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Please note details of how to apply for events will appear on this web site approximately 6 weeks before the event.
All those who join will be offered a warm and friendly welcome into The Company of Nurses and there are many opportunities for Freemen to meet other members of the Company. A wide range of social activities are organised throughout the year for Freemen and their guests. Functions are held many in venues that are not readily accessible by members of the public, some within the great Livery halls of the City of London.
Freedom ceremonies will be held periodically throughout the year when new applicants will have the opportunity to be granted Freedom of the Company. Freedom of the Company is a privilege that is conferred for life and demonstrates your commitment to The Company of Nurses. These ceremonies will be advertised below and will usually be followed by a reception which is open to all Freemen and their guests.
If you are interested in applying to become a Freeman of The Company of Nurses, please go to the Joining our Company page of this website and complete a Membership Application form
Please note that all dates may be subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 September
Embley Park Weekend – Dinner and 2020 celebrations at Florence Nightingale’s childhood home regrettably cancelled.
Tuesday 21st September – 6pm
Coat of Arms Appeal Launch
Join us on Zoom for this event when the York Herald Peter O’Donoghue has agreed to talk to us about the process of petitioning for a Grant of Arms. We will be able to discuss our own ideas for the Arms and Crest. Please email email@example.com to be sent the Zoom link.
Saturday 25th September 3 - 5.50 pm
Reception and Afternoon Tea at the Old Bailey
A fundraising, celebratory event! Please join us for a drinks reception in the Grand Hall of the Old Bailey, followed by afternoon tea hosted by our own Freeman Alex Hayward. This will be a celebratory event and an excellent opportunity to meet friends and fellow Freemen in person again.
Tea will be served in the Judges’ Dining Room where the Coats of Arms of all the Sheriffs of the City of London are displayed. We’ll be able to look at these to draw inspiration for our own Coat of Arms.
Wednesday 6th October 6pm
Education and Development Virtual Event via Zoom
Our own Jane Naismith who is Director of Clinical Services at the ‘City’s Hospice’ will give us a virtual tour of St Joseph’s as our planned visit last summer was cancelled due to CoViD. She will tell us about the important work that they do including their ground breaking research and learning.
In the second part of the evening, we will have David Barker returning to update us on the Livery Schools Link and how we can continue to support the City in this important work.
We envisage the evening will finish at 7.30pm.
To book onto this free event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Zoom invitation will be emailed to you. Please invite your nursing friends and colleagues to join us for this event so that they can benefit from the evening and see some of the work that our Freemen are involved with.
Wednesday 13 October
Annual Church Service 6pm
Our Annual Church Service will be held at St Lawrence Jewry Church, Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AA. Dating back to 1135, St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation. Our Service, at which we rededicate ourselves to our nursing values, is now established as a beautiful and dignified annual occasion. The Service will be conducted by our Honorary Chaplain, The Rev’d Canon Charles Pickstone, and the preacher will be The Rt. Revd. Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark. The Master very much hopes that you will be able to join her on this occasion, at which we will also be remembering our departed.
Admission to the Freedom Ceremony 7.15pm
Following the Annual Church Service, a Freedom Ceremony will be held in Guildhall so that those members yet to be granted Freedom of the Company can do so in the presence of the Master, Wardens, and their family and friends. Those who have made their declaration at one of the virtual ceremonies held over the course of the past 18 months will also have the opportunity to sign the Freedom Register and be photographed with the Master.
Reception - A two-course buffet supper with wine in the Members Dining Room at Guildhall will follow the Freedom Ceremony and places are available at £50 per person. Further details about the event and a booking form for the supper can be downloaded here [pdf] [Word]
Saturday 23rd October 11am
City Walk - Women Behaving Badly in St James’
Join Maureen Corcoran, our regular London Blue Badge Guide, who will take you on a walking tour unveiling the hidden secrets of the beautiful St James’s area of London. Not only will you learn about these daring and ‘difficult’ women – you’ll also discover some lovely hidden haunts where you can browse, boogie or linger over a beverage when we’re all allowed back to wander freely in London.
Meet at 11am Saturday 23th Oct 2021 at Green Park tube station at the Piccadilly South exit (near the Ritz and Green park). The walk will last approximately one and a half hours and will end in an area where there are local hostelries to choose for refreshments, lunch and a good catch up with friends.
The cost is £10 per person payable on the day. All Company members, Freemen and their guests are welcome to attend. Please email email@example.com to book on to this event so that we have an idea of numbers attending. This will be a good event to invite your nursing friends and colleagues to, especially if you are encouraging them to join the Company. For more details, please click here.
Saturday 13 November
The Lord Mayor’s Show
Thursday 18th November 2021 6.30pm
Company Dinner, Barber-Surgeons’ Hall
We are very privileged to be given the opportunity to dine for the first time as a City Company in the splendid surroundings of Barber-Surgeon’s Hall.
The event is open to all Freemen and up to two guests. Masters and Clerks of several Livery Companies with which we have established links will be dining with us, and the Guest of Honour will be Steve Ford, Editor of the Nursing Times, who has kindly agreed to speak.
Thursday 25 November
Visit to the newly refurbished Poppy Factory in Richmond
Wednesday 9 February
Visit to The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries’ Hall with lunch
W/C 7 March
Freedom Ceremony and afternoon tea, Guildhall
W/C 21 March
Visit to The Ceremony of the Keys with supper
Wednesday 30 March
Education and Professional Development Event
Friday 1 April
United Guilds Service, St Paul’s Cathedral
Thursday 28 April
Court Meeting and Annual Assembly of the Company of Nurses
Wednesday 4 May (date now confirmed)
Anniversary Banquet, Vintners’ Hall