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 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
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
Sophie Raworth and Past Master Wilson
The Master with Joanna Lindon from the RICS
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
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 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
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
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 Visit to HMS Echo
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 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
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
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!
Our Senior Warden and Junior Warden led the ‘rods’ at our Livery Fishing Day
More details to follow……………………………………..
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
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
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
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.
Polly Tony and Harriet
Her Majesty The Queen
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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
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.
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
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!
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 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