Background to this Event;
The first Saint Thomas's Day celebration by the Worshipful Company of Architects was held during the lockdown of Summer 2020 with a theme of "Isolation" - it was a huge success and so we hope will now form a long lasting tradition for many years to come.
The idea resulted from a suggestion by the Master, Valerie Owen Le Vaillant that, as we were in lockdown and unable to meet in person, we try to encourage greater activity and events on social media to keep the Company members in contact.
Chris Williamson had been reading about the formation of the Livery Companies and that they celebrated their “Guild Day” usually on the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of their particular trade of profession.
The Guild Day was an opportunity for the companies to focus on their charitable giving and their apprentices, which coincidentally was a particular focus of Valerie during her time as Master. After some research and discussions with the St Lawrence Jewry Chaplain, David Parrott, we established that Saint Thomas was acknowledged to be the Patron Saint of Architecture. Saint Barbara has a claim owing to her being imprisoned in a tower by her Father who wanted her to renounce Christianity. Thomas, however has the greater claim, not because of his doubting and need for proof, but his mission to India where he built several churches.
As Saint Thomas’ Day is July 3rd that date became a sensible focus for the event (or the closest working day).
This year the theme is "Rebirth & Renewal"
A decision has been taken to postpone the art competition part of the 2021 St Thomas's day celebration until the competition awarding and auction can be conducted as a physical event - this element is likely to now be in 2022.
We would be delighted if you would like to join the online service this year to come together spiritually as a Company and look forward to a more open and positive world.