With help from Past Master Frederick.G.Bird (our oldest active member in 2021, when this short section was updated)
We now have a good picture of this year. He became a Member 1n 1960, thus in November 2020 celebrated 60 years of active membership.
President Alderman Christopher Rawson
Vice President Alderman Sir Edward Howard (Cornhill Ward)
Master Mr Frederick (Dicky) Bird
Upper Warden Ian D. McNeil (and Hon Sec.)
Lower Warden John de Vine (and Treasurer)
Hon Sec. Ian McNeil
Asst Hon Sec. William Kelloe
Beadle (1st Year) Mr Edward Kipping
Hon Auditor W.D. Butcher
Most business operating in and around Lime Street would have bought desks or had their Offices moved / organised by this year’s Master and his team.
Mr Bird was a very active member of a whole range of organisations, including the Ward club, where he was originally proposed as a Member of the Ward Club by Jack Holmes and onto the Committee by Roy Blankley (R.Blankley and Son) Deputy – in addition to the Ward Club, amongst others, he was involved with:
City of London Retail Traders Association
Worshipful Company of Needlemakers (1970 – 2010)
Langbourn Ward Club (Past Master and Author of The history of Lanbourn Ward Club)
A very full diary – which has been very helpful in filing in gaps on the website in early years.
Who were some of our members in this era ?
– with thanks to Jim Attridge (Member) and Dicky Bird
Don Abel, for some years Hon. Sec and a very active promoter of the Ward club with many new members joining based on his hard work.
Several members were resident house keepers
Mr Les Lowney – Housekeeper at number 40 Lime Street.
The Housekeeper in Asia House was also a member.
The Grundies (Father and Son) ran an Oyster Bar (Mandy’s) out of 22 Lime Street, when it closed they opened up in St Katharines’s Dock
Hugh Breslin – Manager of Moss Bros in Lime Street.
Dunn’s Menswear shop near the Monument had a Manager who was always known as Gerry Dunn – he also worked very hard for the club.
Major Henry (Harry) Duckworth CC had a retail confectioners in Lime Street and a kiosk at 58a Leadenhall Market
Syd Morris managed the Lamb Pub in Leadenhall Market
Dave Wharton ran the Ship Pub in Lime Street which sadly closed in the 2,000’s to become a fast food outlet.
Bernard Mawbey manager of Stones (Wine Bar) in Fenchurch Street which ceased trading in the 1970’s?
Many members including Mr Bird used the Bunch of Grapes for social drinking (“our” side of Lime Street)
Jim Attridge – “I am still very proud and honoured to remain a member (2012)”