2002 - 2003 Master John Bristow
Worked in Lloyd's for 35 years, retiring as Aviation Underwriter for Bankside Agency in 1991.
Ran off several of Gooda Walker Syndicates and joined Equitas (the Lloyd's run off vehicle) in its very early days as a member of the Major Catastrophe team.
A Chartered Insurer, Liverman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and of the World Traders Company. A keen gardener and President of his local bowling club. 

Upper Warden Peter Hill
Lower Warden Roger Earthrowl
 
AGM 21st February  - Captain's Room, Lloyd's.

Immediate Past Master Mr John Tuff and the Master announced that they thought that the Hon Secretary should have a Badge of Office, which they had very generously donated to the Club. Mrs Ann Benson was proud to be the first recipient.
One of the major items on  the Agenda was the discontinuing of the Life Members Scheme for any new members. Originally Life Membership was set at £50, then increased to £100 and finally £200. All life members of over 10 years standing (£50) were asked to consider reverting back to paying an annual membership fee - the majority did. It was suggested that members might like to start to receive advices of events... by e-mail.

  
Annual Dinner - Captain's Room Lloyd's
80 Members and their Guests enjoyed an excellent evening, with the guest speaker being - Mr James McConville. Professor and Director of International Transport Management at Guildhall University.
The Menu comprised;

Tian of Smoked Haddock, celeriac, walnut and beetroot
Corn fed Chicken, black olives, tomato and thyme
Citrus Tart with Clotted Cream
Coffee and Petit Fours

Visit to Bevis Marks Synagogue 9/4/2002
A large turnout for this fascinating visit invloved almost 60 members and their guests. They enjoyed a visit to this historic buidling followed by supper at the Old Tea Warehouse in Creechurch Lane. (They did not have "tea")
There was a guided tour given by the Shamash (Curator) Maurice Bitton. 

Who explained that this building (1701) superseded a small house built after the Jews' re-admission to England under the Rule of Oliver Cromwell in 1657. They were shown a fine collection of Cromwellian and Queen Anne  furniture, whilst admiring a very "Wrenlike" Building. Cost including supper. £12.50 per person.

Annual Service, St Peter - upon-Cornhill,  17th May 2002
Conducted by the Rev Andrew Jones BA MDiv

Hymn Praise the Lord , the Almighty, the King of Creation

Lessons Isaiah 35 v 1-10 - The President
            Mark 2 v 1-12 - The Master

Hymn    Father hear the prayer we offer

Hymn    Lift up your hearts, we lift them Lord to thee

 

Civic Luncheon - The Old Library, Guildhall in the presence of the Lord Mayor (Michael Oliver) and the Lady Mayoress. The guest speaker was The Very Rev. Victor Stock, Dean of Guildford, who had until recently been Rector at St Mary le Bow, Cheapside, (for 15 years) incuding 2 terms as the Lord Mayor's Chaplain and 5 years of weekly slots on Greater London Radio - the Tuesday Dialogues.He had recently published his diaries "Taking Stick, Confessioins of a City Priest.
120 Members and guests attended the Civic Lunch which was provided for the first time by "Turtle Soup", who was suggested by Mr Stanley Liu. The previous 4 years being with Payne and Gunter.

Carpaccio of Smoked Duck - Balsamic Dressing
                                            - Riesling Reserve, Hunawihr - 1998
Grilled Gravadlax of Salmon, Champ Mash, Sauteed Green Beans
                                            - Beaujolais Village, Georges Duboeuf - 2000
Lemon Tart - Crushed Rasberries and Berry Coulis
                                            - Muscat be Beaume de Venise - 1998
Coffee - Chocolate Turtles (!) - As the caterer was called "Turtle Soup" - this obviously is what they were.

Madeira or Armagnac

Toastmaster - Bernard Sullivan
£58.00 per person.

From Comments made at the next Committee Meeting it was obviously a very succedssful event

Committee Meeting 6th June - The Lamb

Items of interest included;
A suggestion that Member's be encouraged to take up the "Freedom" of the City of London

College of Arms 12th June 2002
41 Members and guests enjoyed a fascinating couple of hours at this very popular venue. They were greeted by Mr Patrick Dickenson (Richmond Herald) who gave them a guided tour of the building, introduced them to some of the core principles of Heraldry, and the role of the College of Arms in the 21st C. £21.50 per person.

Houses of Parliament 12th July 2002
An extremely popular event (A bargain at £5) - 49 members and guests enjoyed a 1 hour and a quarter private tour of both Houses of Parliament, followed by tea in the Jubilee Restaurant. As they were guided around they learnt of the 1,200 Rooms, 100 Staircases and over 2 miles of corridors. The House of Commons is seen as the seat of Parliamentary Power and is reconised as the superior House by the House of Lords. £5 per person - a bargain.

Regents Canal Cruise  5th September 2002
An even more popular event 55 intrepid "sailors" boarded the "My Fair Lady" for a Supper Cruise on the Regents Canal - supper included;
Sliced Turkey, Fillet of Trout, Vegetarian Terrine, salads and deserts.

Regents Canal Floating Restaurant - My Fair Lady

The cruise went on the Northern part of the Regents Canal, past London Zoo and its Aviary, Regents Park and  though a short tunnel toward Little Venice - returning back to the starting point of Walker's Quay.

Magic Circle 22nd October 2002
Bamboozled by Hand Magic, Intrigued by Illusion, another great evening for the 30 who attended this very popular event. A long time afterwards people were still asking "how was that done"! A tried and tested format. Sherry on arrival, whilst watching "hand magic". Then a short break with sandwiches and a gkass if wine, coffee. The evening finishes off with a stage show possible around the the theme of some of the Majic Circles more famous ir infamous members.

Lord Mayor's Show - 9th November 2002
The club were invited to apply for tickets in the stand near St Pauls followed by lunch at Singapura (Singapore) an Asian Restaurant nearby. £21 per person for tickets incliding the programme.

Italian Wine Tasting 14th Nov 2002
St Olaves Church Hall was the venue for this very popular Wine Tasting given by Past Master Mark Gubbins, and attended by 57 Memberrs and their guests, Unfortunately there are no indications of the wines tasted. Certain to have been good, varied and included a "sticky".
Special General Meeting - held immediately before the Wine Tasting
This was to formally get agreement to the proposal that the Concept of Life Membership be stopped. See AGM above.

Carol Service St Peter - upon - Cornhill 3rd December 2002
Our traditional Carol Service was well attended, with all those there enjoying the Service and the friendly atmosphere that followed - with a glass of Wine, Mince Pies.....At the suggestion of the Revd. Nigel Beynon's the Club agreed to donate gifts to the The Good Shepherd Mission in Bethnal Green. (This was the 1st time that we gave gifts to The Good Mission - prior to this year they had been given to Barts Children's Ward) 
A goodly number of presents for young children were donated, which were very warmly welcomed by the Mission. This tradition continued until and including 2012. When the Mission changed Direction (helping Adults). For 2013 we gave pesents via St Helens to very poor areas close to City.

The Choir of St Mary the Virgin, North Shoebury (their 2nd visit to us) started the service with;
 "This is the truth sent from above"

ALL Once in Royal David's City
Choir The Coventry Carol
ALL Away in a Manager
Lesson Isaiah 9 v 2-7 Lower Warden
ALL The First Noel
Lesson Luke 1 v 26-38
Choir Whence is that goodly fragrance
Lesson Luke 2 v 1-7
ALL O little down of Bethlehem
Lesson Luke 2 c 8-20
Choir Good Christian Men Rejoice
ALL O come all ye faithful

Organist James West 

The end of a very good year.

Committee Meeting Wednesday 6th January 2003
Items of interest.
General discussions about Ward Club involvement in the Red Cross Fair and new ideas being needed.
Lord Levene as newly appointed Chairman of Lloyd's had been invited to become an Honary Member of the Ward Club and had accepted.
Miss Anni Gale (Principle Assistant to the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor) had received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List - congratulations had been sent to her from the Ward Club.
Further discussions about Lloyd's as the venue for the AGM and Dinner. Feeling seems to be that as there was no other suitable venue within the ward we would stick with it - unless it priced itself out the Club's range