The Master also attended the following events, wearing the Master’s Jewel (Ex Bishopsgate)
Bishopsgate Civic Lunch (As Master elect)
United Wards Club Civic Lunch
Langbourn Ward Club and AGM
Tower Ward Club Banquet – Past Master and Member
United Wards Club Foundation Day Dinner
Master’s Report – Sally Anne Hill – Master 2019/2020
Sally Anne Master’s Report AGM 2020
Wardens, Alderman and Vice President, Alderman and President, Members, Ladies and Gentlemen,
With apologies to the Committee who’ve heard most of this before.
Firstly, as always, my thanks to Daphne who has been a tower of strength in supporting me, especially considering the demands of the Glovers; an iron fist in a velvet glove.
I felt that last year’s AGM was a great success, well-attended and with an excellent guest Speaker, Sir Nicholas Kenyon. Daphne, Peter, Pete and I know the Painter Stainers Hall well as the Educators meet there, but it was gratifying that so many people had not previously been there, and liked it.
But my year actually began the previous Friday when, as Master Elect of Lime Street and Cornhill, I was a guest of the Bishopsgate Ward Club at their Civic Luncheon in Guildhall, which was a lovely occasion.
The following Friday, I attended the United Wards Club Civic Luncheon at Bakers’ Hall, as Pete’s consort, but able to wear the Master’s jewel for the second time in a week. I unfortunately had to decline an invitation to the Leathersellers’ Civic Luncheon but Daphne represented us there, in their lovely hall.
My first social event was a visit to the Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. This was new to a lot of people, and a fascinating overview of the history of the Lime Street and Cornhill Wards. We followed this with a pub lunch at the Crown on Clerkenwell Green, where we were well looked after.
On the 29th of March, Pete and I attended the Langbourn Ward Club AGM and Banquet as members – Pete a past chairman of that Ward Club- but again I could wear the Master’s jewel.
On the 3rd April, I hosted 24 Members and guests at Wilton’s Music Hall, off Cable Street, for a performance of Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera, performed by the Tiger Lilies, preceded by a meal in a dedicated area. This was again a ‘first’ for many people, but I know of at least two members who are now on their mailing list. Thanks to Teresita and Michael for their support here.
On the 13th June, a select group of us were given a guided tour around the treasures of Greenwich Maritime Museum, which was fascinating but became something of an exchange of information as our lovely guide did not know of the Nelson connection with Lloyd’s of Lime Street so Tim Willens and I were able to broaden her understanding of that.
We than had lunch in The Plume of Feathers, my favourite Greenwich pub. I had told Daphne that, their servings are enormous so people should only buy desserts themselves if wanted; no-one wanted a dessert.
On the 21st June, Pete and I attended the Langbourn Civic Luncheon, this time as Master and Past Master of Lime Street and Cornhill Wards Club. The Lord Mayor did not after all attend, but Sheriff Vincent Keavney did him proud.
On the 15th July we attended St. Peter’s Cornhill for the Annual Service preceding our Civic Luncheon. Unfortunately, they had no sound system but luckily I was able to project my voice when reading.
Peter and Daphne had secured the full Civic Team, and Mark Carnegie-Brown, Chairman of Lloyd’s and one of our members. We had a wonderful guest speaker, Rita Beckwith of City Cruises, who Pete and I had previously heard at the Watermens’ and Lightermens’ Hall Ladies Dinner; she is actually a Carman. The Cook and the Butler did us proud with an excellent meal, and we received some lovely letters from all our guests.
On the 6th August we had the Ward Mote which was held in Lloyd’s. This was well attended but I wish my instructions had been clearer as I merged two toasts into one and had to re-state it. But this was followed by a reception in The Broker Wine Bar which was most enjoyable.
The 19th September was our inter-ward quiz, hosted as now traditional by the previous year’s winners, Billingsgate, in St. Mary at Hill Church Lovat Lane – one of the few City churches I had not previously visited.
On the 14th of October, Pete and I attended the Tower Ward Club Banquet at Trinity House. As a member and Past Master, Pete was my guest but the current Master, Peter Cowland, welcomed me as Master of Lime Street. Both Langbourn and Tower gave me the formal title.
On Wednesday 16th October, I had prevailed upon Past Master Mark Gubbins to give us a tasting of my favourite wines – from Italy. Of course, we had to research it first. It went very well and I should also give thanks to pourers and washer-uppers including Mags and Vernon who are always supportive on these occasions.
On the 31st October, I was again Pete’s guest at the United Wards Club, this time for the Founders Day dinner at Girdlers’ Hall, where I was recognised as Master of Lime Street.
On the 4th of November, Daphne and I were invited to represent Lime Street at St. Stephen’s Walbrook at a Thanksgiving Service for the Lord Mayor’s Year. It was a lovely occasion, as informal at the reception afterwards, sponsored by the Dom, as the service had been formal with everyone displaying their badges. We felt very honoured to be included.
Saturday the 7th November was the Lord Mayor’s Show; Pete and I were privileged to watch this from the second floor of the Wax Chandlers’ Hall, courtesy of Past Master Stanley Liu. We then went across to Guildhall and split up; Pete joining the Watermen and Lightermen and I hosting Lime Street at a luncheon organised by Daphne. It may interest, but not surprise you to know that, we all had exactly the same meals and wines. Peter and Daphne had personalised a few place settings in an inspired move – but I’m not going to give that away in case they do similar in the future.
Our Carol Service, held jointly with the Worshipful Company of Poulters, was held as usual at St. Peter’s Cornhill. When I arrived, the sound system was not working again, but luckily it was fixed before the service started so I didn’t have to project again. Thanks to Tom Cross for organising his choir to some beautiful renditions of many favourite hymns, and to the pourers and servers. We have received a lovely letter of thanks for the presents you all generously donated to impoverished children.
My final event – another ‘first’ for many people – was a visit to the new Bridge Theatre, just south of Tower Bridge and behind the London Assembly building.
Beforehand, Daphne had organised lunch at Cote Hays Galleria;; then a pleasant stroll along South Bank to the theatre – where we were greeted by ARP Wardens, members of the Salvation Army, soldiers and policemen, and given labels; we were being evacuated out of London in the second World War, to visit The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Several people were absolutely enchanted and I was pleased that it was so enjoyed.
It only remains for me to re-iterate my thanks to all the usual suspects and promise David Pinkerton that I shall endeavour to support him as much as I can in his forthcoming year.