The City of London Livery companies form one of the largest philanthropic movements in the world with their 35,000 strong body of Liverymen, history stretching back over 700 years, and their ability to donate over £48 million each year to charitable causes.

Message from the Master

At my first lunch at Innholders Livery Hall in April 2000, I never believed I would have the honour and privilege of being your Anniversary Master in 2018. This is all thanks to our late Past Master Frank Saunders and Past Master James Simmons who proposed and seconded me to join this marvellous Livery Company.

With my Mistress Amanda (my first Mistress and I do like saying that) we hope to attend as many events as possible, and support my chosen Charity “Headway Essex”. The Headway Centre in Colchester, provides the rehabilitation care for survivors of brain injuries. Some of the most common experiences which follow brain injury are, lack of sight, personality changes, inappropriate behaviour, lack of initiative, and other major traumas.

Our most ambitious event of the year is the 325th Anniversary of our Charter on Saturday 16th June 2018. This is taking place at London Regents Park Zoo, beginning with a Reception held by the Penguin Pool, (weather permitting), and if not, the Tiger House. Dinner, celebration speeches and a gentle disco follow. Please note this date in your diaries. My sincerest thanks to the 325 Committee Members who assisted me in the choice of this venue. I trust as many of you as possible will be able to support me and Amanda.

Other events this year. We commence with a visit to the Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury, on Wednesday 31st January, followed by supper, a 10 minute walk away. With my thanks to our Clerk.

The Goldsmiths Jewellery Exhibition, Tuesday 27th February. Again followed by supper, at the Haz Restaurant.

My Livery Weekend takes place on the Dutch Rivers from 12th-16th April. This includes visiting the famous Dutch Bulbfields, in full Spring flower.

Sunday 15th July, sees us visiting the Kent & Sussex Steam Railway for a journey on the Wealden Pullman for a Sunday Lunch.

The Haven Restaurant. The luncheon will be on Sunday 2nd September. Sincere thanks to Julius Oberegger for his continued generosity in hosting this event.

On Friday 19th October, I trust as many of you as possible will join us in a visit to the Royal Opera House in Purfleet, Essex. This is where the workshops scenery builders and painters are employed. The costumes for the performances in London are also made and stored here. This visit will be followed by a supper at Thurrock Garden Centre, a 10 minute drive away.

Will all Liverymen during the course of 2018 who don’t know me very well, please come and shake my hand to introduce yourselves. That would be such a welcome gesture. Thank you.

John Walsham