It’s 2.30PM on a glorious July afternoon, and the two Colins (Richards and Freedman) await the arrival of the Lord Mayor of London, our own Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, on the steps of Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. The months of preparation are reaching their conclusion, and we have just successfully arranged the completion of a round of golf for 25 teams of four, comprised of teams representing 13 Livery Companies (including 2 from the Horners’). Three Past Master Associations, two from the City Livery Club, five put together by friends of the organisers, and a specially invited team from 27 SQN RAF made up the field.

The day started early, with arrival at the Club at 6.45am by the organising team comprising Colin Richards (Event Organiser), Colin Freedman (Competition Organiser), and our helpers for the day, Jack Bunyer’s daughters (Carley, Natalie and Kirsten), together with 2 members of Jack’s Company (Paul Crozier and Caroline Whelan), and Judith Price (wife of Liveryman Alan). Unfortunately, we were one missing, Andy Freedman, whose daughter provided a grandchild during the night! How were we going to replace Andy – a seemingly impossible task! Fortunately, as the men struggled with the task of registering 100 golfers, providing them with welcome packs. and enrolling them into various competitions, the ladies took over, and all tasks were completed successfully in time for the participants to enjoy a light breakfast, and tee-off at 9o’clock in a “Shotgun Start”. 

 Apart from for Paul, who was busy taking photographs of the participating teams on the course, we had a reasonably relaxed morning and prepared for the teams return. Whilst they enjoyed a Pimms reception, we tried to recover the Score Cards and work out the prize-winners; a task supposed to be carried out by the Burhill Professionals’ Shop, but seemingly beyond their limited capabilities, and Colin F had to quickly develop a recovery plan! Meanwhile, the ladies focussed on selling tickets for the various Raffle items on offer, selling commemorative tee-shirts and Horners’ umbrellas left over from the Lord Mayor’s Show (a difficult task with the temperature in the high 20s, before it was decided to reclassify them as parasols!). 

The 4-course lunch was excellent, with members of the  Horners teams being deployed individually around the tables to act as hosts and ambassadors for the Company. This became necessary when, only a couple of days before the event, Burhill decided that they could only cope with the number for lunch by having tables of 9! As teams had four players, the Horners deployment allowed the teams to sit together. When all were seated, Adrian Waddingham, a former Sheriff, said Grace, and during lunch, Master Horner, Alison Gill, proposed a toast to the Lord Mayor and City of London, and at the end of the meal, the Lord Mayor rose to thank the participants for their support, and presented the prizes to the winning teams (1st Information Technologists and 2nd Chartered Accountants), and individuals (1st Men, David Robertson of the Information Technologists, and 1st Lady, Maggie Bradbury from the Horners). There were also prizes for the Runners-Up and Nearest-the-Pin prizes at all four Par 3 holes. Each prize included a commemorative scroll signed by the Lord Mayor and beautifully developed with the chirographic skills of Caroline Whelan.

During lunch Celia Bunyer drew the winning raffle tickets which were to be honoured at the end of the day, and the lady helpers circulated trying to persuade all present to participate in the Silent Auction, which had been running for about a week before the event. Pauliina Lytinnen, from the Guildhall based Lord Mayor’s Events Team, who had been our wise counsellor through the whole organisation period, was taking photographs that could later be viewed on the internet. 

We were thankful to David Williams, formerly with the Royal Armouries, who used his contacts in the City and beyond, to develop a set of largely London based items for the Silent Auction, many of which were unique, such as the “Tour of Goldsmith’s Hall and the Assay Office” and “Lunch in Pinewood Studios in the Private Alfred Hitchcock Restaurant”. The success of the Silent Auction was the main factor in raising around £10,000 from the event.

It is nearly 6pm, and having counted the money taken on the day, we were able to relax with a quiet drink on the terrace of the Club. The feedback from both the Lord Mayor and the participants, was extremely complimentary, and great success was had in passing on the baton to another Livery Company to organise the event next year


Golfing Society 2016 Report

Another successful season for the Horners’ golfing fraternity, with 23 members and numerous guests participating in 20 fixtures including our Spring and Autumn meetings, matches against other Livery Companies (Tin Plate Workers, Actuaries and Barber-Surgeons), participation in our own inter-Livery tournament (The Horners’ Trophy), other Company golf tournaments (Marketors’, Loriners’, Tallow Chandlers’, Airline Pilots’ & Navigators’, Fuellers’ and Carmen), special Livery events such as Prince Arthur Cup at Walton Heath, the Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day, City Livery Club Golf Day and the Pewterers’ Challenge. We also managed three events with guests from our associated RAF Squadron, and a golfing holiday for 18 of us (including partners) on the Costa del Sol, hosted by Hon Court Assistant Simon Baldwin-Purry, where we played three rounds of golf including our annual match against the local PROBUS Club.

Highlights of the year were:


  • The successful 13th Annual Horners’ Trophy event held at Ashridge Golf Club (the home course of legendary three-times Open Champion Sir Henry Cotton), again expertly organised by Colin & Andy Freedman, who have raised involvement such that 14 Livery Companies participated this year, which allowed us to have a “Shotgun Start”. The Master presented the winning team from the Fruiterers’ with the magnificent Trophy (donated by Liveryman Glenn Beall).

  • Wins for HGS in matches, both at Porters Park, against the Tin Plate Workers’ and the Barbers’ (both by the narrowest of margins!).

  • Winning team score at the Loriners’ Golf Day at Sundridge Park (Colin Richards; Jack Bunyer; Alan Price and Malcolm Wilkinson), with prizes also to Maggie (best ladies score) & Steve Bradbury (longest drive). Pictures show the winners with their prizes.

  • Participation of two HGS teams in the Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day at Stoke Park, and prizes to the HGS/City Livery Club team captained by City Livery Club President, John MacCabe (supported by Past Masters Colin Richards, David Williams and Jack Bunyer), for the best front-nine. This event next year will be organised by HGS at Burhill Golf Club on Monday 17th July 2017.

  • Successful well-attended Spring and Autumn meetings. The first at Swinley Forest where the Thomas A Crompton Cup was retained by Maggie Bradbury with 36 points off a handicap of 10, which just beat Philip Marchant and Alan Price. In the afternoon Greensomes event, Jack Bunyer & Philip Marchant just outscored the Bradburys and the Young Guns from 27 SQN RAF, to win the EKCO trophy.

The Autumn meeting was again organised by Philip Marchant, and held at “the best course in Essex”, Thorndon Park. The relocation of this event to north of the Thames seems to have appeased our members from that region, and provided for a good attendance. We even managed to persuade the Renter Warden to join us for the afternoon Greensome, which will hopefully encourage him to participate more next year. The morning event for the “Horn Trophy” was won by occasional golfer Nick Horner with 34pts off HCP18, closely followed by Maggie Bradbury and yours truly with 33pts. Helen Giachardi won the high handicap prize. The afternoon 9-hole Greensome event was won by Maggie, partnered by guest Ravi Shanker.

Pictured is our Renter Warden, Alderman Gordon Haines, presenting his 'nearest pin' prize to our Hon Sec Past Master Colin Richards.


  • Highest placed guest Livery Company team (Jack Bunyer, Anthony McLelland and Alan Price) in the Fuellers Golf Day at Windlesham. The picture is of Jack And Alan receiving their prize.

  • The annual holiday to Costa del Sol resulted in a 2-2 draw for the Holiday Trophy presented by Simon for our match against the local PROBUS club, with Mike O’Brien narrowly beating Jack Bunyer for the coveted HGS prize for our rounds at Mijas (Los Lagos) and Rio Real. Mike’s success shows how far you can progress with golf by participating with HGS. He only started playing regularly three years ago, and is already amongst the prizes!

All in all, a very successful season, which will be celebrated at our Annual Dinner at National Liberal Club on Wednesday 18th January 2017. All Horners and their guests are welcome to attend, with tickets (priced at £52.50 per head) available from the event organiser, Colin Freedman.

The Horners Golf Society offers the opportunity for golfers of all standards to play throughout the season from Spring to Autumn at a range of courses across the South of England (even in Essex!). Please sign up by contacting the Hon Secretary, Colin Richards (colin.t.richards@btinternet.com).


Horners Golf Society 2015


The Golf Society has had another active year taking part in 15 meetings including the annual Spanish holiday with one more fixture to come. These meetings provide great opportunity to engage with other Livery Companies and great enjoyment but with mixed success in the golfing sense. The year teed off as usual with the Annual Dinner magnificently organised with entertainment by Colin Freedman at the National Liberal Club and will draw to a close in early November with the final fixture against the Barber/Surgeons.


The highlight of the year was the trip to the Costa del Sol in October this year undertaken by a large party of 23 Horners and wives containing 13 golfers. The first of the three courses played was the Marbella Golf and Country Club whose opening 9 holes, built on the side of a mountain, proved challenging to say the least. On then the next day to the Rio Real Golf Club which proved all together more accommodating and finally the needle match with the local PROBUS Club played on the Cerrado del Aguila course. With six pairs competing in a better ball match play format the result was in doubt until the last pair came home – but maintaining tradition Horners lost 3½ to 2½. At the evening prize giving dinner Philip Marchant was presented with the trophy for the leading Horner over the first two days of play.