President Alderman Charles Bowman
Vice President  Alderman Sir David Howard. Bt.

Master Roseanne Bowman

Rosanne, most people know her a Rosie was born in Yorkshire, brought up and educated mainly in Oxfordshire and or Berkshire (she didn’t move, but the boundary changed).She also went to a finishing school in Eastbourne where she learnt amongst other things, how to cook in a Cordon Bleu style.
She started her career in the City working for a Financial Public Relations company, who, when she was there landed the City of London Corporation account. This was her first connection with the Corporation, where she found herself involved in speech writing for The Lord Mayor of the given year.

She met and married “the other” Charles Bowman (now deceased) who was a Common Councilman for Aldgate Ward for some years. He was also Lime Street Ward Club’s Master in 1997/8

She spent 6 years travelling all over the world with him, hosting and organising numerous social events. She has 2 children Nick & Sophie.

Rosie joined Lime St. Ward Club in 1996. She became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Poulters in 2008. She was also a founder member of the Ward Club Events Sub committee. Rosie has been very involved for some years both as a participant and organiser for the biennial Red Cross Fair,

Upper Warden – Tim Willens
Lower Warden  – Robert Howard CC – became Alderman for Cornhill Ward in November 2015
Hon Treasurer – Chris Otter
Hon Secretary – Daphne Cave
Internal Examiner – Michael Brecknell
Hon Chaplain Rev William Taylor

Monday 16th February – Annual Installation Dinner and AGM

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This year’s event was held at Cutler’s Hall with almost 100 people attending the Dinner.

At the AGM the Immediate Past Master proposed changes to our Club’s Objectives to reflect the Club in the 21st C,

Amendments to our Club Objectives.
These had not been changed since our creation in 1946, so a slight change in terminology was proposed in addition tw0 additional items were added.

The words showing additions/amendments are below.
The Objectives of the Club are to arrange  meetings and events from time to time,  to promote friendly discussion and interaction among Members and their Guests,  including discussion of Ward, Parochial and City Matters, topics of local and general interest, exclusive of those of a religious or political nature.
To encourage actively, interest in the City Civic, especially in both our Wards (Lime Street and Cornhill) and to support positively  our Aldermen and Common Councilmen
To encourage  and support good causes from time to time

This was supported unanimously.

Agreed, a name change to the ESC – General Purposes (and Events) Sub Committee to reflect its actual role in being there to support the main committee “as and when” in addition to supporting events.

Agreed, the Club should investigate Affiliation possibilities with the Armed Forces. – discussions were commenced with HMS President.

Lord Mayor’s Charity £1,000
St Peter upon Cornhill £700
Sheriff and Recorders Fund £200
Lord Mayor’s Big Curry (ABFund) £250
Red Cross Biennnial £500
Master’s Charity £100 + Profit from 1 chosen event.

Master’s Charity (LM Soldiers Fund) £100
Red Cross Biennial £400

An excellent dinner provided by The Cook and Butler” comprised;
Smoked Haddock and Coriander Tart Tatin – Tribal African, Western Cape, South Africa
Loin of Scottish Venison – Grand Veneur Sauce, Celeriac Dauphinoise – Wyndham Estate – Bin 55, Shiraz 2012 – South-Eastern Australia
Passion Fruit Delice
Barao de Vilar or Cognac

Following a Sung Grace and the traditional toasts – the Revd. Cannon Paul Thomas OBE, Chaplain to “The Poulters” and author of “Humorous Rhyming Graces” gave an interesting and entertaining short address closing with a toast to Lime Street Ward Club.

Monday 16th March – Members’ Evening

An informal relaxed evening at Revolution in Leadenhall Street – in the very elegant Bank Vault.
A good number of guests and friends had a convivial evening together.

Tuesday 28th April – Visit to Wetlands (Barnes)

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A really enjoyable wander on a blustery but blue sky day at this very enjoyable Bird and Duck Sanctuary, which is part of the World Wide Life Trust

The Master and Hon Sec went on a recce  – much colder weather.

21 Members, a good guide, plenty of Birds, Ducks, Geese and others, all seeking our attention.

Excellent lunch afterwards at the “Depot” looking out over the river – highly recommended.
Our Master’s favourite for at least 20 years.

Those who did not come – “it was too far………” – missed out on a really excellent day.

Red Cross City Collection Day

5 hardy souls collected around Leadenhall Market and Lloyd’s in the AM.
A typically slightly frustrating time. It is amazing how many people put their hand into their pocket as they walk towards you and walk past without making a donation. We raised approx. £250 – a worthwhile effort but disappointing  compared to earlier years.

Wednesday May 20th – Guided Tours of the Mansion House
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AM  27 members and guests set off on a Guided Tour of the Main Rooms

including the Egyptian Hall,

Receiving Rooms and the Old Ballroom ending with an opportunity to visit the Silver Vault.

and a quick peek into the Gents Toilets

This was followed by a very convivial lunch at Williamson’s Tavern – itself an historic house being at one time the home of the Lord Mayor of London. Most people do not seem to notice the beautiful wrought iron gates as one enters the pub.

In the afternoon a return to the Mansion House for an excellent Guided Tour of the Paintings,

We were led by an entertaining and very knowledgeable specialist Guide, who especially focused on the Dutch collection,
A busy and excellent day.

Tuesday 9th June – Annual Church Service and Civic Lunch – Livery Hall, Guildhall

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This year our Church Service was led by one of our own members – The Rev John Hayton – Master Bowyer  – with a short sermon being given by Rev Jamie Child.

Hymn – Immortal, Invisible, God only wise
First Reading by the President – Isiah 25 v 6-12
Hymn Angel voices, ever singing
Second Reading by the Master – Mark 9 v 14-29
Hymn Love divine all loves excelling


Our Annual Civic Lunch (Cook and Butler) was an excellent affair.

124 members and Guests enjoyed an excellent occasion, made very special by the attendance of The Lord Mayor (Alderman Alan Yarrow)and The Lady Mayoress accompanied by Sheriff Fiona Adler and David Adler and the Master’s Guest of Honour, Miss Ann Gale. MBE (Anni)

who regaled us with a fun and fascinating insight to the Lord Mayor’s Office where she was responsible for the Lord Mayor’s diary for many years, closing with a toast to the Lime Street Ward Club. We were also very pleased to welcome The Master Leatherseller and his wife along with their Clerk and many other regular friends of the Ward Club.

Reception – Chardonnay Baron de Beaumont Vin Mousseaux Brut
Lunch Baked Scottish Salmon, Spaghetti of Vegtables – Antoine Simoneau – Anjou Torraine Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Cannon of Spring Lamb, Spinach and Mint Rosemary Jus – Syrah des coteaux 2012 – Ardeche and Gard
Honey and Panna Cotta Tart, Peach Coulis and Lime Sorbet
Barao Port and Cognac

Toast Master – Jamie Wallis, excellent as always.

Monday 13th July – Visit to the College of Arms  

20 Members and their guests enjoyed a fascinating evening learning about The College of Arms, its history, the history of its building, its structure and of course the creation of “Arms”. Our guide for the evening was the Windsor Herald of Arms – William Hunt TD BA FCA. So much experience, knowledge, passion and a great sense of humour made the evening wizz by. We were honoured to be shown the Coat of Arms that had only very recently been prepared for our President – prior to him being Elected as Sheriff.

A Coat of Arms – will never just be a Coat of Arms ever again, if you know what to look for and enjoy pictorial “puns” – start studying Coats of Arms.
e.g. A representation of “Broad Stairs”  ?
Sir Edward Heath’s Coat of Arms – he came from Broadstairs!

The evening finished with a light supper and a glass.

Wednesday 15th July – a visit to Year 5 and 6 “Graduation Day” for John Scurr School

The Immediate Past Master (Peter Cave), Hon. Sec (Daphne Cave) and Committee Member Normal Chapman were invited to attend the School’s end of term “Prize giving”. This was to thank them all for their involvement in raising £3,000 over this year and last.

Singing, Dancing and Bands and many happy kids, teachers and parents.
Peter Cave (IPM) was asked to present a prize to the child with the most energy, enthusiasm and drive.
A really special day out.

Committee Meeting – 8th September – The Counting House

Master and 17 Members in attendance

Ward Report
Charles Bowman and Christine Rigden elected as Sheriffs
The newly opened Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) has received its first tenants, we welcome AON to our Ward
Leathersellers will move into our Ward in Jan 2016.
Pedestrianisation will be introduced into Lime Street 8.00am to 6.00pm

A very special day for Charles and Samantha bowman and likewise for our Ward Club.

Our Alderman and President is elected Aldermanic Sheriff,

A few weeks later he was presented with his Shrieval Badge. Donations from many Liverymen helped offset the costs of this striking badge.

This picture of the our President, Samantha Bowman and our Beadle Stephen Kipping was taken at the end of the Silent Ceremony (Lord Mayor’s Election) 

Sunday 6th September – Polo at Ham (The London Polo Club)

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The Master invited Members and their guests to enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon at her local Polo Club.

Certainly a first for the Ward Club
A beautiful September Day – (had been a pretty unpleasant Summer). A glass, a chat, an excellent Buffet lunch sitting watching the Polo. If you have never been – go. Great fun.

Exciting, wonderful to be able to walk around and see the Polo ponies being prepared……

People missed out, on another excellent day out.

Wednesday 9th September,  Inter-Ward Quiz

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We WON, last year, so our turn to host the event. St Botolph’s Bishopsgate, Church Hall was full – 11 Teams all competing hard (some very hard). Past Master Robert Woodthorpe-Browne very kindly agreed to set the Questions (they were tough) and Alderman Michael Mainelli acted as Master of Ceremonies and Adjudicator.

He kept an eye on the scorer (Peter Cave) as well 🙂


After 8 gruelling rounds and a series of Dingbat Posers,

Billingsgate Ward Club triumphed

Their 2nd Team tried very hard to get the wooden spoon and failed!
The Lutinees (Lime Street) came a creditable 4th.

Roll on 2016.

Thursday 29th October – Wine Tasting with a difference – “Call my Bluff” at The Walrus and Carpenter

George Stewart of Cru Wine World (Wine suppliers to among others The Bank of England) ably assisted by Sarah-Jane Weston led 50 members and guests on a “merry dance”  – with an excellent choice of “confusing” wines – possibly merrier and more confusing as the evening progressed.

The wines presented were;
Sparkling – Graham Beck NV – South Africa
Pieropan Soave Classico 2013
A – Z Chardonnay 2012
Felton Road Riesling
Brundlmayer Gruner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen 2012

Macarini Barbera 2011
Saint Cosme 2007
Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2012
Bonnet Reserve 2010

A simple supper followed. We were very well looked after by the Walrus and Carpenter Team.

Lord Mayor’s Election

After the Silent Ceremony (Installation of the Lord Mayor)  a small group representing Lime Street Ward Club presented our President and Sheriff with an illuminated address in the presence of the Lord Mayor, the lay Sheriff and many other Livery Company representatives. The address had been prepared for us via the auspices of The Windsor Herald.

Lord Mayor’s Show

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What a day! 20 Members and their guests had a great day out irrespective of the weather.
Our President as Sheriff in one coach, our Lower Warden as Cornhill’s new Alderman in another.

A few including the Master, Hon Sec and Hon Treasurer were greatly honoured to be invited to view the show from the Balcony of Mansion House by our President  – very special.

The Mayor of Dublin in Dublin’s 250 year old coach, brought over especially for the event. It had never been out of Ireland before

The Red Cross with their reindeer,promoting the Red Cross Fair

Red Cross Fair 

An event that Lime Street Ward Club has supported since the Fair started. This year our main role turned out to be helping out with Ticket Sales and Admissions and General support. Much thanks to those who gave up their time to help out.  The IPM put together a Photo quiz on “The City of London” and with the Biennial contribution from the Ward Club  we raised £690.  The fair was very well supported on both days and included some innovative twists such as “PopUp” food stalls and Music in Guildhall Yard and a well attended Fashion Show in the Livery Hall.

Leadenhall Lights

The Lord Mayor, The Sheriffs and other City Dignitaries visited many of the shops and hostelries around the Market before switching on the Christmas lights. A very good crowd this year enjoying the atmosphere and Mulled Wine with Mince pies.

Annual Carol Service – St Peter upon Cornhill – Thursday 10th December

The Choir (St Mary’s Chorale, North Shoebury) started our Annual Carol Service with “The Truth from above” (Trad) and after a warm welcome from our Chaplain led the whole congregation of the totally full Church (120+) in The First Noel.
Our own, Rev’d John Hatton led the service and prayers.
Choir Ring Christmas Bell (Leontovich)
First Lesson Luke 1 v 26 – 38 – Vice President of Lime Street Ward Club
See amid the winter snow
Second Lesson Luke 2 v 1 – 7 – Master Worshipful of Poulters
Little Jesus sweetly sleep (Trad.)
Sleep in Peace (Tim Porter)
Third Lesson Luke 2 v 8 – 21 – The Master
Choir Arise, awake ye shepherds
Silent Night, Holy Night
Fourth Lesson John 1 v 1 – 14 – Upper Warden
Choir In the bleak mid-winter (Darke)
Angels from the realms of glory

Immediately after the Service the Master presented our Vice President Alderman Sir David Howard with a small gift (a book on City Maps) in recognition of his many years supporting the Ward Club as Alderman of Cornhill.
He would be stepping down as Vice President at the 2016 AGM.
Lady Howard was also presented with a very attractive Bouquet of flowers. Both of them expressed their appreciation and surprise at these unexpected presents.

The Hon Sec felt that it was time to share the Catering load, having done the majority of the catering for the past few years from home (ably supported by other volunteers from the club),  so she decided to involve a charity called Providence Row Bakery. They were helpful, professional and produced some very interesting and tasty food.

Thanks as for the past few years to Roland Hughes, Chris Otter and Stanly Liu for donating the Wines and soft drinks.

 Committee Meeting – 7th January –  Guildhall
– supper afterwards The Anthologist 

Ward Club name change
Past Master Peter Cave proposed that the Ward Club name be changed to Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club firstly as it reflected how the Club has operated for decades and given the growing connection with the Club’s Upper Warden, becoming Alderman of Cornhill Ward. This was agreed unanimously.

Affiliations. Investigations continue.

Carol Service
Possibly time for considering a change to the Choir – more discussions to take place

Ward Report
Congratulations were given to Robert Howard (past CC of Lime Street Ward) on his becoming elected as Alderman for Cornhill Ward. (58.8% turnout being the highest in any City Election for many years)>
Dominic Christian (Member of the Ward club) will be standing for CC in Lime Street Ward. Past Master Peter Cave will be his Agent.

City Matters – An Annual City Briefing – Thursday, February 4th

This year’s event was held at AON’s Head Office – (they also very kindly agreed to host the evening)  within the “Cheesegrater” (122 Leadenhall Streeet). Our Guest Speaker was Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE – Common Cryer and Sergent at Arms (The Mace bearer).

Opening with Oh Yez, Oh Yez, Oh Yez at a decibel level that had to be heard to be believed, there was no doubt we were going to be in for an interesting and enjoyable evening – no dozing off!.
We learnt about the the Mace(es) of the City – there are 2, the Old Mace “only” 45 lbs 🙂 and a so called “travelling mace” made in the last 50 years or so, able to be broken down into sections and carried in a suit case (30 lbs), and when they are and are not used.

Stories of the “not so silent ceremony”, Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s elections, Life and times of Henry VIIth and much more. Time went by very quickly. After his talk Lower Warden, Alderman Robert Howard – thanked AON for hosting the evening, Geoffrey warmly  for his talk and gave him a small cheque from the Ward Club towards a charity of his choice.
A delicious light supper was served after the talk – the talk continued……

A very good end to our Master’s Year.

The Masters Report on her year

Good evening everyone.

It has been a privilege and an honor to be Master of Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club for the past 12 months. I’ve enjoyed representing our Club at other City events In addition to my own.

My year started at the AGM and installation dinner on 16th February at the Cutlers Hall. My delightful guest speaker and friend The Rev Canon Paul Thomas OBE, a recently retired Queens chaplain gave an amusing and entertaining talk.

For the second year running on the 16th March the members and friends evening was held at the Revolution in Leadenhall St

28 April we paid a visit to Barnes Wetland Center a branch of the Wildlife Trust.
After watching the otters feeding time which was highly entertaining we were guided around the vast area seeing many different breeds of ducks and other wild unusual birds.

An excellent lunch followed at the Depot Restaurant on the River in Barnes

On the 6th May the Hon Sec, Daphne and the Immediate Past Master Peter and I hosted an Inter Ward evening at the Walrus and Carpenter, meeting many other Hon Secs, Clerk’s and Hon Treasures from other Ward Clubs.

On 20th may we spent an interesting day at the Mansion House which included a visit to the basement filled with their treasures. After a very good lunch at the Williamson Tavern nearby we returned for the second half visit enjoying a guided tour of the pictures and other art upstairs

The Civic Lunch on 9th June was held at the Guildhall and attended by over 100 members their families and friends. We were so fortunate that the Lord Mayor Alderman Alan Yarrow, The Lady Mayoress, Sheriff Fiona Addler and her husband David Adler were able to attend, along with Masters of other Ward Clubs and Livery Companies. We enjoyed a delicious lunch with two excellent wines commented on by The Lord Mayor at the time and later in his two letters.

Anni Gail OBE gave an extremely amusing account of her life at the Mansion House during her 25 years as Personal Assistant to the numerous Lord Mayors and as keeper of their Diaries

On the 2nd I attended both the Langbourn Civic Lunch on 16th June at Drapers Hall and the Aldgate Civic Lunch at the Guildhall on 22nd of June. The Lord Mayor was not present at either

The Sheriff’s election took place on 24th June at the Guildhall and our President Alderman Charles Bowman was elected as the new Aldermanic Sheriff, taking effect at the end of September

On July 13th we visited the College of Arms in Queen Victoria Street hosted by the Windsor Herald William Hunt. A fascinating evening.

We had a splendid day at Ham Polo Club on Sunday 16th September with stunning weather. This included a delicious buffet lunch. It was also my fund raising event for the Haven Trust
I raised over 1500 pounds. A big thank you to everyone who supported my charity this year a very worthwhile cause.

The Inter-Ward quiz hosted by our Club to place at  St Botolph’s Church Hall and was won by Billingsgate Ward Club
I was invited to the Shrieval Chain party on 24th September when Alderman Charles Bowman received his beautiful chain of office. His installation as Sheriff followed by the Sheriff’s breakfast took place on 28 September.

The Lord Mayor’s election took place at the Guildhall on 29th September when Alderman, Lord Mountevans was elected as our current Lord Mayor.

I enjoyed a splendid evening at the GlassSellers banquet on 12th of October at the Mansion House as a guest of Past Masters Vincent and Jo Emms. Vincent is also Past Hon. Treasurer and Past Master of Lime Street Ward Club

On 29th October our Annual Wine Tasting event took place at the Walrus and Carpenter. The theme was Call my Bluff. it proved to be an interesting and fun time enjoyed by everyone.

The Silent Ceremony took place on Friday 13th November when the outgoing Lord Mayor robed Alderman the Lord Mountevans as the new Lord Mayor. This was followed by my presentation of a scroll to Alderman and Sheriff Charles Bowman on behalf of Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club

On 14th November The Lord Mayor’s Show day. it rained all day. This did not spoil the fun of such a special day. I was honored to be invited to sit outside the Mansion House by Alderman and Sheriff Charles Bowman to watch the return of the procession followed by a late lunch in Mansion House.

The Leadenhall Market Christmas lights were switched on by the new Lord Mayor on Friday 20th November. The Broker a wine bar provided nonstop mulled wine and mince pies throughout the evening. Thank you Keith and Veronica (also members of Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club)

I was sorry to have missed the very successful Red Cross fair on 30th November and 1st December especially as I’ve been on the committee for over 20 years

The Annual Carol Service on 10th December was delayed by a week so I could celebrate my son Nicholas ‘s fairy tale wedding in Palm Beach, Florida

The final event took place on 4th February at the “Cheese Grater” by kind permission of Dominic Christian CEO of Aon and member of Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club – Colonel Jeffrey Godbold OBE better known as the Common Crier was my excellent Guest Speaker giving us a marvelous account of his life and duties in the City including his HAC background. A delicious supper followed. With very grateful thanks to Dominic Christian for his hospitality.

It has been a wonderful year. A big thank you to Daphne for her hard work and Peter (IPM), The Hon Treasurer, Chris Otter and Michael Brecknell and all who helped to make other events that run smoothly especially the Civic Lunch and finally to Mark Groves for his excellent food and wines.