The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary at the Guildhall in London. Set up in 1961 the Livery Company enjoyed a convivial evening on Friday 13th May 2011 in the spectacular Old Library at Guildhall. Current Master, Gary Hopkins, Past Masters, Wardens, Liverymen, Freemen and Guests attended to commemorate the half centenary. A champagne reception, with music by The Salon Orchestra of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, superb company, a delicious three course meal and great entertainment from the Singing Waiters made it a lively and memorable evening. The company’s treasures, Letter Patent and the impressive Master’s Chair were put on show for the occasion.

The Anniversary was supported by sponsors Catnic, H+H Celcon, Keystone Lintels and Lafarge Cement. The guest speaker was His Honour Judge Brian Barker Q.C. (The Common Serjeant of London). Other guests included Alderman Sir David Howard and his wife Lady Howard and Alderman David Wootton (Master of the Solicitors’ Company) and his wife, Elizabeth.

Celebrations continued over the Master’s weekend where members and guests were invited to join the Master and his wife Beverly the following morning for a fascinating 90 minute guided exploration of hidden places in the City. These included Old Fleet Street, Dr Johnson’s House, the King’s Wardrobe, the original Christ Hospital and Plague Pits. Lunch was reserved at The Paternoster Inn and an evening meal, with more good food and wine, was enjoyed at Le Pont de la Tour, Butler’s Wharf Buildings