The event held in the presence of the Lord Mayor who had just returned from a very successful visit to India, leading a business delegation and the Lady Mayoress was a great success not only for the 105 members and their guests, but also for the Lord Mayor who had been impressed by the Club’s organisation in getting him out on time.
N.B. “I especially enjoyed working with the Hon. Sec – Ann Benson, an extremely efficient and diligent clerk”- James North – Senior Programme Manager, Mansion House
Cured Trout Fillets, Potato Pancakes, Beetroot Tapenade – Sauvignon Casa Azul – 2007
Jambonette of Guinea Fowl – Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo “Frentano”2006
Spiced Pear and Celeriac Crème Brûlée
Coffee, Chocolates, Fonseca LBV 2004
Toast Master Bernard Sullivan, MBE
The Guest Speaker who replied to the toast to the Guests was William Beaver, speech writer to the Lord Mayor, with responsibility for all face to face communications of the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs domestically and globally – in the region of 800 speeches an year.
Both our President and the Club made separate presentations to our retired Beadle, Mr Edward Kipping, in commemoration of 40 years service to the Ward.
To the Club, ” may I take this opportunity to thank all the Members of the Ward Club for your help and assistance over the years in my role as Beadle, it is a great sadness to retire” – Edward Kipping
To the Lord Mayor “time stands still for no man and I just could not continue in my present state of health and would not wish to let you down. Your gift ( Silver photo frame with both the arms of Sir John and the City of London, with a picture of Edward K keeping a watching eye on Sir John in his Lord Mayor’s Show, last year). I will treasure for ever” – Edward Kipping
See our President’s Address at Edward Kipping’s Funeral ≤February 2013
In closing our President made a “yoke” at the Master’s expense, saying;
“Master, if I might say, with a highly successful career in the poultry trade, your speech today was, absolutely cracking. In fact we were quite shell shocked. You are clearly laying the foundations for a successful year. Who knows, you might even be plucked for higher things. But please don’t crow about it, even if today you are quite cock a hoop.”