Monthly Archives: July 2018

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