The Company's Affiliations
The Worshipful Company of Glovers, like many other Livery Companies, has forged strong links with units of the Armed Forces as a practical demonstration of our support for the personnel upon whose protection we rely. Equally, our association with these units enables services personnel to see something of civilian life and the traditions of the City of London.
In addition to the Armed Forces, the Company has a desire to be associated with Cadet Associations and we currently have affiliations with two selected cadet units.
See below for more information on all of these units and click onto the linkages to their own websites where shown.
THE ARTISTS RIFLES
Although this Regiment was formed many years ago, and is now part of the Reserve Forces, our first connection was in 1955 when the then Commanding Officer was a member of our Company. Since then a strong reciprocal friendship has developed and we have been able to provide material support for various expeditions and training ventures, and to join the Regiment at an annual Regimental Guest Night.
Artist Rifles Association website: http://www.artistsriflesassociation.org/default.asp
The Company became affiliated to HMS Cumberland in 1999 but this frigate was decommissioned in 2012. Since then we have been honoured to become affilated to a new nuclear powered Astute Class submarine, HMS Artful, which was fitted out at Barrow in Furness. She was officially named in September 2013 at a ceremony attended by several Glovers. In turn, members of the crew have attended a number of our own functions, including the winner of our annual prize and gloves to a member of the crew.
Royal Navy website: Astute Class Submarines
444 (SHOREDITCH) SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS
We became affiliated to this Cadet Squadron in 2006 and the former Officer Commanding is now an active Liveryman in our Company. We have recently presented a wall plaque for display in the Squadron Headquarters outlining the close association between our Company and this Unit. The cadets form a Guard of Honour at our annual Banquet and we have been able to help them with band instruments and computer software for their flight simulator.
444 Squadron website: Shoreditch Squadron
ST JOHN AMBULANCE 467 BARNET CADETS
The Company became affiliated to this Cadet Association in 2014 when a signed and sealed Certificate of Adoption was presented at a ceremony at Court on 15th July, and we look forward to developing a close relationship with the Unit in the years ahead. The cadets, when available, will assist in forming a Guard of Honour at our annual Banquet, and will provide first aid support and, especially, training when invited to do so.
St John Ambulance Cadets website: http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/young-people/cadets.aspx