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.