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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.

September 2015

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

GiftsThank You Letter 

Souvenir update

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.

February 2015

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.

January 2015

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.  

October 2014

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.

September 2014

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; Ian Hunter; Stewart Norman*; Avril Payne; Cyrus Poterachi; Adele Thorpe*; Suzy Webb 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.

January 2014

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.

November 2013

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.  

August 2013

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.

Nick Baker

 

6 February 2013

Ede and Ravenscroft robes

Thank you to Ede and Ravenscroft for sharing their robes and knowledge

1 October 2012

Committee meeting held - Future meeting dates are 14 January, 22 April and 1 July 2013

17 September 2012

AGM held - Summary of key points below

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health
  • New officers were elected
  • Outgoing Chair, Dr Misha Hebel, thanked members for their participation in events and the committee, especially Christine, who had helped organise events.
  • Forthcoming events were annouced by the new Chair Mr Nicholas Baker - details given on events page which will be updated on a regular basis

 

17 May 2012

Long time member and stalwart of the club Edward Windsor Clive retires as Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Turners. We wish him all the best for the future.

17 April 2012

Committee meeting held

10 January 2012

Committee meeting held

3 October 2011

Committee meeting held

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health
  • Tickets for the civic lunch at Tallow Chandlers Hall are still available - book now to avoid disappointment
  • Further Committee meetings to be held 10 January, 17 April and 3 July 2012

23 September 2011

It is with regret that we announce, former Hon Sec of the Wards Club, Ben Franklyn Catt MA, JP died last night. Mr Catt served as Member of the Court, for the Ward of Farringdon Within North Side between 1983-2003. Over the years he served on a great many Committees and was Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Barbican Residential Committee between 1987 and 1991. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the City of London School in 1994 and was Chairman between 1996-1999. Mr Catt was also Deputy Chairman of the Housing Committee in 1987. 

19 September 2011

AGM held - Summary of key points below

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health
  • New officers were elected
  • Outgoing Chair, Dr Andrew Parmley, thanked members for their participation in events and the committee, especially Christine, who had helped organise events.
  • Forthcoming events were annouced by the new Chair Dr Misha Hebel - details given on events page which will be updated on a regular basis

 

Andrew Parmley & Misha Hebel

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley and Dr Misha Hebel

Outgoing and Incoming Chairs of the Wards Club

14 September 2011

inter-ward quiz shield Vintry and Dowgate Wards Club are this years winners of the Inter-Ward Club Quiz held at the Bishopsgate Institute. The team comprised Aldreman Alison Gowman, Christine and Alan Broomhead, Charlie and Avril Payne, and Chris Holehouse. This means we host it next year.

August 2011

Congratulations offered to long standing members Charlie Payne and Avril Inglis on their marriage.

Carlie and Avril Payne

 

April 2011

The ring of eight new bells for St James Garlickhythe will be on the first of 1,000 Queens Jubilee barges on the Thames on 3rd June 2012. Click here and here to read more.

November 2010

Congratulations to Christine Broomhead (hon sec) for raising £833 (including Gift Aid) for the Red Cross at the annual sheep drive over London bridge. There are photos on our Pictures page and in case you are wondering about her costume - thinking that there would be lots of Beau Peeps and other shepherds, she decided to be an African shepherd; however, November in London did not suit the proper attire of a Kenyan woman, so she widened the scope under the title of 'Africa comes to the City' and wore a kaftan from Lagos adorned with labels with Swahili translations of Vintry & Dowgate (Duka ya tembo and Mlanga ya maji) - unfortunately, her very ancient 'kitchen swahili' book did not contain words to translate Wards Club (the only word for club was for the sort you hit someone with!), so Vintry & Dowgate Wards Club also appeared in clear and the rear aspect had the Basketmakers (fundi ya kikapu); to keep the theme going, she gave her sheep a label 'Kondoro' (sheep) and the little sheep that she carried had 'Kondoro kidogo' (lamb).

September 2010

AGM held 22 September 2010 - Summary of key points below

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health
  • New officers were elected
  • Forthcoming events were annouced - detail on events page
  • Outgoing Chair, Dr David Parsons, thanked members for their support, particularly committee members who had helped inspire and provide events. He noted that attendance of the AGM was up 20% on last year and membership had increased

April 2010

Committee meeting held 20 April 2010 - Summary of key points below

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health
  • Link to first Wards Club lecture to be posted on web site (see History)
  • Discussions on cost of events held to seek balance between those that are cheap enough for retired memebers but not without cost so that attendance is not tkaen seriously

January 2010

Committee meeting held 26 January 2010 - Summary of key points below

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health.
  • Dates were confirmed for the May and April events - please see the events page for details
  • Many congratulations were offered to our past chair Belinda Harding, who was recently awarded an MBE.
  • The next committee meetings are to be held 20 April and 12 July

October 2009

Committee meeting held 19 October 2009 - Summary of key points below

  • Reports were received from all officials and the Club was found to be in good health.
  • Almost all of the Civic Lunch places have been allocated and so if you are interested in attending please approach the Hon. Secretary as soon as possible.
  • Club members were also invited to the dedication of the new Parish Rooms at St James Garlickhythe at 1030 on 13 December 2009.
  • The web manager proposed some changes to the site and received a number of useful suggestions. More are welcomed by emailing web@vintryanddowgate.org.uk

 

   
   
   
   

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