The Wards Club at the Lord Mayor's Show
It is not every day that an Alderman, Patron and firm friend of our Wards’ Club becomes Lord Mayor of London – our last Lord Mayor was Sir John Chalstrey in 1995 – but all things being equal, our very own Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley will be duly confirmed as Lord Mayor in September this year. To mark this momentous and happy event and to show our loyalty and support to Andrew and Wendy at the start of their special year your Club has decided that it will be entering a float into this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on Saturday 12th November. To add to what will be an unforgettable day, past precedent suggests that we can be reasonably optimistic that, as the Wards’ Club and key supporter of the Lord Mayor, we will be one of the first ten floats in the procession and as such the focus of the television coverage.
I am happy to inform the Club that our participation in the procession has been confirmed, and that on your behalf a committee consisting of Deputy Bill Fraser, Jonathan Shiels Deputy Chairman (and also Best Man at Andrew and Wendy’s wedding), your Secretary, Treasurer, and Club Committee Member and past Chairman Avril Payne are working hard to organise the Club’s participation.
It would be tremendous to have a strong turn out from the Club to show the depth and warmth of the Club’s support and feelings towards Andrew and Wendy. I therefore ask you to put the date of Saturday November 12th FIRMLY in your diaries NOW as we plan a full day of activities including:
• Club members and guests watching the river pageant before the procession starts – we hope to organise a late breakfast at the Little Ship Club.
• Having as many as possible of the Club members, your families and friends, either riding on or accompanying the Club’s float on foot.
• Raffling at our events through the year, four grandstand tickets by St Paul's Cathedral, with complementary show programmes, where the lucky winners will be able to watch and cheer on the whole procession. We also plan to buy a block of tickets for the stands which will be available for members to purchase.
• The opportunity to stay on after the procession and watch the fireworks on the river in the evening and meet up in a pub informally afterwards.
The 138th Annual General meeting of Vintry & Dowgate Wards Club was held on
Tuesday 16 September 2015 in Guildhall and was attended by a number of
members and their guests. The Officers elected for the year 2015-2016 were
David Crowley – Chairman
Charles Payne - Hon. Treasurer
Christine Broomhead - Hon. Secretary
The following members were re-elected to the Committee – Kanan Barot, John Cash, Ian Hunter, Avril Payne, Cyrus Poteratchi, Stewart Norman and Suzy Webb. Jonathan Shiels was elected to the Committee, following the resignation of Adele Thorpe. The Officers and Immediate Past Chairman are automatically members of the Committee. Alderman Andrew Parmley, Alderman Alison Gowman, Deputy Bill Fraser OBE, Deputy Henry Pollard, Tom Hoffman CC and Mark Wheatley CC, are ex-officio members of the Committee
The accounts for the year were approved and it was noted that charitable donations included a contribution to Andrew Parmley’s chain of office and a presentation gift to him on his election as Sheriff, a contribution to the Lord Mayor’s charity at the Civic Lunch, a contribution to the Big Curry Lunch and a contribution to the (successful) Club team in the Lord Mayor’s Go-Karting Grand Prix.
Congratulations to Bryon and Jackie Lawrence on their 65th wedding anniversary (on 4 November) were offered. At the dinner that followed the Club presented Gifts to Bryon and Jackie. Their thank you letter is shown below
The new stock of club ties has now arrived – very handsome blue silk with the Club crest and one of the can be yours for only £15! Christine is considering reintroducing the fine for attending a Club event without your Club tie so, if you don’t have one, make haste to buy yours! Christine will be happy to send you one on receipt of your cheque!
The Club still has a good stock of Club brooches for lady members (or gentlemen if they so wish!) – a silver gilt and enamel representation of the Club crest – but they are elegant enough to wear for occasions other than Club events. If you don’t have one, get in touch with Christine. Each brooch costs £70 and Christine would prefer to hand it over in person rather than trusting it to the postal service.
Please take a look at the Souvenir page to see what they look like.
Another thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all the members who were able to join in the visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum on Tuesday, 24 February. Once the Museum had closed to the public, members were given a short introduction to the Museum before looking round the many interesting exhibits. The Museum has been imaginatively rearranged since the last Club visit and now includes a small section on Edith Cavell, as well as much information about Florence Nightingale, starting with her childhood. There was so much to see that members had to be persuaded to leave at the end of the visit and many have expressed the desire to return individually. It was then a short walk (fortunately the rain had passed over) t the Waterloo Bar and Grill, where members were offered a delicious supper. Much talk and laughter was heard and everyone agreed that it had been a most successful evening.
Visit to Goldsmiths Hall -
Monday, 19 January 2015
On Monday, 19 January, the Chairman, Belinda Harding, got the New Year off to a good start, with a visit to Goldsmiths’ Hall. The Deputy Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company, *(can’t recall his name) gave some 30 members a fascinating, erudite and entertaining tour of the magnificent Hall, showing members some of the wonderful gold, silver and silver gilt pieces in the Company’s collection as well as the pictures and sculpture. Members had to be persuaded to leave!
Members then went to ‘To a Tea’ where they were served with delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes, together with a lengthy menu of teas to drink. Everyone agreed that it had been a most enjoyable afternoon.
We regret to announce the passing of Alan Riddle on 3 October. Alan was Treasurer of the Club for 14 years. Details of funeral and/or memorial service to follow.
The 137th Annual General meeting of Vintry & Dowgate Wards Club was held on
Tuesday 23 September 2014 in Tallow Chandlers Hall and was attended by 45
members and their guests. The Officers elected for the year 2014-2015 were
Belinda Harding MBE – Chairman
David Crowley - Deputy Chairman
Charles Payne - Hon. Treasurer
Christine Broomhead - Hon. Secretary
Kanan Barot not only took office as Immediate Past Chairman but was also
Elected as Examiner of the Accounts
The meeting thanked the two retiring Committee members, Nick Baker and
Wayne Taylor, and elected John Cash; David Crowley;
to serve on the Committee
The meeting also thanked the Aldermen, Deputies and Common Councilmen for their help and support to the Committee in an ex-officio capacity
2. Patron, Alderman Dr. Andrew Parmley is now the Aldermanic Sheriff and was
Invested with his Shrieval Chain on Friday, 26 September at a ceremony in Guildhall.
3 There will be a memorial service for Peter Revell-Smith in St. James Garlickhythe on
Friday, 10 October at 11 am. at which the Club will be represented. Peter had been in his time Chairman and Secretary of the Club.
We regret to announce the passing of Evangeline Hunter-Jones on 17 January 2014. A memorial service is to be held at St Giles-in-the-fields Church, 12:00pm, Tuesday 4th February 2014 followed by lunch and drinks at the Vestry. Her son Robert and daughter Gina will be pleased to see members of the Club there. Please click on this link for directions to the church, which is located near Centre Point.
Peggy Coldwells, a member of longstanding, died on 28 October. Her funeral will be private but there will be a memorial service at St. Stephens Church, Dulwich on 29 November at 1pm.
Chairmans report on Club Events 2012/13
Following a happy and successful Civic Lunch in October at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress the Club embarked on a busy schedule of visits to places of interest in The City….and occasionally beyond!
Our first port of call, in November, was Denis Severs House in Spitalfields followed by supper at a local restaurant. In December we visited Cutlers’ Hall, formerly in the Dowgate Ward but now situated in Warwick Lane. After an interesting tour members and guests enjoyed a festive lunch.
In January two groups were able to visit Coutts Bank and enjoy the history of this fascinating establishment. The visits concluded with Afternoon Tea at the National Gallery.
By now it will be apparent that food (and drink) features prominently in our programme of events!
In February we returned to Tallow Chandlers Hall for a demonstration by Ede and
Ravenscroft of ceremonial and legal robes and wigs…..followed by supper!
A visit to The Old Bailey was our March event and the Bishops Finger, a local tavern, provided a good bangers and mash supper. In April we enjoyed a backstage tour of the National Theatre and we ventured to Kensington in May for a tour of Leighton House Museum and a visit to a splendid Italian Restaurant.
In June we could be found at The Old Operating Theatre Museum near London Bridge when our Hon. Secretary kindly volunteered to have her leg amputated during a Victorian surgery presentation! Fortunately she was able to remove herself from the operating table – with both legs intact.
Last but not least, courtesy of Nomura, in July we found ourselves high up on a splendid roof terrace overlooking the Thames for our Summer Party – an event
enjoyed by over one hundred members and guests. Wine, tasty food and lively entertainment rounded off a busy and fun year.
6 February 2013
Thank you to Ede and Ravenscroft for sharing their robes and knowledge