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
Asst. Hon Sec E.F. Phillips OBE
Hon Auditor L Lowney

Number of Members – 125

A programme for the year

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

Guest Speaker A.J.B. Rutherford C.B.E. CC – 48 Members and 49 Guests attended – the first time there were not individual signatories – just an entered list.
Creme of Mushroom Soup
Whitebait and Lemon
Steak and Kidney Pie
Peach Melba
Coffee and Mints

Price 47/6d

Committee Meeting – 22nd April.

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.
Agreed to order a number of new Past Master Collarettes and Badges.
Proposal for the Club to organise a trip to Champagne – not discussed.

11th March

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.
 – Originally cancelled for 4th March 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 had arrived!)

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.

Committee Meeting and House Dinner  – April 22nd

Held, as seems to be the norm in this era, at Lloyd’s (Captain’s Room) – 21 members and 25 Guests
Ticket Price £2.40.

Topics discussed included;
Members Fees and Bankers Orders. 45% of all subscriptions now based on Bankers Orders.
To improve finances  the possibility of imposing a “New Members Fee” in addition to the Annual Subscription to be put on the Agenda for the next AGM. (was not accepted)

Proposed by the Master that the Club give a subsidised Dinner annually for Members from profits made in the previous year – if not enough profit made in the year to achieve this, he proposed an increase the costs of the events !
Proposers and Seconders of new Members to ensure that New Members are properly introduced to other Members
Agreed that Programme of Events would show a list of Past Masters on the reverse
Agreed to purchase 6 Past Master’s Jewels £18.00 each (plus 4.5% Purchase Tax) (Toye, Kenning and Spencer)

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

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

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

This was the 1st year that the title Dinner and Dance was used, previously it had been “Banquet and Ball”.
Also the first time that at this event, 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 comprised;
Melon Rafraichi
Delice de Sole Veronique
Faux fillet de Boeuf Richleiu
Peche Petit Duc
Cafe

Music by the Alfred Swain Trio and Entertainment by The Gwalia Male Voice Choir


18th November, Committee Meeting and Dinner – Abercorn Rooms
– Speaker Mr Michael. W. McCrum, M.A. (Headmaster Eton College)

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.

Committee Meeting  – Vestry, St Peter upon Cornhill 

Matters of interest
Subscriptions.  It was agreed that there need be no increase from the £2.10p
Owing to diligent efforts by the Master re outstanding Membership Fee payments the Club was in a much healthier position, than a year previously.
£600 in the bank account as opposed to £300 one year earlier.
26 Members Fees O/S after 12 months.
Agreed this amount be written off and those Members removed from membership.

It was agreed that a lump sum of £20 be paid to St Peter upon Cornhill rather than the current £10.50, plus £6.00 per annum for use of the Vestry for Committee Meetings.