The latest news about and from the Worshipful Company of Butchers

Being a member of the Worshipful Company of Butchers offers a range of special opportunities for fellowship and networking.


Not only does the Company organise large scale events, such as the Master's Charity Banquet but throughout the year a number of other events big and small are organised. From a private tour of St Paul's Cathedral, wine tastings, a lavish dinner at Warwick Castle, festive carol services and a day at the races.

The Court of the Worshipful Company of Butchers meets monthly in order to discuss the management of our Livery company. After business is attended to, everyone can look forward to a wonderful lunch as Liverymen and their guests join the Master and Court for an afternoon of great food, wine and company.


It's the focal point each month and a time when people from all types of businesses and backgrounds come together. A butcher, manufacturer, lawyer, CEO or publisher, you never know who you will meet.

The ceremony and traditions that go with a Court Lunch make it all the more special. Dignitaries and special guests are regularly invited by the WCB to create what is a monthly date not to be missed.

Speakers invited to Court Lunches can come from many backgrounds. Previous speakers have included:

  • Broadcaster and journalist, Martin Bell
  • Ian Wright CBE, chief executive of the Food & Drink Federation
  • Loyd Grossman CBE, chef and broadcaster
  • Penny Marshall, ITV News social affairs editor
  • Charles Dunstone, chairman of TalkTalk

March 2019

Published on: 11 March 2019Butchers making a difference

This was the theme of the speech made by Emily Swords, Chief Executive of Theodora Children’s Charity, in responding to the toast to the guests at the March Court Lunch held at Painters’ Hall.

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Published on: 7 March 2019Bath time for Gerald!

Never having run a marathon, nor indeed anything like it before, it could be said that Liveryman Gerald Shortland may be biting off more than he can chew…or, perhaps more appropriately, running before he can walk!

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Published on: 1 March 2019IOM / WCB Awards 2019: a right Royal celebration

HRH The Princess Royal was guest of honour and presented the awards at the recent Institute of Meat and Worshipful Company of Butchers annual prize giving ceremony.

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February 2019

Published on: 8 February 2019Eradicating Parkinsons the focus of inspirational speech at February Court Lunch

Inspirational - the only word to describe the speech given by Dr Jon Stamford in response to the toast to the guests at the February Court Lunch at Ironmongers’ Hall.

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Published on: 4 February 2019Kilimanjaro Climb Ball in aid of Master’s Million and Cure Parkinson’s Trust

A good crowd turned up in freezing conditions to watch the Polo Challenge Match between Butcher’s Pet Care and Sealed Air Cryovac. The match, held at Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex,was won 8-4 by Butcher’s Pet Care,despite a late rally by Sealed Air Cryovac,was a curtain raiser for the Kilimanjaro Climb Ball.

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January 2019

Published on: 11 January 2019CEO of Food & Drink Federation tells industry to stand up for itself

Ian Wright CBE, the chief executive of the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) was the guest speaker at the WCB Court Lunch in January, and encouraged the meat industry to “stand up” to veganism in what was a thought-provoking and insightful speech.

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See our latest list of events and Court Lunches, come and join us.

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