The Spectacle Makers' Society:

Friendship and fellowship for Freemen and Liverymen

The Spectacle Makers' Society provides opportunities for Freemen and Liverymen to meet informally and get to know each other better through social events, weekends away around the country and a wide range of day trips with optical and non-optical themes.  All Company members automatically become members of The Spectacle Makers’ Society and Society events are open to both Freemen and Liverymen.

Events are advertised in advance by broadcast email, on the website and in the Company journal “From the Master and Wardens”.  Events are organised by members of the Society Committee, an independent group made up of 12 Liverymen and Freemen living in different areas and working in different fields but anyone can contribute ideas.  Suggestions for visits and tours, particularly opportunities which would not be easily available to the general public, are always welcomed. 

Events can only be booked by Freemen and Liverymen but friends, family members and guests are made very welcome. It's an ideal way for potential new members to spend some time with us and try out how it feels to be a member of a friendly Livery Company.   In each year we hope there will be enough variety to tempt people with very different ages and interests. At least one Society event per year will have a family theme when members can bring along children and grandchildren.  We aim to get out of London and into members' own communities. Costs vary from a nominal £5 to as much as £500 for a full weekend away. 

Each year, the Master (as President of the Society) organises a weekend to show off one of their favourite places and share some of its attractions with fellow members.  Each weekend includes a formal dinner but around it will be built optional activities - a guided walk, a riverboat trip, real ale in a historic pub, a private tour of a house or museum, golf, crazy golf or even Highland Games. Participants can choose to do as much, or as little, as they like.   Masters' Weekends in the last few years have extended from Kent to the Borders of Scotland, via a weekend in a Cambridge college and 24 hours with our affiliated Reserve Squadron during their training weekend.