The Proof House: 48-50 Commercial Road, London E1 1LP
Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7481 2695
The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1637 to promote and regulate gunmaking, a role it still fulfils today.
Governed by the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants. Activities encompass four broad areas of operation: Regulatory, Charitable, Social and Civic.

Gunmakers’ Company; updates in brief

(Updated 3 May 2023)

Click … here … for the latest Company Calendar

Gunmakers’ merchandise

Click … here … to see the GP marked mechandise available for Gunmakers, including scarves, slippers umbrellas and cufflinks. Contact the Assistant Clerk to order.

Company news and events in brief

The Nomination Dinner took place at Mansion House on Wednesday 2 November. Photographs of the evening may be seen .…here…

Livery Lunches at the Proof House:  
  • Thursday 25 May – list full
  • Thursday 15 June – book now
  • Thursday 20 July – book now

Gunmakers Photographic Competion 2023 – submissions should be emailed to clerk@gunmakers.org.uk by Monday 5 June. Categories this year are: 1. the Coronation; a highlight of the weekend’s events. 2. A gun shot. 3. Open category; your best shot . Click …here… for you photography tutorial

Anyone for golf? Please email the Gunmakers’ Golf Captain, Liveryman James Ede jamiewilcotlodge@gmail.com if you wish to be included in any livery golfing events.

Anyone for cricket? Please email Liveryman James Durrant james@durrant.eu if you are interested in taking part in Livery cricket.

Other activities and wider Livery events:

On Monday 22 May 2023 the Worshipful Company of World Traders invites you to join us, as individuals or in teams, for a great day of Golf at Woldingham Golf Club, junction 6 off the M25. Reserve your place by downloading the form …here… or email : stevehaydon1@aol.com

Pan Livery Visit to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst: Save the Date 22 June 2023. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is opening its doors to the Livery for an exclusive day. The aim of the day is twofold; primarily to update the Livery on British Army Officer Training giving them access to a behind the scenes look at an internationally acclaimed Military Academy and, secondly, as a fundraiser for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Sandhurst Trust. The day commences at 10:00, concludes at 16:00 and will include:

  • Morning coffee reception
  • Presentation by a Major General on the RMAS curriculum, aims, overseas influence and setting the scene of how the British Army train and equip young officers for life in the British Army in 2023
  • Presentation by a recently commissioned young officer demonstrating the practical application of their skills on operations and exercises followed by a Q&A session
  • Drinks reception on the iconic “Steps” of Old College
  • A Livery photo on the Steps
  • A three-course luncheon with wine
  • A tour of RMAS including the prestige rooms, Chapel, History room and more

Ticket prices will be £140, and tickets are limited to 110 places; however, Livery’s may book a table of 10 at a cost of £1400. The Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers is the point of contact and will be contacting Clerks who may be interested with further information shortly.  Lt Col Debs Taylor, Clerk to the Fletchers.

Reflections of the Lord Mayor, Tuesday 11 July, 2023 – a gala evening at the magnificent Stationer’s Hall, 5pm – 10.45pm. Former Lord Mayor, Alderman Vincent Keaveny in his reflections has chosen the theme ‘Innovation and Tradition in a Year of Change’. His time in office included three prime ministers and two monarchs, and he will discuss issues such as social mobility, investing in ESG, sustainable finance and the legacy of COP26. The Gala Evening includes a drinks reception and a superb three-course dinner. Expect a convivial atmosphere and an engaging and inspiring mix of attendees. For insights into the event, check out our last year’s Reflections ...here… .  To find out more about the evening and tickets, click here… . 

The Sheriffs are delighted to invite Liverymen to the Phantom at the Sheriffs’ Ball fundraising event, inspired by the wonderful book and musical Phantom of the Opera, which is being held at Guildhall on Friday 22 September: this year we are celebrating the seventh year of the Sheriffs’ Ball. As well as the ever popular dancing, the evening will include will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner with wine, fantastic Phantom themed entertainment and an illustrious DJ – the legendary William Bartholomew. The evening will be overseen by our Master of Ceremonies William Sitwell. All proceeds are in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and we would also be very grateful for donations of auction prizes. Popular lots tend to be holiday homes or visits to places normally ‘off limits’. Members of craft-related companies may wish to donate an item that showcases their craft. Tickets can be bought either as a table of 10 for £2,500 or as individual tickets for £250 and can be purchased online at https://www.thelordmayorsappeal.org/sheriffsball2023. We hope that members of your Company will support what should be a fantastic evening. For queries about the evening or the auction please contact The Lord Mayor’s Appeal events team on 0207 332 1582 or email events@thelordamayorsappeal.org.  

The Master of The Worshipful Company of Woolmen invites Lverymen and their families to the annual Sheep Drive & Livery Fair on Sunday 24 September 2023. The Sheep Drive will be taking place this year on Southwark Bridge and the Livery Fair will be located on Queens Street Place at the primary entrance to the Sheep Drive. This year’s celebrity guest is to be announced and we already have a great selection of stalls signed up so far for the fair. To book places at the Sheep Drive, please contact sheepdriveteamenquiries@woolmen.com . If you would like to book a stall at the Livery Fair, please complete and return the attached booking form …here… or alternatively contact me via the details below to discuss further. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jovita Williams, Livery Fair Coordinator, liveryfairenquiries@gmail.com. More …here…

Notices from the Lord Mayor and the City:

Read the former Lord Mayor’s final message ...here…

Election of the Lord Mayor

At Common Hall on Michaelmas Day, Thursday 29 September 2022, ALDERMAN NICHOLAS STEPHEN LELAND LYONS Alderman and Merchant Taylor was elected the 694th Lord Mayor of the City of London for the year ensuing. Read his acceptance speech …here…

For future consideration, the following names were noted: ALDERMAN PROFESSOR MICHAEL RAYMOND MAINELLI Alderman and World Trader, ALDERMAN ALISON JANE GOWMAN Alderman and Glover, ALDERMAN TIMOTHY RUSSELL HAILES Alderman and Pewterer.

The City of London’s Livery Committee has a new website, which features news, articles and events across the Livery and City. The Committee also runs courses, including City Briefing for new Liverymen. Find out what is happening at: https://www.liverycommittee.org/

City Livery briefings and networking for members of the Livery: click …here… to book. Next dates for City Briefings (5.30pm) are:
25 May 2023
12 September 2023
2 November 2023

City Livery Committee update, including forthcoming events in the City and what the Lord Mayor is doing : click …here…

Gresham Lectures – online. See …here… for the forthcoming programme of highly stimulating and educational lectures by those foremost in their field.

The City of London Freeman’s Guide, extremely popular amongst many in the livery, is now available in electronic format. This eBook authored by Information Technologist Paul D Jagger is available for download from: https://payhip.com/b/562V priced £9.99 (the first 100 downloads may use the discount code LIVERY2020 at the online checkout to receive a 20% discount). The guide is supported by Paul’s blog at https://cityandlivery.blogspot.co.uk/ and his Voices of the City audio podcast interviews with leaders of the City at https://cityandlivery.podbean.com/.