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). 

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. 

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

London to Paris Cycle Challenge
Sheriff Neil Redcliffe and his wife Emma are ‘pushing the bikes out’, donning Lycra and cycling 178 miles from London to Paris, from 7 to 10 September.   They felt they needed a good challenge to work off some of this year’s food and wine, and cycling the 178 miles from capital to capital for such a great cause, seemed like a fun thing to do.  So, along with 24 fellow pedlars their challenge will begin in September raising much needed funds for the charity.  The other 24 cyclists include the Immediate Past Master Painter Stainer and his wife, Master Pewterer and her son, Master Upholder and his wife, Immediate Past President of The City Livery Club, liverymen from the Basketmakers, World Traders, members of Bishopsgate Ward Club, The City of London Corporation and a number of friends and family.

If anyone would like to support this event please go to  and click on team members to check out the other riders who have signed up.

The Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge
On September 18th the Sheriffs plus Consort and Wingman – Neil and Emma Redcliffe, Tim Hailes and Fiona Adler – will row the City of London’s cutter, The Lady Gillett, down the Thames, to raise funds for the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund.
The full story is on this link


sheriffs and recordersAbove: Visit of HRH The Countess of Wessex to HMP Downview in connection with the London College of Fashion Making for Change project, partly sponsored by the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund - November 2017

sheriffs and recordersAbove Left: The Recorder of London, together with Clive Rowe, attending the performance of 'Elijah' at the Barbican which raised funds for the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund - February 2018. Right: The Old Bailey Witch - Fiona Adler, Consort to Alderman Sheriff Timothy Hailes, performing in Yet More Trial and Error - March 2018

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Above: Sheriff Neil Redcliffe addressing the audience at the first of the two performances by the Nordic Choir - March and June 2018