The Master and Master’s Lady were joined by most esteemed company at the Apothecaries’ Hall following the Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Master and Master’s Lady were joined by most esteemed company at the Apothecaries’ Hall following the Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
A most ceremonial occasion in the awe inspiring St Paul’s Cathedral.
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.
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.
Also in attendance were the Lay and Aldermanic Sheriffs.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
35 of our Liverymen and guests enjoyed the most fabulous evening at a port tasting accompanied by cheeses and meats.
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.
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!
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 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).
Special thanks to Colin Peacock for organising such a spectacular event.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
Special thanks to the excellent presentations by the Marketors and International Bankers Companies.
The Chartered Accountants Company entertained Masters and Clerks of the Financial Services Group to dinner in their most unusual Hall in Moorgate Place.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finally the Master, around the City model took a quick canter on how the City has developed as as business centre since Roman times.
After lunch Liveryman Clwyd Roberts took the students to see the Roman remains exhibition in the Guildhall.
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.
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.
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.
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.