Even within the Ward Clubs there seems to be differing versions of the reasons for their creation – albeit the underlying themes are similar.
The majority were probably formed in the mid/late 19th Century as a way for people to meet socially with their “neighbours” and with the “City Fathers” – The Ward Alderman and the Common Councilmen. Their role became even more important as more and more people become commuters to and from the City, rather than City residents. Membership was encouraged from both those residing in the City of London and those who came to work in the City. Most Ward Clubs historically had an interest in both social events and promoting awareness/involvement in the City’s administration and electoral process.
Today out of the 25 Wards there are 23 individual Ward, Ward Clubs and 2 joint including Lime Street and Cornhill Ward Club (Lime Street Ward Club being founded in 1946) and Dowgate and Vintry Ward Club. In addition there is the The United Wards’ Club.
In response to Ward boundary changes in 1877, Joseph Newbon decided to set up a Club so that members of various Wards could continue to meet together. The first meeting was held on 31st Oct 1877.
Some Ward Clubs are Associate Members of the UWC. Individuals can apply to join the UWC
Ward Clubs provide an excellent opportunity to;
learn more about the City and Civic life
meet the men and women making the decisions about how the City is run
get to know the Ward and other elected representatives
attend some excellent formal and informal social events.
For anyone interested in becoming more involved with City life both Civic and Social the Ward Clubs are the best possible introduction.