Monday 17th September 2018 – Made it 505 miles????????

And it’s a thank you from HER

Well what an experience cycled the Velo A Loire 505 miles (800 km).
No injury, praise the Lord. Very hot here in France at the moment.
Thanks to all who generously supported our RICS LandAid Appeal. 2 young lives saved thanks to your generous support.

It’s a thank you from HIM

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Sunday 16th September 2018 – Nearly there…

Pachelbel, 4 violins Canon and Gigue in D major

Hottest day yet, 33 miles, very little shade. Sancerre, for those who haven’t been, is at the top of a very long and steep hill. Reward = Leffe

Sancerre

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Saturday 15th September 2018 – only 66 miles to go????????

38 miles today go list just outside Briare and ended up cycling through sand for about 3 miles. That was not fun. Mountain bikes would have been ok. But not hybrids with full packs.

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Friday 14th September 2018 – Sully-sur-Loire

Made it to Sully-sur-Loire, only 103 miles to go to hit our target????????

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Thursday 13th September 2018 – it’s not all hard work. Now At Orleans

Ver hot yesterday, rewarded with a cool swim in Beaugency. Lovely town. Today a relaxing ride to The capital of the Loire, Orléans.

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Wednesday 12th September 2028 – Blois to Beaugency

Harvesting the corn

Another sweltering day. Finally found a cafe in the lovely village of Avaray. The Mayor of the next village bought us both a beer. Finally cooled off in the pool in Beaugency.

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Tuesday 11th September 2018 – Amboise to Blois

Made it to Blois in extreme heat. More ups and downs. More inland than by the river today. Not sure why when there is a perfectly good road that would have been shorter and quicker. But amazing little villages yet very few coffee shops.

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Monday 10th September 2018 – Tours to Amboise

Silly morning today. We had planned a detour to the pagoda Chanteloup. However we caught up with some Canadian cyclists on fast tourers. Before we knew where we were we’d arrived at Amboise. A besutiful place with the home and gardens of Leonardo Da Vinci. The Château is imposing build high above the town overlooking the Loire.

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Sunday 9th September 2018 – Villandry then Tours

Short ride 32 degrees, very hilly.

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Saturday 8th December 2018 – Azay-le-Rideau

32 miles today. We did a good deal of sightseeing, well Châteaux visiting.
27 degrees at 7 pm. Thank you again to all my sponsors.

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Friday 7th September – Saumur to Chinon

Well today and tomorrow are tourist days. Short rides. We will pay for this next week!

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Thursday 6th September 2018 – Day 6 Loire

Today was hard. We should have ignored the directions and stayed down by the river. Haut er bas, haut et bas.????????

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Wednesday 5th September 2018 – made it to Angers

141 miles behind us. Legs tired, rear tender, but then it was never meant to be too easy!

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Monday 3rd September 2018 day 3

Nantes Cathedral

We thought the Loire was meant to be fairly flat! Today was definitely NOT flat!

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Sunday 2nd September 2018 – St Nazaire to Frossay

Day 2 of our 500 Mile cycle Ride. At this rate it will bee 1000 miles. We keep getting distracted.

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Saturday 1st September 2018 – Loire Cycle has begun

The Master and his Lady have set off on their bikes. Now in St Nazaire via London and Paris.

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The Carpenters’ Company Installation Luncheon – Wednesday 1st August 2018

The Master and Clerk were honoured by the Carpenters Company to welcome their new Master, His Honour Peter Birts, QC at his installation luncheon.

When we arrived we were warmly greeted by their Deputy Master (Immediate Past Master, Rachel Bower. Other Masters included the Master Glazier & Painters of Glass, the Master Cordwainer (3 weeks in), The Master Architect and the Master Pattenmaker.

Master Chartered Surveyor, Master Carpenter, Immediate Past Master Carpenter

An excellent wine cellar!!

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High Roller Sky Dive with the Red Devils – Report from Liveryman Simon Camamile

A number of our Liverymen including the Junior Warden John Woodman and Simon Camamile have put their lives on the line to undertake this daring feat for charity’.

Simon:

“It’s a “jump “ from about 16,000 feet, to raise support for a

concerted campaign to Abolish Youth Homelessness,

in England within 10 years, providing sustained help and

mentoring to ensure all those  helped are

never Homeless or unsupported again.

We are also raising funds to support Property Apprenticeship’s

to enable disadvantaged students to achieve a career in property and

funds for four Schools in deprived areas of London .

Please consider supporting these vital initiatives,  all involved

will be very grateful we will make every pound count!!!”

Here is the web address to help Simon reach his target:

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/simoncamamile3

 

 

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Luxury Boat Trip on the Regents Canal – Thursday 26th July 2018

Well! what a great evening to enjoy a wonderful 5 course meal provided by the London Shell Company on board the Prince Regent, whilst gently boating from Paddington Basin to Camden Dock/Market and back.

The fish menu was incredible, washed down with copious quantities of champagne and white wine. In 30 degrees centigrade there was no shortage of drinking water.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Magical

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The Company of Chartered Secretaries Summer RAF Service of Thanksgiving followed by their Royal Charter Luncheon – Wednesday 25th July 2018

The Master was one of the few Livery Masters to be invited to this magnificent service at St Giles Cripplegate followed by a delicious lunch and inspirational speakers at the Salters Hall.

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The Barbers Consort Charity lunch for Treloar’s – Wednesday 25th July 2018

The Master’s Lady, Pauline Joyce was privileged to join the Mistress Barber together with the Lady Mayoress and the Sheriffs’ Consorts at the Barber Surgeons’ Hall in Monkwell Square.

The London Wall in the Barber Surgeons Garden

Past Master Barber, Sir Barry Jackson gave a fascinating talk on the Company’s famous painting by Hans Holbein the Younger depicting Henry VIII and the Barber-Surgeons. The really extraordinary point is that over many years Past Masters of the Company had their own portraits added to the work of art.

This talk was followed by a presentation by Damask Textile Artist, Mrs Jane O’Brien.

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Mansion House Private Lunch – Monday 16th July 2018

The Master’s Lady, Pauline Joyce together with 16 other Consorts attended a private lunch at the Mansion House with The Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman.

The Lady Mayoress and Livery Consorts

The consorts enjoyed delicious canapés and champagne in the Lord Mayor’s private apartment in the Mansion House followed by lunch in an intimate dining room. Before going down to the dining room Samantha treated them to a peek at their private rooms and the splendid State bedrooms.

After lunch the Lady Mayoress conducted a private tour of the plate room (a walk-in strong room) for a viewing of the amazing collection of silver and gold plate.

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The Inter-Regimental Polo Final – Sunday 15th July 2018

Some of us were not fortunate enough to have secured Men’s Finals tickets for Wimbledon, however a small group of us enjoyed a fabulous afternoon supporting the Irish Guards at the most prestigious Polo club in the world.

We gathered for drinks in the clubhouse on what must have been one of the hottest days since the summer of 76. A splendid lunch was served by Mossiman’s and afterwards the big match!

The tradition of divot stomping may appear absurd to an onlooker, but it is in fact one of the longest-standing and most important traditions in Polo

Past Master Davies enjoying the spectacle with Liveryman Ann Heywood looking on

Past Master Lamden with his wife Dee

Past Master Bould and Jenna take a moment pose for a picture with Polly

A plethora of visiting Master with consorts and Liveryman Liz Boyling (de Burgh Sidley)

Past Masters Davies and Lamden with Dee Lamden and visiting from Switzerland Liveryman, Mary-Ann Reynolds and her husband

Emma Boyling with Master Plumber Robert Burgon, Master Tax Advisor Morag Loader and her husband Andrew

On the right of the picture Master Constructor, Tony Ward with his wife Jan

from left Gilly Solway, Roy Campbell — Master Cooper, Tim Solwat — Master Upholder and the Master’s lady, Polly

From left, Jenna Bould, Past Master Bould, Liz de Burgh Sidley and her daughter Freeman of the Company Emma Boyling

We were joined by the Master Cooper, The Master Tax Advisor, The Master Plumber, the Master Upholder, the Master Air Pilot and the Master Constructor with their consorts and a number of our faithful Liverymen and families.

The prize goes to Liveryman Mary-Ann Reynolds and her husband for travelling all the way from Switzerland to enjoy this very special event.

Special thanks to Bernard Hornung (of Vintage Port fame) seen here with CEO of the Guards Polo Club, Neil Hobday and the Master, Tony Joyce

And its Good Evening from Her and Good Evening from Him!!

 

 

A note from Bernard Hornung who kindly organised this wonderful event for us: Six vintages of that sweet delicious wine from Portugal, which binds us together so tightly, gave me the strength to accept another challenge from the Master. An afternoon’s polo at Guards. What could be easier to arrange? My introduction to polo, 40 years previously, was attending the Young Officers Polo Course at Guards in April 1978. Fresh from fire-fighting in Central London during the firemen’s strike, learning how to play polo was a most welcome opportunity. We were stationed in Victoria Barracks, Windsor, and The Guards Polo Club is nearby. Lazy afternoons at Smith’s Lawn, with an audience of beautiful ladies, was an Ensign’s dream.

At the end of the two weeks our instructor, Patrick Beresford, asked me one simple question. “Bernard, do you think that there is another equestrian sport which you might enjoy more than polo?” Clearly I had failed the course, and this was perhaps the best way of telling me. Patrick was indeed right. I have no eye for a ball, and I would never make a good polo player. My eye was elsewhere.
Polo is the most ancient team sport in the world, and possibly one of the fastest and most demanding. Its brutal origins may be traced back to 600 BC in Persia. It is also a great spectator sport, and one in which I have taken considerable interest. Thanks to the inspiration of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Guards Polo Club was formed in 1955, has 14 match polo grounds and is now recognised as the leading polo club in the world.
That was certainly what we experienced on Sunday 15 July when Liverymen and their Guests enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch provided by Mosiman’s at the Clubhouse. The Master generously took care of the wine, which we enjoyed in the brilliant sunshine.
The Finals of the Inter Regimental were played on The Duke’s Ground, adjacent to The Queen’s Ground and within easy walking distance from the clubhouse. The Foot Guards has 3 Irish Guards players, Lt Giles Bromley-Martin, Lt Billy Aprahamian, winner of the Gold Cup at the Grand Military at Sandown last March, and Capt Mossy Hamilton. The fourth player was Lt Jamie Drummond-Moray, Scots Guards. The Queens Royal Hussars were; Lt Jamie Fry, Lt Johnny Sleeman, Lt Col Nick Cowley, and Ct Henry Amor. The Foot Guards beat the Queens Royal Hussars 4.5 goals to 3, in an exciting and well played match.
My thanks to The Master and Liverymen. Those who wish to return in September, the Major General’s Cup is on Sunday 9, and if you email me before 27 August, I will be pleased to make the same arrangements. Lunch and polo for £95 per person, polo only at £25 per person, with the surplus generated being for the benefit of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

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The Guildhall School’s – Fiddler on the Roof – Wednesday 11th July 2018

25 Liverymen (inc. guests) were privileged to enjoy a superb meal together at the Barbican followed by an incredible performance of Fiddler on the Roof by Final year students. The actors were fabulous as were the musicians.

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The Master was Jailed and Bailed – Friday 6th July 2018

The Master was summoned to the Old Bailey and put on Trial.

He was found GUILTY!

The Charge Sheet — He was found guilty for ‘Hanging a Monkey’ in Hartlepool during the Napoleonic Wars, and worse pretending to go cycling in the Loire whilst really looking for more French monkeys to finish off!

He was not alone, joined by a number of other ‘so called’ pillars of society at the Old Bailey

They were hauled onto a passing bus and transported off to the Tower

They even gave the criminals a glass of champagne

Pol Roger no less!

The Master’s escape was aided by Surveyors Company past Beadle, Steve Froggatt.

Fortunately the Red Cross were on hand to tend our wounded pride!!

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WCCS Informal Dinner at the Innholder’s – Wednesday 4th July 2018

The Master’s final dinner in office that followed the Elections Court.

Unanimous support was received from all members present for the following:

Master Elect — Digby Flower, Senior Warden — John Woodman, Junior Warden — Ken Morgan, Renter Warden — James Bryer. 3 new Liverymen joined our happy Company:  Heather Powell, Gail Macdonald and Stephen Black. Heather and Gail joined us for dinner.

Senior Warden elect John Woodman, Heather Powell, The Master Tony Joyce, Gail Macdonald, Master elect Digby Flower.

The Master’s Family

The Master’s Girls

 

The Next Generation

 

 

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Plumbers Company at Salters Hall – Tuesday 3rd July

The Master and Polly had a wonderful evening at the Plumbers dinner at Salters Hall.

Perfect weather for a champagne aperitif before dinner

Master Plumber and Master Chartered Surveyor

The Master being entertained by past Lord Mayor Dame Fiona Woolf on all aspects of classic cars

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Wax Chandlers Bee Keeping in the City of London and Champagne Tea for Consorts – Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The Master’s lady attended a very interesting talk and demonstration on Bee Keeping followed by a delicious champagne Tea.

Mistress Wax Chandler Hilary Davey welcomed the consorts to the Wax Chandlers Livery event.

Deputy Master Peter Tompkins gave an interesting talk followed by a demonstration. The hives are located across Gresham Street alongside part of the ancient London Wall.

Attentive listeners

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Cutting the Ribbon of the Treloar’s Freedom Super Coach – Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Members of the Surveyors Company and other donors were invited to the official cutting of the ribbon at Treloar’s. Past Master Hill did the honours encouraged by Mrs Hill, Past Master Bould, Liveryman James Bryar and the Master.

    

Caroline Hill, William Hill, Tony Joyce, Rob Bould on board the Super Coach

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The Children’s Trust Dinner in Memory of Sir Brian Hill – 26th June 2018

The Master Tony Joyce and his lady, Pauline, together with a number of other Liverymen enjoyed an excellent fund raising evening at The Goldsmiths Hall. Thanks to the Goldsmith for not charging a booking fee.

Past Mast William Hill addresses the gathered company

Wonderful plate can be seen on display behind the Past Master

Master and Father of the Company

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