Rosanne Bowman 2015 - 2016

Upper Warden - Tim Willens
Lower Warden  - Robert Howard CC - became Alderman for Cornhill Ward in November 2015
Hon Treasurer - Chris Otter
Hon Secretary - Daphne Cave

Rosanne, most people know her a Rosie, was born in Yorkshire, brought up and educated mainly in Oxfordshire and or Berkshire (she didn’t move, but the boundary changed).She also went to a finishing school in Eastbourne where she learnt amongst other things, how to cook in a Cordon Bleu style.
She started her career in the City working for a Financial Public Relations company, who when she was there landed the City of London Corporation account. This was her first connection with the Corporation, where she found herself involved in speech writing for The Lord Mayor of the given year.

She met and married "the other" Charles Bowman (now deceased) who was a Common Councilman for Aldgate Ward for some years. He was also Lime Street Ward Club’s Master in 1997/8

She spent 6 years travelling all over the world at the with him, hosting and organising numerous social events. She has 2 children Nick & Sophie.

Rosie joined Lime St. Ward Club in 1996. She became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Poulter’s in 2008. She was also a founder member of the Ward Club Events Sub committee. Rosie has been very involved for some years both as a participant and organiser for the bi-annual Red Cross Fair,

Monday 16th February - Annual Installation Dinner and AGM
This year's event was held at Cutler's Hall with almost 100 people attending the Dinner. At the AGM the Immediate Past Master proposed slight changes to our Club's Objectives to reflect the club in the 21st C, in particular adding;
"To encourage actively interest and involvement in the City Civic, especially in both our Wards (Lime Street and Cornhill) and to positively support our Aldermen and Common Councilmen. 
To encourage and support from time to time “good causes”
This was supported unanimously.

An excellent dinner provided by The Cook and Butler" comprised;
Smoked Haddock and Coriander Tart Tatin - Tribal African, Western Cape, South Africa
Loin of Scottish Venison - Grand Veneur Sauce, Celeriac Dauphinoise - Wyndham Estate - Bin 55, Shiraz 2012 - South-Eastern Australia
Passion Fruit Delice
Barao de Vilar or Cognac

Following a Sung Grace and the traditional toasts - Revd. Cannon Paul Thomas OBE, Chaplain to "The Poulters" and author of "Humerous Ryhming Graces" gave an interesting and entertaing short address closing with a toast to Lime Street Ward Club.

Monday 16th March - Members' Evening
An informal relaxed evening at Revolution in Leadenhall Street - in the very elegant Bank Vault. A good number of gusts and friends had a convivial evening togther.

Tuesday 28th April Visit to Wetlands (Barnes)
A really enjoyable wander on a blustery but blue skyday at this amazing Bird and Duck Sanctuary, which is part of the World Wide Life Trust  

21 Members, Good guide, plenty of Birds, Ducks and Geese all seeking our attention. Excellent Lunch afterward at the "Depot" looking out over the river - highly recommened. Our Master's favourite for at least 20 years. Those who did not come - "it was too far........." - missed out on a really excellent day.

Red Cross City Collection Day
5 hardy souls collected around Leadenhall Market and Lloyd's in the AM. A typically slightly frustrating time. It is amazing how many people put their hand into their pocket as they walk towards you and walk past without making a donation. We raised approx £250 - a very worthwhile effort.

Wednesday May 20th  - Guided Tours of the Mansion House
27 members and guests set off on a Guided Tour of the Main Rooms including the Egyptian Hall, Receiving Rooms and the Old Ballroom ending with an opportunity to visit the Silver Vault. This was followed by a very convivial lunch at Williamson's Tavern - itself an historic house being at one time the home of the Lord Mayor of London. Most people do not seem to notice the beautiful wrought iron gates as one enters the pub.

PM In the afternoon a returns to the Mansion house for an excellent Guided Tour of the Paintings, especially focussing on the Dutch collection, led bv an entertaining and very knowlegable specialist Guide. A busy and excellent day.

Tuesday 9th June - Annual Church Service and Civic Lunch - Livery Hall, Guildhall
This year our Church Service was led by one of our own members - The Rev John Hayton - Master Bowyer with a short sermon being given by Revd Jamie Child.

Hymn - Immortal, Invisible, God only wise
First Reading by the President - Isiah 25 v 6-12
Hymn Angel voices, ever singing
Second Reading by the Master - Mark 9 v 14-29
Hymn Love divine all loves excelling

Lime Street Ward Club's

Our Annual Civic Lunch (Cook and Butler) was an excellent affair.

124 members and Guests enjoyed and excellent occasion,made very special by the attendance of The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress accompanied by Sheriff Fiona Adler and David Adler. The Master's Guest of Honour, Miss Anne Gale. MBE (Annie)

regaled us with a fun and fascinating insight to the Lord Mayor's Office where she was responsible for the Lord Mayor's diary for many years ,with a toast to the Lime Street Ward Club. We were also very pleased to welcome The Master Leatherseller and his wife along with their Clerk and many other regular friends of the Ward Club.

Reception - Chardonnay Baron de Beaumont Vin Mousseaux Brut
Lunch Baked Scottish Salmon, Spaghetti of Vegtables - Antoine Simoneau - Anjou Torraine Sauvignon Blanc 2013
         Cannon of Spring Lamb, Spinach and Mint Rosemary Jus - Syrah des coteaux 2012 - Ardeche and Gard
         Honey and Panna Cotta Tart, Peach Coulis and Lime Sorbet
         Barao Port and Cognac

Toast Master - Jamie Wallis, excellent as always.      

Visit to the College of Arms - Monday 13th July
20 Members and their guests enjoyed a fascinating evening learning about The College of Arms, its history, the history of its building, its structure and of course the creation of "Arms". Our guide for the evening was the Windsor Herald of Arms - William Hunt TD BA FCA. So much experience, knowlege, passion and a great sense of humour made the evening wizz by. We were honoured to be shown the Coat of Arms that had only very recently been prepared for our President - prior to him being Elected as Sheriff.

Some of the attendees with the Windsor Herald

A Coat of Arms - will never just be a Coat of Arms ever again, iff you know what to look for and enjoy pictorial "puns" - start studying shields.
e.g. A representsation of "Broad Stairs"  - ? 
Sir Edward Heath's Coat of Arms - he came from Broadstairs!

The evening finished with a light supper and a glass.

 The Master


Wednesday 15th July - a visit to Year 5 and 6 "Graduation Day" for John Scurr School
The Immediate Past Master, Hon Sec and Committee Member  Normal Chapman were invited to attend the Schools "end of term "Prize giving" to thank them all for their involvement in raising £3,000 over this year and last. Singing, Dancing and Band and some happy kids, teachers and parents. Peter Cave (IPM) was asked to present a prize to the child with the most energy, ethusiasm and drive. A really special day out.

Our President is appointed as Sheriff of The City of London 2015/2016
A very special day for our President Alderman Charles Bowman

This picture of the our President, Samantha Bowman and our Beadle Stephen Kipping was taken at the end of the Silent Ceremony (Lord Mayor's Election) 

Sunday 6th September - Polo at Ham (The London Polo Club)
The Master invited Members and their guests to enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon at her local Polo Club.

A beautiful September Day - set the scene (had been a pretty unpleasant Summer). A glass, a chat, an excellent Buffet lunch sitting watching the Polo. If you have never been - go.

Exciting, wonderful to be able to walk around and see the Polo ponies being prepared......

People missed out. 

Wednesday 9th September - Interward Quiz
We WON, last year, so our turn to host the event. Bishopsgate Church Hall was full - 11 Teams all competing hard (some very hard). Past Master Robert Woodthorpe-Browne very kiondly agreed to set the Questions (they were tough) and Alderman Michael Mainelli acted as Master of Ceremonies and Adjudicator. After 8 gruelling rounds and a series of DingbatsPosers, Billingsgate Ward Club triumphed - their 2nd Team tried very hard to get the wooden spoon and failed!
The Lutinees (Lime Street) cama a creditable 4th. Roll on 2016.

Thursday 29th October - Wine Tasting with a difference - "Call my Bluff" at The Walrus and Carpenter
George Stewart of Cru Wine World (Wine suppliers to among others The Bank of England) ably assisted by Sarah-Jane Weston led 50 members and guests on a "merry dance"  - with an excellent choice of "confusing" wines - possibly merrier and more confusing as the evening progressed.

The wines presented were;
Sparkling - Graham Beck NV - South Africa
Pieropan Soave Classico 2013
A - Z Chardonnay 2012
Felton Road Riesling
Brundlmayer Gruner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen 2012

Macarini Barbera 2011
Saint Cosme 2007
Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz 2012
Bonnet Reserve 2010

A simple supper followed. We were very well looked after by the Walrus and Carpenter Team.

Lord Mayor's Election
After the Silent Ceremony itself a small group representing Lime Street Ward Club presented our President and Sheriff with an illuminated address in the presence of the Lord Mayor, the lay Sheriff and many other Livery Company representatives. The address had been prepared for us via the auspices of The Windsor Herald.

Lord Mayor's Show
What a day! 20 Members and their guests had a great day out irrespective of the weather.
Our President as Sheriff in one coach, our Lower Warden as Cornhill's new Alderman in another


Light drizzle throught the Parade, which was preceded by a 2 minute silence to honour those murdered (150 or so) in Paris the night before.  As usual a great mix of participants Chinese Dragon Dancers,


The Mayor of Dublin in Dublin's 250 year old coach, brought over especially for the event.


The Red Cross with their reindeer,plus numerous bands to name just a few. 


A few including the Master, Hon Sec and Hon Treasurer we greatly honoured to be invited to view the show from the Balcony of Mansion House by our President  - very special 

Red Cross Fair 

An event that Lime Street Ward Club has supported since the Fair started. This year our main role turned out to be helping out with Ticket Sales and Admissions and General support. Much thanks to those who gave up their time to help out.  The IPM put together a Photo quiz on "The City of London" and with the financialo support of the Ward club we raised £690.  The fair was very well supported on both days and included some innovative twists such as "Popup" food stalls and music in Guildhall Yard and a well attended Fashion Show in the Livery Hall.


Leadenhall Lights
The Lord Mayor, The Sheriffs and othe City Dignatories visited many of the shops and hosteleries of the Market before Switiching on the Christmas lights. A very good crowd this year enjoying the atmosphere and Mulled Wine with Mincepies.


Annual Carol Service - St Peter upon Cornhill - Thursday 10th December
The Choir (St Mary's Chorale, North Shoebury) started our Annual Carol Service with "The Truth from above" (Trad) and after a warm welcome from our Chaplain led the whole congregation of the totally full Church (120+) in The First Noel.
Our own, Rev'd John Hatton led the service and prayers.
Choir Ring Christmas Bell (Leontovich)
First Lesson Luks 1 v 26 - 38 - Vice President of Lime Street Ward Club
Carol - See amid the winter snow
Second Lesson Luke 2 v 1 - 7 - Master Worshipful of Poulters
Choir Little Jesus sweetly sleep (Trad.)
         Sleep in Peace (Tim Porter)
Third Lesson Luke 2 v 8 - 21 - The Master
Choir Arise, awake ye shepherds
Carol Silent Night, Holy Night
Fourth Lesson John 1 v 1 - 14 - Upper Warden
Choir In the bleak mid-winter (Darke)
Carol Angels fom the realms of glory

Immediately after the Service the Master presented our Vice President Alderman Sir David Howard with a small gift i( a book on City Maps) n recognition of his many years supporting the Ward Club as Alderman of Cornhill.He would be stepping down as Vice President at the 2016 AGM. Lady Howard was also presented with a very attractive Bouquet of flowers. Both od them expressed their appreciation and surprise at these unexpected presents.

The Hon Sec felt that it was time to share the Catering load, having done the majority of the catering for the past few years from home (ably supported by other volunteers from the club).   so she decided to involve a charity called Providence Row Bakery. They were helpful, professional and produced some very interesting and tasty food.

Thanks as for the past few years to Roland Hughes, Chris Otter and Stanly Liu for donating the Wines and soft drinks.

City Matter's - An annual City Briefing - Thursday, February 4th
This year's event was held at AON's Head Office - (they also very kindly agreed to host the evening)  within the "Cheesegrater" (122 Leadenhall Streeet). Our Guest Speaker was Lt Colonel Geoffrey Godbold OBE - Common Cryer and Sergent at Arms (The Mace bearer). Opening with Oh Yez, Oh Yez, Oh Yez at a decible level that had to be heard to be believed, there was no doubt we were going to be in for an interesting and enjoyable evening - no dozing off!. We learnt about the the Mace (es) of the City - there are 2 the Old Mace "only" 45 lbs :) and a so called "travelling mace" made in the last 50 years or so, able to be broken down into sections and carried in a suit case (30 lbs), and when they are and are not used. Stories of the "not so silent ceremony", Lord Mayor and Sheriff's elections, Life and times of Henry VIIth and much more. Time went by very quickly. After his talk Lower Warden, Alderman Robert Howard - thanked AON again for hosting the evening, Geoffrey warmly and gave him a small cheque from the Ward Club towards a charity of his choice xxxxxxxxx. A delicious light supper was served after the talk - the talk continued......

 A very good end to our Master's Year. At the forthcoming AGM - The aster reported as follows.

To be added!