Company Events

Company Events

The Company offers a varied programme of events to suit all interests. These include formal dinners for livery and guests, social occasions to include spouses, partners and friends, and the grand annual installation banquet at Mansion House. Various craft and sports events are also available as well as a number of fundraising activities.

Members wishing to book events may do so by logging into our members area.


Inter-Livery Bridge Competition

The Competition, organised and subsidised by the Company is held on the first Monday of March each year at Drapers’ Hall. 64 Pairs of Players made up of bone fide Livery members play 24 hands of bridge to compete for a range of trophies and prizes.

In 2020, the 38th Annual Inter Livery Bridge competition had representatives from multiple Livery Companies with the competition being run under English Bridge Union regulations by Tournament Director Neil Morley.

Please Click Here for the Full Results for our Inter Livery Bridge Competition held on 2nd March 2020 (this page opens on a third party website). Please Click Here for the Trophies and Winners from March 2020.


Inter-Livery Card Games Event

The Company organises an annual Inter-Livery Card Games Event for Junior/Renter Wardens (second from the chair) run in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity. This is undoubtedly the most fun event of the year and has been thoroughly enjoyed by many in the past and every year is a "sell-out”. The evening consists of a sparkling reception, a two course dinner with wines, the “Games of Cards” is then naturally followed by a stirrup cup.

The choice of the game for the evening always features simplicity and fun, which enables multiple rounds to be played. There are also prizes for the winners. All Livery Clerks are circulated in advance each year and asked to forward the details to their respective Junior/Renter Wardens.

The date for the next event will be on 1st March 2021.

Any queries about the event should be sent to cardgames@makersofplayingcards.co.uk


Social Events

The Company’s Social Committee organises a range of social events. Details of the Inter-Livery events can be found in the following Events Programme. In addition, a full list of all events, including those specific to our Company, can be found in the Member's Section.


Golf Events

The Livery Golf Society's Prince Arthur Cup is held each year at Walton Heath Golf Club and is the largest one day, two course tournament in the UK. In addition, we take part in a number of matches against other livery companies.

For more information, please contact the WCMPC Golf Captain - Vernon King: golf@makersofplayingcards.org
about upcoming events this year.


Aces High Shooting Club

The club evolved from the Liveries participation in the annual inter-livery clay pigeon shooting competition at the Holland and Holland gun club. After many years of participation it was decided that practice might assist in the team's performance and the Aces were born: aces-high@makersofplayingcards.org

The club organises quarterly shoots at gun clubs around the M25 such as Bisly, the A1 shooting ground, West Kent shooting club and Dartford.

 

 

 

 


Installation Events

The installation of the Master and Wardens takes place in November.

The Common Hall, Reception and Supper will be held at a nearby Livery Hall, the Service of Thanksgiving will be held at a Church of the Master-elect’s choosing.  The Master, Wardens, Beadle and Clerk process from Hall to Church in their Livery Gowns, accompanied by the entire Court of Assistants.


The Annual Installation Banquet

The Annual Installation Banquet is always planned to be held around the first Thursday of December, subject to the Lord Mayor’s approval. There follows a glittering reception often in the company of the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, the Sheriffs and other distinguished guests with their partners. The preferred dress on this occasion is white tie, however black tie and uniform mess kit are equally acceptable.


Livery Dinners

Our Livery dinners take place throughout the year as close to the dates below as possible and will be held at various prestigious Livery Halls across the City.

  • Spring Livery Dinner with Guests; first Thursday of April.
  • Midsummer Livery-only dinner; first Thursday of July.
  • Michaelmas Livery Dinner with Guests; first Thursday of October.

OUR HISTORIC CARD COLLECTION

About the WCMPC Playing Card Collection
We have a large collection of cards and papers relating to playing cards over the centuries and currently stored at the London Metropolitan Archive.

The Company maintains and continues to expand its world famous collection of playing cards first presented by Past Master Henry Phillips in 1907 and housed by arrangement with the City of London at the London Metropolitan Archives.

The Company is currently undertaking an ambitious project to make digital images of our historic collection available: WCMPC Playing Card Collection online.

In 1907, Past Master Henry Phillips presented his own collection of playing cards to the company. He had been Master four times between 1854 and 1897. The collection at that time numbered 599 items, and these together with the John Berry and Waddington collections are now housed in the London Metropolitan Archive and total several thousand packs of cards dating back to the late 17th century. They are available for inspection by appointment.