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Christ's Hospital Speech Day

27 May 2017

The Master, Peter Allcard, was invited to attend the speech day at Christ's Hospital on Saturday 27th May in the presence of the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs. The Master took the opportunity to meet the Guild's two presentees - Simran Bahra who is in his second year in the 6th Form, and Doune Henderson-Kirk who is nearing the end of her second year in the school. The Master had a most interesting day at Christ's Hospital and was pleased to engage with both pupils, who are so keen to succeed.

Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Awards' Trust Presentations

12 December 2016

At an afternoon reception in Mansion House, in the presence of the Lord Mayor, the Master, Alderman Sir David Wootton, presented the Guild's prize to Miss Zara Lee for her report on her internship at a school in Southern India which had been sponsored by The Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Awards' Trust.

Silent Ceremony and The Presentation of Addresses

11 November 2016

This afternoon the Master (Alderman Sir David Wootton), the Immediate Past Master (Lady (Poppy) Cooksey) and the Senior Warden (Mr Peter Allcard) attended the Silent Ceremony in Guildhall to welcome in the New Lord Mayor as he assumed office. Shortly afterwards the Guild's delegation were joined by the Clerk, and the Beadle in the Guildhall Art Gallery for the Presentation of Addresses. During this delightful ceremony the Master and the Guild's delegation presented an engraved silver photograph frame to Guild Member and Sheriff, Alderman Peter Estlin.

Soldier of the Year 2016

19 October 2016

On Wednesday 19th October the Master, Alderman Sir David Wootton, visited the Guild's affiliated Reserve Army Unit, 253 Company RMP. During the visit the Master presented the Guild's 'Soldier of the Year' award to Corporal Kevin McCoy for his outstanding service and achievements during the year.

Christ's Hospital Speech Day

28 May 2016

The Master, Alderman Sir David Wootton, and the Clerk were invited to attend the speech day at Chris's Hospital on Saturday 28th May in the presence of the Rt Hon The Lord mayor and the Sheriffs. We took the opportunity to meet the Guild's two presentees - Harsimrah Singh Bahra who is in his first year in the 6th Form, and Doone Henderson-Kirk who is nearing the end of her first year in the school - and to wish them every success and happiness during their time at Christ's Hospital.

Silent Ceremony and The Presentation of Addresses

13 November 2015

This afternoon the master (Lady (Poppy) Cooksey), the Immediate Past Master (Dr John Smail) and the Senior Warden (Alderman Sir David Wootton) attended the Silent Ceremony in Guildhall to welcome in the New Lord mayor as he assumed office. Shortly afterwards the Guild's delegation were joined by the Clerk, the Beadle and the Guild's Soldier of the Year in the Guildhall Art gallery for the Presentation of Addresses. During this delightful ceremony the Master and the Guild's delegation presented an engraved silver photograph frame to the new Lord mayor, The Rt Hon Alderman The Lord Mountevans.

Visit to 253 Provost Company Royal Military Police (Reserves)

4 November 2015

On Wednesday 4th November the Master and her consort, Dr Graham Paul, visited the Guild's affiliated Reserve Army unit, 253 Provost Company Royal Military Police (Reserves). They were welcomed by the Officer Commanding, Major Lee Horrocks, together with the Commanding Officer and 2IC of the Company's parent Regiment, 4th Regiment RMP. During the course of the visit the Master received a briefing on the role of the Company and she observed and took part in a number of demonstrations of the Company's specialist training and equipment. She also presented the Guild's annual Soldier of the Year award to LCpl Stephen Walby.

The Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Awards Trust - Guild Prize

29 October 2015

At an afternoon reception in Mansion House on Thursday 29 October the Master awarded the Guild's prize to Ione Georgakis in recognition of the outstanding report she had written on the year-long project she had recently completed in Honduras under the auspices of the Lord Mayor's 800th Anniversary Awards Trust.

Presentation to the Guild

17 April 2013

At the meeting of the Court of Assistants on 17th April, Past Master Mrs Anne Holden presented a silver pen stand and pen to the Guild in commemoration of her year as Master, March 2012 - March 2013.

The pen stand and pen, made of solid silver, was designed and made by BJS Limited, a company belonging to Past Master Leslie Lewis and his son, Richard (who is also a Guild member).

On the top of the stand is a superb engraving of the Guild's coat of arms, and on the front side is the inscription:

Presented by Mrs Anne E Holden
Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London
2012-2013


The Master, Mr Tony Fleming, graciously accepted the gift on behalf of all members of the Guild and thanked Mrs Holden for her great generosity.

Silent ceremony and Presentation Ceremony

9 November 2012

The Master Mrs Anne Holden with the Immediate Past Master Mr Don Lunn and the Senior Warden Mr Anthony Fleming attended the Silent Ceremony in the Guildhall before going into the Guildhall Art Gallery to present the new Lord Mayor Alderman Roger Gifford with a sterling silver photograph frame to commemorate becoming 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Silent Ceremony and Presentation Ceremony

11 November 2011

The Master, Mr Don Lunn with the Immediate Past Master Mr Anthony Woodhead and the Senior Warden Mrs Anne Holden attended the Silent Ceremony in the Guildhall before going onto the Guildhall Art Gallery to present the new Lord Mayor Alderman David Wootton with a sterling silver photograph frame to commemorate becoming 684th Lord Mayor of the City of London.


The Lady Moorea Black MBE JP

1 November 2011

4th March 1928 - 21st October 2011

The first lady Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London.

An exceptional year as Master with her theme 'Light fingered, with the Lift Footed'. The daughter of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon, The Lady Moorea Black died at home of a broken heart on 21st October 2011, less than a month after the loss of her husband Brinsley Black. She leaves two sons, The Hon. Perecles Wyatt and Octavius Black and a granddaughter, Bronte Black.

800th Court Meeting

6 April 2011

The Court of the Guild of Freemen celebrated their 800th Court Meeting with a celebratory cake which was cut by the Master, Mr Don Lunn on Wednesday 6th April.

Presentation - Tallow Chandlers' Hall

27 January 2010

The Mistress of the Guild Miss Carole Blackshaw, receives her Warrant to become a member of the Guild from the Master Sir Gavyn Arthur, at the end of the Court Meeting on Wednesday 27 January 2010.

Past Master Henry Wimburn Sudell Horlock

Past Master Henry Wimburn Sudell Horlock
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Past Master Henry Wimburn Sudell Horlock

17 September 2009

It is with great regret we report the death of Past Master Henry Wimburn Sudell Horlock on Tuesday 25th August 2009.

He was a member of the Court of Common Council from 1969 to 2001, a Member of the Ward of Farringdon Within North Side and was Sheriff in 1972/73.

Beadle

Beadle's badge
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Presentation to the Guild

28 January 2009

At the meeting of the Court of Assistants on 28th January, Past Master Mr Gordon Gentry presented a silver-gilt Beadle's badge to the Guild in commemoration of his year as Master, March 2007 - March 2008.

The badge, made of solid silver with a gilt finish, was designed and made by Grant Macdonald.

On the reverse the badge is inscribed: 'Presented by Gordon M Gentry BSc FRSA FSA Scot to commemorate his year as Master 2007-2008'.

The Master, Deputy Pauline Halliday OBE, graciously accepted the gift on behalf of all members of the Guild and thanked Mr Gentry for his great generosity.

Key to the Company Seal

Key to the Company Seal
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Mr Newbold 'Past Master Clifford J Newbold, DiplArch FRIBA FCIArb'

Mr Newbold 'Past Master Clifford J Newbold, DiplArch FRIBA FCIArb'

Presentation to the Guild

27 February 2008

At the meeting of the Court of Assistants on Wednesday 27th February, on behalf of Past Master Mr Clifford Newbold, the Clerk presented a silver key to the Guild in commemoration of Mr Newbold's year as Master - March 1989-March 1990 - and of the Guild's centenary.

The key, made of solid silver, is inscribed with the Guild's coat of arms and the words 'Key to the Company Seal' - which is a symbolic item that is handed over by the outgoing Master to his successor at the Installation Ceremony every year.

The Master, Mr Gordon Gentry, graciously accepted the gift on behalf of all members of the Guild, and asked the Clerk to thank Mr Newbold for his generosity and kindness. All members of the Court added their compliments for the attractiveness and the originality of the gift.

Alderman and Sheriff Michael Bear receives his warrant

Alderman and Sheriff Michael Bear receives his warrant
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Alderman and Sheriff Michael Bear

23 January 2008

Alderman and Sheriff Michael Bear was recently elected to the Guild and collected his warrant.

This news serves to maintain the tradition of Aldermen and Sheriffs becoming members of the Guild.

Alderman and Sheriff Ian Luder

Alderman and Sheriff Ian Luder
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Alderman and Sheriff Ian Luder

21 November 2007

Alderman and Sheriff Ian Luder was elected to the Guild on 3rd October 2007 and collected his warrant on 21st November 2007.

The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles AKC

The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles AKC
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The Dean of St Pauls is appointed Honorary Chaplain

21 November 2007

The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles AKC was appointed Honorary Chaplain to the Guild of Freemen and introduced to the Court on 21st November 2007.

Please note: the photographs that illustrate these articles are the copyright of Peter Holland, the Guild's photographer, or of the Guild (unless otherwise stated). Anyone wishing to obtain copies should contact the Guild office.

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