United Guilds Service Luncheon at the Apothecaries’ Hall – Friday 16th March 2018

The Master and Master’s Lady were joined by most esteemed company at the Apothecaries’ Hall following the Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

All smile please!!



The 76th United Guilds Service at St Paul’s – Friday 16th March 2018

A most ceremonial occasion in the awe inspiring St Paul’s Cathedral.

The horrors of warfare and conflict, both past and present, are reflected in a striking new art installation at St Paul’s. As part of the Cathedral’s commemoration to the Great War of 1914–18, two white cruciform sculptures, each over six metres high have been installed at the head of the nave.


Lords Mayor’s Banquet for Livery Masters at The Mansion House – Thursday 15th March 2018

The Master Chartered Surveyor, Tony Joyce and the Master’s Lady, Mrs Pauline Joyce were privileged to join the other Masters and consorts at a most wonderful dinner at The Mansion House.

The Magnificent Egyptian Hall at the Mansion House

The Master with Chartered Surveyors from The Pikemen & Musketeers, L-R: Robert Raffeys, Anthony Bickmore, Master Tony Joyce, Hugh Tippett

The delightful Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman

Tony & Pauline with the Pikemen and Musketeers



Annual Meeting of the Court of The City University – Tuesday 13th March 2018

Livery Masters, Clerks, Professors and Intellectuals enjoyed an excellent presentation at the Cass Business School. As an Old Boy of The City University Tony Joyce, Master Chartered Surveyor was especially pleased to attend.

Stephen Wagstaffe, Master Chartered Architect, Patrick Wilkins, Master Baker, Alderman David Graves, Master Solicitor and Master Chartered Surveyor

Also in attendance were the Lay and Aldermanic Sheriffs.

The Lord Mayor and Rector of The City University, Charles Bowman addresses the audience outlining his ambitions for the City.



Modern Companies’ Spring Dinner – Waterman’s Hall – Monday 12th March 2018

33 Modern Livery Companies were represented at the sumptuous 4 course Spring Dinner.

Mike Williamson, Master Water Conservator proposed the Toast to the Lord Mayor and gave a passionate address on the urgent need to reduce the use of plastics.

An entertaining response was given by Alderman Peter Estlin but with more serious emphasis on The Power of Collaboration, Ancient and Modern coming together.

A Waterman and Lighterman in Uniform

The Watermen of the River Thames were equivalent to river taxis transporting passengers up and down and across the River. The Lightermen were workers who transferred goods between ships and quays, aboard flat-bottomed barges called lighters in the Port of London.

The Master Insurer and Master Architect in the Waterman’s Hall

The Master Actuary and Master, Master Mariner (yes Master, Master is correct!)

Two Masters sharing a joke together


The Tax Advisers Company’s ‘Budget Banquet’ – Wednesday 7th March 2018

The Master, Tony Joyce represented our Company alongside Masters of three other Companies at the Tax Advisors Budget Banquet. Budget refers to the Chancellors interpretation, there was nothing ‘Budget’ about the wonderful occasion at the Merchant Taylors Hall.

The Honourable Liz Green, The Master with host Past Master Tax Adviser Erica Stary and Peter Green

The ‘glowing’ Master…lightbulb moment? with Guest of honour Dame Valerie Strachan DCB and Master Tax Adviser Morag Loader

Superb entertainment by Horn Player Crispian Steele-Perkins (of opening tune to the Antiques Roadshow fame) accompanied by Leslie Pearson on piano (Composer of music for West Side Story)


135 Geographic Squadron Ecuadorian Odyssey – Tuesday 6th March 2018

We are grateful to Liveryman Antony Phillips of Field Fisher for allowing our Army affiliate 135 Squadron to present to us details of their exciting adventure to Ecuador.

Presentations were given by Captain ‘Nessie’ Smith and Corporal Katie Asquith.

Liverymen and Military equally riveted during the presentations

Captain ‘Nessie’ Smith, Liverymen offer Ecuadorian wave

Regular soldier Corporal Katie Asquith takes a well deserved bow

Reservist Lance Corporal Jodi Longyear called away at short notice, so alas was unable to be with us



Surveyors Careers Day – Tuesday 27th February 2018

Roger Madelin, and his colleague Eleanor Wright, led a very successful trip to this British Land site despite the cold and blizzard conditions. The 20+ students and 4 staff members had a great trip.


cityguides 15th annual Derek Melluish Memorial Lecture – Monday 5th March 2018

Ancient Monuments for a Modern City

Masters and City of London Guides enjoyed a brilliant and fascinating lecture delivered by Dr. Jane Sidell, Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Historic England and previously a Research Fellow at UCL and Environmental Archaeologist.

How refreshing to learn how she actively works with developers in order to preserve ancient archaeological finds whilst encouraging them to develop but simultaneously protecting our heritage.


Dr Jane Sidell MCIfA

Wonderful to once again enjoy the company of the Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman together with many other Livery Masters and not forgetting our very own Liveryman and City Guide, Clwyd Roberts.


Scouting Association Event with past Lord Mayor, David Wootton -Tuesday 27th February 2018

Masters were invited to attend a presentation in the Crypt at the Guildhall.

The opening address was given by Sir David Wootton and members of the Scouting Association on the positive impact of Scouting on the lives of young people today.

The Master with Mrs Sazeda Patel and Mark Parker from The Scouting Association

Mrs Patel gave an inspirational address how she had set up a scout troop in Bolton against severe pressure from her Islamic Community. She persevered and now has a waiting list of over 300 children.

She explained that scouting gives young people confidence, teaches them skills and enables them to develop cross cultural friendships.

Her community are now fully behind the movement even with many muslim children attending church parades.

In the immortal words in the film Casablanca ‘the usual suspects’
L to R: Carman Patrick Marsland-Roberts, Architect Stephen Wagstaffe, Tyler & Bricklayer Jeff Fuller, Fueller Chloe Andrews-Jones, The Master, Plaisterer Richard Hanney, Clockmaker Roy Harris


Chartered Architects Annual Lecture – Wednesday 21st February 2018

Heritage and Modernity — War or Peace and A boy in the City.

25 Livery Companies enjoyed a tense debate on City buildings from conservation of everything to adapting to a changing world.

Peter Luscombe, Chairman of the Heritage Society/Stephen Wagstaffe, Master Chartered Architect, The Master, Tony Joyce

Stephen Wagstaffe showed photos of the City that he had taken in 1955, then the same shots in 2,000 and yet again today… fascinating.

Peter Luscombe gave his take on how so many of the new builds are destroying our City. This was followed by Annie Hampson OBE the City’s Chief Planning Officer giving a fairly balanced view of conservation vs modernity. Finally Paul Finch OBE was far more bold and delivered a very convincing argument that once upon a time all buildings were new… including St Paul’s that was lambasted at the time. He stressed that buildings must respond to the needs of the changing City.


Brexit Debate at Haberdashers Hall- Kingston Smith Wednesday 21st February 2018

Liveryman Colin Peacock represented the WCCS at a debate in a series that addressed the issue of the world’s changing economy and Brexit’s part in this. Returning Chair Sir Michael Snyder, elected Member of the City of London, challenged an impressive panel, as well as providing his own insight.

The Panel:

Craig Donaldson, CEO of Metro Bank, the UK’s first new high street bank for over 100 years.

Jeremy Browne, former Minister of State and the City of London’s current Special Representative on Europe

Jeff Singer, Partner at ILV Silver, specialists in transaction, audit, tax, legal and due diligence services for business acquisitions and investments in Spain.

Heather Powell, Head of Property at Kingston Smith with Liveryman Colin Peacock


Sandeman Vintage Port Tasting at The Cavalry & Guards Club – Thursday 15th February 2018

35 of our Liverymen and guests enjoyed the most fabulous evening at a port tasting accompanied by cheeses and meats.

Bernard Hornung who organised the event gave us a most interesting brief history of the club and his long standing connection with the Sandeman family

Ligia Marques — Wine Educator, The Master and Bernard Hornung



Worshipful Company of Constructors Awards Dinner – St Valentines Day – Wednesday 14th February 2018

The Master, Tony Joyce and his Lady, Mrs Pauline Joyce were royally entertained by the Worshipful Company of Constructors at the magnificent Draper’s Hall.

Toast to the Company by Sir Terry Morgan (Crossrail) and to the Guests by the Master Tony Ward


Inter-Livery Pancake Tossing – Shrove Tuesday – 13th February 2018

Well the rain came down and it was so wet that in view of Health & Safety risks, the running was abandoned. Instead we had to undertake a full toss of the pancake as many times as we were able in 60 seconds. Quite a challenge!

Liveryman David Mann, Master’s Lady Pauline, The Master, before the on-set of the competition.


The proceedings were commenced by a very sporting, The Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman firing a cannon that made us all jump out of our skins!

The Master tossed the Pancake 57 times in 60 seconds but alas did not win!

The concentration was palpable but no winner yet!

All our hopes lay with the Master’s Lady but Alas no prize today.

Oh well better luck next year!


PMA Networking Event – Thursday 8th February 2018

The Master was joined by Liveryman Colin Peacock and Liveryman David Bianco together with Past Master Mickola Wilson at The Property Marketing Awards Networking event at Leo’s offices in Cheapside (The Alan Sugar Building).

Presentations on how not to do marketing by a panel of experts.

Special thanks to Colin Peacock for organising such a spectacular event.

Convivial Liverymen

Having fun..Yes it’s great fun!


The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Spring Luncheon – Thursday 8th February 2018

Our Learned Clerk, Amanda Jackson and The Master enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Apothecaries Hall together with 18 other Masters and their Clerks. Grace was said by the Chaplain…….Rev…..George Bush no less. Excellent speeches by David Wilson, the Master Arbitrator with the response by Lawyer and Past Master Victoria Russell.

Past Master Victoria Russell and Master Arbitrator David Wilson

The affable Master Mariner Captain Martin Reed

Jack Broadley Master Environmental Cleaners, Stephen Anderton Master Security Professionals, Clive Parrit Master Chartered Accountants, Master Chartered Surveyor, David Lock Master Chartered Secretaries, Keith Povey Clerk of Chartered Secretaries

The Rhino has been the Apothecaries emblem for over 300 years. It is untrue that the horn has the aphrodisiac powers so beloved by the media, but this exotic creature, sometimes confused with the unicorn, has always been associated with magical properties.



Environmental Cleaners Luncheon at the Armourers Hall, Wednesday 7th February 2018

It was a privilege to be invited to attend luncheon at the fabulous Armourers’ Hall today. 90 of us enjoyed a fabulous feast prepared by The Cook and Butler.

The Master Cook, Mark Grove was in attendance which made it all the more special.The guest speaker, was one of Her Majesty’s chaplain’s (in his case to the Tower of London), The Reverend Roger Hall, who had severed as Chaplain to the Army for many years.

Jack Broadley, Master Environmental Cleaner, Tony Joyce and Barrie Torbett, Junior Warden of the Environmental Cleaners



Livery Schools Link Showcase – Guildhall Library – Tuesday 6th February 2018

Liveryman Clwyd Roberts reported that we had a superb reception at the above yesterday which was attended by an estimated 900 pupils from 45 London schools and we were one among 30 Livery Companies displaying our wares. Our stand was constantly busy and at one point had 4 of us each talking to groups of pupils…photos attached.

The Surveying message was widely spread and our stock of brochures and giveaways was depleted by close though I was particularly encouraged by the dozen or so individual conversations we had with pupils for whom our profession is definitely being considered as a career option.

I would like to thank our committee members  who assisted during the day and especially Emma Hadley and the grads from Savills who put in sterling performances on stage!


Lord Mayor’s Visit to Treloar’s – Monday 5th February 2018

50+ Masters and Master’s Lady’s/Consorts were invited to a day at Treloar’s College, School and Hospital for severely physically handicapped children.

We were split in to small groups, then escorted around the premises where we were able to witness first hand the incredible work undertaken by the 500 staff that are engaged there. We all sang Happy Birthday to Dan who is 21 today.

Tony Joyce (Master) and Pauline Joyce (Master’s Lady) were privileged and honoured to be invited to sit with The Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman and The Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman.

The Lady Mayoress, The Master, The Master’s Lady, The Lord Mayor.

This was a therapy igloo with screens where the iPad operator could take the children to the beach, under water to the jungle, just about anywhere.

Children’s artwork

sculptures created by the children

It was so good to catch up with so many Masters we have got to know over the past 3 months, and to see Liveryman Roger Southam and Trustee of Treloar’s in full stride.


The Worshipful Company of Vintners & Searcys City Lunch – Wednesday 31st January 2018

The Master, Tony Joyce and our Learned Clerk, Amanda Jackson were privileged to attend a splendid lunch at the Vintners Hall. The Master Vintner was book ended by the Master of the Playing Cards Company and the Master Chartered Surveyor.

Tony Joyce, Nick Arkell and Anthony Komedera aka Nick and the two Tones!

A Swan in the Vintners Hall…curious

More swans!

The mystery revealed: The swans on the Thames were shared equally between the Vintners, The Dyers and the Crown. Vintners 2 nicks on the beak, Dyers 1 nick and the Crown none. These were in the days when swans were served up on very special occasions. The Crown cleverly had no nicks on the swans beaks. As the swans grew the nicks disappeared!

This is an ornate wooden sword holder for when the Lord Mayor is in attendance

One of the finest collections of wine glasses in the country

Nick Arkell, Master Vintner addressing the room

Look who was loitering in the corner!!



Informal Dinner at the Armourers Hall – Tuesday 30th January 2018

Well it was promoted as an informal dinner and that it was, no table cloths, only one toast, to the sovereign, no toastmaster,  no loving cup. 100 people around tables of 10. However,  it was still ‘black tie’, two fun speeches but also doing ‘the business’ and candles! Yes there are only two Livery Halls in the City that have candles and the Armourers is one of them.


Harriet Richardson(nee Joyce) Lewis Richardson, Pauline Joyce, Master, Speaker Rory Joyce (Masters twin), Federica Frangipane, Alex Joyce

The speeches were by the Master and his Twin brother Rory, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Town Planner, Chartered Environmentalist and Accountant (he keeps this bit quiet).

Rory Joyce spent 10 minutes to the amusement of the assembled company rinsing the poor Master


The children certainly enjoyed hearing the antics (in the 1960’s) of their poor father.

Great feedback has been received from many Liverymen and their guests saying how much they enjoyed the mix of formal and informal in such a magnificent setting.


Financial Services Group Seminar on Membership – Wednesday 24th January 2018

The Information Technologists, kindly hosted a Financial Services Group Workshop at their Hall in Bartholomew Close EC1. A total of 8 Masters of Livery Companies in the FSG attended together with a number of Past Masters, Membership Chairs and Clerks.

We were represented by our Immediate Past Master, William Hill, Our Master, Tony Joyce and our Junior Warden John Woodman.

The seminar raised a number of issues relating to membership common to most Livery Companies and we were able to share ideas of how to do this better.

Impressive millennium shield on display at the Hall of the Information Technologists

One of the many cabinets displaying a wealth of valuable plate

Created by local artists Deborah Sandersley & Nick Winfield to commemorate the Master’s Year commissioned in 2007

Special thanks to the excellent presentations by the Marketors and International Bankers Companies.


The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants – Thursday 18th January 2018

The Chartered Accountants Company entertained Masters and Clerks of the Financial Services Group to dinner in their most unusual Hall in Moorgate Place.

Described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ’eminently original and delightfully picturesque’, it is a fine example of Victorian neo-Baroque which draws its inspiration from the work of the Italian Renaissance. Note the Bridge based on the Rialto Bridge in Venice

The Master Marketors’ final official event

Master Tax Advisor in the foreground

Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE addressing the assembled company on The Culture Mile (next to him our host The Master Chartered Accountant)

Wonderful Stained Glass windows, sold many years ago sold at auction and more recently reacquired to adorn the refurbished staircase.


Lunch at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) – Wednesday 17th January 2018

The Master was privileged to join 15 judges together with the Common Serjeant of London and Sheriff Neil Redcliffe for lunch at the Old Bailey. Three other guests were Mrs Elizabeth Corley CBE, Investment Manager and Crime writer. Ms Jayne-Anne Gadhia CEO of Virgin Money and Stuart Alpine, partner at Clyde and Co.

Lunch was spiced duck followed by blueberry bread and butter pudding. Cheese was offered for those who wished to partake. The judges had to get back into their courts by 2 pm sharp.

Alas photos of the gathered company are not permitted on social media.

The Central Criminal Court

Look what I spotted through a window! I always wondered where they garaged the Lord Mayor’s Rolls Royce, LMO1

The Chamber


Robert Clack and Archbishop Tenison Schools Half Day Seminar – Wednesday 17th January 2018

Another successful School’s Day at the Guildhall.

The Master welcomed the Lower Sixth students and gave a brief overview of what a Livery Company is, how we came about and what we now do, focussing on the Educational aspects.

Mike Reid and from Law firm Pinsent Mason then presented what people do in the City and then introduced Roma a paralegal (closer to the students age) who explained the route that she took into the profession.

Roma and Mike from Pinsent Masons

Liz Peace CBE, property advisor to the London Mayor at Old Oak Common and Non-Exec Chairman at the GPA then gave a property overview, what it is with all the inputs, funding managing, construction, letting and holding or selling the completed investment. Liz outlined how it affects all of us in one way or another.

Liveryman Liz Peace CBE

The final presentation was from Antony Phillips and a young lawyer who explained how to get into the legal Profession, what they get paid but also warning that it is hard work and they must have very good grades at A level to make it.

Antony Phillips of Fieldfisher. Note the impression behind him of the original St Paul’s Cathedral before the Great Fire in 1666

Finally the Master, around the City model took a quick canter on how the City has developed as as business centre since Roman times.

A wave from the students with John Hamill in the foreground

A glimpse of the City model

After lunch Liveryman Clwyd Roberts took the students to see the Roman remains exhibition in the Guildhall.


City New Year Service at St Michael Cornhill and afterwards at The Drapers Hall – Friday 12th January 2018

The Masters Lady, Pauline and the Master attended the traditional 1662 service at St Michael, Cornhill, a church where the Christian Gospel has been preached since Saxon times. The Drapers have been patrons of St Michael for the past 515 years and generously invited all there present to lunch at The Drapers Hall after the service. St Michael enjoys the patronage of a number of other Livery Companies including The Merchant Taylors, The Woolmen, The Musicians, The Upholders, The Turners, The Master Mariners, The Air Pilots and Navigators, The Chartered Secretaries, The Fullers and The Water Conservators.

The first reading by Mark Carney, Governor of The Bank of England

The service was attended by Charles Bowman, The Lord Mayor and his charming wife Samantha.
The Lord Mayor read the second lesson.

A first class thought provoking address by The Reverend Charlie Skrine.

Afterwards at the Drapers Hall. Only today did The Master realise that at his installation, he had his back to Queen Victoria! She would not have been amused!!

A highly amusing print on the wall of the Gents lavatory. This depicts the consternation when one of the guests asked for MORE!



The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers formal lunch – Wednesday 10th January 2018

It was a special privilege for the Master to be invited to the exclusive Wax Chandlers annual formal lunch in their Hall in Gresham Street. It was all the more special to spend time with the 690th Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman and his wife Samantha.

Morning Dress was the attire for Liverymen of the Wax Chandlers Company.

Charles Bowman as ever was both engaging, entertaining but always with a serious underlying message.

Wax Chandler Wendy Maslin receiving their annual award from The Lord Mayor with Master Wax Chandler Arthur Davey looking on.


The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers Dinner for Masters and Clerks of City Livery Companies – Tuesday 9th January 2018

Our Learned Clerk, Amanda Jackson and the Master enjoyed a magnificent evening at the newly refurbished a most magnificent Plaisterers Hall (following the flood in 2016). There were a total of 54 Livery Companies represented at the dinner. An excellent address was given by the Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Mrs Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE. The Master Plaisterer, Richard Hanney was most amusing as was his Learned Clerk. They styled it a dinner but it was more like a banquet, four courses served with excellent wines (and spirits for those who cared to partake). The loving cup was slightly different to the traditional procedure but fun all the same. We were entertained by the award winning British vocal quintet, Apollo5.

A plethora of Masters joined byThe Honourable Liz Green.

The Newly refurbished Plaisterers Hall

At the end of the table, The Master Plaisterer Richard Hanney in conversation with Mrs Judith Cobham-Lowe OBE Warden of the Goldsmiths Company


The Worshipful Company of Masons Epiphany Court Luncheon – Tuesday 9th January 2018

The Master, Tony Joyce was privileged to join two other Masters at the Masons Epiphany Court luncheon at the Mercers Hall on Tuesday. The event was even more special to enjoy the company of our esteemed Choir Master Liveryman and past Master of the Masons Company, Bill Gloyn. Also to once again to spend time with the most affable Robert Burgon, Master Plumber.

Master Plumber, Master Mason, Master Chartered Surveyor

Bespectacled Master!! Robert Baden Powell and Bill Gloyn