50th AGM – 22nd February – Saddle and Sirloin – Chesterfield house – Rood Lane

President, Master and 39 Members attended.

Donations in the Year
St Peter upon Cornhill £250.00
Friends of St Paul’s £200.00
Lord Mayor’s Appeal £200.00

Our 50th Anniversary Year

President Mr Alderman Bryan Toye
Vice President
 Mr Alderman David Howard
Hon Life Vice-President H Duckworth, Esq., C.B.E., J.P., F.R.S.H
Master Vincent Emms
Upper Warden Charles Bowman
Lower Warden Dennis Cotgrove
Hon Sec Roland Hughes
Hon Treasurer Vincent Emms
Asst Hon Sec Mrs Sally Anne Otten
Hon Auditor Mr S.J.A. Ive
Hon Chaplain Rev. Richard Coombes

March 20th – A visit to St Paul’s Cathedral. Not enough support – postponed until later in the year

Tuesday 30th April- Wine Tasting “Degustation France v New Zealand”

Very liitle information is available on this tasting except that the wine tasting was held at the City University Club in Cornhill – with the wines presented by David Evans involving a range of different specific grape varieties and a comparative tasting.

Note from the webmaster in 2021 – 1996 ? – Sauvignon Blanc would have been there. Pinot Noir – I wonder ?

Annual Service – St Peter, upon Cornhill – Wednesday 12th June

Led by Rev Richard Coombes (Priest in Charge and Hon Chaplain to Lime Street Ward Club)

Hymn 246 “Praise to the Almighty, King of Creation”

Lesson Psalm 127 – Read by the President

Lesson Luke 6 Vv46 -49

Hymn 512 “Through all the changing scenes of life”

Hymn 402 “A safe stronghold our God is still”

“Golden Jubilee” Civic Lunch Wednesday 12th June – The Crypt – Guildhall
We had hoped that as it was our 50th Anniversary that we might be able to get permission to utilise the Mansion House for our Annual Civic event ( we we used to do regularly many years back). Regrettably only 1 Ward Club can use the Mansion House in the year, The Lord Mayor’s.

At this very special Civic Lunch, the Ward Club’s 50th “Birthday”,

the Menu provided by “Party Ingredients” comprised;

Sole Terrine with Marinated Tiger Prawns and a Seafood Remolade – Stonleigh Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 1993

Medallions of Beef – “Prince Albert” – Spiced Red Cabbage, Fresh Horseradish Sauce – Chateaux Bel Air 1993

Coffee Meringue with Tia Maria Creme Anglaise – Dows Ruby Port 1987

Coffee, Mints

The Guest of Honour – Andrew MacKay, President Aldgate Ward Club

We donated £250 to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal

153 Members and Guests attended including The Lord Mayor Alderman John Chalstrey and The Lady Mayoress, Alderman and Sheriff Sir Peter Levene and Lady Levene

Committee Meeting 3rd July – The Lamb – Leadenhall Market

The Master and 17 Members attended

Discussion on minor issues at the Civic Lunch – Quality of the food was good, the faults minor and forgiveable.

Suggested that in future the Master chooses the Hymns for the annual Service and Harvest Festival to ensure that they well known.

Visit to St Pauls Cathedral (History and Music) with the Wren Singers

-This was originally booked for 20th March. Unfortunately there was not a good enough response to justify the overall minimum costs. It was re-arranged for 24th July in conjunction with another group. This time over 50 members and Guests attended what must have been a spectacular event.

They visited different stations within the Cathedral ending at the Chapel of Order of the British Empire, with Music and Singing of different eras (over 8 centuries) at different points.

Visit to State Rooms of Buckinham Palace 9th September

46 Members and Guests took part in this visit which must have been one of the first times that the Palace had been opened to the public.

After the visit they adjourned to “Carriages” Wine Bar – appropriate?

Harvest Festival – St Peter upon Cornhill, Wednesday 25th September

Led by Rev Richard Coombs MA. – Priest in Charge and Hon Chaplain

Hymn No 654 “We plough the fields and scatter…”
Lesson Genesis 1vv 26 -31a – Upper Warden
Lesson Matthew 7 vv 7 – 14 – Master
Hymn No 23 “O praise ye the Lord”
Hymn No 648 “Come ye thankful people come”

Gifts from Leadenhall Market taken to Queen Victoria’s Seamens’ Rest. (A decreasing number of gifts as less traders and more shops).

The event was followed by a light buffet in the Church.

 Joint Ward Club

In a letter to our new Alderman (Michael Everard) explaining the position of President and Vice President, it was specifically stated by the Hon.. Sec that the Club was a joint Ward Club and that it was a custom that the President be the Alderman of Lime Street and the Vice President be from Cornhill Ward.

Carol Service Tuesday 3rd December – St Peter – upon Cornhill

A letter sent to members in November said “…..the service will be followed by a meal and a glass of mulled wine at the City University Club, just down the road in Cornhill. This is a new venture for the Club and is an ideal opportunity for families to join in”
Led by Rev Richard Coombs MA. – Priest in Charge and Ward Club Hon Chaplain

Hymn No 83 “O come, O come Emmanuel…..
Choir All in the Morning
Lesson Isaiah 9 vv 2, 6-7 (Lower Warden)
Hymn No 10 “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Lesson Matthew 1 vv18 – 25 (Upper Warden)
Choir Past three a’ clock
Hymn No 117 The First Noel
Lesson Luke 2 vv1 – 7 (Master)
Hymn No 91 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Hymn No 106 O come all ye faithful

The congregation was led by The City Singers

 Committee Meeting – 16th Jan 1997 – The Lamb – Leadenhall Market

The Immediate Psst Master and 16 Members attended.

A short silence preceded the Meeting in respect for the Death of Past Master Harry Duckworth.

The IPM welcomed Alderman Michael Everard (Lime Street Ward) to the meeting

No nominations had been received for the position of Lower Warden (A situation not covered by the Rule Book). Hon Sec to write to all Past Masters requesting at least one nomination.

N.B. This is the first time that the process for nominating the Lower Warden according to the Rule Book has been mentioned.
The choice of Lower Warden fell to the Past Masters, who should put forward their recommendation(s) with an agreement to stand from the Candidate(s).

Noted that the Asst. Hon. Sec was standing down due to other commitments and recommended that Mrs Ann Benson take over.
Noted that the Hon. Treasurer was standing down due to his overseas travel commitments – suggested that Mr Christopher Otter takes his place.

Suggested that anyone seeking to join the Committee be advised that they were expected to attend Committee Meetings AND events.

The Master elect suggested that the Harvest Festival Service be replaced with a Carol Service – this was supported.
The Master elect queried the need for the Church Service before the Civic as it made the event into a whole day affair. After discussion it was agreed that this would continue