Programme of Events
The Worshipful Company of Paviors undertakes a full programme of social, educational and charitable events each year. The Paviors’ year starts in March with the installation of the new Master. The installation ceremony and service of dedication have, for many years, taken place at the church of St Martin within Ludgate, with supper afterwards at Cutlers’ Hall. A number of events are then held throughout the year in which liverymen can participate.
Social and Fellowship
Paviors meet in the spring and autumn for a Livery dinner at one of the City’s great livery halls with colleagues and guests. A less formal Livery event is held around Midsummer’s Day. A family event is held at the Paviors’ Museum of Roads and Roadmaking within the Amberley Museum complex in Sussex. Normally, each year, a technical visit is made to a London construction site of interest. Early in each calendar year, Paviors hold their Common Hall, which provides an opportunity for liverymen to hear and question officers of the Company. A highlight of the year is the Annual Banquet at the Mansion House, at which the Lord Mayor is the principal guest.
City of London Activities
Throughout the year, liverymen are encouraged to participate in the wider activities of the City of London. Liverymen can participate in elections for the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, and can attend the United Guilds’ Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral. Paviors have for many years participated in the Lord Mayor’s Show in November. The Paviors’ float, normally pulled by a steamroller, is a popular exhibit.
There are a number of societies within the Paviors Company, open to liverymen, and each with its own calendar of events. The Luncheon Club provides a good opportunity to meet other Paviors in an informal atmosphere. There are normally four lunches each year at various venues in London. In the summer, the Club organizes a summer day out, with guests, at a notable venue within easy reach of London. Members can attend the Gala Evening at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The climax of the year is the ever popular Christmas Dinner at Cutlers’ Hall. The Golfing Society provides the opportunity for liverymen and their guests to play four times a year at some outstanding courses, such as Swinley Forest, St George’s Hill and Tandridge. The Society also participates in inter-livery competitions. Golfers of any handicap are welcome. The Paviors’ Wine Circle was formed originally to advise the Company on wines to lay down for enjoyment at future Livery dinners. In addition, the Circle meets several times a year for wine tastings by its members at various wine merchants’ cellars. There are also sailing and shooting sections in which liverymen can participate.
Court of Assistants
In addition to its formal meetings, the Court of Assistants holds some dinners throughout the year. Court members can also attend a short break away, often in Europe, which has traditionally been organized by the current Master.
Charities and Educational Events
The Livery participates in a number of charity events throughout the year. These include the inter-livery clay pigeon shoot and a number of inter-livery golf competitions. The Golfing Society have organized a charity golf day in recent years, and a number of other ad hoc charity events have been held, including a sailing day and charity walks. A charity dinner is now being held every two years. One of the final events of the Paviors’ year is the Paviors’ Lecture. Liverymen are encouraged to attend all of these functions.