LOUISE STARLING ELECTED AS RENTER WARDEN (July 2017)

The Court of Young Freemen are delighted to have elected Louise Starling as our new Renter Warden Elect.
Louise has been a Young Freemen for 6 years and served on our Court since 2013. Louise is also a Freewoman of the Worshipful Company of Educators.
Congratulations Louise! We are lucky to have you and are looking forward to having a Lady Master in 2020!

GUILD ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY AND INAUGURAL ‘BAKE OFF’ CHALLENGE   (July 2017)

The Master, Mr James Bromiley-Davis inspects the entries to the Bake Off competition before selecting a winner.

The Master awards the Golden Pineapple to the winner of the 2017 Bake Off competition.

The Master addresses garden party guests, and whilst the rain might have caused a small interruption, a delightful afternoon was had by all after moving into the vestry.

CIVIC LUNCHEON WITH THE LORD MAYOR (May 2017)

The magnificent Charterhouse

The Lord Mayor, Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley is greeted by the receiving line.

The gift to the Lord Mayor – a bespoke piece of music composed by Guild member Samantha Ward.

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THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW (November 2016)

ANNUAL SERVICE & GARDEN PARTY (July 2016)

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

 

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

Guild of Young Freeman's Midsummer Choral Service and Garden Party held at the Guild Church of St Michael, Cornhill on Sunday 31st July 2016

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40TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET (May 2016)

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GUILD TRIP TO ZURICH / SECHSELÄUTEN (April 2016)

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Guild Members and guests from Zurich arrive for dinner at the Ball.

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Young Guild Members at the Ball.

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Visit to the Letzi Guild with whom we sometimes join in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London.

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Lunch in the Zunfthaus our Waag, home to the Guild of Linen Weavers of Zurich.

RBL GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE (November 2015)

The Master and Clerk aterere privileged to attend the Annual Opening of the Royal British Legion’s Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral recently, where the Master planted a cross on behalf of the Guild in remembrance of those who gave their all for our Country. This is always a particularly poignant occasion for the Guild in light of the many younger servicemen and women we count amongst our Members. If you wish to contribute to the Guild’s collection for the Royal British Legion’s 2016 Poppy Appeal, please contact the Clerk.

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2015 ANNUAL SHEEP DRIVE (September 2015)

Members of the Guild of Young Freemen were privileged to take part as the official Marshals at this year’s Worshipful Company of Woolmen’s Annual Sheep Drive. The event which saw some 600 Freemen exercise their ancient right to drive sheep across London Bridge raised in excess of £40,000 on the day.

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2015 ANNUAL BANQUET (July 2015)

The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Guild of Young Freemen were delighted to welcome Members and their guests to the Guild’s 39th Annual Banquet in the splendid medieval surroundings of the London Charterhouse.  The Guild was very privileged to be joined on this occasion by both Sheriff Fiona Adler, and Sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley who was installed as the Guild’s 11th Honorary President, succeeding Alderman Sir David Wootton.  In attendance on the night were the Masters of 8 City Livery Companies as well as the Clerks of several others, and a number of Aldermen, Common Councilmen, and Honorary Members including the newly installed Master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners and the IPM of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.  The Guild was also particularly delighted to host on the night Sheriff-Elect for 2015/6 Dr Christine Rigden.

Photos courtesy of Neil Cordell (www.neilcordell.com)

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NEW MEMBERS DRINKS (July 2015)

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WATERLOO BANQUET (June 2015)

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MASTER ‘JAILED’ (June 2015)

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The Master stood trial at the Mansion House last week as part of a fundraising tradition hosted by the Sheriffs of the City of London.  Joined by some 30 of his counterparts, the Master was swiftly charged with several misdemeanours and transported to the Tower of London for a Champagne luncheon, following which the convicts were released on bail, raising a remarkable £33,000 for the British Red Cross.

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Sheriff and President-Elect Dr Andrew Parmley issuing a warrant for the ‘arrest’ of our Master, assisted by his Clerk, Sheriff Fiona Adler.

2015 INTER LIVERY SHOOT (May 2015)

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Members of the Guild of Young Freemen assembled on the morning of 20 May 2015 to take part in the 2015 Inter-Livery Clay Shoot at Holland & Holland.  With over 500 guns competing and in spite of a few safety catch glitches which cost the team precious points, the Young Freemen finished 14th out of a 125 overall, coming top of the leaderboard in the team flurry.

With the Guild looking to field more than one team at next year’s competition and practice shoots held through the year, Members are particularly encouraged to register their interest through the Clerk.  It is also worth noting that those taking part in the Inter-Livery Shoot through the Guild are considerably subsidised.

2015 CIVIC LUNCHEON (April 2015)

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The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Guild of Young Freemen were honoured to welcome the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor to a Civic Luncheon at Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse on Thursday 30 April 2015.  The Lord Mayor, who as the Guild’s 39th Patron spoke enthusiastically about the Mayoralty’s support for younger Freemen in the Livery, was joined by Sheriff Dr Parmley, the Guild’s incoming Honorary President.  In attendance on the day were some 90 Young Freemen and their guests representing a remarkable 31 Livery Companies, a number of Aldermen and Common Councilmen, the Chief Commoner, the Master of the Charterhouse and the Masters of the Worshipful Companies of Chartered Accountants, Coopers, Glass Sellers, Information Technologists, Security Professionals, Turners, and Water Conservators.

The Master also welcomed the Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten as the Guild’s new Honorary Chaplain and a vote of thanks was made for the Guild’s outgoing Honorary President, Alderman Sir David Wootton.

Photo courtesy of Neil Cordell (www.neilcordell.com)

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INTER-LIVERY PANCAKE RACE VICTORY (Shrove Tuesday 2015)

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The Guild is delighted to announce that the Master has returned victorious from the 2015 Inter-Livery Pancake Race ‘Championships’, coming top of the Masters’ Qualifying Race and thereby securing a place for a team of 5 to be entered at the 2016 race.

In spite of a penalty point for infringing the designated tossing area, the Master glided to a smooth finish on the end run after a clean about-turn. Attributing his victory to the aerodynamic properties of his robe and the greasiness of his pan, he admitted that he called upon his sprinting experience during the morning’s pre-race ‘sizing-up’.

After a splendid lunch at the Guildhall, proceedings were brought to a close with the traditional après-race Champagne at Madison’s.

APPOINTMENT OF A NEW MASTER’S CHAPLAIN (January 2015)

platten__stephenThe Court is delighted to announce the recent appointment of the Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten as the Guild’s Honorary Chaplain.

Stephen assumed the role of Rector of the parish church of St Michael’s Cornhill in July last year, at a stunning service attended by the Bishop of London and a number of Livery Companies, including the Worshipful Company of Drapers, patrons of the Church since 1503.  The position marks a return to the capital for Stephen, who was born in London and educated at the Stationers’ Company’s School in Hornsey and the University of London before attending Cuddesdon Theological College and Trinity College, Oxford.

Stephen worked for Shell before his ordination and served as a priest in Oxford, Lincoln and Portsmouth, including as Tutor of Ethics and Chaplain at Lincoln Theological College, before becoming the then Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs in 1990. In 1995 he became Dean of Norwich and in July 2003 was enthroned as the Bishop of Wakefield, before being admitted to sit in the House of Lords as one of the Lords Spiritual in June 2009.

St Michael’s Cornhill is a medieval parish church in the City of London, built on the remains of a 2,000 year old roman basilica.  The medieval structure was lost in the Great Fire of London and replaced by the present building designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1669, with upper parts of the tower by Nicholas Hawksmoor and much of the interior remodelled by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 1850s.

Members are particularly encouraged to visit St Michael’s throughout the year, which offers regular services including a Choral Eucharist every Sunday morning at 11.00am, and Said Communion on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1.10pm.  The Church has one of London’s finest choirs and an incredible choral tradition with composers such as Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaugh Williams, and Harold Darke having performed on its 17th Century organ, and with regular Monday recitals (1.00pm) stretching back almost 100 years.

Stephen has been keen to emphasise the friendliness of St Michael’s which maintains a strong heritage of traditional ministry (1662 BCP, King James Bible) and looks forward to meeting members of the Guild over the coming months.

Honorary Chaplain Dr Stephen PlattenAbove, being welcomed as Rector of St Michael’s Cornhill

LORD MAYOR’S SHOW (November 2014)

Lord Mayor's Procession 2014The Guild pauses for the traditional photo on the steps of the Royal Exchange before proceeding to the float.  Members of the Guild of Young Freemen in their scarlet robes stand alongside members of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers in their red robes.  Also present on the day were the Prime Warden and Mistress Basketmaker, Eddie and Mary Jane Donaldson, the Immediate Past Prime Warden Basketmaker Graham Aslet,  the Master and Mistress Woolman, Richard and Carolyn Excell, the Master and Mistress Farrier, Simon and Sally Fleet, the Master and Mistress Poulter, Harvie and June Peebles, as well as Windsor Herald William Hunt (Past Master ’78).

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The Master and Mistress Woolman, Richard and Carolyn Excel

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A windy start as the procession sets off down Cheapside

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The procession winds its way past St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Giants are wheeled back into the Guildhall where they will be displayed until next year’s Show, as mentioned in writing by the Pageantmaster Thomas Jordan in 1672: “at the conclusion of the Show, they are to be set up in Guildhall, where they may be daily seen all year and I hope never to be demolished by such dismal violence as happened to their predecessor.”

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ANNUAL SHEEP DRIVE (October 2014)

The Guild of Young Freemen was very privileged to play a central part in the Worshipful Company of Woolmen’s Annual Charity Sheep Drive this year, by enabling some 600 Freemen of the City to exercise their ancient privilege to drive their flock of sheep across London Bridge, whilst raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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The Master with the Immediate Past President of the City Livery Club

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Our ‘Venerable’ Beadle standing alongside the Foreman of the Guidable Manor of Southwark

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The Master Woolman sharing a joke with Sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley

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The Master talks sheep with Sheriff Dr Andrew Parmley

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Members of the Guild walk their sheep across London Bridge at the close of the day


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The Master attempts to control the sheep dogs as the sheep decide to challenge the local speed limit.

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The Beadle liaising with the Troops

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38TH ANNUAL INSTALLATION BANQUET  (May 2014)

The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Guild of Young Freemen were delighted to welcome Members and guests to the Guild’s 38th Annual Banquet in the splendid medieval surroundings of the London Charterhouse.  The Guild was very privileged to host as Guest Speaker his Excellency Mr Anthony Bailey OBE GCSS who was joined by his wife HSH Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg.  Also in attendance on the night were the Masters of 18 City Livery Companies and a number of Ambassadors, Aldermen, Common Councilmen, and Honorary Members including the newly appointed Masters of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, and four of the Guild’s Honorary Presidents and late Lord Mayors Sir Brian Jenkins, Sir Clive Martin, Sir Michael Oliver, and Alderman Sir David and Lady Wootton.

Photos courtesy of Neil Cordell (www.neilcordell.com)

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Introducing the Guest Speaker.

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The Guest Speaker His Excellency Mr Anthony Bailey OBE GCSS addressing the Guild.

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Mr Paul Herbage MBE, Clerk of the Tax Advisers drinks a Loving Cup with a Member of the Guild.

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Guests of the Guild drink the Loving Cup.

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The Master, Mr Laurence Nicolas, addresses the Guild.

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The Master, Mr Laurence Nicolas, addresses the Guild.

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UNITED GUILDS SERVICE, ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL  (April 2013)

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The Masters arriving for the Service.

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Members of the Guild take their seats under the Dome, dressed in their robes (right hand side of photo).

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The collection.
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The Master, Clerk and Beadle stand with the Guild’s Honorary President Alderman Sir David Wootton on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral after the service.

798TH LORD MAYOR’S SHOW & BANQUET  (November 2013)

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Members of the Guild assemble at the City University Club for an early breakfast and to robe before the parade.

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Members and Guests make their way to the float.

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The Pageantmaster’s vehicle with the King’s Royal Hussars mounting in the background.

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Gog and Magog surrounded by the colourful pageantry of our neighbouring floats.

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The “Giants”

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Members of the 100th Yeomanry Regiment Royal Artillery, the Guild’s affiliated regiment which traditionally provides us with an escort.

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The Guild salutes the newly appointed Lord Mayor Alderman Fiona Woolf, our Patron and 686th Lord Mayor of London.  The Guild is enormously privileged to be allocated its own float at the front of the Lord Mayor’s Procession where Gog and Magog have traditionally figured since the early 1400s.

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The Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf makes her way to the Coach, surrounded by a number of Aldermen including the Guild’s Honorary President Alderman Sir David Wootton.

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Members of the Guild of Young Freemen and their guests on their return to the Guildhall Yard.

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Members return to the City University Club to dry off for luncheon.

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Guest of Honour, Colonel Michael Bishop, Commanding Officer 100 Regiment Royal Artillery addressing the Guild.

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The Master, Mr Laurence Nicolas addressing Members and Guests at the luncheon.

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The Master and Col Bishop sharing a joke.