President (Sir) John Stuttard
Vice President Sir David Howard
Master Stephen Hatton FCA
Upper Warden James Cross
Lower Warden Vernon Ashford

 Hon Sec. Daphne Cave
Hon Treasurer. Christopher Otter
Hon Auditor. Michael Brecknal
Hon Chaplain  Rev Mark O’Donague

Our Master was born and raised in Essex and read Economics and Accountancy at Sheffield University, joining Thornton Baker in Manchester, achieving his ACA in 1980. Shortly afterwards he joined Peat Marwick in Johannesberg (meeting Elaine, a qualified nurse and mid-wife). Joining DeBeers, led him into a career in the diamond industry (Finance Treasury and IT). DeBeers London in 1990, was followed by the role of CFO, based in Botswana, which both of them really enjoyed. Returning to the UK in 2000 Stephen joined Reed Elsevier. Steve is a keen golfer and archaeologist, in addition giving up time to support charities especially the Red Cross.

Chosen Charity – Friends of Moorfields

Our Master Mr Stephen Hatton FCA and his wife Elaine greatly enjoyed the hospitality of other Ward Clubs at their Civic Lunches or AGM dinners, namely,Bishopsgate, Tower, Aldgate, Langbourne and Castle Baynard.

Annual Dinner and AGM – Monday 21st February, 2011

With support from Past Master Robert Woodthorpe-Browne this year’s event was held at the National Liberal Club. The AGM was well attended and 86 Members and Guests sat down to dinner in the David Lloyd George Room.
The Menu comprised;
Smoked Chicken and Avocado Stack  – House Sauvignon Blanc
Slow Roast Beef Topside – Yorkshire Pudding and Vegetables – Club Claret
Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Coffee, Mints – Port

The Guest speaker was Paul Morton, Head of Group Tax at Reed Elsevier, Past President  of the Confederation Fiscal Europeene. He had some good anecdotes to tell.

Wednesday 2nd March – Member’s Evening – Ortega, Leadenhall Market

Small Picture Gallery – click here

Our 2nd year at this venue and an event that seems to be going from strength to strength – 35 or so, members and guests enjoyed a very informal get together. Judging by the various animated conversations going on over the evening a good time was had by everyone. Good company, wine and and a Spanish Buffet, made for a great evening.

Wednesday 6h April  – The Big Curry – Guildhall

The Ward Club was asked for the 1st time this year if it would participate in this major fund raising event for the ABF – The Soldiers Charity (used to be known as the Army Benevolent Fund)
Our Hon. Sec joined a very large group of people from Livery and the City Civic in a Curry at the Guildhall in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor and many other distinguished guests. This event including a silent auction raised many £000’s

Saturday 2nd  April – Visit to Whitechapel Bell Foundry


Whitechapel Bell Foundry
On a bright Saturday morning, 25 members and guests of the Lime Street Ward Club entered the compact and historical premises of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The introduction by Alan Hughes, Managing Director and Assistant Foundryman, promised a fascinatingly informative and jocular tour .

We were not disappointed, we were taken through the full process of bell making from tiny hand bells to a bell the size of “Big Ben”, weighing in at 13.5 tons! We discovered the creative values of goat’s hair and horse manure in making the moulds and that tin, although a weaker metal, increases the strength of a bell the more it is used with copper to make this impressive brass instrument.

The foundry that made The Liberty Bell (1752) and Big Ben (1858) is still making bells for churches and institutions, globally.

The tour had its Health and Safety issues as great care had to be taken by those less vertically challenged (Over  5’8″ and bumps into beams – very likely)

There are apparently only 7 current Bell Foundries world-wide (none in the US – the largest market) The competitors are regarded as ” Colleagues” We were regaled with a range of facts, figures and stories e.g. Bell ringers in England “ring the changes” (playing every permutation of order that can be created – Bell 1, 2, 3 then Bell 3,2,1.etc. The number of permutation 1 x 2 x 3 = 6. St Michael’s Cornhill were in the process of having a peal of 12 bells installed 1 x 2 x 3 x 4……….permutations (Approx. 37 years of non-stop bell ringing)

Diagometrics formed part of the tuning process which requires carefully shaving the bell from top down to achieve the perfect octave range.

The Foundry, once based in Billiter Street and but a stone’s throw from Lime Street, has been traced back to 1420 and is supported by only 25 staff.

This superb visit was crowned by a stroll towards Spittlefields and an excellent light lunch at Strada

Regrettably the Foundry closed in 2018, with the site likely to become a boutique hotel.

Installation of Robert Howard as Common Councilman  

Alderman Sir David Howard, The Hon Sec, Robert Howard and Dennis Cotgrove
For a few thoughts on being a CC click here

Friday 6th May – City Red Cross Day

A small group of members of the Ward Club took responsibility for raising funds from in and around Leadenhall Market. In total we raised £560 a very worthwhile effort. Many thanks to all of you who gave up their time to help – even being out 7.30am!.

9th May, Fairwell lunch for Christine Cohen – Deputy

The Ward Club organised a “farewell lunch” for Christine Cohen who had been a very long serving CC for our Ward, led by our President and Alderman Sir John Stuttard. Lunch was held at the HAC. The Ward Club presented Christine with a late Georgian Silver Cream Jug which is something that she had she specifically wanted – she was very pleased with this and the warmth and affection that she was regarded with by the Ward Club and her Common Councilmen colleagues.
Alderman Sir John Stuttard at the Meeting of the Common Council on 7th April said

“My Lord Mayor
It is my sad duty yet a great privilege to move a resolution in connection with the retirement from this Honorable Court of Deputy Christine Cohen OBE.
Christine was elected as a Common Councilman to the Ward of Lime Street in 1986 and has therefore been a member of this Court for a staggering 25 years.
She has served on no fewer than 19 Corporation Committees, Boards and Associated organisations and has chaired eight of these exceptionally competently………….

Wednesday 18th May  11.30am
The Annual Church Service at St Peter upon Cornhill followed by

The Civic Luncheon in The Livery Hall, Guildhall.

Small Picture Gallery – click here

The Church Service was well attended with Alderman Sir David Howard Bt (our Vice President) deputising for Sir John Stuttard who was abroad.
The service included;
3 hymns
The King of Love my shepherd is
Glorious things of thee are spoken

Readings from Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11 (read by The Vice President)
Mark 8: 27 – 38 (read by The Master)

Address by Our Chaplain Rev’s Mark Donoghue

The Civic Lunch was held for the first time in the Livery Hall at Guildhall (previously normally in The Crypts) and by all accounts was a great success with the Ward Club being congratulated by various official guests for organising such a warm and welcoming event.

We were very pleased to be able to welcome The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor (Alderman Michael Bear) and his Lady Mayoress together with  Sheriff Fiona Wolfe and her husband Nicholas. The Mayoral party was supported by the City Marshall Mr Billy King-Harman as Duty Officer.
Both the Lord Mayor and our guest speaker Lady Tessa Brewer (representing The Red Cross) gave very interesting and amusing speeches. A cheque for £1,000  was presented to the Lord Mayor as our contribution to his Charitable Appeal (The Bear Necessities)
Our other official guests were
Mr and Mrs E Porte  (Chairman Langbourn Ward Club)
Mrs Mary-Jane Atkinson (President Bishopsgate Ward Club)
Mrs Adele Thorpe (President Aldgate Ward Club)

On arrival guests were served a welcoming glass of “sparkle” followed by an excellent three course meal provided by Mark Grove and his team from The Cook and The Butler.

After the Mayoral party had left many members and guests remained to chat over a cup of coffee before moving on for a glass or two to finish the day off.

A very enjoyable day.

Saturday 11th June – Museum of London Visit and Roman Walk

On a brisk Saturday morning in June, members of the Lime Street Ward Club and their families set of on archaeological guided walk of the City of London. The subject – the hidden history of Roman London. We were led on this walk by Chris Clarke, a specialist. We stopped at  five key locations.
Leaving from The City of London Museum, first stop  was the Guildhall Yard where in the late 1980s and early 1990s evidence of a grand Roman amphitheatre was found, the oval outline is now marked out in the surface of the Yard. It was here where gladiators battled and exotic wild animals were paraded, all for the entertainment of the town’s population.
Next corner of Gracechurch Street and Cornhill, where two millennia ago the Roman forum and basilica was located. It was a substantial building, nearly 170 metres in length, (Leadenhall Market sits above its location). It was from here that the city was administrated and businessmen plied their wares.

We then moved onto Queen Victoria Street where the reconstructed form of the Roman temple of Mithras is now located (Site of Bucklesbury House) .

Mithras was once an important cult found throughout the Roman Empire, popular among the Roman army, so it is not unsurprising that part of cult was established in such a central hub of Roman Britain. During the excavation of the temple during the 1950s, many highly crafted artwork of images associated with the cult were found, all which now live in the Museum of London.

Next stop adjacent to 30 Gresham Street. Chris had previously worked with a large team of archaeologists on a big fragment of the Roman city prior to the site’s redevelopment. Important discoveries were made during the course of the excavation including two substantial plank lined wells which produced evidence for technically advanced water lifting mechanisms. Along side the wells, at the bottom of a silted up stream bed, a life sized bronze arm thought to have once belong to a statue of a despised Emperor, was also found. In addition large quantities of painted Roman wall plaster, pottery and household goods were found, all which helped develop a vivid picture of Roman life.

The final stop was the surviving stonework of the Roman fort which guarded the city during its early days and provided a home to the garrison of Roman legionaries. (Noble Street)

It took up a 200 metre square plot of land next to the amphitheatre. The fort would have been defended by several large ditches located in front of a five metre high stone wall, which of course would have also had hundreds of heavily armed, battle hardened, soldiers standing on top of it.
In addition to the walk,  there was a further guided Tour of the Roman gallery of the Museum of London.
On display here are the best pieces of Roman life that London’s archaeologists have yet found, including

which was found approx. on the corner of Leadenhall and St Mary Axe (in Lime Street Ward) in the 1880’s.

Monday 4th July 6.00pm
Committee Meeting – Guildhall

Saturday 16th July – The Master’s Red Cross 3 Yorkshire Peaks Challenge

A note from The Master.
Thank you to everyone who supported the British Red Cross 3 Yorkshire Peak Challenge (3YP).
We raised around £1,000 for this worthy cause.
I took part accompanied by my son Colin and we left a sleepy drizzly Horton-in-Ribblesdale (240m) at 6.40am. It began to rain quite hard so on when all the wet weather gear. Puffing and blowing we topped Pen-y-Ghent (640m) a couple of hours later.

We descended and floundered through the cloud across boggy peat to the next checkpoint and then along stony tracks northward for our first glimpse of the famous Ribbleshead railway viaduct. It was still raining hard. Some wise heads elected to turn left and cut out the next fell but we followed the railway up and crossed by the Force Gill Aquaduct (a great torrent of water crosses over the railway line on a stone bridge: quite a sight!).

At no time was the summit in view and the climb seemed to go on forever. Eventually a wind battered Red Cross marshal marked the summit of Whernside (736m).

There was still more rain as we slipped and slithered down into the valley.
We had cup of tea and a bacon roll at the snack bar on the Ingleton road as we contemplated the ‘rescue bus’ but, full of aches and pains, we trudged off to Ingleborough. Ingleborough from the north-west is a steady approach and then one steep staircase ascent. The rain eased off and we had some glimpses of Yorkshire’s fine vistas before we climbed up into the clouds again. We demolished the rest of our energy bars and pushed up to the top of Ingleborough (723m)

Then came the long walk back across the moors though the showers to Horton.
We arrived back at the Village Hall at 7.40pm: 26.5 miles of walking and climbing since breakfast.
At 13 hours there were still plenty of people still walking behind us, so raised a little cheer and limped off to find the car.

The Red Cross organize a number of events such as the 3YP every year. The 3YP was well organized on the run up to the event and superbly marshaled on the day. About 450 people started although some were not aiming to do all three peaks.

I would recommend it to anyone but DO make sure you are well equipped and fairly fit for the 3YP. It was pretty much on the limit for me (a podgy 55 year old accountant) and I was glad of the support of my ‘fit as a flea’ son Colin.

Thanks again to all at Lime Street that supported this appeal.

Many thanks are due to Stephen and his son – a great effort

July 7th – Visit to Clarence House – Thursday 4th August 2011

This event was originally planned for IPM Stanley Liu’s year, but very inconveniently Prince Charles decided to return home, when we had planned to visit 🙂

Sun on Wednesday, Sun on Friday – torrential rain on Thursday! But we were lucky. The only really serious rain in the late afternoon was when we were inside. 40 Members and guests divided into 2 groups enjoyed a fascinating tour of the ground floor of this famous home. Home to the Queen Mother from 1952 after the death of George VI when she and her daughter swopped homes . Our new, Queen Elizabeth  moving from Clarence House to Buckingham Palace and her mother in the other direction.

Everybody will have different memories of things that we saw and had pointed out to us a few follow.
The difference a few steps make
Waiting outside in The Mall, noisy – once inside the garden, quiet.
An attractive, all organic, relaxing garden, plenty of soft colours.

Lancaster Room  (Waiting Room)

– Annigoni chalk portrait of Price Phillip
– Portrait of Edward the VIIIth (would not have been there in The Queen mother’s era ?)
– Small bronze of Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Churchill (Oscar Nemon)
– the original very large sculpture is at Chartwell
– Series of views of Windsor Castle painted by John Piper painted to have as full a record
as possible of the Castle in case of damage during the 2nd World War
– settee used by Prince William and Kate when they announced their engagement
– the one they had planned to use had been booked for another event!

The Morning Room

Light bright and airy – very pale “turquoise” walls
Simple and elegant plasterwork, The Queen Mothers Crown , surrounded by palm leaves ?
– the same pattern as used on the House’s promotional material
– a painting by Sir Noel Coward – better known for his songs and music perhaps
– an early Monet – Le Bloc (not generally well received)
– a painting of King George Vth and his stud manager at Liverpool Race track
– the King’s horse had not won – it shows
– a small black door stop, a Whippet

The Library – was the original Entrance Hall
– two beautiful very large water-colours both painted by Savely Sorini exactly 25 years apart

HRH Duchess of York (1923) (yet to become Queen) and Princess Elizabeth (1948)
– the contents of 2 Bookcases – 1 books mainly to do with the History of War… – George VIth’s
– the other, including books by Dick Francis, PG Wodehouse (Bertie Wooster….) – The Queen
Mother’s choices

The Dining Room 

– Landseer’s painting of Queen Victoria’s dogs
– an unfinished portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth (1940) by Augustus John – again very divided
opinions re like or dislike
– the cuts (and repairs) made in the large carpet to allow for plugs for computers and
protectors to be used

The Hall
Hall at Clarence House

The Queen mother’s own “Order of the Garter” Standard – including Bows and Lions (Bowes-Lyon being her maiden name)

The Horse Corridor
Walls covered in paintings of many different race horses from different eras.

The last room main room we visited was the Garden Room another very light and airy room, with one wall covered by a French Tapestry.

The main colours of this room, the carpet, curtains…. all picked up from the main colours in the Tapestry.
– views out into the garden
– a door into the garden designed to look like the other windows
– piano on which both the Princesses (Elizabeth and Margaret) learnt to play

From here we moved towards a glass of champagne and the shop. Through a corridor and via an anteroom hung with 30 or paintings by The Price of Wales – all signed just, C and a date
– a bonus extra on our visit.

There was one other room that some of us heard about that it was not possible for us to see completely.  On a warm summer’s day, the Queen Mother would sometimes like to  have lunch or dinner parties in her “Green Room”. This required carpets, dining table, candle sticks…. to be moved under a huge plane tree just at the front of the House – the tree is still there.
We finished our tour, with a glass of Champagne – perhaps quietly toasting the “Queen Mum” whose Birthday it was – and some retail  therapy.

A lovely home, shown to us by two excellent guides – a special afternoon out.
Some of the party visited a local Davies Wine Bar (Crown Passage) for a glass and a light supper before heading home.

September 14th  – Informal Inter-Ward Quiz – Bishopsgate Hall

The 3rd year of ths Quiz – Bread Street having won the first two agreed to organise this years event, broadening even further the number of teams taking part. Questions were set by our past master Robert Woodthorpe Browne with the questions being presented again by our Quiz Master, Michael Mainelli. Ten teams from various Ward Clubs took on the challenge, including our own intrepid, gallent team. We came a very meritorious 3rd. High hopes for 2012! This years event was won after a very close fight by Dowgate and Vintry, who have agreed to organise next year’s event.

Thursday 20th October – South African Wine Tasting
St Botolph’s  Bishopsgate, Church Hall

50 Members and guests enjoyed an informative evening tasting a range of wines from this fast growing “New World” region led by Chris Horridge – an enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter. A wide range of wines were presented including one decidedly corked bottle which quite a few members wished to taste – distinctive

No wines particualrly stood out, which was a shame but overall the people who attended had an enjoyable evening.

The wines presented were;
Brampton Cabernet 2007
Brampton Shiraz 2007
Bouchard Finlayson, Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2008
Bouchard Finlayson, Hannibal Sangiovese Nebiolo 2007
Paul Cluver, Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Kaapzicht, Chenin 2009
Kaapzicht, Steytler, Cabernet/Pinotage/Merlot 2006
Some hard work went on behind the scenes to provide a varied and tasty selection of “nibbles” to go with the wines.

Lord Mayor’s Show – 3rd Nov 2011

The Master (Glazier) Hon Sec (Glover)

Robert Woodthorpe Brown (Past Master Lime Street), his wife Barbara
Harvey Peebles (Past Master), his wife June. All representing Langbourn Ward (The Ward of The Lord Mayor – David Wootton). The Hon Sec took part in the float opposite this one – The Glovers

Various members of Lime Stret Ward Club took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show

Tuesday 8th November – Charterhouse Musical Tour

Small Picture Gallery – click here

20+ Members and guests met up for an Italian Supper just around the corner from Charterhouse at Venezia, 3-5 Goswell Road – simple tasty food with excellent service.

Promptly at 7.30 we were ushered through the entrance gates of Charterhouse and met by the retiring Master of Charterhouse who was to lead us on our tour of this fascinating place. Here we were joined by Baroness Andrews of English Heritage

The evening began with a short presentation on the history of the school and its buildings.

1371 Carthusian Priory
1534 Monks refused to align themselves with Henry VIIIth’s Act of Supremacy and were executed at Tyburn.
Land was given to Lord North who built a fine tudor mansion, sold to 4th Duke of Norfolk
Sold to Thomas Sutton 1532 – 1611 possibly the country’s wealthiest commoner, who founded a charitiable institution, Sutton’s Hospital ( a place of learning). Charterhouse School as it came to be known moved out in 1872 to Golming in Surrey. today the building is the home to 45 elderly gentlemen – the Brothers of Charterhouse.

This really set the tone for the whole evening as were taken from the Norfolk Cloister to, Chapel Court (Nuc Dimitis) through the Chapel Cloister (learning about the involvement of John Wesley as a Scolar (1714 – 1720)) (Psalm 23) and into the Chapel built in 1512 where were were regaled with a range of music and song, including, two Organ pieces (Prince of Denmark’s March – aka Purcells’s Trumpet Voluntary, and a Voluntary composed by the 1st Organist at Charterhouse, Benjamin Coysn (1626).

A break with a glass of wine, then onto the rest of the building and some Secular Music. Great Hall (“Pastime with good company” – Henry VIIIth). Unfortunately because of the slightly inclement weather during the day we could not climb up and visit the “Queeens Walk.
We proceeded through the great chamber with its huge Chimney Piece (1571), built whilst the Duke of Norfolk was “in residence”.  (House inprisonment)

We finished in the Old Library with a rendition of Linden Lea (Ralph Vaughn Williams – a student  from 15 years old to 18).)

We left at around 10.15 via the Master’s Court where a very clear joint as between Medieval Stone and Tudor Brick can be seen. A truely “special” evening.

The singers then sung a Carthusian Chant (Gloria Patria). A very different style of music – slow and uneven rythm.

Monday 28th (evening) Tuesday  29th Nov (all day)
Red Cross Fair

A major bi-annual charity raising event for the City Branch of the Red Cross
A great market with commercial stalls filling the Great Hall and the Library full of stalls run by Livery Companies (and Lime Street Ward Club) all offering a wide range of high quality different gifts – a must prior to Christmas. There is an Admission Charge.

The Fair was opened by Julian Fellowes (Author of Downton Abbey – a huge TV hit in the UK) in conjunction with the Lady Mayoress.

The Ward Club led by Peter Cave took part in this Fair, running a stall with two aims. To raise money for this excellent charity and to promote Ward Clubs. We achieved both objectives – raising almost £400 with our “name the bear” competition

and receiving various enquiries about Ward Clubs and the City. The City Livery Club – who were at the Fair, promoting Livery, very kindly sent various people over to us.

On the Tuesday the fair was attended by the Lord Mayor Alderman David Wooton, who showed great interest in our stall.
Three people managed to come up with the Bear’s name, Jasper (all within 15 minutes of each other towards the end of the fair).
All received a prize, 2 prizes of £50 (kindly donated by The Master and Peter Cave) and 1 Lunch for 2 kindly provided by Ball Bros, Mark Lane. In addition the chocolates very kindly donated by Hotel Chocolat, Leadenhall Market for our Mini Raffle – were very happily received by the winner.

This event raised over £94,000 (net of all costs) for the Red Cross – approx £51,000 from voluntary stalls and £43,000 from the commercial area. 

Thursday December 8th – Annual Carol Service at St Peter-upon-Cornhill

Our very popular annual carol service took place as usual at the “hidden” church of St Peter’s just off Cornhill Our Church As in 2009 (no Service in 2010 due to snow) it was held in conjunction with members and guests from the Worshipful Company of Poulters, which is also affiliated with St Peter’s. Nearly 90 enjoyed a service led by our Hon Chaplain – The Revd Mark O’Donoghue, with the singing led as usual by the choir of St Mary the Virgin, North Shoebury.] They are an excellent Choir who make a major contribution towards the success of this evening.
Regretably Alderman Sir John Sttutard our President was unable to attend due to a clash of dates. Our Vice President Alderman Sir David Howard, Bt, kindly agreed to join us, along with Elizabeth Rogula CC and Robert Howard CC.

As in past years very generous donations of presents for The Good Shepherd Mission were brought by many members.

The Carols sung by all, were;
Once in Royal David’s City
O come all ye faithful
The Holly and the Ivy
First Noel
Hark the Herald

Isaiah Ch 9 v 2-7 read by Alderman Sir David Howard, Bt – Vice President, Lime Street Ward Club
Luke Ch 2 v 1-7 read by Mr Brendan Tobin, Master, The Worshipful Company of Poulters
Luke Ch 2:8-15 read by Mr Stephen Hatton, Master, Lime Street Ward Club
John Ch1 1-18 read by Mr James Cross, Upper Warden, Lime Street Ward Club

January 9th – Committee Meeting – Guildhall

The main item on the Agenda was considering a report from the Rules Sub Committee, (subset of the ESC) having carried out a detailed review of the Rules of the Club.  Various changes were suggested and discussed. A final version was agreed for submission to the AGM.

January 19th – City Matters – 2 CC’s differing perspectives on the role of a CC

A special opportunity to learn more about the City and how it operates behind the scenes – with presentations from our recently retired Common Councilman Christine Cohen OBE, who  particularly concentrated on some of the issues and “excitements” involved in working on the planning committee.
After a break for a glass and light refreshments it it was the turn of our newest Common Councilman Robert Howard to talk us through his first 6 months or so at Guildhall.
– we also welcomed guests form other Ward Clubs including Bishopsgate and Tower Ward.
Regrettably it was not possible for members of the Guild of Young Freemen to attend.

From this event it was possible for the Ward Club to donate £100 towards the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Bart’s and the trauma unit at The Royal London hospital being the appeal’s main beneficiaries.