President. Alderman Christopher Rawson

Master. David Howard
Keen Gardener (Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners)
Stockbroker (Charles Stanley)
4 Children
To become Aldermanic Sheriff and Lord Mayor

“For many years the close links between the Wards of Lime Street and Cornhill have been recognised by the inclusion of Cornhill members on the Club Committee. It is a great priviledge to serve as the first Master of the Ward Club from Cornhill. (David Howard)

Upper Warden – John de Vine
Lower Warden – David Butcher

Hon Secretary. William Kelloe
Hon Treasurer. Vincent Emms
Hon Auditor. E Spong

AGM and Dinner – Guildhall Club, Guildhall – Thursday 17th February

The annual donation to St Peter’s increased to£100.00p. The Rev Allan Cook reported that Stage 1 of the Church reconditioning had been completed and that Stage 2 was under way at a cost of 68,000.00p funded by the City Parochial fund.

The Club President in his closing remarks stated that “under his Presidency the Club had maintained its strength and standards. Unfortunately this could not be said of standards elsewhere in the City, which appear to have got out of control. Until these were rectified the City would not regain its pride.”

The invitation includes reference to “our Lady Members”, a growing number over the past couple of years.

The Dinner
A first for the Ward Club – the Installation Dinner, in the newly opened  West Wing of Guildhall

42 Members – 62 Guests

Devilled White Bait – House White Wine
Steak, Kidney and Mushroom Puddding – House Claret
Créme Brulêe
Coffee  – Port


The Rt. Hon. Lord Carr of Hadley, P.C. replied to the toast to “Our Guests”

Bishopsgate Ward Club Civic Luncheon – Grocer’s Hall – 22nd February

The Master and his wife Valerie (Val) both attended this annual event with one of our adjoining Wards.

Langbourn Ward Club Civic Luncheon – Ironmongers’ Hall – 13th July

The Master and his wife Valerie (Val) both attended this Annual event with one of our adjoining Wards. The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Sheriff Alan Davies and his wife, in attendance.

Aldgate Ward Club, Civic Luncheon – The Livery Hall – Guildhall – Tuesday 3rd May 

The Master and his wife Valerie (Val) both attended this Annual event with one of our adjoining Wards. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress were in attendance.

Church Service at St Peter upon Cornhill and the Civic Luncheon – The Crypt – Guildhall – 9th June

No Service sheet available.


58 Members and 129 Guests plus 17 Ward Club Guests enjoyed an excellent lunch and an entertaining reply to the Toast to the Guests by  Colin Ingleby- MacKenzie past Captain of Hampshire Cricket Club.

Dark Lounge Suit
Officers of the Club – Morning Dress

They enjoyed:

Asparagus / Melted butter – Gewurtztraminer 1981
Delice of Salmon Trout – Tavel Rosé
Coffee and Taylors’ 10 year old Tawny

“The Lord Mayor was astonished at the numbers attending, and said he had never seen anything like it at another Ward Club, nor could another Ward Club mount a function so well”
Very pleasing to note that similar comments have been made about our Civic Events over the decades and are still as true in 2020 as then.

 Committee Meeting 4th October – Lloyd’s

President, Master and 12 Members in attendance

Both forthcoming Sheriffs as members of the Club were to receive Mementos. They had both stated that they did not want an illuminated address, so it was agreed that a suitable gift be found at the Silver Vaults. total spend £300.00p. Agreed also that as Sheriff Richard Charvet was a Past Master that the ratio of expenditure be £200.00p to 100.00p.

Quite a discussion regarding applications for Alderman – the 4 CC’s were interviewing 2 Candidates as the Meeting progressed – towards the end of the Meeting they reported back on the two likely candidates. It was agreed that Ward Club Members would canvass on behalf of who ever of these two was chosen to stand.

Associate Ward Clubs – (Sub-Committee of the United Wards Club) Annual Reception – Mansion House – 17th October

An annual event hosted by the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House with the aim of bringing together Ward Club Members and their Ladies, guests and friends. Reception and a “substantial” finger buffet.  The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, Sheriffs, their Ladies –  many Aldermen and their Ladies were in attendance.

“it is felt that a far greater liaison between Ward Clubs is highly desirable and that the strength and friendliness thus established can only be of greater benefit to the City of London” – identical letter to last year’s.

Finger Buffet – Pewterers’ Hall – Tuesday 19th October

Pewterers’ Hall was opened on 15th May, 1961 and incorporates some of the Panelling and Chandeliers from a former Hall in Lime Street – (on the Langbourn Ward side of the road).

26 Members and 38 Guests enjoyed an enjoyable and relaxing evening, enjoying:

Freixenet Cordon Negro (Spanish Sparkling Wine)

Assorted Crudites

Open Sandwiches
Creamed Derby Sage on Celery
Melon with Parma Ham

Parisienne of Carrot with Red Windsor
Tartlets of Chicken in Tarragon
Bouchees of Chopped Ham in a light Mustard Mayonaise

and Hot.
Chipolatas in Honey
Stilton Corks
Cubes of Pork and Apple Sauce
Goujonettes of Plaice – Tartar Sauce

Petits Fours

£13.25 including Wine.

Commander and Alderman Sir Robert Gillet Bt., G.B.E.,  R.D., D.Sc., R.N.R., replied to the toast to the Guests.

Presentation of Gifts to the Sheriffs – West Crypt. – Saturday  12th November

It is tradition that the Lord Mayor and the 2 Sheriffs receive gifts from their Livery Companies and Ward Clubs prior to the Lord Mayor’s Show. (Lord Mayor’s Day). In this era it was done on the morning of the show – at around 9.30am followed by a quick breakfast and then, off to take part in the Show. From around the 2010’s the timings were changed and this event takes place at 4.00pm after the “silent ceremony” – (The Swearing in of the Lord Mayor)

Lime Street Ward Club, presented Gifts to both the Sheriffs who had Ward and Ward Club connections

The Ward Club were specifically asked if they would be presenting an Illuminated Address to Sheriff Rodney Fitzgerald – they declined although it is very possible they gave one to our Club President Alderman and Sheriff Richard Charvett, R.D.

See a draft below

Committee Meeting – 5th Jan 1984 – Lloyd’s

The Master and 11 Members were in attendance, including the 2 new Lady Members who were attending their first Committee Meeting. They were warmly welcomed by the Master.

Membership – The Master proposed that the newly elected Alderman for Lime Street Ward (Mr Bryan Toye) be elected as a Member. Carried unanimously.

Assistant Hon. Sec.  It was noted that the rules allowed for an Asst Hon Sec and that Member Roland Hughes had volunteered for the roll. He would be interviewed to see if he was a suitable Candidate. He was. A very loyal servant of the Club for the next 35 years plus. (written in 2021).

Hon. Patron Agreed that the Club’s immediate Past Alderman and current President be granted the title of Hon Patron. A rule change to be put forward at the AGM.

Hon Members
Agreed that Rosemary Rawson be offered Hon Membership
Agreed that Hon Membership be offered to Peter Miller (new Chairman of Lloyd’s)

Ties and Brooches.
Past Master Dickie Bird pointed out that Langbourn Ward Club automatically presented ties to each male member and a brooch to female Members for “free”.
(Their subscription was £4.00p not £3.00p)  – agreed the concept of brooches to be considered.

 Church and the City – our Ward Church – Rector, Rev. Alan Cook
– Article written December 1983

December 1983 Newsletter  – Core topics?

The Church’s Annual Carol Service (sponsored by the Chartered Insurance Institute, whose Head Office was nowhere near here, (over in Aldermanbury) was announced (many years before the Ward Club had there own specific service).

Medieval Bible plays will take place in December – Twice nightly between 5th – 9th December.These productions were of Medieval Bible Plays. These plays were performed originally by travelling players and were the only way that illiterate people could learn and understand the major stories from the Bible. This year they were taken from the Wakefield Pagent

Lunchtime prayer and study groups continue successfully

Planned Church Restoration work in hand- the  last great effort was approx. 100 years previously.

Phase 1 – Roof repairs Completed

Phase 2 – The Boiler area and the Boiler planned for completion in 1984

Phase 3 – A cleaning and repair programme of the Organ

Master’s Report