Master Derek G.H.Hobbs
Director of a Lloyd’s Underwriting Agency. Had joined the Worshipful Company of Poulters in 1946
– is this the 1st Poulter to be a Master ?
Around now it seems that more events were being organised than in the past and an Entertainments Committee had been put in place to help set up and organise all the events – it quietly faded away!. A pre-cursor of our Events Sub Committee (ESC) set up in early 2000’s, which faded away!, only to be resurrected a few years later (2019) as the GPC (General Purposes Committee). Its purpose in 1970 as later, to share the load of organising events.
A questionnaire was issued to all members re future events, – “lectures on matters of topical interest” were greatly favoured. A major discussion took place on the heading for our new notepaper – see Our Club.
Ties cost 15/-
Feb 19th -1970 24th Annual General Meeting and Dinner
AGM – Lloyd’s Library (1928 Building)
Dinner – Captain’s Room (1952 Building)
Nothing major was discussed at the AGM but it was reported that the Clubs total assets had increased to £720/9/3d
42 Members with 72 Guests enjoyed the Dinner
Guest of Honour Mr Dudley Perkins MA, Director General of the Port of London Authority
March 3rd – Entertainments Committee Meeting
The Committee discussed arrangements for;
Talk on April 16th – see below.
Civic Lunch – see below.
Committee Meeting followed by a talk 16th April 1970 – St Peter’s upon Cornhill
The talk on London Bridge was given by The City Engineer Mr H.K.King OBE, FICE
Questions were raised about the quality of the notepaper being used by the Club – new paper was ordered.
For more information on the story behind our notepaper and Banner click here
April 27th 1970 Church Service – St Peter upon Cornhill, followed by Civic Lunch
Civic Lunch – Mansion House in the presence of the Lord Mayor (Lt Col Sir Ian Bowater D.S.O.,T.D., DSc ) and the Lady Mayoress. The response on behalf of the guests was given by The Dean of St Paul’s – The Venerable Martin G. Sullivan O.M.G., O.B.E, M.A.
It is interesting to note that the objectives of the Club as prepared in a note for the Lord Mayor were seen as “To promote friendly intercourse within the Ward, discussion of local and general affairs of the Ward, and to dispense parochial information”
Caterers (“once again”) Ring and Brymer (Birches) of Sun Street.
There was some discussion about the costs of the Lunch, it maybe that they cutback somewhat?
There was a serious debate about the cost of this event. as a major increase in price of almost £1.00 from 1969 (3/4/0) if the same Menu had been ordered.
“Salmon and Strawberries much more expensive in April than June” plus in addition it had been decided by the Caterer (Ring and Brymer aka as “Birches”) to add a further 10% as a service charge. In the past year the Catering Industry has suffered from rising costs of food., liquor and wage costs so we have no alternative to increase our prices in addition….10% Service charge! – we suggest a Buffet”
Cornet of Ham filled with Russian Salad – Moselle Berkasteler Kueser Weissentein
Breast of Turkey “Poult Lucilius” (Boned Turkey) – Chateau Houssant (1961)
Fruit Salad – Port, Offley Forrester or Brandy, Courvoisier V.S.O.P
Toast Master – E Osborne
Gifts for the Ladies were “again” provided by a Mr W.G.A Harries
Many thanks to Jim Attridge a Member for sending this into us for our archives – greatly appreciated – we wish more people would:).
July 15th 1970 – Cocktail Party and Lloyd’s visit followed by a presentation at St Peter’s Cornhill of “The Wakefield Mystery Plays”
Committee Meeting – September 17th 1970 – Vestry St Peter – upon Cornhill
Minutes “of an era”. The attendees were all listed by their surnames only e.g.Abel, Duckworth, Drew…..
Q. A Member asked for the Club to support an objection to the rebuilding of George and Vulture, Simpsons and The Jamaica. It was being proposed that all these three buildings be knocked down and a new Office Block be built in their place.
A. The Committee felt that the Ward club could do nothing.
Robed or NOT?
Q. Should all Common Councillors be robed for the Annual Harvest Festival at St Peters’?
A. Only those from Lime Street as it was a Service for Leadenhall Market and Lime Street Ward.
3rd Combined Ward Clubs Ladies Banquet (and Dancing) – Guildhall. September 21st 1970.
for Members of Ward Clubs, their Ladies and Guests. The Lord and Lady Mayoress attended.
Price £7.4.0d per person.
Full evening dress preferred (White Tie and Tails), for men and Long Dresses in preference to Short for the Ladies.
Harvest Festival – St Peter upon Cornhill – October 7th 1970
Banquet and Ball – October 20th – Hamilton Suite – Abercorn Rooms – Great Eastern Hotel
Delice de Sole Jean Bart (Old Provence recipe, white wine sauce, with prawns and mushrooms)
Selle d’Agneau Dubarry (Saddle of Lamb, cauliflower sauce)
Annas Georgette (Pineapple with Kirsch)
Alfred Swain Trio and Dance Band
What – No Wine or Port? Must have been left off the Menu? – No! – it was a Cash Bar
96 Members and guests attended
Price. £3.0.0d per person (Cash Bar)
Catering £2/7/6d per head – Band £50.00
Very good feed back (“should become an annual event”)
N.B. Discussions at various Committee Meetings re issuing of tickets for individual events – raised at least 4 times – answer every time “At no time has a ticket been issued for an event in the past”! – Still isn’t in 2020 🙂
Committee Meeting and House Dinner- Great Eastern Hotel – 19th November 1970
Guest Speaker Sir A Charles Trinder GBE, MA, DSc (Vice President)
Things discussed (1st copy of Minutes of Committee Meetings so far found) included;
Plan to demolish George and Vulture and Simpsons had been withdrawn.
Photo of Club Badge had been approved and submitted to City of London Records.
Finances in good order
Planned social activities for 1971 were announced
New note paper. Various possible drawings were submitted. It was agreed that as the Ward had no City Gate or Church it would be based around a drawing of the fascia of the East India Company House, which had been in Leadenhall Street for many decades – this is still the heading on our note-paper and on the opening page of this Web Site.
The creation of a Social Committee was proposed
A Blow – Letter received from the Mansion House – making it extremely clear that the 1971 Ward Club Lunch would be the last time that the Ward club would be able to use the Mansion house for such an event. “…..given the reduction in Mansion House engagements. “Please make note of this and let me know should you, in future years have some special event that makes it desirable for this decision to be reversed.”
A further Sub-Committee Meeting took place on 15th December re our “Crest” or Badge – see Our Club