1973 John Mepham

President. Alderman Christopher Rawson
Vice President Alan Greenaway JP

Master. John  Mepham
Upper Warden. George Burrow CC
Lower Warden. Bernard.E. Petitpierre
Hon Sec. Bernard.E. Petitpierre
Asst Hon Sec. Ian McNeil
Hon. Treasurer. J.Holland
Hon Auditor. W.D. Cutler

27th AGM – 22nd Feb – Captain’s Room, Lloyd’s

A major growth in interest in attending the AGM

40 members in total.

The Hon. Sec and Hon. Treasurer reported that if funds were removed from our Current Account to a Deposit Account – we would start to be charged Bank Charges on the Current Account. Agreed to leave with the Current Account. Any interest gained would be lost in increased charges.

Honorary Members
It was proposed that Lord Auckland (sponsored Dinners at the House of Lords) and Mr Charles Rivington (Retiring Ward Clerk) be made Honorary Members. Agreed unanimously. A piece of silver was presented to Mr Rivington

Financial Position was reported as strong.
No Financial statements on file for this year BUT Surplus on the year was £189.09 even after paying for an Illuminated Address (£55.00p) for the retiring Alderman and Vice President.
Virtually all the Ties had been sold.

Dinner followed in the Captains Room – Lloyd’s – 57 members and 56 Guests

Committee Meeting – 12th April – Vestry, St Peter upon Cornhill

14 Members in attendance.

50 Club Ties (2nd Batch) at 0.£0.85p each to be ordered

Announced that the Rev Alan Cook – the Club Chaplain was to marry on 19th may. Agreed that the Club would give a wedding present. Master and Hon Sec. to arrange.

Combined Ward Clubs Reception, had been a Dinner in the past, to be at Mansion House.

House Dinner  – 12th April – George and Vulture

20 Members and 15 Guests
The speaker at the April Dinner was Ken Ashton from FIFA. In his career both as referee and on various committees he was involved in some important footballing milestones.
He was the 1st referee to wear the now standard Black Uniform (1946)
Introduced standard colour flags for linesmen in 1947 (prior to this they had been in Home and Away colours of the competing teams)
Following an incident in the England vs Argentina match in the 1966 World Cup, (Jack Charlton did not know if he had been booked or not) as Head of World Cup Referees he devised the system whereby referees show a yellow card for a caution and a red card for an expulsion, which was first used in the 1970 World Cup.
He also successfully proposed that the pressure of the ball should be specified in the Laws of the Game and in 1974 he introduced the number board for substitutes, so that players could easily understand who was being substituted.
We have no idea what he talked about but should have been an interesting evening for lovers of football.

30th May Civic Lunch – Mansion House

Very successful – 159 Members and Guests in attendance. The function should make a small profit.
An Article in City Press praised the speech made by the Master .

13h September – Committee Meeting  Vestry St Peter’s Cornhill

9 Members in attendance.
Confirmed that a telegram had been sent to Princess Anne on her engagement to Capt. Mark Phillips.
Club Ties available at £1.00p (Cost to Club £0.85p)

5th October – Dinner Dance

No further info available.

Committee Meeting  – Innholders’ Hall, followed by a  House Dinner – 16th November

Discussion on the Combined Ward Club Event. Whilst willing to promote not willing to include on the Ward Clubs Specific List of Club Functions.
discussion on future Hon Treasurer – Agreed that Mr John de Vine would take over at the AGM

House Dinner
34 Members and 16 Guests

1974 George Burrow

President. Alderman Christopher Rawson
Vice President Alan Greenaway JP

Master.  George Burrow CC
Upper Warden. Bernard.E. Petitpierre
Lower Warden. F.G. Bird
Hon Sec. Ian McNeil
Hon. Treasurer. John de Vine
Hon Auditor. W.D. Cutler


28th Annual General Meeting – 21st February – Lloyd’s

24 Members in attendance


Committee Meeting (Vestry St Peter’s) and House Dinner  – George and Vulture – 18th April

13 members in attendance
Highlighted that at the next Committee Meeting in November there would be a discussion  re a revision of the Rules and their being ‘brought up to date”
Deputy H Duckworth advised that he believed that Ward Clubs were allowed one event a year, at Guildhall, for free
– this would be this year’s Civic Lunch.
Vincent Emms was elected as a Member, amongst others, going to be an important part of the Ward Club in the future

Discussion on Subscriptions and Life Membership.
Agreed. No increase necessary
Agreed. No desire to introduce Life membership

It was proposed and agreed that the Hon. Sec. and his lady be guests of the Club at all future functions.

No information – on the House Dinner – no doubt popular.

16th May – Civic Lunch – The Crypt – Guildhall

Speaker Rev Dewi Morgan – Rector St Brides Fleet Street

20th June – Church Service followed by Cheese and Wine – Jamaica Inn

No further information available

24th July – Sub Committee Meeting  

No further information available.

19th September – Committee Meeting

No further information.

20th September – Visit to The Magic Circle

No further information available.

2nd October – Harvest Festival – St Peter’s upon Cornhill

No further information available

18th October – Ladies Night, Captain’s Room, Lloyd’s

No further information available.

19th November – Committee Meeting – Lloyd’s

9 Members in attendance
There had apparently been a “Ladies Dinner” at Lloyd’s – successful but “lost” £80.00p

The Club had been invited by the City of London Corporation to donate a tree to the City. It was agreed that the Club should. Cost £85.00p
There was a request that that if possible it be planted within the Ward. This proved to be impossible, so it was planted in Fen Court.

A request had been received from Guildhall School of Music seeking funds to support the building of a New Library – agreed to donate £10.00p

1975 Bernard Petitpierre

Alderman Christopher Rawson
Vice President None  – Alan Greenaway JP had requested to resign
Master.  Bernard.E. Petitpierre
Upper Warden. F.G. Bird
Lower Warden. Ian McNeil
Hon Sec. Ian McNeil
John de Vine
Hon Auditor. W.D. Cutler

N.B. D.S Howard Esq was elected onto the Ward Club Committee

 An important year in the History of the Club.

“I would mention that we now have a working arrangement with Cornhill Ward which does not have a separate Club of its own and we welcome as members all those of Cornhill Ward who would like to join us. We have in fact elected two Cornhill Members onto our committee and look forward to a growing and happy cooperation between the two Wards. Sir Edward Howard, Bt. has now joined the Club as a Member.”

AGM and Buffet Supper  – 20th February 1975

“Gentlemen Guests, will be very welcome”
At the AGM Amendments to Rule 18 and 19 were proposed allowing for up to Nine Members on the committee in addition to the Officers.
It was also proposed that there might have to be an increase in subscriptions next year, even though the Club was in surplus.  r

Civic Lunch  – Date 15th May – Guildhall

Very well attended. Leaflets had been put out about the Guildhall itself, appreciated by many who attended.

Committee Meeting – 17th April – Vestry St Peter upon Cornhill

10 Members in attendance
Noted that the Master would plant a tree in Fen Court  – the Ward Club had donated £85.00p to the City of London Corporation, as part of their ‘plant a tree” campaign.

Tree Planting – Fen Court

The Master planted a Magnolia Tree in Fen Court as part of the City tree planting initiative that the Club had supported.
– the Ward Club had donated£85.00p to the City of London Corporation, as part of their ‘plant a tree” campaign.

The Club had planned to plant a Lime Tree but apparently the soil was too dry. The Master, two Wardens, The President, The Ward Deputy, Alderman Sir Edward Howard Bt,, Two Deputy Chairmen of Lloyd’s and others were there as well.

City Festival – June (?) 1975

No further info available.

Committee Meeting – 18th September – Lloyd’s

5 Members in  attendance

Master reported on the Tree Planting – see above
Hon. Sec Reported that the Civic Lunch had gone well and that the LM had specifically noted that the event had run to time – in fact finished 2 minutes early.
Hon. Sec reported that he had a new addressing system that would help any future Hon. Secretary.
The Master was congratulated on sending out a News Letter to all Members, keeping them abreast of developments. It was felt that this was a good initiative that should be continued. (Was, very occasionally done over the next decades).