The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

It is with great sadness that this year’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch has been cancelled. The escalating coronavirus pandemic has left us with no other option. The decision has been made with the health and safety of everyone involved in mind. The care of our guests, suppliers, staff and volunteers has to be our main priority.

We realise that this is disappointing news: the Lord Mayor and I and our Committee share this disappointment but we hope you agree that this is the correct decision.  At this stage we are not able to reschedule this year’s event for another date in 2020 as there is no guarantee that the virus will have run its course.

If you have any questions for the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch team, please do not hesitate to get in contact on 020 7811 3202 or email LMBC@soldierscharity.org

Thank you for your understanding.

With best regards at this difficult time.

Michael Hockney

Co-Chairman

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

 

 

Partners of The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity works in association with the other two national service charities, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Royal Navy & Royal Marines CharityRoyal Air Force Benevolent Fund

History of the Lunch

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch (LMBCL) first took place in April 2008, hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at Guildhall, the centre of the City of London’s Governance, ceremonial and philanthropy. It was a Civic and Guildhall event, but with several differences. A fixed price gave access to unlimited curries and accompanying drinks, there would be no seating plan, everyone would serve themselves – and go back for seconds – and everyone would sit on benches!

From the outset, the Lunch had several purposes. First to raise funds to support soldiers and former soldiers, both regular and reservists, who had served in Iraq and, subsequently, in Afghanistan and their families. Secondly, to raise awareness in the City community of the role of the Armed Forces of the Crown. Third, to build awareness of the national charity that works ceaselessly to support soldiers and former soldiers and their families – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Finally, to emphasise to City workers, the breadth and depth of the City’s philanthropy to those in society who need help and support.

The first Lunch in 2008 attracted 700 guests and was held in a marquee in Guildhall Yard as the Guildhall kitchens were out of action at the time. Following its success, the attendance grew year on year and by 2016 the Lunch had grown to the extent that we now use all the principal rooms in Guildhall. Over the last twelve years the Lunches have contributed a total of over £2.1million to help those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From 2018 onwards, The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch has supported all members of the Armed Forces who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families; through the British Army’s National Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and in association with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Additionally, for the 2019 – 2021 Lunches, The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch will link with the Civic and Mayoral theme of employment and employability and provide financial support for veterans to take part in the Pain Management Programme at King Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health. For more information visit Support Page.

Read about the story of pain management programme ‘graduate’ Jo-Anne Nightingale who was interviewed by Founder and Co-Chairman Michael Hockney MBE at a banquet to celebrate the Lunch.

Conversation with Jo-Anne Nightingale

 

Who The Lunch Supports

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is one of the City of London’s biggest fundraisers supporting all members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan through the three National Service Charities; ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

From 2019 – 2021, the Lunch will focus some of the funds raised on a specific and worthwhile theme – employability. Aligning the Lunch with the Civic and Mayoral theme of employment.

One of the biggest inhibitors to veterans getting into the world of work and sticking at it is pain. The causal factors involved are complex, whether physical or psychological. King Edward VII Hospital’s Centre for Veterans’ Health has developed – and tested – a six-month-long Pain Management Programme specifically for veterans, designed to help prepare them for employment. The Lunch will fund up to 18 veterans on this programme each year from 2019 – 2021, as part of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity grant-giving. It will cost up to £120,000 each year (£6,500 per individual), which will still leave us with a significant sum to fund other programmes that support employment and employability and the wider work of the three National Service Charities.

It is with great sadness that this year’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch has been cancelled. The escalating coronavirus pandemic has left us with no other option. The decision has been made with the health and safety of everyone involved in mind. The care of our guests, suppliers, staff and volunteers has to be our main priority.

We realise that this is disappointing news: the Lord Mayor and I and our Committee share this disappointment but we hope you agree that this is the correct decision.  At this stage we are not able to reschedule this year’s event for another date in 2020 as there is no guarantee that the virus will have run its course.

If you have any questions for the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch team, please do not hesitate to get in contact on 020 7811 3202 or email LMBC@soldierscharity.org

Thank you for your understanding.

With best regards at this difficult time.

Michael Hockney

Co-Chairman

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

2020 Lunch Sponsorship?

We’d love to hear from companies and individuals who would be interested in sponsoring the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch. For more information on the different sponsorship packages available, please see our sponsorship brochure. Alternatively, please contact Katy Wildman at kwildman@soldierscharity.org or on 0207 811 3201.

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2020 Sponsors

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is very grateful to all of our past sponsors and sponsors in-kind.

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Sponsors In-Kind

Noon Kerry Foods Private Cellar
Cobra Party Ingredients Coq d’Argent
Susannah Lovis Pinchbeck Gardeners
Capital Coffee Aramark Sodexo
City of London Club Country Life Mondelez logo

 

 

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Committee Membership 2020

We are very grateful to those on The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch Committee for their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm.

2020 Committee Chairmen

• The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell
• Mr Michael Hockney

Vice Patrons

• Sir David Lewis
• Alderman Nick Anstee
• Sir Michael Bear
• Alderman Sir David Wootton
• Alderman Sir Roger Gifford
• Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf
• Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow
• Alderman the Lord Mountevans
• Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley
• Alderman Sir Charles Bowman
• Alderman Sir Peter Estlin

Committee

• The Lady Mayoress Mrs Hiliary Russell
• Alderman and Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli
• Sheriff Christopher Hayward
• Mr Doug Adam
• Mrs Fiona Adler
• Mr Johnny Aisher
• Mr Jeremy Archer
• Mr John Barradell
• Dr Heather Barret- Mold
• Mr Christopher Barrow
• Mr Adrian Bastow
• Lady Bathurst
• Mr David Beard
• Brigadier Greville Bibby
• The Lady Bilimoria
• Mr James Bromiley-Davis
• Mr Donald Brydon
• Lady Catherine Carleton-Smith
• Lady Carter
• Field Marshal Sir John Chapple
• Sir Trevor Chinn
• Mr Peter Cooper
• Sir Michael Craig-Cooper
• Mr Tim Cramp
• Mr Christopher Davey
• Colonel Jane Davis
• Mrs Caroline Davis
• Mr David Duncan
• Alderman Emma Edhem
• Mr William Firth
• Mr William Fraser
• Mrs Susie Freeman
• Mr Christopher Freeman
• Mr John Gallagher
• Alderman John Garbutt
• Mr Sean Gavin
• Mrs Clare Ghika
• Baroness Goldie DL
• Mr Andrew Gordon
• Alderman Alison Gowman
• Alderman Prem Goyal
• Alderman David Graves
• The Hon. Elizabeth Green
• Brigadier Tim Gregson
• Mr Ian Grundy
• Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie
• Alderman Timothy Hailes
• Mr Paul Herbage
• Mr Stan Hodges
• Mr Tom Hoffman
• Lady Houghton
• Alderman Robert Hughes- Penney
• The Very Reverend Dr David Ison
• Lady Jackson
• Mrs Denise Jones
• Alderman Gregory Jones
• Alderman Vincent Keaveny
• Lady Kent Noon
• Mr Vaughan Kent-Payne
• Alderman Alistair King
• Miss Mei Sim Lai
• The Rt Hon. Mark Lancaster MP
• Alderman Susan Langley
• Lieutenant General David Leakey
• Mrs Susannah Lovis
• Alderman Nicholas Lyons
• Mr Simon Martin
• Alderman Bronek Masojada
• Mr Johnny Mercer MP
• Mr Adrian Morgan
• The Right Reverend & Rt Hon. Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally
• Mr John Nichols
• Sir Kenneth Olisa
• Mr Tim Orchard
• Mr Edward Plunket
• Mr Martin Pope
• Sir Johnathan Portal
• Lord Howard of Rising
• Mr Paul Rochford
• Mr Michael Bradly Russell
• Ms Victoria Russell
• Brigadier David Santa-Olalla
• Mr David Simmons
• Ms Annie Shepperd
• Mr Nicholas Somers
• Mrs Laura Taylor
• Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
• Mr Rupert Uloth
• Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon
• Mr Adrian Waddingham
• The Rt Hon. Ben Wallace MP

Livery and Ward Clubs

We are delighted to have been supported by the livery Companies and Ward Clubs below.

Livery Companies

The Worshipful Company of Actuaries The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars The Worshipful Company of Bakers The Worshipful Company of Barbers
The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers The Worshipful Company of Bowyers The Worshipful Company of Brewers The Worshipful Company of Broderers The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants
The Worshipful Company of Carpenters The Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants The City Livery Club The Worshipful Company of Clothworkers The Worshipful Company of Constructors
The Worshipful Company of Curriers The Worshipful Company of Drapers The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
The Worshipful Company of Girdlers The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths The Worshipful Company of Grocers The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists The Worshipful Company of International Bankers The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers Worshipful Company of Marketors
The Worshipful Company of Mercers The Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors The Worshipful Company of Musicians The Worshipful Company of Paviors The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers The Worshipful Company of Saddlers The Worshipful Company of Salters The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers
The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers The Worshipful Company of Turners The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers The Worshipful Company of Vintners
The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators The Worshipful Company of World Traders The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights The Watermen

 

Ward Clubs

Lime Street Ward Club Aldersgate Ward Club Coleman Street Ward Club City Livery Club Langbourn Ward Club

Media

Enjoy the photographs from 2019’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch.

The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch 2019

To see photos from the previous eleven Lunches please click on the links below: