2000 - 2001

President Alderman Michael Everard CBE BA DSc
Vice President Alderman David Howard
Master Roland Hughes FCA
Qualified as a Chartered accountant in 1975 (FCA 1980). Has worked in insurance / reinsurance all his career. Finance director of Rattner Mackenzie. Freeman of the City, Member of the Worshipful Company of Poulters since 1990 (Became Master in 2015/16)
Upper Warden John Tuff
Lower Warden John Bristow

Silly Fact In this era all communications were sent out by post - one example on the file was 295 letters. By 2014, with a great deal of effort the post was down to 45 - the rest by e-mail, by 2017 35, of which only 2 actually attend events.

Change of Plan The Hon Auditor Mr Simon Ive had had to stand down owing to family pressures and at very short notice Committee Member Michael Brecknall carried out the Audit. resigned from the Committee as he felt that having agreed to take on the role of Hon Auditor there might be seen to be a clash of interests. His decision was accepted with regret. 

St Peter upon Cornhill Moved under the "control"of St Helens. Rev Nigel Beynon appointed as Hon Chaplain. 

Sad news   Past Master Charles Bowman died February 2000

AGM  - Lloyd's 17th February 2000

Master and 36 Members attended

Matters of interest
It was confirmed that Mr Max Taylor (Chairman of Lloyd's) would take up Honary Membership of the Club for the length of his tenure.Master and 36 Members attended

and Annual Dinner - Lloyd's 17th February 2000

73 Members and their guests enjoyed the Annual dinner in the Captain's Room - although it seem's that a shortage of wine and port for the toasts a few tables and missing vegtables on another added to the excitement of the evening.
A Reception in the Nelson Gallery was followed by the Dinner.
The Menu comprised.

Smoked Halibut with sweet cucumber dressing     -    Chardonnay Domaine de Mont d'Hortes

Fillet of Scotch Beef with Red Wine and pulses      -    Chateau Huat rian

Vanilla Iced mousse with road Mango

Coffee and Truffles

The Guest Speaker was Alderman Michael Savory, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Poulters and also of The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, who in closing propsed the Toast to The Lime Street Ward Club.


Whitechapel Bell Foundary 19th April 2000
14 Members and Guests enjoyed a personal guided tour around one of the oldest surviving City businesses.

Bells white chapel

A buffet lunch followed at The Aldgate Exchange.


Annual Service Wednesday 28th June 2000 - St Michael's Cornhill

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This year's Service was held at St Michael's as our normal venue - St Peter's Cornhill was being restored (??)
The Service was lead by Rev Nigel Beynon - the Hon Chaplain of our Ward Club

Hymn No 393 Lead us heavenly father lead us
First Lesson John 1 V 1 to John 2 v 2 - The President
Second Lesson - The Master
Hymn No 368 Guide me O thou great redeemer
Sermon Canon MAH Melinsky
Hymn No 488 Jerusalem 


Civic Lunch - Wednesday 28th June 2000 - The Crypts
121 Members and their guests joined the Master, the Lord Mayor (Sir Clive Martin), Sheriff Mr Robert Finch for this highlight of the Ward Club's Year. The Menu was provided by Payne and Gunter and comprised;
Hors D'oeuvres Charcuterie     -     Vin d'Alsace Domaines Schlumberger - 1998
Breast of Guinea Fowl  - Wild Mushrooms - Madeira Sauce    -    Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja 1995
Summer Fruit Souffleé     -     Veuve Cliquot Silver Lable Demi-Sec
Coffee and Petits Fours     -    Taylors 10 Year Old Tawny Port

The Toast to the Lime Street Ward Club was proposed by Mr Drummond Abrams FCA. A retired Charterd Accountant, who became far busier in retirement than prior. Actively invloved in a dot.com incubator fund, on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a presentation slot on Southern FM local radio. amongst others. 
Toastmaster - Mr Bernard Sullivan M.B.E

There was some very positive feedback from those who attended. £53.00pp

Committee Meeting 6th July 2000 - The Lamb
Master and 17 Members in attendence

Matters of interest
A queston was raised re the number of Guests that the Ward Club had to pay for at the Civic Lunch - total 15 including The Civic Party and entoirage (5) Hon Chaplain and his wife, Guest Speaker and his wife, Bishopsgate (2), Langbourn (2), Aldgate (1) pus 2 outmess supporting the Mayoral Party, Orhanist and Toastmaster. Plans for the Lord Mayors Show Float were well in hand. 

Mr Michael Brecknell stood down from the Committe in view of other major committments, but kindly agrred to remain as Hon Auditor.

Talk by Mr Trevor Brighan, Archaeologist - Thursday 26th October - The Lamb, Leadenhall Market.
One of the najor city office blocks, Plantation House (the site of Plantation Place in the 2,000's), was demolished at the end of the 1990's opening up a major site for a few months to the City's Archaeologists. This talk given by one of the team from the Museum of the City of London Archaeology Services and explained the importance of the site, what was found and learnt. The evening closed with a hot finger buffet for 45 members and guests.

Lord Mayor's Pageant 11th November
A great deal of hard work and creativity culminated in a an amazing float and for those who took part a truely memorable day out. The overall theme was "The Market Place of the World". Mark Gubbins managed to convince Bass Charrington to lend us a Tango/Britvic lorry, Julie Gubbins came up with the concepts including "borrowing" a Lloyd's Waiter and a mock up of the Lutine Bell. We had a block allocation of Seats near St Pauls with many members enjoying the Show and then a Thai style Buffet at Singapura, nearby.

Annual Carol Service - St Peter's Cornhill - Tuesday 5th December
Regretably the Carol service was not held in this year owning to lack of support. The Service would have been taken by Willam Taylor - who was to become our Hon Chaplain  in 2013 - in view of other commitments for Rev Nigel Beynon. The congregation were to have been led in the singing by The City Singers. Supper venue had been changed to Balls Bros (Mincing Lane) - Supper would have comprised Tomato Soup, Lamb Casserole and Bread and Butter Pudding - Cost £25.
2001 a change of structure of the evening - encouraged a growth in numbers again.

Wine Tasting 24th January - Five Kings - Queen Street Place
A full house (54) Members and Guests enjoyed presentations from Julie and Mark Gubbins (Club Members and Masters) on the theme of "good bye (buy)".

10 Wines were presented - all souced from Oddbins;
Pinot Blanc - Alsace
Chardonnay Burgundy
Pinot Noir - Burgundy
Syrah/Grenache St Chinian
Mouvedre / Grenache / Cinsault/ Syrah - Rhone
Tempanillo - Rioja 
Cabernet Sauvignon - South Australia
Zinfandel - Sonoma/USA

Finishing with 2 "Stickies" (Supper wines)
Chardonnay - Walker Bay/RSA
Peraquita/Camarate - Alenquer/Portugal

There was also a presentation from a member of WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) . Supper followed Beef Fillet and Mushroom Kebabs - Salmon en Croute followed by Cheese and Biscuits. £33.50.

A Special Event - A Private Reception (and a personal guided tour) - Mansion House 14th February 2001

Officers, Committee Members, Active Past Masters were invited by the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress.

A quotation from the Master's letter to Sir David and Lady Howard says it all. "We did not realise what expert guides you were. Your enthusiasm for both your year in office and your year in residence were plain to see, both copmmunicated it with great style and relish" 

"A superb finale to my year"