Programme

  • The Company’s year begins on St Paul’s Day (25th January) which is the Feast-Day of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Patron Saint of the Company. On this day the new Master and Wardens take office. A Livery Service is held at St. Mary Abchurch in the City.
  • The Company’s Annual Livery Banquet takes place shortly after St. Paul’s Day, to which the new Master invites the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries.
  • In conjunction with the other food-related Livery Companies the Company organises the City Food Lecture to promote informed debate of topical issues in the food and drink distribution industries.
  • The Master, Wardens and Members of the Court join their counterparts from other Livery Companies at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the annual United Guilds' Service.
  • Opportunities for Fruiterers to get together and entertain guests are provided at three more Court Dinners, which follow the year’s Court meetings, in May after the Audit Court, at which the annual accounts are received, in July after the Summer Court, and in November at the Master and Wardens Dinner.
  • In addition, a number of informal lunches are held and the Master arranges one or two mixed social and educational events, usually outside London and often abroad.
  • There is also an active Golf Society that enjoys an annual meeting in May and participation in inter-Livery golf matches.
  • A fruit-tree planting programme makes regular appearances in prominent and important gardens and locations. These occasions also provide opportunities for Liverymen to meet representatives at the very top of the horticultural profession.
  • Each October, the Company makes a formal presentation of fruit to the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House.
  • On occasions, the Company participates in the Lord Mayor's Show.

Fruiterers' Fact:

St. Mary Abchurch in the City of London is a Wren Church in which the Company has a stained glass window designed by Lawrence Lee A.R.C.A. in 1976