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City Diary

Please note that all dates may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

2024

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Thursday 18 April 2024
2024 Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch
Tickets for the 2024 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch on Thursday 18 April 2024 are now on sale.
Hosted by the Lord Mayor and held at the historic Guildhall in the heart of the City of London, the Lunch demonstrates the City’s support for members of His Majesty’s Armed Forces and veterans through the three National Service Charities: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. There is more information here https://events.armybenevolentfund.org/event/the-lord-mayors-big-curry-2024/ticket-options
Tickets include unlimited curry, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks, coffee & chocolates.

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Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity events
May to September 2024
With the mayoral year in full swing under the stewardship of Lord Mayor Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli, the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity have shared with us the news and events they have coming up over the next few months. Please see here.

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Tuesday 7 May 2024
The 369th Festival Service of the Clergy Support Trust
St Paul’s Cathedral
The Festival has been a major highlight of the City calendar for four centuries. The Master and Upper Warden of the Worshipful Company of Nurses will be present, along with Masters and Members from other City Livery Companies and Guilds, with 50 representatives joining the ceremonial procession through St Paul's Cathedral.
The musical selection promises to be spectacular, with works by Gabrieli, Parry, Elgar and Stanford. The combined choirs of Durham, Rochester and St Paul's Cathedral will sing Elgar’s 'Give unto the Lord', which was composed especially for the Festival in 1914.
Please find the booking link here where Liverymen, Freemen and members of the public can book seats https://form.clergysupport.org.uk/8
Liverymen and Freemen can also book seats for the charity Festival Dinner at Plaisterers' Hall after the Service. An opportunity for networking and fellowship, over a two-course buffet with wine.

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Thursday 16 May 2024
City Briefing
The City Briefings are run by the Livery Committee and are aimed particularly at new Liverymen and Freemen; partners are also welcome, as are Court Assistants and Liverymen of longer standing, who have not previously been to a Briefing, who are also encouraged to attend. They give a short introduction to the work of the Corporation, especially the relationship with the livery companies. The presentation is given by an Assistant Town Clerk and a member of the Livery Committee. There is an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and the Briefing is followed by a light finger buffet, which provides the chance to mix with other Liverymen and Freemen. For more information see https://liverycommittee.org/courses/

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Friday 17 May-Saturday 18 May 2024
City Livery Yacht Club (CLYC) Inter-Livery Regatta 2024
The highlight of the CLYC programme of Events is the Annual inter-Livery Regatta at Cowes where entrants battle it out for the Lord Mayor’s Cup.  It is traditionally held the weekend before the final Bank Holiday weekend of May, this year from Friday 17 May 2024. The format is for crews to meet informally at one of the local club houses for a buffet supper on the Friday evening with the action taking place on the Saturday.  There are (hopefully) two races, the first commencing following a dockside briefing on the Saturday morning and a second race commencing in the early afternoon.  The Island Sailing Club’s Race Officer will run both races.  The Regatta weekend concludes on the Saturday evening with Presentations and a Dinner.   This weekend is lots of fun and immensely popular so booking early is encouraged. If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please email: clubsec@clyc.co.uk  www.clyc.co.uk.

The City Livery Yacht Club is arranging charter boats for those who wish to participate in this year's Inter-Livery Regatta (18th May) but who are unable to get a space on a livery or club boat. Each boat will be captained by a qualified skipper, which should give you a competitive chance in the racing! If you're interested in booking one of these spaces we invite you to complete this short survey, by 7th April, which will assist us in ascertaining how may charter boats are required:  https://forms.gle/hKBnwBWw19LM7bDd9 .

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Friday 31 May 2024
Inter Livery Padel Competition
The National Tennis Centre, Roehampton SW15 5JQ
The Worshipful Company of Saddlers Inter Livery Padel Competition is to be held at The National Tennis Centre on Friday 31st May 2024. The day is intended to be an enjoyable day for Liverymen & Freemen and their friends/supporters where they can meet at an Inter-Livery sporting occasion.
The Competition is open to all Livery Companies and each Company may enter one or two teams of mixed doubles of which all players must be a member of the Livery either Liveryman or Freeman. In all a maximum of 32 players will be permitted. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
The day will commence with registration and morning coffee at 9.45 a.m. with play commencing promptly at 10.30 a.m. There will be a chance to warm up before start of play. The Courts are covered so we will not be affected by rain. There is a running buffet provided for lunch whilst there are breaks during play. Each pair will play a minimum of three matches.
Drinks will be available from 4.00 p.m. by the courts. There will be a reception at 6.00 p.m. Dinner is a three-course meal with a half bottle of wine per person. The evening will end around 9.00pm. The dress code for players on court, sports kit and trainers and for the reception and dinner, jacket and ties are requested with appropriate equivalent dress for ladies.
The charge for the day will be £400 (inclusive of VAT) for each pair entered and includes padel rackets, match balls, welcome teas/coffees, lunch and dinner. Extra diners are £96 per person including wine. Please complete the entry form and return to Luisa Cioffi at pa@saddlersco.co.uk
Closing date for entries is 31st January 2024.

Please note: If entering this competition in the name of Worshipful Company of Nurses, please let us know by emailing admin@companyofnurses.co.uk

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Tuesday 25 June 2024
Reflections of Alderman Nicholas Lyons, the 694th Lord Mayor of London
Haberdashers' Hall, London EC1A 9HX
5pm-10.30pm
Freemen and Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Nurses are invited to a gala evening where Alderman Nicholas Lyons, the 694th Lord Mayor of London, imparts unique insights from his term in office. The evening will unfold within the historic walls of Haberdashers' Hall, where there will be a drinks reception followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner and a live Q&A with Alderman Nicholas Lyons. Expect a convivial atmosphere and an engaging and inspiring mix of attendees. To find out more about the evening and tickets, please see this link here https://lordmayorreflects.london/the-gala-evening/

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Thursday 12 September 2024
City Briefing
The City Briefings are run by the Livery Committee and are aimed particularly at new Liverymen and Freemen; partners are also welcome, as are Court Assistants and Liverymen of longer standing, who have not previously been to a Briefing, who are also encouraged to attend. They give a short introduction to the work of the Corporation, especially the relationship with the livery companies. The presentation is given by an Assistant Town Clerk and a member of the Livery Committee. There is an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and the Briefing is followed by a light finger buffet, which provides the chance to mix with other Liverymen and Freemen. For more information see https://liverycommittee.org/courses/

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Thursday 19 September 2024
Annual City Livery Concert and Reception with the London Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, London
See flyer here

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Friday 20 September 2024
Sheriffs’ Ball
Guildhall, London
Liverymen and Freemen of the Worshipful Company of Nurses are invited to attend the Sheriffs’ Ball fundraising event with a theme of Best of London and Britain, which is being held at Guildhall on Friday 20 September. A flyer is here.
This year, Alderwoman and Sheriff Dame Susan Langley DBE and Alderman and Sheriff Bronek Masojada are celebrating the eighth year of the Sheriffs’ Ball. As well as the ever popular dancing, the evening will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner with wine, a fundraising auction, fantastic British themed entertainment and an illustrious DJ – the legendary William Bartholomew.
All proceeds are in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and they would also be very grateful for donations of auction prizes. Popular lots tend to be holiday homes or visits to places normally ‘off limits’.
Tickets can be bought either as a table of 10 for £2,500 or as individual tickets for £250 and can be purchased online here. They hope that members of our Company will support what should be a fantastic evening. For queries about the evening or the auction please contact The Lord Mayor’s Appeal events team on 020 7332 1582 or email events@thelordamayorsappeal.org

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Sunday 29 September 2024
Sheep Drive & Livery Fair
An invitation has been received from The Master of The Worshipful Company of Woolmen to the annual Sheep Drive & Livery Fair on Sunday 29 September 2024.
The Sheep Drive will be taking place again this year on Southwark Bridge and the Livery Fair will be located on Queen Street and Queen Street Place. The celebrity guest is to be announced and please keep an eye on our website for further information.
Booking for the Sheep Drive will open in May. Keep an eye on the website here www.sheepdrive.london
For contact details, also see the Sheep Drive flyer here, and the Livery Fair flyer here.

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Wednesday 6 November 2024
City Briefing
The City Briefings are run by the Livery Committee and are aimed particularly at new Liverymen and Freemen; partners are also welcome, as are Court Assistants and Liverymen of longer standing, who have not previously been to a Briefing, who are also encouraged to attend. They give a short introduction to the work of the Corporation, especially the relationship with the livery companies. The presentation is given by an Assistant Town Clerk and a member of the Livery Committee. There is an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and the Briefing is followed by a light finger buffet, which provides the chance to mix with other Liverymen and Freemen. For more information see https://liverycommittee.org/courses/