The Company offers a varied programme of events to suit all interests. These include formal dinners for livery and guests, social occasions to include spouses, partners and friends, and the grand annual installation banquet at Mansion House. Various craft and sports events are also available as well as fundraising activities.
Members wishing to book events must log in to the Members Area and go to Company Event Notices & Bookings under the Events tab or from the sidebar of the member's area.
Liverymen only are entitled to attend livery dinners in their own right; however guests are welcome except for the July dinner which is ‘Livery only’. Guests are encouraged and may be colleagues, friends, neighbours, customers, etc., and particularly those who may be prospective members. Liverymen may also invite other classes of Members of the Company as their guests. Livery companies offer a unique blend of social and professional networking. They exist to promote fellowship and support the craft or trade and to educate and assist others through charitable giving. Consequently Liverymen are unable to invite their spouses or life partners to attend as a guest. Similarly couples should not be invited together as guests.
+ Spring Livery Dinner with Guests; first Thursday of April, reception 6.30pm
+ Midsummer Livery-only dinner, first Thursday of July, reception at 6.30pm
+ Michaelmas Livery Dinner with Guests; first Thursday of October, reception at 6.30pm
For the formal dinners, the dress is always black tie or mess kit with badges of office. Decorations are reserved for the annual installation banquet.
T TTthe installation of the Master and Wardens takes place on St. Andrew’s Day 30 November. The Common Hall, Reception and Supper will be held at a nearby Livery Hall, the Service of Thanksgiving will be held at a Church of the Master-elect’s choosing. The Master, Wardens, Beadle and Clerk process from Hall to Church in their Livery Gowns, accompanied by the entire Court of Assistants.
The Annual Installation Banquet
The Annual Installation Banquet is always planned to be held on the first Thursday of December, subject to the Lord Mayor’s approval. Following a glittering reception in the Salon of Mansion House, the Banquet is held in the famous Egyptian room in the company of the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, the Sheriffs and other distinguished guests with their partners. The preferred dress on this occasion is white tie, however black tie and uniform mess kit are equally acceptable.
Social Committee & Events
The Company’s Social Committee organises a range of social events, including those incorporated in the Master's programme.
• A Craft Evening, usually held at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) where the theme of the evening is the craft of making playing cards. The Playing Cards Committee takes a major role in organising this event.
• A family orientated Guided City Walk organised to benefit the Cutler Trust. This is a theme based walk in the City followed by a pub lunch.
• The Master's Summer Outing, arranged to visit to a place of interest with accommodation, transport and dining organised throughout the weekend.
Full details of all the events are given in the Master's Programme, which can be viewed through the link in the latest news section of this page.
Contact the Golf Captain Senior Warden Tony Carter to join any of the Golf events upcoming:
• The Livery Golf Society’s Prince Arthur Cup held in May each year, Walton Heath GC, Surrey
• The annual WCMPC Golf Day, at a Golf Club and date to be arranged each year.
• The Company also takes part in matches against other livery companies.
Inter-Livery Bridge Competition
The Competition, organised and subsidised by the Company is held on the first Monday of March each year at Drapers’ Hall. 64 Pairs of Players made up of bone fide Livery members play 24 hands of bridge to compete for a range of trophies and prizes.
The 35th Annual Inter Livery Bridge competition was held at the stunning Drapers’ Hall on Monday 6 March 2017. 56 pairs took part in the event and represented 36 different Livery Companies. Prizes were presented by Alderman and Sheriff Peter Estlin.
The competition is run under English Bridge Union regulations by Tournament Direct Neil Morley.
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Next Livery Dinners
6th April 2017 - Livery Dinner with Guests at the Skinners' Hall.
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Master's Programme for 2016 - 2017
The Master's calendar card for the programme of events for the year can now be downloaded here.
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