A popular annual event that has grown to become one of the main networking events in the Company’s social calendar. It was introduced seven years ago to recognise and award the achievements of young merchants and other individuals the Company supports in training and education. It’s therefore an important one for inviting younger individuals from the sector, so they can learn about WCoBM and how it supports the builders’ merchants industry and its suppliers. Members are encouraged this year to bring a young individual from their organisation as a guest.
Members and their guests can have a tour of the Hall before the drinks reception at approximately 11am. The drink reception will commence at 12.15pm with lunch at 1.00pm.
The awards and prizes are presented during lunch by the guest of honour, and the event should finish by 3.00pm.
Dress code: Lounge suit or equivalent.
Election Court General: Watermen’s Hall at 5.00 p.m.
Liverymen & Freemen only with a tour for Guests
Service at the H.M. Tower of London and supper at Trinity House: Liverymen, Freemen and Guests
If you’ve not been to this one before, then it’s one not to miss! It gives members, partners and guests the unique experience to attend a service at the Tower of London in the historic Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula. The Service is conducted by our Honorary Chaplain The Reverend Canon Roger Hall, MBE, and the hymns are sung by one of the country’s best choirs.
Following the service, everyone gathers for a reception and dinner at Watermen’s Hall, a short walk away from the Tower. It’s a fantastic evening in the City for members to enjoy with family, friends and guests, and with great networking!
Dress code: Lounge suit or equivalent
Our popular annual golf day is an 18 hole Stableford full handicap competition organised by Past Masters Roddy Taylor and Martin Earle. It takes place at Hadley Wood, situated one mile from Junction 24 of the M25. It is open to Liverymen and Freemen (ladies & gentlemen)
The golf course is well known among keen golfers. It was designed by Alister MacKenzie, who also designed the famous Masters course Augusta National.
To book your place or for more information email Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Master looks forward to welcoming Liverymen, Freemen and Guests to his home City of Durham!
The Durham City skyline is one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe, and is dominated by the majestic Durham Cathedral and the adjacent Durham Castle.
Durham City was voted “Best City in the UK” by Conde Nast magazine and is the quintessential old English University City. It has a wonderful timeless quality with rowing on the River Wear and relaxing riverside walks, and yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.
Full details and a form to indicate interest will be sent out in the New Year.
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.
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 and dress code is Lounge Suits.
The installation of a new Master is the highlight of our social calendar and in 2018 it takes place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall.
The evening starts with a formal ceremony in the Court at 5.00p.m. 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 Liverymen & Freemen only while guests enjoy a tour of the Hall. Subject to Election, our next Master will be Senior Warden Pippa Latham.
Following the election, the new Master, Liverymen and Freemen join their guests for a champagne reception at 7.00p.m., followed by a black tie Dinner at 7.30p.m.
Dress Code: Dinner jacket (Black Tie)
The Lord Mayor’s Show is unique. It’s 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.
In 2016 we entered our own Float in support of our Honorary Liveryman Dr. Andrew Parmley, who was elected as the new Lord Mayor of London. The wet weather did not dampen spirits or attendance, with many supporters in the Grand Stand cheering our Float, and crowds of people lining the streets.
We won’t be entering a Float this year, but tickets will be available from The Clerk for those wishing to attend.
Tickets are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment!