We are delighted to announce the admission of six new freemen to The Furniture Makers’ Company, who were admitted during a historic online ceremony in September.

New freemen are usually welcomed into the Company during a formal ceremony at Furniture Makers’ Hall, during which the new members make a declaration to uphold the values of the organisation.

However, with COVID-19 still making it unsafe for people to gather, the ceremony was held online for the first time in the Company’s history on Monday 7 September.

The six new freemen admitted to the Company were:

  • Jordan Burns, KBB & merchant new business manager at Simon Acres Group Ltd
  • John Conroy, furniture manager at Leader Online Limited
  • Richard Field, managing director at Rack Systems
  • David Smith, retired office furniture shop manager
  • David Tracey, director at Qi Retail Ltd
  • Brent Weeks, founder of Brent Weeks Furniture

David Woodward, Master, said: “Not only was the admission ceremony a virtual affair but also my first as Master. Our new freemen are being invited to our AGM, Common Hall, next April when I hope we will be able to present them with their badges and certificates in a second, but real life, ceremony. In the meantime, the Furniture Makers welcome them all and look forward to their active participation.” 

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