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.


Saturday, 21 September

City Walk - City churches in the east of the City.
Our City of London Guide, Kathryn, will be giving us a fascinating tour of the Churches in the East of the City. The walk will start outside Bank Underground Station and finish up at Tower Hill. Cost £10 per person. Payable on the day. To book on the walk, please email There is more information about this walk here [Word] [pdf]


Thursday 26th September

3rd Annual Conference of the Guild of Nurses
Chartered Accountants Hall, 1 Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA
We are delighted to be hosting our 3rd Annual Conference in the historic setting of the Chartered Accountants Hall. There is an exciting programme of speakers that will be of interest to both working members as well as those retired from the profession. Our speakers are from Public Health England, Kings College London University, the Mary Seacole Foundation and Livery School Link. To view the programme and booking form, please click here. [Word] [pdf]


Sunday 29th September

The Worshipful Company of Woolmen's Annual Sheep Drive and Livery Fair.
Two Freemen of the Guild of Nurses, Middle Warden Julia Mingay and Renter Warden Liz Bardolph, are entering the Sheep Drive this year and will be crossing the Bridge at 15.37 and 16.30 respectively. Please come along to show your support for not only our Wardens, but also for the wider City and Livery. More detail of Julia and Liz’s sheep drives are here.

The Sheep Drive is held each year not only as a charity fundraiser in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal & the Woolmen's Charitable Trust, but also so that Freemen of the City of London can afford their right to drive their livestock across London Bridge. This year The Right Honourable Michael Portillo is the celebrity guest opening the drive. The sheep drives are from 10 am to 5 pm. In addition to the Sheep drive there is a Livery Fair with live demonstrations, food and drink, wool products, music, arts and crafts centred around the Monument at the North end of London Bridge. Anyone can attend the Sheep Drive and Livery Fair, but if you would like to meet up with fellow members please email and we will let you know a meeting time and place.

Whilst in London on the 29th, you could make a day of it and visit the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair. Details are on our City Diary page of the website here.


Wednesday 2nd October 10am

Tour of the Museum of Military Medicine, Keogh Barracks, Aldershot.
Join us for a tour of this fascinating museum which tells the story of army medicine and healthcare from the English Civil War to the current day. The cost is £22 to include coffee and biscuits on arrival, a sandwich lunch, a guided tour of the museum, a talk on nursing in a war zone from Guild Freeman Col Jane Carey Harris, plus a small donation to The Guild. The maximum number is 30 so please book early. For more details and a booking form, please click here [Word] [pdf]


Monday, 14 October

Annual Church Service 6pm
Our Annual Church Service will be held at St Lawrence Jewry Church, Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AA.

Dating back to 1135, St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. Our Service is now established as a beautiful and dignified annual occasion. We are delighted that the Dean of St Paul’s, The Very Reverend Dr David Ison, will be attending this Service and we look forward to welcoming him to this special event in the Guild’s calendar. All freemen and their guests are encouraged to join us at the service.

Admission to the Freedom Ceremony 7pm

Following the Annual Church Service, a Freedom Ceremony will be held in Guildhall so that those members yet to be granted Freedom of the Guild can do so in the presence of the Master, Wardens and their family and friends.

Reception - A two-course buffet supper with wine in the Members Dining Room at Guildhall will follow the Freedom ceremony and places are available for all those who have made their declaration, their guests and all freemen and their guests who have attended the church service. There is a charge for the reception. £50 per person. Further details of the Freedom Ceremony and a booking form for the reception can be downloaded from here. [Word] [pdf]

Please note that attendance at the church service does not require attendance at the freedom ceremony and reception although we would welcome your attendance at both.


Monday, 18 November

Another opportunity to dine in the Palace of Westminster.


Friday, 29 November

Another chance to see the Tower of London’s famous Ceremony of the Keys at 21.30 preceded by supper at a nearby restaurant.



Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Join us for a “Welcome to Docklands Highlights Tour” at the Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL at 2pm with lunch in a local hostelry beforehand.


Tuesday 18th February 2020

A guided tour around the wonderful surroundings of Cutlers’ Hall followed by a three-course lunch.


Wednesday 4th March 2020

Education Event


Monday 9th March 2020

Freedom of the Guild Ceremony at 3.30pm at Guildhall followed by afternoon tea for all Guild Freemen, members and their guests.


Thursday 14th May 2020

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


Wednesday 24th June 2020

Education Event