650thAnniversary Service

On 7 September 2021 a special service was held at St Vedast-alias-Foster to commemorate the 650th anniversary of the Company. We were honoured to be joined by Masters and Clerks representing - quite fortuitously -  65 other livery companies.

The service was held as close as possible to the feast of the Decollation of John the Baptist (29 August), the date on which, in our ordinances enrolled before the Lord Mayor in 1484, all Fletchers were required to gather in what was then the Austin Friars.

With rousing music, including The Agincourt Carol of 1415, and special prayers, including 'The Fletchers Prayer' of Roger Ascham's Toxophilus which our Gallant Clerk had found for the occasion, there was a great buzz in the air, and a real sense of fellowship.

Alderman Vincent Keaveny led the formal congratulations to the Company on reaching 650 years.

The Courtyard at St Vedast offered welcome shade for post service celebrations.

 

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