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

Dennis Cotgrove CC, picture taken in 2010’s

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.
Upper Warden Mr Bryan Wakeham
Lower Warden Mr Roland Hughes
Hon Sec. Roland Hughes
Asst Hon Sec. Mrs Ann Benson
Hon Treasurer Mr Christopher Otter
Hon Auditor Simon Ive 

AGM and Dinner – The Baltic Exchange -19th February

A New Rule book was proposed and accepted at the AGM

Finances. The Treasurer reported that whilst the Club was in a good financial position 2 things needed to be remembered
– A major expense (Lord Mayor’s Show) was looming
– Our Cash position hid the fact that this included the Life Members subscriptions. Likely an increase in subscriptions in 1999

Donations for the coming year as follows were proposed and agreed.
St Peter upon Cornhill 250.00p
Lord Mayor’s Appeal 200.00p
Sheriffs and Recorders Fund 100.00p
This was going to be dropped as was not seen as an Annual donation. Debate ensued and it was agreed to reinstate formally as an Annual Donation.
Master’s Charity 50.00p

Financial Position
Cash 11,786,67p

– Collarettes 602.50p
– Ties 822.12p
– Brooches 139.94

– Cufflinks 203.79

120 approx + 67 (approx) Life Members

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

Committee Meeting 9th July – The Lamb – with a follow up Meeting 5th August


Master and 15 members in attendance.

Rule Book – ready to go out. Decided in the end not to issue as a Book but in A4 format

Insurance – no further action had been taken re investigating this. Agreed that Member Mark Gubbins would investigate and report back

Civic Lunch
Our Vice President and Sheriff was put in a slight quandary re his toast to the health of the Club on behalf of the Guests being both Member and Guest. The Lord Mayor suggested that he made his speech standing on one leg. (Did he?).

The Hon Sec highlighted one of the  problems of venue and date was that the Mansion House only finalised the LM diary 6 months before the event, the Guildhall took bookings 18 months in advance – a variation of this problem has persisted right the way though to the 2020’s.

Proposed and agreed that a Lord Mayor’s sub committee be formed

Meeting 5th August

Agreed re the format of the Rules be on A4 paper

Agreed in principle to propose an increase in membership subscription from 10.00p to 15.00p given likely outflow of funds shortly.
Suggested that consideration be given to asking Life Members to make a donation to Club Funds

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

Committee Meeting 14th Jan 1999  – The Lamb

Committee Meeting 14th February
Mark Gubbins reported on progress to date in his investigations and that he would report further at the next Meeting.

It was agreed to present Rev Coombs with a Silver paper knife. Obtained by the Asst Hon Sec. .

Agreed to appoint the Ward Beadle (Edward Kipping) an Hon Member.

140 Annual Members – 170 Life Members
Agreed after substantial debate and various suggestions it was agreed to propose at the AGM to increase Membership to £20 (from £10) and Life Membership to £200, plus ask existing Life Members to make a one off donation of £50.

Suggestions included

Increase to 15.00 (from 10.00)
20.00 (from 10.00)
15.00 for existing Members 20.00 for new
15 for Members +5.00 joining fee for new

“Life membership is to high”
“Life membership is too cheap”
5.00p charge to Life Members to cover costs
50.00 one off levy on Life Members

A replacement representative on the City of London Conservation Area Advisory Committee needed to be found after the retirement of Mr Nigel Warner after 11 years, following his move to the West county.
This Committee  does not get many mentions over the years, but one which the Ward Club definitely had a representative through to the 200’s.
“The Committee has a genuine influence on the shape and structure of the City, seeing and commenting on all Planning Applications prior to the main meeting of the Planning and Transportation Committee”