Dinner at the Palace of Westminster – 18 November 2019

The Guild of Nurses held a third splendid dinner in the Terrace Dining Rooms of the House of Commons in November.

Due to the Dissolution of Parliament, our Founder Warden Anne Milton was unable to host the evening and not even able to attend herself under Parliamentary rules. So, at quite short notice new agreements had to be signed with the events team in Westminster and new invitations were printed and posted to all diners and their guests.

A delicious three-course dinner was preceded by a drinks reception in one of the suite of rooms that overlook the Thames. The Palace was quite deserted; we were the only group to be dining here that evening, so the service was exceptional. It was a privilege to walk through the corridors of this seat of power without the normal throng of MPs, staff and visitors.

The Master was very pleased to welcome her guests for the evening: Kerry Hamer-Nel and Deputy Richard Regan OBE. Kerry is Assistant Clerk to the Guild of Nurses, the Worshipful Companies of the Clockmakers and the Glass Sellers and we are most grateful for her loyal service. Richard gave us some thought-provoking and inspirational words after dinner. It was lovely for Richard, a past Master to both the Worshipful Companies of Cutlers and Blacksmiths and who has a long history of being very involved with the Livery movement and Corporation of London, to be seated with his daughter, Pip, a nurse and now a Freeman of her own professional Guild.

At the end of the evening, we again walked through a deserted Palace and went on our merry way having enjoyed a delightful evening.

Hilary Andrews