The Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund


Started by the two Sheriffs of the City of London, the Fund remains wonderfully supported by them.  Every year the new Sheriffs and their consorts initiate and run a fund-raising event: in 2015, dressed in animal onesies, they rode a tandem round several Livery Halls.  In 2016 they mounted horses for a similar ride (an act of bravery by Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden, who had not ridden a horse before).  In 2017 the current Sheriffs will host a star-studded evening (see Future events, below).

The Recorder of London, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, is a vital link between the Fund and the Old Bailey, where he is the Senior Circuit Judge.  He is a great supporter of the Fund’s activities, for example acting as host at breakfasts where guests are introduced to the Fund.  Charles Henty, Under-Sheriff & Secondary of London, who runs the Old Bailey, regularly raises money for the Fund by conducting engrossing tours of the legendary building.

Tandem rides, horse rides, breakfasts, receptions, tours, concerts, sheep drives, book launches, sponsored runs, theatrical shows, debates, fashion shows, children’s parties, wine tastings – events galore – are all dreamed up and organised by people who believe 100% in the value and efficacy of the Fund’s work.

Future Events

MENDELSSOHN'S ELIJAH - Tuesday, 13th February at 7.30 pm at the Barbican Hall. The City of London Choir will again be performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are offered with a 10% discount for S & R Fund supporters and quote 101202 when booking.

The above performance will be preceded by a reception from 6.30 until 7.15 pm. Tickets are £15 each and please email the Fund at for details.

YET MORE TRIAL AND ERROR - 400 years of Newgate and the Old Bailey in music and drama - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 12-14th March. Also, dress rehearsal at reduced price Sunday afternoon, 11th March. The performances will be held in Court No.2 at the Old Bailey - please contact the office for details of all performances.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - This will be held on Monday, 9th July, at the Old Bailey at 6.15 pm. Please contact the office for details.


sheriffs and recordersAbove Left: The two City Sheriffs, Dr Christine Rigden and Alderman Charles Bowman, on their sponsored ride round the City in aid of the Fund. Right: The Recorder of London, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC

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Above Left: Martyn Chase, Master Needlemaker (on the left), organised a reception in aid of the Fund, which was attended by the Duke of Gloucester (centre). Middle: The Duchess of Gloucester and guests at the reception in the sensational new Rothschilds building. Right: A beneficiary of the Fund spoke about his experience, and later talked to the Duchess of Gloucester.

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Above Left: Scene from Even More Trial and Error held at Central Criminal Court, March 2016, in aid of S & R Fund, with Advisory Council members Lady Clarke and HH Judge Peter Rook. Right: Sheep Drive over London Bridge in aid of S & R Fund, September 2016