Feast of St. Luke
The installation of the new Master and Wardens takes place on St Luke’s Day in October. This is the most important date in the Company’s Calendar when the new Master and Wardens are installed for the year at Common Hall this is followed by a Church Service at St James Garlickhythe. The Painters’ Company is one of the three City Livery Companies which continues to maintain the ancient custom of processing to church on its Patron Saint’s Day in full gowns and hats and carrying posies. Liverymen return to the Hall for the Feast of St Luke
William Barnett was elected Renter Warden of the Company in 1895. He died in 1906 and, among other bequests, left the Company a sum of money in order that members might celebrate his birthday in May each year with a Livery Banquet. Since that year a dinner has been held annually on or about 6th May to celebrate his thoughtful gift. William Barnett also left some plate to the Company, pieces of which are displayed in the showcase in the Livery Hall.
The Freemen Luncheon is our annual event affording the opportunity for the Freemen of the Company to meet and enjoy lunch at the Hall.