2005 - 2006 - Master Mr Mark Gubbins

President Mr. Alderman John B. Stuttard
Vice-President Alderman Sir David Howard, Bt
Master Merk.B. Gubbins

Master's Background
Our Master commenced his career in the City in 1978 when he joined Alexander Howden (Lloyd's Broker) to train as a Marine and Energy broker. Mark is now a Partner at First City (Lloyd's Broker) responsible for Trade and Political Risk insurance. He is a Member of the Worshipful Company of World Traders. His interests include a house in SouthWest France, Food, Wine and Golf with his 15 year old son

AGM and Dinner -24th February  - Balls Bros - Mincing Lane
55 Members and Guests attended the Annual Dinner at Balls Bros, Minster Court, a new venue for this event, having been held at Lloyd's for many years.

The Menu comprised;
Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Tart, Domaine Combebelle, Syrah-Grenache, 2001 - Saint Chinian
Braised Shoulder of Lamb, stuffed with shallots, mint, olives, Domaine des Valanges, 2002 St Veran
Pear and Ginger Strudel with Vanilla ice cream.

The Guest speaker who proposed the toast of the Club was Nigel Hampden - CEO of the largest Lloyd's Members Agency who provided at least £500,000,000 of Capital into Lloyd's (£1,200,000,000 of Capacity).  His route to Lloyd's was via a Commission in the Welsh Guards and then a brief sojurn in Estate Agency.

Following his retirement from The Court of Common Council the Club presented Michael Beale with a Corkscrew and a set of Coasters, which was "a delightful gift that will be put to very good use". He was also proposed as an Honorary Vice President 

A competition raising money for the Red Cross was organised, with people having to guess(assess) where the Master and other officers had lost their Badges in the City!
It raised an excellent £200

Leadenhall Market  - its future ?
A presentation and discussion evening - Wed 9th February - Guildhall
Our President Alderman John Stuttard and our three Common Councilmen; Deputy Christine Cohen, Dennis Cottgrove, Mary Lou Carrington hosted this event for the Ward Club and I expect the Ward Electorate as well. It included a presentation from Deputy Archie Galloway Chairman of the Property Sub Committee followed by question time. An opportunity to visit the Roman Ampitheatre and Art Gallery followed. 

The New Members Evening - 12th April 2005 - The Lamb, Lime Street
Well attended (31 Members and Guests) and brought forward 6 new members.

Friday 25th Feb - Master was Guest of Bishopsgate Ward Club at their civic Lunch

Monday 21st March Master was guest of Tower Ward Club at their Civic Lunch

Friday 20th May Master was guest of Aldgate Ward Club at their Civic Lunch

Firday 24th June - Master and Hon Sec attended the Sherriffs Breakfast per Chester Boyd 

Annual Church Service, St Peter-Upon-Cornhill - Wednesday 1st June 2005, was well attended.
Conducted by Rev Nigel Beynon - Hon Chaplain
Hymn No 246 Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation
Lesson Ezekiel 34 Verses 1-16 - The President
Lesson John 10 Verses 1 - 8 - The Master
Hymn No 160 Praise to the Holiest in the height
Hymn N0 368 Guide thee, Oh my great redeemer

Civic Lunch - The Crypts Guildhall - Wednesday 1st June
In the presence of The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and Sheriff Hughesdon and his wife.

131 Members and Guests attended

Guest speaker, Mr Nick Prettejohn - CEO of Lloyd's who was actively involved in the Reconstruction and Renewal Project in the latter part of the 1990's as Head of Strategy. By all accounts, an excellent speech. The Ward Club receved a very positive letter from the Lord Mayor especially regarding timings and general smooth running of the event.

The Menu comprised;

Char - grilled asparagus with olives and parmesan - La Baume , Viognier - 2002 
Roasted Guinea Fowl - Colcannon Mash, grain mustard sauce - Ch Reynier, 1er Cote de Blaye - 2003
Nougat Parfait - Passion Fruit Salsa
Coffee - Chocolate Turtles - Churchill Reserve Tawny Port

Caterers Turtle Soup
Service, timing and quality of the food  - excellent. 

Toast Master Bernard Sullivan M.B.E. 
Later in 2005 it was ascertained that the Guildhall would be closed for events such as this, in view of a major refurbishment (including the Kitchens), for 2006 and most likely 2007.

Guildhall Supper and Talk - 5th July 
Very interesting although the numbers were a little disappointing - the invitation had been extended to new voters within the Ward.

Committee Meeting 7th July  - The Bunch of Grapes - the day of the tragic bombing in Central London and The City - 3 bombs on Undergroiund trains and 1 of a Bus
The Master and 11 Members attended

Matters of interest
The Master mentioned that he had been trying to get more awareness and involvement withn the Lloyd's Community - getting little response. (A similar plan and a similar outcome in Peter Cave's Year (2013))

A discussioin re involving Cornhill Ward more took place - it was suggested that through our CC Christine Cohen we endeavour to get Dep John Haynes and CC Clotilde Wang more involved. 

Visit to Dennis Severs House  - 13th September
30 members and guests attended this visit to a fascinating property in Folgate Street.


The House has been taken back by its American owner Dennis Severs to look and feel how it was when it was first built (1724) Various "characters" were met as they moved round the house in candlelight particualrly a family of Hugenot silk weavers.
Supper followed - Bangers ‘n Mash” supper at S&M Cafe - service was slow!

Wine and Cheese Tasting  - 20th October
Approx turnout 35 - Wines from Majestic Shoreditch - 10 Wines from majestic  all different grape varieties, , served with 7 Cheeses presented by Ray Kenny at International Cheeses.A very enjoyable an informative evening.

Grape Palomino            - Spain - Manzilla - Cheese Vintage Manchego
          Sauvignon Blac   - NZ                                  Chervre "Log"
          Chardonnay        - South Africa
          Cabernet Franc   - France - Loire                   West Coombe Dairy Cheddar
          Merlot/Cab Sauv - France - Bordeaux            Saint Nectaire
          Pinot Noir           - France - Burgundy
          Grenache/Syrah  - France - Rhone                
          Mouverdre, Carignan
          Syrah, Cinsault    - France - Languedoc          Etorki Brebis
          Cab Sauv/Merlot  - Australia - Margaret River
          Gross Manseng    - France - Jurancon             Oxford Blue  

Monday 14th November - Lord Mayor's Banquet. Master and Upper Warden attended, invited by Alderman and Sheriff John Sttuard. "A uniqur priviledge to represent the Ward club.

Red Cross Fundraiser Supper  - Simpsons of Cornhill  - 22nd November 
It was decided not to have a stall at the Red Cross Fair but continue to support the Red Cross in a range of ways. A good time was had by 48 members and guests at this Dinner. £612.00 was raised for the Red Cross.
It was noted that including the monies raised at the AGM Dinner (A Treasure Hunt) and our regular bi-annual contribution Lime Street made a donation in excess of £1,000 to the Red Cross for the year.

Annual Carol Service  - St Peter's Cornhill - Tuesday 6th December
- Led by Rev Nigel Beynon - Hon Chaplain
87+ Members and guests were in attendance - the Choir of St Mary the Virgin of North Shoebury were as usual in very good voice.

Adam lay by-bounden - Choir - Peter Warlock
Once in Royal David's City - All
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Choir - Elizabeth Poston
We three kings of Orient are - All
Lesson - Isaiah 9 verses 2 - 7 read by Lower Warden
Good King Wenceslas - All
Lesson - Matthew 1 verses 18 - 25 read by Upper Warden
My Dancing Day - Choir
Solo The people that walked in Darkness - Handel, sung by Roy Phillips
Lesson Matthew 2 verses 1 - 12 erad by The Master
While shepherds watched thier flocks by night - All
Lesson Galatians 4 verses 1 - 7 read by the President
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem - Choir - Walford Davies
Oh come all ye faithful - All

Many Christmas Gifts (6 Black Sacks full) were donated by members and attendees at the Carol Service, all of which went to "under 5's" via The Good Shepherd Mission in the East end of London.

At the January 2006 Committee Meeting it was agreed that the chirch had looked a bit barren. Mr Roy Phillips very kindly agreed to donate night lights which continued in use for many years afterwards.
Other events ?
In addition to the above our Master represented the Ward at a number of important events. As our master reported at the AGM -these mainly involving eating and drinking for Lime Street (an important duty that the Master found that he could get the hang of without too much effort!) - these incliuded;
Ward Mote - 11th March
Our Master offered congratulations to elected representatives and all who fought the elections. 

Guest of Bishopsgate, Aldgate and Tower Ward Clubs at their Civic lunches

The Lord Mayor’s Show - 12th November
As our President and Alderman of Lime Street Ward became Sheriff our Master lead a presentation party to deliver an Illuminated Address to (Sir) John Stuttard on the occasion of the commencement of his year of office as Sheriff.

This was followed by a restorative breakfast at Guildhall before heading to Mansion House as guest of Sherriff John Stuttard to watch the Show. This was then followed by lunch!

Lord Mayor's Banquet - 14th November
The Master accompanied by the Upper Warden enjoyed a memorable and unique experience at the invitation of our Alderman and  Sheriff to represent Lime Street at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet.

Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Farriers as guest of Master Farrier and Lime Street Ward Club member David Short.

Committee Meeting 11th/1/2006
The Master and 20 Members were in attendance

 Major issues for discussion.

Red Cross - This year a "Treasure Hunt" at the AGM had raised over £200 - with a special supper at Simpsons raising a further £612, with our standard bi-ennial £200 - the Ward Club donated £1,012.00.

The Committee were advised that a letter of (warm) thanks had been received from (Sir) John Stuttard for his illuminated address, presented when he became Sheriff.

Likewise a letter of thanks from the Good Sheperd Mission for 6 black sacks of gifts for Chilldren on Bethnal Green

Requests to make the Church look more festive were taken on board and this would be done from 2006 Carol Service.

THe Kitchens in The Crypts would not be available for 2006 or 2007, so it was agreed that the Civic Lunch in 2006 would be held in Vintners' Hall.