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Church Service Dinner at Armourers’ Hall, Tuesday 20th February 2018

The three tenets of City of London Livery Companies – Fellowship, Charity and Education – were well addressed at Master Judy Tayler-Smith’s last Livery Dinner of her year in office, which was a resounding success.

After our Annual Church Service of Evensong at St Michael’s Cornhill, beautifully sung under the directorship of Jonathan Rennert, we retired to Armourers’ Hall for a sumptuous four course dinner, preceded by drinks and rounded off by a stirrup cup.

We will all have our own personal memories of the evening, but “Fellowship” for me came in the form of the very many conversations with both new and established acquaintances. As a choral singer, it was very interesting to learn about the history of the music sung at the service from the Director of Music. But, there were many more conversations. These included one with a Brother of Charthouse and Past Master Lightmonger, Walter Balmford, guest of Past Master Michael Gilham. Walter is hoping to fly in a spitfire on his forthcoming “very significant” birthday and is so looking forward to it. Also particularly memorable was meeting John Allen, personal guest of our Clerk. John is the 5x great grandson of a former Master Upholder and is himself Clerk to the Gunmakers Company.

“Charity” was a generous donation to the Saint Francis Hospice and “Education” came when Alderman Peter Hewitt JP replied on behalf of the guests in an entertaining and highly informative account of the inner working of the City from an Alderman’s perspective. It was interesting to gain an insight into the variation in the makeup of each Ward’s constituents, learn who is entitled to vote at Aldermanic elections, and how Aldermen have to juggle supporting the interests of both residents and city businesses.

Very many thanks from everyone who came to the dinner to the Master and the Clerk for all their hard work behind the scenes. Dr Christine M Booth, Liveryman

The Master Upholder at the launch of City Giving Day


If you have recently been clothed in the Livery, or if you have been a Liveryman for several years but have not had the opportunity to attend, you are encouraged to book into a City Briefing at Guildhall.

They give a short introduction to the work of the Corporation, especially the relationship with the livery companies. Partners are welcome and there are refreshments afterwards and the chance to mix with members from other Liveries. The 2018 courses will take place on Wed 7 Feb, Mon 21 May, Mon 8 Oct and Tues 20 November.

The Installation of the Master and Wardens for 2017-18 took place on Wednesday 26 April at Saddlers’ Hall. 135 guests attended the celebration where Alderman John Garbutt JP was the Speaker and musical entertainment was by soprano Jennifer Witton and pianist Gavin Roberts appearing by permission of the Principal, GSMD.


Mr Tim Solway (left), Senior Warden, and Mr Anthony Demby, Junior Warden, pictured with the Master Mrs Judy Tayler-Smith.

 Photo courtesy of P E Holland Photographic Services

Results of Common Hall Election for the year 2017-18, held at Innholders’ Hall, 11.1.17:

Master:                  Mrs Judy Tayler-Smith

Senior Warden:       Mr Tim Solway

Junior Warden:       Mr Anthony Demby

As Mr Steven Dollond (Junior Warden 2016/17) is not progressing further at the present time, the Master thanked  him for his hard work developing the new Rules and his energy in tackling some issues challenging the Company.

Before the Election took place, Common Hall voted to adopt the new Rules of January 2017.

We are pleased to report news from the Chelmsford Sea Cadet Unit we support:


Congratulations to Cdt Sgt Alfie of TS Upholder, who was announced in December as the winner of the Halliday Trophy, the national Sea Cadet Award given annually to the Cadet with the best result at the RMC Cadet Corporal to Sergeant exams.

Results of Election for the year 2016/7

22.3.16 HAC visit
Master J Anthony (Tony) Lofts

Master: J Anthony (Tony) Lofts

Senior Warden: Judy Tayler-Smith

Junior Warden: Steven Dollond

The Master thanked Mr Graham White (Senior Warden 2015/6) for his service to the company as he has decided he is unable to progress further.