President Alderman Michael Everard, CBE – a change in Alderman
Vice President Alderman David Howard M.A.
Master Charles Bowman FCII, FBIBA, CC
Upper Warden Dennis Cotgrove CC
Lower Warden Bryan Wakeham

Hon Sec Roland Hughes
Hon Treasurer Christopher Otter (New)
Asst Hon Sec
Ann Benson (New)
Hon Auditor
S.J.A.Ive

Note. Mr Harry Duckworth, Past Master and Hon Life Vice President died in early January

AGM and Dinner 20th February – Saddle and Sirloin Chesterfield House, Rood Lane EC3 (The “Posh” part of the Mecca Catering Group)

The immediate Past Master sent a Message of thanks to all the Committee and Members for their support during the year, wishing them well for the evening – he was in Baku. The Fax ended with the following “Remember that if you lie down with the dogs you get up with the fleas”

An interesting comment taken from a letter from a  Member to the Hon Sec regarding seeking new people to join the Committee and the future of the Ward Club.
“From the personal experience of listening to the younger generations attitude to present day life, they appear to have little time for the more “traditional ” ways of life that we have seen as an essential part of City and Business life in past years. It is little wonder that values re changing when one reads of the Leesons and Horlicks of this world, not to mention the problems in the heart of Lime Street Ward??”

Rule Book
In reviewing the proof the Hon Sec had noted various anomalies and it was agreed to hold back the printing until these had been corrected.

Donations
St Peter upon Cornhill 250.00p
Lord Mayor’s Appeal 200.00p
Sheriff and Recorder’s Fund 100.00p

Red Cross Fair
Pointed out that “to achieve the amounts raised in the past, would require contributions for the stall AND people to man it” – somethings never change.

New Members
The Master highlighted the need for encouraging new members

Finances
Cash 10,939.78
Assets
– Collarrettes 803.33
– Ties               964.41
– Brooches     139.94
–  Cufflinks          –

Membership ? Would appear to be approx 120 based on subscriptions +65 Life Members

The Dinner
67 members and Guests attended the Dinner. £35 per person. The Guest speaker was Phillip Willoughby JP, CC – the previous year’s Chief of the Court of Common Council (Chief Commoner)

Visit to Museum of London  – 30th April

A private visit for 32 members and their guests, followed by a Buffet Supper with wine in the Terrace Room.
Poached Salmon with Dill Mayonaise
Spinach, Tomato and Mozarella Quiche
Lemon Syllabub
Provided by Milburns £16.50 inc VAT per person.

Some of the highlights included the recently created “London Now” Gallery (London over the previous 50 years – from the end of the 2nd World War) and the “Catwalk” described as a “fast track view of the history of the City of London”, including interactive displays and 50 fascinating facts along the way.

Annual Church Service, St Peter upon Cornhill – Thursday 12th June

Led by Revd Richard Coombs MA, Priest in Charge and Hon Chaplain of the Lime Street Ward Club
Hymn No 246, Praise to the Lord Almighty, King of Creation
Lesson Isaiha 40 vv 27 – 31 – President
Lesson Matthew 6 vv 19 – 24 – The Master
Hymn No 244, O God our help in ages past
Hymn No 365, O Jesus I have promised

Civic Lunch – The Crypts, Guildhall, Thursday 12th June

137 Members and guests took part in this very important annual event where they were joined by The Lord Mayor (Sir Roger Court) and the Sheriff (Mr Keith Knowles).

Guest Speaker who replied on behalf of the guests – The Chief Commoner Michael Bramwell Esq

Oak Smoked Salmonwith Scottish Trout Mousse – Chateau Haut Rian 1995 – A.C. Bordeaux
Medallions of Veal, Orange and Lemon Caramalised Sauce – Chorey les Beaune 1991, Domaine Arnould
Toffee Pudding, Dates and Walnuts, Toffee Cream Sauce
Coffee and Sweetmeats – Port or Cognac

 Committee Meeting – 10th July – The Lamb – Leadenhall Market.

The main topics of conversation, on what was a very hot day it seems, was the meal at the Civic Lunch and proposed amendments to the Rules. (Will do a separate note on the Rules, in due course.

Quite a few complaints about the Catering and questions why the specific Caterer (Chester Boyd) was chosen. (Lord Mayor was on the Board of CB) .

The Hon Sec was instructed “in no uncertain terms” to book UPSTAIRS at the Lamb or find an alternative venue.

Venue for 1998 AGM. A new venue would have to be found as lease at Saddle and Sirloin expiring. Baltic Exchange or Lloyd’s was suggested. (To be investigated)

College of Arms 8th September

A visit led for the Ward Club by Portcullis Pursuivant, William Hunt, TD who explained the history and role of the College in addition to showing some fine examples of the work carried out at the College. Over 40 (44) people attended (Normal Max being 40). The Hon Sec received various phone calls after the event (unusual) showing how much this event was enjoyed by all. Supper was provided by the “Housekeeper” ( his wife) which was really enjoyed by all who attended.

Red Cross Fair – Wheel of Fortune 27th – 29th October

As usual the Ward Club supported the fair, with the purchase of Raffle Tickets and provision of prizes for this very popular stall.

A lunchtime visit to Mansion House – 14th October

A short guided tour given by the Lord Mayor’s Hall Keeper, preceded by a glass of wine…. at The Mithras Wine Bar, Bucklesbury House. Walbrook.

Alderman David Howard M.A. Common Councilman for Cornhill Ward from 1972, appointed Sheriff of the City of London.

On Lord Mayor’s Day Saturday 8th November, The Ward Club presented Alderman David Howard MA with a very colourful scroll congratulating him on his appointment, noting that his father and grandfather had also been made Sheriff.
The Presentation was made by The President, Deputy Archibald, Junior Warden and the Hon Secretary.

Carol Service – St Peter upon Cornhill – Tuesday 2nd December

The annual service where the singing was led by The City Singers was followed by a glass of Mulled Wine and supper at the City University Club £18.50. (54 Members and Guests)

Committee Meeting – The Lamb  – 7th January 1998

Past Master Christine Cohen (Chair) and 17 Members in attendance.

Some negative comments on the food after the Carol Service. Advised that Budget was tight given the costs of the Choir….
Catering and the Civic. A letter of apology had been received from the Caterers.
– there was extensive comment with an outcome suggesting that the Budget need to be increased for this event.

Discussion on an increase Membership Subscriptions – agreed to defer for at least one year.

Discussion on Life Membership and whether Life Members should be asked for a further payment on a Voluntary Basis (not a levy)
The Hon Sec pointed out that it was extremely likely that Alderman David Howard would become Lord Mayor fairly shortly (He was elected Sheriff in 1997) which would involve substantial outflow of funds for the Ward Club, with the funds then having to be replenished.
Hon Treasurer asked to prepare a Cash Flow report for the next Committee Meeting.

Insurance
The Master had ascertained that the Master’s Jewel was not insured. suggested that the insurance professionals on the Committee investigate insurance coverage including Third Party Liability.

Lady Guests
It was proposed and agreed that Lady Members be allowed to attend the AGM Dinner. One Member dissented.