President Mr. Alderman John B. Stuttard
Vice-President Alderman Sir David Howard, Bt
Hon Vice-President Michael Beale (Elected at this year’s AGM)
Master Mark.B. Gubbins
Our Master commenced his career in the City in 1978 when he joined Alexander Howden (Lloyd’s Broker) to train as a Marine and Energy broker, becoming a Partner at First City (Lloyd’s Broker) responsible for Trade and Political Risk insurance. A Member of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. His interests include a house in South-West France, Food, Wine and Golf with his son
Upper Warden Ann Benson
Lower Warden Robert Woodthorpe Browne
Hon Sec Ann Benson
Hon Treasurer Christopher Otter
Asst Hon Sec Wendy Kiernan
Christine Cohen – Deputy
May Lou Carrington
AGM and Dinner – 24th February – Balls Bros – Mincing Lane
55 Members and Guests attended the Annual Dinner at Balls Bros, Minster Court, a new venue for this event, having been held at Lloyd’s for many years.
The Menu comprised;
Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Tart,
Domaine Combebelle, Syrah-Grenache, 2001 – Saint Chinian
Braised Shoulder of Lamb, stuffed with shallots, mint, olives,
Domaine des Valanges, 2002 St Veran
Pear and Ginger Strudel with Vanilla ice cream.
The Guest speaker who proposed the toast of the Club was Nigel Hampden – CEO of the largest Lloyd’s Members Agency who provided at least £500,000,000 of Capital into Lloyd’s (£1,200,000,000 of Capacity). His route to Lloyd’s was via a Commission in the Welsh Guards and then a brief sojourn in Estate Agency.
Following his retirement from The Court of Common Council the Club presented Michael Beale with a Corkscrew and a set of Coasters, which was “a delightful gift that will be put to very good use”. He was also proposed as an Honorary Vice President which was unanimously passed.
A competition raising money for the Red Cross was organised, with people having to assess (guess) where the Master and other Officers had lost their Badges in the City!
LIME STREET WARD CLUB AGM
The Master, Wardens and Hon Secretary have mislaid their badges after
attending a boozy function hosted by another Ward Club
They can’t remember which Church the Jewels were mislaid.
Select a Church and you have a Chance to Win one of these Fabulous Prizes.
A bottle of Chapel Down Vintage 2000 English Sparkling Wine
A bottle of finest Dutch Jonge Bois Grain Genever Gin
A bottle of Nicolas Potel “Maison Dieu” Bourgogne Rouge 2000
A bottle of Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla
HELP US TO FIND THE BADGES IN TIME FOR THE DINNER
£2.00 PER TICKET – £5.00 FOR THREE TICKETS
CHOOSE YOUR TICKET AND DON’T FORGET TO WRITE
YOUR NAME ON THE DUPLICATE LEFT IN THE BOOK
It raised an excellent £200
Leadenhall Market – its future ?
A presentation and discussion evening – Wed 9th February – Guildhall
Our President Alderman John Stuttard and our three Common Councilmen; Deputy Christine Cohen, Dennis Cottgrove, Mary Lou Carrington hosted this event for the Ward Club and I expect the Ward Electorate as well.
It included a presentation from Deputy Archie Galloway, Chairman of the Property Sub Committee, followed by question time.
An opportunity to visit the Roman Ampitheatre and Art Gallery followed.
The New Members Evening – 12th April – The Lamb, Lime Street
Well attended (31 Members and Guests) and brought forward 6 new members.
Friday 25th Feb – The Master was guest of Bishopsgate Ward Club at their Civic Lunch.
Monday 21st March – The Master was guest of Tower Ward Club at their Civic Lunch.
Friday 20th May – The Master was guest of Aldgate Ward Club at their Civic Lunch.
Friday 20th May – The Master was guest of Aldgate Ward Club at their Civic Lunch
Friday 24th June -The Master and Hon Sec attended the Sheriff’s Breakfast invited by Chester Boyd
Annual Church Service, St Peter-Upon-Cornhill – Wednesday 1st June 2005,
This event was very well attended.
Conducted by Rev Nigel Beynon – Hon Chaplain
Hymn No 246 Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation
Lesson Ezekiel 34 Verses 1-16 – The President
Lesson John 10 Verses 1 – 8 – The Master
Hymn No 160 Praise to the Holiest in the height
Hymn N0 368 Guide thee, Oh my great redeemer
Civic Lunch – The Crypts Guildhall – Wednesday 1st June
In the presence of The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and Sheriff Hughesdon and his wife.
131 Members and Guests attended
Guest speaker, Mr Nick Prettejohn – CEO of Lloyd’s who was actively involved in the Reconstruction and Renewal Project in the latter part of the 1990’s as Head of Strategy.
By all accounts, an excellent speech. The Ward Club received a very positive letter from the Lord Mayor especially regarding timings and general smooth running of the event.
The Menu comprised;
Char – grilled asparagus with olives and parmesan
La Baume , Viognier – 2002
Roasted Guinea Fowl – Colcannon Mash, grain mustard sauce
Ch Reynier, 1er Cote de Blaye – 2003
Nougat Parfait – Passion Fruit Salsa
Coffee – Chocolate Turtles
Churchill Reserve Tawny Port
Caterers – Turtle Soup
Service, timing and quality of the food – excellent.
Toast Master Bernard Sullivan M.B.E.
Later in 2005 it was ascertained that the Guildhall would be closed for events such as this, in view of a major refurbishment (including the Kitchens), for 2006 and most likely 2007.
Guildhall Supper and Talk – 5th July
Apparently very interesting although the numbers were a little disappointing – the invitation had been extended to new voters within the Ward.
Committee Meeting – 7th July – The Bunch of Grapes
The day of the tragic bombing in Central London and The City – 3 bombs on Underground trains and 1 on a Bus.
The Master and 11 Members attended
Matters of Interest
The Master mentioned that he had been trying to get more awareness and involvement within the Lloyd’s Community – getting little response.
– a similar plan and a similar outcome in Peter Cave’s Year (2013).
A discussion re trying to get Cornhill Ward more involved, took place – it was suggested that through our CC Christine Cohen we endeavour to get Dep John Haynes and Clotilde Wang CC more involved, invite them to Committee Meetings…..
Visit to Dennis Severs House – 13th September
30 members and guests attended this visit to a fascinating property in Folgate Street.
The House has been taken back by its American owner Dennis Severs to look and feel how it was when it was first built (1724) Various “characters” were met as they moved round the house in candlelight particularly a family of Hugenot silk weavers.
Supper followed – Bangers ‘n Mash” supper at S&M Cafe – service was slow!
Wine and Cheese Tasting – 20th October
Approx turnout 35 – Wines from Majestic Shoreditch – 10 Wines from Majestic all different grape varieties, served with 7 Cheeses presented by Ray Kenny at International Cheeses.
A very enjoyable an informative evening.
Monday 14th November – Lord Mayor’s Banquet.
Master and Upper Warden attended, invited by Alderman and Sheriff John Stuttard. “A unique privilege to represent the Ward Club”.
Red Cross Fundraiser Supper – Simpsons of Cornhill – 22nd November
It was decided not to have a stall at the Red Cross Fair this year but continue to support the Red Cross in a range of ways, including this dinner. A good time was had by 48 members and guests at this Dinner. £612.00 was raised for the Red Cross.
It was noted that including the monies raised at the AGM Dinner (A Treasure Hunt) and our regular bi-annual contribution Lime Street made a donation in excess of £1,000 to the Red Cross for the year.
Annual Carol Service – St Peter’s Cornhill – Tuesday 6th December
Led by Rev Nigel Beynon – Hon Chaplain
87+ Members and Guests were in attendance – the Choir of St Mary the Virgin of North Shoebury were as usual in very good voice.
Adam lay by-bounden – Choir – Peter Warlock
Once in Royal David’s City
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Choir – Elizabeth Poston
We three kings of Orient are – All
Lesson – Isaiah 9 verses 2 – 7 read by Lower Warden
Good King Wenceslas – All
Lesson – Matthew 1 verses 18 – 25 read by Upper Warden
My Dancing Day – Choir
Solo The people that walked in Darkness – Handel, sung by Roy Phillips
Lesson Matthew 2 verses 1 – 12 read by The Master
While shepherds watched their flocks by night – All
Lesson Galatians 4 verses 1 – 7 read by the President
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem – Choir – Walford Davies
Oh come all ye faithful – All
Many Christmas Gifts (6 Black Sacks full) were donated by members and attendees at the Carol Service, all of which went to “under 5’s” via The Good Shepherd Mission in the East end of London.
At the January 2006 Committee Meeting it was agreed that the church had looked a bit barren. Mr Roy Phillips very kindly agreed to donate glass night light holders which continued in use for many years afterwards, at least into the 2020’s.
The Lord Mayor’s Show – 12th November
As our President and Alderman of Lime Street Ward became Sheriff our Master lead a presentation party to deliver an Illuminated Address to (Sir) John Stuttard on the occasion of the commencement of his year of office as Sheriff.
This was followed by a restorative breakfast at Guildhall before heading to Mansion House as guest of Sheriff John Stuttard to watch the Show. This was then followed by lunch!
Lord Mayor’s Banquet – 14th November
The Master accompanied by the Upper Warden enjoyed a memorable and unique experience at the invitation of our Alderman and Sheriff to represent Lime Street at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet.
In addition to the above our Master represented the Ward at a number of other important events.
e.g. Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Farriers as guest of Master Farrier and Lime Street Ward Club member David Short.
As our Master reported at the AGM at the end of his year – these mainly involving eating and drinking for Lime Street (“an important duty that the Master found that he could get the hang of without too much effort!) –
Committee Meeting 11th/1/2006
The Master and 20 Members were in attendance
Major issues for discussion.
Red Cross – This year a “Treasure Hunt” at the AGM had raised over £200 – with a special supper at Simpsons raising a further £612, with our standard bi-ennial £200 – the Ward Club donated £1,012.00.
The Committee were advised that a letter of (warm) thanks had been received from (Sir) John Stuttard for his illuminated address, presented when he became Sheriff.
Likewise a letter of thanks from the Good Shepherd Mission for 6 black sacks of gifts for children that were given to children in and around Bethnal Green
Requests to make the Church look more festive were taken on board and this would be done from 2006 Carol Service.
Noted that the Kitchens in The Crypts would not be available for 2006 or 2007, so it was agreed that the Civic Lunch in 2006 would be held in Vintners’ Hall.
The Master reported that he had thoroughly enjoyed his year as Master. It had been a
tremendous honour and privilege to serve the Ward Club and represent the Ward at a
number of important events … mainly involving eating and drinking for Lime Street (an
important duty that the Master found that he could get the hang of without too much effort!).
Apart from our own AGM dinner at the new Balls Bros venue and our own Civic lunch the
Master reported his attendance with great pleasure as guest of Bishopsgate, Aldgate and
Tower Ward Clubs at their Civic lunches; with all due respect the Master did however recall
that our own Civic Lunch was the finest of all these occasions and ran somewhat more
smoothly than most thanks to the tremendous hard work by the Hon Sec and Asst Hon Sec
in organising the day.
The Master reported that there had been a very good turnout for our own Civic Lunch with
129 members and guests attending in The Crypts, together with The Lord Mayor and Lady
Mayoress and Sheriff Hughesdon and his wife. The Lord Mayor and the guest speaker, Mr
Nick Prettejohn, had made excellent speeches and the Master had received several thank
you letters from guests and members, and particularly mentioned a letter from the Lord
Mayor who gave high praise for the smooth running of the luncheon. Regarding the catering,
Turtle Soup had surpassed themselves with service and timing and the quality of the food
had been excellent.
The Master and Hon Sec had also accepted kind invitation to attend the Sheriffs Breakfast in
June thanks to Messrs Chester Boyd and further events then followed to include a “bangers ‘n
mash” supper following our visit to Dennis Severs House in September and the Wine and
Cheese Tasting in October.
The Lord Mayor’s show then followed in November with the Master leading a presentation
party to deliver an Illuminated Address to our Alderman on the occasion of the
commencement of his year of office as Sheriff … to be followed by a restorative breakfast at
Guildhall before heading to Mansion House as guest of Sheriff John Stuttard to watch the
Show … which was then followed by lunch!
The Master accompanied by the Upper Warden then enjoyed a memorable and unique
experience at the invitation of our Alderman and Sheriff to represent Lime Street at the Lord
Mayor’s Banquet. Apart from the awe inspiring effect of Guildhall “dressed overall” and the
privilege of representing the Ward … the Master and Upper Warden enjoyed an extremely fine
More “scoffing for Lime Street” then followed in November, but in the cause of raising funds
for the City of London Sector of the British Red Cross, with a tremendously well supported
Red Cross Fundraiser Supper at Simpsons of Cornhill. A good time was had by all and
£562.00 was raised. It was noted that including the monies raised at the AGM Dinner and
our regular bi-annual contribution Lime Street managed donations in excess of £1 ,000 to the
Red Cross for the year.
The Carol Service followed with record support of some 80+ in attendance and the Master
paid particular tribute to Past Master Rowland Hughes and Upper Warden Ann Benson for
the results of their cross channel booze cruise so generously donated and the considerate
efforts of so many in provisioning the vestry with mince pies, sausage rolls and the like.
Particular thanks were also offered to the generous sponsor who has supported until now the
cost of the coach for the Choir of St Mary the Virgin of North Shoebury. The Master also
recorded the thanks received from the Good Shepherd Mission for the many Christmas Gifts
donated by the Lime Street Ward Club carol service attendees.
Having spent January dieting and avoiding alcohol the Master broke his very necessary
“fast” to attend with his wife the Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Farriers as guest
of Master Farrier and Lime Street Ward Club member David Short.
The Master also recorded that he attended the Ward Mote in March and offered his
congratulations to elected representatives and all who fought the elections. The New
Members evening was extremely well attended and brought forward 6 new members. The
Guildhall Supper and talk was very interesting although the numbers were a little
disappointing, especially as the invitation had been extended to new voters within the Ward.
It was with satisfaction that the Master noted the number of new members who had joined
the club in the last year, from both Cornhill and Lime Street Wards and the Master recorded
his particular thanks for the support from the Deputy for Cornhill, Clothilde Wang.