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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.
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.
Saturday 9th November
The Lord Mayors Show
We are delighted to invite Guild members to come and watch the Lord Mayors Show with us. Unfortunately, the Guild is not in the parade this year, but this gives us the wonderful opportunity to see the show and pageantry in all its marvellous glory. This will be a great day out. We have arranged a small number of tickets for lunch in the delightful surroundings of Stationers Hall after the show which also includes coffee and biscuits before the show starts. The lunches that many of the City Livery Companies provide on Lord Mayors Show day are delightfully informal, with children’s entertainers making the day a great family event. For further information and a booking form please click here [Word] [pdf]
Monday, 18 November
Dinner in the Palace of Westminster
We are delighted to inform you that the Guild of Nurses has been provided with the wonderful opportunity of dining again in the House of Commons. This will be a very special evening in one of the magnificent dining rooms at the Palace of Westminster. Places at this dinner will be limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. An invitation to this event, including more detail and an application form can be found [Word] [pdf]
Tuesday 26th November
The Red Cross Christmas Market
The Red Cross Christmas Market, held in Guildhall is a large City event, supported by the livery companies, ward clubs, and the Lord Mayor. It is open all day for shopping between 10am and 8pm. As well as browsing over 100 stalls you can catch up with friends or family over a Festive luncheon or Champagne afternoon tea in the beautiful Guildhall crypt. There is a raffle, silent auction and in the evening, there are top designers showcasing their clothes at a fashion show. The Guild is not arranging a specific social event to visit the market, but some of us will be attending and we would like to encourage our members to support it. Full details are here https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-and-events/guildhall-christmas-market-2019##
Friday, 29 November
The Ceremony of the Keys and Dinner
Following our very enjoyable and oversubscribed visits to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London last year, we have arranged another visit this year. This is one of the oldest and most colourful surviving enactments of its kind. The tour will include dinner in a nearby restaurant which we will have before our evening visit to The Ceremony of the Keys.
Cost for the tour will be £46. This includes a 3-course set menu with wine and coffee and a small donation to the Guild of Nurses. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Further details and a booking form are available to download here. [Word] [pdf]
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
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