Report from the Annual Assembly – 23 April 2024

The Annual Assembly of the Worshipful Company of Nurses was held on 26th April 2023 in the Court Room at Information Technologists’ Hall.

The Master, Elizabeth Bardolph, welcomed everyone to the meeting and proceeded to present a report on the developments and activities that have taken place over the last year. This included receiving confirmation ten days after her installation, that the Company had been granted Livery status by the Court of Aldermen. Liverymen and Freemen can read a full copy of the Master’s report in the login section of the website.

The next report was that of the Company of Nurses Charitable Trust and was read by the Chair of Trustees, Foundation Past Master Brenda Griffiths. This report highlighted important information about the Trust for our growing number of Liverymen and Freemen to be able to understand the integral role of charitable giving and benevolence within the Livery movement. The full report can be read on the Charity page of the website here.

The final report presented to the Assembly was the financial report given by the Renter Warden, Anne Milton, alongside a summary of the Annual Accounts. Freemen and Liverymen can read these in the Members Area of the website.

Following the reports, the Master was pleased to announce that, at the Court meeting held earlier that afternoon, Jane Carey-Harris had been elected to be Master for the ensuing year. Jane will be installed at the Anniversary Dinner on 2 May 2024. The Master was also pleased to report that Hilary Andrews had been elected as Upper Warden and Christine Anderson as Middle Warden at the same Court meeting. In a short ceremony, the Master then installed Hilary Andrews as Upper Warden and Christine Anderson as Middle Warden. Liz wished them both a very happy and successful year ahead.

At the Annual Assembly, the Master signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Nurses.  The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly.  It recognises the unique obligations and sacrifices made by the Armed Forces at home and overseas.

The Master was delighted to welcome LT Cdr Liz Church from the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association to attend the signing and also Lt Col Jo Cooke, a Senior Reserve QA Officer and Freeman of the Company, representing the Armed Forces.

Finally, the Master presented the Company with a beautiful, handcrafted Eurasian Oak display cabinet, designed to house the Register which records the names of all the Company Freemen past and present. The Register itself rests on a bed of blue felt and is held open with the silver Frater medal.  The medal depicts Night on one side and Day on the other, illustrating the work of nursing through twenty four hours of care.  It was donated by the family of Freeman Alison Frater who died in 2022, and whose husband created it. The inlaid canvas covered panel featuring the Company logo has been hand-painted using acrylic.  There is an option for the panel itself to be removed and replaced with another in the future, painted with the Company’s Coat of Arms.