The Worshipful Company of Bakers October Court & Livery Dinner

The Worshipful Company of Bakers held its 2018 October Court and Livery Dinner on Monday 1st October at Bakers’ Hall. The event was a success, as evidenced by the great turnout and universally positive feedback. Apart from the fine dining, good company and splendid speeches, the evening was characterised by the various ceremonies and presentations that make Livery Dinners such special occasions.
 


The first presentation of the evening involved Sophie Braker, pictured above with the Master, who received the Freedom of the Bakers’ Company by Presentation. The Bakers Company awards the Freedom by Presentation at each October Court to the Top Student of the National Bakery School at London Southbank University and Sophie was the student chosen to receive the honour this year.



A Livery Clothing Ceremony followed, and the Company is delighted to welcome two new members. Michael Laver, seen above on the Master’s right, and Human S.Zonouzi, on the Master’s left, were clothed in front of Court.



The presentations continued once everyone was seated in the Livery Hall. In the photograph above the newly made Freeman Sophie Braker is seen receiving her Freedom Certificate and being presented with the Rose Bowl by the Master.
 
 

The Bakers’ Company maintains affiliations with various Armed Forces Units and one such Unit is 815 Naval Air Squadron operating out of RNAS Yeovilton. The Company annually presents a ‘Bakers Prize Winner’ award to a person of exceptional service and commitment in the Squadron. This year the Bakers Prize Winner was Flight Commander Lieutenant Laura Cambrook, seen above being presented with the prize, an engraved bread knife.


 
Finally, the photograph above captures a moment from the ‘Rent Giving Ceremony’. The Ceremony involves presenting our Landlord’s representative, Mark Breen, with three brown loaves and two large sourdough loaves as ‘rent’.
 
With the various ceremonies concluded, dinner was served and speeches followed. The evening finished with the Stirrup cup in the Charter Gallery, an appropriate end to what proved to be a highly enjoyable event. 
 
 
 
 
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