Welcome to the Worshipful Company of Bakers
The Bakers' Company can trace its origins back to 1155 and is the City of London's second oldest recorded guild.
The Company’s membership is drawn from those living and working in the City of London; from those working in the Baking Industry or Allied Trades and from those who wish to support charitable activities and see history and tradition maintained.
The Bakers’ Company continues to be closely involved with the baking trade and a high proportion of its members are Master Bakers or Allied Traders.
However, an equally high proportion have City, not Trade, backgrounds. Both are equally welcome as this combination of backgrounds enriches the Company.
Through the Benevolent Fund and individual member’s activities the Company is heavily involved in charitable works.
Election Banquet Invitation 2021
Bakers Under 40 - Drinks Reception at Bakers Hall on 19 October
Master's Lunch Invitation 17 October 2021
Master's Newsletter October 2021
NEWSFLASH - APPLICATIONS FOR THE BURSARY COURSES 2022 ARE NOW OPEN
Annual Sheep Drive and Livery Fair
The Bakers were delighted to be able to join in the fun of the Annual Sheep Drive and Livery Fair, organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, that took place on Southwark Bridge on Sunday 6th September. The weather was perfect: not too hot, no rain and just enough breeze to be enjoyable. Early in the morning
the Master, Liveryman Autton and two students from the National Bakery School (Nick Woods and Leah Williams) set up the stand at the North end of the bridge in Queens Place. We were later joined by Rachel Stonehouse and Tiggy Elwes (also from the National Bakery School) who happily pitched in to sell our goods. Amongst our wares, we were offering tea, coffee and fresh doughnuts to the passers-by, including a startling number of tourists who were bemused and interested in equal measure by the spectacle. We had a great pitch which allowed us to ply our wares to event visitors as they entered the fair, and to catch the eye of strangers and friends alike. The doughnuts were a particular draw for the many children who were visiting with parents destined to drive a sheep, and even the Lord Mayor himself was snapped as he attempted to eat one without dripping jam down his robes!
Further items for sale were pre-prepared bags of baked goods which included a loaf of bread, a pack of hot cross buns, small jars of jam and marmalade and cookies and cakes decorated with woolly sheep. Packets of chocolate drops were also included; these being generously donated by Callebaut, suppliers of chocolate to the baking and catering trades; who also
gave a hamper simply groaning with chocolate goodies. This was eventually won in a prize draw by a young lady who was delighted by her luck. Other members of the Company joined us during the day to display their prowess at parting the punters from their money in a good cause. Past Master Reese and his lady, Diana; Past Master Wilkins and his lady, Valerie were experts in this field and the combined efforts of all our sales force netted over £1800 for the Benevolent Fund.
We are indebted not only to our members and the students from the school; we must thank our other donors too. The ever-popular doughnuts were supplied by Dunn’s of Crouch End; Bakels provided the cookies and cakes; Nicholas & Harris baked us the bread and hot cross buns; and the jams and marmalade came courtesy of Tiptree & Co. We are hugely grateful to them all, and look forward to another great event in 2022.
Raising funds for the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund (See photo gallery below)
In his spare time Past Master Alan Willis is the Officer Commanding of the Light Cavalry, one of the ceremonial sub-units of the Honourable Artillery Company. In that role he organised and led the Sheriff's Ride around the City on 15 September, raising funds for the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund. Founded in 1808, the Fund gives small grants to ex-prisoners and their families in London, to help them stop offending and start a new life.
He escorted Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainell, and they were accompanied by six further Light Cavalrymen and two City of London Mounted Police Officers. Starting from the Old Bailey, they visited the Mansion House and 17 Livery Halls, before returning to the Old Bailey.
Almost £13,000 has been raised so far and further donations can
Baking star Katie Garrett honoured with Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Bakers
Master's Newsletter September 2021
The Lord Mayor’s Summer Bulletin to the Livery, which comes with the Lord Mayor’s best wishes for a good summer break.
Coronavirus update as at
Tuesday 27 July 2021
Bakers' Hall reopened for both Company events and outside events on Monday 17 May 2021 and we were delighted to welcome guests to Bakers’ Hall for events with people seated at tables for up to six, or two households.
We can happily accommodate up to 48 guests in the Livery Hall on this basis for catered functions of all kinds including corporate meetings, anniversaries, celebrations and weddings, City events, and Masonic lunches and dinners.
On Monday 19 July 2021, all remaining restrictions were lifted, and we are back to normal at last, hosting your events for up to 90 guests.
If you would like further information about arranging events at our beautiful Hall, please visit https://www.bakers.co.uk/hall-hire or speak to our Events Manager, Martina, on 020 7623 2223.
It will be such a pleasure to see Bakers' Hall busy again after the past year of lockdown.
With kind regards
Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Bakers
Election of Sheriffs recording
Following Common Hall on 24 July 2021: Election of Sheriffs, where Alderman Alison Gowman and Alderman Nicholas Lyons were formally elected to the office of Sheriff, please be advised that an edited recording of the event is now available to view on the Livery Committee website via the button below.
Blue Marble Training at Shoreditch Trust
Announcement to the 'Songs and Music in the City' of London
Dear Gallant and Learned Clerks to the several City of London Livery Companies,
We are pleased to announce the culmination of our two-year project titled ’Songs and Music of the City of London’ - the latest concise guide to the City of London’s cultural offer. We are publishing in eBook format initially, hardback will follow in the early Autumn.
The attached document provides further details, including how to purchase the guide online from Apple, Amazon or Payhip. We are indebted to the many City institutions that have contributed content or helped us with fact finding and review. Particular thanks must go to Sir Andrew Parmley and to the late Sir Roger Gifford for their support.
The launch of this guide is timed to precede the final stage of the Government’s roadmap for easing social-distancing restrictions (who among us doesn’t have our fingers crossed!) and is intended to signpost and highlight the immense array of organisations, events and venues where songs and music are performed in the Square Mile.
We commend the guide to the Livery and welcome all feedback.
Yours in fellowship
Paul Jagger (@CityandLivery) - Court Assistant WCIT
Julian Cable (@TheCityMinstrel) - Liveryman WCMusicians
Songs and Music in the City of London
Livery Kitchen Initiative
Due to growing demand, please order your cookbooks via the link to the Drapers'Company website (in the flyer) as they can no longer take email orders. Pre-ordering will close on 19th March and hope to have the cookbook published and in the post to recipients by the end of April.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the courses below are subject to cancellation or postponement. We will advise at earliest possible date.
Bursary Courses 2021 - 2022
Bakels Innovation Centre: Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th September 2021
The Worshipful Company of Bakers is delighted to announce a further course at the Bakels Innovation Centre located at Bicester on Oxfordshire.
Please be advised this course is now fully booked.
Overseas Summer Course Richemont: 24th -29th April 2022
It is with regret the Worshipful Company of Bakers announce the Richemont School Course has been reset to 24th -29th April 2022.
Please be advised this course is now fully booked.
The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck 18-22 July 2022.
This will be a 4-5 day course. Application forms are not yet available - Coming Soon!