Master. Mr Michael.J.Beale C.C. of Lime Street Ward.
Michael was Born on 12th June 1939 becoming a Cadet at Pangbourne Nautical college in 1953.
Spent 3 years with The NZ Shipping Company but decided the sea was not for him. Left and joined BMC (British Metal Corporation), becoming known as Amalgamated Metal Corp of which he became Divisional Director (1973) becoming MD.
Member of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
President. Alderman Christopher Rawson
Hon Secretary. James Newby F.C.I.B. P.M.
Hon Treasurer. Vincent Emms
Having had a very active year, a quieter year is on the horizon.
AGM Dinner – Room 9 – Gallery Floor – Lloyd’s followed by Dinner in the Captain’s Room.
At the AGM a rule change was proposed, introducing the concept of Life Membership, with a Subscription of £50. This was passed but not after a discussion on the amount of the suggested subscription. There is a letter on file that puts across a view that it should only be £30.
Whilst it may turn out to be a bargain in the longer term for some Members, £50 seems a heavy outlay for the average Member – “Annual membership was £3.oo and at £30 more might take it up. I have been a member for 21 years and many members come and go – if the average is about 10 then £30 seems fair.
N.B. This particular Member was still a Member 38 years later:)
57 Members and 58 Guests
Escallope of Veal Bergarrette, Petit Pois
Coffee and Mints
House White/Red Wine (3 Glasses per head)
The Speaker replying on behalf of the guests was John Hart – (Past Sheriff (1979/80)
In a letter from Michael to Immediate Past Master, Bill Kelloe he refers to the evening being slightly marred by an incident… “I will write a letter to ……, which I hope will be the end of the matter. (No letter on the file!)
Honorary Membership offered to Chairman of Lloyd’s – Peter Green. (Received his Knighthood in June 1982.)
“During the past few years a close association and understanding has developed between the Committee of Lloyd’s and the Lime Street Ward Club. This was made extremely clear when you invited us as CC’s to play a prominent part in the inauguration of the working of the New Lloyd’s Building, by H.M. The Queen Mother.
It is with this close liaison in mind and as a gesture of our gratitude to you for all you have achieved for Lloyd’s that we offer you Honorary Membership of Lime Street Ward Club.”
It was accepted and presented at the Civic Lunch, where (Sir) Peter Green, replied on behalf of the guests and proposed the toast to Lime Street Ward Club.
Church Service at St Peter upon Cornhill and the Civic Luncheon – The Crypt – Guildhall – 20th May
46 Members and 136 guests plus The Lord and Lady Mayoress together with Mr. Sheriff Anthony Eskenzi,were in attendance.
Asparagus / Melted butter – Gewurtztraminer 1979
Salmon Trout Nantua – Tavel Rosé
Kiwi Fruit and Lime Torte – became Pineapple Surprise on the day
Coffee with Quinta do Noval LBV or Prunier Family Reserve Cognac
Peter Green Chairman of Lloyd’s received his Honorary Membership of the Ward Club and closed proceeding with proposing the Toast to the Lime Street Ward Club
After the event there were some altercations between Lloyd’s and our Hon.Treasurer regarding paid/unpaid bills. Lloyd’s sent the bills addressed to an individual at his Company and kept chasing the Company for non-payment – (4 months), when all the time the Bill had been paid by the Ward Club. A few very not happy people.
Associate Ward Clubs – (Sub-Committee of the United Wards Club) Annual Reception – 30th September
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. Finger Buffet, small Orchestra. The 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.
To save costs for the event itself, each Ward Club was asked if they would circulate the individual letters to their members. Those that said No, were asked to provide envelopes so the Organiser could send them out. We said yes.
Finger Buffet – Trinity House – Tuesday 19th October
The last event of the year but apparently the first time that the Ward Club be able to use Trinity House. “A unique location for your Ladies and your Guests”
40 Members and 94 Guests enjoyed great surroundings a good company, whist enjoying:
Freixenet Cordon Negro (Spanish Sparkling Wine)
Smoked Salmon in Brown Bread
Turkey and Peach in White Bread
Creamed Stilton on Celery
Melon with Parma Ham
Profiteroles of smoked Trout
Stuffed Prunes with Celery Cheese
Barquettes of Curried Prawns
Pork and Pineapple Medalions
Chipolatas with Mustard
Devils on Horseback
Chicken Livers and Bacon Rolls
Deep Fried Banana – Apricot Dip
Goujonettes of Plaice – Tartar Sauce
£12.50 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.