Author Archives: Tony Joyce

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.



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.


The Guildhall School of Music and Drama Vocal Final – Monday 30th April 2018

26 Voice students from GSMD entered this, their most prestigious vocal competition, the six finalists were Damian Arnold — tenor, Nancy Holt  — mezzo-soprano, Kayleigh McEvoy — soprano, Samuel Young — baritone, Jessica Ouston — mezzo soprano and Irene Hoogveld — soprano.

For us mere mortals it was so difficult to choose between them.

Fortunately the judges, Amanda Roocroft and Susan Bickley knew what they were looking for and chose the baritone Samuel Young and the people’s choice went to Irene Hoogveld. A financial prize was awarded to the winners by the Company.

people’s choice winner Irene Hoogveld withe the Master and Samuel Young the Judges winner

Afterwards members of the Livery with their guests entertained the musicians and their wonderful accompanying pianists to dinner.

The father of the company deep in conversation with the talented performers.


The Paviors Spring Livery Dinner, Fishmongers Hall – Wednesday 25th April 2018

The Master was privileged to be one of only three visiting Masters at this prestigious event, joined by Roger Poulton, Master Joiner & Ceiler and Robert Burgon, Master Plumber. A wonderful Hall in a magnificent setting on the Thames. A full bells and whistles event, great hilarity with Guest speaker Irishman Gerard O’Herlihy.

Sir Michael Bear donating his Shrieval chain of office to the Paviors Company

Sir Michael, a Liveryman also of the Chartered Surveyors Company paid  specific reference to the attendance of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

The Master Pavior was led in by Watermen

Entertainment by Viola player Virginia Slater accompanied by Dan Watts on piano


The Butcher’s Lecture and Lunch – Wednesday 25th April 2018

The Master and Clerk were invited to attend a presentation by the Butcher’s Company followed by a carvery lunch.

The Butchers Hall is being redeveloped as part of the Helical Bart’s Square scheme enabling them to reconfigure their old 1960’s building providing state of the art accommodation. Pens 1st September 2019.

Butcher Tim Dumenil, The Master, Colin Tiffin — Master Needlemakers, Anthony Komedera — Master Makers of Playing Cards

The new Hall can accommodate 156 seated and will have a roof garden for events of up to 80 people.They will have a state of the Art Kitchen.


Hooray! A new baby prince is born on St George’s Day. The Master and Clerk attended The St George’s Day Luncheon at The Watermen’s Hall – Monday 23rd April 2018

The Master and our Learned Clerk enjoyed  St George’s Day Luncheon at the Watermen’s Hall. The exotic fayre included a lobster cocktail served in the shell of sea urchin!


Let the festivities begin

The Master Lightmonger- Barbara Harding with The Master and Richard Hanney- the Master Plaisterer


The Turners Company’s Consort Tea Party and Turning Demonstration – Monday 23rd April 2018

The Masters Lady was invited by the Mistress Turner, Mrs Jo Neill to attend a demonstration of wood turning at the Hurlingham Club.

Les Thorne, professional turner and Freeman of the Turners Company. Les was very entertaining as he demonstrated his skill.

Mistress Butcher — Glenise Gillo, Mistress Cooper — Celia Campbell, Mistress Plaisterer — Susanne Hanney, Mistress Hackney Carriage Drivers — Tracy Hammond, Mistress Parish Clerks — Angela Plumb, Mistress Saddler — Many Thomas. The Consorts enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Hurlingham Club.

The Masters Lady — Polly Joyce with Celia Campbell, the Mistress Cooper taking a boat ride back to the City



Royal British Legion Industries, Aylesford, Kent – Friday 20th April 2018

For over 100 years the RBLI have been working to improve the lives of our military personnel that have been damaged in some way through warfare especially those who have physical, and or mental disabilities.

RBLI’s aim is to ensure that no Veteran is Left Behind. They offer Employment Support, Employment, Temporary and Permanent Accommodation, Nursing and assisted care giving the Veterans self esteem and respect no matter what they have been through.

The RBLI’s Aylesford based Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company produce Road signs, Motorway signs, Rail signs and many more. They also have a pallet production works where they build or repair the pallets used for aggregates.

The Master was presented with a bespoke sign in acknowledgement of our visit.

We were honoured to be introduced to veterans from far and near, many young Gurkha’s, soldiers from Figi, a soldier who was on board Sir Galahad when she was hit if the Falklands and a gold medalists from the Invicta Games.

Veteran workers with The Master, Past Master Wilson and Liveryman Colin Peacock.

A beautiful day in front of the Gold Winning Garden at this years Chelsea Flower Show, deconstructed after the show and re build at Aylesford.



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

Lucinda Gillingham Head of Fundraising at Treloar’s:

The whole campus has been filled with excitement today and I think virtually every class turned out in the sunshine to see the fabulous Coach arrive!   The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors logo looks amazing so I hope you are all pleased with how it has turned out.

I thought you may appreciate hearing some of our students thoughts on the Coach today:

  • “It’s good, I’m excited and looking forward to going on it.”
  • “I’m looking forward to going out as a whole class of eight, finally we won’t be cramped on two buses as we were before – it was a nightmare trying to organise a trip.”
  • “The new Coach will make a huge difference to the School – it will bring us altogether as we will no longer need to be separated.”
  • “I like the new Coach it makes me happy.”
  • “I like the Coach it’s fantastic and the best bus in the world for disabled people.”
  • “Happy days – we will be able to go out as a class and not have to take two buses.”
  • “Wow, it’s big, I’m looking forward to going on it and listening to music I like and watching DVD’s.”
  • “I’m so excited we’ll be able to go on the bus altogether – I’ll be able to travel with my friends.”

Everyone was also busy planning their trips out – I heard Harry Potter World, the Hawk Conservancy, the Beach, Marwell Zoo and Woodlarks Camping mentioned – and I’m sure many others will follow.

Anyhow, it was lovely to welcome Amanda today and we look forward to showing Tony and William the Coach at the official launch party on 3rd July.

A lovely sunny day to receive the coach 🙂

Comment from our Learned Clerk Amanda Jackson:

“I have just spent a very privileged hour at Treloar College watching the new coach arrive.  I am extremely proud of the Company for having made a donation of £115,000 to Treloar Trust.  This strikes at the heart of what Livery Companies are about.  Treloar Trust could not be more grateful.

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





The Upholders Installation Dinner – Tuesday 17th April 2018

Tim Solway was installed as Master of The Worshipful Company of Upholders (Upholstery) appropriately at the Stationers Hall as Tim is a Printer. He had 26 members of his family present to he out familied the Joyce’s!! Well done Tim!

A truly splendid occasion and following the Masters tradition his cousin Richard Exall and Amy Roberts entertained us with a medley of Jazz numbers, all very good fun.

Master Tim Solway

The Stationers seated 160 guests

Our good friends the Pikemen and Musketeers were pretty stretched, on parade here as well as in the Mansion House and Guildhall!


Military Affiliates Endeavour Gala Dinner – Saturday 14th April 2018

The Master and the Masters Lady were privileged to attend the 135 Squadron’s Gala Dinner at the Queens Stand at Epsom Downs. The food was delicious and the company most engaging.

135 generously invited representatives from our Navy and RAF Affiliates together with the Mayor of Epson and Ewell accompanied by her consort.

The Master offered greetings from the WCCS and said a few words about the importance of our ongoing association.

The Master displaying the Endeavour Salver surrounded by previous Endeavour winners

Army, Navy and RAF with the Master and Master’s Lady



The Masters & Clerks’ Dinner at The Information Technologists – Thursday 12th April 2018

The Master felt especially privileged to attend this most pleasant evening on behalf of our Company. The Master Information Technologist, Dr Stefan Fafinski was hilarious as he welcomed the visiting Masters, especially pulling the legs of the fuellers, fire fighters and insurers.

He also pointed out that being the 100th Livery Company to be formed, as these numbers are binary being made up of the number one with two zeros, they are so  very appropriate for Information Technologists

Master Solicitor — Alderman David Graves, Tim Carroll — Master Insurer, The Master, Tony Ward — Master Constructor, Morag Loader — Master Tax Adviser, Dr Sefan Fafinski — Master Information Technologist, David Lock — Master Chartered Secretary

Chloe Andrews-Jones — Master Fueller, The Master, Julie Fox — Management Consultants’ Clerk