President Alderman Bryan Toye
Vice – President Alderman David Howard M.A.
Hon Vice President H Duckworth Esq CBE, JP, F.R.S.H.

Master  Mrs Christine Cohen CC
Upper Warden Vincent. E.Emms
Lower Warden  Charles Bowman
Hon Sec Roland Hughes
Asst Hon Sec Mrs Sally Anne Otten
Hon Treasurer Vincent Emms
Hon Auditor Simon.J.A.Ive

49th AGM and Dinner – 16th February – Saddle and Sirloin

No Minutes available.
A Rule change was proposed and passed that a Member of the Committee can remain on the Committee for three terms of three years not 2 terms as previously

Donations Made
St Peter upon Cornhill £250.00p
Lord Mayor’s Appeal £200.00p
Sheriff’s and Recorder’s Fund £100.00p
Save the Children – To BT after our visit £125.00p
Friends of St Paul’s £200.00p
RUC Widows and Orphans £200.00p

74 Members and Guests attended the Dinner at the Saddle and Sirloin – Rood Lane
Paris Mushrooms “Orlando”
Roast Leg of Lamb
Chocolate Truffle with Cointreau Ice Cream

Visit to the Barbican Conservatory 21st March

38 Members and Guests enjoyed a really interesting visit to this special Conservatory within the Barbican Complex.  The visit was led by Mr David Jones, the Corporation’s Superintendent of Parks and Gardens. A substantial supper followed at a local Italian Wine Bar.

Committee Meeting 13th July – The Habit – Crutched Friars

After the Meeting a talk by Mr David Raggett – Corporation of the City of London Assistant Solicitor. A very entertaining and eloquent speaker – with responsibility for the distribution of funds from the City Bridge Trust.

The Master and 15 Members attended.

Unanimous agreement on how well the minutes of the previous Meeting had been circulated. (Well in advance).

The Main part of the Meeting was about the next batch of ties, design, material, supplier , price.
Toye Kenning or Thresher and Glenny, Polyester or Silk Satin, A design based on the Cufflink Design or a Design based on Centered Shield between two gold lines.

Alderman Brian Toye arrived in the midst of the discussions and agreed to make the chosen design at a competitive price.

“Re the possible price of £15.00p being too expensive” with all due respect I wonder how many men buy their own ties, the price seems reasonable and the discussion about the price, unreasonable.”

Agreed in the end to purchase 100 ties £12.95 in total each

Visit to the Chelsea Physic Gardens – 26th June

There was meant to be a visit to the National Rose Collection, near St Albans but lack of replies from the Garden ensured that this did not take place.

58 Members and Guests took part in this early evening visit to this special garden in the centre of London. They saw a range of plants and herbs that have been used over centuries to cure a wide range of sickness and disease. It seems that people were less enamoured with the slightly sparse Buffet and staff to serve it.

Annual Church Service – St Peter’s upon Cornhill – 16th May

The Organist of St Peter’s who had been involved with many of our Services died suddenly a few weeks before this Service. His place was taken by Mr Paul Joslin.

The Service was conducted by Rev. John Cross Priest in Charge and Hon. Chaplain to the Ward Club
Hymn Praise the Lord the Almighty, the King of Creation
Lesson 1 Kings 3 Vv 5 – 15 Past Master Michael Beale
Lesson Matthew 6 Vv 19-34 – The Master
Hymn Through all the changing scenes of life


Hymn Firmly I believe and truly
This Hymn was a very specific request from the Master with the words not in the St Peter’s Hymn Book

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is one;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.

Simply to his grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong,
And I love supremely, solely,
Him the Holy, Him the Strong.

Adoration may be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and heaven,
Father,Son, and Holy Ghost.

J.H. Newman

Civic Luncheon – Tuesday 16th May – Old Library – Guildhall

This event was held in the presence of Past Lord Mayor Ald Sir Francis McWilliams, Lady McWilliams with the Chief Executive of the Royal Parks as the Guest Speaker.

Lunch Comprised:
Bouvet Brut Saumur

Delice of Trout Bellvue – Tarragon Sauce
– Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 1994
Medallions of Scotch Beef Fillet on Chopped Leeks and Burgundy Sauce
– Chianti Baroncinni 1992
Strawberry Tartlets – Quenelles of Whipped Cream
Coffee, Truffles
– Gould Campbell 10 Year Old Tawny Port

Ticket Price £43.50

Toastmaster Mr David Collins

Harvest Festival 20th September – St Peter’s – upon – Cornhill

This Service, although not a Ward Club event per se, was always well supported by Leadenhall Market and the Ward Club. This years service was more important that ever with the retirement of Rev John Cross and the licensing of Rev Richard Coombes as Minister in Charge of St Peter’s – upon – Cornhill. Gifts donated were given to The Royal Alfred Society who run two homes for retired sailors in Banstead. 27 attended from the Ward Club.

This was also the occasion to say farewell to Revd. John Cross who was retiring and for The Revd. Richard Coombes BSc MA to be licensed by the Archdeacon of London.

Hymn Come ye thankful people come
Lesson Isaiah 55 – Michael Beale CC
Hymn I will sing the wondrous story
Lesson Mark 15 Vv 21 – 32


Prayers and Licencing of Richard Coombs

Hymn Ye servants of God, ye masters proclaim


N.B. At a small reception after the Service the Rev. John Cross was presented with a CD Player and some cash which he spent very quickly on some new CDs – It was set up at his home very soon afterwards and thoroughly enjoyed.

Visit to Old Bailey – Monday 16th October

The visit started with an explanation of the workings of the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)

followed by a tour led by “The Secondary of London and Under Sheriff” – Group Captain John Constable.

After the visit, on finding themselves released the group retired to The City Pipe for a “substantial supper”!
Ticket Price £16.50

City Quiz and Auction in aid of the Christ’s Hospital School, Theatre Appeal – Thursday 26th October

This was run in connection with Bishopsgate Ward Club and the City of London Historical Society. The Ward Club were asked to support it.

Quiz and Charity Auction – launched by the Lord Mayor, Sir Christopher Walford.
Bumper Prizes
A raffle

The Quiz was organised by a specialist team of “gameshow administrators” – (Neville Russell – City Auditors)
£100 per team of 4

All profits went to the Christ’s Hospital Theatre Appeal

Red Cross Fair – Monday 27th November to Wednesday 29th November 

125th Anniversary of the founding of The Red Cross

The Wheel of Fortune was brought out again to do valiant service, supported strongly by Past Master Ron Garton and his wife Olive. Wioth Raffle ticket sales and a donation from the Club, raised over £1,000.

Committee Meeting – 11th January – The Lamb – Leadenhall Market

Noted that 100 had been purchased, with the new design from Toye Kenning. Some me sold at the Meeting

Visit to Bevis Marks Synagogue – 24th January ?

Very hard to tell if this ever went ahead.

Other things in the Year?

The Master attended Langbourn Ward Club Civic Lunch

Sold out of Cufflinks 16 in stock – sold 17!
Very few ties left – ordered 100.
Plenty of discussion re the new design, which similar to the Ward Club’s cufflinks
Bought the ties from Cornelia James, via Bryan Toye.