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.


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!!


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.


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!!


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




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


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


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


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


The Raising of the Flag in Guildhall Yard – Monday 25th June 2018

We were privileged to have a ring side view of the raising of the flag. The hottest day of the year. The Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman and the Sheriff’s Consort, Emma Redcliffe had the right idea with lovely hats affording them exactly the right amount of shade.

Emma and Neil Redcliffe, Tim Hales and his consort with the Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman.

The arrival of the Lord Mayor

The usual suspects… Master Upholder, Master Draper, Master Chartered Surveyor and Master Water Conservator

The flag is raised

The RAF Band were excellent

Sweltering but unperturbed


The election of the Sheriffs at Guildhall – Monday 25th June 2018

The Masters of 110 Livery Companies, together with the Aldermen, Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and all with the right to vote attended Common Hall to the contested elections. Vincent Keaveny was appointed as Aldermanic Sheriff and Liz Green as Non-Aldermanic (Lay) Sheriff.

Liz and Vincent after the vote


Masters mustering in the Crypt




The 2018 Property Marketing Awards – Wednesday 20th June

What a fabulous event, hats off to Liveryman Colin Peacock and Past Master Mickola Wilson. Held once again at 30 Euston Square, the proceedings were presented by newscaster Sophie Raworth.

A very high standard of entries, the professional photos to follow but here is a taster….

The Winning Winners — Key Property Marketing

Presentation of a cheque to Paul Morrish CEO of LandAid

The master thanks the sponsors for their bit in saving young homeless people from life permanently on the streets

Liveryman Colin Peacock thanks and closes the formal element of the event

All of the winners

The Awards

Sophie Raworth and Past Master Wilson

The Master with Joanna Lindon from the RICS


The Livery Schools Half Day Conference – Wednesday 20th June 2018

A great turnout for this years conference where The Master, Tony Joyce and the Chairman of our Education Committee, Clwyd Roberts attended. We were privileged to once again join The Lord Mayor Charles Bowman and the Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman together with many school Principals and Careers Officers.

The Lord Mayor

The usual suspects

Solid message from William Perkin school

John Hamill from Robert Clack School, the largest Secondary School in the UK


Master’s Lady attended the Consorts London Treasure Hunt – Tuesday 19th June 2018

Polly’s team, spot the famous person hiding in the background!

The Master Hackney Carriage Driver’s Consort organised a treasure hunt in Black Cabs around London. All of the Cabbies are London Guides, all trained by the Master and all gave their time on a Pro Bono basis.

They found the elephant


The Livery Committee Dinner- Monday 18th June 2018

Ironmongers Hall

The Master joined other Masters and City notables including Christopher Heywood at the Ironmongers Hall to be updated on how important it is to tell people about the amazing undertakings of Liver Companies.

Masters Upholders, Blacksmith, Chartered Surveyor and Plumber


Masters Lady attends Consorts Champagne Tea at The Saddlers Company – Monday 18th June 2018

The Master’s lady, Pauline had a wonderful day with the Saddlers Company, they were shown the treasures and given a talk on the history of the Saddlers Company followed by a delightful champagne tea.

The oldest Ballot box still in use bears the date 1619 and is still used for the election of the Wardens of the Saddlers Company

The emerald green quilted saddlecloth, used by the Virgin Queen Elizabeth 1st on a Royal visit to Bristol in 1574, It is elaborately decorated with gold lace and a gold fringe

The King’s Champion Saddle used at the coronation of George 3rd in 1760


135 Squadron – OC Major Neal Archer moving on

Mobilisation and operational output

135 Sqn have a number of roles:  Geospatial Information Dissemination (GID), survey, geospatial analysis and now bulk reproduction of mapping

The Sqn continues to provide geo support to the Army, Defence and wider Government.

The Sqn has a constant remit to provide geo support when required to the following customers-

  • Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), in support of NATO
  • VANGUARD – support to a UK Divisional deployment
  • Wider Defence The
  • OC of 135 Sqn will change at the end of September with Maj Neal Archer being replaced by Maj Mark Sleeman.

The Prince of Wales visits HMS Echo

The Prince of Wales Visit to HMS Echo


Honorary Air Commodore (HAC)- Goodbye/Hello Liveryman & Past Master Delva Patman

The whole Squadron attended a formal lunch in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Wyton in April to say farewell to the outgoing HAC, Air Cdre Delva Patman, as her long association with 7010 Sqn comes to an end. She received an engraved decanter and a framed Air Commodore’s pennant from myself and we wish her every success in her new role with 601 Sqn


The RICS’s 150 anniversary dinner at Gt George Street – Friday 15th June 2018

The Master was privileged to joined doyens of the Property Profession at Great George Street. The delicious tasting menu was presented by Michel Roux Junior and the food was exquisite and  the most delicious that the Master had ever tasted!

Lego model of RICS HQ

Surveyor John Penfold designed the hexagonal pillar box in 1866 for Queen Victoria

In fine voice were the RICS Singers including the Father of the Company and a number of our faithful Liverymen


Ladies Day at RHS Wisley – Thursday 14th June 2018

22 ladies assembled at Wisley beginning with Coffee and Danish pastries and lots of friendly chatter followed by a 2 hours guided tour of the gorgeous gardens.

One of the two groups being escorted around the gardens

Newly landscaped area

Spot the two Past Masters

After a delicious meal Andrew Jasper, programme director of Wisley Strategic Investment Programme gave an informative talk on the redevelopment of the entrance, Education facility, restaurant, library and archive. This was mainly funded by the sale of their London Head Office which is being relocated to Wisley.

The Master’s Lady with esteemed company























More for Treloar’s – The Master Constructors’ Fund Raising – Wednesday 13th June 2018

The Master Constructor Tony Ward shakes hands with the State of the Art Robotic Arm

The Master, Tony Joyce and the Masters Lady, Polly represented the WCCS at a Livery Fundraising lunch at Guildhall where the Master Constructor is undertaking a parachute jump for Treloar’s. An excellent lunch followed by an auction raised £10,000!


WCCS Fishing Day – Friday 8th June

Our Senior Warden and Junior Warden led the ‘rods’ at our Livery Fishing Day

More details to follow……………………………………..


Ironbridge Weekend – 8th, 9th and 10th June 2018

The Master and Master’s Lady joined The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, The Sheriff’s and their Consorts together with c.200 others for the 2018 Masters and Consorts weekend at Ironbridge. This has been an annual tradition for the past 35 years.

The Master was arrested by a policeman and taken to The Estate Office at Blists Hill for not paying his rent….a trumped up charge. Fortunately he escaped the grip of The Estate Surveyor (Father of the Company — Alan Gillett) nimbly leaping on to Trigger’s unsaddled back (see Photo) and making a safe getaway, last seen heading for the woods!!

The Estate Surveyor throttling The Master…aka Alan Gillett and Tony Joyce


The Master making his getaway on Trigger his trusty steed ( well, shire horse actually but needs must).

The first steam engine to run on tracks pre-dating The Rocket.

The Suffragettes memorial

The Master and Lady at the Gala Dinner in the Enginuity Museum

Going back in time to the Darby Houses

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum is a World Heritage Site being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

There are a total of 10 award-winning museums including the Blists Hill Victorian Town.  The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors dismantled, brick by brick an original Estate Office from the Sutherland Estate and re-built it in this truly exceptional reconstructed Victorian Town.

The Master allegedly last seen racing along the  Cornish coast







Robert Clack School Dagenham Prize-giving – Wednesday 6th June 2018

The Master was privileged to award prizes to students at Robert Clack School to high achievers from Year 7. The Lower and Upper School have a total of 2,000 students.

Robert Clack School, Dagenham


Livery Guided Walk – Tuesday 5th June

Liveryman and City Guide Clwyd Roberts led a group of Liverymen and guests around parts of the City that we regularly walk past, unaware of the treasures that lay within a few feet of us.

The assembled company

Memorial to the unsung heroes in Postman’s Park

Some of the plaques

A moving report about a heroic 10 year old boy

An excellent concluding presentation by Clwyd in advance of our enjoying a small libation at the Bottlescrew


Thursday 31st May 2018 – The Buckingham Palace Garden Party

The Master, Tony Joyce and the Master’s Lady, Polly together with their daughter Harriet enjoyed a fabulous day at THE Palace.

This was preceded by a scrumptious lunch in the private dining room at the Goring Hotel with 5 other Masters and their consorts.

The weather forecasted thunderstorms and a deluge but we were blessed with wall to wall sunshine.

The Masters

The Consorts

Polly Tony and Harriet

Her Majesty The Queen

Prince William

Princess Eugenie — she mingled with the guests wonderfully

A beautifully turned out band

Our friends the Beefeaters

The Master and his Lady sated and relaxing in the sunshine after a delicious tea.

We Tuk Tuked back to the Goring Hotel to the great amusement of the tourists.
The Japanese cameras were very active at this point.



Disabled students given ‘passport to freedom’ with specially designed coach

A new ITV report on the Treloar Coach from 8 May has been produced:

See also the Master’s blog report from 18 April:

Hooray! The Treloar’s Coach Has Arrived — Wednesday 18th April 2018

Our updated crest on the side of The coach, to be displayed in the Lord Mayor’s Parade 2018


Lord Mayor’s Address at the Chartered Accountants Hall – Wednesday 2nd March 2018

Lord Mayor Charles Bowman gave his mid-term address in relation to past, present and future.

Lord Mayor Charles Bowman

Our Host, Master Chartered Accountant Clive Parritt

The Lord Mayor confirmed his three main themes and wishes are for a good BREXIT outcome, Charities: Samaritans and On-site Youth zones and TRUST.

He said that only 46% of the population trust businesses especially big businesses even though in most cases this is profoundly unfair. He said that CEO’s primary objective should be to build trust.

It is great to get to know Masters from so many varied walks of life.



Masters Dinner at the Old Bailey – Tuesday 1st May 2018

The Master and the Master’s Lady were privileged to join Sheriff Neil Redcliffe and his consort Mrs Emma Redcliffe for a tour of the Old Bailey followed by a delicious dinner accompanied by excellent wines.

The Sheriffs Tim Hailes and Neil Redcliffe

Photography, for security reasons was restricted. Sheriff Neil gave an excellent talk of the Bailey and ran through historical dates an infamous felons and innocents that had been in the Dock. The Master Surveyor sat in the dock as the Masters Lady proclaimed that it was a trumped up charge.

It was very interesting to view the most western part of the original London wall together with the beautiful domes and fresco’s. The number 1 Court is being beautifully refurbished.