President Alderman Sir John Stuttard
Vice President Alderman Sir David Howard
Master Harvey Peebles
An Egg Merchant and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Poulters (Master to be). Involved in both importing and exporting of eggs, working mainly with Hotels. Restaurants, Catering and Food Factories. Traded for more than 50 years in the London Wholesale Market. A member of the Conservation Area Advisory Committee
Upper Warden Alastair Bassett-Cross
Lower Warden Stanley Liu
Hon Sec.Ann Benson
Asst Hon Sec. Wendy Kiernan
Hon Treasurer.Christopher Otter
Hon Auditor. Michael Brecknell
AGM and Dinner – 26th February – Army and Navy Club
77 Members and Guests enjoyed excellent food, wines and company at the Army and Navy Club (The Rag), with much thanks being owed to Lower Warden Stanley Liu for facilitating this event at such a prestigious venue.
New Members Evening – 27th March – Bunch of Grapes – Lime Street
Not an overly successful event, low turn out, a shame
A visit to Saddlers’ Hall – 18th April
The visit to Saddlers’ Hall was arranged with one of the Ward Club’s members, Keith Marsh, as the Hall Manager and Beadle of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers. We were given a tour of the neo-classical style Hall built in 1956/58 on the site of the first Saddlers’ Hall which had been established around 1400 in what was known as “the saddlery” between Cheapside and Gutter Lane. Keith Marsh also talked about the saddlery craft which flourished in London in the early Middle Ages and about the history of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers.
After the tour and talk he split the group into pairs, gave each a list of questions and a “treasure hunt” ensued to find the answers amongst the display cabinets, period furniture and paintings.
We were also shown some of the Company’s important pieces of silver and during a talk on the items we were privileged to be able to inspect these closely and ask questions.
Annual Church Service – 6th May – St Peter upon Cornhill
The Service was led by our Chaplain Rev. Mark O’ Donoghue and included:
Hymn Morning has broken
Lesson Isaiah 25 Vv 6-9 – The President
Lesson Luke 14 Vv 15-24 – The Master
Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation
Hymn Amazing Grace
Civic Luncheon at Vintners’ Hall – 6th May
The event 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 Clubs 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 I will treasure for ever” – Edward Kipping
See our President’s Address at Edward Kipping’s Funeral ≤February 2013
City Walk – 8th July
Starting in Leadenhall Market.
The walk for 39 Members and Guests was specifically devoted to the Market itself and the area around it.
Our guide – (a Member), Ross Knox-Homes provided a great deal of information about the Market and its history, and the Buildings and Churches in Leadenhall Street and around the new Willis building – he was extremely well informed.
The walk finished with an excellent supper at the Brokers Wine Bar.
A taste of the grapes of Italy – TK’s Lovat Lane – 30th October
Past Master Mark Gubbins took us through a range of Italian Wines, Whites, Reds and a sticky. A very popular event with 42 people packed into this quite small restaurant.
Carol Service – St Peter’s upon Cornhill – 4th December
A traditional service of Lessons and very well known and loved Carols – supported as usual by the Choir of St Mary the Virgin, North Shoebury. The Service for 77 Members and guests was led by our Hon Chaplain Rev’d Mark O’Donoghue.
Choir. (Introit) Ring Christmas Bells (Mykola Leonovitch)
Once in Royal David’s City
Choir.The Nativity Carol (John Rutter)
Away in a manger
First Lesson – The Lower Warden. Isaiah 9:1-7
While Shepherds watched their flocks by night
Second Lesson – The Upper Warden. Matthew 1: 18-25
Choir. The Blessed Birth (H.Walford Davies)
Choir. Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston)
Third Lesson – The Master. – Matthew 2:1-12
We three Kings of Orient are
Fourth Lesson – The President. 1 Timothy 1:12-17
Choir. Torches (John Joubert)
O little town of Bethlehem
Many gifts were donated, specifically for Children under 5. All of which went to the Good Shepherd Mission – Bethnal Green, who were absolutely thrilled to receive and distribute them among the 50 of so families, in dire need who attended their Parent and Toddler Parenting Groups.
President’s talk on his year as Lord Mayor – 19th January
A wonderfully relaxed and informative presentation by Sir John Stuttard for 40 Members and Guests held at Threadneedles Hotel by courtesy of Club Member, Julian Payne, the Hotel’s Manager. Lovely venue, excellent Canapés, Tasty wine and a very good talk – what else could you ask for to finish off the year.
Our Master and his wife (June) represented the Ward Club at Langbourn and Aldgate Ward Clubs Civic Luncheons and the Civic Dinner of Bread Street Ward. Our Master also attended Harvest Festival and Supper and a splendid dinner at Mansion House with the Gardeners’ Livery Company where Lime Street Ward’s Deputy, Mrs Christine Cohen, was Master. It was a fine coincidence that our President, Sir John Stuttard, was Lord Mayor Locum Tenens at this event.
He also joined the Farmers Livery at their Harvest Festival and Lunch where he spent some time explaining what Ward Clubs were to the agricultural community.
His last solo event was a wonderful evening at the HAC in the company of Mr Alistair Bassett Cross.
Sadly, they attended the Memorial Service for Mary Lou Carrington a fairly new Lime Street Ward CC
At the Ward Mote later in the year Elizabeth Rogula was elected as CC to our Ward