BCCTC Council Members new Members of the Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America
On Wednesday June 5th 2013 the Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America held an evenning event at the official residence of the British Consular General for the City of Toronto to introduce the newly elected ‘Court’ and to also welcome new members to the Honourable Company, some of whom are also members of the BCCTC. They are Rebecca Bartlett-Jones, Richard Charter, Roger McMillan, and Mike Bauer.
This pleasant evening provided the chance for members and their guests to mingle over a glass of wine, with a common interest, a connection or feeling for the Great City of London and its traditions.
The membership for the The Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America currently stands at 123 members, of which 13 are life members. We encourage our members to move forward with the process to become actaul ‘Freemen of the City of London’, which requires attendance at the Chamberlain\’s Court, Guild Hall, London for the ceremony.
The granting of the ‘Freedom’ is one of England’s oldest ceremonies still in existence today, the first taking place in 1237. The medieval term ‘Freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Those protected by the charter of their town or city were often free, hence the term ‘Freedom of the City.
This is now a symbolic ceremony open to those from any democratic country who value the history and traditions of the City of London and an occasion to enjoy with family and friends. As of this time, we have one member about to depart for London for the ‘Freedom’ ceremony with four others in process.
Please see the pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/118004697307062976057/albums/5893053912371454785