RAF Brize Norton

The Master and Clerk, together with their respective Consorts were guests at the annual Formal Reception at RAF Brize Norton, where our affiliated squadron, 101, is based.  We were lucky enough to witness a parachute display by the Falcons team, a time capsule being buried to celebrate RAF 100, a fly past of the historic Dakota aeroplane as well as Voyager, 101 Squadron's current aircraft, a marching band playing classic RAF tunes, and a sunset ceremony - all on a lovely summer's evening. …read more

Guest of the Firefighters

The Master attended a reception and lunch hosted by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters at the City Livery Club. The occasion was to mark the end of one Master's year and introduce the incoming Master. The Firefighters are one of the Modern Livery Companies that we regularly see as part of the Modern Livery Companies' Float in the annual Lord Mayor's Show. …read more

Lord Mayor's Tax Debates

As part of the tax profession's contribution to the Lord Mayor's Business of Trust agenda, the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and the Chartered Institute of Taxation co-hosted an event at Mansion House, opened and closed by the Lord Mayor, consisting of two debates around some contemporary hot topics, one with a UK flavour, and one with an international flavour. Over 300 people registered for this event, and lively discussion followed the debates themselves over a glass of wine and canapes.  Guest speakers included Kevin Nicholson, Head of Tax at PwC, Robert Palmer, Executive Director of Tax Justice UK, Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD and Chris O'Shea, Chairman of the 100 Group Tax Committee. …read more

Civic and Charities' Lunch

The Company held its annual Civic and Charities' Lunch at Trinity House when it presented cheques to a number of charity recipients, including the tax charities, TaxAid, Tax Help for Older People and the Bridge the Gap campaign.  Trinity House, a new venue for our Company, is home to the body dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers and probably best known for looking after the nation's lighthouses. The occasion picked up the nautical theme of Trinity House, with sea trout on the menu and sea shanties providing the musical accompaniment for the meal. …read more

Celebrating with the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers

The Master and Consort attended an evening at London Zoo celebrating with the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers as it was the 325th Anniversary of the Granting of the Company's  Royal Charter  on 16th June 1693 by King William and Queen Mary.  As well as a sumptuous  Gala Dinner,  those attending were able to have pre-dinner drinks at  Penguin Beach watching  the locals being fed as well as learning all about them from their keeper. Dancing late into the night included a Charleston lesson. …read more

WCTA History of Tax Lecture goes global

ATT Technical Officer Helen Thornley delivered a presentation to the WCTA's History of Tax Group last October, entitled the Women's Tax Resistance League 1909 - 1918. The talk was so successful that she subsequently delivered it at a Women in Tax event, and she has now spoken at Praxity's Global Tax and Fiscal conference in Barcelona on the same theme. Congratulations to Helen! …read more

Guest of the Mercers

The Master and Clerk attended the Associated Companies Dinner at Mercers Hall.  In the reign of King James I, and under heavy pressure from the Crown, the Mercers, in association with the Innholders, the Cooks, the Broderers and the Masons, combined to assist the City of London in the colonisation of Ulster.  Some three hundred years later (1905-1909), the Mercers sold virtually all their estates in Ireland, dividing the proceeds between the Associated Companies thus ending  a 300-year partnership which had worked smoothly without any document or written contract. …read more

Joiners and Ceilers

The Master and Consort attended the white tie Summer Banquet of the Worshipful Company of joiners and Ceilers, at which former Lord Mayor, Andrew Parmley was the guest of honour. It was held in the magnificent Stationers' Hall. …read more

Ironbridge Gorge

The Master and Consort attended the Ironbridge Gorge weekend hosted by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, an educational charity,  near Telford in Shropshire. The weekend is an opportunity for all Livery Masters and Consorts to socialise and to form a Past Masters' Association for their year, as well as to visit the fascinating museums of the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution which form part of this World Heritage Site.  The Ironbridge weekend was set up by a former Master Clothworker, Sir Peter Gadsden, who was Lord Mayor in 1979 -80. Many of the Livery trades are represented at Ironbridge, as many of them were highly relevant to the Industrial Revolution.  The Tax Advisers support the Trust in its charitable work. …read more

Sherlock Holmes Walk

A group of intrepid Tax Advisers followed in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his literary creation Sherlock Holmes on a walk around the Theatreland district of London.  Much of Doyle's personal traits and experiences appear in the character of Holmes. Many  places  pertinent to Doyle found their way into his books and the lives of Holmes and Watson, such as Doyle's favourite Turkish bath,  the Bow Street Police Station, Rules restaurant and the Royal Opera House. The evening was rounded off with a meal in the Sherlock Holmes pub, the site of which used to be run by the Doyle family as the Northumberland hotel, which featured in the Hound of the Baskervilles. …read more