All Liverymen and Freemen are expected to attend the annual Election Court General and this year it will be held on HQS Wellington at 5.00 p.m.
This annual event is the occasion where our new Master and Wardens are elected for the ensuing year so it’s important members take part. It will also include admission to the Livery of those qualified Freemen who indicate their intention.
While the Election takes place, guests are invited for a tour of HQS Wellington.
Following the Election there will be a drinks reception and 3-course supper for members and guests on HQS Wellington from 6.15pm. The principal guest and speaker will be Sheriff The Hon. Elizabeth Green.
Supper on the HQS Wellington is a new experience in our social calendar. In the past our Court Election was followed by a church service in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London. For the first time this year, we are introducing a different format.
Liverymen and Freemen are encouraged to bring guests to the unique and historic venue of HQS Wellington, the floating Livery Hall of the Honorable Company of Master Mariners. Built at Devonport Dockyard in 1934, Wellington is the last surviving member of the Grimsby class of sloops, 1 of 13 Grimsby class warships built for service in the Commonwealth and Dependencies. During 6 years of war-time service she rescued over 450 Merchant Navy seamen and was active at Dunkirk and the North African landings. She also shared the credit for sinking a U-boat. Shortly after the end of the war she was retired and laid up at Pembroke Dock. In 1947 HMS Wellington was made available by the Admiralty and purchased by the Master Mariners’ Company. She arrived, as HQS Wellington, at Victoria Embankment in 1948. Ownership was transferred in 2005 to the Wellington Trust, a charitable trust established to ensure the preservation of this historic ship.
This event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests. Dress code: Lounge suits and ties.
Our popular annual golf day is an 18 hole Stableford full handicap competition organised by Past Masters Roddy Taylor and Martin Earle.
Hadley Wood is situated one mile from Junction 24 of the M25, and the course is well known among keen golfers. It was designed by
Alister MacKenzie, who also designed the famous Masters course at the Augusta National.
The golf day is open to Liverymen, Freemen, partners and guests.
To book your place or for more information email Martin Earle at [email protected]
This thanksgiving service in the amazing St Paul’s Cathedral acknowledges the good work of the Sons of the Clergy charity. It is followed by supper at a local venue.
Seats are limited so please contact The Clerk if you’d like to reserve your place.
This event is open to Liverymen & Freemen only. Dress code: Lounge suits.
Experience a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannon and fireworks. A great one to enjoy with family and friends!
This event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests. We are currently holding 30 tickets at £35 each.
We will also be arranging supper somewhere local beforehand.
Reserve your places today with The Clerk. Deadline for bookings end of March 2019.
A more detailed description of the event is below:
These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or “Trooping The Colour” as it is often called.
Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690s. Originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signalled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.
Soldiers of the Household Division are instantly recognisable through their distinctive uniforms and headdress and have a history spanning over three centuries.
Invariably described as ‘truly spectacular’ and ‘London at its finest’ the Household Division Beating Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else in the world and is a not to be missed event.
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!