Very many thanks to all those who came to enjoy a triumphant Livery Christmas service at St Lawrence Jewry.
Escaping for Christmas
The full Compliment: L to R: Livery Chaplain Revd John Kronenberg, Renter Warden Ken Morgan, Senior Warden Digby Flower, The Master, Junior Warden John Woodman and Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry David Parrott
In collusion with Liveryman and Choir Master Bill Gloyn, the Master requested some personal touches in the service. he was suitably indulged. These included adopting the ‘original’ air to While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night (tune the same as Ilkley Moor ‘Bar Tat). Also the Trinidadian Carol — The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy. Members of the choir confessed the practices were on occasion challenging but it was more than ‘all right on the night’ — they were simply brilliant.
Bill ‘Santa’ Gloyn conducts both choir and congregation with gusto!
The lessons were read by Renter Warden — Ken Morgan, The Master’s Lady — Mrs Pauline Joyce, Junior Warden — John Woodman, Senior Warden — Digby Flower, Liveryman Duncan Moss and the Master Tony Joyce.
The service was conducted by Reverend Canon David Parrott with the address given by Chartered Surveyor The Reverend John Kronenberg,
The service was opened with a magnificent Trumpet and Organ Voluntary.
Thanks to GVA for kindly hosting a brilliant after party.
The Master and Master’s Lady wish you all very Merry Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
The Master and Masters Lady were privileged to join Masters of other companies including Roy Sanders, Master Broderer and Archie Smith, Prime Warden of the Company of Shipwrights and Prime Warden of the Master Mariners in the magnificent Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
The Chapel of St Peter
The Magnificent Organ
Liveryman and CEO of the Sea Cadets with University colleague, the Masters Lady and the Master
The Sea Cadets London Band played instrumentals, young cadets devised their own readings on Commitment, Honesty and Integrity, Loyalty and Respect.
Liveryman, Assistant Alistair Subba Row kindly entertained The Master and other guests to a magnificent banquet in the Great Hall in the Guildhall. Alistair, Senior Partner at surveying practice Farebrother, is a Liveryman of the Apothecaries Company as well as Chair of the Fund Raising Committee for our Worshipful Company.
The Assembled Company
The occasion commenced with champagne (Lagache Brut) being served in the Old Library. Moving into the magnificent Great Hall we enjoyed a delicious four course meal with 4 wines (Vire-Clesse Chanson, Penfolds Koonunga Hill Sevety Six Shiraz Cabernet, Coteaux du Layon Domaine des Forges and Fonseca Bin 27 port). It was stupendous!
The caterers served 750 guests with incredible efficiency.
We were honoured to be entertained in the presence of the most elegant, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.
Today at 2.45 pm representatives of our Livery Company turned out in their masses to pay tribute to Sir Brian Hill, immediate Past Master William Hill’s father. In a truly moving service the packed congregation celebrated the life of this wonderful gentleman. Sir Brian was the 18th Master of our Worshipful Company in the 1994/5 year. In the service, tributes were given by William Hill, Derek Ridout, Sarah Lott — Sir Brian’s daughter, and Bob Gunn, Maggie Kippen and Sally Moss from The Kingswood Community.
We closed with a song written about Sir Brian to the tune of ‘Hello Dolly’ paying special tribute to Sir Brian’s formidable acting career.
Sir Brian Hill
Afterglow by Helen Lawrie Marshall read:
I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Sir Brian will be greatly missed, our sympathy goes out to his family.
The Master and the Master’s Lady, Tony and Pauline, enjoyed a brilliant evening at the Mercers’ Concert followed by a delicious supper. We were entertained by the virtuoso trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins who amongst other achievements plays the intro music to ‘The Antiques Road Show’ and played for The Royal Philharmonic, Sadlers Wells and English Chamber Orchestras.
Crispian was accompanied by Leslie Pearson, Britains most distinguished keyboard player. His compositions include, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Dr Who, Poirot and Lovejoy.
Liveryman Colin Peacock, Liveryman elect Antony Phillips and The Master attended a Property Case Law round up given by six members of FieldFisher’s Real Estate Team
Colin Peacock, Tony Joyce and Antony Phillips
The Masters Lady, Pauline Joyce joined other consorts for a Champagne Tea at the Guildhall Club where the Lady Mayoress spoke about Fellowship and Charity and how the role of consorts is becoming more important in these changing times.
The Master Tax Advisor’s Consort, Mr. Andrew Loader welcomed the Mistresses’ and Consorts’ at a splendid luncheon at the Bakers’ Hall which was followed by an hilarious address by Mr Neil Fletcher, Beadle to The Worshipful Company of Bakers on the Bakers’ Hall and it’s history. They seem to still be licking their wounds for being blamed for starting the Great fire of London. He blamed the French. The Master’s lady, Pauline Joyce enjoyed another opportunity to meet fellow Consorts.
The Master with a number of other Livery Masters were treated to an excellent presentation followed by supper by Cambridge Professor David Spiegelhalter, OBE, FRS who has presented the BBC4 documentaries including ‘Tails you Win’, ‘Climate Change by Numbers ‘ and ‘Sex by Numbers’. He enlightened us to how statistics are knowingly wrongly presented in order to sensationalise stories, often saying quite the reverse of the statistical findings.
Staple Inn Hall
We were privileged to be invited to have drinks at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s City home. The Lord Mayor then set out his aims and ambitions not just for 1 year but a 3 year plan, which subject to due process will be fulfilled by his successors…well at least 2 of them! Alderman Charles Bowman Lord Mayor presented his concerns for the future of the City and emphasised the need for even more transparency. His 4 ‘R’s’ are Responsible, Reliable, Radical and Relevant. He encouraged all Livery Companies to acquire RAF Military Affiliates and referenced our very own past Master Delva Patman, who presided to this end, in an official capacity.
The Livery Masters gathered in the Great Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House
Alderman Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor
Clive Parritt, Master Chartered Accountant, Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor and Master Chartered Surveyor Tony Joyce
The Masters and Wardens of the 110 Livery Companies were invited to process the full length of Westminster Cathedral to enjoy a splendid musical service in support of Help Musicians UK. The choir was male only from the youngest school children to seasoned choristers. They were superb.
Senior Warden and Master
Master listens carefully to sage words of Senior Warden
The Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London held a formal dinner at the Stationers Hall, It was a fun evening with a most entertaining address given by Lieutenant General David Leakey, CMG, CBE, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod who proposed a toast to the Company.
Caroline Field, Ronnie Fox (Past Master of the Solicitors Company) and The Master
Mrs Panthea Parker, Neil Logan-Green, Master and Ed Parker
Master, Alderman David Graves with Black Rod to his right
The Master and the Masters Lady, were privileged to be invited to attend a celebratory lunch at the 5 star Grand Hotel in Eastbourne to celebrate Lady Davies and Sir David’s 25th wedding anniversary. It was a splendid affair with excellent amusing speeches.
Master, Master’s Lady, Past Master Lady Davies and Sir David Davies
A number of Liverymen supported the RICS/LandAid charity event at the RICS HQ and were treated to a surprise visit from the Duke of Cambridge.
The Duke of Cambridge addresses the supporters of this worthy initiative
Past Master Bould converses with The Duke of Cambridge
An honourable moment
Champagne Breakfast Fundraiser 2017, RICS, Landaid, Pledge 150, 17th November 2017, The Duke of Cambridge,
It was a privilege to be invited by 135 Geographic Squadron to attend their Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church, Ewell and afterwards to be fed and watered in their drill hall. At lunch which was either Curry or Shepherds Pie, I was honoured to be sandwiched between The Worshipful, the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost and Honorary Colonel Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB.
It was with great joy that I presented the Endeavour Award to Corporal Gary Kirchmair for going beyond the call of duty in his care for his colleagues and new recruits through exceptional voluntary mentoring.
Splendid Guard of Honour as we paraded from the Memorial to the church
The Worshipful, The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell addressing the troops
135 Geographic Squadron on Parade
The Master presenting the Endeavour Award to Corporal Gary Kirchmair
A privilege to engage with these wonderful citizens
Photo taken by Past Master George Gillon
135 Geographic Squadron at the Lord Mayor’s Show
Our military in the making!
The Master and Renter Warden
Our Military affiliate
135 Geographic Squadron
The Chelsea Pensioners bus
Yes and they even had Camels!
Amazing music from around the world
Renter Warden Ken Morgan with representatives of the Modern Livery Companies
Liveryman Mark Larard and Renter Warden Ken Morgan
Unlike the past two years, we were blessed with a dry day. Liverymen Ken Morgan and Tony Joyce paraded with the Modern Companies. Liveryman Mark Larard was again on Marshall duty. It was agreat joy to catch the eyes of Past Masters Delva Patman and George Gillon in the Lord Mayor’s Stand.
It was great to catch up with so many Surveyors Liverymen and Past Masters at The Hon Elizabeth Green’s reception this evening.
Past Masters Roger Southam, Lady Jenna and Rob Bould with The Master
Very many thanks to Charles Russell Speechly and Savills under the guidance of Liveryman Clwyd Roberts and his team for delivering a great careers evening for year 12 students, as a result of which many students have secured half term work experience placements.
Students from Robert Clack with teacher John Hamill
Dr Matthew Burke gave a fascinating discourse on the use of polymers in medicine at The Royal Society of Medicine. He focussed primarily on how the polymers enable the slow release of drugs which dramatically reduces side effects. Afterwards, Masters, Masters Ladies, Wardens and Clerks were treated to a delicious supper.
Polly Joyce (Masters Lady), Tony Joyce (Master), Alison Gill (Master Horner), Diana Muirhead and Martin Muirhead (Horner).
Antony Phillips, Senior Property Partner at Fieldfisher for the fifth year running once again treated the SFS to a very interesting Property Landlord and Tenant update focussing on break clauses and Landlord and Tenant covenants and obligations.
Phil Richards, Chairman of the SFS, Tony Joyce (Master). Antony Phillips, Fieldfisher Head of Property
At St Stephen Walbrook, the Livery Masters attended a service of thanksgiving for the Lord Mayor’s year in office. A most entertaining address was given by The Revd Canon Roger Royle, Chaplain to The Lord Mayor. His tribute was not only to the Lord Mayor but also to Wendy, the Lady Mayoress during which he presented each a limited edition of Roger Royle Blackpool Rock (well beyond their sell-by date… the rock, not Andrew and Wendy!) The reference to Blackpool being the home town of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley and Tony Joyce (Master Chartered Surveyor)
Following the Service of Remembrance at St Paul’s, the Waterman’s Company invited the Masters and their Clerks to enjoy a delicious luncheon in their Hall at St Mary at Hill, London EC3.
Stephen Gee, The Master Basketmaker and Tony Joyce, The Master Chartered Surveyor
Besides representatives from the Military and City Guilds, 110 Livery Masters and their Clerks gathered for breakfast in the Crypt at St Paul’s and then joined the Lord Mayor in each planting a cross with poppy in the garden of remembrance.
Robert Burgon, Master Plumber, Tony Joyce, Master Chartered Surveyor, and Stephen Wagstaffe, Master Chartered Architect
A most moving service in Westminster remembering the many fallen Surveyors who died or suffered as a result of war. The service was well attended by Livery colleagues and the address given by our Honorary Chaplain John Kronenberg. The Hymns and Anthems were led by the RICS singers and conducted by our very own Bill Gloyn. This was Liveryman Amanda Clack’s final engagement before flying off to Toronto to hand over her Presidency.
Liverymen: Amanda Clack (RICS President), Tony Joyce (Master), Bill Gloyn (Choir Master)
Liveryman Liz Peace and the Master were treated to an exclusive preview of the proposed Culture Mile. This is a partnership between The Barbican, the Museum of London, The Guildhall School of Music and Arts and the London Symphony Orchestra. The City have delivered project funding and the cooperative will be seeking partnership funding for the scheme. This involves moving the Museum to the redundant elements of Smithfield, and the redevelopment of the site where the Museum is currently housed. Amazingly Banksy has been at work on the corners of Chiswell Street and Golden Lane EC2. More to come on this fabulous and exciting programme.
Liveryman Liz Peace and the Master admiring the City’s very own Banksy
Assistant Peacock and the Master attended a brilliant London Secondary Schools debate at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. The debaters were aged between 13 and 16. The motion was ‘the voting age should be reduced to 16’. Strong arguments were put for and against the motion. Then youngsters were invited to comment from the floor. This programme provides an incredible opportunity for young people to develop their debating skills. We were so impressed by their high standard. Last year the winning UK schools team made it to the world final…and won! Many thanks to the RICS for hosting a reception afterwards at Great George Street for the organisers and supporters of Debate Mate.
Debate Mate Launch, Tony Joyce and Colin Peacock
The Master and Master’s Lady
Thanks to all of my dear friends for honouring me with their presence at my Installation as Master at Drapers’ Hall. Especial thanks to my speakers Claer Barrett, star of paper, radio and television, and to Harvey Soning, Chairman of JAI for being prepared to speak and also being so kind to me. To have the Pikemen and Musketeers on Parade and being entertained by classical guitarist William Scott, student at the Royal College made it all more special. Let’s have more fun together… watch this space!!
To hear Willian Scott playing classical guitar go to the following websites: https://www.willscottguitarist.co.uk
My year as Master is over! We have just finished a magnificent evening at Drapers’ Hall where Tony Joyce was installed as our new Master. Congratulations and best wishes to him and Polly for the year ahead. It has been a huge honour to serve the Company and I would like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to Amanda and her team for their hard work and of course to you the livery for your incredible support and encouragement during my year in office.
My last official engagement as Master. I was on duty at 8.00 am at the new offices of UBS in Broadgate Circus to participate in a panel session to discuss the Q3 survey results. Some very bullish views from agents and investors on the prospects for the industrial sector.
Congratulations to Duncan Preston who has been presented by Amanda Clack the President’s Medal. Duncan has not only been a great servant of the Company but also over many years for the RICS.