President  Alderman, Sir Charles Bowman
Vice President Alderman Robert Howard

Master Sally Anne Hill
Went to Harrow County Grammar School for Girls.
Started work in an advertising agency then went to be a Lloyd”s Broker as a ‘stopgap’  – became her major career.
1975 worked for Hugh Paul (a Lloyd’s broker) and became their first ‘Lady Broker’ and about the 30th Lady Broker in Lloyd’s ever.

Became a Freeman of the City of London on 21st February 1977.
A founder member of the Society of Young Freemen which formed in October 1977.
Voted onto the first elected committee – June 1988.

Joined – Lime Street Ward Club  – Proposed at Committee – October  1982. Formally accepted  – AGM  – February 1983

After an extensive career in Insurance working for a range of Lloyd’s Brokers  – joined the Civil Service, passed her exams and went into the Prison Service at their headquarters and subsequently joined the Court Service, where she still works.

Hobbies include: theatre; opera, music, wine tasting and reading.

Upper Warden David Pinkerton
Lower Warden Ivor Cook
Hon Sec Daphne Cave

Donations. Among the various Donations that the Ward Club made, one of £1,000 was made to the Lord Mayor’s appeal, with the Cheque handed over to the Lord Mayor by the Master at our Civic Banquet.

Hon Treasurer Chris Otter
Independent Examiner Michael Brecknell

AGM and Installation Dinner  – Monday 25th February 2019

The Master, President, Vice President and 55 Members were in attendance.

Sad to announce the deaths of, Barbara Tuff (a strong supporter of the Club, wife of Past Master John Tuff), Doreen Lowe, a Member for many decades and Peter Clancy. In adition to Past Master Harvey Peebles and another very long standing Hon Member Mrs Joan Kelloe.

Change of plan, the Hon Sec will continue in her role for  at least one more year as she seeks a successor.

Wards Report
Volume of building works, and therefore congestion and pollution, causing major difficulties.
Two major consultation exercises in hand – The Eastern Cluster Area Strategy – City Transport Strategy. Awaiting their reporting.

Affiliation  – COLA Shoreditch Park
School greatly benefitting from the 150 Books donated and the 100 books purchased from our Annual Club donation. The School is still in temporary accommodation but building work (large whole in ground) has commenced.

GPC (General Purposes Committee)
Announced that the GPC was to be resurrected to assist in the organisation of events and other tasks from time to time.

86 Members and Guests attended an excellent Installation Dinner at Painter-Stainers’Hall, a really attractive venue.  The AGM and pre-dinner drinks were served in the Court Room

Grace – Past Master James Cross
Smoked Salmon Parfait – Caviar Dressing  – Gerard Bertand 6eme Sens Blanc 2015
Slow Cooked Rump of Beef, Root Vegetables,Chive Mash – Ch de Campuget, Syrah Vigonier 2015
Pistachio and Brioche Pudding, Vanilla Anglaise

Coffee, Petit Fours – Barros Special Reserve Port

Our newly installed Master, Mrs Sally Anne Hill had invited as her guest speaker Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre. He had been Controller of BBC Radio 3 and BBC Proms and also lectured widely and published books on Bach, Mozart and Simon Rattle to name but a few. A very erudite, thought provoking and amusing speaker.

London Metropolitan Archives – 14th March

Small Picture Gallery – click here

16 Members spent a really fascinating couple of hours being shown round this extraordinary facility and hearing about some of the treasures that are held there We were shown how to utilise the archive facilities –  a couple of members signed up as members on the spot and will be returning to do some research.

A really interesting feature that is currently being developed was demonstrated  – showing layer upon layer of City developments over the Centuries.

Lunch was held just round the corner. upstairs in the Crown on Clerkenwell Green

11th March Lime Street Ward – Annual Ward Mote (and The Tulip)- Lloyd’s Old Library.

At the Ward mote there was discussion on the proposed development of the “Tulip” as a tourist attraction in St Mary Axe.

The general consensus from those present and from a survey of Members carried out shortly after was that it should not proceed for a range of reasons including, chaos on already full pavements, might become an attraction for undesirables, terrorists., that the business district does not need specific tourist attractions.
The City of London approved the application in early April as part of their project to make the City a 24/7 “go to venue”.
The Mayor of London over-ruled this decision, possibly might go to appeal. (2021 – still quiet)

The Big Curry Lunch – 4th April

The Hon. Sec attended this lunch held in a packed Guildhall, , all ways fun albeit a bit of a scrum and raises very substantial sums of money for the ABF (Army Benevolent Fund) and allied Charities .
N.B. A specific new venture for 2019  to donate some of the funds raised (£120,000 for the next three years) to support veterans at King Edward VII Hospital in a specifically designed pain management programme, as part of an overall initiative to try to help these veterans get back into employment.

Excellent News!

The Ward Club were very pleased to note that our President and Alderman had been appointed Knights Bachelor for services to Trust in Business, International Trade and the City of London. Very well deserved.

Wilton’s Music Hall   – Cable Street – 3rd April

24 intrepid Members and Guests visited this very famous building in the East End of London. (A few decades back, this was believed to be part of the  Kray Brothers patch!) (Very serious London Gangsters)

The Kray Brothers.

Supper and a glass or two, inside this famous Music Hall set us up for a truly different and enjoyable evening, The Tiger Lillies – Great voices, music and song – an evening based on the Beggars Opera in 21st C (or even 19th C style). “Mac the knife” and music played on a saw, amongst other things.
Pathos and Comedy. An excellent might out. At least 2 members of the Ward Club have signed up as “friends” of Wiltons, as already is our Master.

Committee Meeting – Guildhall – 8th July

The Master, Hon Sec , Treasurer and 16 Members were in attendance.

Noted that the Chairman of Lloyd’s had accepted Hon Membership of the Ward Club and would be attending this year’s Civic Lunch.
Advised that this year we were under very strict timing rules for the Civic Lunch as the Mayoral Party had to get to their next engagement extremely shortly after our lunch.

Wards Report
Tom Clementi CC drew attention to four specific topics.
The Tulip – reaction of electors in the Ward 50% against, 30% supported it – 20% wanted more information
– planning consent was now with the Government

Lunchtime Street initiative – St May Axe to be closed to traffic between 11-13th August to allow street traders and entertainers to take over.

Concerns were being raised and examined re the growing congestion on streets and pavements as the footprint of the new building were getting larger that their predecessors.

There was a serious squeeze on City Finances given the move of the three Markets to Barking and the Conversion of Smithfield into the new City of London Museum

The Chairman (Liz Thornborough) reported that they had had 2 Meetings and were discussing their modus operandi. PM Peer Cave added that he was reviewing the Club Website (technical level) and that it was in need of a serious review.

Affiliation COLA Shoreditch Park
First Ofsted review had been carried out – all was good. Only a preliminary report as not in their new Buildings (2021?)
Annual intake currently 90 pupils p.a. Would grow to 180 p.a. when they move into their new premises.

Red Cross Fair
PM Peter Cave was seeking Volunteers to help with the organisation of “Front of House”.

Greenwich Maritime Museum – 13th June

A small group were taken on a highlights tour of this  Museum, which forms part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site, they were led by an excellent guide (in some areas) called Louise.
The tour lasted an hour and took us through several areas looking at specific objects and finishing up by seeing Nelson’s uniform coat which he was wearing when he received the fatal shots. It seems at this point that Guide became to “pupil”” as she was not aware of the connection as between Lloyd”s and Lord Nelson – Our Master and Past Master Tim Willens helped expand her knowledge in this area.

We then walked to the Plume of Feathers which was not that far. A really nice hostelry, tucked away from the main area of Greenwich that The Master and her consort, know well.  The food was very good and portions sizeable so no one had room for pudding!. After lunch, some went back to the Museum and some off home.  A good day was had by all.

Annual Church Service and Civic Lunch
– 15th July – Guildhall, Old Library

Large Picture Gallery – click here

Our traditional Church Service was held as usual in St Peter Upon Cornhill, officiated over by our Chaplain Rev. William Taylor and our Ward Club Member Rev. John Hayton.

Hymn. Eternal Father Strong to save
First Reading – The President – Ezekiel 34: v15-25
Hymn. Come down oh love divine
Second Reading – John 15 v 11-18
Hymn. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want


National Anthem

Our Civic Lunch was held in the Old Library in the presence of The Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, Sheriffs Vincent Keaveney and Liz Green.
In addition our Ward Club Guests included Alderman Bronek Massojada (CEO Hiscox), Alderman Sue Langley OBE (Non-Executive Chairman – Gallagher) and Mr Bruce Carnegie Brown (Chairman – Lloyd’s). An Insurance related team.

The Lunch comprised;
Chardonnay Baron de Beaumont Mousseux

Roast Fillet of Sea Bass – Touraine Sauvignon Blanc
Leek and Fennel Compote – Saffron Sauce

Cannon of New Season Lamb  – Merlot 2016 – Villa Rocca Veneto
Garden Herb Crust – Port Wine Jus
Potatoes and Vegetables

Orange and Dark Chocolate Cake
Creme Anglaise – Vanilla Ice Cream

Baräo Vilar Port or Cognac

Toast Master – James Wallis
Caterer – Cook and Butler

Over the course of the event – Cheques were presented to, The Lord Mayor in support of the Lord Mayor’s appeal and the Sheriffs in support of the Sheriffs and Recorder’s Fund. Towards the end of lunch an old tradition of the Ward Club was resurrected when Honorary Membership was presented to Mr Bruce Carnegie Brown.

The Chairman of Lloyd’s made an interesting speech in reply, especially about Lloyd’s

Our Guest Speakers was, Rita Beckwith OBE – CEO of City Cruises – the biggest tour boat operator on the River Thames. Her uplifting speech included stories as to how the trade, and those working on the river, had changed in major ways her lifetime.

Ward Mote (Meeting) – 6th August – Lloyd’s Old Library

This was called as Alderman Sir Charles Bowman had come to the end of his 6 year tenure. There were no other Candidates so he was automatically re-elected for another term. Excellent.

Interward Quiz – 6th September

Our team of Mags and Vernon Ashford, Lady Samantha Bowman, Tim Willens, Master Sally Anne Hill and William Otter, came a gallant 5th this year. The event was organised by Billingsgate Ward Club, with the winner being Queenhythe.

City Giving Day – 24th September

This was the first time that the Ward club had taken part in this comparatively new initiative which encourages everyone involved in the City to volunteer and support philanthropy, whether for a small local cause or a major charity. A very wide range of initiatives all over the City on the day.

Past Master Peter Cave put together a picture quiz

which was circulated to all our Members and some other Ward Clubs and Livery Companies – We raised just over £400, which we donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

We agreed to sponsor a team in the Quiz but regrettably no quizzers. Peter did lead a team in the Treasure Hunt, including Samantha Bowman and the Lady Mayoress – simply WE GOT DROWNED – the second we set out with our Questions, the heavens opened – 6 drowned rats, did a least finish and did pretty well. The answer papers from everybody were sodden and illegible.


Wine Tasting – St Botolph’s Bishopsgate  – Church Hall – 19th October

Past master Mark Gubbins was encouraged by our Master to prepare a wine tasting based on her favorite country for wine. Italy. An excellent, wide ranging tasting, with all the wines sourced from Majestic. Apparently there needed to be some quality assurance testing before the event which the master “resignedly” took part in.  An assortment of cheeses in excellent condition were provided by “International Cheese” at Liverpool Street station.

At the end of the evening 40 contented members and guest meandered homewards.

Thanksgiving Service for The Lord Mayor’s Year – St Stephen’s Walbrook – 4th November

The Master and Hon. Sec attended this annual City Service to give thanks for the Lord Mayor and his year which would shortly be coming to an end.
Many Livery Company Masters and City dignitaries taking part in an uplifting service.

Lord Mayor’s Show and Lunch at Guildhall – 7th November

As has become almost a tradition, 28 Members and Guests had an opportunity to lunch in the Guildhall after watching the Lord Mayors’ Show go past. An excellent venue and a very enjoyable way to spend a November Saturday.

The weather in the AM was dry, so we were Ok. For the people in the parade the weather took a serious turn for the worse on the return journey. some wet and bedraggled people on the way home, but all still having a great time.  The Master hosted the lunch where some of the attendees found they had their own place settings indicated by pictures of them participating in the Show in 2017.


Georgina Hayes (60’s Dolly Bird)

Sue and Tim Willens (Looking after Bo Peep’s Sheep)
N.B. Tim bought one of these as a special present for Sue – it has pride of place at home.

 Leadenhall Lights

One of the early events in the Lord Mayors Year. The Market, fun, bright and cheerful as always

Annual Carol  Service – St Peter upon Cornhill – 9th December

Full Church, Christmas Tree, Presents, Candles, Superb singing by Fidelis Chamber Choir, A glass of fizz, wine, plenty of canapés and chat.  What a great way to start Christmas.

The service was led by our chaplain Rev William Taylor, Choir led by Tom Cross and our organ coaxed along by Past Master James Cross

Choir Gaudete Christus est natus
Once in Royal David city launch quiet
Choir I saw three ships come sailing in
Lesson Luke 1 V26-38  – President
Oh come All Ye Faithful
Lesson Luke 2 V1-7 – Master Poulter
Choir Masters in this Hall
Silent night holy night
Lesson Luke 2 V8-21 – The Master
Choir Il est né le divin enfant
In the bleak midwinter
Lesson John 1 1-18  Upper Warden
Choir The lamb
Hark the Herald Angels sing


Many thanks to our Chaplin,  The Fidelis Chamber Choir and Tom Cross, James Cross,  Past Masters Peter Cave and Roland Hughes plus Treasurer Chris Otter for providing the liquid refreshments and the Hon Sec for organising the event. Excellent Canapés were provided by Budding Tastes

Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe – Bridge Theatre – 15th January

A first visit for many to the newest theatre in London – The Bridge, very close to Potters Field and Tower Bridge to see a magical The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We attended the Matinee Performance (we weren’t the only group of   “oldies”) but definitely in a minority. Kids of all ages all enthralled.
Prior to lunch most of us met up for lunch at Côte Brasserie in Hay’s Galleria – an easy 10 minute stroll to the Theatre. On arrival we were met by ARP  Wardens, Salvation Army. Soldiers  giving out our labels  to ensure we did not get lost on the train as we were about to be evacuated out of London (2nd World War).
Great story, Good wins over evil in the end, Dramatic Set and costumes. quite a few tears at the end. We were enchanted.

 Other things.

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.

Thank you.