The Scriveners celebrated the 400th anniversary of the granting of our Royal Charter by James I with a special service at our guild church, St Martin-within-Ludgate, followed by a Dinner at Stationers' Hall on 26 January 2017. The service was led by the Hon Chaplain, Revd Michael Lovegrove, and the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, gave the sermon. The St Paul's chorister who is supported by the Company, Benedict King, sang a solo anthem.
Company guests at the Service and Dinner included: Sir Alan (who responded on behalf of the guests) and Lady Yarrow; the Dean of St Paul's; Alderman & Sheriff William Russell and Mrs Russell; Masters, Past Masters and Clerks of eleven other livery companies; the Master of the Guild of Scriveners of the City of York; representatives from LXX Squadron RAF Brize Norton, HMS Portland and the London Wing, RAFVR(T); the Master of the Faculties; the Registrar of the Faculty Office; the President of the Notaries' Society; Mrs Wendy Mead OBE CC; Garter Principal King of Arms; Master Benedict King accompanied by his father Mr Graeme King; and the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on private and international law, M. Christophe Bernasconi accompanied by Mme Annie Roy Bernasconi. The Master presided and the Upper Warden gave the toast to the guests. After-dinner entertainment was provided by The Leading Ladies.
Carpet guards were formed by Officers of the Light Cavalry, HAC and cadets of 329 (Finsbury) Squadron ATC.