This annual event was introduced to our members for the first time last 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 the event welcomes 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 2020 Royal Guest of Honour will be announced closer to the time.
This event is split into three parts:
1. Election Court General
All Liverymen and Freemen are expected to attend the annual Election Court General and this year it will be held at Trinity House at 4.30 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.
Our new Master for the ensuring year will be Senior Warden Elect Stewart Pierce.
While the Election takes place, guests are invited for a tour of Trinity House.
2. Musical Extravaganza at the Tower!
Following the Election, and back by popular demand, will be the Choral Evensong at the Chapel Royal of St Peter Ad Vincula at H.M. Tower of London. The service, conducted by The Reverend Canon Roger Hall, MBE, will start at 6.00 p.m.
3. Supper at Trinity House
After the evening’s service, members and guests return to Trinity House for a drinks reception and 3-course supper. The principal guest and speaker will be confirmed closer to the time.
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 is an annual welcome dinner arranged for new Freemen and Liverymen.
It’s a great opportunity for new members to learn more about the Livery, meet other new members and talk to the Wardens and Court Assistants in a relaxed environment.
The dinner is organised in the Private Members’ Dining Room, Guildhall by our Clerk Virginia Rounding and hosted by the Junior Warden. The venue benefits from fantastic views of the Guildhall Yard from the 3rd floor of this fascinating dining room.
Dress code: Lounge Suits with ties.
A spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision!
Introduced for the first time last June, this event is back by popular demand. A unique experience for members and guests, the ceremonial spectacle is performed every year on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or ‘Trooping The Colour’.
A longstanding 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.
The Household Division Beating Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else, making the evening particularly special and memorable for members and their guests. It is truly spectacular and a great one to enjoy with family and friends!
Supper will be arranged somewhere local beforehand and as it’s an evening event, we suggest dressing for warmth and comfort!
The event is open to Liverymen, Freemen & Guests and more details available closer to the time.
York is the choice for the Master’s weekend in June because Fiona is a Trustee of the wonderful National Railway Museum. It also has an exquisite Mansion House packed with glorious historical sights, all within walking distance or a very short taxi ride from the hotel. It is also York Races weekend and we are all invited to the Races in luxurious facilities on the Saturday.
The weekend is open to Liverymen, Freemen, partners and guests and a full breakdown is below:
Accommodation: The Grand Hotel, Station Rise, York YO1 6GD – https://www.thegrandyork.co.uk. The hotel is a refurbished former headquarters of the North Eastern Railways.
Friday 12th June – two options:
1. Early afternoon
- York Chocolate Story, booked for 25 people starting at 2pm OR
- York Minster – a guided tour starting at 2.30pm
2. Late afternoon
- City Cruise starting at 4.10pm from the Lendl Bridge jetty. The time may be tweaked slightly on the day.
- York Mansion House with a tour starting at 4.30pm, followed by tea in their Entertainment Room
Friday will finish with an evening dinner in the Old Board Room at the Grand Hotel at 7.15pm for 7.45pm. The guest speaker, Frank Paterson, a distinguished former Director of North Eastern Railways, is living history. He will tell us his railway stories and set us up for the National Railway Museum Visit on Sunday.
Saturday 13th June:
York Races through the generosity of one of our Liveryman who is providing access to the Committee Room box. His generosity includes an initial champagne reception, lunch and team and transport for the day. We start in the Old Board Room in the hotel at 10.45am for the champagne reception, before heading by coach at 11.30am to the Races. The box includes a lunch buffet and subsequently tea. A tipster will guide us on the best bets!
In return of the kindness of our Liveryman, we are each asked to make a donation to the Company’s Charity. Given the generosity and cost of a day at the Races, the Master suggest £75 per head.
Note: the dress code for the Races is lounge suit with tie for gentlemen and formal day dress, with hats encouraged, for ladies.
The coach leaves the Races at 5.00pm so we can get back to the hotel in time to get ready for dinner at Berden Hall, near York Minster, starting with a drinks reception at 7.30pm. The guest of honour in the evening will be the Lord Mayor of York.
Note: the dress code for the dinner is jacket with WCoBM or other suitable tie for the gentlemen, and the ladies will know what to wear! It is not black tie, and we are not obliged to be as formal as at the Races.
Saturday 14th June:
The weekend ends with a visit to the National Railway Museum, home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance spanning 200 years! Starting at 10.30am, the morning will include a buffet lunch, finishing at 2.30pm.
Comfortable clothes and shoes should be worn.
Costs and payment details:
The weekend includes discounted rates at £239 per night for double rooms and three single rooms at £219 per night, held until 1st May. After this date, rates may change. The number to call for bookings is 01904 380038 and press 2 for the Events Team, quoting Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. If you have queries, ask for Lauren Wilson.
A deposit of 50% of the accommodation cost will be required on booking with the remaining paid on arrival. You may cancel FOC up to 28 days before 12 June. If you cancel between 21 and 28 days in advance you will lose 50% of the deposit. If between 14 and 20 days before, the percentage increases to 75%, rising to 100% if the cancellation is any closer.
The major events, lunches and dinners (not Friday lunch and not including the Races donation) will cost £225 per person. When you have made your hotel booking, either send a cheque to cover the cost or, preferably make a BACS transfer to WCoBM. For Bank Transfers, please make sure your surname and ‘York’ is used as the reference. The charity donation can be paid directly to the Company’s Charity Fund.
A new event to this year’s social calendar with more details to follow in the New Year.
The date to be confirmed as either the 15th, 16th or 17th September.
The event will be open to Liverymen, Freemen and Guests.
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. Over 600 people drive sheep and over 70 livery companies are usually represented on the Bridge.
The event raises money for a range of Charities supported by the Woolmen’s charities and the Lord Mayor’s charities.
A well-known personality usually joins the ancient tradition too, and last year it was The Rt Hon Michael Portillo.
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.
If you haven’t been before, or are a newly installed Liveryman, then this is a ceremony to experience at least once!
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 Goldsmiths’ Hall – which is home to the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies in the City of London.
The Hall has been extended and refurbished at different points in time and currently boasts a grand Staircase Hall sheathed in marble of 10 different colours, and four matching Chandeliers of English Glass in Livery Hall.
The Chandeliers are a talking point in themselves. Each hold 48 hand lit candles and twinkle beautifully over an evening dinner. It takes approximately 20 minutes to light and snuff out one Chandelier. Many of the Company’s treasures are also displayed beautifully in the Hall’s Exhibition Room.
The evening will start 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 the Hall.
Subject to Election, our next Master will be Senior Warden Stewart Pierce.
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)