City of London Champion Laura Miller writes:
Everything you ever wanted to know about the City and more…
If you are a Stationer, either Freeman or Liveryman you may feel you have an idea of the Company, you have eaten cheese straws, patted a friendly Labrador and become familiar with the goings on at Ave Maria Lane. But what of the wider City of London community, a community that, by becoming a Stationer, you have joined?
Just what is the City of London Corporation? It was described to me once as one third worthy town council, one third financial powerhouse and one third Borgian intrigue. That is not quite true, but it is unique with its blend of the modern, the historic and, occasionally, the downright peculiar.
City Briefings are held inside the historic Guildhall.
Four times a year, the Livery Committee hold special ‘City Briefings’ at Guildhall to help answer some of the questions you might have. Who are these Councilman and Aldermen, Remembrancers, Recorders and Town Clerks? And, just how do you go about becoming Lord Mayor of the City of London?
A Stationer waiting for the event to begin.
The evening is supported by the City of London and held in one of Guildhall’s historic rooms, the stress is on being informative and convivial. The evening starts with tea, coffee and biscuits and the chance to mingle. Name cards at the October meeting revealed a variety of Freemen, Liverymen and Clerks. The briefing itself consists of a series of talks covering the Livery community as a whole, including one from a senior member of the City’s administration talking about what it does and an explanation of what a Freedom of the City of London Ceremony involves. Finally, an Alderman, often an erstwhile Lord Mayor will talk about the role of the Court of Aldermen. At the end there is an opportunity to quiz all the speakers on any aspect of the City of London.
Waiting for the panel discussion to begin
Once the educational part of the evening is concluded the wine and canapes appear and there is a further chance to network with attendees and speakers.
There is so much in which to become involved beyond your own company in the City – remarkable historic ceremonies, excellent music, world class theatre and of course the chance to become active politically at various levels.
I usually attend these briefings and keep a sharp eye open for Stationers. I would strongly urge anyone who wants to learn more to attend, it does not matter if you have been a Freeman or Liveryman for a couple of years.
Livery related merchandise
Further City Briefings take place on Tuesday 20th November 2018, and Tuesday 5th February 2019. They cost a very reasonable £20.00 and you are welcome to bring partners/guests.
The dates of the briefings (often up to a year or so in advance) are always given in the Office News Letter which forms part of your bulk mailing so if none of the dates above works for you have a look at the next Office News Letter and make a note in your diary. You can book to attend here.