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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

A merry welcome

Christmas carols have a long and sometimes chequered history. They often bring to mind pictures of groups singing around warm fires with a Christmas tree in view, around lanterns in snowy streets, even in a cosy church setting. There are modern carols but most are well-established. The picture is a warm, traditional one.

On the other hand, as Bishop Nick Baines of Croydon tried to explain last year when quoted out of context by a leading newspaper, many carols are of Victorian origin and paint too sentimental and comfortable a scene compared to the reality of 2,000 years ago.

Given this background of carols being associated with Christmas, it is not surprising that our livery company, The Worshipful Company of Actuaries, has nearly always held a Christmas carol event in December.

So why not come along to this year’s carol event, which is a traditional service of lessons and carols to be held at St Lawrence Jewry (Gresham Street, next to the Guildhall) on 13 December at 6.15pm? It’s open to all — members of the profession, their families and anyone interested in finding out more about the WCA, carols or both. You can turn up on the day — there is no need to book and no entry charge.

Afterwards, as a separate event there is a supper for which advance booking is needed at the Armourers’ Hall — you can see details of this on the livery company’s website www.actuariescompany.co.uk

By Michael Tripp