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14th September 2016

Nigel Pullman completed his time as chairman of the Livery Committee, and has been succeeded by Richard Regan (presently Prime Warden Blacksmith).

25th November 2016

NZ livery dinner in Auckland

A dinner is being planned at the Northern Club in Auckland, to be held on Friday 25th November, for liverymen either based in New Zealand, or visiting the country, together with their spouses and partners. To contact the organiser, please email

16th November 2016

Lord Mayor’s Briefing to Masters

DATE CHANGE. Following a revised Government policy on LM overseas visits (and subsequent diary clash), it is with apologies that Mansion House have requested the date of the Lord Mayor’s Briefing to Masters, Prime Wardens and their Clerks be bought forward by one week to Wednesday 16th November (in the afternoon). Formal invitations will be sent from MH immediately following the election of the new Lord Mayor, ie after 29th September.

30th August - 4th September 2016

Great Fire 350

At the centre of the Great Fire 350 commemorations, London’s Burning reimagined the Great Fire of 1666 through the vision of contemporary artists, writers and thinkers. It was a festival of arts and ideas, and you may view the BBC TV programme that covered it at this link. Brought to you by Artichoke, a third of all livery companies supported this commemoration, and contibuted sponsorship totalling £100,000. As a result, the livery received full acknowledgement for their contribution, historical and contemporary, in the extensive media coverage, including, for example, explicitly in the Radio 4 documentary at BBC iPlayer

19th July 2016

Bishop of London announces retirement in 2017

Richard Chartres has written to clergy and parishes across the Diocese of London to share the timetable for his retirement, with his last public engagement as Bishop of London being Candlemas at St Paul’s Cathedral on 2 February 2017. The Bishop, who has held the post for over twenty years, will continue his work and engagements as normal until Christmas and will continue to hold the post of Dean of HM Chapels Royal until the appointment of the 133rd Bishop of London.

Statement by Bishop Richard.

21st September & 17th October 2016

Memorial services

Services will take place to celebrate the lives of two past Lord Mayors, as below:

Sir Robert Finch at St Paul’s Cathedral on 21st September at 5pm  (evensong). 

Sir Gavyn Arthur at Temple Church on Monday 17th October at 2.45pm

Saturday 30th July - Wednesday 10th August

The Livery Halls and the Great Fire

The Architects’ Company together with others involved in building in the City, have joined forces to arrange guided walks through the Square Mile, especially designed for members of Livery Companies, to mark the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire.

Two experienced City guides have worked out a fascinating but not too taxing route that tells the story of the Fire and focuses on those halls with extant post Fire fabric - like the Apothecaries, Innholders, Skinners, Stationers, Tallow Chandlers and Vintners. The walks will start at the Monument and move westwards to finish in Blackfriars Lane in front of Apothecaries' Hall - an easy walk to the Blackfriars pub for those in need of a restorative following their exertions.

Saturday 30 July David Thompson 14.00 -16.00 hrs 

Wednesday 3 Aug David Thompson 18.00-20.00 hrs 

Saturday 6 Aug Stephen Wagstaffe 14.00-16.00 hrs 

Wednesday 10 Aug David Thompson 18.00-20.00 hrs

The cost of each tour is £20 per head - funds will be donated to the London’s Burning project, the highlight of the official commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire.

To book places on the walk click here.

24th June 2016

Livery Briefing

The June edition of the bi-monthly Livery Briefing newsletter has been emailed to all clerks requesting onward distribution to their liverymen. This edition, and all backnumbers, are also to be found in the Library of this website.

24th June 2016

Great Fire Dinner Plays

The new dinner play “The Great Fire of London Remembered: An Evening with Samuel Pepys” was performed at Bakers' Hall over five nights from Monday 20th to Friday 24th June, attracting capacity audiences from across the City’s Liveries. 

The play was commissioned by the Bakers' Company for the City’s Great Fire commemorations, with the cast of four actors from Stratford upon Avon playing eleven parts between them and singing newly composed minstrel songs at the end of each act.

 Around the dining tables, between the courses of a fine meal from The Cook and The Butler, Pepys and his fellow thespians relived the days of the Great Fire, including Pepys’ observations from All Hallows church tower, the loss of 13,000 homes, 87 churches and 44 Livery Halls, and the controversies of London’s rebuilding.

 For better or for worse, many Livery Companies found themselves mentioned, resulting in lively, and at times raucous, audience participation.

24th June 2016

Election of Sheriffs

Aldermen Peter Estlin and William Russell were duly elected as Sheriffs today, Midsummer Day. They will take office on 28th September. For their Election addresses, click here for Alderman Estlin and here for Alderman Russell.

For a note on twin aldermanic sheriff years, please visit the Clerks' Almanac.

23rd June 2016

The Enterprise Bill - Apprenticeships 

The Bill received Royal Assent in May 2016.  This legislation  creates  a new statutory body, the Institute for Apprenticeships, responsible for the future regulation and public funding of apprenticeships, and, as the Livery may be aware,  contains provisions on the use of the term 'apprentice' and 'apprenticeships'. Through the considerable efforts of the City Remembrancer, significant progress has been made in obtaining assurances from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills that the legislation would not affect the use of the term by the  Livery Companies, and further opportunities will be sought in the new Session of Parliament to formalise the position of the Livery.

8th June 2016

Aldermanic succession

The Court of Aldermen have announced or confirmed their endorsement of their preferred members to go forward to the offices of Lord Mayor and Sheriff over the next two years, subject, as always, to election by the Livery at Common Hall.

2016 - Lord Mayor, Andrew Parmley; Sheriffs, William Russell and Peter Estlin

2017 - Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman; Sheriff, Tim Hailes

The Town Clerk has today written to all Masters & Clerks etc advising the above preferred progression.

3rd June 2016

Inter livery Rifle Shooting Meet

Now in its third year, the Livery Rifle day, organised by the Bakers’ Company at Bisley Camp, brought together 45 liverymen from 14 companies, representing all types of liveries, Great 12, Companies with and without Halls, and modern Companies. An opportunity in the livery calendar for such a diverse group to mix. 

We shot 5 disciplines including pistols from the wild west, 900 yard Target rifles, and running boar – a very old former Olympic discipline. Amazingly,  after each team had fired well in excess of 500 shots between them there was a tie for first place between the Gunmakers and Clothworkers. After the tie break Gunmakers won by a short neck.

Next year's event is on Friday 2nd June 2017 (subject to confirmation). To register your interest, email Colin Sach

1st June 2016


The Livery Committee has been asked to promulgate the notice below that has appeared in the London Gazette. In doing so, there is no implication that liverymen have abused the convention.

"Notice is hereby given that, in line with the long-established convention concerning foreign titles, British nationals who have been awarded an honour by another country may not use any associated title, that the award might bestow, in the United Kingdom. 

Only those British nationals, including dual nationals, awarded a British Knighthood or appointed to a British Order of Chivalry as a Dame, may use the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’ in the United Kingdom."

22nd May 2016

Nottinghamshire County Show

The Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society founded in 1799 each year stages the County Show.  This year, their president, Geoffrey Bond (past master Glazier), invited some of the craft-based Livery Companies, including the Farriers, Turners, and Wheelwrights, to the Show, demonstrating their skills and support for apprenticeships.  With the use of Livery Company display banners visitors were told about the great contribution the Livery Companies make to our society in general and apprenticeship in particular.  Geoffrey has also set up a new Midlands Agricultural Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme because as he states ‘more young people are needed for this important industry which offers very rewarding careers’.  

21st May 2016

City Livery Yacht Club Regatta 

Sixteen sailing boats representing eleven different Livery Companies competed at Cowes for the 47th award of the Lord Mayor’s Cup.

The Island Sailing Club start line saw the fleet jostling for position heading off towards the east.  The wind was in the SW at about 17 knots gusting to 25 so the sailing was challenging and exciting.

The overall winner was Assassin, jointly crewed by Stationers and Marketors. The Leathersellers won the Millennium Cup, and the full results may be viewed at this link.

The next event on the CLYC calendar is a cross-Channel cruise to St Vaast-la-Hougue, 15th – 19th June – click here for details

Next year’s Regatta will be on Saturday 20th May.

Friday 20th May 2016

Brigantes Breakfast at Cutlers' Hall, Sheffield

Opening to a fanfare of ‘Ilkley Moor Baht'at’, with a menu rich in Yorkshire provenance and a marching Brass Band concert over coffee, the 2016 annual luncheon of City of London Liverymen in the North was a lively affair.

 310 Liverymen and their guests attended, including 18 current Masters representing 76 Livery Companies. Adrian Waddingham, Sheriff in 2013/14, Past Master Actuary and Lancastrian, presided. The speakers were Dame Fiona Woolf, Master Solicitor, James Newman, Ironmonger, Yorkshireman and Past Master Cutler in Hallamshire, and His Honour Judge Paul Worsley, Cooper and Yorkshireman, who sits at the Old Bailey. 

If you would like to be included in notices of future Brigantes occasions in the north, please email David Bentley with your contact details. 

Thursday 19th May 2016

Prince Arthur Cup Golf

The competition was played at Walton Heath Golf Club and 208 players participated over 36 holes. Prizes were presented by the Master Coachmaker, including to the winning pair, the Brewers, and to the runners-up, the Spectacle Makers. 

Next year’s event will be on Thursday 18th May - for entry details, please contact the Secretary.

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Inter Livery Clay Shoot

117 teams consisting of 470 guns from  64 different  livery companies attended at the Holland & Holland Ground, again organised by the Environmental Cleaners’. For the first time in 23 years it rained and rained, but the brave wet guns continued to the end knowing that good food, wine and roast pig were awaiting them in the marquee when they finished.  

The eventual overall winners were Butchers A team, closely followed by Gunmakers C just one point behind, with Gunmakers D in third place. Individual discipline winners included

 Side by Side - Grocers E

Flush - Dyers A

Graham Cudlip. Mercer, was the Top Gun, and Emma Maybery, Butcher, the Top Lady.

Provisional date for next year 17th May

16th May 2016

 RIP Sir Gavyn Arthur

Has died. 13 September 1951-16 May 2016. Lord Mayor 2002-03. PM Gardener, Wax Chandler, PR Practitioner, and Guild of Freemen.

A memorial service will take place at 2.45pm on Monday 17 October at Temple Church. …

19 September 2016

A Practical Guide to Petitioning for a Grant of Arms

This talk, presentation and practical workshop is aimed at those persons who might be considering petitioning for a grant of arms and those interested in learning more about the process and practicalities involved. No prior knowledge of heraldry or the language of coats of arms (blazon) is expected or required.

Participants will have the opportunity to prepare their own petition, design their own arms, consider the various options, gather evidence for their petition and learn more about the process, timescale and costs. 

More at this link.

22 April 2016

City Livery Club’s “Root & Branch Award”

The 2016 Award for an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the Livery has been won by Paul Jagger of the Information Technologists’. On joining the Company in 2011 he soon realised that there was a story to tell about the City liveries and their traditions, and set out to write The City of London Freeman's Guide, which now goes hand in hand with an informative website and twitter handle @CityandLivery. 

The standard of entries this year from so many Livery companies led the judging panel also to award a Highly Commended prize to Bob Heathfield of the Constructors'. Showing a very different element of Livery commitment, Bob runs a scheme for young professionals in the industry to carry out research and enhance their knowledge and that of the industry as well as mentoring these young people in their careers.   

“Paul Jagger has shown how modern communication can showcase the best of what Livery Companies do. The Root & Branch Award seeks to recognise exceptional Liverymen with initiative and innovation and hard work,” said Alderman Alison Gowman, head of the Club’s judging panel. “Paul has not stopped with a new enthusiasm for a second book and with a knack to explain in an interesting, sometimes funny and always informative way."

Mr Jagger will receive his award, which consists of a medal and a cheque for £1000 to a charity of his choice at the City Livery Club’s annual Civic Lunch on 24th May in  Carpenters’ Hall. More at the City Livery Club website.

18 April 2016

Leathersellers' Company return to St Helen's Place

After over five years in the wilderness, the Leathersellers’ Company have returned home, and the new Hall, their seventh, and the sixth on this site of the Benedictine priory and nunnery acquired by the Company for £380 in 1543, following the Reformation. 

Curiously, the ward boundary runs down the middle of St Helen’s Place, and since the new hall is now on the opposite side of the road, the Company’s votes have moved from Bishopsgate into Lime Street ward. 

The architect is Eric Parry. The first Court meeting in the new hall is on 4th May. The address is 7 St Helen's Place, EC3A 6AB

18 April 2016

Zurich Guilds Sechseläuten celebrations 

The third Monday in April traditionally marks the start of summer for the guilds of Zurich, and is celebrated with a parade that takes over the city - not unlike the Lord Mayor’s Show. For the Zurich guildsmen, however, there is no Lord Mayor - instead they have a giant snowman - the Böögg. He is atop a giant bonfire (so now think Guy Fawkes).

For many years warm friendships between the London Liveries and their Zurich Guild counterparts have been established, and City companies were represented at the 2016 Sechseläuten. Among them the Cutlers, Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers, Joiners & Ceilers, Pattenmakers, and World Traders, as well as a large number of individual liverymen from other companies.

Despite appalling weather, the Zurich guildsmen welcomed their London colleagues with warm generosity. However the heavy rain meant that the Böögg head took a record breaking 43 minutes to blow off in the fire, which in local folklore indicates a bad summer ahead.

7 April 2016 

Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch 

This annual event at Guildhall, held in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity, was attended by HRH Prince Harry, together with many livery masters and other VIP’s, serving soldiers and reservists, and their predecessors. With generous sponsorship from many liveries and corporations, an attractive raffle and auction, ad other fund raising, a record amount was again raised for The Soldiers Charity.

1 – 4 September 2016

Great Fire 350 

In early September across the Square Mile, an artistic response to the history, heritage and effect of the 1666 Great Fire of London will see an extraordinary number of commemorative events and activities, and will tell the stories big and small of London’s Great Fire. With founding support from the City of London Corporation, creative producers Artichoke, known most recently for Lumiere London, the light festival that took over the West End and King’s Cross in January, will present a four day programme of free spectacular outdoor installations. Londoners and visitors will be invited to explore the City and see its history and what the Great Fire means today through the vision of contemporary artists. Further information will be available in June. 

13 May 2016

City of London Masters & Wardens collection for the Red Cross


For many years now, the Masters and Wardens of many City Livery Companies have come together to kindly support our annual Red Cross Week Flag Day collection on London Bridge. This historical event, which has seen several hundred Liverymen and women take to the streets in support of the Red Cross, has raised over £100k to date. Aldermen, Clerks and Beadles are all very welcome to join us too. With your help we can make this year’s collection the most successful yet! We are looking for people to join us on Friday 13th May to collect either first thing in the morning from Fishmongers Hall (followed by a ‘bacon butty’) or during the evening rush hour from Mansion House (followed by something fizzy). Please contact Claudia Baxter on 0207 877 7602 or email


29 June 2016

Jailed & Bailed by invitation of The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress

 Clerks you think your Master or Prime Warden has enjoyed their time in office a little too much, now is the time to get your revenge and send them to the Tower of London on the 29th June 10.30am – 2.00pm for a Lunch of ‘bread and water’ courtesy of Pol Roger. This year is the thirteenth ‘Jailed & Bailed’ event which to date has seen 203 normally upstanding members of the City Of London arrested for heinous crimes. These have included falsely impersonating Robin Hood, concealing 3ft pokers and the very public misdemeanour, which brought the 2012 Lord Mayor's Show to a grinding halt.


With room for up to 30 felons in this year’s line-up, we would very much like to see as many of the City Liveries and Institutions represented as possible. Since 2004 felons have raised over £409,000 to support the work of the British Red Cross. From the kind comments we have received from previously felons, we can promise you a day that will be a real highlight of your year in office. “It a day of great fun throughout and will certainly rank as one of the highlights in my Year as Master and it was a privilege to 'raise my Bail' for such a worthy cause!” Felon 2014. For more information please contact Laura Deacon on 0207 877 7606 or email

27 & 28 April 2016

iSHAKESPEARE performed by Bruce Morrison in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula

Commemorating and celebrating the Quadricentenary of ‘The Man Of The Millennium’, William Shakespeare, performer Bruce Morrison presents the premiere of iShakespeare, a new and thrilling intimate solo Shakespeare Event in words, poetry, song and music, within the walls of The Tower of London, one of London’s - and indeed, the world’s - most iconic and ancient buildings. Online tickets:

31 March

So, Farewell then

To two past Lord Mayors who have died this month:

Sir Richard Nichols, Lord Mayor 1997-98. b. 26 April 1938 d. 14 March 2016.

Sir Robert Finch, Lord Mayor 2003-04. b. 20 August 1944 d. 31 March 2016. 

Earlier in the year saw the Thanksgiving Service for the life of Sir Christopher Walford. Lord Mayor 1994-95. b.15 October 1935  d. 20 October 2015.

Monday 21 March

The City’s Business

A guide to maximising the collective effort of the City to support more young people into employment.

Liverymen with an interest in this subject are invited to the launch of the Guide, to be held in Guildhall on 21st March, 6.00-8.00pm

If you wish to attend, please email  before Friday 11 March.

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Livery Showcase Event

Apprentices and professionals, liverymen and students, mingled at Guildlhall where 30 widely differing career paths were showcased. Over 600 students from 25 schools across London were able to chat to shipwrights and saddlers, information technologists and medical students. They discovered how to plan a career in hospitality and ophthalmology and tested their aptitude for flying. They sampled the work of basketmakers and calligraphers, footwear designers and leatherworkers, trying their hand at decorative paint techniques, upholstery and baking. Advice could be found on surveying and banking as well as architecture and the construction industry. A massive Scalextric track drew students in to a discussion about the automotive and aeronautical industries and apprentice butchers enthused students about the thriving meat trade. 

The Livery Showcase Event, held annually, is a key opportunity for Livery Companies  to engage with students inspiring them to consider career paths and job opportuinties in the wide range of skills, trades and professions they represent. 

Monday 7 March 2016

Inter-Livery Bridge Competition

The Winners of the 2016 event, organised by the Makers’ of Playing Cards, were the Actuaries Company. For full details and all winners, click here. Next year’s competition at Drapers’ Hall will be on Monday 6th March 2017.

Monday 7 March 2016

Lynn Painer-Stainers Art Prize

The 2016 Winner of the £15,000 prize, awarded at the Mall Galleries, was The Cowgate by Henry Kondracki. For full details and all winners, click here.

National Memorial Arboretum Appeal

As part of its fundraising campaign for the refurbishment of the NMA, all Livery companies were invited to buy a large Yorkstone paviour, to be engraved with their Coat of Arms, which would then be laid in Heroes’ Square - the centre piece of the new development. Many have already purchased one, but there are a few more spaces left within the allocation set aside for the Livery Companies which will take pride of place alongside those to represent the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.  Every engraved paviour will be referenced and in the Educational Centre, where visitors will be able to see a representation of Heroes’ Square with a brief history of all those with stones. 

The build has begun and will be completed in the autumn of this year. If you would like to find out more, or secure a paving stone for your Company, please email Caroline Cary or phone 01980 611211.

City Music Foundation

The CMF charity supports exceptional musical talent by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, expertise and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers.

All their Artists engage in an innovative two-year programme, which includes artistic and business mentoring as well as professional development workshops, the creation of promotional tools and the support and promotion of a bespoke musical project to help them develop a unique selling point.

The CMF's presence in the City is further enhanced by their Concert Series, held monthly at St Lawrence Jewry, and the annual 'City Beerfest’ on 6th July, combining classical music, jazz, and beer. Also look out for Simon Callow, Joan Rodgers and Roger Vignoles on 15th April in a Shakespeare concert in the Guildhall Art Gallery.

Tuesday 1 March 2016

PRINT ‘Perception and Reality’

This lecture will take place at 7pm followed by a drinks reception at Pewterers Hall.

 Continuing the ‘Perception and Reality’ series this lecture will explore the evolution of print as a marketing and propaganda tool.  From the romanticised Edwardian adverts with glowing Gibson girls through to the Technicolor glory days of the real life Mad men, notably Ogilvy & Mather, finally a look into the use of Photoshop and simplification of marketing as we become increasingly overwhelmed with information.  

Tickets are £30 each, including drinks and canapes, with proceeds going to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust which supports British craftsmen, helping them with training and development. For tickets go to:

25 February 2016

Brewers’ Company admits HRH The Prince of Wales into the Livery 

At the clothing ceremony at Brewers’ Hall for their first ever royal liveryman, the Master, Miles Jenner, drew attention to the work of His Royal Highness in the brewing industry through the “Pub is the Hub” initiative. 

As well as brewing Duchy Original Ale using malted barley from the Highgrove Estate, the Master observed to the Prince: “It would be true to say that you burst upon the brewing scene with the dawning of the new millennium and have maintained a sustained presence ever since”.  Expressing his gratitude for being made a Liveryman, the Prince replied: "Nothing could make me more proud if I may say so."  And he reminded those present of a quotation by Benjamin Franklin, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

11 February 2016

'London Ablaze'

A new organ work by Ben McGettigan was performed by the composer in its World Premiere at All Hallows by the Tower. The music was commissioned by the Bakers’ Company to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire, started in Pudding Lane in 1666 in the bakery of Thomas Faryner, close by Bakers’ Hall, to where the audience adjourned for a reception.

9 February 2016

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races

Results of the 12th Annual Races:

The Winner of The Fancy Dress – Society of Young Freeman

Master – The Worshipful Company of Marketors

Livery Man – The Old Bailey

Ladies – The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

Handicap - The Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers

The Overall Winner Victor Ludorum - The Old Bailey

 The inter livery Pancake Races are supported by The Cook & The Butler, and will take place next year in Guildhall Yard on Tuesday 28th February 2017, organised by the Poulters’ Company.

9 February 2016

The Guild of Nursing

The Court of Aldermen have approved the formation of a new guild, to represent the nursing profession. To read more on how to go about forming a new guild (ultimately hoping to become a livery company), go ot the Clerks' Almanac and the New Guilds & Modern Companies tab.

Monday 8 February.

Agricultural Implications of Brexit

A new report by Professor Allan Buckwell, commissioned by the Farmers’ Company, was launched at their Hall. Buckwell is an agricultural economist, who works part-time for the Institute for European Environmental Policy as senior research fellow.

The author highlighted the lack of current detail of any British Agricultural policy that might replace EU policy, should we leave the EU, and emphasised the serious amount of work that would need to be undertaken, to negotiate appropriate new trade deals with the EU and the rest of the world. 

The full report can be downloaded from

2 February 2016

News from New Zealand

The Inaugural Meeting of Liverymen in Auckland was held at the Northern Club, and attended by eight liverymen and freemen from the Air Pilots, Butchers, Parish Clerks, Master Mariners and Shipwrights.

21st - 22nd January 2016

Inter Livery Ski Championships 

Over 140 racers from nearly 30 different livery companies took part in Morzine, together with over 50 supporters, in the French Alps.

The racing started with a Parallel Slalom, followed by the main event - the Giant Slalom - on the second day.

The standard of racing varied from expert to eccentric with some admitting that they hadn't been on skis for decades.  The emphasis was on friendly sportsmanship rather than 'trophy hunting' with ages varying from 21 to 76, with some companies fielding just one individual and another bringing out 18 racers.

Team prizes were won by the Grocers, Leathersellers, Actuaries and Ironmongers with the Vintners, Coopers, Stationers and Mercers all taking close seconds. 

Full results and more information at  The 8th Livery Ski Races will be 19/20th January 2017, again organised by the Ironmongers’ Company.

11 January 2016


The Financial Services Group of Livery Companies has recently produced a simple statement of basic principles on Information Assurance to help understand and manage the risks associated with Cyber-Crime, with livery companies in mind. 

Their document can be read on the FSG website

Sunday 24 April 2016

London Marathon

Treloar’s College have 5 guaranteed places available for the London Marathon, and are looking for liverymen to fill the much sought after opportunities, and to help raise funds to change the lives of the young Treloar’s students.   

 Volunteers will need to raise a minimum sponsorship of £2,000 and in return for their commitment, fundraising and physical exertions, Treloar's will support with:

*       Their fundraising pack to help you reach your target sponsorship

*       Team Treloar’s running vest – personalised for you

*       Support along the way – from training tips to cheerleaders on the day, they will be there for you when you need them.

*       Treloar Time – special visits to see how your money makes such a difference here at Treloar.

To find out more, call Katie Wilson on 01420 547 456, email or visit their web page for more information.


11 January 2016 

New senior diary manager at Mansion House

Sophie Smethurst has been appointed the Senior Diary Manager at Mansion House,  in succession to Lucy Crowe. She takes up her appointment on 11th January.

Previously she has been employed in international advertising and communications agencies.

Her telephone number will be the same as Lucy Crowe’s – or via the MH switchboard 020 7626 2500 

29 December 2015

World War II Siren sounds to mark 75th anniversary of biggest Blitz attack on the City

An air raid siren was sounded at the Dowgate Fire Station to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the night of the Blitz when Guildhall and so many livery halls, 17 City churches, and many other buildings were destroyed or damaged on the night of 29th/30th December 1940. 

But not St Paul’s. This was the night of the iconic photo of the Cathedral’s dome amid clouds of black smoke. It was taken by Herbert Mason, of the Daily Mail. More than 100,000 bombs were dropped on London by the Luftwaffe that night, which became known as the second fire of London, and saw 160 civillians killed with many more later dying of their injuries. 

75 years on, a Massey Shaw fireboat re-enacted pumping water for the firemen, and other vintage fire appliances drove through the City at 6.05pm, the time of the start of the 1940 raid.

Sunday 27 December 2015

Centenary of Toc H

'All Rank Abandon, Ye Who Enter Here' read the sign over the door of Talbot House, a few miles behind the front line in Great War Belgium. Founded by Army Padre, The Rev'd Philip 'Tubby’ Clayton MC in December 1915 when there was little seasonal Peace and Goodwill at the Western Front, 'Toc H' (as it was known in the wireless-operators' code of the day) was a place of rest and refuge for soldiers, where throughout the war, all ranks mixed as equals. 

Rev’d Tubby Clayton was the Vicar of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, guild church of the Carpenters’ Company, the Watermen & Lightermen, and the World Traders’. In peacetime, Toc H became an international Christian organisation which has for 100 years promoted principles of Friendship, Service, Fairmindedness and bringing about The Kingdom of God. The centenary was marked on BBC Radio 4 when the Sunday morning service came from that church, and was led by The Rev'd Bertrand Olivier, Clayton's successor.

The broadcast text of his interesting history of Toc H can be read at

 Tuesday 8 December 2015

I’m a fan of the fan

From Ann Treneman's Notebook column in The Times 

"I can see why some things — grapefruit spoons spring to mind — have gone out of fashion and may never return. But the other night I went to see Funny Girl and saw the brilliant Sheridan Smith using a fan with intent to impress. It was a fan so feathery that it was, truly, a bird in hand. Then I wondered: whatever happened to fans? Why are they out of fashion? They are brilliant in so many ways: instant air-con, flirtation devices, fashion accessories. Surely the fan is due for a comeback. Like my real pie campaign, this one has to be a winner.”

Friday 20 November 2015

Plans to transform Bank junction - reprinted from the Evening Standard

The City of London Corporation today outlined plans to transform Bank junction. Under the proposals, which could be brought in on a temporary basis within a year, only buses and cyclists would be allowed to use the junction between 7am and 7pm on weekdays. Iain Simmons, the Corporation’s “all change at Bank” project director, said: “Bank is surrounded by these magnificent buildings, but it’s the most appalling place.”

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Ward of Walbrook Aldermanic Election

The result was as follows:

Garbutt, John – Independent 86

Waddingham, Adrian - Independent 61

Bannister, Christopher - Independent 25

Number of ballot papers verified and counted - 172    Turnout 44%

John GARBUTT (Weaver) was duly re-elected as Alderman for the ward.

27th November 2015

Commonwealth appoints new Secretary-General

The alderman for Bishopsgate, Alderman the Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC , is to become the new Commonwealth Secretary‑General. Previously, Patricia Scotland was the Attorney General until 2010. She is the first woman, and first Briton, to hold the post (created in 1965). Alderman Scotland is also a Skinner, and was this year's World Traders' Tacitus lecturer.

11th November 2015

Archives & History

Liverymen with an interest in research and details of past incumbents at the Mansion House and Old Bailey (ie the Lord Mayors and Sheriffs) may wish to be aware that the records at the Livery Committee website (at the A-Z List menu tab, in the Aldermen, Lord Mayors, Sheriffs folder) have now been significantly enhanced. The list of all Lord Mayors (1189-2015) has recently been further researched and updated, and the list of non aldermanic sheriffs now includes the Election Addresses (effectively a potted biography at the time of their election) of most back to the 1980's.

1st February 2016 

Closing date for Application for The City Livery Club Root and Branch Award

The 2016 Award celebrates the achievements of those who have delivered exceptional service within and across the Livery Companies. It is a unique way of showing the City Livery Club's appreciation of the contribution made by those in the Livery who are doing outstanding work to advance the wider aims of the Livery.

Nominations from livery companies are now invited.

For more details and to download an application form, please visit the City Livery Club website.

16th-19th April 2016

Zurich Sechseläuten

As in the City of London, the Zurich Guilds are similarly an active force for philanthropy and fellowship. In April 2016 the Zurich Guild members invite liverymen for the Sechseläuten celebrations, which take place between the 16th and 19th April, to encourage and promote further good relations between the London Livery Companies and the Zurich Guilds and between Great Britain and Switzerland in general. Programme details.

Sechseläuten translates as the Six O’clock Bell, and refers to a medieval tradition, whereby according to a law from 1525, the end of the working day was delayed from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the March equinox. The switch was marked by the ringing of the cathedral's bell. For more visit Zurich Guilds Sechseläuten or email.

30th November 2015

Red Cross Christmas Market 

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress will open The City of London’s original Christmas Market at Guildhall on the 30th November 2015, in aid of the British Red Cross. Over two days the City will welcome over 4000 visitors to the Market where they can enjoy shopping at livery company and commercial stalls, entertainment, food & drink, art, workshops, fashion shows and much more.

Order Preview tickets or for information email

3rd November 2015

Gala Dinner for Treloar's at Mansion House

Over 250 liverymen from a wide range of companies, and other friends of Treloar's College, dined with the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs at Mansion House, in an unashamed fund-raiser for the College in Alton, founded by Lord Mayor Treloar over 100 years ago. Treloar's provides education, care, therapies, medical support and independence for young people with complex physical disabilities. Under the energetic chairmanship of past master Chartered Surveyor Roger Southam, nearly £80,000 (gross) was raised from the night.

Amongst many highlights of the evening, the singalong by students and guests lead by the ever smiling Head of Music Jocelyn Watkins got the party away to a cracking start, and everyone in a cheerful and generous mood.

More on Treloars at

24th October - 3rd December 2015

Unveiling the Crystal Sceptre: Henry V’s Gift to the City

The Times reports (today, 12 Oct) that the crystal sceptre, only 17in tall but rich in ornate detail, will be shown at the Guildhall Art Gallery for six weeks from 24th Octobe, the day before the anniversary of Agincourt. It was given by Henry V to the City of London in thanks for funding his forces against the French at the battle in 1415 is to go on public display for the first time.

Normally the sceptre is only removed from its home in the vaults of the Guildhall for coronations and for the ceremonial swearing in of each new lord mayor.

During this annual Silent Ceremony (on 13th November), the outgoing and incoming lord mayors place their hands on the sceptre, marking a direct link back six centuries to when Henry presented it to the City. 

22nd October 2015

World’s oldest clock collection finds a new home at the Science Museum

The Clockmakers’ Museum has been re-opened at its new home in the Science Museum. Moving from Guildhall, the Museum, founded in 1814, has taken up permanent residence at the Science Museum and is free to visit. 

This remarkable Collection was assembled by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, and includes some 600 watches, 80 clocks and 25 marine timekeepers. Spanning the period from the 15th century to the present day, the Collection tells the story of ‘the Clockmakers of London’ and charts their history through the years. 

Full Press Release from the Science Museum.

21st October 2015

Chartered Architects' Company City Building of the Year Award

In October, the Leadenhall Building, informally known as "The Cheesegrater" because of its distinctive wedge shape, and designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour and developed by British Land and Oxford Properties, won The City of London Building of the Year Award 2015.

The jury look for buildings that support the ambitions of the City of London in delivering a world class environment for business. They assess the quality of the architectural design as well as the impact the building has on the city street scene. Buildings may be new or refurbished and they should have been completed in the previous two years.

More at

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Ward of Cornhill Aldermanic Election

The result was as follows:

HILLS, Richard John – Independent 46

HOWARD, Robert Picton Seymour Independent 137

Number of ballot papers verified and counted - 184

Robert Picton Seymour HOWARD (Gardener) was duly elected as Alderman for the ward.

1st October 2015

New Past Masters Assocation

As is the custom, the livery masters and prime wardens who have served office during the mayoralty of Alan Yarrow have formed themselves into a Past Masters Association (PMA), to continue the friendships they have made during their year together. They call themselves the MagnaMasters, and their spouses and partners have formed a twin group, the CartaConsorts. For more, please visit their new website. For more on PMAs in general follow this link.

29th September 2015

Election of Lord Mayor

The Livery assembled at Common Hall on Michaelmas Day have elected Lord Mountevans (previously Jeffrey Evans), Alderman and Shipwright, to be the new Lord Mayor. He will take office at the Silent Ceremony on Friday 13th November, with his Lord Mayor's Show the following day. 

On Michaelmas Eve, the two new sheriffs took office:

Charles Bowman, Alderman and Grocer

Christine Rigden, Citizen and Constructor

11th September 2015


Past master Chartered Surveyor Roger Southam sits on the Administrative Burdens Advisory Board for HMRC. He and others are aware of issues for a few of the Livery Companies with VAT cases with HMRC.  In order to try and gain clarity for Livery Companies he has engaged with HMRC for them to produce a guidance note specifically for Livery Companies.  There has been a small committee involved and the document should be completed in October 2015.  The guidance note will help to explain to Livery Companies their VAT obligations, and depending on how they structure and operate will suggest liability on fines and quarterage.  

7th September 2015

Looking backwards, looking forwards….

The Musicians’ Company has unveiled its new Archival website, which reveals the history of the Company and many of its celebrated members.

Included are scanned pages of the Court Minutes from 1772 (the earliest surviving) until 1918; celebrated composers such as Elgar, Sullivan and Howells are represented by original manuscript scores owned by the Company – seldom seen in public before; and links to audio extracts of these famous works, with much else of historic and City interest. These are now online for musicians, researchers and enthusiasts to study and enjoy!

The Musicians’ Archival website is at: 

1st September 2015

Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme Progress Report  (abridged)

The Scheme (LCAS) was set up to provide apprenticeships in skill areas related to the Livery, with government funding of £1.1 million. 58 apprentices were successfully placed across 18 different skills, of both one year and three years’ duration. The one year apprentices are now completing their training and will receive certificates from their Livery Companies and LCAS.

The LCAS project has been a success story but also a learning curve for those involved. It has attempted to provide a set of standards for those engaged with the training of young people. Whilst the bureaucracy triggered by the Pilot has not been welcome it has forced the creation of systems and processes that could in the future support a consistent and high quality apprenticeship offer across the Livery.

The LCAS with the Livery Companies Skill Council are now reviewing the way forward to see how to continue to encourage and assist with apprenticeships within the Livery, particularly in the light of the Government’s changing strategy for the funding of apprenticeships. (see item below)

For more details or to receive the full report (with list of participating liveries), please email the LCAS

21st August 2015


The Prime Minister has outlined plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships and give businesses a say on how they are run. More at this link. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has invited responses to these proposals, and the Livery Companies Skills Council (LCSC) has submitted feedback, which reflect some concerns that livery companies may have about their long and historic apprenticeship schemes (as well as their contemporary ones). You may read the LCSC response to BIS here.

14th November 2015

The Lord Mayor’s Show 

November will celebrate 800 years of the Show. To mark this anniversary, the first book dedicated to the history of the Show is being published describing different aspects of an event that is so old and many-layered that it defies easy description.  

The Gentle Author, blogger and publisher, describes the diversity of those taking  part, while arts commentator Melvyn Bragg writes that ‘there is splendour and there is a knees-up’. For an extra bit of history, the book is being typeset in Dove’s type, recently rescued from the mud of the Thames and reconstituted in digital form. 

Details of how to order your copy of 800 years of the Lord Mayor's Show are in the Library.

Note - in November 2015, Remembrance Sunday (8th November 2015, the Sunday nearest 11th November) will fall the weekend before the Lord Mayor's Show (14th November 2015, second Saturday in the month). See also the Diary.

27th July 2015

Port of London Challenge

The Scientific Instrument Makers’ men’s cutter team has won this year's Port of London Challenge, after an incredibly close race with the Watermen, rowing neck and neck with them for 20 minutes, eventually just winning by a length and a half to secure the trophy.

The Challenge is rowed over a 4.4 mile course from HQS Wellington by Temple to Chelsea Harbour. The Scientific Instrument Makers’ team completed it in 32 minutes 18 seconds, and the Watermen’s time was 32 minutes 25 seconds. The race was first held in July 1996 and started by Betty Boothroyd, then Speaker of the House of Commons.

20th July 2015

HRH The Princess Royal installed as the Saddlers’ Company’s Third Perpetual Master

The appointment of Perpetual Master, an historic title, which is specifically mentioned in the Company’s Royal Charter, was created in 1737 for Prince Frederick, Prince of Wales. The Saddlers’ Company considers it to be the highest accolade that it can bestow. HRH Prince Arthur, The Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, filled the role between 1906 and 1942.

The Princess Royal was made an Honorary Freeman of the Saddlers’ Company on 30th November 1971, when she became a Yeoman as a “distinguished user of the saddle”. She had won the Individual Gold Medal in the European Eventing Championships earlier that year.

Whilst the role of Perpetual Master is not a day to day executive position, when HRH is in the Hall on Saddlers’ business or when she represents the Company elsewhere, she will be called “Master”. The Court member who would otherwise have become Master will now be known as Prime Warden. The first Prime Warden Saddler is Mr Charles Barclay. He will fulfil all the duties that our former Masters have previously held as the day to day effective head of the Company, except when The Princess Royal is present. 

9th July 2015

Court of Alderman support for future Sheriffs

The Town Clerk has today up-dated all Masters, Prime Wardens, and the Upper Bailiff, setting out the Court of Aldermen's position regarding its support for future sheriff candidates (see also News item of 11th June below). In summary, the Court has requested the Livery to support two aldermanic nominations for election in June 2016, and they are Alderman William Russell (Haberdasher) and Alderman Peter Estlin (International Banker).

This means that liverymen considering standing for election as a (non-aldermanic) Sheriff would be wise to consider delaying putting themselves forward until the following year or thereafter.

The full letter may be downloaded here.

4th July 2015

From today's Times - Ideas above his stationery

"The Stationers’ Company has its first female “master” in 612 years. Helen Esmonde says she will use the role to champion women in City of London livery companies. To that end, she is throwing a dinner on September 23, urging members to bring their spouses. The speaker will be the lawyer Miriam González, though it’s unclear if she has to follow the bring-a-spouse rule. After all, bringing Nick Clegg won’t do much to boost the female count, but then September 23 is their wedding anniversary and Nick probably doesn’t get invited to as many big bashes as he used to."

13th July 2015

Lord Mayors' Portraits - Dame Mary Donaldson to Dame Fiona Woolf

A book created by Nicholas Woolf, Robert Woolf and Alexandra Epps.

Dame Mary Donaldson was the 656th Lord Mayor; Dame Fiona Woolf was the 686th. By coincidence, portraits of the two women as LM were painted by the same artist, Richard Stone. 

Inspired by this fact, this book explores the tradition of commissioning artists to paint portraits of Lord Mayors, looks at the wide variety of resulting portraits with comments from some of the artists, and talks about each of their time in office with portraits from 1983-2013.

Price £12 +£2.50 P&P.  ISBN 978-0-9548122-3-2

Contact or go to or

Wednesday 24th June 2015    

Election of Sheriffs

At Common Hall on Midsummer Day the two candidates were elected by the livery, unopposed, to be the sheriffs from 28th September 2015. They are

Charles Bowman, Alderman and Grocer

Christine Rigden, Citizen and Constructor

Also, the Annual Report of the Livery Committee was presented, and may be read here.

18th June 2015

London Mathematical Society 150th Anniversary Dinner

The LMS held a glittering dinner at Goldsmiths' Hall, hosted by Professor Terry Lyons (President) as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. Amongst a largely academic and mathematically minded guest list, the Prime Warden Goldsmith led a small group of livery masters fortunate enough to be invited. The guest speaker was Dr James Simons, a US philanthropist (and distinguished mathematician), whose Foundation gives away well over $300M annually.

17th June 2015

Livery Education Conference at Staple Inn

Over 100 delegates from schools and livery companies were at the Livery Schools Link (LSL) organised conference aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in design, engineering and manufacturing. Delegates also discussed how girls in particular might be drawn into the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects by more targeted careers guidance. 

Opening the conference, the Lord Mayor, Alan Yarrow, endorsed the validity of the vocational route into work and Sheriff Andrew Parmley presented a vision of involvement in education by Livery Companies over the next 10 years. Professor Sir John Holman from the University of York further developed this theme which sparked a lively debate among delegates. Sheriff Fiona Adler, who has had a career encompassing several engineering disciplines, led a platform discussion with the head of Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, about support for careers guidance.

The LSL AGM and Open Meeting is on Tuesday 30th June (from 4.45pm) – contact for details.

The LSL Livery in Education 2015 report is in the Library

15th June 2015

Magna Carta 800 celebrations

800 years to the day since the sealing of Magna Carta, the Queen lead a celebration in the meadow at Runnymede attended by other senior members of the Royal Family, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Prime Minister, and many guests which included a large City delegation of livery masters and others lead by the Lord Mayor. 

The City of London played an active role in the events that led to Magna Carta’s creation in 1215 and the Mayor (later known as the Lord Mayor) was appointed, along with the barons, to see that its provisions were carried out. London was also the only city specifically named in the document, in the clause that stated that “the City of London shall have all its ancient liberties by land as well as by water.’

The City Corporation’s 1297 Magna Carta, widely regarded as one of the finest surviving 13th-century copies, can be viewed in the Heritage Gallery at Guildhall.

11th June 2015

Court of Alderman support for future Lord Mayor

The Town Clerk has written to all Masters, Prime Wardens, and the Upper Bailiff, setting out the Court of Aldermen's position regarding succession to the Mayoralty. In summary, if, at the election of the Lord Mayor this year, Alderman Lord Mountevans (formerly Jeffrey Evans) is one of the two Aldermen whose name is returned by the Livery to the Court, then he will be elected. 

Concerning the Mayoralty for 2016-17, the names of three Aldermen were considered: Andrew Parmley (who was elected an alderman in 2001), Sir Paul Judge (elected 2007) and Charles Bowman (elected 2013), who would each be qualified by virtue of having by then served as Sheriff. The Court then decided that it would support Andrew Parmley for election as Lord Mayor for 2016-17. 

With respect to the Shrievalty in 2016-17 the Livery Committee has given favourable consideration to supporting the possibility of two Aldermen holding the office of Sheriff in that year. 

The full letter may be downloaded here.

Friday 5th June

Inter Livery Rifle Shooting day at Bisley

50 Liverymen shots from the Ironmongers, Clothworkers, Loriners, Art Scholars, Bakers, Gunmakers, Launderers, Builders Merchants, Carmen, Barbers, Coopers, Horners, and Tallow Chandlers took part in five different disciplines: 1,000m target rifle; 300m McQueen; black powder pistol; and two .22 rimfire turning targets.

RAF Benevolent Fund Controller Air Marshall Chris Nickols presented prizes including the Bakers Cup to Derek Stimpson, David Cooper and Richard Black who made up the Gunmakers overall winning team.

The main purpose of the day is for liverymen to meet and have a great competition. However by working with the RAF Target Rifle Club and the RAF Benevolent Fund, it has been possible to raise nearly £15,000 for the charity in only its second year. 

Friday 29th May

Successful Launch for Brigantes Breakfast in Manchester

The Late Sheriff, Past Master Actuary and staunch Lancastrian Adrian Waddingham CBE was in the chair at the inaugural Brigantes Breakfast, the northern luncheon attended by two hundred and thirty Liverymen and their guests. 

Around 1,200 City of London Liverymen are resident in the North of England which, for this purpose, runs from Leicestershire/Staffordshire to the Scottish border.  Some of them find it difficult to attend City-based events and may become less engaged from the Livery. In a move to redress that situation, and with the full support of the Lord Mayor and his predecessor, this event was planned.   

The Late Sheriff explained that a name was required for the northern luncheon, embracing the main elements of who, what and where. After some head-scratching, the geographical area under consideration was found, fortuitously, to coincide with that occupied in pre-Roman times by the fearsome Brigantes tribe, and thus the Brigantes Breakfast was born.    

 Other speakers were Alderman Sir David Wootton, Nicholas Woolf, Past Master Tax Advisor, deputising for the Late Lord Mayor, and David Bentley, Immediate Past Master Baker, who announced that the 2016 Brigantes Breakfast would be on Friday 20th May in Sheffield.

Thursday 21th May 2015

The Prince Arthur Cup Inter Livery Golf

Organised by the Coachmakers' Company, the "original" inter livery golf competition was held at a Walton Heath on 21st May. The weather was balmy and as the club was hosting a US Open qualifier a few days later the course was in top condition.  There were 53 Livery teams of two pairs, playing foursome golf over one of the two top courses in the morning and the second course in the afternoon.

The Cup went to the Leathersellers for the third successive year, with the Cordwainers in second place, 3 strokes behind tied with the International Bankers. The Leathersellers are the most successful golfing company having now won the event a record 11 times.

Wednesday 20th May 2015

The 2015 Inter Livery Shoot 

Held, as always, at the Holland & Holland shooting grounds at Northwood, the weather this year was a bit dubious, with doubts as to whether it would rain on the day. But again we were lucky and the rain held off, though the wind made for some frisky birds.

Representatives from over 60 Livery companies, with 117 teams and 470 guns started shooting on the 20 stands after breakfast, and completed the day in time to retire to the marquee for lunch and the famous roast pigs.

The winning livery team was the Grocers' Company with a score 326; the Makers of Playing Cards came 2nd, and the Farriers Court team were 3rd in the Livery Section.

Next year’s event will be on the 18th May 2016

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Root and Branch Award

The annual City Livery Club Award is given to a Liveryman who has delivered outstanding service in their work within the Livery. The 2015 award has been presented to Phillip Davis, Past Master, Hackney Carriage Drivers', for his work as Chairman of the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour organising committee. He has been the driving force for 21 years behind the annual trip which takes seriously ill children and their families to Disneyland Paris.  

Over 100 London cabs and teams take the children, with assistance from organisations including London Ambulance, paramedics, the AA, the City and Metropolitan Police, and the Gendarmerie Nationale. In addition many Livery companies also support the Tour, including the Vintners, Saddlers, Leathersellers, Cooks, Glass Sellers, Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers, Carmen, Launderers, Lightmongers, and many more.

Click here for a fuller report.

15th March 2015

Walter  Kahn

"Wally", who has died aged 88, had a huge influence on the development of the British gliding movement for nearly 70 years. He learnt to glide immediately after the Second World War while stationed with the RAF in Germany. 

After the RAF he joined the family cigar importing business, which later merged with Joseph Samuel & Son Limited; he rose to be its managing director. He was Master of the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders in 1974-1975.

To hear the Radio 4 Last Word obit on a fascinating life, go to (20.45 mins in)

Thursday 23rd April

New Chief Commoner

Following his earlier election, Deputy Billy Dove OBE has been installed as Chief Commoner by the Court of Common Council. Billy Dove is one of the Deputies for the Bishopsgate Ward, and is a liveryman of the Ironmongers' Company.

For more on the role of the Chief Commoner, click here.

26th March 2015

First female Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Venerable Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney in the Diocese of London, as the next Bishop of Gloucester.

Rachel Treweek is also the wife of the Priest-in-charge at St James Garlickhythe, where many livery companies regularly worship, and will know her husband Guy.

She will be the first female Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England following legislation passed last year. Two women bishops have already been appointed, but Archdeacon Treweek is the first woman to run a diocese.

The FANY (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps)

Looking for a volunteering opportunity that’s fulfilling and rewarding?  Want to learn new skills and meet interesting people? 

The FANY is a thriving organisation which provides support to Civil and Military authorities in London during major incidents or in planning and exercise roles, in order to protect life and relieve human suffering.  We are a voluntary association founded in 1907, with a proud history and service in both World Wars.  Always on call - FANYs are resourceful, unique women who come from all walks of life and are united in their aim to be of service in whatever capacity is asked of them.

The FANY have enjoyed a long association with many livery companies, and would welcome liverymen into their ranks who are female British citizens, aged between 18 and 45, living or working within the M25.  To find out more visit, where you will find a ‘Join Us’ link.

Wednesday 9th September 2015    

Inter Livery Tennis

This annual competition will be held at The Queen's Club on Wednesday 9th September.  
NB Date change. For more information, contact the Feltmakers' Company.

Wednesday 17th June 2015    

Banquet to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

The Guildhall is the venue for this event being organised by a committee of Old Wellingtonians with connections to the City.

Liverymen and friends are warmly invited to join the evening and celebrate this milestone in our country’s history.  Tickets are available at

Wednesday 29th April

Ascot Race Day Luncheon (organised by the Sheriffs

For details please email, in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal 

Thursday 9th April 2015

Letter to The Times

Sir, Eugene Suggett (letter, Apr 4) refers to a “workman” re-lettering a worn gravestone at Westminster Abbey. Not so. This man was a stonemason, as skilled as the Cotswold stone carver who carved the stone eagle, recently discovered in London, nearly 2,000 years ago.

Next year will mark the 660th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Masons. We help hundreds of young stonemasons to learn the skill. Please don’t let us be cast as odd-job folk.

Patricia Langley

Liveryman, the Worshipful Company of Masons, London EC4

23rd March 2015

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London

The Queen has been pleased to appoint Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE FBCS FRSA as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London to succeed Sir David Brewer CVO CMG when he retires on 28 May 2015.

Ken is a past master of the Information Technologists' Company, and a member of the First XI past masters' association. More and biographical notes at Gov.UK

20th March 2015

United Guilds Service

The 73rd Service of the United Guilds of the City of London was held at St Paul's, when representatives of the Livery Companies packed the Cathedral to capacity. The UGS was first held on Lady Day in 1943 "to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War".

Opening the service, The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, said: "We give thanks to God for the fellowship and service of the Livery Companies: for the customs which carry the memory of times past into the future with confidence and hope; for the skills and talents which they represent and promote in each generation; and for the generosity of their charitable work which provides opportunities for others to share the many blessings that we enjoy.

The service is no longer held on Lady Day, but usually two weeks before Good Friday - hence next year 11th March 2016; and always preceded the night before by the LM dinner for Masters.

7th March 2015

Marine Cadets at the Stationers' Company - The Times report

The Times newspaper carried a full report today on the news that outstanding Royal Marines cadets were honoured during a ceremony at the Stationers’ Hall last week. Ian Locks, the Master, presented the Stationers’ Cup. Full report at Times online.

5th March 2015

Freedom of the City of London

Freedom proposals, including an increase in the Freedom fine to £100, were approved by Common Council today. This is the first increase since 1994. Accounting arrangements will be put in place to ensure that the same quantum from the fines goes to the City of London Freeman's School bursary scheme as previously. The effective date for the increased fee is 1st April. For more on this contact the Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court.

4th March 2015

Common Serjeant

The Queen has appointed His Honour Judge Richard Marks QC to be the Common Serjeant of London on the advice of the Lord Chancellor. He will be based at the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) with effect from 9th March 2015. Judge Marks succeeds His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, recently appointed the  Recorder of London. In addition to duties as the second senior judge at the Old Bailey, the Common Serjeant oversees the elections at Common Hall. Judge Marks is a member of the Cooks' Company. 

2nd March 2015

33rd annual Inter-Livery Bridge Competition

60 Team Pairs attended the event at Drapers’ Hall representing 41 different Companies 

The Highest overall placed Champion Pair were Mark Nichols and Roy Griggs of the City Solicitors’ Company, who were presented with their trophy by the Lady Mayoress.

Other awards were announced by the Master Cardmaker Captain Michael Davis-Marks OBE RN, and presented to pairs from the Actuaries’ (best Company), Spectacle Makers’ (best married couple), Dyers’, Chartered Accountants’ (improvers) and the Makers of Playing Cards, the latter of course, being the organisers!

Next year's 34th annual event will be on Monday 7th March 2016. See also the Diary.

17th February 2015

Shrove Tuesday 

The inter livery Pancake Races took place in Guildhall Yard. The overall winners were the Butchers' Company, in this annual event organised by the Poulters' Company, with the support of the The Cook & The Butler. Next year's races will be on Shrove Tuesday 9th February 2016.

16th February 2015

Lynn Painter-Stainers’ Art Prize

Many liveries were represented at this event at the Mall Galleries, for the Private View and prize giving, for the 10th annual award organised by the Painter-Stainers' Company.

The winners of the various awards were as follows:

Lynn Painter-Stainers’ Prize £15,000 - Wladyslaw Mirecki - Viaduct and tank traps

Runners-up: £1500 each:

Patrick Cullen - Death in Varanasi, burning ghats at Dusk

Danny Markey - Tom in Summer field

Peter Archer - Grounded

Daisy Cook - Between the Witterings

Jeanette Barnes - Canary Wharf Cross Rail Station nearing completion

Young Artist £2,500 - Louis Appleby - Planet of the Apps

Past Master Brian Botting Prize £5,000 - Ema Pina - Bóbó

23rd-24th January 2015

Inter Livery Ski Championships

Thirty Livery Companies participated with nearly 200 skiers in four races of slalom and giant slalom at Morzine in the French Alps. Despite poor snow falls at the beginning of the season racing took place in near perfect conditions over two days. The Vintners' Company won the best livery company trophy narrowly beating the Leathersellers' and Shipwrights'. The ages of the skiers ranged from 21 to 75 and the abilities from brilliant to questionable. None of these factors effected the genuine pleasure that these Championships gave to those who participated.  Next year the seventh Championships will again be organised by the Ironmongers' Company, and will take place on 22nd and 23rd January 2016. For more visit

Tuesday 20th January

Bakers' Cake marks the 750th anniversary of the Montfort parliament

To mark the Houses of Parliament’s 750th ‘birthday’, the Bakers' Company and the National Bakery School presented a giant cake to The Speaker of House of Commons. The cake, shaped as the Palace of Westminster, was 2’ wide’ by 3½’ long and 1’ tall. 

The gift marked the anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament (20 January 1265), which is widely recognised as the beginnings of the House of Commons.

Accepting the gift, and before cutting the cake, The Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, said: “We are truly grateful to the Worshipful Company of Bakers for this gift and for the talent and effort it took to create it. This magnificent cake really is testament to the excellent work of the National Bakery School."

The cake was eaten by visitors to Parliament, including school groups, tourists, visitors to the gallery and constituents visiting their MP, in Westminster Hall.

The event also marked the start of the year of Parliament in the Making, including of course the Magna Carta 800.

The City Livery Club Root and Branch Award

Applications are invited for the annual Root and Branch Award, which is given to the Liveryman (or group of liverymen) who have contributed exceptionally to the work  of their Livery Company or in the collaborative work with several other Livery Companies.   This could cover all areas such as education, apprenticeships, professional or civic involvement, charity and philanthropy. Applications need to be endorsed by the Master of the Livery proposing the individual but the process is intended to be easy to enter. More details are on the Club website and the closing date is 28 February 2015. You can also email the chairman of the Judging Panel Alderman Alison Gowman.

The Curriers’ Company London History Essay Prize 

The prize for academic research into the history of London this year will be presented by The Lord Mayor, on Thursday 9th April at the Mansion House.

The prize judges are from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the London Journal Trust.

The winning essay is by Mr Ian Stone of King’s College, on Arnold fitz Thedmar: his place in London; and the proxime accessit is Dr Peter Jones of Queen Mary University on Redressing Reform Narratives: Victorian London’s Street Markets and the Informal Supply Lines of Urban Modernity.

Saturday 17th January 2015

The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar

This picture by American-born John Singleton Copley, one of Britain's largest oil paintings, has recently been rehung at the Guildhall Art Gallery. It was commissioned by the City of London in 1791 (depicting the battle in September 1782). The Gallery is free and open to the public.

Thursday 1st January 2015

New Year's Honours

Fiona Woolf, lately Lord Mayor, created DBE (promoted from CBE)

His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, Recorder of London (shortly to retire), CBE

Common Councilman Wendy Mead, a member of the Livery Committee, OBE

Peter Wynne Rees, long serving Planning Officer at Guildhall (now retired), CBE

Wednesday 10th December 2104

Bishopsgate Aldermanic election result

Patricia Scotland 125 votes

Adrian Waddingham 66 votes

Simon Duckworth 54 votes

James De Sausmarez 22 votes

Baroness Patricia Scotland was therefore elected as Alderman for the Ward.

More at

Friday 5th December

Dowgate Aldermanic election result

Alison Gowman 101 votes

Henry Pollard 18 votes

Alison Jane GOWMAN was therefore re-elected as Alderman for the Ward.

More at

Wednesday 19th November 2014

Lord Mayor's Address to Masters, Prime Wardens and the Upper Bailiff

The Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow, spoke to the masters and clerks of the 110 livery companies in Mansion House, and then answered questions. the text of his address may be read here. See also the item Lord Mayor's Speeches at the Useful Links tab.

The Times profile of the Lord Mayor, to which the Chairman of the Livery Committee referred, can be downloaded at this link.

Wednesday 19th November 2014

Mary Berry made a Baker!

At the traditional ceremony at Guildhall, "celebratory chef" Mary Berry CBE (of The Great British Bake-Off) was today made a liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, following her grant of Freedom of the City. She had previously been an Honorary Liveryman, but her City Freedom has made her eligible to receive the full livery of the Bakers'.

Tuesday 18th November 2014

Queenhithe Dock Heritage Mosaic Timeline

Queenhithe Wharf is on the North bank of the Thames, between Southwark and Blackfriars bridges. It is believed to be the only remaining Anglo Saxon dock in the world. An impressive new Mosaic has been unveiled by the Lord Mayor and celebrates the key events and personalities that built, used and lived around Queenhithe in the form of a 30m long timeline mosaic on the wall of the Dock. The layers of meaning and symbolism in the 160 mosaic panels and 240 river tile surrounds echo the Bayeux tapestry and stained glass windows when most people could not read and enjoyed visual imaginations.

The project was undertaken by Southbank Mosaics, and was the vision of the alderman for the ward, Gordon Haines.

Saturday 8th November 2014

Lord Mayor's Show

Following the formal swearing on of Alderman Alan Yarrow at the Silent Ceremony in Guildhall the previous afternoon, the new Lord Mayor paraded through the City streets in a spectacular Show, featuring many of the livery companies, including his own the Fishmongers, and also the International Bankers and the Launderers. Also with floats were the Feltmakers, the Lady Mayoress's livery, and the joint beneficiaries of this year's Lord Mayor's Appeal, Mencap and Scope.

The Times profile of the Lord Mayor, published this day, may be read at this link.

Monday 3rd November 2014

Poppy Ceremonies

The Masters of the 110 livery companies, together with other representatives of the City of London, and the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, were present at a service to open The Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral. Each placed a poppy cross in memory of their liverymen who died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

The service was conductd by the Dean, the Very Rev David Ison, and it marked the start of Remembrance week, culminating in the 2 minute silence at 11 o'clock on 11th November, Armistice Day.

Tuesday 14th October 2014

World Traders receive their Royal Charter

At a ceremony at Mansion House, presided over by the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, Alderman Sir David Howard, the newly installed Master World Trader, Mr Mark Hardy, received the Company's first Royal Charter from the Windsor Herald.

The World Traders were formed as a guild in 1985, became a company without livery in 1993, and took their place as the 101st livery company in 2000, the first new livery company of the new millennium! At the that time, the Court of Aldermen required a gap of at least seven years between each stage of the progression to livery.

Friday 5th June 2015

Inter Livery Rifle Shooting Meet, organised by the Bakers' Company will take place at Bisley on 5th June. It is intended to have 20 teams, each representing one livery company of three people each – 60 contestants in total. The RAF Target Rifle Team will make all the arrangements, and the format will be similar to last year, with six different shooting disciplines. Full details will be available from the Clerk to the Bakers in January 2015, although he will be pleased to receive expressions of interest prior to that.

23rd-24th January 2015

Inter Livery Ski Championship, organised by the Ironmongers' Company, will be held in Morzine, France in January. Enter now, either a team or an individual, to race in the Slalom and Giant Slalom races. Neither age nor experience is a barrier with skiers from over 35 livery companies competing. It is an event like no other when all livery companies compete on equal terms in the Corinthian Spirit of the Alps. The skiing is followed by a livery dinner that no liveryman will ever experience in the City. More at


Elections and appointments

Lord Mayor. At Common Hall on Michaelmas Day, Alderman Alan Yarrow was elected to be the new Lord Mayor. His Silent Ceremony of installation will be on Friday 7th November, followed by the Lord Mayor’s Show next day.

Sheriffs. Immediately prior to the Sheriffs’ Breakfast on 26th September, Dr Andrew Parmley, Alderman and Musician, and Mrs Fiona Adler, Citizen and Tobacco Pipe Maker were admitted to serve as Sheriffs, in a ceremony at Guildhall.

Recorder. It has been confirmed that the new Recorder (the senior judge at the Central Criminal Court) is to be His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC. Judge Hilliard is presently the Common Serjeant at the Old Bailey, and he will succeed the current Recorder, His Honour Judge Brian Barker QC, early in 2015.

Speechwriter. Mr Robert Coppin has succeeded Hugo Deadman as Senior Speechwriter to the Lord Mayor, arriving from positions at the Department of Health and the Government of Qatar.

Livery Committee. At the recent meeting, Nigel Pullman was re-elected as the Chairman for a further year, and Ian Seaton CC as his deputy.

New Members

Following their appointment at Common Hall on Midsummer Day, the three new members of the Livery Committee were welcomed to their first meeting on 10 September. Mr Robin Booth, Clothworker (the liveryman representing the Great 12), Mr David Cole-Adams, Tyler, (one of four liveryman representing the Fellowship Companies – those without halls), and Mr Philip Grant, Clerk to the Needlemakers and Secretary to the Fellowship of Clerks (one of two clerks representing the Fellowship). Each of these will serve for three years. A full list of all 20 members of the Committee may be found at

Gregory Moore has been appointed as the Committee Clerk.

10th September 2014

Inter Livery Tennis competition

This annual event organised by the Feltmakers' Company at Queen's Club was another popular and successful day, followed by dinner and prize-giving.

It was won by the Horners' Company pair, who beat the World Traders 6-4 in the final.

In the Plate competition, the Feltmakers beat the Carmen 6-2 in the final.

1st September 2014

Members' catering contract in Guildhall goes to The Cook & The Butler

Following the decision by the Court of Common Council to put the catering in the Members dining area and other rooms to tender from outside contractors, that tendering process has now been completed, and won by The Cook & The Butler (Mark Grove). 

They will now be responsible for catering in the  Club Members dining room, the private dining room, the Aldermen's dining room, and The Bar for the next three years. The Cook & The Butler will also assume responsibility for booking these facilities where appropriate.

They will also provide the catering requirements in the meeting rooms, but not be responsible for the booking of those rooms. Finally, The Cook & The Butler remain on the list of approved caterers for events in the public rooms at Guildhall.

22nd July 2014

Presentation of Gloves to the Lord Chief Justice

The Glovers’ Company has a long tradition of presenting gloves to the holders of major offices of state. Every year gloves are presented to the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs in the City and for many years embroidered gloves have been presented to the Lord Chief Justice on taking office. In the past this was a private ceremony but a new tradition was established when the Master Glover, Alderman Alison Gowman, presented gloves to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, in open court at the Royal Courts of Justice.

In her speech the Master talked of the origins of the custom of presenting gloves to the judiciary and described the process by which these unique gloves were made. In reply Lord Thomas praised the workmanship of the gloves and also spoke to the students of London College of Excellence who had been invited to attend the ceremony and to tour the Courts afterwards, hoping that the visit would awaken an interest in a legal career.

The Glovers’ party included Mr Greg Pearce of Chester Jeffries who made the gloves and Assistant Liz Elvin, representing Jenny Adin-Christie of the Royal College of Needlework who carried out the embroidery but was sadly unable to attend.

15th July 2014

Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge

Harry McCarthy, a Waterman, won the historic Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge on 15th July, and was greeted with an embrace from his father, Simon McCarthy, who won the race in 1984.

The 22-year-old completed the race from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier in Chelsea in 24 minutes and 35 seconds, where he was presented with a bottle of champagne by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge is sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel, a project to build a 25km long tunnel which will reduce the amount of sewage overflowing into the River Thames. The event, first rowed in 1715, (and hence arguably the oldest continuous, annually-staged sporting events in the world), is organised by the Fishmongers' Company.

4th July 2104

150th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Livery Committee

The chairman hosted a dinner at Haberdashers' Hall on 4th July, marking the anniversary on the exact day in 1864 when the records show the first meeting of the Committee was held. The Livery Committee had been created to bring order to the increasingly rowdy and ill disciplined proceedings at Common Hall in those days, and to organise the elections of the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs. Roles the Committee continues to fulfil to this day, as well as now seeking to improve communications and good practice across the livery.

5th October 2014

Sheep Drive across London Bridge

The Woolman are organising another Sheep Drive across London Bridge this year, on Sunday 5th October, even better than last year’s!

The entry fee is £50 per person, which will cover the provision of sheep, their health and well-being, and a personal certificate signed by the Master of The Woolman confirming that their rights have been exercised in accordance with tradition.

As last year, all proceeds will be divided between the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and The Worshipful Company of Woolmen’s charitable trust.

If you wish to take part in this ancient and honourable tradition, please email Bill Clark: and he will send you an application form.

24th June 2014

Election of Sheriffs - Guildhall

At Common Hall on Midsummer Day, the Livery elected Ms Fiona Adler, Citizen and Tobacco Pipe Maker, and Dr Andrew Parmley, Alderman and Musician to serve as Sheriffs from 28th September, for one year.

There were three vacancies on the Livery Committee, and the Livery confirmed the nominations of Mr Robin Booth, Clothworker (the liveryman representing the Great 12), Mr David Cole-Adams, Tyler, (one of four liveryman representing the Fellowship Companies – those without halls), and Mr Philip Grant, Clerk to the Needlemakers and Secretary to the Fellowship of Clerks (one of two clerks representing the Fellowship). Each to serve for three years.

A full list of all 20 members of the Committee may be found at


13th June 2014

First Inter-Livery Rifle Shooting Competition  

Liverymen from 13 companies met on Friday 13th June 2014, at the RAF Target Rifle Club pavilion at Bisley. This first Inter Livery Rifle Shooting Competition was sponsored by the Bakers’ Company.

Shooting was in five disciplines: a 900 yard target rifle range; a 300 yard McQueen sniper rifle competition; a 50 yard gallery rifle; antique pistol; and a 50 yard .22 competition.

All liverymen had a coach at each event who ensured that even the novices were worthy competitors.

After an excellent lunch back at the clubhouse, we were back in action on the ranges for the afternoon, until shooting ceased at 4.30pm. While scores were computed and prizes decided upon, most visited the Museum at Bisley which highlighted many of the great occasions and the weapons used during its 150 plus years of its operation. Many people do not realise that in the late 1900s the Imperial meeting at Bisley attracted far larger crowds than Wimbledon or Wembley attract today and a visit was part of the summer social scene.

The overall winning livery team were the Gunmakers, closely followed by Clothworkers who fielded the winning individual. The day achieved a financial surplus of £5,000 that was donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Some photos of the day at

6th June 2014

Ironbridge Weekend - one master's report

“You must go to the Masters’ Ironbridge weekend” – these words were frequently said, but with little explanation, so here is one view of the “what” and the “why”.

The “what” is easy – every Master and Consort are invited by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust to attend the weekend, which begins at Coalbrookdale; Saturday was spent visiting various parts of the area that encompasses “Ironbridge" before returning to The Engine Shop at Coalbrookdale for the President’s Summer Ball. Then deep discussions to create the “2014 Past Masters’ Association” on the Sunday, before the Costume Project and the Darby Houses.

Were we amazed at what “Ironbridge” did for the future of the World? Yes – and its particular relevance to so many of the livery companies active at the time of the Industrial Revolution.

The “why” is less obvious until you go. You have the best opportunity to meet with most of your “year” – the other Masters and their Consorts – in relaxed circumstances, and thus get to know them.

Was it as good as we had all expected? No, it was much better!

6th June 2014

Feltmakers plan to unite Sir Thomas More’s Hat and his Chain of Office

At their forthcoming Summer Banquet next month, the Worshipful  Company of Feltmakers plan to unite Sir Thomas More’s Hat and his Chain of Office for the first time in over 480 years!

It has recently come to light that Stonyhurst College in Lancashire has a Felt Hat, which belonged to Sir Thomas More. That it has survived in such good condition owes much to the fact that Thomas More ‘lost’ this hat when he left it behind during a visit to friends in Holland as a young lawyer. After his execution in 1535, his friend Godfrey Gillekens kept the hat carefully and wore it each year, as Chancellor of the Supreme Court of Guelderland, on the anniversary of the Saint’s death. He gave the hat to the Jesuit College of Roermond and after passing through various hands it came to Stonyhurst College in 1835, where it has remained ever since as the property of the Jesuit Province in Britain.  Coincidently the current Master of the Feltmakers, Simon Bartley, is an alumnus of Stonyhurst, as is Jonathan Bates, the Master of the Haberdashers,  from whom the Feltmakers grew in 1604.

Sir Thomas More’s Chain of Office as Lord Chancellor belongs to the City of London. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf, has kindly agreed to bring the Chain of Office to the Banquet.

15th May 2014

The Prince Arthur Cup Inter-Livery Golf

Organised by the Coachmakers' Company, the "original" inter livery golf competition was held at a Walton Heath on 15th May. The weather was balmy and as the club was hosting a US Open qualifier later in the month the course was in top condition.  There were 53 Livery teams of two pairs, playing foursome golf over one of the two top courses in the morning and the second course in the afternoon.

The Cup went to the Leathersellers for the second successive year, with the Cordwainers in second place, 3 strokes behind. Other prizes went to the: Wax Chandlers, Apothecaries, Brewers, City of London Solicitors and International Bankers. The Leathersellers are the most successful golfing company having now won the event a record 10 times.


14th May 2014

A Night in Havana

In 1954, prominent members of the Briar Pipe and Tobacco Trades met in the City to recreate what was to become the third livery company of their craft, now named the  “Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers and Tobacco Blenders”. And so this year marks the Diamond Jubilee of the third incarnation of the Company, when a Cuban themed celebration party was arranged at the fine offices of British American Tobacco, on their smoking terrace overlooking the Thames, and with spectacular views across the City skyline. As the Master said in his speech of welcome to the over 80 visiting Masters and the representatives of the Pipe Makers numerous charities: "the two previous companies were unique in being the only two tobacco companies in history to have gone bust!"

To say it proved a jolly evening is something of an understatement, and when the Master explained that he wanted his modern company to arrange something a bit different, he was not exaggerating. Perhaps he had reckoned without the hospitality provided to some of his guests at the earlier Barts View Day reception.

13th May 2014

The Festival of the Sons and Friends of the Clergy

This takes place each year at St Paul's, and dates back to the origins of the Sons of the Clergy in 1655.  Then, a collection was taken at the service on behalf of the families of clergy who had remained loyal to the Crown following the execution of Charles I and who had been deprived of their livings by Cromwell, thus leaving many of them penniless.  The service was followed by a dinner in the Merchant Taylors' Hall.  These became regular annual events which still continue 360 years later.

The Festival service is notable for a fine sermon from an eminent preacher (this year the Dean of St Paul’s, David Ison), wonderful music (the choirs of Peterborough and Wakefield cathedrals joined the choir of St Paul’s) and pageantry.  The service also symbolises the coming together of Church and State, with Bishops processing with the Aldermen of the City of London.

But behind the splendour of the occasion its purpose remains the same as that of the first service in 1655 – the work of the charity.  It is a service of worship combining both thanksgiving for the work of the Sons of the Clergy, and also a reminder of the charity’s own need for on-going financial support to enable it to continue performing the vital supportive role it has been performing for more than 350 years. 

3rd May 2014

Festival of Flowers, St Peter's Church, Lilley, Hertfordshire

Not the most obvious news item, but as a demonstration that the City's livery companies spread their influence far and wide, and perhaps often further than we realise, this Festival held over the early May bank holiday weekend was themed Livery Companies of the City of London. By all accounts it was a great success, and included displays featuring the Broderers, the Gardeners, and the Makers of Playing Cards. More at

12th April 2014

Cadet Force units seeks Livery affiliation

The Masters of the Makers of Playing Cards and the Fan Makers’ have visited Middlesex & North West London Army Cadet Force headquarters at Hammersmith. Detachments of the ACF presented an illustrated report on their recent visit to Flanders to mark the Great War centenary. The sector Commandant Colonel Mark Hodson TD is seeking a Livery affiliation for 21 Company located in North West and North London. 

Any livery company seeking a cadet unit affiliation and would like to learn more, is invited to contact

4th April 2014

United Guilds Service

The 72nd Service of the United Guilds of the City of London was held at St Paul's, when representatives of the Livery Companies packed the Cathedral to capacity. The UGS was first held on Lady Day in 1943 "to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War".


Opening the service, The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, said: "We give thanks to God for the fellowship and service of the Livery Companies: for the customs which carry the memory of times past into the future with confidence and hope; for the skills and talents which they represent and promote in each generation; and for the generosity of their charitable work which provides opportunities for others to share the many blessings that we enjoy.

To read the Dean's Sermon, please follow this link.

A special feature of this year's service was the choir's Anthem, a new work (Fire, Silver, Gold composed by Samuel Bordolicommissioned by the Founders' Company to mark the 400th Anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter in 1614.

The service is no longer held on Lady Day, but usually two weeks before Good Friday - hence next year 20th March 2015; and always preceded the night before by the LM dinner for Masters (see below).

3rd April 2014

Lord Mayor's Dinner for Master and Prime Wardens

To read the Lord Mayor's speech at Mansion House, click here.

To read the Master Mercer's speech at Mansion House, click here.

26th March 2014

Blacksmiths’ New Treloars Arch

It was 12 months ago during the then Lord Mayor’s visit to Treloars when the Prime Warden Blacksmith was rather publicly bounced into producing a new Wind Vane (to replace the rather decrepit one on top of the College entrance.)

But it quickly became clear that what was really needed was an Arch (a very much more ambitious project), through which all students symbolically will pass on graduation. 30 Blacksmiths duly combined to produce a hugely impressive arch, which was formally opened by the Lord Mayor during her visit to Treloars in March. Photos at

The new arch was first seen in last November's Lord Mayor’s Show on the Blacksmiths’ float, towed by a Sultan steam lorry.

Treloars, a residential School and College in Alton, founded by Lord Mayor Treloar over 100 years ago, educates severely physically disabled students, and is actively supported by many of the Livery Companies.


18th March 2014

Livery Schools Link

The second Showcase Event at Apothecaries’ Hall last month featured over 25 livery companies demonstrating their crafts to over 300 students. With plenty of interactive stalls, students had the opportunity to talk to liverymen about the connections between the livery and the modern world of work. More at this link.

An LSL Open Meeting for all livery companies will be held in the City Marketing Suite on Monday 19th May at 3.45pm. The main agenda item will be a discussion about the City of London’s new education policy, in particular, how the livery might best lend their support.

The Education Conference for head teachers is on Thursday 26th June at Staple Inn. The aim is to strengthen links between the livery and schools. The Lord Mayor will address the conference, and presentations about current support for education will be followed by a panel discussion about future developments.

 4th March 2014

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races

The Poulters' Company, supported The Cook and the Butler, and many others, hosted the 10th Inter Livery Pancake Races in Guildhall Yard. Photos. Results.

Next year's event will be on 17th February.

3rd March 2014

Inter-Livery Bridge Competition

Some 59 Pairs from 38 Companies competed in the annual Inter-Livery Bridge competition organised by the Makers of Playing Cards, at Drapers’ Hall on 3rd March. The Master Cardmaker Anthony Carter, greeted the Players, and the evening was managed by EBU Tournament Director Neil Morley.
The Lord Mayor’s Consort Nicholas Woolf, himself usually a participant for the Tax Advisers, presented the trophies and prizes.  The overall winners were the Loriners’ Company, whilst the winners of the Flitch prize (the Actuaries Trophy) were the Spectacle Makers. Full results.

The proceeds of the evening will shortly be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal as usual.
The next Competition is on Monday 2nd March 2015. 

27th February 2014

Girl Power in World Trade

27th February saw the XXVIIth World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture, with the Great Hall at Guildhall again filled to capacity. The formal elements for this annual event follow a strict unchanging routine: The Clerk opens the proceedings, the Master welcomes the guests, and the Lord Mayor introduces the Speaker, who then delivers her Lecture.

And so it was on the platform this year – Gaye Duffy, followed by the Master, Dr Heather McLaughlin; then the Lord Mayor, and the lecturer Angela Knight. Not a man to be seen anywhere!

But it was the subject of the Chief Executive of Energy UK’s lecture that would have especially appealed to the Lord Mayor – “Is Energy just another Power Game?”, as it did to the capacity audience.

19th February 2014

Good-bye to GAPAN

Possibly the ugliest of Livery acronyms, the Air Pilots and Air Navigators have stuck to their use of the description Guild long after becoming a livery company in 1956. It was their new Royal Charter which really started discussions in earnest about a change of the name, and it was their Patron, Prince Philip, who originally suggested it. And as with the Master Mariners in 1926, their royal patronage has allowed them to become Honourable.

They do still include navigators (the AN of GAPAN) in their ranks, although the decision was taken to drop ‘Navigator’ in the company title in recognition of the fact that the role simply no longer exists.

So, the Honourable Company of Air Pilots it now is, and the Grand Master Prince Andrew having replaced his father some years ago.

Meanwhile, as reported in the last Livery Briefing, The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars became a livery company in February, and they too have stream-lined their name, losing the Dealers and Collectors when they progressed from Guild status.

The Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme

The scheme is well on the way of meeting the target of signing up 52 apprentices by 31st July 2014.  As the Livery  Briefing goes to press, 23 apprentices have been enrolled at the following companies – Wheelwrights, Clockmakers, Wax Chandlers (in the activity of bee farming), Blacksmiths, Spectacle Makers and Dyers.  Both more apprentices and companies will join the scheme in the coming weeks. These apprentices have been taken on by small or micro businesses in their trades under the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot Scheme. This scheme is supported by public money.

© Nigel Pullman 2019