President  Alderman Sir Charles Bowman

Vice President  Alderman Robert Howard

Master  Mr Ivor Cook

Upper Warden  Mr Norman Chapman

Lower Warden Mr Phillip Somervail

Hon. Sec.  Daphne Cave

Hon Treasurer  Chris Otter

Asst. Hon Sec. Patricia Dinsdale

Independent Examiner Michael Brecknell

Hon Chaplain Rev. William Taylor

Annual General Meeting.  22nd February 2021 – held virtually  


The AGM was held virtually and saw the installation of Ivor Cook, as our new Master, Norman Chapman as Upper Warden and Philip Somervail as Lower  Warden

Club members, thanked David Pinkerton for such a successful year, in extremely difficult times. The array, of events was a tribute to the club, and the circumstance of virtual events had permitted the opportunity to be joined by members for whom travel to the City can be difficult.

The club expressed its graduate and thanks to our Hon Secretary and Past Master Daphne Cave, who will be stepping down in the next year.

This year is the Ward Club’s 75th anniversary and the following, members were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Ward Club by being inducted to the 75th roll of honour:

  • Frederick (Dickie) Bird
  • Michael Brecknell
  • Daphne Cave
  • Peter Cave
  • James Cross
  • Vincent Emms
  • Ann Hughes (née)
  • Rowland Hughes
  • Mark Gubbins
  • Julie Gubbins
  • Christopher Otter

My Year as Lord Mayor – Zoom Presentation – 22nd February

Following the AGM, our President Alderman Sir Charles Bowman, gave an insightful presentation into his Mayoral Year. It was fascinating for Club Members to learn further about this full on year and hear further stories of holding this position.



Cheese Tasting by Sue Cloake – Cheese at Leadenhall – 24th March 2021

6 ‘Yummy’ Cheeses to taste

Sue Cloke ,Director of Cheese at Leadenhall hosted a wonderful virtual cheese tasting event. Members tasted six specially selected cheeses and obtained a fascinating in-sight into the origins of each cheese, the key tasting notes and variations between each of the distinct cheeses.

The night began with “Golden Cenarth”. This soft Welsh cheese comes from cow’s milk which quickly disappeared from my plate. The group then moved onto “Manchego”, a cheese matured for around one year made from Spanish sheep’s milk. This was followed by the skiing holiday cheese of “Tomme de Savoie”. This French cow’s milk cheese is matured for only 2 – 3 months and has a refined nutty taste, some referred to it as a hay taste. At this point for members not paying attention learnt that not all the rinds of the cheeses should be eaten!!! This cheese had washed rind which was not best suited for tasting although it provided the cheese with its flavour. All these three cheeses are suited to white wine. However, the cheese’s sung on their own and were all delicious in their own right.

The evening then moved to cheese’s that would suit red wine. This started with “Old Amsterdam” which is made from pasteurised milk and matured for a year. This cheese was creamy but dense in texture and with a sweet under tone. We then moved to the Master’s favourite, a cheese from Cornwall, (although I must note that the Master finished all his cheese’s rather rapidly and loved them all). The Cornish Kern. This cheese had an unusual texture for a cheese and a toasty flavour. It was also the longest matured cheese at 2 years.  The night was rounded off with the creamiest blue cheese “Montagnologoade” made from cow’s milk. I myself traditionally am not a blue cheese fan but have been converted by this very light flavoured oh so creamy cheese and was not at all surprised to learn it was a world award winning cheese. It also pairs well with a light port.

This very insightful event has inspired further cheese tasting by members, and debate into the preferred cheese of the night.

Sue Cloke- Director -Cheese of Leadenhall

Technology fails sometime !!

Some people came really prepared for the evening !!

Virtual attendees, ready and raring to go.

Royal Exchange and its Environs  –  22nd April 2021

Over 40 people (on 24 Zoom screens) were led by our own Peter Cave, Past Master of Lime Street Ward Club, who provided a Virtual ‘Walk and Talk’ around the main body of the Royal Exchange (today fully within Cornhill Ward) and its environs, which has so much history in such a small area , plus highlights being pointed out as we went along (and all from the comfort of our own armchairs.)

First Royal Exchange (1571-1666)

With historical and current day pictures via a Zoom link, Peter explained the founding of the Royal Exchange which was officially opened in 1571 by Queen Elizabeth I and was a commercial marketplace founded by English merchant and financier – Sir Thomas Gresham (1519-1579)

Sir Thomas Gresham (1519-1579)

Second Royal Exchange (1669- 1838)

Following the total destruction of the Royal exchange by the Great Fire of London a second Royal Exchange was built and opened in 1669. Unfortunately, in 1838 the second exchange building was destroyed, again by fire.

Third and current Royal Exchange (1844- to date)

The third and present Royal Exchange building, opened by Queen Victoria in 1844- (still as a Bourse,) was designed by the English architect Sir William Tite. The Royal Exchange ceased to act as a centre of commerce in 1939 when, with the outbreak of the 2nd World War, trading stopped.

Inside the Third Royal Exchange today

Today, after sympathetic re-modelling in 2001, the Grade I listed building accommodates an exclusive retail centre  with restaurants, cafes over 30 stores selling luxurious brands.

To watch and listen to the Virtual ‘Walk and Talk ‘around the Royal Exchange and its Environs in more detail – Peter Cave has provided a link in the ‘Members Area of this website. Click here

Death of  HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Ward Club sent a letter of condolence to Her Majesty expressing our deep sympathy.

Florence Nightingale  Virtual Talk –  25th May 2021-  ”What she was and What she was not”

Florence Nightingale Statue in Waterloo Place

The latest Ward club event was a departure from normal, it was a lecture on the life and achievements of an individual person. The talk, lead by Julie Chandler a very experienced London Blue Badge, City of London and City of Westminster Guide, was about Florence Nightingale and whilst embracing her famous contributions to nursing and medicine it also included details of the more personal side of her life.

She was born into a fairly wealthy family, intelligent and educated, but as was normalfor the day she was expected to marry. Florence wanted something else. In her twenties, she realised that nursing was her calling. She worked hard to justify and achieve her ambition. She had to start at the bottom, performing menial tasks to prove her worth. Her work in the Crimean war is legendry and it was at this time walking the wards at night checking on patients after most staff had retired to bed that she earned her the name ‘lady with the lamp’.

After the war her nursing work continued and that combined with her intelligence, social status and powerful contacts enabled her to achieve much. St Thomas’s Hospital is just one example of her achievements. She remained a life-long spinster despite having several long-standing suitors who proposed marriage. After the Crimean war her health was poor, believed to be due to an infection/virus caught whilst nursing.

90 Harley Street Florence Nightingale’s first major appointment in nursing as Superintendent of the “Hospital for Gentlewomen during illness”

Julie Chandler, MITG

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The Fan Museum – 16th June 2021

Fans displayed at the Fan Museum

Fixed Fan

With COVID 19 restrictions still in place, Jacob Moss, Curator of the Fan Museum, gave a very interesting and informative talk to Members and special guest Elizabeth Mainelli, wife of Sheriff, Alderman Michael Mainelli. 

Following in the footsteps of Héléne Alexander, the Founder of this the first museum dedicated to ‘hand fans’, Jacob became the Curator ten years ago having previously qualified and worked in fashion and design in London and New York.

Curator- Jacob Moss

His enthusiasm for the Fan was clear in his lecture.The history of the Fan can be traced back 3000 years and we received an excellent insight into the history and type of fans produced from that time until the present day. We were shown many examples of the 5000 housed in the Museum from the very ancient to the modern. He began by explaining the history of the fan, from the ‘fixed fan’ such as that used in Cleopatra’s time to the very elaborate and exquisite ‘folding fans’ created for figures such as Marie Antoinette. 

Wooden Fixed Fan – Shape of peocock’s tail.

Jacob also brought us right up to modern times showing us ‘advertising and street fans’. He explained how the different styles of fans were made and decorated, each one being different in some detail, and finished by showing us some of the most valuable in the collection. Anyone who had not been before was encouraged to take a visit to the Museum, which will reopen in September 2021

The Civic Luncheon – 29th June – Guildhall, The Old Library 

What a fantastic Lunch and in exceptional times.

90 Members and their Guests enjoyed the first in-person social gathering in The Old Library of The Guildhall, since the pandemic began in 2020. Although, some pandemic restrictions were still in place the event was highly successful, although it regrettably meant that the Annual Church Service could not take place or the welcome drink reception.

The 3- course lunch, was held in the presence of Sheriff , Alderman Michael Mainelli and the Master’s Guest speaker was Mark Smith , the resident Medals and Militaria expert on the Antiques Road Show and a War Historian .

Our Guest Speaker, Mark Smith, gave a most detailed and intresting speech telling the story of a War Hero and how his heroics resulted in him receiving the Victoria Cross. Mark had the Victoria Cross in his collection and finished this amazing story by holding up this actual medal in his hand.

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The Royal Palaces – 27th July 2021

Members were provided with an evening zoom tour of Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse by the Palace Wardens.

Windsor Castle

Hidden Pantomime Pictures -Windsor Castle

The evening began at Windsor Castle, the largest oldest and largest occupied Palace. The resident warden provided members an overview of the State rooms. Members, learnt that in the Waterloo Chamber during the second World War, to cover the bare walls within the picture frames, for which the pictures had been removed for protection, are hidden Pantomime Pictures.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The marvels of technology then permitted members to be transported to the Palace of Holyroodhouse; the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh. The resident warden presented a tour of the Palace along with answering members insightful questions. It was a delightful evening and the wonders of technology permitted two tours slightly further afield.

The 75th Celebrations Dinner – 9th September 2021

The Ward Club event that members had been waiting for, finally happened. !!

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On the 17th January 2021 the Ward Club achieved its 75th Anniversary, but with COVID restrictions in place the planned Anniversary Celebrations were postponed until 9th September 2021.

The Ward Club were privileged to be able to use Salters’ Hall (Salters being one of the great 12 Livery Companies)

On arrival members were able to view the Salters’ small Museum, containing an amazing collection of Salt related artifacts and were welcomed by Cornhill Beadle Joanne Higgs and the temporary Lime Street Beadle ( Norman Chapman – Upper Warden)

To celebrate this prestigious event, members were requested to wear ‘as much colour as possible’, which resulted in some imaginative gentlemen’s bow ties and vibrant ladies dresses.

The Master and Immediate Past Master welcomed the members and their guests who enjoyed a sparkling reception, excellent food and wine, with images and stories of the Ward Club ‘s past 75 years,

Menu included :-    Starter:- Fennel crusted farmed Sea Trout with crispy skin, cauliflower & almond puree, pickled Cauliflower compressed cucumber, cucumber pearls. –  Main:-Slow- braised feather blade of beef, sweet potato & thyme puree, mustard kale, baby carrots – Dessert:Chocolate bomb with blood orange centre , vanilla cream, honeycomb, candied cherries.

The evening included some excellent speeches from our past and present Alderman , with Past Master Peter Cave giving an excellent talk on many interesting facts and highlights from the past 75 years.

After a very enjoyable and atmospheric evening, members and guests departed for home with a copy of the Ward Club 75th Anniversary Booklet, and happy with memories of the 75th Anniversary Celebration which was a vibrant and magical event .

Back Row.  Mrs Margaret Pinkerton, Lady Samantha Bowman, Alderman Sir Charles Bowman, Alderman Robert Howard, Past Master Peter Cave
Middle Row. Lieselotte Burdof-Cook, Daphne Cave (Past Master and Hon. Sec)
Front Row. Immediate Past Master David Pinkerton, Master Ivor Cook

Lord Mayor’s City Giving Day – 21st Sept 2021

There were various events going on around the City to support this excellent fund raising event
with the Ward Club putting out a team for the Treasure Hunt. The last time we took part (2019),
the heavens opened and we got soaked.

St Giles Cripplegate

This time, a bright sunny afternoon with about 10 teams taking part.
The first question was sent to our iphone and off we went.
Guildhall Art Gallery first (Pepys), then the Roman Wall in Nobel Street, onto Butchers Hall,
next stop St Giles Cripplegate  

John Bunyan Memorial

And then a long treck up Bunhill Row to find the Memorial to John Bunyon

Then the magic words, “now get back to where you started as fast as your legs will carry you!”
Dennis sprinted all the way back, others followed as fast as they could. We came a valiant 2nd
(The Bloomberg team had run all the way round and done it in 25 minutes!!)

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

Wine Tasting – St Botolph’s Church Hall – 10th November

Past Master Mark Gubbins, a regular contributor to our wine tastings, presented an excellent range of wines to around 30 or so members and friends in St Botolph’s Bishopsgate Church Hall, an excellent venue for such an event. A very good selection of Cheeses was also supplied.

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Carol Service – St Peter’s upon Cornhill – 6th December

Members were able to gather for our annual Carol Service with the Worshipful Company of Poulters, at St Peter-upon-Cornhill. The City Singers were wonderful and it was a delight to see our past Master, Rowland Hughes, singing among their ranks. The choir were accompanied on the organ by the Master Poulter James Cross.

Following the service members gathered for wine and nibbles. This was a delight following many virtual events, and talking well into the evening as members mingled.

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Visit to Spencer House – 17th January 22

The Master, Ivor Cook, chose as the final event of his year a visit to Spencer House, the London home of the Spencer family, until just after World War II, when they decided to lease it out. The current lessee had it renovated in the 1980s to its former glory. Following this interesting and well guided visit we went over to Davy’s St James’s for a very enjoyable and convivial lunch which concluded with the Master thanking all who attended.

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