A popular annual event to recognise and award the achievements of young merchants and other individuals the Company supports in training, education and our military affiliations.
This event provides a great platform for networking, but it is also an opportunity for new and potential Liverymen to learn more about our industry and the good work of the Livery. So we encourage members to bring along their high achievers or ‘rising stars’ from their businesses so they can gain more insight into WCoBM and have the opportunity to talk to senior figures in our industry and learn more.
Members and their guests can have a tour of the Hall before the drinks reception. The awards and prizes are presented during lunch by the guest of honour who this year is Lord Dannatt.
This event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests. Dress code: Lounge suits.
Traditionally known as the ‘United Guilds’ Service’, this event is also described as ‘costume drama with hymns’ and is well worth attending!
It’s a service to experience, bringing together all 110 Livery Companies in the City of London. When St Paul’s is packed with Liverymen from all 110 Companies you really feel part of a historic tradition being celebrated in a very special environment at the heart of the City.
Then the lunch at Carpenters’ Hall (Throgmorton Avenue, EC2) afterwards is a very convivial gathering, shared by a number of Companies, but with members of individual Companies seated together at round tables. They have kindly invited up to 30 of our members to attend and partners are welcome and may be included in this number. The cost for lunch is £60.00 per head (including VAT); drinks at the reception prior to luncheon are provided by the Carpenters’ Company
Seats are limited so please contact The Clerk if you’d like to reserve your place. Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, 19th March 2019
This event is open to Liverymen & Freemen. Guests are also welcome. Dress code: Lounge suits.
This annual event is a new addition to our social calendar. Now in its 12th year, the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch unites the City of London to raise money for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Veterans through the three National Service Charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity; the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity; and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Tickets are £100, which includes unlimited curry, beer, and wine. There will be three lunch sittings, at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm.
This event is open to Liverymen & Freemen. Dress code: Lounge Suits.
Who will be there?
The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch brings together over 1,300 key decision makers and influential leaders from organisations across the various business sectors of the City of London and beyond, hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of the City of London and the Sheriffs and their consorts. Many of these individuals are also:
- Members of the City of London’s Livery Companies and Ward Clubs
- Senior officers, serving soldiers and veterans from the British Army and other services
- Members of Parliament, including the Secretary of State for Defence
Each year we welcome a Royal Guest of Honour, who in the past has included HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Prince Henry of Wales and HRH The Princess Royal. The 2019 Royal Guest of Honour will be announced closer to the time.
All Liverymen and Freemen are expected to attend the annual Election Court General. It’s the occasion where our new Master and Wardens are elected for the ensuing year so it’s important members take part. While the Election takes place, guests are invited for a tour of HQS Wellington.
Following the Election there will be a drinks reception and supper for members and guests on HQS Wellington.
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.
This event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests. Dress code: Lounge suits.
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.
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’.