Master Mr Peter G Hill, DMS, FCH

At the time of becoming Master Peter had worked in the City for almost exactly 30 years specialising in Non-Marine Liabiity insurance. A Liverman within The Worshipful Company of Poulters. Members of various other City organisations including the Royal Society of St George.

President Alderman John Stuttard, MA.
Vice - President
 Sir David H.S. Howard, Bt
Upper Warden Roger Earthrowl
Lower Warden Mark Gubbins 


AGM and Annual Dinner 20th February - The Captain's Room - Lloyd's

Matters of specific interest

Red Cross Fayre
A sub-committe was created to consider the way forward for the Club's involvement, given the retirement of Ronnie Garton. It was felt that the very successful "Wheel of fortune" had run its path.
Minor Rule change
Rule used to say that the AGM had to be in the third week of February - this was changed, at the suggestion of Mark Gubbins to read "February"

Annual Dinner
This year's Annual Dinner was attended by 75 Members and their guests with the Guest Speaker being Mr Tom McGrath OBE, Deputy Chairman, Marsh Ireland, the Chairman of the Irish Tourist Board and an ambassador for The Prices Trust. - apparently in "an earlier life", he was also a commedian. The Master specifically made the point that Ladies were very welcome.  

The Menu (costing £38 inc a 1/2 bottle of wine) comprised;

Tartlet of Vine Tomatoes and roquefort with basil oil
Pave of Salmon Celeriac fondant, tarragon and champagne
Bramley Apple Crumble with vanilla icecream and blackberry sauce 

It was provided by Avenance- Many compliments were made during and after the Dinner.

Visit to Freemasons Hall Saturday 5th April
A really fascinating and enjoyable Morning for 32 Members and their guests involving both a guided tour of the Grand Temple, Library and time to look round the museum. Over the morning we learnt about the History of Masonary viewed some amazing pieces of Masonic related Art, china..... Probably for most it was the visit to the Grand Hall that was the most memorable, a stunning room and two very large bronze doors leading into it - that can be moved with simple push. (Or possibly the cleaning system, dating from the 1930's where there is an internal vacuum system running through out the building - cleaners just come into a room and plug their "vaccuum cleaner" into a socket in the wall and the dust is sucked out into the central system - very American)
This building was built between 1927 - 1933 funded from donations from all over the world   

After the tour the group went off to a local pub (Hercules Pillars) for a very convivial Buffet lunch with a glass or 2 of wine.

Member's Only Evening Thursday 1st May
44 Members enjoyed a convivial evening on the Upper Floor of The Lamb in Leadenhall Market. It seems that various people had commented that they did not get enough time to meet with other members at more formal functions - thus this specific Member's Only event.

Annual Church Service and Civic Lunch Thursday 5th June
Annual Church Service
This year's Service was led by Rev Nigel Beynon - the Club's Chaplain
Hymn No 587 He who would valient be
Lesson John 14 v 1-7  - The President
Lesson 1 John 4 v 7 - 11 - The Master
Hymn No 546 The King of Love my Shepherd is
Hymn No 160 Praise to the Holiest in the height

Civic Lunch
120 Members and guests enjoyed this event, which this year was held in The Old Library, in the Presence of Mr Sheriff Martin Clarke. The Lord Mayor (Alderman Gavyn Arthur) had planned to attend but had to withdraw to attend a lunch involving King Abdullah II of Jordan at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The Menu comprised;

Salad of Asparagus, Baby Spinich, Pancetta, Poached Quails Egg with Hazlenut Dressing - Cheverny Domain Francis Cazin, 2001

Pot Roasted Guinea Fowl, Braqised Red Cabbage, Baby Turnips, New Potatoes with chives - Brouilly Domaine Yvan Chavrier 2001
    - the wine was chaged at the last minute

Date and Armaganac Pudding - Dows LBV1996 or Armagnac

Coffee and Choccolate Turtles.

The toast to the health of the Lime Street Ward Club was given by The Rt Hon. Lord Strathclyde, Leader of the Conservtive Party in the House of Lords. Before entering politics he had been an insurance broker. He arrived in a wheelchair, and only as guests were being seated - the Master was on "tenterhooks"

Toastmaster - Bernard Sullivan M.B.E.

Committee Meeting  The Lamb 3rd July
Matters of interest
Debate about using Lloyd's for the AGM and Dinner, decided to continue with it for 2004 but other possibilities might be considered in 2005 including the City Livery Club
A year in which the City Boundaries were revised for the first time in possibly centuries.(Map to be added at a later date)
See the notes below re "Walking the Bounds"

A year when rising to Mayoralty was no longer based on Seniority but on Agreement by the Aldermen. This created a degree of uncerainty re when our Alderman might proceed to become Sheriff and Lord Mayor. (Turned out to be sooner rather than later).

Visit to the River Police at Wapping  Tuesday 8th July
25+ Members and Guests attended what must have been a very informative and entertaining presentation on the role of the River Police - who form part of the Metropolitan Police even though the City of London is responsible for The Pool of London. The talk, at Marine support Unit HQ was given by Bob Jeffries who at the time was in the process of training for his "Blue Badge". There is no clue as to which "hostelry" the group moved onto allthough it seems likely that it was one of - Captain Kidd, Town of Ramsgate or The Prospect of Whitby.

Walking the Bounds    3rd September
A walk following the revised boundaries of Lime Street Ward, which increased slightly in size as a result of the Boundary changes (we are still a small ward in terms of physical size). It was also the first time that the Ward Boundaries did not go through the middle of buildings (often!). We gained a section at the top of St Mary Axe from Bishopsgate Ward, but they retained the paralell section fronting onto Bishopsgate and the Northern side of St Helen's Place (including Leathersellers Hall at this time). further changes were made in 2013 where we lost the southern part of Leadenhall Market.  The Guide was Bob Jeffries (See River Police above) who had just qualified as a Blue Badge Guide. The walk finished with a Buffet Supper at the Grapes in Lime Street for approx 30 people.

Breakfast at Billingsgate 10th October
A small group (17) of very hardy souls were up at the crack of dawn for a visit to Billingsgate FishMarket - a visit kindly arranged by Past Master David Butcher. (Picture to be added later). No more information available.

Wine and Cheese TastingSt Olave's Church Hall - 4th November
Rioja and Tapas - Wine and Cheeses from the Iberian Peninsula and Islands. With Mark Gubbins' choice of wines, enthusiasm and knowledge  coupled with Cheeses from the International Cheese Centre at Liverpool Street, as great evening was had by all. Unfortunately nobody kept a copy of the List of Wines or Cheeses - shame.

Special General Meeting As agreed at the AGM a decision to amend the rules for the AGM to be held on any date in February not just in the 3rd week of February was supported.

Red Cross Fayre Guildhall 25-26 November
The Lime Street stand in recent years has only really been succesful because of the efforts of Ronnie Garton and his family. After their retirement and a great deal of time and effort the Ward Club launched a new fund raising venture, a Board Game involving answering various clues and trying to ascertain where a "crock of gold was hidden. With a great deal of hard work from Messrs, John Tuff, Roger Earthrowl, Robert Woodthorpe Brown and Mr Stanley Lui  £275 was raised, with a further £240 raised through the sale of Raffle Tickets. It was agreed that a simpler variation of the Treasure Hunt would be needed in 2 years time.
The event overall raised approx £77,000.

Annual Carol ServiceTuesday 2nd December
60 firends and members attended this year's Service, which was presided over by our Hon Chaplin Rev Nigel Beyon. The Choir from St Mary The Virgin - Shoeburyness, led by Michael Crabb were, as usual in excellent voice and really added to the proceedings. Organist James West.

Introit (Choir) Sleepers Awake  - Mendelssohn
Once in Royal David's City
Still, Still, Still arr Philip Leger
O little town of Bethlehem

Lesson Isaiah P v 2 - 7
O Come all ye faithfull
Lesson Matthew 1 v 18 - 25
Ding, dong, ding (Piae Cantiones) arr G.R. Woodward
Solo - Roy Phillips - The Oxford Carol
Lesson Matthew 2 v 1 - 12
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Lesson John 3 v 16 - 21
Choir - Mater Ora Filium - Harrison Oxley
The Holly and the Ivy

In addition many people very kindly brought gifts, brightly wrapped for the "under 5s" which were collected by the Good Sheperd Mission, Bethnal Green, who were extremely appreciative.

Committee Meeting - Wednesday Jan 24th - The Grapes, Lime Street
Items of Interest
Increase in subscriptions due to many of the Life members reverting back to an annual subscrptions.
Advice that Dep William Archibald had lost most of his sight and that he was standing down from the CC. It was proposed that he be Appointed an Hon Vice President - this was fully supported at the meeting.
Number of CC's for Lime Street Ward to be reduced from 4 to 3 at next election - (in 2013 reverted to 4)
Quite a long debate re St Helens which is now in our Ward and the use of St Peter upon Cornhill for our Carol Service. Overall felt that it was at the Master's discretion re the venue, but that this whole topic might be raised at a later AGM.