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

July 2019

Published on: 9 July 2019No more suitcases, no more Halls...

There’s a certain synergy in the fact that bookings were being made by Liverymen for the first Court Lunch at the refurbished Butchers’ Hall during the same week as the final “nomadic” lunch was taking place at Stationers’ Hall.

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Published on: 1 July 2019Butchers "Coming Home"

Bookings are now open for Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Butchers “coming home” to newly refurbished Butchers’ Hall for the first Court Lunch on Friday 6th September.

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June 2019

Published on: 25 June 2019Butchers show their class on the croquet lawn

Six complete novices picked up mallets to represent the Butchers’ Livery Company in the Inter Livery Croquet Tournament, hosted by the Glovers’ Company, on 15th June, at the Sussex Country Croquet club on the South Coast.

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Published on: 24 June 2019Fundraising and fun at WCB Golf Day

The annual Worshipful Company of Butchers’ Golf Day took place on 19th June at Essendon Golf Course in Hertfordshire, raising over £3,200 for the Master’s Million appeal to help fund the refurbishment of Butchers’ Hall.

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Published on: 11 June 2019Lady Mayoress praises work of the Butchers’ Livery

The Lady Mayoress was Guest of Honour at the Worshipful Company of Butchers June Court Lunch which took place in the Painters’ Hall. Mrs Lindy Estlin complimented the Company on its charity work and praised the industry for the pathways it offers young people into apprenticeships.

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May 2019

Published on: 28 May 2019How the WCB continues to help the Teach First charity

Foundations at Teach First updates us on how the charity has continued to work alongside the Worshipful Company of Butchers to ensure that all young people have access to a great education.

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Published on: 21 May 2019Charity and fellowship are the winners at Master’s gala dinner

The annual WCB Master’ s Charity Dinner took place on Friday 17th May at the historic Guildhall in the City of London when, in a time - honoured way going back as far as 900 years, the Butchers joined together for fellowship and the joy of helping others.

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Published on: 7 May 2019Food for thought at WCB May Court Lunch

Provocative and challenging... alternative yet inspiring... some of the words used by Liverymen and their guests in describing the response to the toast given by guest speaker Tracy Mackness, founder of the Giggly Pig Company, at the May Court Lunch held at Painters’ Hall.

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April 2019

Published on: 15 April 2019Butchers Support New Meat Sector

The Worshipful Company of Butchers is delighted to support the British Charcuterie Live event being held at Borough Market in London between midday and 8pm on St George's Day 23 April.

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Published on: 9 April 2019Butchers’ spirit shines through on Kilimanjaro fundraising climb

Iron will, sheer determination and calves of steel, combined with the unique fellowship and spirit of the Worshipful Company of Butchers saw our team of 10 intrepid travellers conquer the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

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Published on: 9 April 2019Special guests and important messages at WCB April Court Lunch

Saddlers' Hall, built in the City of London in a neo-classical style and with bespoke period furniture and historical antiquities and furniture, hosted the April Court Meeting and Lunch.

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Published on: 2 April 2019Charity Applications for 2020-2022 Major Awards Open

Charity is, of course, one of the fundamental principles of the WCB and the Butchers are highly regarded for making charitable contributions to organisations supporting individuals less fortunate than ourselves.

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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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