United Guilds’ Service 1 April 2022
The Master, Wardens, Liverymen and their partners attended the colourful United Guilds’ Service in St Paul’s Cathedral after a gap of two years.
The Master Nick Jones and wife Kala in the centre, with Upper Warden Paul Nash and his wife Sue on the right and Renter Warden David Adams and his wife Kathy on the left.
The United Guild’s service was first held in 1943, in the depths of World War II, for the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London to help lift the spirits of the City following the blitz. It has remained an annual event, with the exception of the last two years because of the lockdown. With all the companies’ officers robed in their colourful livery, it remains one of the few occasions in the calendar where all the companies and guilds gather together as a whole.
Following the service we all ‘retired’ to Carpenters’ Hall for a delightful buffet lunch. It is a lovely, uplifting Service and day that holds true to its tradition.