The Masters Reception – All Hallows by the Tower

Tuesday 24th May 2022

Two years ago, PM Andrew Golding had the idea that his Masters Reception should be a tour of the oldest church in the City, All Hallows by the Tower, followed by a drinks reception in the adjoining restaurant. Unfortunately, Covid put paid to that, and so I was delighted that Andrew allowed me to steal his idea and organise the evening that he would have had. 30 of us enjoyed the company of two very informative guides, Anne Marie and Rob, who gave us a tour of the church and the crypt; it was a shame that the Renter Warden was unable to make the evening as she would, I am sure, have revelled in the church’s American connections. The other major connection of the church is with Toc H, which was founded by Rev Tubby Clayton who served as vicar at All Hallows; Tubby was also an inveterate pipe-smoker. We rounded off the evening with drinks and canapes in (a now dry) garden next door.