Company Dinner, Vintners’ Hall – 22 Nov 23

On Wednesday 22 November the first Livery Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Nurses was held in Vintners’ Hall courtesy of the Master Vintner and the Vintners’ Company.  The splendid 17th Century Hall was filled to capacity, and we were very pleased to welcome Liverymen, Freemen and their guests. Guests of the Company included Mr Ant Fairbank, Master of the Vintners’ Company and the Clerk Brigadier Jonathan Bourne-May. Mrs Jane Pedler, Master of the Clockmakers’ Company, Mr Matt Burrow DL, Senior Warden Elect and the Clerk, Mr Scott Hanlon of The Honourable Company of Master Mariners were also able to attend.  The Company was pleased to host representatives from Central Reserves Headquarters (CRHQ), Army Medical Services, our affiliated unit and these included Colonel Mark Sheridan QVRM DL, Commander, CRHQ and Lt Col Kevin Forbes, the Commanding Officer, 306 Hospital Support Regiment. Major Domini Barrett, Senior Nursing Officer from 306 Regiment was awarded the inaugural Military Trophy and a framed certificate from the Worshipful Company of Nurses in recognition of her commitment to nursing, her Regiment and to the wider military community.

John Allen, our now retired Honorary Clerk was in attendance and on duty, as the new Clerk, Peter Rogers was on a pre-booked holiday abroad. John was formally thanked by the Master for his hard work and commitment to the Worshipful Company of Nurses over the last six years. John was presented with gifts from the Company which included a large, inscribed platter, two silver photograph frames and a voucher for a meal. As John has an interest in stained glass, he was also presented with a voucher for a day to be hosted by Sophie Hacker and her husband, who is the Dean of Winchester Cathedral. Sophie designed the magnificent Calling Window in Romsey Abbey which represents Florence Nightingale and her calling to nursing.

The principal guest was Her Honour Wendy Joseph KC, Master of the Pewterers’ Company who gave an immensely interesting speech where she outlined her career as a senior judge and now writer. When she first became a judge at the Old Bailey in 2012 she was the only woman amongst sixteen judges, and only the third woman ever to hold a permanent position there. She spoke of her work to promote understanding between the judiciary and many different sectors of our community, particularly those from less privileged and minority groups and she has a special interest in helping women.

As is our tradition, we passed the Lamp after dinner symbolising the unity and friendship among us. The evening was a great success.

Members of the Company will be able to view and download photographs from the Gallery in the Members’ Section of the website.