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Our periodic newsletter


Many of you have already been very generous with your reflections and sharing unforgettable memories. Please keep your contributions coming and let us know what you are up to.

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The Flame - Summer 2022

Rekindle memories of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, lunch aboard HQS Wellington and the Becket Pageant, whilst learning about the history of the favourite tipple of many

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The Flame - Lockdown Time Capsule

A special edition capturing memories, good bad and bizarre, from the Covid-19 pandemic to preserved as our own Firebirds time capsule


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The Flame - Issue 10 - Summer 2020

Insights on our revised pandemic lives: insights from a Nightingale hospital; "Knit for Community" to provide blankets for the homeless; and a list of "Thinks not to try at home during Lockdown"


The Flame - Issue 7

Read about our visit
to the Queen’s House and the Painted Hall in Greenwich, and a moving article from Nicola Barclay gives us a snapshot of living with a hidden disability

The Flame Issue 4

The Flame - Issue 4

In this edition, we are delighted to feature an article on life as Lady Mayoress from our vice-president Samantha Bowman; an update on the Biennial Lunch and the AGM.

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The Flame - Issue 1

The inaugural edition of The Flame contains a look back at the educational and enjoyable visit to the Wallace Collection, an amusing reminiscence from one of our Vice-Presidents, Samantha Bowman, on her year as consort to Charles and background on our motto “Surgere in Lumine”.

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The Flame - Winter 2021

An environmental theme with articles on the Hubbard Glacier, conserving water and London Fog.  And a touching tribute to Rue Hoddinott, our trusty Secretary who so sadly passed away.

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The Flame - Issue 12 - Spring 2021

It is competition time - win a bottle of champagne by "Guess the Treen" plus the story of the Christmas Rose, travels to China, Women in the Livery, and the dizzy heights scaled by a Stonemason

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The Flame - Issue 9

A bumper edition with reports on the 2020 AGM and a fascinating and, given the current Covid-19 lockdown, a very pertinent article on the Spanish Flu by Jane Orr.  Read on

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The Flame - Issue 6

Samantha Bowman tells us about Police Horse (PH) Samantha, and Vicky has researched trivia about Westminster Hall, opened up
her travel diary and gives us food for thought

The Flame Issue 3

The Flame - Issue 3

Firebirds President, the Lady Mountevans, describes life after the Mayoralty, and we learn about the Weavers Company and the election of the Sheriffs.

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The Flame - Summer 2021

A chance to ease out of Lockdown 3 - with an uplifting dog walk, a garden visit and travels to the Orkneys.  With some street food to keep you sustained

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The Flame - Issue 11- Winter 2020

Lockdown rolls on, so we escape with memories of fascinating trips to Vietnam and Egypt, some warming Christmas recipes, and insights on communication before Zoom (yes, it did exist!)


The Flame - Issue 8

An edition full of reports about events that involved both the Firebirds and Phoenix . From the Old Bailey Tour and Biennial Lunch to the Phoenix Porto visit. And learn about HMS Warrior!

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The Flame - Issue 5

A welcome from our new Chairman, reports on Chelsea Physic Garden, Dragon Boats, Champagne tea, life after being Lady Mayoress and lots more.  Read on …

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The Flame - Issue 2

Highlights – Our visit to the Fan Museum, a reflection on a year as Sheriff’s consort from Stephen Rigden, and three insights into life after mistress-ship.

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