Chocolate Tasting at Home

On Zoom

Some of you may remember our last chocolate tasting evening in June 2020 given by Cocoa Runners. We are back with a follow-on tasting course called Deep Dive – Taste & Flavour. This brand-new virtual tasting will delve into the science of taste and flavour, investigating how craft chocolate achieved it’s unique and complex flavour profile. You absolutely do not need to worry if you didn’t come to the previous one. Learn more about the science behind taste and flavour – and enjoy some delicious craft chocolate. Since Cocoa Runners was established in 2013, they have sampled over 6000 bars in their quest to find the World’s best chocolate. Each and every one of the bars selected has been crafted by a dedicated artisan chocolate maker. Please visit for more information on their chocolate. Bookings can be made via the website or by emailing me directly. Only 25 places available.


CHARITY OMP -How Members Are Making a Difference

On Zoom

With Maggie Morrisey - MyBnk, John Feltham - Leadership through Sport and Business and Steven Whitaker - Sheiffs' Challenge Come along and hear three of our members talk about their various volunteering experiences: how they got started, what prompted them to do so, how they found the time and what difference they have made. It may inspire you to give it a go as well! The Zoom Meeting ID for the evening is: Meeting ID: 869 2915 9211    Passcode: 001150 THIS EVENT IS FREE AND NO PRIOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  - JUST TURN UP ON THE NIGHT! A recording of the event will be available on request.

City Walk and Drink

Chartered Accountants’ Hall One Moorgate Place, London, United Kingdom

Please join us for a fascinating walk and a little competition! Start: Business Centre  Chartered Accountants Hall at 5.30pm on Tuesday 3rd May Bring a small team (3-5) or we will put you in teams. There will be a prize for the winning team! The walk is approximately two miles and is suitable for people in wheelchairs. It will finish with drinks and canapes in the St Paul’s area. On this walk you will discover how this square mile maintained a global empire through its control of trading, skills and culture. See how formal trading was initially centred on 17th century coffee houses in alleys between the River Thames and the Royal Exchange.  Edward Lloyds’ Coffee House was the best attended and grew into a vital business in the City. Learn how the 110 livery companies controlled the skills of the traders through their guilds.  Find evidence of the Anglican church spreading its word through that very same trading empire and having its own impact. You will witness how the Square Mile first supported slavery and then mercifully turned its influence to abolish this abhorrent trade. To assist this narrative the walk will take you past The Bank of England, the site of former coffee houses, the offices of various City institutions, The Mansion House, Guildhall, The London Stock Exchange and St Paul’s Cathedral.


Economic View from the Bank of England

Chartered Accountants’ Hall One Moorgate Place, London, United Kingdom

The UK economy is facing severe pressures from all quarters at the moment. We are most fortunate to have a lunchtime talk from  Angus Young of the Bank of England. Angus’s presentation will cover: 1  The Bank’s central outlook for the UK economy; 2  The resilience of the economy post lockdown; and 3  Key upside and downside risks to the bank's projection. The venue is the Members Room at Chartered Accountants Hall Friday 13 May 12.30-2.30pm. Places are limited to 24. There will be a 2 course lunch. The cost for this event will be £50. Bookings can be made via the website.


Cyber Security

On Zoom

Francis West gave us a fascinating talk last September about how easy your systems can be hacked. Technology and hackers are constantly evolving and Francis will update us on more recent concerns to be dealt with. He has spent over 30 years delivering IT and cyber security solutions to businesses. In 1993 he launched FWCS Support providing solutions for recruitment, estate agents and the education sector. In 2010 he leached Westtek Solutions which redefines IT support to the SME sector. In 2012 he won ‘Innovator of the Year’ from the South African Chamber of Commerce. This event is free and no prior booking is necessary. Simply turn up on the night! Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 865 9295 6919 Passcode: 118244

History of Tax – Paying for the Renaissance (online event)

On Zoom

Have you ever wondered how the Renaissance was paid for? Florence was one of Italy’s richest city-states but also one whose rulers were acutely conscious of both the shortfalls of the tax base on which it rested and the problems the tax system was causing (such as depopulation). The talk will cover what was taxed and how as well as other features of Florentine finance that tackled tax evasion. The speaker Andrew Loader is a former history scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge and Past Consort of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers. This event will be on zoom, is free to attend and no prior booking is necessary.

Charity OMP – YMCA Exeter

On Zoom

Richard Thomas will be talking to us about his work with the YMCA Exeter and what they have been doing since receiving our Covid grant including an exciting housing development for young people. Flyer with joining details to follow.


The Globe Theatre , United Kingdom

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT After an absence of 3 years due to lockdown, we are delighted to bring back an old favourite – our visit to Shakespeare’s Globe. We also have the opportunity to have a tour of this wonderful theatre before the matinee enabling us to go backstage and see how plays were staged in Shakespeare's day. The cost for this event is Tour only             £18.00                   10.45-11.45 noon Play only              £55.00                   13.00-16.00 Both                     £68 This equates to a £5 discount if you book both together. After the matinee, there is an optional visit to the Real Greek for an early evening meal – cost not included in the above. If you would like to go, please book via the website As we have 3 options and our website cannot cope with this, please email Clare our new events administrator to say whether you wish to go to just the tour, just the play or both and we will invoice you after the event. Clare’s email is