The Guild of Nurses - Events
Tuesday September 19th 5.30pm-8pm
Education and Professional Development Forum
Keeping “Quality” at the heart of patient experience
The experiences, consequences and priorities of the CQC activities and NHS Improvement.
Please come and join the discussion with 3 authoritative speakers; a Director of Nursing, a CQC Inspector and a leader from NHS Improvement sharing their experiences from a range of perspectives, all leaders involved in the quality processes for NHS delivery of care. Details of how to book onto this event will be available at the end of July.
Tuesday 10th October 2017 6pm
Our Annual Church Service will be held at St Lawrence Jewry Church in the City of London at 6pm. St Lawrence Jewry situated in the Guildhall’s yard is the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. Dating back to 1135, this Church was the ancient setting for the first annual church service for The Guild of Nurses. Last years’ service, was well attended and was a beautiful and dignified occasion. All freemen and their guests are encouraged to join us at the service.
Tuesday 10th October 2017 7pm
Declaration Ceremony & Reception
Following the Annual Church Service, a ceremony will be held in the Guildhall for those newly admitted freemen who wish to make their declaration to The Guild in the presence of the Master and Wardens followed by a buffet supper with wine. Places at the reception are available for all those who have made their declaration, their guests and all freemen and their guests who have attended the earlier church service. There will be a charge for the reception. More details and booking form will be available in August.
Saturday 11th November
The Lord Mayors Show . This fabulous annual City event is to be held this year on Saturday 11th November. Come and support the new Lord Mayor Grandstand tickets are available on the official Lord Mayors Show website and also detail of the route if you’d just like to watch from the pavements!
Tuesday 28th November
The Guildhall Christmas Market
This Christmas Market organised by the Red Cross is held in the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London. Over 100 retailers, a host of live music, an indoor food market, outdoor German market, affordable art market, designer pop up shop, plus food and drinks workshops and tasting sessions are promised. This will not be an organised Guild of Nurses event, but those wishing to attend and wishing to meet other Guild members afterwards are welcome to meet Helen and Jane from the Guild for a cup of tea at 3pm. Tickets for the market will be available on the Red Cross website from September www.redcross.org.uk . Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of wine. Meeting point for Guild members at 3pm will be in the Guildhall Yard, near St Lawrence Jewry Church.
Following my installation last October, the first event that I attended as Master of the Company of Nurses was to lay a wreath at the memorial for Edith Cavell in Trafalgar Square. This commemorative service takes place each year on October 12th - the date that she was executed by the German firing squad for treason. Her famous words the night before her execution are inscribed on her memorial “Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone”.
The event last year involved very few people due to Covid restrictions, so it was a privilege and honour to be able to represent the Company for a second time. This year there were representatives there in her honour including the Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, Defence Attache from the Belgium Embassy, Sisters from the London Hospital, the RCN, Cheshire Regiment Association, and the Chair of the Cavell Nurses Trust. T
he Chief Nurse of Barts Health and the Director of Nursing for the Royal London Hospital spoke on behalf of the nurses from the Trust and remembered all those who nurses who have given their lives particularly following the pandemic.
This is a moving ceremony and one that I shall attend in the future whenever possible.