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Trinity House Tour and Afternoon Tea

On 17th November, the Tax Advisers visited Trinity House.  The House is situated near the Tower of London. Trinity House is a very old institution, incorporated by Henry VIII in  1514. It is still responsible for the safety of shipping in British and Irish waters today, and is well known for its association with light houses. Members will be interested to note that it is partly funded by Light Dues. The rates of this tax are set annually by the respective shipping ministers of the UK and Ireland.
Trinity House has a statutory duty to collect General Light Dues from vessels calling at UK and Irish ports. Light Dues collected are paid into the General Light House Fund under the stewardship of the Department for Transport. The fund finances the work of Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland and the Isle of Man) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (Ireland). …read more

Lord Mayor's Show

The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers made quite a splash at the 2017 Lord Mayor's Show. We were the largest component of the Modern Livery Companies float, and our new Beadle, Andy Bignold, featured in the Sunday Telegraph and on the AOL newsfeed for the event, holding the Tax Advisers placard!  https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/11/11/in-pictures-crowds-brave-the-rain-for-lord-mayors-show/ …read more

Red Cross Christmas Fair

Members may wish to know that The British Red Cross is holding its popular biennial Christmas Market at Guildhall in the City of London on the evening of Monday, 27th November and Tuesday, 28th November. …read more

Tax Advisers Remember Passchendaele

The Master represented the Company at a City of London event to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres), at which all 110 London Livery Companies laid a cross in the grounds of St Paul's Cathedral, watched by the Lord Mayor. Each cross was labelled with the name of Livery Company planting it, and you can see ours in the attached photograph. The capture of Passchendaele by British and Canadian forces took place precisely 100 years ago from the date of the commemoration, namely 6th November 1917. …read more

Lunch at Ironmongers' Hall

Members may be aware that some of the Livery Halls are open to Liverymen to dine in on a regular basis. See http://www.taxadvisers.org.uk/livery_hall_lunches …read more

Women's Tax Resistance League 1909 - 1918

The Centenary of the 1918  Representation of the People Act is fast approaching, when millions of women were granted the vote for the first time and the City will be commemorating this in June.  This development did not come from nowhere, and on 24th October the WCTA's History of Tax group was delighted to host Helen Thornley, an ATT Technical Officer, who delivered a fascinating talk on the League's struggle to secure votes for women under their slogan "No Vote, No Tax ". Our Assistant Clerk, James Dixon, even spotted his great grandmother among the list of female tax resisters compiled by the authorities! …read more

FSG Company Installation Dinners

The Master has recently been a guest at the Installation Dinners for the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, held in Mansion House and Saddlers' Hall respectively. …read more

Tax Charity Christmas Cards

Members will be pleased to hear that this year it is possible to support TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People, the Companies Tax Charities, by buying Christmas Cards. All profits go to the Bridge the Gap Campaign which splits funds equally between the two charities. …read more

Guild of Scriveners of the City of York

Several members of the WCTA attended the annual dinner of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York, and the Master was an official guest of the Guild. …read more

Election of new Lord Mayor

On 29th September, Michaelmas Day, the Master attended the Common Hall at Guildhall to elect the new Lord Mayor of the City of London, processing with other Livery Masters including Princess Anne. Charles Bowman, a PwC partner was elected. …read more