President- Alderman Robert Howard

Vice President-  Alderman Sir Charles Bowman

Master  Mr. Norman Chapman

Upper Warden  Mr. Philip Somervail

Lower Warden Dr.William Otter

Hon Secretary Mrs. Patricia Dinsdale

Hon Treasurer  Mr. Chris Otter

Independent Examiner Michael Brecknell

Hon Chaplain Rev. William Taylor

Annual General Meeting/Installation Dinner   28th February 2022 – Tallow Chandler’s Hall

The Master, Vice President and 30 Members were in attendance at the AGM, held in the Court Room of the Tallow Chandlers’ Hall

At the opening of the AGM The Master presented our President Alderman Sir Charles Bowman with his newly  created President’s Badge.

Sir Charles Bowman -Presidents Badge

This had been designed by Past Master Peter Cave and is based on the Lime Street and Cornhill School Banner in St. Peter’s Cornhill

Later in the proceedings it was announced that The President and the Vice President had agreed  to swap roles every year with Alderman Robert Howard being elected as president for the forthcoming year .

They heard a report on his year from the outgoing Master, Ivor Cook, our Treasurer Mr  Chris Otter who was pleased with the overall finances of the Club, especially after many of the events had been held ‘virtually’ due to the Pandemic.

Master – Norman Chapman

They saw the installation of Norman Chapman , as our new Master

Philip Somervail as Upper Warden and Dr. William Otter as Lower Warden.

With Mrs Daphne Cave retiring after over a decade as Hon. Secretary, Mrs Patricia Dinsdale (Past Asst. Hon Sec.) was elected as our new Honorary Secretary.

At the Dinner a really warm welcome was given to our new Master- Norman Chapman by the 59 in attendance.  In addition to Members and Guests, there was a very supportive family group, who really enjoyed themselves.

Immediately after Grace given by Past Master James Cross, the Master made a short speech of introduction, touching on his chosen charity for the year ”Second Sight”   and had great pleasure in presenting Ivor Cook  with his Past Masters Jewel and introducing our new Upper Warden, Philip Somervail and Lower Warden, Dr William Otter.

Dinner, provided by  ‘Life’s Kitchen ‘
Tiger Shrimp & Norfolk Crab Tian, Pickled Cucumber, Dill Crostini, Soft Herb Salad- Gerard Bertrand ”6eme Sens Blanc” Paye d’Oc 2020
Cumin Infused  Beef Fillett, Braised Sweet Onion Tartin, Sauteed Black Cabbage, Charred Baby Leeks, Saffron Fondant Potato, Rich Wine Jus- Domaine des Pourthie Paye d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon -2019
Puff Pastry Baked Pear & Stem Ginger Tart, Creme Anglaise
Coffee, Petit Fours – Barros Special Reserve Port, Douro

The Master’s Guest speaker, who proposed the Toast to the Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club on behalf of the guests ,  was Mr Ian Seaton MBE, known by many members as a very respected Common Councillor for the Cornhill Ward

AGM Photos – Click here  

Installation Dinner – Click here

Guided Tour of The Household Cavalry Museum – 27th April 2022

The second event in the Master – Norman Chapman’s year was a guided tour of the Household Cavalry Museum at Horse Guards in Whitehall

Changing of the Horseguards

For members who arrived early, they were able to watch the Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard which takes place daily on Horse Guards Parade , prior to the guided tour in the Museum .

In the Museum, the Guide explained that it dated from 1750 and is still the headquarters of the Household Division, in which the Household Cavalry has performed the Queen’s Life Guard in a daily ceremony that has remained broadly unchanged for over 350 years.

The Guards have two roles: as a mounted regiment (on horseback), they guard Her Majesty The Queen on ceremonial occasions in London and across the UK and are a key part of the Royal pageantry; as an operational regiment they serve around the world in armoured fighting vehicles. They currently have units deployed on active service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their fighting capacity is matched by their strategic role in international peace keeping and humanitarian operations.

A living Museum

The Household Cavalry Museum is a living museum about real people doing a real job in a real place. Through a large glazed partition we were able to see troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables.

The experience came alive with compelling personal stories, first hand accounts of the troopers’ rigorous and demanding training, interactive displays and stunning rare objects – many on public display for the first time.

After the one hour long guided tour members enjoyed a lunch with wine at The Sanctuary House Hotel Restaurant – a grand 19th-century hotel and Fuller’s Ale & Pie pub in the heart of Westminster .

The perfect end to a very enjoyable event . !!

 

Stories of Fleet Street- Guided Tour . – 31st May 2022

The third event in the Master – Norman Chapman’s year was a Guided Walk down Fleet Street . Despite the heavy rain and disruption on the Undergound Trains – only two members were unable to attend the event . City of London and Westminster Guide, Debbie Pearson  who has a wide knowledge of this subject, guided us through the Stories of Fleet Street .

City of London – Fleet Street looking towards St Paul’s Cathedral

Called the Street of Shame, we found out that there’s more to this road between the City of London and the City of Westminster than its newspaper heritage.

Inner Temple Gate House .

Fleet Street has a fascinating history – from printing and publishing, via diaries and dictionaries, to monarchs and monks. Once the center of London’s newspaper industry, Fleet Street is one of the city’s most storied locations. At the top of the street there is the Royal Courts of Justice, the UK’s highest court, also known as Old Bailey. Also here is the historic Temple Church—built by the Knights Templar and featured in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code.

We walked along narrow lanes south of St Paul’s Cathedral, learned about the important Blackfriars’ Monastery and come across a 17th century livery hall. We heard stories about Bridewell Palace and Hospital and the infamous Fleet Prison and saw a plaque to the renowned writer Edgar Wallace. Debbie  explained  about the dominance of the newspaper barons and compared the architecture of the impressive Daily Express and Daily Telegraph buildings.

Samuel Pepys

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Pepys, the Englist diarist whose famous diary has left us with a unique insight into 17th century life, and Samuel Johnson who wrote the first English Dictionary  – and his cat Hodge!.

Debbie gave details about another hidden place of worship, the Whitefriars Priory. We also found out all about the infamous Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

The heavy rain held off throughout the walk and following an extremely interesting and detailed guided tour, the group adjourned to the Old Bank of England Restaurant for a well deserved glass of wine and an enjoyable Supper.!!

 

London Transport Museum- Guided Tour – 26th July 2022

La Ballerina Restaurant

The next event in the Master’s year was the guided visit by City of London and Westminster Guide Debbie Pearson,  to the London Transport Museum.

Prior to the visit to the Museum we enjoyed a two course meal with a glass or two of wine at ‘La Ballerina’, an Italian restaurant situated in the very heart of Covent Garden. The restaurant being next to the Royal Opera House on Bow Street and was only two minutes’ walk from the London Transport Museum – Perfect !!

Transport over 200 years – The Sedan Chair

Red London Bus

Debbie explained that based in Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum showcases transport icons and ground-breaking design, from the red London bus to the first ever Tube map design, including horse drawn vehicles, iconic buses, the world’s first underground railway and a unique design heritage and some fascinating people, with stories of more than 200 year of Transport in London .
We explored how London’s growth, culture and society had been intertwined with its transport system, from 1800 to today.

The Omnibus – Debbie Pearson – Tour Guide

Members receiving Interesting Info !!

Guided by Debbie we followed the evolution of iconic vehicles, saw the world’s first Underground steam train and examined the ‘padded cell’, a train carriage dating back to the 1890s.
In the ‘Design for Travel ‘gallery  we marvelled  at the pioneering advertising posters and artworks and spotted Harry Beck’s original design for his ground breaking London Underground map and was able to chart the development of the world- famous roundel transport logo .In the  ‘Interactive galleries’, we were able to step aboard real buses and trains and have a go on a Tube driving simulator.

At the end of the guided tour , we were able to remain in the Museum and continue to inspect the numerous vehicles- finalising with a visit to the  London Transport Museum shop that had  a wide range of official Transport for London products to buy.

An excellent afternoon was enjoyed by all !!.

 

Annual Civic Lunch – Monday 5th September 2022.

After the  postponement of the Civic Lunch, due to a Rail Strike and Tube Strike on the 21st June, the Civic Lunch was re-arranged for September 5th in the Livery Hall of the Guildhall.

St,Peter’s Cornhill

As is customary, the Civic Church Service was held in St Peter’s Cornhill prior to the Luncheon.

St Peter’s Cornhill is an historic Grade I listed Wren church in the heart of the City of London. Situated on the corner of Cornhill and Gracechurch Street, the site has been a place of Christian worship since the time of the Romans.

The service was attended by many of the Members and their guests and officiated by the Rev Henry Eatock-Taylor who had been appointed by The Bishops of London as the New Priest in Charge at St Michael Cornhill, and  our Past Master James Cross accompanied the singing of Hymns by playing the historic church organ throughout the service.

Following the very successful service, attendees made their way to the Livery Hall at Guildhall to enjoy the Civic Lunch, preceded by a Sparkling Reception .

Guildhall, Livery Hall -Civic Lunch

At 12.40 pm , Toastmaster Jamie Wallis made the Call to Lunch, followed by the Master’s procession to the top tables.

This was followed by a one minute’s silence given by James Cross to remember Past Master David Pinkerton who recently passed away, and then Grace.

Following Master Norman Chapman’s welcome speech, he explained that at the AGM this year it was agreed that going forward our President and Vice President (the Aldermen of Cornhill and Lime Street Wards) would alternate the Presidency. The  new Presidents Badge which Sir Charles Bowman as outgoing President could not transfer to our new President, Alderman Robert Howard at the AGM, was then transferred.

President receives President Badge from Sir Charles Bowman.

Lunch service  consisted of :-

Starter – Fillet of Trout, English Asparagas, Lemon Drizzle and Warm Breads – Badgers Creek    Semillion Chardonay

Main – Rosette of New Season Lamb, Garden Herb Crust, Rosemary Jus, Jersey Royal Potatoes, Roast Mediterranean Vegetables – Badgers Creek Shiraz Cabernet

Dessert- Garden of English Fruit Autumn Pudding, Pimms No 1 Sorbet -Barao Vilar Port or Cognac

Rich Roast Coffee, Tregothan Cornish Estate Grown Tea & Chocolate Truffles.

Loyal Toasts were followed by the Master’s Speech with a presentation from the Master of two cheques to the Sheriff in attendance , Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman, the first for Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which for this year was supporting five specific charities :-

The D of E (Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme) / National Numeracy/ Place to be /Onside/ The Samaritans

The second for the Sheriff and Recorders Fund  (and a bouquet for the Sheriff )

Master Norman Chapman presents Sheriff Alison Gowman with cheque for Lord Mayor’s Charities.

This was followed by a speech from  Philip Somervail, Upper Warden, highlighting attendees from other City Ward Clubs and Liveries – finalising with the introduction of the Master’s Guest Speaker, Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman, who gave an interesting, humorous and uplifting speech.

The President  Robert Howard gave a Vote of Thanks which concluded the lunch

Link to Photos –click here

 

Interward Quiz- September 13th  2022

As previous winners of the InterWard Club Quiz, Bishopsgate Ward Club hosted the first Quiz night since the Pandemic.

St Botolph Church Hall – Before the Quiz.

The location for the event was the Church Hall, St Botolph -without- Bishopsgate and was attended by 11 different Ward Clubs, with each Ward Club having  a maximum of 6 people in their team.

The Quiz Master was Rhona from the London Guided Walks Company, who had drawn up various categories of questions to stretch the quizzers minds.

The Lime Street & Cornhill Ward Club team consisted of members who were our previous winning team before the Pandemic, being – Vernon Ashford, Margaret Ashford, William Otter (LW), Wendy Kiernan, Tim Willens and Samantha Bowman.

Lime Street & Cornhill Ward Club – Quiz Team

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances, Samantha Bowman was unable to attend the event, therefore Philip Somervail (UW) kindly agreed to cover the position of Samantha in the team.

Both the Master – Norman Chapman and the Hon Secretary were in attendance to support the team., but were seated separately from the group.

To keep all the Ward Club Teams fed and watered and their minds in tip- top condition, platters of sandwiches, red and white wine plus water was provided.

The questions were challenging, but the Lime Street & Cornhill team and Vintry and Dowgate team were very much ‘Neck and Neck ‘ in poll position throughout the evening .

By the end of the evening, the two teams – Lime Street & Cornhill and Vintry and Dowgate – tied –  IN FIRST PLACE

In an attempt to find a Winner, a ‘tie break’ question was asked.

Unfortunately, a member of a different ward club team – not understanding the ‘tie break’ scenario – shouted out the answer – to great laughter from the attendees in the Hall.

Finally a second ‘tie break’ question was asked and Lime Street raised their hands ‘first’  to answer, but a member of the Vintry and Dowgate Ward Club chose to run to the Quiz Master ‘s table and give the answer and were therefore deemed  as ‘Winners’  !!

The event is normally hosted by the previous year’s Winners .

It was decided that going forward – Vintry and Dowgate- as the 2022 winners –  will host the 2023 Interward Quiz event .

The process will then change to be on a rota basis in Ward Club alphabetical order, commencing with Aldersgate Ward Club hosting the event in 2024.

The quiz evening was full of fun and exhilaration , backed up by good organisation by Bishopsgate Committee Member – Helena Cooke and her team of helpers .

Thanks from the Master and the Hon Secretary go to all our excellent quizzers in Lime Street & Cornhill WC who made us proud once again this year !!

 

Lord Mayor’s City Giving Day – 27th September 2022

There were various events going on around the City to support this excellent fund raising event with the Ward Club putting out a team again for the 2022  Treasure Hunt. The Ward Club participated in 2021 and came a valiant 2nd to The Bloomberg team

Balloons near a station – Fenchurch Street

It started as a cool and cloudy afternoon with about  39  teams taking part.
The Lime Street & Cornhill Ward Club team this year were reduced in numbers – normally 6 participants , but this year just three – but the best three!!!
The team were provided with the clues for the Hunt and they were off. !!

First clue – a sports related street with a very old City Tavern – Ball Court – then onto a Victorian Market (Leadenhall Market) and close by a modern Work of Art near Lloyd’s then Balloons near a railway station (Fenchurch Street) and lastly 2nd World War Memorial to Malta near Tower of London – (All Hallows by the Tower)  – , plus  they had to finish with a picture to do with historic happenings , so – they chose – members of the team having their heads chopped off! !!

Historic Happening !!! Team having their heads chopped off.

At this point the ‘ heavens opened ‘ but they still had to return to the Mansion House to complete the Treasure Hunt – run , run , run  !!

On arrival back at the Mansion House they were’ absolutely soaked’ – but completed the challenge in a very impressive 34 minutes and gave Lime Street & Cornhill Ward Club the enviable title of  CITY GIVING DAY 2022 TREASURE HUNT  ‘‘ WINNERS  ”

Many Thanks to  Peter Cave, (the ideas man),  Caroline Blencowe, Dennis Kalemis (The Cameraman and sprinter)

 

Bank of England Museum  – 29th September 2022

A guided tour of the  Bank of England Museum, where the members of the Ward Club  discovered the history of the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, from the Bank’s foundation in the 17th century to the present day and its role as the UK’s central bank. Our Blue Badge guide Julie Chandler explained what banking was like 200 years ago and we  found out about the switch from gold to banknotes, banknote design and artwork, the fakes, the security features and the biggest cash swindle, the riot that threatened the Bank and even its resident ghost.

We learned that The Bank was founded by Royal Charter in 1694, following the Glorious Revolution of 1688.  William III, of Orange and Queen Mary had ascended to the throne following the revolution. William ‘s expensive wars left the country’s finances in a mess. The public purse was more than stretched and needed to be financed. William’s misadventures had included the Jacobite Wars (Battle of the Boyne 1690, and war with France 1689.) A number of schemes were proposed for the resolution of this thorny problem but the ideas of William Patterson were those that were settled upon. His proposal to finance the government debt by private subscription of individual shareholders was innovative in its days. His ideas were set out in ‘A Brief Account of the Intended Bank of England.’

By 1725 the Bank was issuing partly printed notes for completion in manuscript. The £ sign and the first digit were printed but other numerals were added by hand, as were the name of the payee, the cashier’s signature, the date and the number. Notes could be for uneven amounts, but the majority were for round sums.  By 1745 Bank notes were being part printed in denominations ranging from £20 to £1,000.

Numerous stories and factual details were  explained by Julie about the Bank of England  from its early beginnings up until the present day,

Julie lead two groups, each of a maximum of 15 people. Group 1 started  at 11.00am, then, there was a repeat of the tour’s itinerary, at 2.30pm.

In between the two tours there was a two course lunch with wine at Browns Brasserie,  Old Jewry – 

 

 

Wine Tasting  – 19th October 2022- ‘ The Judgement of Bishopsgate ’

The Master  warmly welcomed members  to join him in a wine tasting which was held at St Botolph’s Church Hall .

The theme for the tasting was ‘The Judgement of Bishopsgate’.

Past Master Mark Gubbins was once again available to present a comparative tasting of classic grape varieties grown in England and France

Mark explained thet it was the late great Steven Spurrier who showed the world that Californian wines could better the Bordelais in the so-called ‘Judgement of Paris’… and thus the ‘Judgement of Bishopsgate’  was expected to  decide whether our own English wines could show as well as their French counterparts.

A selection of sparkling wines  followed by a selection of still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from both England and France were presented for blind tastings.

The attendees also had to make a comparative tasting of English and French cheeses which were available to compliment these wines and the usual generous selection was provided.

The evening was enjoyed by all attendees and resulted in a roughly a 50 /50 result with some ‘amazing faces ‘when members  found that their preferred tasting which they thought was French ,  turned out to be English !!

The cheeses chosen by Mark Gubbins for each tasting were exceptional , and fully complemented the wines

At the end of the evening – Chris Otter presented Mark Gubbins with a ‘Special ‘ bottle of red wine to say a ‘big thank you ‘

Thank you Mark for your hard work in selecting a good choice of wines and  complementary cheeses.

 

 

Lord Mayor Show Luncheon – 12th November 2022

As has become almost a tradition, 22 Members and Guests had an opportunity to lunch in the Guildhall after watching the Lord Mayors’ Show go past- this year in the sunshine.  An excellent venue and a very enjoyable way to spend a November Saturday.

Lord Mayor’s carriage in Guildhall Yard

This event has become very popular with our Members and the meal  provided by Cook and Butler was a four course menu with a glass of Touraine Brut Rose Antoine Simoneau served at the table on arrival,  plus  red and white wines to compliment the meal .

The Master and Hon Secretary received good feedback from the members, some stating that they would like to attend again in 2023.

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Carol Service – St Peter’s Cornhill -6th December  2022

St.Peter’s Cornhill

The Ward Club Annual Carol Service – which was held at St Peter’s Church on the 6th of December and attended by approx. 60 members and their guests.

The service was officiated by the Rev’d William Taylor.

Our Christmas Tree was in situ and beautifully decorated and many members and guests brough gifts to place under the tree which were donated to the East London charity.

Interior- St.Peter’s Cornhill

The Choir –The City Singers, who have supported the event over the years, were in good voice.

After the service the attendees enjoyed a large buffet supper with red and white wines and soft drinks and the evening resulted in many -thank you’s from both members and guests.

The Buffet Supper was a joint effort between the members of the GPC team with some members contributing to the supper by bringing along home-made dishes,

Louise Otter was the main organiser of the supper who did an excellent job, , with GPC members and  other Ward members assisting and contributing to the cost of the wines.

A large joint effort to make this Annual event successful, which resulted in an excellent evening to start off the festive season .

 

The Wallace Collection – 24th January 2023

The final event in the Master’s year  was a visit to the Wallace Collection

A Gallery at Wallace Collection

A  museum in London occupying Hertford House in Manchester Square being the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. It was named after Sir Richard Wallace who built the extensive collection, along with the Marquesses of Hertford, in the 18th and 19th centuries. The collection features fine  and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with important holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms and armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings which was arranged into 25 galleries.

The event started with a lunch at Cote restaurant in St.Christopher’s place, W1 where members and their guests enjoyed a 2 course meal with red and white wines .

Following lunch , the guests took a  leisurely 4 minutes walk to Hertford House where they could walk at their own pace around the Galleries displaying the extensive collections and discuss some of the items on show and paintings with the knowledgeable guides that were present in the various galleries.

The Laughing Cavalier

Members and guests  were impressed by the painting of the  ‘Laughing Cavalier’ on display in one of the art Galleries .

The Laughing Cavalier (1624) is a portrait by the Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals in the Wallace Collection which has been described as “one of the most brilliant of all Baroque portraits”. The title is an invention of the Victorian public and press, dating from its exhibition in the opening display at the Bethnal Green Museum in 1872–75, just after its arrival in England, after which it was regularly reproduced as a print, and became among of the best known old master paintings in Britain. The unknown subject is in fact not laughing and is not a Cavalier , but can be said to have an enigmatic smile, much amplified by his upturned moustache.

Members were able to leave the House at their own convenient times , but most after visiting the Wallace Collection shop to view goods on sale, with some taking home ‘keep sakes’  and gifts .

A very pleasant lunch and interesting visit was enjoyed by all .