The Guild of Nurses

The City of London Guild of Nurses

For the Nursing Profession - past, present and future

Forthcoming Events

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Details of how to apply for events will appear on this web site approximately 6 weeks before the event.

Freedom Ceremonies

Two or three ceremonies will be held every year when members will have the opportunity to be granted Freedom of the Guild. Freedom of the Guild is a privilege that is conferred for life and demonstrates your commitment to the Guild of Nurses. These ceremonies will be advertised below and will usually be followed by a reception which is open to all Freemen and their guests.



Wednesday 12th February 2020 6pm

“Time to Talk”, Cutlers’ Hall, Warwick Lane, London, EC4M 7BR

The Cutlers’ Company, as part of the Health Livery group, would like to invite you to an inter-Livery talk about Mental Health at 6pm on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at Cutlers’ Hall.

Katie Behrens from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust will talk about what mental health and ill health actually means, and why it is important especially in the workplace.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust was established over 20 years ago and provides mental health awareness training in schools, universities, further education, primary care and the workplace. The trust also funds research at Reading University.

Afterwards there will be a chance to enjoy a glass of wine and Time to Talk.  The evening is expected to conclude by 8.30pm.

Please email the Honorary Clerk as soon as possible if you wish to attend   There is no charge for this event.


Tuesday 18th February 2020
Cutlers’ Hall Tour and Luncheon, Cutlers’ Hall, Warwick Lane, London, EC4M 7BR

Please come and join us for what promises to be a fascinating tour of the stunning livery hall of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, one of the most ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. The tour will commence with coffee and biscuits and will be followed by a formal three course luncheon with wine and coffee. The cost of this tour and luncheon is £65. There will also be a few spaces for those who are unable to come on the whole tour but would like to attend the lunch. Further details and a booking form can be downloaded from here. [Word] [pdf]


Wednesday 4th March 2020
Education and Professional Development Forum 5.30pm-7.45pm, Guildhall
Free event. Refreshments from 17.30

Following a successful Guild visit to the London Air Ambulance in June 2019 we are delighted to enable a further professional discussion about the work and reach of London’s Air Ambulance which operates from The Royal London Hospital. We are pleased to invite a senior co-ordinator of the Air Ambulance to explore with us the challenges of operating the service and hear how trauma case work is managed. We will also hear from the Charity who supports the Air Ambulance about their fund-raising initiatives.
Please do join us to learn more about the work of this very important service and hear about the charitable work that most importantly, saves lives. Please book onto this free event by clicking on this link here.


Monday 9th March 2020
Sparkling Afternoon Tea Reception and Admission to the Freedom Ceremony of the Guild of Nurses 3.30pm

These afternoon tea events have proved very popular over the last two years. This occasion provides a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow Guild members and old friends in the heart of the City. The event is open to all Guild Freemen and their guests as well as those members wanting to be admitted to the Freedom of the Guild. The Freedom ceremony will commence at 3.30pm and be followed by afternoon tea. Further details and the booking form can be downloaded from here. [Word] [pdf]
Closing date for applications is 24th February.


Friday 27th March

United Guilds Service, St Pauls Cathedral 11am - Lunch at Apothecaries Hall after the service

We are delighted that Freemen of the Guild have been given the opportunity to attend this years United Guilds’ Service at St Pauls Cathedral. This is one of the highlights of the Livery Calendar and is attended by the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs, Aldermen, Masters and Wardens of all the Livery Companies and Guilds in the City of London. A collection will be taken in aid of the Cathedral Foundation but the service is free to attend. Tickets and gift aid envelopes will be forwarded to those attending the service.

We are also delighted that an invitation has been extended by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for Guild Freemen to attend lunch in Apothecaries’ Hall after the service. The cost for this is £65 per head, payable in advance.

This event is open to Freemen only. If you would like to attend the Service and/or the lunch, please download the proforma here [Word] [pdf]. Closing date for applications is 20th February.


Wednesday 1st April

A rare opportunity to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall.


Monday 20th April

Meet & Greet evening at a City Wine Bar. An informal evening where you can bring along colleagues or friends who might like to find out more about The Guild and its current activities.


Tuesday 12th May

Florence Nightingale commemorative service at Westminster Abbey.


Thursday 14th May

The Guild of Nurses Anniversary Banquet at Apothecaries Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ


Wednesday 3rd June

A private guided tour around the 40 acre rural West Norwood Cemetery, one of the seven most magnificent cemeteries in London.


Wednesday 24th June

Education and Professional Development Event.


Saturday 4th July

City walk with a Florence Nightingale theme in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of her birth. During the walk we will discover many of the places in London linked to Florence Nightingale.


Saturday 5th September

Another opportunity to take one of the popular City Walks.


Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September

Embley Park Weekend which will include a black tie dinner in Florence Nightingale’s childhood home and a visit to the family church at East Wellow.


Wednesday 30th September

Education and Professional Development Event.


Wednesday 14th October

The Guild of Nurses Annual Church Service, at St Lawrence Jewry Church, Guildhall Yard.


Tuesday 27th October

Join us for a fascinating visit to the British Library where we hope to see their collection of Florence Nightingale’s personal letters.


Wednesday 18th November  

A wonderful opportunity to dine in Barber-Surgeons’ Hall in the City from 6.45pm for 7.15pm to celebrate The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.