An article appeared in the October edition of a Magazine called Livery News
Very relevant when it was written at the end of 2002 and just as relevant when extracts were put into the Website in November 2020.
“Hon Sec. Ann Benson and Asst Hon Sec. Rowland Hughes are incredibly passionate about their role and indeed the significance that the Lime St Ward Club has in the City.
They see Ward Clubs as a vital cog in the City “Machine” and a stepping – stone to Livery Companies. (Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf said some year’s later “Ward Clubs are a force for good in the City”).
They see The Ward Club as being an important channel of communication between those working in the City and the Corporation and they also have Contacts with many of the Livery Companies that date back to the Middle Ages
Although they are essentially a Social Club, the community that has been created is an important part of the City of London’s life, although in recent years the social side of the City has become somewhat subdued and that it was a struggle to remain as important and significant today as in the past – a constant challenge.
Life has become more individualistically orientated and the sense of Community is struggling to survive in the City, therefore our role at the moment is to look to keep the Club vital, as we cannot let the purpose of Ward Clubs and the tradition they represent die.
Ward Clubs do not have the financial clout of Livery Companies yet Lime Street Ward Club still manages to donate a significant sum of money to charity each year, particularly the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the Sheriff and Recorders Fund.”