager, Tax Policy and Insight at the iCAEW. …read more
Alison Lovejoy reports...
MASTER’S DAY AT RUGBY SCHOOL
Each year the Master invites members of the Company to spend a day at a place of their choice. On Saturday 9 July, the Master, Anthony Thomas, treated about 25 of us to a tour of the famous Rugby School. The school was founded in 1567 by Lawrence Sheriff, purveyor of spices to Queen Elizabeth 1 as a free Grammar school for the boys of Rugby. Lawrence Sheriff School continues today as an exceptional Grammar school in the town and the Master is the current Chair of the governing body. The links between both schools remain strong which is why Anthony was able to facilitate access to Rugby School during the holiday. …read more