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We are very keen to build and maintain meaningful, reciprocal relationships with a small number of relevant Livery Companies in the City of London. We want to welcome Liverymen and women of all faiths and none to our services and events, both those organized by their companies and others on our busy calendar, offer our support and facilities, and celebrate partnerships with various ancient and modern guilds and industries. In return, we hope that the Companies are willing to assist us financially and in kind, when the need arises.
St Bride's relationship with the printed word goes back more than 500 years and its oldest Livery association is naturally with the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. Several members of the Guild of St Bride are also Liverymen of the Stationers' Company and, in addition, we host a service every June in memory of Stationer Richard Johnson, work with them on educational projects and make use of their splendid Hall for joint events.
Fine wood-turning is very much in evidence in St Bride's, hence the connection with the Worshipful Company of Turners. As well as holding their annual Patronal Service at St Bride's in November, the Turners have been the donors of various items of furniture now proudly on display in the church, such as the offertory table and baptismal font.
As the church of the communication industries, there is a natural affinity between St Bride's and the Worshipful Company of Marketors which, since its founding as a Livery Company in 1978, has held a Thanksgiving Service at the church in May. The Marketors have an on-going St Bride's working group comprising members of both organizations, seeking new ways of working together for mutual benefit, and has always been willing to provide support and advice in a fast-changing world of marketing and publicity.
Our newest Livery Company association is with the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, which began holding its annual Thanksgiving Service here in 2010. We very much hope to develop the partnership over the next few months and years, and are delighted that the Company has responded warmly to the recent launch of our Inspire! Appeal.