Accommodation: The Principal Oxford Spires Hotel. Accommodation (for up to 70 people) has been booked: www.phcompany.com/principal/oxford-spires/
The Master looks forward to welcoming members and guests to Oxford, where a varied and fascinating weekend is planned. There will also be time to explore on your own.
The Weekend includes:
Friday 28th June
Visit to Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough in the 18th Century. The visit will include afternoon tea and the opportunity to visit the Capability Brown landscaped gardens. In the evening the Master has organised a private view of the State Rooms of Blenheim Palace and the Churchill War Rooms (Sir Winston Churchill was born in Blenheim in 1874). Members and guests return to Oxford for Supper in the evening.
Meeting time & place (daytime): 4.00 pm. Marlborough room in Blenheim Palace
Evening: At 6.00 pm for the Private View of the State Rooms
Saturday 29th June
The day starts with a visit to Williams Formula 1 Grand Prix Car collection in the morning, with a buffet lunch and the option for team competitions in the Williams Games Room. For the afternoon members and guests have the option of a visit to the Ashmolean Museum, a guided tour of Oxford or time to explore on your own.
In the evening it will be Punting on the Cherwell for those who would like to join followed by Regatta Blazers’ Dinner at the Cherwell Boat House.
Sunday 30th June
There are no formal activities planned for Sunday but there will be an optional pub lunch as well as the opportunity to stay for the Garsington Opera in the evening. Garsington Opera is based at the Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, and the opera will be a performance of Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride”. Gates open at 3.30pm and the performance finishes by 10pm with a catered picnic dinner provided.
The weekend is open to Liverymen, Freemen, partners and guests.
The estimated cost of the weekend is £400 per person. This includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, coach travel on the Saturday, the costs of entry/tours to Blenheim Palace and the Ashmolean Museum, the Williams Formula 1 visit, supper on Friday evening, and the Regatta Blazers’ Dinner, with punting and champagne. It does not include the optional elements: the Formula 1 games, lunch on Sunday, or the evening’s performance at Garsington Opera.
The cost is based on two people sharing a room at the Oxford Spires; there will be a single room supplement for the weekend of around £100.
Bookings to be confirmed with the Clerk by Thursday 28th February. There will be a non-refundable deposit of £50 per person, with the balance of the payment due by the end of April. Please also indicate whether you are likely to be interested in signing up for the ‘optional extras’.
Join the hundreds of Freemen that take up their historic entitlement to drive their sheep across London Bridge. A traditional and fun day in the City to enjoy with family and friends.
A TV personality usually joins the ancient tradition too. Last year it was Freeman Alan Titchmarsh MBE.
This event is open to Liverymen & Freemen.
No matter how many times you see or take part in it, the ceremony and election of the Lord Mayor is a unique and impressive event, and it’s a privilege to be part of an historic tradition. Liverymen are summoned to vote and Builders’ Merchants are among them.
The Election is a popular event and you need to turn up at least an hour early to secure a seat.
Following the Election, the WCoBM is among many Livery Companies invited by The Worshipful Company of Painter- Stainers for lunch in their Hall.
Liverymen only. Dress code: Lounge Suits.
The installation of a new Master is the highlight of our social calendar and this year it takes place at Mansion House – home and office of the Lord Mayor of London.
The evening starts with a formal ceremony in the Court where the new Master and Wardens are installed. The ceremony also acknowledges the role of other Court Assistants. This part of the evening is open to members only while guests enjoy a tour of Mansion House.
Subject to Election, our next Master will be Senior Warden Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE, DL.
Following the election, the new Master, Liverymen and Freemen join their guests for a champagne reception, followed by dinner.
This event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests. Dress Code: White-tie (black tie is acceptable)
The longest, oldest, most popular procession in the world. A spectacular show with over 150 very colourful and creative floats, and crowds of people lining the City streets to welcome the new Lord Mayor of London.
Tickets for the North Stand will be available from The Clerk for those wishing to attend. The stand is situated close to St Paul’s Cathedral where the Lord Mayor descends from his carriage. It provides perfect views of the show from start to finish.
This is event is ideal for members wishing to take friends, family and guests.
Tickets are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment!
Christmas Carol Service: St. Peter ad Vincula, H.M. Tower of London
We always end the year on a high with our popular Christmas Carol Service at H.M. Tower of London in the historic Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, followed by supper. It’s an extremely popular event and this year the reception and dinner takes place at Fishmongers’ Hall, only a short walk from the Tower.
The Service starts promptly at 6.00pm accompanied by a superb choir who lead the traditional Carols. It’s a unique experience to attend a service in such an historic chapel, and a fantastic occasion for Liverymen and Freemen to enjoy with guests, family and friends.
This event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests. Dress code: Lounge Suits