Events

INAUGURAL CLARITY IN CHARITABLE COMMUNICATIONS AWARD FOR PAST MASTER PHIL DAVIS

Phil Davis (centre) Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers receives the Clarity in Charitable Communications Award from Mr Francis Ingham MPRCA -The Master of the City of London Company of PR Practitioners (left) and the Master Glazier, Mr Duncan Gee (right)

Phil Davis (centre) Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers receives the Clarity in Charitable Communications Award from Mr Francis Ingham MPRCA -The Master of the City of London Company of PR Practitioners (left) and the Master Glazier, Mr Duncan Gee (right)

Phil Davis, London taxi driver and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers has received an inaugural award at a prestigious City event.

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass and the City of London Company of Public Relations Practitioners decided to establish the Clarity in Charitable Communications Award to recognise outstanding achievement in raising awareness and fundraising against the odds and without major funding or marketing campaigns.

Phil Davis heads up the organising committee for the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Driver’s annual Children’s Magical Taxi Tour taking sick and terminally ill children to Disneyland Paris on a trip that is now in its 22nd year.

The inaugural Clarity in Charitable Communications Award canvassed all of the City Livery Companies in London and Phil was nominated by several of the historic companies, and in February attended a dinner event held at the splendid Merchant Taylor’s Hall in the City to receive the award.

 Receiving the award Phil said: “I am surprised and thrilled to receive this award, but I do  so without wanting personal recognition but to continually raise the profile of the Children’s Magical Taxi Tour and the families it benefits. Our Charitable Trust does not have the benefit of a huge marketing and PR machine, but we continue to attract generous sponsorship here in the City and from across the globe through word of mouth and our own efforts to raise awareness. I am pleased to say we continue to attract new sponsors and they in turn put us into contact with other organisations and businesses who want to help these very sick children and their families.”

The Childrens Magical Taxi Tour sees a cavalcade of over 100 London taxis, ambulances, medical support staff and police outriders (from both sides of the channel) set off from London to Disneyland Paris in one of the Citys most high profile annual events.

To date more than 4,500 children and their families have benefitted from this memorable trip. Many of the children who go onto the Magical Taxi Tour are terminally ill, and as such the journey represents a rare opportunity for them and their families to gain some respite from ongoing, often gruelling, medical treatment and to enjoy a weekend of fun and adventure, with the support of medical teams who remain on hand throughout.

Presently the Magical Taxi Tour is supported by an ever growing number of City Livery Companies and the trip also depends on the participation of London Ambulance, paramedics, the AA, the City Police, Met Police and Gendarmerie Nationale. Further sponsorship comes from a wide range of businesses affiliated with the London cab trade, including London Taxis International, the manufacturer of the iconic black London taxi.

Each taxi that goes on the trip requires around £1,250 in sponsorship funding for the transportation and accommodation of the children. It is testament to Phils fundraising capabilities that the  Children’s Magical Taxi Tour has never been halted, even throughout one of the most protracted economic downturns the City has experienced.

Phil Davis himself, with some much appreciated help from the Chair of the PR Committee for The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, Ms Sandie Goodwin, has managed to grow the size of the charity, attract so many new sponsors, supporters and global media coverage, without the benefit of large scale PR campaigns or marketing funds.

Phil first joined The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers in 1990. In 1993 he became a Trustee of the Companys Charitable Trust and in 1994 became Chairman of the Childrens Magical Taxi Tour organising committee before being installed as Master of the Company in 1997. Prior to this Phil had no prior experience in managing such a charity and was certainly not expecting the charity to grow into what it is today. Nor did Phil have any experience in how to generate PR and publicity around such an initiative.

Last year Phil Davis also received the City Livery Club’s Root & Branch award for the sheer scale of the charity work he has undertaken.


NEW FREEMEN ADMITTED TO THE WCHCD.



 

New Master Alan Roughan welcomed four new Freemen to the Company, with Mr Martin Crouch, Mr Lee Austin, Mr William Berry and Mr Peter Waterfield joining the Company. They are now able to progress to the Guildhall and claim the Freedom of the City of London.

Master Alan Roughan also clothed three existing Freemen with the Livery, with Mr Daniel Severin, Mr Guiseppe Mauro and Mr Luigi Mauro now becoming liverymen.


Speaking of the most recent intake of Freemen and Liverymen, The Master, Mr Alan Roughan said: "I am delighted to welcome new Members as Freemen and also to see some of our existing Freemen escalate to the level of Liverymen. Our Company is growing continuously and this shows there is still great interest in the historic London taxi trade in the heritage of the City of London and the Livery Companies. The majority of our Freemen and Liverymen are working taxi drivers, and this provides our Company with a thriving membership that also benefits from a variety of professionals from across our trade and associated industries."

"More and more men and women within the taxi trade - all across the country - are taking an interest in our friendly and informative Company and finding it a great way to meet likeminded individuals with a strong interest in promoting our historic licensed taxi trade."


 

INSTALLATION COURT, HABERDASHER'S HALL

On an incredibly warm and sunny afternoon in September the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers (WCHCD) gathered at the Haberdashers’ Hall in West Smithfield for their Installation Court & Dinner.

The installation is where the new Master is inducted, along with the Wardens who will serve alongside the Master in the ensuing year.

The outgoing Master, Mr Colin Evans, gave way to Mr Alan Roughan, a licensed taxi driver in London for over 35 years, a former Director of Radio Taxis London and a well known and much liked man of the trade. Colin Evans now serves a year as Deputy Master, taking that role on from Malcolm Paice, who becomes a Past Master.

Stepping up into the roles of Wardens were Mr David Cannell, who becomes Upper Warden, Mr Rick Alford, who becomes Renter Warden and Mr Michael Cullen who joins as Lower Warden.

Two new members of the Court were also installed, Ms Leigh Dargan and Mr Dan Heath, both of whom have already made significant contributions to the Company’s charitable and affiliate works.

New Master Alan Roughan welcomed four new Freemen to the Company, with Mr Martin Crouch, Mr Lee Austin, Mr William Berry and Mr Peter Waterfield joining the Company. They are now able to progress to the Guildhall and claim the Freedom of the City of London.

Master Alan Roughan also clothed three existing Freemen with the Livery, with Mr Daniel Severin, Mr Guiseppe Mauro and Mr Luigi Mauro now becoming liverymen.

With the Court proceedings completed a reception was held in the immaculate gardens of the Haberdashers’ allowing the Company and guests to enjoy a balmy summers evening.

Around 140 people assembled for the magnificent dinner that followed and principal guest was Alderman Alison Gowman, whose professional and City credentials are as impressive as they are lengthy. Alison is a member of the City of London Land Law Committee and is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glovers and a partner in law firm DLA Piper. She also Chairs the City Bridge Trust Committee, and several Police and civic committees. Alison is a long standing supporter of the WCHCD and its annual Children’s Magical Taxi Tour to Disneyland Paris.

Guest speaker for the evening was Mr Robert Elms, renowned broadcaster and writer who is perhaps best known for his long running radio show on BBC London.

In a truly inspired and totally unscripted tribute to the London taxi industry, Robert Elms captivated the entire hall at Haberdasher’s with a moving, witty and touching speech that read like a love letter to the London cab trade.

Robert, a Londoner through and through, spoke of his undying passion for London, its people and its traditions. He spoke warmly of the hundred of calls from cab drivers he has had on his radio show, in particular during the famous ‘Notes & Queries’ section. Robert noted: “You can always tell a cab driver…but you can’t tell a cab driver anything!”

Robert added that no matter how much the capital changed, London’s taxi drivers remained knowledgable, unique and delivering the best taxi service in the world, even in challenging times. In his view the London licensed taxi trade deserved to be Grade I listed and protected as a true asset of the capital.

                         

Robert’s compelling and passionate address gave way to a standing ovation- a rare sight in Livery halls.

Following the dinner the Company and Guests adjourned for the ‘Stirrup Cup’ after-dinner drinks where all get to mingle and socialise before heading off home.

 
























 

WORTHY CAUSES
Throughout the year, the WCHCD makes donations to worthy causes and this year has been no exception. Recently a donation was made to the family of 47 year old taxi driver Alan Henning, who was so cruelly murdered whilst doing humanitarian work in Syria. Another donation was also made 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



 





 


 


EVENTS

The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers participates in events in the City regularly. Throughout the year members, Freemen, Liverymen and their guests enjoy dinners in City Livery Halls as well as lunches.

Membership of the WCHCD is very diverse; all members have one thing in common. They wish to promote the world famous taxi trade as the best in the world. The social events such as dinners are a good way of talking to their colleagues within the trade. Charity and education are important roles within the Livery Companies of the City and the WCHCD is held in high esteem throughout the City.


THE MAGICAL TAXI TOUR  

Perhaps one of the most famous events is the annual Magical Taxi Tour which sees over 100 cabs taking sick and terminally ill children on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. You can find out more about this event by logging on to www.magicaltaxitour.com
 

EVENTS DIARY


COURT MEETINGS AND DINNERS
 

Date Occasion Location
20/12/2016 Carol Service and Christmas Supper  St Bartholomew The Great Church
09/03/2016 Spring Court Dinner Carpenters' Hall


OTHER EVENTS
 

Date Event 
Saturday 10th December 2016 Disney Gala Dinner & Dance  Marriott Hotel, E14
 April 2017  St. George's Day Charity Event TBC

 

 

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