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Forthcoming Events

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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

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

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2021

Please note that all dates may be subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

If you require assistance to access our virtual events conducted via the video conferencing facility Zoom, please email [email protected] . We are happy to help.

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Tuesday 26th January 2021, 7pm

From Nursing to the Old Bailey; An illustrated talk by Freeman Alexandra Hayward

Alex has had a varied career spanning nursing, business and local government. Alex’s husband, Chris, is one of the two current City of London Sheriffs. The Sheriff is one of the world’s oldest continually elected civic offices dating back to the Middle Ages, once responsible for delivering the most important financial and judicial duties of the City. Today, the post remains a pre-requisite to becoming Lord Mayor of the City of London Corporation and continues its focus in the UK financial and business sectors. Alex’s talk will guide us through her journey and enlighten us with stories of her and Chris’ roles as Sheriff and Sheriff’s consort including what life is like living in the Old Bailey.

We envisage that the evening will last until approximately 8.30pm and there will be time for questions.

There is a suggested donation of £10 per booking/Zoom invitation to The Company of Nurses for this event.  To book, and to be sent the Zoom invitation, please download and complete the application form here [Word] [pdf] and return it to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Sunday 24th January.

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Thursday 11th February 7pm

‘The Lady with the Lamp’ - The Florence Nightingale Story. A talk by Major (Retd) Paul Whittle TD

With the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife now extended into 2021, we are delighted to be able to welcome Paul Whittle to give us one of his extensively researched talks about the founder of modern nursing and the achievements of this remarkable Victorian lady. Paul’s fascinating and well-illustrated talk will cover an overview of her life, the people and places associated with her, and a look at the Crimea of today – sadly now barred to western visitors after the Russian annexation of 2014.

We envisage that the evening will last until approximately 8pm and there will be time for questions.

Paul will donate his fee to charity. The cost for the event will be £10 per booking/Zoom invitation. To book, and to be sent the Zoom invitation, please download and complete the application form here [Word] [pdf] and return it to [email protected]

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 9th February.

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Thursday 25 February

Visit to Apothecaries’ Hall with coffee and lunch

Event postponed

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Saturday 6th March 2pm

‘In Sickness and in Health’ A virtual walking tour by Blue badge guide Antony Robbins.

Antony Robbins (Aka Mr Londoner) is a former director of the Museum of London and was the guide who presented our well attended and fascinating talk and walk around Soho in November. We have asked him back and this time he will guide us through a different part of the City. This tour, created for us, will cover the hidden history of Clerkenwell and Smithfield.

The cost of this event will be £10 per booking/Zoom invitation. To book, and to be sent the Zoom invitation, please download and complete the application form here [Word] [pdf] and return it to [email protected]

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 3rd March.

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Tuesday 9 March

Freedom Ceremony and afternoon tea, Guildhall

Tuesday 16 March

Meet & Greet Evening, City Winebar

Friday 19 March

United Guilds Service, St Paul’s Cathedral

Event Cancelled

Wednesday 24 March

Education and Professional Development Event

Wednesday 28 April

Court Meeting and Annual Assembly of The Company of Nurses

Wednesday 5 May

Anniversary Banquet, Vintners’ Hall

Tuesday 11 May

Festival Service of the Clergy Support Trust, St Paul’s Cathedral

Wednesday 12 May

Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service, Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 9 June

Visit to Fan Museum, Greenwich and afternoon tea

Wednesday 23 June

Education and Professional Development Event

Saturday 10 July

City Walk

Wednesday 21 July

Tour of The Charterhouse and gardens followed by tea and cake

Wednesday 1 September

Visit to West Norwood Cemetery, one of the most magnificent in London

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 September

Embley Park Weekend which will include a black tie dinner in Florence Nightingale’s childhood home and a visit to the family church at East Wellow.

Sunday 26 September

Sheep Drive across London Bridge

Wednesday 6 October

Education and Professional Development Event

Wednesday 13 October

The Company of Nurses Annual Church Service

Saturday 23 October 

City Walk

Saturday 13 November

The Lord Mayor’s Show

Thursday 18 November

Black tie dinner at Barber-Surgeons’ Hall

Thursday 25 November

Visit to the newly refurbished Poppy Factory in Richmond

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2022 

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W/C 21 February

Visit to Fishmongers 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

W/C 2 May

Anniversary Banquet