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19th May 2022

On Monday 6th June members of the Company enjoyed the opportunity of a private guided walking tour followed by lunch at Chelsea Physic Garden. 

The Garden occupies four acres of land beside the River Thames. Established by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673, in order to grow medicinal plants, this extraordinary London garden has had wide reaching impact around the world. The Apothecaries chose their riverside site to make the most of its warm air currents and provide a mooring for their barge, which assisted their plant finding expeditions.

Chelsea Physic Garden was a very special place to visit as we continue to celebrate our 350th anniversary –  it too was founded in the 1670s, by a fellow livery company –  and the ideal complement to our Court Dinner in Apothecaries’ Hall in May.

 

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17th May 2022

The Master invites Liverymen and Yeomen to join her for a summer’s day visit to Cambridge, when we will dip into world class art and literary collections, view the city’s stunning architecture from the river, enjoy a convivial lunch and finish our day with drinks in college cloisters.

The programme starts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, flagship of the University’s world-renowned collections of masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts, with two curator-led tours: the museum’s collection of Renaissance paintings and sculpture; then the Magdalene Odundo exhibition and the related modern ceramics collection.

Lunch will be followed by a chauffeured punt trip down the River Cam, viewing seven Cambridge colleges, the Wren Library, the Mathematical Bridge and King’s College Chapel from the river.

The afternoon will include a visit to the Pepys Library at Magdalene College,  a rare example of a 17th-century private library which houses Samuel Pepys’s original diaries; then, time for a further afternoon visit to Kettle’s Yard.

Finally, Pimm’s and canapés in a College.

 

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16th July 2021

Lindsay Millington was installed as Master of the Company at the Mansion House on 16th July, becoming the first lady Master in the Company’s 351-year history. Erica Stary and John Swain became Upper and Under Wardens respectively, while Laurence Mutkin moves on to become Deputy Master.

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12th October 2020

As one of her first acts as Master, Lindsay Millington presented to Sister Christine Frost, MBE, FCJ, founder of  Neighbours in Poplar, the Company’s Annual Special Award for 2021/22. This was one of several presentations made at the end of the Installation Court meeting at the Mansion  House on 16th July. Our £10,000 donation from our Charity Fund will enhance Neighbours in Poplar’s support for vulnerable local people by linking young and old through youth groups and groups for elderly people, both by recruiting additional staff and by providing appropriate IT resources. Sister Christine was accompanied by Neighbours in Poplar’s Outreach Officer Alkhad Ali.