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The Guild of Mace-Bearers

Paul Mayhew, Prime Warden of the Guild of Mace-Bearers 2024
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The Guild of Mace-Bearers is the membership organisation for those experts in civic protocol who assist the civic heads of our nation to carry out their ceremonial duties. If you are a visitor we hope you enjoy learning about our guild and the job are all proud to do. If you are a member we hope you will log in to the site to assist you in making use of the guild to further your professional knowledge.

Paul Mayhew
Prime Warden 


So what does the Guild of Mace-Bearers do?

  • Provides free advice on Civic Protocol
  • Runs regular training events for Mayoral Officers/Chauffeurs/Mace-Bearers
  • Offers 1-2-1 training on-site for new Civic Staff given by experienced staff from other authorities
  • Produces an annual review magazine full of member’s news
  • Advertises vacancies for Mace-Bearing positions

The Guild has 199 members carrying out ceremonial duties at 116 separate authorities/universities spread across the whole of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.


So how do I join the Guild?

All working Mace-Bearers, whether full or part-time, employed by a civic authority or a university (or anywhere else) are welcome to join us.

If you are not a Mace-Bearer but are interested in our work you are welcome to join as a Friend of the Guild.

For further details or to apply for membership please visit the Membership page.


Mace-Bearer Vacancies

  • April 2024 – Reserve Macebearer Newbury Town Council.  Position filled
  • April 2024 – Deputy Macebearer Chippenham Town Council

For details of these vacancies please visit the Mace-Bearer Vacancies page.

To advertise a post on our website please email the Webmaster


Patrons of the Guild

  • The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of London
  • The Speaker of the House of Commons
  • The Speaker of the Scottish Parliament
  • The Speaker of the Welsh Assembly.

As the upholders of civic tradition we are proud and honoured to have received the recognition and support of the holders of these distinguished positions.