An extra "twist" to this year.

In 2014;

  • Vernon Asford our Master was also Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Poulters
  • Past Master - Mr Harvie Peebles was apponted Master to the "Poulters"
  • Past Master Mr Alastair Basset Cross was appointed Upper Warden of the "Poulters"
  • Past Master Mr Roland Hughes was appopinted Renter Warden of the "Poulters" 

Tuesday 26th February - Annual General Meeting & Dinner at Armourers’ Hall

39 Members attended this year's AGM voting in Vernon Ashford as Master, Peter Cave as Upper Warden and Roseanne Bowman as Lower Warden. Past Master James Cross was warmly thanked for a very interesting and enjoyable year. 

After a glass or two of "sparkle" - Cremant de Bourgogne - Louis Chavy, 80+ Members and their Guests proceeded into a resplendent Main Hall, with Music on arrival (and the grace) kindly provided by Tom Cross. 

Grace was given by our new Chaplain Rev William Taylor

An excellent Dinner, provided by "The Cook and The Butler" (Mark Groves) comprised;

  • Smoked Salmon Terrine - winter spiced dressing - Dry Muscat, Brown Bros
  • Loin of Highland Venison - Liqorish Cream Sauce (no, it did not taste strongly of liqorish, mild and very good) Bellingham Pinotage 2010
  • Warm apple and blackberry Charlotte - Clotted Ice Cream
  • Coffee, Chocolate Truffles
  • Port or Cognac

Dinner Closed with the traditional City Sung Grace - "For these and all thy mercies given...." from the Laudi Spirituali AD1545

The Master who was introduced by the Immediate Past Master James Cross, proposed the Loyal and Civic Toasts. Upper Warden Peter Cave, welcomed the Guests and absent friends followed by a very informative and interesting reply on behalf of the Guests by the Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Armourers - Commodore Christopher Waite RN, who in a "previous world" had been involved with the Fleet Air Arm and latterly as Commander (Air) of HMS Invincible.

Wednesday 6th March Master's Members & Friends Evening at Ortega Wine Bar, Leadenhall Market

As usual a good number (32) of Members and Guests enjoyed a very convivial evening at Ortega in Leadenhall Market - good company, great views over the Market, wine, very tasty "Spanish" tapas - what more could one ask for.

 Leadenhall Market

 

Ortega 2013

An enjoyable eveing was had by all.

 

20th March - Lloyd's

A very imprtant day for our Ward - The Wardmote for the election of our Common Councilmen and Beadle - as the election was contested, the election was held on 21st March. With the New Boundary changes in place from Jan 2014 we became entitled to 4 CC's. The result was; 

  • Henry Colthurst 131 Votes Elected
  • Dennis Cotgrove 126 Votes Elected
  • Robert Howard 144 Votes Elected
  • Elizabeth Rogula 137 Votes Elected
  • Richard Evans 40 Votes
  • Timothy Willens 35 Votes 

Thursday 11th April AM - Visit to Lloyd’s

The day started with a cup of coffee and a catch up at Corney and Barrow just over the road from Lloyd's - then it was time for 25 members and their guests to cross Lime Street and start the visit. The morning started with an enthusiastic and infomative presentation on Lloyd's, its history, how it evolved and how it operates today given by Upper Warden Peter Cave (past Lloyd's Broker and "Name". Three groups then went to visit the Underwriting Room itself led by Master Vernon Ashford, Upper Warden Peter Cave and Member Tim Willens. In total these three probably represented over 100 years of experience working in Lloyd's.

Lloyd's Broker and Underwriter

Apart from seeing underwriters and brokers at work, each group was given a detailed explanation of the method of placing a risk, looking down on a group of "boxes" (underwriting desks), by Past Master Mark Gubbins, another Member with many years experience working in the Lloyd's environment. The Nelson Collection and the visit to the Adam Room (a beautiful 18th C Room, with stunning plasterwork) were for many, the highlight of the Tour. A very enjoyable lunch followed at the Counting House in Cornhill. 

After the Lloyd's visit

Everyone who came really enjoyed their day out. Plenty of discussion re Underwrting and "risk" ensued

April 2013 - Lord Mayor's "Big Curry" - Guildhall

Our Master and his wife (Mags"), represented the Ward Club at this event, which is a major fund raiser for the ABF (Army Benevolent Fund)

Wardmote 7th May - Lloyd's Library

Following the retirement of Sir John Stuttard as our Alderman a Ward Mote was called.

As the Election was not contested our new Alderman, Mr Charles Bowman was duly appointed in the presence of The Lord Mayor who was acompanied by his entourage The Sword Bearer, Mace Bearer (The City Crier), The City Marshal....... 

Ward Mote Election of Alderman

Also present were Sir John Stuttard, our Common Councilmen, The Beadle and the Hon Ward Clerk John Bristow who was responsible for the organisation of the event. Over 40 Ward Club Members were in attendance for the short but very colourful ceremony.

Alderman Charles Bowman

The Alderman then invited everyone to join him for a celebratory glass at the Broker Wine Bar in Leadenhall Market - where we were warmly welcomed by Veronica, owner and Member of the Ward Club. 

Monday 10th June - Annual Church Service, St Peter upon Cornhill

Annual Church Service, St Peter-upon-Cornhill 11.00

A really good turn out for our annual service which was conducted by the Reverend Mark O' Donoghue, and included;

  • Eternal Father strong to save
  • 1st Lesson. 2 Peter 3; 1-13 read by the President
  • 2nd Lesson. Matthew 25; 1 -13 read by the Master
  • Dear Lord and Father of mankind
  • He who would valient be

At the end of the Service Immediate Past Master Mr James Cross presented Rev Donoghue with a framed print of a view of St Peter's to thank him for his many years support of the Ward and Ward Club as he moves to a new position in Kensington.  

Civic Lunch in The Livery Hall, Guildhall from 12.10

Members and Guests joned together in this Annual Event. This year The Lord Mayor was represented by the Aldermanic Sherriff, Alderman and Sherriff Mr Jeffrey Evans and his wife The Hon. Mrs Juliett Evans. Following on from a glass or two of Chardonnay Baron de Beaumont Vin Mousseux Brut

Lunch prepared by The Cook and the Butler comprised;

  • Smoked Halibut and Avocado Terrine, Herbs and Pink Peppercorn Sauce,
  • Tribal Skin Dry White Wine 2011
  • Canon of Lurgan Lamb, Coriander and Lime Jus
  • Cote du Rhone 2006
  • Pineapple and Kiwi Fruit Millefuille Pashion Fruit Reduction and Coconut Sorbet
  • Coffee - Chocolate Truffles
  • Barrio Port or Cognac 

Civic Lunch 2013

The Loyal and Civic toasts were proposed by the Master - responded to by The Sherriff

The Guests  - with a specific mention for Cornhill Ward were warmly welcomed by the Upper Warden, Peter Cave 

Guests at City Civic Lunch

The Toast to the Ward Club on behalf of the guests was given by Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB. CVO, National President of the Royal British Legion (our Master's chosen Charity). A very informative an amusing speech, which was very well received.

Toast Master James W Wallis was as impeccable as ever.   

City Walk

25 Members and guests enjoyed a very informative walk in and around our Ward led by the incomparable Murray Craig, Blue Badge Guide but better known to most of us as The Clerk to the Chamberlain's Office, welcoming us as Freeman of the City of London.

Murray Craig

 

We started in the centre of a very noisy Leadenhall Market (they were preparing for an evening performance of Richard III) before heading of two St Helen's Church. Here we learnt some of the History of this elegant Church (badly damaged by the Bombs in the early 1990's) before going accross St Helen's Place to its Sister Church  - St Andrews Undershaft (its name being derived from the Church being smaller than a very large Maypole, apparently) 

City Walk - sitting down !

Back into the Market to hear about Harry Potter, John Wayne, Lime and Poultry and even Italian Restaurants and men's urinals!

Outisde Willis is next, to see four bas reliefs taken from the top of the 1958 Lloyd's Building, showing Air, Sea, Fire and Land,  by James Woordford, that no one seems to notice. A look at some of the modern sculptures on display in Lime Street, St Mary Axe and St Helens Place, past St Helen's again and off to a convivial supper at The Counting House. A very good relaxing and informative evening. Many thanks to Murray C.

Wednesday 11th September - Inter-ward Quiz hosted by Bishopsgate Ward Club

We came 2nd!!

Our gallant team led by our Master fought off almost all challenges but were beaten in the end by a very strong challenge from Vintry and Dowgate. Our "Leading Team" for 2014 (we are hoping to have a "social" team as well) have themselves a challenge. Every year since we inaugurated this competition the team have got better and better last but 1 (not the wooden spoon!) in year 1, to 2nd this year. Roll on September 2014!! 

Wednesday 18th September - Visit to HMS Belfast 

HMS Belfast

31 Members and Guests enjoyed a relaxed light lunch at Cote Brasserie in two groups and then had a great time clambering over this famous battleship, (the advice from the Hon Sec re “sensible shoes and clothes” was spot on). Our very well informed guides, explained the ships history, what it would like to be on such a ship in battle (scary) how it operated, the power of its major guns. For some the most scary sight was the Dentists chair!

 

Sir John Stuttard's Retirement Lunch 19th September

Sir John and Lady Stuttard were invited by the Club to a private lunch at Davy's Woolgate as a way of saying thank you to them for their support of the Club and the Ward and to wish them a happy, healthy and enjoyable retirement. Many of the Club's Past Masters, Officers Friends and Collegues we there.

Some of the Guests including PM Julie Gubbins, Mark Gubbins, Roland Hughes, Ann Benson with Robert Howard

As usual Sir John gave a very well appreciated speech in reply to the Vote of thanks given by Robert Howard CC (Leader)

Sir John Stuttard

The Master presented Sir John with a gift of 6 18th Champagne Glasses, which Sir John advised later "have been put to good use :)". Lady Stuttard was presented with a large bouquet of Flowers by the Hon Sec.

 

Tuesday 8th October - A stroll down the Rhone - Wine Tasting with Past Master Mark Gubbins

St Botolph's Church Hall, Bishopsgate was the venue for this very informative wine tasting attended by 36 Members and their friends - an excellenmt selection of wines (all sourced from The Wine Society) had been chosen by Mark for our edification and enjoyment. Apart from hearing about the region,wines and winemakers - various anecdotes enlivened the evening further. It obviously is worthwhile telling people you are involved with The Wine Society. An excellent range of cheeses was provided by the International Cheese Centre on Liverpool Street Station - Excellent choice and in great condition.

Mark Gubbins

Hard work behind the scenes by Mark, made for a good evening for all. 

The wines presented were;

Luberon Blanc, La Vielle Ferme, 2012
Cote-du-Rhone Blanc, Domaine de las Janasse, 2011
Cote-du-Rhone Blanc, "Les Arbousiers", Domaine La Remejeanne, 2013

Sotanum Vin de Pays de Collines Rhodanienes, Les Vins de Vienne, 2004
Crozes Hermitage, Les Jalets, Paul Jaboulet Aine, 2009
Cote-du-Rhone, Chateau Saint Esteve, 2011

Seguret Cotes du Rhone Villages Tradition domaine de Mourchon, 2008
Vinsobres, Les cornuds, Fammille Oerrin, 2011

And of course

A "sticky"
Chateauneuf du Pape, Guigal 2005
"compact, rich and full bodied with the taste of a spice laden fruit cake, a glorious end to the evening.

Tuesday 12th November - Visit to The Magic Circle

40 Members and the friends (including a couple of Members who had not been seen for a long time) tracked down this famous institution at the back of Euston Square, (Not easy to find). We were welcomed by a glass of sherry and then put into two groups for the Table Magic presentation by 3 or 4 magicians. Vey different ages and styles but all succeeded in baffling most of us (all of us if we were honest). Even when they made "mistakes" or did the trick "slowly" - still confused. Highly polished and entertaining.

Then it was off to the Auditorium for a presentation on some of the History of Magic and some particular stories about Harry Houdini.
Time for a break, sandwiches, glass of wine and the back to the Auditorium for the 3rd part of the evening  
- Illusions. different from table magic but just as enjoyable.  

Monday 18th Tues 19th Nov - Red Cross Fair

As has been the tradition for some years, Lime Street Ward Club was actively involved in organising a stand. This year representing all Ward Clubs (and at the same time trying to raise money for the Red Cross). Guess the number of corks ?,  PLUS a Picture Quiz and most importantly some kind donations of Jewellery from Members and friends of Members enabled us to raise just over £400.

Thanks need to go to the ESC and Peter Cave for helping run the stall. Thanks also to all those who came and helped out  - it is not easy work :)

Thursday 5th December  - Carol Service at St Peter-upon-Cornhill

Our Annual Carol Service at St Peter upon Cornhill was basically "sold-out", they ran out of chairs!- 120+ Members and Friends from Lime Street Ward Club and The Worshipful Company of Poulters enjoyed a traditional Christmas Service - led for the first time by our new Chaplain Rev William Taylor - he seemed to really enjoy the whole event. We were led in the singing by the choir of St Mary the Virgin, North Shoebury who were in excellent form (as they always are). The Hon Sec had been very hard at work planning the Buffet Supper, which with Wines kindly provided by Past Masters Roland Hughes, Ann Benson and Stanley Liu meant the evening finished as a warm and friendly party.

Carol Service 2013

Those attending were asked to bring small presents for young children which this year was collected by St Helens. who arranged for them to be distributed to a couple of estates within the City. We heard later how surprised they were at the quantity and how happy the recipients were. The Service included;

Choir - Advent Responsory - Palestrina
Carol  Once in Royal David's City
Choir Christ was born on Christmas Day - Traditional
First Lesson - Isaiah 9 v 2-7 - read by the President
Carol I saw three ships come saling in
Second Lesson - Matthew 1 v 18 - 25 - read by the Master of the Poulters' Livery Company
Choir  Lullay my liking - Gustav Holst
Carol Silent Night, Holy Night
Third Lesson - Luke 2 v 1-7 read by The Master
Carol Good King Wenceslas last looked out....
Fourth Lesson -  Luk 2 v 8 - 20 read by the Upper Warden
Choir In the bleak mid winter - Darke
Carol Of come all ye faithful

Monday 20th January  - City Matters

 

City Matters 20th January  - St Botpolph Church Hall

Through the efforts of the ESC and in particular Robert Howard CC, we were able to secure some seriously top flight and involving presenters on City Planning  - past present and future.  Thus an "overfull" House - 65 people.

Three excellent presentations;

Peter Rees - the City's Chief Planning Officer (for the past 30 years)
 - so much knowledge and pride in the City and how it has evolved / is evolving
John Bushnell - Principle  - London Office Kohn Pedersen Fox
   - Scalpel and Pinnacle
A fascinating presentation, exploring how the "Eastern Quadrant" is likely to look over the next few years showing how much thought has gone into trying to keep a semblance of planned shape and diversity in the areas designated for tall and super tall buildings  

Barnaby Collins - DP9 - a planning consultancy involved in such projects as Heron Tower, Cheesegrater, Scalpel, Walkie Talkie and 201 Bishopsgate.
It would be interesting to know - if in 20 or so years time whether these buildings will still be recognised by their "nick-names" or some more boring description.

Plenty of interaction - questions, opinion - a very good end to the Master's year