Speed Read (24th May 2018)

There be Dragons. There be Abseilers. There be long, long walks. And there may be contested elections too!!

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Welcome to the latest Speed Read. It’s our way of keeping you up to date with Livery Company and City of London life, initiatives and events.

Don’t Miss out on this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal fund raising events!

Support the Lord Mayor’s wife, Samantha, in this year’s City Dip taking place on the 1st June 2018. Donations can be made to or you can take part yourself for a 30 minute slot in return for a donation of £100!

For the first time ever, the Lord Mayor will be taking part in not one but two Abseil Challenges! The abseils will take place at two of the City’s tallest buildings, the first on the 13th June at Twentytwo Bishopsgate and the second on the 14th September at the Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater). A huge challenge for a fantastic cause! Sponsor him here

Further events include:


  • Karaoke Night hosted by Samantha Bowman, Mansion House, 13th July  
  • Go-Kart Grand Prix, Sandown Park, 15th July
  • Dragon Boat Race 29th July, Chillngton Hall
  • Golf Day 17th September, Moor Park
  • Annual Gala Event Sheriff’s Ball, 21st September
  • Annual Gala Event Grand Finale Dinner, 29th October

To book tickets or for further information on our exciting calendar of events, please click on the icons below or visit the Appeal website Alternatively please email or call 0207 332 1582.
Funds raised will go to the multi-year Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which will fund groundbreaking programmes from three fantastic charities which will not only change, but also save people’s lives: Samaritans, Place2Be and OnSide Youth Zones.


Set your oars ablaze for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Boat Races!

Fancy your chances of winning the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Chillington’s annual dragon boat races? Pull together a team of 17 and ride the waves to victory. Boat hire is £60 per team member (over 16 and able to swim!) for more information please click the link below!

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These streets were made for walking!

We have received some fantastic feedback following the Consorts’ Livery Halls walk that took place on the 17th April 2018. A group of past, present and future City Consorts gathered to tour 39 of the 40 livery halls in London along with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales. The event also allowed for a little fund raising in the form of a prize draw, raising £160 for the WCEC Charity Trust. Read feedback or find out more about the day by clicking the link below. 


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Head over to The Guild Hall for the 2018 Shrieval Election 

This year’s Common Hall and the Shrieval Election will take place at the Guildhall on Monday June 25th. The deadline for nominations has now passed and as there are 4 candidates there could be a contested Election.

Click the tab below to view the Election Address for each of the Shrieval Candidates

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And finally…some dates for your diary

All future events can be found in the new ‘Events Calendar’ on our website. However, a short list of forthcoming events is as follows:-

26th June 2018– Common Hall Luncheon
18th July 2018- Court Luncheon
6th September 2018- Livery Halls Walk
19th September – Military Awards 2018

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