The WCHCD recently made a donation to The Cabmen’s Shelter Fund. This organisation is responsible for the remaining “green huts” which are part of the cab trade’s heritage and the Fund aims to raise the profile of the 13 remaining shelters. More information is available at www.cabmensshelterfund.com
The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers prides itself on a number of long standing affiliations and relationships that form a crucial part of our ordinances.
Firstly, there is our Military Affiliation
with 20 Transport Squadron Royal Logistics Corps.
The Squadron was originally formed in Woolwich on 7th April 1885 as 20 Company of the Commissariat and Transport Corps. The Company, then part of the Army Service Corps, first saw action in South Africa in 1899-1902, and then again in Somaliland in 1909, where it was the first Company ever to use mechanical transport on active service. The Company was mobilised in 1914 and detailed for duty with the Expeditionary Force in France, where it was to support many major actions throughout The Great War. The Company was disbanded 1919 but reformed in London again in 1922. During the Second World War the Company was to grow inordinately to 490 RASC and 150 ATS personnel. The unit provided the transport for the Prime Minister, the whole of the War Cabinet as well as the normal War Office details. Transport was also supplied by the Company for the Yalta Conference and the Paris Conference. The unit was bombed out of its location at Eaton Square in 1941 and moved several times to different sites around London until finally settling in Regents Park Barracks in 1946. The Company changed its title to 20 Squadron RCT in 1965 and subsequently to 20 Transport Squadron RLC in 1993. The Squadron continues to provide transport support to the Ministry of Defence and London District as whole. The unit has also retained the responsibility for providing cars and drivers for Royalty whenever attending military functions, as well as providing The Queen’s Baggage Train for the use of the Sovereign and her guests, particularly on State Visits. These tasks continue to the present day. In the summer the Squadron play host to us at their Regent’s Park Barracks for a driving skills day which sees teams from the Company and the Squadron tackling vehicle based challenges from wheel changes against the clock, blindfolded driving, navigation and the much anticipated bicycle obstacle course.
The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers are particularly grateful to the support that the Squadron give the Magical Taxi Tour Big Breakfast. They offer their services to meet and greet the families and VIP’s as they arrive at Canary Wharf and assist us in seating them and ensuring that they are catered for.
We also have an Educational Affiliation, which is with The Royal Docks Community School in Newham. This remarkable school plays host to some extraoridnarily diverse talent and prides itself on the additional lengths it goes to to affording its students early insights into various professions and career options, and The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers is actively involved in helping the school and its students develop and improve.
Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, Andrew Overton resides on the school's Board of Governors and has helped drive the careers and professional advice that the school receives. A number of visits have been arranged with other City Livery Companies and the professions and trades they represent. To date this has included the Musician's Company, the Barber Surgeons and the Baker's Company. The WCHCD is also a part of the 'Livery Link' initiative which seeks to strengthen the many City Livery/Education affiliations and improve the opportunities for sharing experience and resources.
In 2015 The WCHCD donated a number of prizes for Achievements in Academic Excellence to the school and also made a donation, which the school utilised to create a 'Royal Charter Orchard' at the school- to commemorate the WCHCD being awarded its Royal Charter in the prior year.
The WCHCD also invites the Head Boy and Head Girl each year to its Founders Day luncheon, normally held at Trinity House and it is remarkable to witness these students hold their own with the Freemen, Liverymen and distinguished guests they mingle with.
The WCHCD has also undertaken careers guidance, CV writing and use of professional social media classes with the school and works very closely with Ms Wendy Bower, Head of the School and Mr Andy Ross, Deputy Head on arange of initiatives aimed at improving the employability of its students and generally raising the profile of this unique school.