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The delayed Installation on 30th June was an opportunity to thank Immediate Past Master Neil Redcliffe for his superb year as Master and belatedly present him with his Illuminated Address.

Under his leadership the Guild of Freemen of the City of London has strengthened all three strands of our Guild purpose: our social dimension, our charitable giving and our support for the City and the Freedom.

His social programme was hailed with enthusiasm and celebrated his wide-ranging interests, from Livery silver in the vaults at Drapers’ Hall to the soaring strains of the Nordic Choir at St Stephen Walbrook. On our travels, we shared adventures ranging from a donkey journey in the Atlas Mountains to a miniature train ride at the National Railway Museum in York. You welcomed us to your home with generous hospitality, with Emma, as ever, smiling by your side.

Your commitment to charitable giving included raising £35,000 for the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund by taking part in the Inter Livery Cycle Challenge. The presentation of the proceeds was one of many highlights of our Guildhall Banquet, widely acclaimed as a triumph.

Our Members

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Annual Banquet at Guildhall

"A veritable tour de force; stunning atmosphere, seriously impressive food and a funny judge..what’s not to like!
Well done everyone" - Mrs J.D.

"A triumph" - Mr A.W."

"..a brilliant evening at Guildhall last night. The event was spectacular and we, our guests and everyone around us enjoyed it tremendously. A great highlight of a fantastic year" - Mr J.H.

"A magnificent evening was had by all" - Mr K.B.

"It really was the most wonderful and unforgettable evening " - Mrs K.J.

"It was a great privilege to be present of Friday evening on such a splendid occasion.  What a truly stunning and memorable evening. The organisation, the pageantry and the attention to detail was remarkable. A and I enjoyed it all enormously" - C H.C.


Master's Final Dinner at Fishmongers' Hall
"Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the dinner last night, super seat thank you! Please convey our thanks to the Master for a wonderful evening, superb food and company and thank him for all his events over the past year, we have had great times.
We now look forward to the next year, different venues and events." - Mr P.B.

Reception and Supper at Grocers' Hall
"My guests and I really really enjoyed the Ceremony and the dinner at Grocers’ Hall last evening, I am still on a high with sheer pleasure, you, everyone there so kind and welcoming". Mrs A R

"It was good to meet you at last and on such an excellent evening in one of the nicest Livery Halls in the City.  Thank you for making it such a special evening for M and me.   It was so well organised and enjoyable.   The food was first class and the company good as well". Mr D B

RNLI Demonstration and Supper at the Little Ship Club
"Thank you SO much for arranging a most enjoyable evening. Once again, I was able to catch up on friends and make new acquantainces - all thanks to you for the excellent place settings.  The weather was kind to us, the food was amazing and everybody around our table was very happy with the service and the meal."  Ms V H

"Following the interesting demonstration Guild Members and their guests retired back inside the Little Ship Club for a stunning two-course supper with some excellent wine and tremendous companionship discussing the RNLI’s great work being achieved on the tidal Thames.​" Mr D K
 
 

 

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