President Mr Alderman John Stuttard
Vice President Mr Alderman Sir David Howard
Master Roger Earthwrol
Upper Warden Mark Gubbins
Lower Warden Ann Benson
Hon Treasurer Christopher Otter
Asst Hon Sec Ms Wendy Kiernan
Hon Auditor Mr Michael Brecknall
Hon Chaplain The Rev Michael Beynon
Committee Meeting – Date to be completed
It was reported that:
Past Master Michael Beale had resigned from Common Council after 25 years representing Lime Street Ward.
At the Election later in the year, Mary Lou Carrington was elected.
A proposal was put to the Court of Aldermen that due to the heavy duties of the Lord Mayor that Dinners and Lunches with Livery and Ward clubs be curtailed. We (and many others) protested against this strongly. A decision was deferred whilst further soundings were taken. Proposal was dropped, although it seemed likely that less overall events such as Ward Club Civic Lunches…. would be put into the LM’s Diary going forward.
Red Cross It was decided not to take part in the next Market as resources were thin. Money would be raised at the AGM and by a specific event.
AGM – Lloyd’s – Thursday 26th February, 2004
The Master and 29 Members were in attendance.
After the AGM 54 Members and their guests enjoyed Dinner in the Captains Room at Lloyd’s. The Menu comprised;
Scottish Oaked Smoked Salmon
Roast Rib of Beef
Sticky Pecan Tart
The reply on behalf of the guests was given by Lieutenant-Commander J.L.Peer MBE. (RN). “Larry” was in the Royal Navy for 37 years, 17 as a rating and 20 as a Commissioned Officer. When he retired he joined Freemasons’ Hall as their CFO for 7 years. His talk related how an East Anglian farm boy became an “anchor faced old salt”. (Apparently many good stories).He was also worked as Treasurer of ITCH (IT help for the disabled) and Chair of Portsmouth District CAB.
New Members’ Evening – Tuesday 23rd March
32 New and other members attended this convivial evening in the upstairs bar of the Lamb in Leadenhall Market.
Visit to Dr Johnson’s (“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”) House – Thursday 29th April 2004
A tour of this fascinating house (17, Gough Square, EC4),
was made by 31 members and guests. It was a personal tour where they learned about the history of the house, (Dr Johnson lived there from 1748 to 1759). In this time he published the first comprehensive English Dictionary (1755). Some of his friends who visited regularly including Joshua Reynolds and David Garrick.
The evening ended with a glass of wine – with some of the group going on for an informal supper afterwards.
Ticket £18 per person.
Our Master was arrested on 14th May along with many other Livery and Ward Club “Masters”
They were taken to the Tower of London and only released on payment of £1,000 to the Red Cross. Whilst waiting for the “fine” to be paid they had to endure an excellent dinner with some very good wines :(. The Master donated £250 and friends and the Ward Club donated the rest. A worthy cause to suffer for.
Annual Church Service – St Peter upon Cornhill – Friday 4th June
Conducted by Rev John Hayton (Member of our Ward Club) – our Hon Chaplain was unable to take the Service.
Hymn 393 Lead us heavenly Father Lead us
Lesson 2 Timothy Ch3 V 10 – 17 The President
Lesson Mark Ch12 v 28 – 34 – The Master
Hymn Guide me O thou great Redeemer
This was followed by our Civic Lunch
Annual Civic Lunch, The Crypts, Guildhall, Friday 4th June
Members and their guests (125) joined the Lord Mayor (Alderman Robert Finch), The Lady Mayoress, The Lay Sheriff (Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Bond) on this wonderful occasion.
The Menu was;
Timbale of Mediterranean Prawns – sun dried Tomatoes and Crème Fraîche – Macon Blanc Villages – Tourterelles 2002
Chicken Breast with spinach and nutmeg stuffing – Cote du Rhone – Domaine Grand Devers 2001
Bitter Chocolate and Whiskey Tart
Dows LBV 1997 or Salas VSOP Armagnac
Our guest speaker was Sydney Hill a long standing friend of the club, albeit his own allegiance continued to be with Langbourn Ward Club where he was a Past Master, also Hon Secretary for many years.
Sydney spent 44 years working in the Insurance industry starting with the Phoenix in Plymouth and ending his Insurance career as General Manager of IOI.
Toast Master – Bernard Sullivan M.B.E.
Caterers Chester Boyd (Stanley Liu)
This was one of the years when we tried to connect closer with Lloyd’s – a very positive invitation was sent to the Lloyd’s CEO – Nick Prettejohn by Upper Warden Mark Gubbins. Regrettably it seemed to have little effect.
Dickens and Shakespeare, London Walk – Thursday 8th July
33 Members and guests enjoyed a very interesting and informative walk and talk organised by “London Guides” . The Walk started at St Paul’s Underground Station, visiting back streets and quiet squares around the Blackfriars area before crossing the river on the Millennium Bridge passing the Globe on the other side of the river ending up in Borough Market where supper was served in the Market Porter. Steak Pie followed by Ice Cream.
Wine Tasting Thursday 9th September – St Olave’s Church Hall
Future Master, Mark Gubbins led this Wine tasting to much acclaim. His theme on this occasion was the South Western Cape of South Africa, including, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Franschoek, and Paarl. (26 Members and Guests attended). No further information is available
Guided tour of the Mansion House, given by John Davies – Tuesday 26th October
29 Members and Guests visited the Mansion House – the only purpose built home for the Lord Mayor of the City of London. (Planned immediately after the Great Fire (1666) but the first stones were not laid until 1739. The group visited all the main rooms including the Egyptian Hall, and a special treat the Vaults.
Future Master Stanley Liu very kindly sponsored Tea in the Esquire’s Mess for all those attending.
Carol Service – St Peter – upon – Cornhill, Tuesday 7th December
Having been through a “dip” in attendance, numbers were strong this year. 79 Members and guests plus of course the Choir of St Mary the Virgin from North Shoebury, led by Michael Crabb, took part in this lovely annual event.
The Service was led by the Ward Club’s Hon Chaplain – Rev Nigel Beynon
Introit – Choir – Break forth O beautious heavenly light – J.S.Bach
Carol Silent Night
Choir The Sheperds’ Fairwell – Berlioz
Carol While shepherds watched their flock by night
First Lesson ISAIAH 9 V 2-7 – Lower Warden
Carol Oh little town of Bethlehem
Second Lesson Matthew 1 v 18-25 – Upper Warden
Choir In the Bleak Mid-Winter – Dr Harold Darke
Solo O Holy Night (Adam) – sung by Roy Phillips
Third Lesson Matthew 2 v 1-12 – Master
Carol Good King Wencelas
Fourth Lesson 1 Timothy 1 v 12-17
Choir The Sussex Carol
Carol Oh come all ye faithful.
Many members donated gifts for children up to 5 years old that were specifically for The Good Shepherd Mission in the East End of London. A very touching letter was received from the afterwards expressing their heartfelt appreciation.
Jan 20005 – Committee Meeting – The Grapes – Lime Street
Main item of interest.
Noted that Mr Michael Beale had stood down from Common Council. It was proposed that he be appointed Hon Vice President of the Club – this was supported unanimously. He and his wife were to be invited to the Club’s AGM and Dinner, as Club Guests to be presented with this award.