President Alderman Alan P Greenaway
Vice President Alderman Sir A. Charles Trinder GBE, MA, DSc.

Master Richard.C.L Charvet
Upper Warden Donald Abel
Lower Warden John Mepham

Hon Sec. Donald Abel
Hon Treasurer. John Mepham
Hon Sec E.F. Phillips OBE
Asst Hon Sec John de Vine
Hon Auditor L Lowney and Mr Heywood

A programme for the year

18th Feb – 25th AGM and House Dinner – Lloyd’s Library and Captain’s Room

23 signed in, there were more!

Concern was expressed that £144/18/0d of subscriptions was outstanding. The Meeting was assured that this would be cleared shortly.
Recommended that Bankers Standing Order forms be sent to all New Members in the future – agreed.
Special one off payment agreed to St Paul’s Restoration Fund

Announced that the wife of our Chaplain (Rev Alan Cook) had died suddenly.

Dinner – Captains Room
Guest Speaker A.J.B. Rutherford C.B.E. CC – 48 Members and 49 Guests attended
Creme of Mushroom Soup
Whitebait and Lemon
Steak and Kidney Pie
Peach Melba
Coffee and Mints

Price £2/7/6d

Committee Meeting – 22nd April – Vestry St Peter upon Cornhill

9 members in attendance

Re Club finances – most outstanding debts re last year’s functions had been cleared.
45% of Membership now on Bankers Orders

It was suggested that A New member’s Fee be introduced – to go to AGM
The master expressed the wish that a subsidised event be given to members out of the profits from events. Noted
Request to purchase 3 more IPM Collarettes – suggested that given the good financial position of the club that we might get a quote for 6 and hopefully achieve a discount.
Later, greed to purchase 6 Past Master’s Jewels £18.00 each (plus 4.5% Purchase Tax) (Toye, Kenning and Spencer)

Given the increase in postage charges Members were to be reminded that they could still drop off correspondence to No 12 Lime Street.

Other Items of Interest
A welcome to the Club President, who had been ill coupled with thanks to him for providing the new correspondence paper as shown below.
Further discussion on provision of tickets for all Club Functions – never happened.
Proposal for the Club to organise a trip to Champagne – not discussed.

The after Dinner speaker was Mr J Page, Assistant Commissioner – City of London Police

Letter to Alderman Alan Greenaway ordering 1,000 sheets (later raised to 1,500) of new notepaper “to cover us for 1 year or so” – “Can we have it on Foolscap not A4 as need room for tear off strip at the bottom” (for applications for events) – how practical.
Originally printed Brown on Cream paper.(“Non-political, stability, antiquity”)

Cocktail Party and presentation on the SS Great Britain Project – Captain’s Room, Lloyd’s  – 20th May

Planned for 4th March – Cancelled due to a postal strike.

Talk given by Mr Richard Goold-Adams (Chairman of the project). This presentation was put on in conjunction with Members of Aldgate Ward Club, Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Underwriters and Brokers at Lloyd’s, Members of the Baltic Exchange. Its main aim was to raise funds for the overall project – returning the hull from Port Stanley ( Falkland Islands) to Bristol and restore her.

Ticket Price. £37/6d (In final letter shown as £1.87p (Decimalisation)

Being fitted out for her maiden  voyage         

She had been brought back to Bristol the year before and placed in the dry dock where she had been built.

How she looks , once restored. A great day out.

Annual Church Service – St Peter upon Cornhill  – 18th June

This was followed by the  Civic Lunch in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress
– Speaker Lord Simon C.M.G. Chairman of the Port of London Authority
The Club was advised that this was the last occasion that the Ward Club would be able to use the Mansion House for its Civic Lunch in the foreseeable future “in view of the reduction in Mansion House engagements”.
Members 30 – Guests 115

Committee Meeting – Vestry St Peter upon Cornhill 23rd September

8 Members
A very warm vote of thanks to the President who had provided the Ward Club with its new personalised notepaper.

Confirmed that 6 Past Masters Badges be purchased (£18/0/0d each rather than £20/0/0d each for three) Purchase Tax currently reduced from 42.5% to 33/33% as well.
Agreed that the Ticket for the “Ladies Night” be amended to read Dinner and Dance, from Banquet and Ball and that Dress code be shown as Dinner Jacket and not Evening Dress or Dinner Jacket.

Announced that the Hon. Sec would be retiring at the AGM and that the Asst. Hon. Sec did not feel he could take on the role. The hunt for a new Hon. Sec commenced.

Combined Ward Clubs Event – 16th September

60 Members and Guests attended – the largest Ward Club contingent.

23rd September – An evening in the Charles Dicken’s tradition at the George and Vulture

Speaker – A Senior representative of the Automobile Association

6th October – Harvest Festival – St Peter upon Cornhill

Ladies’ Night Dinner and Dance – Abercorn Rooms  – 19th October

Cancelled – only 60 applicants (expecting 100+)

This was the 1st year that the title Dinner and Dance was used, previously it had been “Banquet and Ball”.
First time that Dinner Jackets were referred to in the Dress Code, not Evening Dress
Would have been first time that the toasts included Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Duke of Edinburgh and the other Members of the Royal Family.
In the past it had just been The Queen and the Civic Toast.

Dinner would have comprised;
Melon Rafraichi
Delice de Sole Veronique
Faux fillet de Boeuf Richleiu
Peche Petit Duc

Music would have been by the Alfred Swain Trio and Entertainment by The Gwalia Male Voice Choir
Cancellation fee of £25.00 was invoiced – having read the contract the Club refused to pay.

18th November, Committee Meeting and Dinner – Abercorn Rooms

16 Members in attendance

Amongst others Ernest Kelloe (Bill) was admitted to the Club  – going to be an important part of the Club in the future.

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, exclusive of those of a religious or political nature”

Membership was open to ratepayers, property owners and other folk carrying on business within the Lime Street Ward of the City of London and any other person who in the opinion of the committee is suitable for membership. (Getting broader)

Dinner afterwards – 37 Members and 51 Guests

 Committee Meeting  7th February – Vestry St Peter upon Cornhill

11 Members in attendance. Basically preparing for the AGM.