The Company has relationships with HMS Argyll, the Third Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, RAF 29 Squadron, and other organisations.This takes the form of financial support and reciprocal visits.


In 1946, the Paviors formed a link with the Royal Navy when a shield bearing its coat of arms was presented to HMS Anson. In 1991, the link with the Royal Navy was renewed through support of HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate in an advanced state of construction. This affiliation continues.

Several joint activities take place between Paviors and HMS Argyll. The Company annually presents the ‘Seaman of the Year Award’ for the most outstanding performance by a rating and has contributed grants to provide facilities for the ship’s company. The Master of the Paviors and liverymen have been hosted by a number of commanders and crew members when the vessel was stationed in the United Kingdom and participated in exercises at sea.

HMS Argyll is the third ship in the Royal Navy to bear the name and the third of the current Type 23 ‘Duke’ class frigates. The vessel was launched by Lady Wendy Levene in 1989 and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 30 May 1991. She has a sea-going complement of 180. The ship’s motto is Ne Obliviscaris (lest we forget). In 2010, the ship had a multi-million-pound refit to preserve and enhance the ship’s structure and to upgrade or replace most of the weapons and onboard sensors.

In addition to the affiliation with the Paviors, HMS Argyll has strong links with the sister services of HMS Vivid RNR, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and 47 Squadron RAF. Affiliations are also maintained with His Grace the Duke of Argyll, the Argyll and Bute District Council, and the Argyll Ward at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

More details can be found on the HMS Argyll website.


The Regiment draws many of its officers and soldiers from Kent, Sussex, Surrey, London, Middlesex, Hampshire, as well as the Isle of Wight. It is also the only infantry regiment that recruits from the Channel Islands.

The Regiment has a long, distinguished history, having been involved in virtually every theatre of war since the Battle of Tangier in 1662. It is the most decorated of all British Army regiments, with 57 Victoria Crosses, including the VC awarded to Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry in 2004 for his gallantry in Iraq.

Two of the four PWRR battalions are regular. The Third Battalion (the ‘Tigers’), affiliated with the Paviors, is Army Reserve. Soldiers of 3PWRR take time out from their regular civilian jobs – protected by legislation – to experience life at the sharp end of the British Army’s operational activities. The Battalion has a proud record on operations alongside the Regular Army, and soldiers from 3PWRR have been deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers in 3PWRR train one evening a week and on one or two weekends a month. Each year there is also a two-week training camp.

The Battalion has the following bases:

  • Canterbury: Battalion HQ and HQ Company, Patrols Platoon, Regimental Band, Signals, Logistics, Transport and Medics
  • Brighton and Worthing: ‘B’ Company and Anti-Tank (Javelin Missile) Platoon
  • Rochester: ‘C’ Company and Infantry Combat Engineer (Assault Pioneer) Platoon

The Paviors present an annual prize of an engraved goblet and a cheque to the outstanding 3PWRR corporal of the year. The presentation is made at the Kohima Dinner, which marks a critical battle of World War II. The Paviors also provide grants towards education and training. Paviors are invited to the annual 3PWRR Small Arms Trials, where they compete for a silver cup against liverymen from other companies affiliated with the Regiment. Liverymen from the Paviors’ have attended 3PWRR training exercises.

More details can be found on the 3PWRR web-site.


The original 29 Squadron was formed at Gosport in 1915. Since then, the Squadron has seen active service in both world wars and several other conflicts. It has undergone several transformations. Since the Second World War, the Squadron has flown several different aircraft types, including Mosquitoes, Meteors, Javelins, Lightnings, Phantoms and Tornado F3 fighters.

The Squadron has been disbanded and reformed on several times, with the latest in 2003, when it was reformed as 29 Squadron, responsible for the technical and tactical training of all pilots and engineers for the new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

In 2005, the Squadron moved to its current home base at RAF Coningsby and was officially ‘stood up’ for operational service. The Squadron now trains front-line pilots for current and future Typhoon squadrons. The motto of the Squadron is Impiger et Acer (energetic and keen). Paviors have often been invited as guests of the Squadron and at least one Master of the Pavior has had the privilege of flying in a Typhoon aircraft. In 2018, the Squadron was reclassified and is now known as 29 Squadron.

More details can be found on the 29 Squadron website.


Amberley is a 36-acre open air museum set in the midst of the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex. It is next to Amberley railway station in the Arun River valley, not far from the historic town of Arundel. With its historic buildings, working exhibits and demonstrations the Museum aims to show how science, technology and industry have affected peoples’ lives.

Amberley Museum was established in 1979 to preserve the rapidly disappearing industrial history of the south east. Since that time, the museum has developed into a major education and research centre, as well as providing an interesting and educational day out.

Today the museum houses a number of important collections, supported by libraries and archives. The museum is also home to a number of self-employed craftsmen who earn their living while demonstrating their craft to the visitors. At the same time, other demonstrations take place and exhibits are in operation. A vintage bus and narrow gauge railway take visitors around the site.

The Museum of Roads and Roadmaking was established at Amberley in 1995 with assistance from the Worshipful Company of Paviors. The Museum tells the story of road construction and maintenance from the earliest times to the present day through impressive exhibits and displays. The Paviors Company continues to support the Museum and has a Museum Advisory Committee that meets regularly with the Museum’s Curator, trustees and members of staff. It is through the good offices of Amberley Museum and their volunteer staff that the Company has been able to have the use of a steam traction engine or steam-roller to pull the Paviors’ float in the Lord Mayor’s Show, an annual event that attracts a massive audience and extensive TV coverage. Further developments are planned for the improvement and display of artefacts in the Roadmaking Museum to enhance visitors’ experience.

Livery Climate Action Group


This group was formed in 2021 to assist City of London Livery Companies and Guilds in managing their impact on climate change and the environment by reducing carbon emissions and making responsible use of resources.

The Group facilitates mutual self-help for Livery Companies and Guilds to grow their knowledge and expertise in the practical measures they can take towards a sustainable, adaptable and resilient future. This will allow them in turn to influence and encourage their associated professions and trades in the City and beyond. Its formation was inspired by the City of London’s Climate Action Strategy approved in October 2020 which sets goals for the City to have net zero emissions by 2040; for buildings, public spaces and infrastructure to be resilient to climate change; and for people in the City and beyond to benefit from a clean, green and safe environment.

Since the launch of the strategy, the Corporation has kept everyone up to date with regular newsletters and information and a novel dashboard of key performance indicators (KPIs):

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There has been a Lord Mayor of London since 1189 when Henry FitzAilwyn first held the office. In 1215, King John granted a Charter allowing the citizens of the City of London to elect their own Mayor.

The Charter stipulated that the new Lord Mayor must be presented to the Sovereign for approval and to swear loyalty to the Crown. Each year since then, the newly elected Lord Mayor has travelled from the City to the Royal Courts of Justice to pledge allegiance to the Crown. Thus, the Lord Mayor’s journey has taken place annually for over 800 years, surviving the Plague, the Great Fire of London, and countless wars and insurrections.

The modern Lord Mayor’s procession is a direct descendant of that first journey from the City, and the pageantry of Pepys and Canaletto is recognizable today. Over the years, the Mayor’s journey became so splendid that it became known as the Lord Mayor’s Show. The current Shows are a wonderful mixture of past, present and future. Participants include businesses from the City of London, livery companies, charities, Her Majesty’s armed forces, the City Police and Londoners from all walks of life. All come together to enjoy a splendid celebration of the City’s tradition and future. The procession is over five miles long, yet its route is only three-and-a-half miles. Over half a million people come to the City to watch the procession, and another three million views on television around the world.

The Paviors Company have participated in the Show for several years, and their float pulled by a steam-roller is easily recognisable. Click here to see a video of the Paviors at the Lord Mayor’s Show. Details of next year’s event are shown on the Lord Mayor’s Show website. Details of next year’s Show are also available on Facebook and Twitter.

Kingston Sea Cadets


The Paviors have added to our long-standing and greatly valued military connections with a new affiliation to the Kingston Sea Cadets. Part of the UK’s largest maritime youth charity, the Sutton unit was recommended by the London Headquarters as particularly deserving of our support.

Working with boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18, the unit provides an excellent grounding in social skills and responsibility, while teaching the cadets about traditional and modern seafaring.

More details can be found on the Kingston Sea Cadets’ website.