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The Old Millhillian

Liverymen’s Association Lunch

Wednesday 10 May 2023, Guildhall

The Old Millhillian Liverymen’s Association seeks to encourage OMs to become involved in one of the City Livery Companies: members span the gamut from the most ancient to the more modern and can assist other OMs to progress through becoming Freeman of the City to joining Livery Companies.

The City of London Livery companies form one of the largest philanthropic movements in the world with their 35,000 strong body of Liverymen, history stretching back over 700 years, and their ability to donate over £60 million each year to charitable causes.

The Livery Companies or Guilds began in medieval times as ‘fraternities’ or ‘misteries’ to protect the interests of particular trades and to maintain high standards of business conduct and product quality. They also helped in the education of future generations in the particular ways of the trade or craft and supporting those members of the company or their families who had fallen on hard times or were suffering poor health. Charitable fundraising and giving to a variety of worthy causes have largely taken the place of the original trade functions.

Today, there are 110 City of London Livery Companies, some of very ancient origin (eg Weavers, Goldsmiths, Fishmongers) and some very new (Management Consultants, International Bankers, Tax Advisors). Liverymen play an integral part in the life and governance of the City to this day in electing the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs at Common Hall in Guildhall.

If any OM would like to find out more, or like assistance to becoming a Freeman of the City of London or progressing to Livery Membership contact Laura Turner in the Club Office by email who can put you in touch:  

Alternatively you can contact Adrian Williams

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