President Alderman Sir John Stuttard, MA
Vice President Alderman Sir David Howard, Bt
Master Stanley Liu
Upper Warden Steve Hatton
Lower Warden Vernon Ashford
Hon Secretary Daphne Cave
Hon Treasurer Christopher Otter
Asst Hon Secretary Ann Benson
Hon Auditor Michael Brecknell
Hon Chaplain Rev Mark O’Donoghue
Stanley’s year actually started on 12th February 2010 when he represented the Ward Club at the Bishopsgate Ward Club Civic Lunch.
Stanley Liu was appointed Master at our AGM on 24th February, which was held at “his patch”. The Army and Navy Club (The Rag) just off Pall Mall.
Over 90 Members and Guests enjoyed a Champagne Reception and excellent Dinner in the Marlborough Suite.
Our Master very generously presented the Club with an Immediate Past Master’s Badge which was given for the first time to IPM Alistair Bassett Cross. “I believe that I speak for us all in the Club that it would be a great honour if Alistair would be the first recipient of this Jewel”
The main topic under discussion at the AGM were the Rule changes proposed by the Rules Sub Committee.
This would allow Committee Members who had been unable to take up the position of Lower Warden during their 3 x 3 years limit on the Committee, could still apply at a later date. The rules were also changed to ensure people could not “go round twice” unless filling a temporary vacancy.
Mixed hors d’oeuvres – Coeur de Lanciers Blanc
Lamb Cutlets Reform – Mixed Vegetables – Coeur de Lanciers Rouge
Lemon Tart with Raspberry and Mango Sauce
Coffee and Petit Fours – Army and Navy Club Port
The after dinner Speaker was Sir Brian Jenkins GBE, Prior for the Order of St John and a former Lord Mayor of the City of London. (1991/92). He gave a very entertaining speech and would have gone on for much longer if his wife Lady Ann had not pulled him back into his chair!
Our New Banner was on display (presented by Past Masters Julie and Mark Gubbins)
The Lower Warden (James Cross) taking positive responsibility for it.
Our excellent Hon. Sec decided to retire at the AGM receiving loud applause and a lovely Silver Vase
Her replacement was Daphne Cave
New Members Evening Wednesday 10th March – Ortega Leadenhall Market
Our visit to the Westminster Cathedral, the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain, was attended by 48 members and guests. This awesome building is a massive 354 ft long by 154 ft wide and is designed in early Christian-Byzantine style. Unfortunately we only had one guide but what a mine of information! He explained in great detail all the fine mosaics and different marbles that appeared in the side chapels, noting that some of the mosaics had been painstakingly put in individually and some had been made up in small sheets – they were all truly magnificent.
We also had the opportunity to visit the top of the 269 ft campanile for a most spectacular view of London, even though it was very windy.
Before we left the Choir started to sing Vespers, a real treat. Following the visit we went for an excellent meal at The Cardinal Pub, which was situated behind the Cathedral; this was a wonderful ending to a most enjoyable visit.
A full house of 35 people dodged between showers and impending dusk to gain a fascinating insight into this amazing place.
We were split into three groups and led by three very enthusiastic guides all having different slants on the place and its inhabitants. One of the guides specifically pointed out that he had booked a spot in a particular tomb as he had found out the he was a direct descendant of one of the occupiers and there was space available! We were shown the obvious and the less obvious e.g. Karl Marx’s tomb.
We learnt that in fact this was not his original burial place which is much smaller and hard to access for the many visitors that come here.
KM only had 12 mourners whilst there were 50,000 at the funeral for a prize fighter. One corner seems to have all the leading reactionaries of their time buried alongside one another. We learnt much about the various symbols of death e.g. tools of a trade shown upside down (death), eternal life – a circular wreath……
Everyone who went will have come away with different thoughts and memories of an extraordinary place, possibly the Terrace Catacombs or Julius Beers magnificent Mausoleum. The cemetery was offered to Camden Council for £35. They declined the offer. It has only been saved by the dedication of local people and tours such as these.
Just about avoiding most of the rain we went for supper at The Angel, Highgate Village – just up the hill from the cemetery – very highly recommended.
Annual Church Service – 19th May 2010
Over 70 members and guests enjoyed a short service lead by our Hon Chaplain, The Rev’d Mark O’Donoghue – the Lessons were read by our President and Master.
Hymn Immortal, invisible God only wise
Lesson Luke 15: 1-16
Lesson Luke 15: 17-32
Hymn Now thank we all our God
Sitting in the front row (giving marks out of 10 ?) was our Master’s guest speaker for the Civic Lunch, Lord Carey of Clifton, Arch-Bishop of Canterbury (1989 – 2002)
140 Members and Guests attended this year’s Civic Lunch in the presence of The Lord Mayor, Nick Anstee and The Lady Mayoress accompanied by Alderman and Sheriff David Wootton. The Ward Club, unintentionally could have created a novel way of welcoming The Lord Mayor – to the sound of smashing glasses – ( a full tray of glasses was dropped as the Lord Mayor arrived!) Not recommended.
An excellent lunch was enjoyed by all, rounded off by a very entertaining speech by the Guest of Honour – Lord Carey of Clifton, who advised that he had been born within the sound of Bow Bells and therefore was a “Cockney”. At some point later on he had to be sworn in at a ceremony at St Mary Le Bow, on his left were the two Kray twins (Gangsters) and on his right Jonathan Ross.
Our Master’s Guests today included The Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, Mei Sim Lai, Len Bamber CEO St John Ambulance London (Prince of Wales District) and Christine Yau, Chairman, Chinese Community Center Westminster
The Ward Clubs guests included Senior representatives of various other Ward Clubs with whom we have a friendly long term relationship, including Langbourn, Aldgate and Bishopsgate.
The Menu comprised;
Cremant de Bourgogne Louis Chsvy
Beetroot gavadlax terrine with smoked trout mousse – Honey and chive Drizzle – Riesling 2008, Jean Geiler, Vin d’alsace
Rose Beef, Madeira Sauce, Sweet Potatoes Dauphinoise – Chateaux Cadilac Les gourgues, Bordeux Superior, 2006
Quango of Mango Desert
Coffee, Trufles, Barrio Port or Cognac
Committee Meeting 8th July – Guildhall
The first occasion that the Ward Club has held a Committee Meeting at Guildhall,
– followed by Supper in the vicinity
Main topic an agreement to tighten up the Club’s rules re Members “‘behaving badly”. This topic had been raised a couple of times in the previous 60 years or so. it was felt now was the time to actually make the change. The proposals would be put to the AGM next year (and they were agreed)
Just over 40 enjoyed an excellent Chinese Banquet preceded by a “sparkling” reception at this small very personal restaurant in Soho.
The exstensive menu included;
Crab Meat Rolls in spiced salt and pepper
Ribs Mandarin Style
Aromatic Crispy Duck
Prawns with Fresh Mango
Fried fish in Black Bean Sauce
Toffee Apple, Banana, Pineapple
During the meal we were serenaded by the Rockaholix a capella quartet – who sing four part harmonies of 50’s and 60’s rock – they were good.
During the course of the evening there was a raffle for 3 hampers of Chinese “goodies” which raised approx £250 for our Master’s charity St John Ambulance – Youth Section.
The evening finished with an auction for some very special Lots all (as with the hampers) very kindly donated by our Master.
There was some very active bidding for all of the lots encouraged by our auctioneer Peter Cave who was diving between two separate rooms encouraging them to bid against each other.
In total the Auction raised in excess of £1,100. A very enjoyable, entertaining and worthwhile evening.
30th June to 4th July – London to Paris Bike Ride
Our Master competed in a Charity bike ride from London to Paris to raise money for his chosen Charity – St John’s Ambulance. He had to overcome, flying handlebars, punctures, rain, thunder and lightening and temperatures of up to 42C over the 473km. He raised over £4,000 – amazing.
On Saturday 17 July, some 40 members and guests assembled at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for a guided tour of the backstage areas. This gave a fascinating insight into the complexities of running the House, particularly as far as changing scenery from one performance to the next was concerned. The whole of the backstage area was extensively remodelled some 10 years ago and now has modern stage moving equipment as well as infinitely better facilities for rehearsal and costume makers.
We were able to see a Russian “corps de ballet” in rehearsal, as well as some of the costumes and dressmaking rooms.
After the visit we moved on for an Aperitif at Kettners before moving on to the New World Chinese Restaurant in China town for an excellent Dim Sum (As the Hon Sec described it – “Chinese Tapas”) lunch – one of our Master’s favourite haunts, just around the corner from the Royal Opera House.
Queens Gallery Buckingham Palace – Friday 3rd September
Members gathered outside the Queen’s Gallery on a sunny evening for a private visit to the special Victoria & Albert, Art & Love Exhibition.
We were ushered in following stringent security checks – a couple of “Officers” of the Club set the alarms off – having remembered to empty their pockets they had forgotten to take off their badges! We had an excellent presentation by one of the curators who gave us a fascinating insight into the collection and armed with us with sufficient information on some of the more special exhibits.
We were able to have a leisurely stroll around the vast array of exhibits, some quite exquisite others just fascinating – a necklace made from teeth! After the visit we were able to indulge in some retail therapy over a glass of wine. We felt rather privileged to not only have a private tour but also have the shop open JUST FOR US! Some members then adjourned to Balls Brothers for more wine and a bite to eat. A very enjoyable evening was had by all.
Friday 10th September – Memorial Service – Michael Beale
An overflowing St Lawrence Jewry reflected the popularity and esteem for our Past Master and Deputy (Senior Common Councilman) both in the City and beyond. Our Master and many Ward Club members were in attendance.
2nd Informal Inter-ward Quiz – September 15th
After last year’s inaugural event created and organised by Lime Street Ward Club another very successful Quiz hosted by Bishopsgate Ward Club at the Bishopsgate Institute, a spacious and interesting building in the course of major refurbishment.
The questions set by our past master Robert Woodthorpe-Browne and presented by the ebullient Question Master Prof Michael Mainelli covered a wide range of fields including such topics as the environment, immigration and questions taken from GCSE papers (No one got all of these right)
16 teams took part including 6 from Bishopsgate. The Lime Street Team did better than last year moving to “mid-table” but Bread Street won again. Plans were put in place immediately for 2011.
Tuesday 22nd September,
The Master attended the United Wards Club Reception at Guildhall. a well attended event with a good number of past Lord Mayors in attendance.
Tucked away in a small street of St James’ Street is one of the hidden gems of London, Spencer House. Built in 1756-66 for the 1st Earl Spencer as a private palace to include some of the first neo-classical interiors in Europe. It can only normally be viewed on a Sunday.
Railway and Tube Line closures, threat of a Tube strike in the late afternoon did not deter approx 40 members and their guests from visiting this beautifully restored Georgian house, currently the Head Office of Rothschild’s Group.
We were divided into two groups and judging from the comments afterwards, both had excellent guides. who regaled their different groups with anecdotes and very detailed information on the history and background to the House and its occupants. If any one enjoys stunning architecture, paintings, furniture, gilt, this house is a must – it is is open every Sunday.
After the tour we adjourned to a local pub (The Clarence) for a glass of wine and a cosy pub lunch – it had stopped raining in the afternoon as well.
11th November Red Cross Reception at Mansion House
A biennial event to thank those in the City who support the City Branch of the Red Cross in so many different ways. The Red Cross has been the Ward Clubs chosen main charity for many years.
12th November – Silent Ceremony preceded by a small lunch party at Taberna Etrusca – Bow Lane.
The Hon Sec had obtained 6 tickets for the Silent Ceremony (Installation of the Lord Mayor). The Master looking resplendent in Morning Dress, The Hon Sec, her husband Peter Cave and ?????? – needs to be completed enjoyed lunch before walking over the road to the Guildhall. Yes the ceremony is basically silent, but a very special opportunity and should not be missed. Full description of the Silent Ceremony see City Events
13th November – City Livery Club Dinner – HQS Wellington
Great place to view the Fireworks following the Lord Mayor’s Show
Friday 19th November – Red Cross Sheep Drive
Lime Street Ward Club were 1 of only three entrants in the afternoon drive, where contestants had to make their own “sheep” . This was part of the Red Cross inaugural Charity Sheep Drive. (The only one I believe)
Our entry of a Shepherd, Shepherdess and a “Bear in Sheep’s clothing!” competed against a “Dog in Sheep’s clothing” (1950’s probably Triang) entered by the Worshipful Company of Glovers and a Microsheep on a skate board approx 10cm long! entered by the Red Cross.
We won “Fastest Sheep” (of a very sedate flock).
Immeidately after the end of the Sheep Drive…..
Leadenahll Lights Friday 19th November
Our Aldeman, CC’s, The Master, Hon Sec and some other Ward Club Members along with similar from Langbourne Ward welcomed the Lord Mayor to the Market. He was intrigued at the clothes being worn by our Hon Sec! (See above)
Port Tasting 22nd November
Around 30 Members and guests enjoyed a very entertaining and informative presentation on a range of Taylor’s Ports at the Royal Air Force Club in Piccadilly
The evening was organised via Metzendorff involving the Floodgate Partnership and presented by a good friend of the Master – Alan Montague Dennis.
The evening started with a glass of Taylor’s Chip Dry and followed at a fairly brisk pace by an unusual CROFT “Pink” – same strength as other typical ports (around 20% alcohol) but with some of the colour extracted and made using White Port concepts. Fonseca Bin 27 was followed by Taylor’s LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) 2004. LBV being a “ready to drink” port. As soon as it is bottled after being in cask for around 4 to six years it is ready for drinking.
Taylor’s 10 year old Tawny and 20 year old Tawny followed on – some very appreciative murmurs were starting to emerge. Tawnys are aged in Oak Vats for 10 or 20 years… losing their Red Colour (hence the name) and are ready for drinking when released. The evening ended with Fonseca Guimaraens 1996 and last and by no means least Taylor’s Vintage 1985 – a really stunning end to the Tasting.
An excellent Hot and Cold Buffet with wine followed in a very attractive ante-room – unfortunately some of the Ports had not been totally consumed during the tasting – this had to be remedied.
A really great event, location and speaker.
Christmas Carol Service Thursday 2nd December
It was with great regret that it was decided to cancel this years service in view of the very inclement weather in some parts of Southern England. Certainly we would not have wanted the Choir to be unable to get home, let alone many of our members. We arranged with St Helens that gifts for the children that would normally have been collected from the Church were able to be left at St Helen’s Church.
Overall our Master attended 7 Livery Company Dinners – Carman, World Traders, Butchers, Glass Sellers, Cooks, Chartered Secretaries, and Poulters.
5 Ward Club Civics – Bishopsgate, Aldgate, Langbourne, Castle Baynard and Aldersgate
In addition he invited Officers of the Ward Club to an absolutely splendid Champagne Tasting and Dinner