The Lord Mayor’s Show celebrates the appointment of a new Lord Mayor. This came about when King John was persuaded to let the City of London elect its own mayor but only on the condition that the new mayor would travel from the City to Westminster to swear his loyalty to the Crown. 800 years later this is still happening and on 9th November 2019 a select band of both the Company’s Liverymen and Freemen joined in this ancient custom. You can usually guarantee that it will rain on the day of the Lord Mayor’s Show and, yes, the heavens opened with a vengeance again this year but the gods were kind and it did not rain until almost the end of the show so we were not as bedraggled as usual. …read more
Our walk along the Regent’s Canal continued in late July, starting off from where we had left off in May – Angel station on the Northern Line, with its remarkably long escalator to the surface. At this point, the Canal itself is also buried in a tunnel, and where it emerges once more into the open air, its character changes considerably: many more canal-boats, in a wide variety of colours. Gardens extending from the back of terraced houses displayed a profusion of flowers, and the small walking group took good advantage of a pop-up café and then a larger establishment in Victoria Park. Here there was a choice of destinations: to the right, Limehouse Basin beckoned, whilst to the left lay the Olympic Park, in part re-tracing the steps we had taken back in 2011, when the Games themselves were still in the future. A hearty light lunch was consumed beside the water-side, before finally boarding the Docklands Light Railway at the charmingly-named Pudding Mill Station. …read more
Once more, fine weather greeted us for another weekend walk. This time the route was along the Regent’s Canal, taking in both familiar landmarks, and not-so-familiar locations along the way. …read more
On 10 May 2019, The Founder Master, 14 Past Master's, The Master and The Clerk met for the inaugural Past Masters Lunch at the National Liberal Club in Westminster. …read more
The short-ish walk from Richmond to Osterley Lock and Boston Manor, along the Thames and up the Grand Union Canal, was enjoyed by our largest grouping yet in this series of walks. …read more
On Thursday, 7th March some 165 Tax Advisers and guests attended the Company’s Budget Banquet at Clothworkers’ Hall. We were greeted not only by the Master and Wardens, but also by our very own adopted Barn Owl, Sage, who travelled from the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover to be with us. …read more
Our February London Walk [entitled ‘From House of Power to Powerhouse’] took place in glorious cloudless winter weather. The start-point was the church of St Mary’s on the south bank of the River Thames at Putney, where the Levellers convened their famous debates in 1647, during the Civil War, but after crossing the river by means of the footway adjacent to the District Line bridge, almost all the rest of the walk was on the north bank. …read more
The new Bishop of London, Rt. Rev. Sarah Mullally, will be the preacher and celebrant at the 11.00 Eucharist at our Guild Church, St Bartholomew the Great, next Sunday, 27th January, on the occasion of her first visit to the church. …read more
It is my very sad duty to have to inform you that our beloved Jean Jesty died suddenly on 31st December. This information was communicated to me by our Hon Treasurer (and Jean's close friend), Richard Geldard. It would appear that the circumstances are that she suffered a heart attack at home where she was discovered by her husband, Rob Weir and despite resuscitation attempts in hospital, she did not regain consciousness.
Funeral information will be circulated when available.
What a tragic end to the year. We shall all miss her cheery presence at Court and in Committee and her joyful participation in our events.
A lovely life enhancing lady, who will be sorely missed.
Marcus Fincham - Master …link
The Deputy Master and the Middle Warden attended the Court Leet and View of Frankpledge ceremony of the Guildable Manor in the Church of St George the Martyr, Southwark, held after a Luncheon Feast at which the High Bailiff, Adam Rout was the principal guest. The ceremony involves the installation of the Foreman and officers for the coming year, and the High Steward, HHJ Nicholas Hilliard QC gave the address at the ceremony. Past Master Tax Adviser and Former Lord Mayor of the City of London, Ian Luder, was Foreman of the Guildable Manor of Southwark in 2014 - 2015. …read more