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The Company of Nurses - Past Events

Meet at the Master’s Luncheon – 17 Oct 22

On a sunny day in October, 24 Freemen of The Company of Nurses arrived at the historic Ironmongers Hall on the occasion of the Meet the Master Luncheon. We enjoyed pre-luncheon drinks before sitting down to a three-course meal with wine. The food was delicious and the buzz of happy chatter from the assembled like-minded…

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Annual Church Service – Wed 12 Oct 22

The annual church service was held this year in St. Stephen’s Walbrook. This was followed by a champagne tea. The service took on a different format from usual. As it was the 12th October, the day Edith Cavell is commemorated, the service centred around the theme of the self-sacrificing work of nurses, with Edith as…

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Freedom Ceremony at the Information Technologists Hall – Wed 12 Oct 22

For the first time, the Information Technologists welcomed us to their Hall for our Freedom ceremony on 12 October.  It was a modern setting for a traditional ceremony and a total of eight Freemen made their declarations to the Company of Nurses.  In another first, the new Freemen declared their allegiance to King Charles III…

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Charterhouse Visit – 20 Jul 22

It is incredibly difficult to share the amazing amount of knowledge our guide Myra imparted to the 22 members of the Company who were able to enjoy our visit to Charterhouse.  We learnt of plague pits, Carthusians, originally from Chartreuse, hence the derivation of the name, through to Charterhouse being a private house with Royal…

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Freedom Ceremony 13 July 22

On Wednesday 13 July 2022 we welcomed eight new Freemen to the Company of Nurses at a Freedom Ceremony at Guildhall. Family and friends joined them as well as members of the Court. After the declarations were made the Master, Julia Mingay, gave a welcome speech. This was followed by a canapé reception for all…

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Visit to the Fan Museum Tue 14 Jun 2022

On a bright sunny afternoon in June, 14 Freemen visited the Fan Museum in Greenwich, where they were welcomed by Ross Chandler, the General Manager. After a brief introduction, Ross ushered us into the Orangery, where a scrumptious afternoon tea was ready and waiting for us all to enjoy. After tea, Helene Alexander gave an…

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Freedom Ceremony and Afternoon Tea Wednesday 18 May 22

It was so lovely to be back in Guildhall where we were able to hold a face to face Freedom Ceremony. Freedom ceremonies are organised so that the new applicants who have been approved by the Court can make their declarations to the Company in the presence of the Master, Wardens and Court Assistants and…

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Chelsea Physic Garden 17 May 22

On this very warm sunny day in London, it was delightful to enter the four acre green oasis of Chelsea Physic Garden, the third oldest botanical garden in the UK. Under a statue of Hans Sloane we met Pamela, our guide for the tour, only to discover she had been a nurse at Barts! She…

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Anniversary Banquet Wednesday 4 May 22

Having been unable to hold our anniversary banquet for two years, it was a delight to assemble in the beautiful Vintners’ Hall on Wednesday 4 May for a wonderful, celebratory occasion. The Worshipful Company of Vintners has a rich history and obtained its first Royal Charter in 1363. Vintners’ Hall is known as the “spiritual…

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United Guilds Service Friday 1 Apr 22

The Company of Nurses were extremely proud to be a part of the 2022 United Guilds Service at St Paul’s Cathedral; the first of these services since 2019 and the first time for us as a Company. The United Guilds Service dates to 1943 when, at a meeting of the Twelve Great Companies it was…

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