Regrettably we have very little information on our early years – all that we can glean follows.
If anyone can add any further “colour” to this rather dry list we would greatly
One or two of the legible signatures show that leading figures of the time were active members of our club e.g. RW Sturge and John Meacock both leading Lloyd’s Underwriters of the era.
See also – “Our Club”
The inaugural meeting was held on the Thursday 17th January 1946 at 4 Angel Court Throgmorton Street.
Unfortunately no notes exist prior to this date regarding the actual creation of the Club, although it seems that some discussion must have taken place immediately come up with the structure created.
Alderman Sir Bracewell Smith BSc – who became our 1st President. (elected Lord Mayor in November 1946)
Major Alfred Rice JP, CC, who became Master
Mr W.A. Hicks – who became Upper Warden
Mr R Jeffryes – who became Lower Warden
Mr H.L. Tabor
Mr A.E. Johnson
Mr R.T.Rivington MA. LLB – who became Hon Secretary
Mr R.M.Hicks – who became Asst Hon Secretary
Mr E Wheeler FCII who became Hon Treasurer –
In addition, the following were appointed as Vice Presidents;
Deputy Sir H Percy Shepherd CC
Rt Hon Ralph Assheton M.P.
MP for Rushcliffe 1934-1945, for
City of London 1945 – 1950 (when the constituency was abolished) and the only
MP for Blackburn West 1950 -1955 as this constituency was created in 1950 and abolished in 1955.
Alderman Sir Percy Walker Greenaway Bt
Mr C.F.Lewis CC
Mr W.E.Rice O.B.E., J.P.
Mr H.R. Tabor
Sir Edward Worthington K.C.V.O.
At the proposal of the President and seconded by Mr Tabor it was agreed that the Rules of the Club as proposed by the Master should be adopted (Copy not yet found)
It was agreed that the Officers of the Club be elected annually at meeting to be held in February or at any other time as may be agreed upon.
The Master and the President both addressed the meeting as to the reasons for the creation of the Club and the advantages the Ward would derive from it. (Original reasons not found or minuted!)
Meeting February 21st 1946 – 4 Angel Court (only 9 days after the inaugural Meeting)
12 members in attendance.
Over 30 new members were elected including Mr RW Sturge (Lloyd’s)
A talk was given by the President on the Office of Alderman in the City of London.
Meeting March 21st 1946 – 4 Angel Court
13 members in attendance.
A further 9 members were elected.
A talk was given by Mr George Hicks MP on “Working in the House of Commons”
N.B. The Minutes were signed off in October.
Meeting July 18th 1946 – Forum House 15/18 Lime Street.
A new hand taking the Mniutes, although this was the fifth meeting shown as the “first” – new venue as well. 15-18 Lime Street (Forum House) – in the Ward.
The “Signing in Book” was probably “lost” for a time as the next entry is November 1947.
It was proposed that the Master Major Rice JP CC be congratulated on becoming “Deputy” for the Ward. At the same time Mr Hicks CC (Upper Warden) was congratulated on his co-option to the Court of Common Council –
Some discussion took place on the future structure of the Club. It was suggested that a Dinner should be held after the next meeting at the Great Eastern Hotel (Above Liverpool Street Station) and that Guests should be allowed.
It was unanimously agreed that Rule 13 of the Rules (No copy of original rules yet found) be amended to allow the Committee to elect Members and inform the Membership at a future Meeting.
A number of underwriters had been proposed for Membership – the Master would find time in his diary to interview them.
Meeting September 19th 1946 – Forum House
9 members in attendance. Shown as 2nd Meeting in the Minutes.
First resignations from the Committee! – Messrs Gardner, Woodthorpe CC and Worthington.
Agreed to have a “House Dinner” at the Great Eastern Hotel with a speaker.
Sub Committee set up to organise. Max cost 8s/6d (Eight Shilling and Sixpence = 42.5p)
Meeting and Dinner October 17th 1946 – Great Eastern Hotel
16 Committee and Members, in attendance. on their being co-opted onto the Court of Common Council
Congratulations were given to both Messrs Hicks and Jeffreys
Talk by Mr John Betts – Editor of his newspaper “The City Press”
Dinner included a further 19 visitors
It must have been fun taking the Minutes, as these are numbered as Meeting no 5!
Meeting and Dinner November 21st 1946 – Great Eastern Hotel
Only 5 Committee Members in attendance.
The Master read out the text of an illuminated address that had been presented to the incoming Lord Mayor – Alderman – Sir Bracewell Smith.
The Master being on the Lord Mayor’s Committee participated d in the Lord Mayor’s Show along with Mr W.A.Hicks CC
Agreed that the next Meeting would be only a Christmas dinner.
A short talk before the “house dinner” was given by Mr Adrian Oswald who gave an address on “Recent Discoveries in Roman and Medieval London.”
Meeting 17th January 1947 – Forum House 17th January
This is the last Meeting of our first year, Shown as the Third. Very definitely in total, including the inaugural Meeting 8.
5 Committee Members, in attendance
Proposals were put forward to slightly amend the rules (Copy not as of now, not available), Basically to do with when Meetings would be held.
It was agreed that the Lord Mayor would be invited to a Lunch or Dinner.This would be organised by the Master elect.
3 donations were made to Club Funds by Major Rice 30/0/0, Mr Hicks 15.0.0, Mr Jeffreys 15.0.0. They were thanked very cordially for their generosity
AGM 27th February – Great Eastern Hotel
7 Members in attendance
Apart from electing the Officers as above. A rule change was proposed and agreed. Only 4 Committee Meetings a year would be held including the AGM. These would be on the 3rd Thursday of Feb, April, October and November.
Meetings April and October – no entry in the Minutes Book – no reference in the November Minutes
8 Members in attendance
4 new Members proposed and accepted
Mr Harvey Bowring (Lloyd’s Underwriter) Syndicate Pseudonym WEH
Sir Phillip Dambrumenil (PdA)
Mr John Meacock (SAM)
Balance in the Bank 78/5/11d
A new Hon Secretary is appointed – Mr George Marshall (29/30 Leadenhall Market)
Rules Sub Committee set up to “peruse the rules of the Club
Advised members of new Members agreed as above
a talk was given by Mr Albert Dobbs on “Lloyd’s
The Meeting was followed by a House Dinner
6 Members in attendance.
Balance in hand 81/15/3d
Proposed changes to the Rules were put forward by the Sub committee and agreed – Still hunting the original rules and changes.
Agrred to invite Lord Mayor and Sheriffs to the clubs AGM and Banquet – They all agreed to attend
2nd Annual Meeting – February 19th 1948
19 members in attendance
Meeting April 15th 1948 – Great Eastern Hotel
House Dinner and Meeting September 16th 1948 – Great Eastern Hotel
13 members in attendance with 16 Visitors.
The club was obviously starting to become more well known as is shown by the attendance at this meeting and at the next Annual Meeting.
3rd Annual Meeting February 17th 1949 – Great Eastern Hotel
21 Members in attendance with 15 visitors
“House Dinner” – October 26th 1949
18 Members in attendance with 13 “visitors”
4th Annual Meeting February 16th 1950 – Great Eastern Hotel
24 Members in attendance with 19 visitors
Meeting April 20th – 1950 – House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
14 Members in attendance with 12 Visitors
Meeting November 30th 1950 – House Dinner – Abercorn Rooms, Bishopsgate
18 members in attendance with 10 visitors
5th Annual Meeting 22nd February 1951 – Liverpool Street Hotel
16 Members in attendance with 14 visitors
Meeting April 12th 1951- House Dinner – Liverpool Street Hotel
17 members in attendance with 17 Visitors
Meeting November 29th 1951 – House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
17 Members in attendance with 13 visitors
6th Annual Meeting and House Dinner – February 28th 1952 – Great Eastern Hotel
15 Members in attendance with 17 visitors
Meeting April 30th 1952 – House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
22 Members in attendance with 15 visitors
Meeting November 20th 1952 – House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
13 Members in attendance with 11 visitors
7th Annual Meeting and House Dinner – February 19th 1953
21 Members in attendance with 13 visitors
Meeting April 16th– 1953 – House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
16 Members in attendance with 13 “Guests” – the 1st time it seems this description was used officially.
Meeting November 19th– House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
21 Members and 22 Guests
Meeting November 20th – House Dinner – Great Eastern Hotel
13 Members and 11 visitors
8th Annual Meeting and House Dinner – February 18th 1954 – Liverpool Street Hotel
20 Members in attendance with 13 Guests
Meeting November 18th 1954 – House Dinner – Liverpool Street Hotel
19 Members in attendance with 15 Guests
9th Annual Meeting and House Dinner – 24th February 1955 – Liverpool Street Hotel
28 Members in attendance with 27 Guests
Meeting April 21st 1955 – House Dinner – Liverpool Street Hotel
12 Members in attendance with 7 Guests
10th Annual Meeting and House Dinner – 31st July 1956 (somewhat later than usual) – Liverpool Street Hotel
17 Members in attendance with 15 Guests
Meeting November 14th 1956 – House Dinner – Liverpool Street Hotel
20 Members in attendance with 24 Guests
11th Annual General Meeting (they had previously been called Annual Meetings) and House Dinner – 21st February 1957 – Great Eastern Hotel
23 Members in attendance with 26 Guests
Meeting May 9th 1957 – House Dinner – Liverpool Street Hotel
11 Members in attendance with 15 Guests
Meeting 21st Nov – Meeting (No food!)
9 Members in attendance with 11 Guests
Meeting 21st February 1958– No location know but presumably the
12th Annual General Meeting and House Dinner
23 Members in attendance with 20 Guests
Meeting April 17th 1958 – No location known
18 Members in attendance with 15 Guests
Meeting December 4th 1958
22 Members in attendance with 21 Guests
12th Annual General Meeting and House Dinner – location and date unknown – also the number 12th confusing – this would have been the 13th!
29 Members in attendance with 21 Guests
Meeting April 16th 1959 – House Dinner – No location known.
12 Members in attendance with 10 guests
Meeting 19th November 1959 – Meeting
18 Members in attendance with 12 Guests
AGM and Dinner – February 18th 1960 – No location known and presumably the 14th Annual General Meeting and House Dinner
27 Members in attendance with 21 Guests
Meeting April 21st 1960 – House dinner – location unknown
14 Members in attendance with 16 Guests
Meeting November 17th 1960 – House Dinner – location unknown