Forthcoming Events 2018


Freemen’s Lunch – 14th March 2018
This luncheon is open to all Freemen and their business guests. Dress is lounge suits. Lunch is £79 per person, including
VAT. Booking information will be out imminently.

United Guilds Service & Luncheon – 16th March 2018
This St Paul’s Cathedral Service was introduced just after the last World War to lift the spirits of Livery Companies and
Working Guilds. St Paul’s is full and it is always an uplifting Service. A short stroll back to Watermen’s for lunch. It is a lovely day out. Space is very limited in the Church and at the Hall so please indicate now if you want to attend. Court members have priority, then recently admitted Craft Owning Freemen.

Freemen’s St. George’s Day Lunch – 26th April 2018
To celebrate our Patron Saint come to the St George’s Luncheon. Open to Craft Owning Freemen and their business guests.
Booking information will be available nearer the time.

Apprentice’s Barge Driving Event – 29th April 2018
This event is to allow apprentices to try barge driving with a couple  of Freemen Lightermen aboard. The PV Pocahontas will follow the event and the Company’s Barge “Apprentice Lighterman” will hopefully be under oar depending on the numbers of apprentices interested in trying Barge Driving. If you would like to watch the event call Honorary Court
Assistant John Potter on 01732-353448.

Ladies Dinner – 3rd May 2018
This event is for all Freemen and their wives or partners together with any guests you would like to bring as couples. This is a black tie event.

Beating the Bounds Ceremony – All Hallows Church (Ascension Day) 10th May 2018
This is the traditional medieval marking of the parish bounds to show the children of the parish the limits of where they could go by beating each boundary mark with wands and praying for crops. For All Hallows one boundary mark is the centre of the River Thames. The present-day children are from St Dunstan’s College, Catford. Those attending need to gather at All Hallows by the Tower Church in Byward Street by 14.45. The Master, Clerk, Bargemaster, Beadle and Doggett’s Winners all take part along with other Masters and Clerks, parishioners, guests and the public at large. There is
Festal Evensong at 17.30. All are welcome to witness this unusual ceremony. You are advised to dress anticipating inclement
weather as the event is mostly outdoors.

Tudor Pull – 13th May 2018
Starting with a delightful ceremony at 0900hrs at Hampton Court, the Stele (a piece of old London Water Pipe representing Crown Jewels) is handed to Her Majesty’s Bargemaster to take aboard the “Gloriana” for the voyage down to the Tower of London. The procession passes Richmond at 1000hrs with a stop for refreshments and reaches the Tower around 1730hrs. If there is sufficient interest, then Court Assistant Richard Turk of Turks Launches will provide a following boat, phone 020 8546 2434

Examining Committee – 30th May 2018
Any apprentices/trainees who have, or will shortly, complete their time and have their full BML with the appropriate
endorsements, are invited to apply to be examined for the Freedom of the Company. Please contact our Training
Administrator, Kelly Lesurf, on 020 7929 7452 (Mon-Wed) or to make an appointment and
request the application form and other requirements.



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