President Alderman Michael Everard CBE BA DSc
Vice President Alderman David Howard
Master Roland Hughes FCA
Qualified as a Chartered accountant in 1975 (FCA 1980). Has worked in insurance / reinsurance all his career. Finance director of Rattner Mackenzie. Freeman of the City, Member of the Worshipful Company of Poulters since1990 (Became Master in 2015/16)
Upper Warden John Tuff
Lower Warden John Bristow

Silly Fact In this era all communications were sent out by post – one example on the file was 295 letters. By 2014, with a great deal of effort the post was down to 45 – the rest by e-mail, by 2017 35, by 2020 15, of which only 2 actually attend events,

Change of Plan The Hon Auditor Mr Simon Ive had had to stand down owing to family pressures and at very short notice.
Committee Member Michael Brecknall carried out the Audit but resigned from the Committee as he felt that having agreed to take on the role of Hon Auditor there might be seen to be a clash of interests. His decision was accepted with regret.

St Peter upon Cornhill moved under the “control” of St Helens. Rev Nigel Beynon appointed as Hon Chaplain to the Ward Club

Sad news Past Master Charles Bowman died February 2000

AGM  – Lloyd’s 17th February 2000

Master and 36 Members attended

Matters of interest
It was confirmed that Mr Max Taylor (Chairman of Lloyd’s) would take up Honorary Membership of the Club for the length of his tenure.

Annual Dinner – Lloyd’s 17th February 2000
A Reception in the Nelson Gallery was followed by the Dinner.
73 Members and their guests enjoyed the Annual Dinner in the Captain’s Room – although it seem’s that a shortage of wine and port for the toasts for a few tables and missing vegetables on another added to the excitement of the evening.

The Menu comprised.
Smoked Halibut with sweet cucumber dressing – Chardonnay Domaine de Mont d’Hortes
Fillet of Scotch Beef with Red Wine and pulses – Chateau Haut Rian

Vanilla Iced mousse with Mango

Coffee and Truffles

The Guest Speaker was Alderman Michael Savory, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Poulters and also of The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, who in closing proposed the Toast to The Lime Street Ward Club.

14 Members and Guests enjoyed a personal guided tour around one of the oldest surviving City businesses.

A Buffet lunch followed in the Aldgate Exchange

A Reception in the Nelson Gallery was followed by the Dinner.

Annual Service Wednesday 28th June 2000 – St Michael’s Cornhill

This year’s Service was held at St Michael’s as our normal venue – St Peter’s Cornhill was being restored.
The Service was lead by Rev Nigel Beynon – the Hon Chaplain of our Ward Club

Hymn No 393 Lead us heavenly father lead us
First Lesson John 1 V 1 to John 2 v 2 – The President
Second Lesson – The Master
Hymn No 368 Guide me O thou great redeemer
Sermon Canon MAH Melinsky
Hymn No 488 Jerusalem

Civic Lunch – Wednesday 28th June 2000 – Guildhall, The Crypts

121 Members and their guests joined the Master, the Lord Mayor (Sir Clive Martin), Sheriff Mr Robert Finch for this highlight of the Ward Club’s Year. The Menu was provided by Payne and Gunter and comprised;
Hors D’oeuvres Charcuterie – Vin d’Alsace Domaines Schlumberger – 1998
Breast of Guinea Fowl, Wild Mushrooms, Madeira Sauce – Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja 1995
Summer Fruit Soufflé – Veuve Cliquot Silver Lable Demi-Sec
Coffee and Petits Fours – Taylors 10 Year Old Tawny Port

The Toast to the Lime Street Ward Club was proposed by Mr Drummond Abrams FCA. A retired Chartered Accountant, who apparently became far busier in retirement than prior. Actively involved in a incubator fund, on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a presentation slot on Southern FM local radio. amongst others.
Toastmaster – Mr Bernard Sullivan M.B.E

There was some very positive feedback from those who attended.
Price £53.00pp

Committee Meeting 6th July 2000 – The Lamb

Master and 17 Members in attendance

Matters of interest
A question was raised re the number of Guests that the Ward Club had to pay for at the Civic Lunch – total 15 including The Civic Party and entourage (5) Hon Chaplain and his wife, Guest Speaker and his wife, Bishopsgate (2), Langbourn (2), Aldgate (1) pus 2 out-mess supporting the Mayoral Party, Organist and Toastmaster.

Plans for the Lord Mayors Show float were well in hand.

Mr Michael Brecknell stood down from the Committee in view of other major commitments, but kindly agreed to remain as Hon Auditor.

Talk by Mr Trevor Brighan, Archaeologist – Thursday 26th October – The Lamb, Leadenhall Market.

One of the major city office blocks, Plantation House (the site of Plantation Place in the 2,000’s), was demolished at the end of the 1990’s opening up a major site for a few months to the City’s Archaeologists. This talk given by one of the team from the Museum of the City of London Archaeology Services and explained the importance of the site, what was found and learnt. The evening closed with a hot finger buffet for 45 members and guests.

Lord Mayor’s Pageant (Show) 11th November

A great deal of hard work and creativity

Coloured version to come of the following

culminated in a an amazing float and for those who took part a truly memorable day out. The overall theme was “The Market Place of the World”.

Mark Gubbins managed to convince Bass Charrington to lend us a Tango/Britvic lorry

Julie Gubbins came up with the concepts including “borrowing” a Lloyd’s Waiter and getting a real Bell (mock up of the Lutine Bell) from The White Chapel Bell Foundry.

Past Master Roger Earthrowl and Asst Hon Sec Ann Benson (Hon Sec and Master to be).

“We had a very prominent position at the front of the Parade”
“We all got an amazing thrill from from the wonderful feedback from the Crowds lining the streets”
“Every time we rang the Bell, heads turned in our direction?”
“We got a short shot on TV”

We had a block allocation of seats near St Pauls with many members enjoying the Show and then a Thai style Buffet at Singapura, nearby.

Presentation to the Lord Mayor and Breakfast – 11th November

It is tradition that that Livery and Ward Clubs most closely associated with the Sheriffs and Lord Mayor present them with gifts on the morning of the Show. (The timing of this event was changed in the 2,000’s to be after the Silent Ceremony, the afternoon before)

The Delegation comprised:
The Master
Lower Warden
Past Master William Kelloe
Hon. Sec

Re What was presented? Wait to find out, when I do:)

Annual Carol Service – St Peter’s Cornhill – Tuesday 5th December

Regrettably the Carol service was not held in this year owning to lack of support.
The congregation were to have been led in the singing by The City Singers. Supper venue had been changed to Balls Bros (Mincing Lane) – Supper would have comprised Tomato Soup, Lamb Casserole and Bread and Butter Pudding – Cost £25.

In 2001 a change of structure of the evening – encouraged a growth in numbers again.

Wine Tasting 24th January – Five Kings – Queen Street Place

A full house (54) Members and Guests enjoyed presentations from Julie and Mark Gubbins (Club Members and Past Masters) on the theme of “good bye (buy)”.

10 Wines were presented – all sourced from Oddbins;
Pinot Blanc – Alsace
Chardonnay Burgundy
Pinot Noir – Burgundy
Syrah/Grenache St Chinian
Mouvedre / Grenache / Cinsault/ Syrah – Rhone
Tempanillo – Rioja
Cabernet Sauvignon – South Australia
Zinfandel – Sonoma/USA

Finishing with 2 “Stickies” (Supper wines)
Chardonnay – Walker Bay/RSA
Peraquita/Camarate – Alenquer/Portugal

There was also a presentation from a member of WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) . Supper followed Beef Fillet and Mushroom Kebabs – Salmon en Croute followed by Cheese and Biscuits. £33.50.

A Special Event – A Private Reception (and a personal guided tour) – Mansion House 14th February 2001


Officers, Committee Members, Active Past Masters were invited by the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress.

A quotation from the Master’s letter to Sir David and Lady Howard says it all. “We did not realise what expert guides you were. Your enthusiasm for both your year in office and your year in residence were plain to see, both cpmmunicated it with great style and relish”

“A superb finale to my year”