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The Honourable Company has three membership categories:

Regular Member - Any person residing in North America, who is a Freeman of the City of London is qualified to apply for this category of membership. Regular Members have voting rights in matters regarding The Honourable Company.

Associate Member - Any person who is a Freeman of the City of London who does not reside permanently in North America is qualified to apply for this category of membership.

Affiliate Member - Any person who is a resident of North America who is not a Freeman of of the City of London, who subscribes to the Objects of The Honourable Company as detailed in the Constitution of the Company, and who undertakes to become a Freeman of the City of London within a period of three years of becoming an Affiliate Member is qualified to apply for this category of membership.

Friend - Additionally, any person who is not a Freeman of the City of London , who subscribes to the Objects of the Company, and who does not wish to at this time to undertake to become a Freeman of the City of London within three years is qualified to apply to become a Friend of The Honourable Company.

Please click here to open or download an Application for Membership form. This form is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 4 or newer is required. (Application for Membership.pdf)

If you would prefer to have an Application for Membership form sent to you and/or if you require additional information, please click here to contact the Membership Secretary of The Honourable Company (membership@freemen london.org).

Two sponsors are required for membership. It is helpful to know a member who can sponsor you and who can also arrange a co-sponsor. In cases where a member is not known, we normally arrange to meet with the applicant in person for an interview, or, if not convenient, by way of a telephone interview, after which we arrange sponsors as appropriate. Please click here to contact the Membership Secretary if assistance is required in arranging sponsors (membership@freemen london.org).

In the case of those applicants who qualify for Regular Membership or for Associate Membership, details regarding the Freedom of the City of London should be provided, and where applicable the Livery Company or Guild affiliation details.

Tthe Joining Fee is $160.00 and the Annual Quarterage (an ancient word meaning dues) is $95.00 per year which will become due in the year following approval of your membership.

The Honourable Company holds six to nine social functions a year. In addition, groups of members resident on the east and west coast occasionally hold separate events.

Donations by the members to our Charity, The Freemen of the City of London of North America, are welcomed in addition to the funds raised in connection with some of our periodic social functions.

For further information and for an Application for Membership form, please contact the Membership Secretary of The Honourable Company, membership@freemen london.org.

Application for the Freedom of the City of London

When members of The Honourable Company who are not already Freemen of the City of London decide to make Application for the Freedom of the City of London, the Membership Secretary will make the necessary arrangements for them. Once an application for the Freedom is completed by the applicant, and the photocopies of the appropriate documentation are provided , together with a payment in the amount of £100 Pounds Sterling, the Membership Secretary will arrange as appropriate for the required sponsors. The Application for the Freedom of the City of London, together with the required attachments will then be sent by the Membership Secretary to the Chamberlain's Court, Guild Hall (London's City Hall) who handle all matters pertaining to the Freedom of the City.

When the Application for the Freedom is approved the Applicant will be advised a date and time to attend at the Chamberlain's Court for the Freedom Ceremony. These dates and times are chosen by the Chamberlain's Court, unless a request is made for a date and time to fit in with the Applicant's plans which they will make every effort to accommodate.


 
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