President Alderman, The Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman
Vice President Alderman Robert Howard
Master Daphne Cave
Grew up and Educated in HongKong. Moved to London and spent over a decade in the City before, moving over to Westminster to work as PA for an MP for a decade or so. Set up her own Image and Style Consultancy which specialised in training Senior Executives in enhancing their perceived persona….. She has been very actively involved in the City of London throughout this time and was 2nd Under Warden of the Worshipful Company of Glovers in her year as Master (and Hon Sec) of the Ward Club.
Upper Warden Sally Anne Hill
Lower Warden David Pinkerton
Hon Sec Daphne Cave
Hon Treasurer Chris Otter
Independent Examiner Michael Brecknell
Her chosen Charity Second Sight
Target £1,000. Raised £2,200
Programme – 2018-2019
February – Monday 19th February Annual General Meeting & Installation Dinner at Guildhall Crypts
March – Wednesday 14th March Members & Guests Evening at Jamies, preceded by a short visit to St Margaret Pattens
April – Monday 23rd April Private Guided tour of the Supreme Court, followed by Supper
May – Wednesday 23rd May A day out in Greenwich, Painted Hall & Queen’s House
June – Wednesday 13th June Civic Banquet in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress – Mansion House
July – Wednesday 4th July Committee Meeting
September – Thursday 20th September Visit to the Globe
October – Wednesday 17th October Wine tasting
November – Saturday 10th Nov The Lord Mayor’s Show
Friday 16th Nov Christmas Lights, Leadenhall Market
December – Monday 10th Dec Carol Service at St Peter-upon-Cornhill
January Committee Meeting
Saturday 19th January Westminster Abbey Guided Tour with Choral Works
AGM and Installation Dinner – Monday 19th February – The Crypts, Guildhall
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Approx 50 members attended the AGM, held in the West Crypt.
They heard a report on his year from the outgoing Master, Alderman Robert Howard, our Treasurer Mr Otter who was pleased with the overall finances of the Club, especially after taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2017. “Excellent Float, well under budget and with good sponsorship from AON and Charles Stanley”
Daphne Cave, the Hon Sec, received her Master’s badge of office from Robert Howard to warm applause.
She announced the appointment of an Assist Hon Sec – Teresita Cutting.
One of the Master’s first duties was to read out a message that we had received that day from our President – The Lord Mayor, who was away in Australia and NZ.
It was agreed that our Annual Donations would continue as in the past, but with one new addition – COLA Shoreditch Park 250.00p – This was part of our agreed Affiliation with this School – having had no success at all in creating interest in the various “forces” vis a vis an Affiliation.
Dinner was held in the Main Crypt with 100 Members and Guests present, an excellent meal from Cook and Butler
Baked Atlantic Cod, Jasmine Rice and Saffron sauce – Vermentino, IGP Pay’s d’Oc 2016
Breast of Gressingham Duck, Beaujolais Wine Reduction sauce – Azania Pinotage, Western Cape 2014
Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Mousse, Pink Champagne Sorbet
Muskat Ottenel Spatlese 2008
Coffee, Petit Fours, Barao de Villar Port or Cognac
Our Guest speaker,who proposed the Toast to the Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club on behalf of the guests was Bgdr David Santa-Ollala – Clerk to the Leathersellers. We learnt that Clerks do not often get invited to make speeches in the City, what a shame. Interesting, amusing and thought provoking. The Leatherseller’s Master was very impressed.
Members and Guests Evening – including a trip to St Margaret Patten 14th March
42 Members and guests enjoyed a very interesting an entertaining visit to St Margaret Patten Church, Eastcheap before going onto Jamies for Supper, just up the hill. We were told about some of the history of the Church and one of two of its specific features. The highlight for some was being allowed to see and handle two beautiful pieces of Silver from the 17th C. This building was designed by Wren after the original Church was destroyed in the Great Fire (1666).
It is affiliated to two Livery Companies The Basketmakers and the Pattenmakers. There is a really interesting exhibition as you enter the Church of a wide range of Old and more modern Pattens, well worth dropping in to see, in addition to the Church itself.
What is a Patten?
Private Lunch at the Mansion House 19th March
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Officers and Past Masters were kindly invited to a Special Lunch, hosted by the Lady Mayoress
Paul Goerg Brut Reserve Champagne
Pan Fried Sea-Bass, Saffron fennel and courgette
Gingerbread cake and Pear Panna Cotta
Outer Limits Zapallar Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Colcuaga Merlot 2015
Lunch was followed by a visit to the Vault, amazing.
A friendly, relaxed and very enjoyable event.
Many thanks to our Lady Mayoress – Samantha Bowman
Visit to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom – 23rd April
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31 Members and Guests assembled in the reception area of the Supreme Court and looked at a very interesting display, partly about Law and Legal practices and partly about the History of the Building. As we went round the Building we were to learn that it used to be the the former Guildhall for the County of Middlesex
We were then led on our tour by our Guide, a very knowledgeable lady, Rebecca Lowson. We actually visited two totally different Court Rooms -1 The Supreme Court of England and Wales – very modern with a beautiful Motif, picked up in the curtains as well as in the Glass.
Then to the Privy Council Court Room – the Supreme Court still for a number of Commonwealth Countries….. around the world.
You can tell the difference in era – just be looking at the room itself.
Believe it or not, when the Privy council is operating as the Supreme Court for Country A drop in segment of the Carpet is changed to show the flag of that country.
A very special treat was to be allowed into the Justice’s Library a very atmospheric building housing some amazing Artifacts in addition to ,000 law books.
Very interesting presentations in both rooms.
In need of sustenance we adjourned to The Two Chairman about 10 minutes away,
to our own private room (up a steep flight of stairs), for good food, a glass and plenty of chat.
A day out in Greenwich – Thursday 24th May.
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38 members and their guests enjoyed a tiring but very enjoyable day visiitng Greenwich. Led by our indominatable Master (and Hon Sec),
in the process of surviving a recently broken shoulder.
We all met up at the Information Gallery close to the Cutty Sark. (This is worth a visit in its own right. Lots to see and free.)
In the morning we were split into two groups one visiting the Painted Hall and particularly the Ceiling first and then The Chapel of the Old Naval College opposite and vice versa.
The Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College, which was once the The Royal Naval Hospital (The Marine equivalent of The Royal Hospital Chelsea) is a stunningly beautiful building.
By co-incidence, when the first group arrived we were treated to 10 mins of lovely opera as one of the students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the same complex of buildings was taking her singing exams. The second group got a short unexpected extra guided tour from a guide to the building.
The highlight of the morning however was probably the possibility of going right up to the roof of the Painted Hall,
to see the work being carried out by a team of conservators (an 18 month project).
We had explained to us some of the processes involved in the conservation and some of the marks left by some of the previous restorers/conservators – this being only the 5th time in 300 years that such work has been carried out and almost certainly the only time that the public would have been allowed right up into the roof.
The normal view you would get, some what further away
A very special opportunity. Seeing the 300 year old ceiling, up close knowing that the next time one sees it it will be 60 feet above you was quite thought provoking.The next time someone gets this close – another 60 or 70 years perhaps.
A very convivial lunch was held in the Old Brewery and then it was time to go off to The Queens House, which is now a fascinating Art Gallery, containing some amazing paintings including a recently purchased and restored painting of Elizabeth I that was sold by descendants of Sir Francis Drake.
As well as the paintings our two guides also told us of the evolving history of the house.
Everybody came away with some fantastic memories.
For some – a cup of tea in the Maritime Museum next door was essential, before returning home, happy and tired.
Civic Banquet, Mansion house – Wednesday 13th June
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What a fantastic evening. Over 200 Members and Guests enjoyed Mansion House at its best.
As the Master said in her speech, “we were extremely grateful to the Lord Mayor for inviting his Ward Club to use his “Dining Room” – the Egyptian Hall”. All the guests arrived to the sound of background music and the HAC Honour Guard. The top table were led in by the Pipe and Drums of the HAC playing the traditional Scipio.
When we were seated the Master welcomed all the guests and hoped that they had a great evening, they did.
The evening started with Grace by the Rev John Haynes
The Menu comprised
Confit trout potted shrimp and pea pannacotta, with lemon puree, quails egg and cherry tomatoes
Rioja Blanco, Viura Verdejo, Finca Azabacje 2016
Slow Roast Beef Fillet, summer truffle cream potato with salsa verde, lemon
cream and cipollini onions
Rhanleigh, Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa, 2016
Morello Cherry Parfait, Meringue verbena chocolate rock, cherry gel, griotine, micro cress
Coffee, Truffles – Croft Triple Crown Port
Toast Master Jamie Wallis
The Masters speech made reference to the Lord Mayor’s work on creating a Better and more Trusted City. She then broke with tradition and gave a small gift to our toast master Mr Jamie Wallis and congratulated the Lady Mayoress on Swimming NON stop for 5 hours (7 miles) in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal (She raised £10,000).
Two cheques were handed over, 1 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and another for the Sheriff and Recorders Fund.
Finally as a Souvenir of the Lord Mayor’s Show the Master presented The Lord Mayor with a Limited Edition Print of our float design for our entry in the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The Lord Mayor replied by thanking the “Best Ward Club in the City” for its warmth and generosity, presenting the Hon Sec (Master) with a small gift in appreciation for all her hard work over the year and a surprise gift to Peter Cave for all his work behind the scenes especially concerning 2017 Lord Mayor’s Show Float – the gift was greatly appreciated.
Over coffee we enjoyed the Post Horn Gallop being played from the floor as opposed to the Balcony – great fun. Upper Warden Mrs Sally-Anne Hill proposed the Toast to the Guests at the same time as introducing our Guest Speaker, known to many, Mr Murray Craig – the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court who was as entertaining as always.
A couple of the Guests, who attend many such functions commented that this really was a very special evening, with a great deal of excitement and happiness.
Langbourn Civic Lunch Friday 15th June – Grocers Hall
The Master and Consort were invited by the Langbourn Ward Club Master,
Marie Heylin to attend their very enjoyable Civic Lunch – the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress were in attendance.
Committee Meeting 4th July – Charles Stanley – Bishopsgate
- supper afterwards – The Otherist
Master and 17 Members in attendance.
The Meeting started with a sad reprt of the deaths of Past Master Harvey Peebles (very sudden) and Joan Kelloe (Hon Member), who had been a Member for decades, aged 98.
COLA – Shoreditch Park
Into its second year, fully subscribed. The Ward Club has donated 134 books, plus in addition given 250.00 towards the library fund for the purchase of further books. This is very greatfully received.
The Inter-ward Quiz – Painter Stainers’ Hall
This year, the Quiz was organised by last year’s winners, Queenhithe Ward Club, who took the step of hiring a larger venue of Painters’ Hall for the event.
Seventeen Ward Clubs took part and some of them fielded two teams.
The top three were as follows:
First Billingsgate with 74 points
Second Cripplegate with 73 points
Third Aldersgate with 72 points.
We came a very acceptable 4th
Visit to the Globe Theatre – 29th September
It almost rained as we listened to our excellent guide explaining the background to the creation of this replica of the Theatre that many of William Shakespeare’s plays would have been performed at in his lifetime, when he was play-write, actor, promoter….. We were then taken in to the Main Auditorium, which seems much large when seen close to, perhaps than when imagined from the outside.
We had our own special cabaret when the cast of the evening production, including Mark Rylance came on stage to “Warm up” for their afternoon performance, exercises, stretch, yoga…..
We then went inside to learn about the clothes that might have been worn by a Lady of the Elizabethan era. Volunteer and Member – Kay Godfrey stepped forward.
We then learnt about the amazing number of layers of clothes involved, and the time necessary to get ready to go out, really fascinating.
The last part of the morning was planned to be an exhibition of Sword Fighting – regrettably the main Teacher and one of his pupils had been summoned that morning urgently to the BBC to help out on a major sequence for a series being filmed that day.
However we did have a really interesting demonstration of the working of an Elizabethan Press, then even put an Apprentice to work. (Our Master)
Not sure they are going that she is going to get her Freedom, yet?
An interesting and enjoyable morning, time for lunch. 10 minute walk along the river to Zizzis, first floor, good view of the Thames, ending of a good day out.
A City Briefing with a difference – A visit to the HAC – 4th September
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During discussions with the Ensign, Clerk and Adjutant of the Company of Pikemen and Musketeers – David Hadden
about the Civic Dinner at Mansion House, the possibility of an informal visit to “Headquarters” arose. David H was more than willing to assist, especially if it included a donation to their re-equipment programme. All was agreed.
- A really interesting presentation on the history of the HAC and the role that is played today by its Parent Regiment – we saw a fair number of young volunteers being put through their paces on the parade ground.
- A guided tour of the main rooms of Armoury house, passing through their Museum, very quickly, a return visit essential, which provides a chronological overview of the regiments history, since 1537.
- Then, we were all allowed into their Inner Sanctum – their changing room,
where we heard about, held and tried on their Muskets and Armour. all this as we drank a very good glass of “sparkle” and consumed very tasty Canapés.
Afterwards we “marched” not very far to have supper at a very enjoyable Turkish Restaurant Iskek, joined by David and The HAC Captain, Major R.J. Jackson.
Wine Tasting – 17th October – Bubbles and South Africa – St Botolph’s – Church Hall
Menzendorff – the UK supplier for the House of Bollinger since 1904, returned. They very kindly did a tasting for us back in 2014 for Past Master Peter Cave.
42 Members and Guests, had a very well presented and varied tasting of some very good wines.
Cremant de Loire – Langlois-Chateau, Samur, Loire Valley
Special Cuvee – Bollinger, Ay, Champagne
Brut Majeur – Ayala – Ay, Champagne (Owned by Bollinger)
Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Klein Constantia 2017, Constantia, Southern Cap
Sauvignon Blanc – Southern Right 2017, Hemel-en-Aarde
Estate Red – Klein Constantia 2014, Constantia
Pinotage – Southern Right 2017, Hemel-en-Aarde
Anwilka, Anwilka 2013, Helderberg, Stellenbosch
Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia, Constantia, Southern Cap
Supper was provided by the King’s Arms from just over the road. Simple tasty food, just what was needed. Laura Reid, their Manager, a star.
Service of Thanksgiving for the Lord Mayor – Monday 5th November
The Master and her consort represented the Ward Club at the Service of thanksgiving for the Lord Mayor and his year in Office. Held at St Stephen Walbrook.
A stimulating service in a beautiful Church.
Fanfare for the Lord Mayor – Arthur Bliss
March from Scipio
Praise my Soul the King of Heaven
Choir Psalm 150
Choir Jubilate Deo, Collegium Regale
Love divine all loves excelling
Reading Luke !0 Vv 25-37 – The Lord Mayor
Choir Hail gladdening Light
Christ is made the sure foundation
An address of thanks to the Lord Mayor
The Service was followed by a simple and very enjoyable reception.
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths – 7th November
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A group of 25 Members and Guests (The Maximum Allowed) were very pleased to get inside the very unassuming small entrance to this unexpectedly large Roman site. It was wet and cold outside. After an introduction to the site
and an explanation of its location in Roman Times (right on the river) we went down a short flight of steps to view the site itself.
It is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman sites in London and comprises remains of the Bath House and the House that abutted it.
(Well worth a visit. Tours can be arranged and it is normally open on Open House Day, normally in September) A very quick dash to the Ship Inn, off Grace Church Street, upstairs to our own Private Room for supper, everybody warm and contented.
Lord Mayor’s Show 10th November
Almost 30 members and guests enjoyed watching the Annual Parade welcoming Alderman Peter Estlin and his wife Lindy as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. A clear and dry day! at the start of the parade (until later, when the Parade was returning, when it poured down).
Our Master had a busy morning, she was involved with the Glover’s float as 1st Under Warden and took part walking some of the way with her Livery Company.
She returned back to Guildhall to welcome the Ward Club to lunch and then nipped back to Mansion House when she (and Peter) had been invited to watch the return of the parade from Mansion house Balcony and enjoy a late lunch. A very good day was had by all.
Friday 17th November – Leadenhall Lights
As is tradition, the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress visited Leadenhall Market, late in the afternoon to tour and visit some of the shops and then turn on the Christmas lights.
They were accompanied by the two Sheriffs and their Consorts, and were welcomed by representatives of both Lime Street (Elizabeth Rogula) and Lamgbourn Wards. (Alderman Sir David Wooton, CC Phillip Woodhouse) and others.
As has become a tradition in the Ward Club – The Master also welcomed them on the Club’s behalf to the Ward.
Monday 10th December – Annual Carol Service –
A virtually full Church enjoyed what was for many the “kick start” to their Christmas Festivities. As Members and their friends arrived the foot of our glittering tree,, kindly decorated for us by the team from St Helen’s, got covered in presents which would be distributed to various poor families around the City. Many thanks to all who donated.
The Service was led by our Chaplain The Rev William Taylor, ably supported by our own Rev John Hayton.
The Fidelis Chamber Choir led by Tom Cross returned again and were in fine voice.
Choir (Introit) This is the truth sent from above
Once in Royal David’s City
Choir Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
First Lesson – Isiah Ch 9 V 1-7 – The President
On Christmas night, all Christians sing
Second Lesson – Matthew Ch 1 V18 – 25 – Master Worshipful Company of Poulters
Choir O holy night
Angels from the realms of glory
Third Lesson – Matthew Ch 2 V1 – 12 – Master – Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club
Choir A spotless rose Joy to the world
Fourth Lesson John Ch 1 V1-18 – Upper Warden Lime Street and Cornhill Ward club
Choir – Infant Lowly
O come all ye faithful
After the service A glass of “sparkle” got the proceedings going (Provided by The Master). Red and White Wine (Roland Hughes and Ann Benson) Soft drinks (Christopher Otter) Excellent Canapes were provided for the first time by “Budding Taste”, augmented by some made by the Master (in her Hon Sec role. (she had been providing the bulk of the canapes for some years).
The Master in her short speech of thanks made specific mention to Charles and Samantha Bowman, who were in attendance, albeit that their Mayoral year had only finished very recently. She thanked them on behalf of the Club and the City for a truly excellent year and welcomed them “home”.
January 10th – Committee Meeting – Guildhall
– supper at the Bottlescrue
The Master and 15 Members were in attendance.
See AGM – 2019
Past Master Peter Cave asked the committee to consider the resurrection of the GPC (General Purposes Committee) as the Ward Club moved into a new era, with the forthcoming retirement of the Hon Sec. Chairman Liz Thornborough.
Things for it to work on.
To help the Master elect in the planning and organisation of the his/her year
To consider ways to increase the Membership and find ways for the Ward Club to have more relevance our Wards’ CCs.
Find ways to help e us stay relevant as we move further into the 21st C
To help on projects when requested by the Main Committee
Eastern Cluster Public Realm Strategy – Elizabeth Rogula
Responses to the draft strategy were generally positive and supportive of the various initiatives intended to deliver an improved pedestrian environment and to provide a high-quality St environment , increase greenery and promote the eastern cluster as a dynamic place to work and visit
The key driver for change being the need to create a truly inclusive and healthy environment which fosters social resilience Anne supports business the aim is to ensure that the cluster remains a vibrant well functioning and attractive city destination
Cornhill Ward – Robert Howard
The growth of “talll” buildings in and around Lyme St continues there is talk of closing lime St completely the traffic in attempt to reduce both congestion and pollution there is also discussion about pedestrianization of Whittington Ave.
The question was raised that with the current growth of flexible and home working, who will be working in the new buildings – this was of course said long before Covid19
Suggested that the Club invite Sue Langley (Insurance) newly elected Alderman for Aldgate Ward to our Civic Lunch later in the year. (Done)
Robert H reported that all was going well – DFE inspection in a couple of weeks.
RH asked to enquire what specific Book Needs they have going forward.
Visit to Westminster Abbey – Saturday 19th January
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Wonderful, amazing, moving, fantastic were just some of the comments received after this event. A guided tour in a virtually empty (70 people in total in the group) Westminster Abbey with the Purcell Singers singing 10 beautiful pieces as we moved around on our 2 hour tour. – Just spectacular.
After a simple, tasty supper in the Cellarium (The Restaurant/Cafe within Westminster Abbey) we were escorted into the Nave of the Abbey where our guide for the evening introduced himself – the Choir then started to sing their first piece – Before then ending of the day.
As we went round to different parts of the Abbey. we heard about how Westminster Abbey came into being, and evolved into the National Church it is seen to be today, the Architecture, the various Kings and Queens buried here from Edward the Confessor forward…….
A real surprise was an excellent rendering of Henry Vth’s speech on the night before The Battle of Agincourt – St Crispin’s Day. (Shakespeare)
We visited the Quire, (Kyrie from Missa Aeterna Chrisit Munera), Poets Corner, (The Boar’s Head Carol), Musicians Aisle, (Thou knowest Lord the Secrets of our Heart) – music at every point.
The evening ended with some exciting “fireworks” on the organ, then The Long Day Closes by Arthur Sullivan and finally a very poignant rendering of Give Rest o Christ at the Unknown Warrior’s Tomb.
A very special event that was a long time in the planning.
Two Temple Place – 11th February
A quite rare opportunity to visit this rather Special House, have a guided tour, and at the same time be able to see a Temporary Exhibition (on for 1 month only) of works by John Ruskin (Bi-Centenary of his birth).
Over the years, many people who have taken part in the Lord Mayor Show have stood almost outside this building, having a short break before returning back to the Mansion House and probably have not noticed it.
We were split into two groups and taken round the main rooms and THE Staircase. Built as an amazing private home (and office for a very successful U.S. businessman) William Waldorf Astor.
One of two stained glorious windows at each end of the “Great Hall”
The Oak Staircase
It was a shame that the timings as planned did not work out that well with the majority of the Tour taking place when the House and Exhibition was opened to the public. However everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, seeing a quirky building that most had never heard of, let alone visited. A few of our group returned after lunch to have another look and especially look at some of John Ruskin’s works.
Lunch was a short walk away in a small cheery, Wine Bar. Daly’s. The food and wines were good, when we got them. Unfortunately only two staff on Duty for the whole restaurant. Past Master Peter Cave did a valiant job as Waiter and Wine Waiter, so we got there in the end. Great visit, shame about some of the logistics
Other events included.
Bishopsgate Civic Luncheon 2nd February
An invitation to the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants Annual Banquet
An invitation to the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers
Both of which accepted and thoroughly enjoyed.
“City Scrooge” – Mansion House – a fund raiser for the Lord Mayor’s appeal, starring Simon Callow – reading extracts from A Christmas Carol
Walbrook Ward Club Civic Dinner
Visit to Billingsgate Fish Market at the invitation of the Master of Langbourn Ward Club
Glasgow comes to London Dinner (The Master has the Freedom of the City of Glasgow and is a Member of the Company of Wrights)
The Silent Ceremony – The Lord Mayor taking office
The Master eying the Crystal Sceptre
– after the Silent Ceremony
Lady Mayoress’s At Home – Mansion House