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July 1985The Guild sponsors 10 members of the RNLI Station at Selsey to the Freedom of the City of London.
1987David Reid handed over as Clerk after 35 years in post.
1989Following an initiative by Donald du Parc Braham during his time as Master in 1988, the Guild established an affiliation with 253 Provost Company Royal Military Police (Volunteers).
23 July 1991Guild Member Frank Wells started a new charity under the Guild's purview: the Francon Trust.
1993The Master, Sir Clifford Chetwood, commissioned a special fanfare entitled 'The Guild of Freemen of the City of London' and presented it to the Guild.
July 1994The Guild participated in the Livery Companies' Exhibition at Guildhall.
October 1994The Guild sponsored 10 members of the RNLI Station at Selsey to the Freedom of the City of London.
24 February 1996The Master, Alderman Clive Martin, presented two silver goblets to the City of Coventry's Freemen's Guild to commemorate their golden jubilee.
1997A reciprocal agreement to share selected membership privileges was reached with The Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America.
1998The Guild's membership fell below 3,000.
1999The Guild joined the Lord Mayor and others in bidding farewell to HMS London when she was decommissioned.
May 1999The Guild sponsored 9 members of the RNLI Station at Selsey and their long-standing supporters to the Freedom of the City of London.
June 2000To celebrate ancient traditions in the Millennium year, many Guild members joined others from the City to herd sheep across London Bridge.
1 August 2001Colonel Derek Ivy handed over as Clerk after 14 years in post.
12 April 2003On behalf of the Guild, The Master, Raymond Holl, presented the Gild of Freemen of the City of York with a silver Loving Cup to commemorate their golden jubilee.
October 2004 to July 2005The Guild sponsored 27 members of 253 Provost Company RMP to the Freedom of the City of London.
14 February 2006The Guild sponsored 7 members of the RNLI Station at Selsey to the Freedom of the City of London.
19 March 2008HRH The Princess Royal was installed as the Centenary Master.
April 2008The City of Coventry Freemen's Guild and the Gild of Freemen of the City of York presented gifts to commemorate the Guild's Centenary.
29 July 2008The Guild celebrated its Centenary with a dinner at Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate, in the presence of the Centenary Master.
September 2010Volume II of the Guild's history, written by Past Master Raymond Holl was published. It covers the period 1983 - 2008.
16 March 2011Revised Articles of Association were approved by the Guild's Members at the Annual General Meeting.
10 May 2011HM King Michael I of Romania hosted a Banquet in Bucharest for the Guild at which he was presented with a warrant appointing him an Honorary Royal Member of the Guild.
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