President Alderman John Stuttard, MA.
Vice – President Alderman Sir David H.S. Howard, Bt

Master
At the time of becoming Master Peter had worked in the City for almost exactly 30 years specialising in Non-Marine Liability insurance. A Liveryman within The Worshipful Company of Poulters. Members of various other City organisations including the Royal Society of St George.
Upper Warden Roger Earthrowl
Lower Warden Mark Gubbins

Hon Sec Ann Benson
Hon Treasurer Christopher Otter

AGM and Annual Dinner – 20th February – The Captain’s Room – Lloyd’s

AGM – Matters of Interest
Red Cross Fayre

A sub-committee was created to consider the way forward for the Club’s involvement, given the retirement of Ronnie Garton.
It was felt that the very successful “Wheel of fortune” had run its path.

Minor Rule change
Rule used to say that the AGM had to be in the third week of February – this was changed, at the suggestion of Mark Gubbins to read “February”

Annual Dinner – 20th February – Captain’s Room Lloyd’s

This year’s Annual Dinner was attended by 75 Members and their guests with the Guest Speaker being Mr Tom McGrath OBE, Deputy Chairman, Marsh Ireland, the Chairman of the Irish Tourist Board and an ambassador for The Prices Trust. – apparently in “an earlier life”, he was also a comedian.
The Master specifically made the point that the ladies present were very welcome.

The Menu (costing £38 inc a 1/2 bottle of wine) comprised;

Tartlet of Vine Tomatoes and roquefort with basil oil
Pave of Salmon Celeriac fondant, tarragon and champagne
Bramley Apple Crumble with vanilla ice cream and blackberry sauce

It was provided by Avenance
Many compliments were made during and after the Dinner.

Visit to Freemasons Hall  –  Saturday 5th April

A really fascinating and enjoyable Morning for 32 Members and their guests involving both a guided tour of the Grand Temple, Library and time to look round the museum.

Over the morning we learnt about the History of Masonry, viewed some amazing pieces of Masonic related Art, China…..
Probably for most it was the visit to the Grand Hall that was the most memorable, a stunning room and two very large bronze doors leading into it

These are perfectly balanced and can be moved with simple push. (Or possibly the cleaning system, dating from the 1930’s where there is an internal vacuum system running through out the building – cleaners just come into a room and plug their “vacum cleaner” into a socket in the wall and the dust is sucked out into the central system – very American)
This building was built between 1927 – 1933 funded from donations from all over the world

After the tour the group went off to a local pub (Hercules Pillars) for a very convivial Buffet lunch with a glass or 2 of wine.

Member’s Only Evening – Thursday 1st May

44 Members enjoyed a convivial evening on the Upper Floor of The Lamb in Leadenhall Market. It seems that various people had commented that they did not get enough time to meet with other members at more formal functions – thus this specific Member’s Only event.

Annual Church Service and Civic Lunch – Thursday 5th June

Annual Church Service
This year’s Service was led by Rev Nigel Beynon – the Club’s Chaplain
Hymn No 587 He who would valiant be
Lesson John 14 v 1-7  – The President
Lesson 1 John 4 v 7 – 11 – The Master
Hymn No 546 The King of Love my Shepherd is
Hymn No 160 Praise to the Holiest in the height

Civic Lunch – The Old Library – Guildhall

120 Members and guests enjoyed this event, which this year was held in The Old Library, in the Presence of Mr Sheriff Martin Clarke. The Lord Mayor (Alderman Gavyn Arthur) had planned to attend but had to withdraw to attend a lunch involving King Abdullah II of Jordan at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The Menu comprised;

Salad of Asparagus, Baby Spinach, Pancetta, Poached Quails Egg with Hazlenut Dressing – Cheverny Domain Francis Cazin, 2001

Pot Roasted Guinea Fowl, Braised Red Cabbage, Baby Turnips, New Potatoes with chives – Brouilly Domaine Yvan Chavrier 2001
– the wine was changed at the last minute

Date and Armagnac Pudding – Dows’ LBV 1996 or Armagnac

Coffee and Chocolate Turtles.

The toast to the health of the Lime Street Ward Club was given by The Rt Hon. Lord Strathclyde, Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords. Before entering politics he had been an insurance broker. He arrived in a wheelchair, and only as guests were being seated – the Master was on “tenterhooks”

Toastmaster – Bernard Sullivan M.B.E.

Committee Meeting  – The Lamb 3rd July

Matters of interest
Debate about using Lloyd’s for the AGM and Dinner in 2004. Decided to continue with it for 2004 but other possibilities might be considered in 2005 including the City Livery Club.
A year in which the City Boundaries were reviewed for the first time in possibly centuries. (Map to be added at a later date)
 – a tiny strip of Billingsgate Ward that ran between Lime Street and Cornhill Wards (Down Bishopsgate and Gracechurch Street) was removed.
See the notes below re “Walking the Bounds”

A year when rising to Mayoralty was no longer based on Seniority but on Agreement by the Aldermen. This created a degree of uncertainty re when our Alderman might proceed to become Sheriff and Lord Mayor. (Turned out to be much sooner, rather than later).

Visit to the River Police at Wapping  – Tuesday 8th July

25+ Members and Guests attended what must have been a very informative and entertaining presentation on the role of the River Police – who form part of the Metropolitan Police even though the City of London is responsible for The Pool of London. The talk, at Marine support Unit HQ was given by Bob Jeffries who at the time was in the process of training for his  City “Blue Badge” (Guide). There is no clue as to which “hostelry” the group moved onto although it seems likely that it was one of – Captain Kidd, Town of Ramsgate or The Prospect of Whitby, all within easy walking distance.

Walking the Bounds  – 3rd September

The first redrawing of the Ward boundaries for several centuries took place in 2003. Thus, a walk following the revised boundaries of Lime Street Ward, which increased slightly in size as a result of the Boundary changes (we are still a small ward in terms of physical size). It was also the first time that the Ward Boundaries did not go through the middle of buildings (often!). We gained a section at the top of St Mary Axe from Bishopsgate Ward, but they retained the parallel section fronting onto Bishopsgate and the Northern side of St Helen’s Place (including Leathersellers’ Hall at this time).
N.B. Further changes were made in 2013 where we lost the southern part of Leadenhall Market.  The Guide was Bob Jeffries (See River Police above) who had just qualified as a Blue Badge Guide. The walk finished with a Buffet Supper at the Grapes in Lime Street for approx 30 people.

Total cost for the event – with Cash Bar £16.00

Breakfast at Billingsgate – 10th October

A small group (17) of very hardy souls were up at the crack of dawn for a visit to Billingsgate Fish Market
– a visit kindly arranged by Past Master David Butcher.

Certain to have been quite chilly in the Market itself,

making the hot Kedgeree afterwards even more enjoyable.

A small group (17) of very hardy souls were up at the crack of dawn for a visit to Billingsgate Fish Market – a visit kindly arranged by Past Master David Butcher. Certain to have been quite chilly in the Market itself, making the hot Kedgeree afterwards even more enjoyable.

Wine and Cheese Tasting St Olave’s Church Hall – 4th November

Rioja and Tapas – Wine and Cheeses from the Iberian Peninsula and Islands. With Mark Gubbins’ choice of wines, enthusiasm and knowledge  coupled with Cheeses from the International Cheese Centre at Liverpool Street, a great evening was had by all. Unfortunately nobody kept a copy of the List of Wines or Cheeses – shame, bet they were good.

Special General Meeting

As agreed at the AGM a decision to amend the rules regarding the period in which the AGM was to be held  – on any date in February not just in the 3rd week of February was supported.

Red Cross Fayre  – Guildhall  – 25-26 November

The Lime Street stand in recent years had only really been successful because of the efforts of Ronnie Garton and his family.

After their retirement, and with a great deal of time and effort the Ward Club launched a new fund raising venture, a Board Game involving answering various clues and trying to ascertain where a “crock of gold was hidden.
With a great deal of hard work from Messrs, John Tuff, Roger Earthrowl, Robert Woodthorpe Brown, Stanley Lui and Peter Cave
£275 was raised, with a further £240 raised through the sale of Raffle Tickets. It was agreed that a simpler variation of the Treasure Hunt would be needed in 2 years time.
The event overall raised approx £77,000.

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

60 friends and members attended this year’s Service, which was presided over by our Hon Chaplin Rev Nigel Beynon. The Choir from St Mary The Virgin – Shoeburyness, led by Michael Crabb were, as usual in excellent voice and really added to the proceedings. Organist James West.

Introit (Choir) Sleepers Awake  – Mendelssohn
Once in Royal David’s City
Choir Still, Still, Still arr Philip Leger
O little town of Bethlehem

Lesson Isaiah P v 2 – 7
O Come all ye faithfull
Lesson Matthew 1 v 18 – 25
Ding, dong, ding (Piae Cantiones) arr G.R. Woodward
Solo – Roy Phillips – The Oxford Carol
Lesson Matthew 2 v 1 – 12
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Lesson John 3 v 16 – 21
Choir – Mater Ora Filium – Harrison Oxley
The Holly and the Ivy

In addition many people very kindly brought gifts, brightly wrapped for the “under 5s” which were collected by the Good Shepherd Mission, Bethnal Green, who were extremely appreciative.

Committee Meeting – Wednesday Jan 24th – The Grapes, Lime Street

Items of Interest
Increase in subscriptions due to many of the Life members reverting back to an annual subscriptions.
Advice that Dep William Archibald had lost most of his sight and that he was standing down as CC. It was proposed that he be Appointed an Hon Vice President – this was fully supported at the meeting.
Number of CC’s for Lime Street Ward to be reduced from 4 to 3 at next election – (in 2013 reverted to 4)
Quite a long debate re St Helens which is now in our Ward and the use of St Peter upon Cornhill for our Carol Service.
Overall felt that it was at the Master’s discretion re the venue, but that this whole topic might be raised at a later AGM.