President Ald Michael Everard
Vice President
Alderman David Howard
Mr Dennis Cotgrove

A special year as Upper and Lower Warden’s Badges (very kindly donated by the Hon Sec (and Lower Warden) of the time, Mr Roland Hughes and Mr Bryan Wakeham – Upper Warden.

they were presented to the Ward Club at the AGM and used for the first time.

Lower Warden Mr Roland Hughes
Upper Warden
Mr Bryan Wakeham

Departure The Rev Richard Coombs was presented with a silver letter opener in thanks for his past support of the club.

Membership Fees There was obviously a long debate on this topic with a range of proposals. In the end it was agreed that the revised Membership Fee would be £20, Life Membership £200. It was also suggested that Life Members make a one off contribution of £50 to assist towards increased administration charges…..

AGM and Dinner – The Baltic Exchange -19th February

A New Rule book was proposed and accepted at the AGM – copy on file.

92 Members and Guests enjoyed;
Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish Sauce
Sirloin of Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Lemon Tart with Fresh Cream
House Wine

Guest Speaker
Mr James Davis CBE, MA, FCIT, FICS, FRSA a leading figure of the Shipping world and apparently a very entertaining speaker (“I hope you are not seeking great gravitas from me on this evening”)


Visit to the Old Bailey – Monday 2nd March

With the active support of our Alderman and Sheriff David Howard a visit to this fascinating and intimidating building was arranged for almost 50 people (Max 40 :)) The guided tour was given by “The Secondary of London and Under Sheriff” Group Captain John Constable (what a name for the equivalent of the Chief Administrator of this Court. The title was dropped in 2018). After the tour of the building, No 1 Court and the cells, Dinner was held in the Judges Dining Room.

Annual Church Service – St James’ Garlickhythe

Led by the Hon Chaplain. Rev. Richard Coombes MA
Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Amighty, the King of Creation
1st Lesson – Proverbs Ch 3 Verses 21 – 55 – Deputy Michael Beale, CC, PM
2nd Lesson – James Ch 4 Verses 1 – 16 – The Master
Hymn Father hear the Prayer we offer
Hymn Lift up your hearts, we list them Lord to thee

Civic Luncheon – Monday 15th June – Painter-Stainers’ Hall, Little Trinity Lane

96 Members and Guests attended this year’s Civic Lunch in the presence of The Lord Mayor Richard Nichols and the Lady Mayoress.
They enjoyed;
Fillet of Red Mullet and a bed of exotic leaves with a Lime Butter Dressing
– Chardonnay Laroche 1996
Lamb cutlets Reform – La Serre Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Sorbet and Ice Creams in a Brandy Snap Basket
Coffee and Mints – Croft LBV or VSOP Brandy

Reception in Middle Temple Garden with a visit to Middle Temple Hall – Thursday 16th July

36 Members and Guests enjoyed Middle Temple Sparkling Wine, Seven “English Cocktail Dishes” in this beautiful garden set inside Middle Temple. Apparently there was a competition for the best dressed “flapper” – no news on who won unfortunately. £24.50pp

Visit to Deakes Manor – Cuckfield – Sussex – Sunday 6th September

A relaxing Family day out at Past Master Wilfred Archibald’s lovely house in the middle of the Sussex countryside. Members and their guests revisted Deakes Mannor after a period of 5 years to enjoy a Barbecue and stroll, sit, play croquet, golf, tennis or swim.
Sounds like a lovely relaxing day out. I wonder if the weather was good ?

Wine Tasting at Coopers’ Hall – 22nd October – A voyage around France

The Journey was led by Committee Member Mark Gubbins and included 3 white wines, five red wines and Champagne to finish, all accompanied by matching cheeses. The beautiful Coopers’ Hall, a classic Georgian House would have provided a perfect backdrop to what was a very entertaining and enjoyable event for 32 Members and guests.
Cost £20pp

Annual Carol Service 1st December

Creator of the stars at night – Choir
Carol Once in Royal David’s City
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came – Choir

O little town of Bethlehem
First Lesson – The Master
Carol In the bleak Mid Winter
Second Lesson – Luke Ch 1 Verses 26-388 – The Upper Warden
So blessed be the tyme – Choir
Carol Hark the Herald Angels sing
Third Lesson Matthew Ch 2 Verses 1 – 12 The Lower Warden
Carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The Carol of Adoration – Choir
Carol O Come All Ye Faithful

The City Singers
Organist – Mr James Cross

After the service 32 people joined together for Supper at the City University Club