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 decided to hold a service to lift spirits in the City following the Blitz in 1940-41. The service today marks one of the few occasions in the calendar at which the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City gather together as a whole.

The Master, Upper Warden, Past Master Helen Pickstone, Honorary Clerk and fellow Freemen of the Company were seated in the very last two pews and were privileged to see the arrival of the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress (a Freeman of our Company), Sheriffs, the Sword Bearer, Mace Bearer, and the procession of Aldermen, their Beadles, the Masters of the Great Twelve Companies along with the Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, an Honorary Freemen of the Company of Nurses herself. The Right Reverend Humphrey Southern, Principal, Ripon College, Oxford gave the sermon and spoke of the War in Ukraine and the lifting of spirits following the pandemic, reflecting on the origins of the United Guilds Service.

Following the service those from the Company walked the short distance to Apothecaries’ Hall, where we had a splendid reception and lunch at the kind invitation of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.