There are many good reasons why you should join the Carmen:
The Worshipful Company of Carmen is one of the largest Livery companies of the City of London
It represents a wide range of aspects within the transport and logistics sector and continues to promote fellowship amongst those engaged in the industry, the military and to those from a wider range of disciplines and professions.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
The Worshipful Company of Carmen has over 600 members and is No.77 in the list of precedence . The company is over 500 years old and has remained relevant throughout the centuries. Its members come from a wide range of trades, industries and professions giving them opportunity to share and develop knowledge and skills with others whilst building connections in a charity-focused environment.
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How Can I become involved?
The Company invites application for membership as:
Carman Apprentices (not to be confused by industry / military apprenticeships) are young individuals between the ages of 14 and 21, who have received sponsorship from an existing Freeman or Liveryman. They will then receive mentorship of their nominated Apprentice Master, who will be themself be a Freeman or Liveryman.
Successful applicants are “bound in servitude to their Apprentice Master” and presented to the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants at a Court Meeting. After the Ceremony, the Court will join new Apprentices and their guests for some refreshments. Many new Apprentices then continue their celebrations by attending the luncheon or dinner which follows, as a guest of their Apprentice Master.
Apprentices must serve at least four years as an Apprentice. If desired, they may later progress to become an Associate Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Carmen by servitude.
This category is aimed at individuals aged up to and including 35 years of age, thus specific to individuals during the early stages of their career. No Fines (i.e. Joining Fees) are payable. Associate Freeman grade offered to both civilian and HM Forces personnel – see table in fees page for details of the applicable criteria and subscription rates.
Successful applicants for Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Carmen will be invited to attend a capping ceremony, or by Zoom if you are unable to attend in person. Here they will meet the Master to be formally accepted as a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Carmen. Freemen may then apply to attend events open to them and enjoy the fellowship, support and networking this enables, whilst offering their own skills and talents for the benefit of others.
If desired, progression from here would be to become a Liveryman, subject to first obtaining their Freedom of The City of London (the Carmen’s Clerk will assist you in this). For more information click here.
Successful applicants for Liveryman status, will already be Freemen of the Company, having attended a capping ceremony and having received their Freedom of the City of London. Members in this category will be invited to participate in the Joining and Welcoming Ceremony, which takes place during a Court Meeting.
At this ceremony, new members are welcomed and formally presented to the Master, the Wardens and the Court of Assistants. New members are then invited to make their pledge to The Queen, to The Worshipful Company of Carmen and to the City of London and then to be clothed in the Livery (a gown with a ribbon which signifies the formal joining) They will also receive their Warrants of Membership.
After the Ceremony, the Court will join new members and their guests for refreshments. Many new members then continue their celebrations by attending the luncheon or dinner which follows,
often in a unique setting.
Liverymen can apply to serve on the Company’s panels and committees where they may add expertise or which are of particular interest to them. In the first instance they should apply through the Clerk.
Liverymen are eligible to vote for the Sheriffs and the Lord Mayor as part of their civic duty.
Eligibility for election to the Court of Assistants, with a proposer and seconder, comes after three years as a Liveryman; votes are cast by fellow Liverymen and the process is wholly democratic.
The Company’s renowned welcome and fellowship extends equally to all, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs or other factors, although Carmen retain their historic formal affiliation to the Christian faith.
Liverymen and Freemen of the Company experience lifelong fellowship, are generous in charitable giving, and participate enthusiastically in the life of the Livery, they welcome the opportunity to serve the City of London Corporation and the wider community and enjoy the privilege of association with those who serve Queen and country.
Interested? click here to join us.
Alternatively, contact the Clerk to discuss your route to membership:
Call: 020 7645 1405