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Bridge Ward Club Events 2022

Bridge Ward Club Events 2022 -2023

Our themes for the year will be Art, City Business, London’s Architecture, Personal Development, Music, Civic City and Traditions, and Sports.

28 May 2022 – 6.00pm Free online event

‘Cranes by the Bridge: The Medieval Fletchers of London on London Bridge and beyond’

Synopsis:

In or just before 1371, London’s Fletchers had separated from the Bowyers to form an independent company. At the time, England was in the throws of the Hundred Years’ War with France, and arrows (as well as bows) were thus much in demand, and London’s fletchers were numerous. One part of the city where these craftsmen were concentrated was on and around London Bridge.

This talk will describe the activities and evolution of the early Fletchers company from its heyday under Edward III to its eventual decline in the reign of Elizabeth I, and introduce some of early Fletchers who lived and worked on and around London Bridge.

The speaker:

Hannes Kleineke is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers, and Section Editor of the 1461-1504 Commons section of the (official) History of Parliament. He has published widely in the history of late medieval England, including, to mark the company’s 650th anniversary in 2021, a short history of the first two centuries of the Fletchers’ Company, which is available from the Fletchers’ clerk for £12.50 (inc.UK  P&P) https://www.fletchers.org.uk/index.php/events/item/284-the-first-200-years

This event is free to members please register by email and you will be sent a zoom link to attend.

8 June 2022 – 6.00pm Annual General Meeting, Guildhall, Committee Room 2

28 June 2022 – 6.00pm Free online event

A selection of historic river pageants on the River Thames.

Synopsis – As Canaletto’s famous masterpiece illustrates, the Livery Companies of the City of London have had a great presence on the River Thames. The role of City Barges in river pageants and processions reflected the prestige and power of the Companies in their day. River pageants symbolised the unique interaction between City, Government and the Monarchy in Great Britain.  Such profound traditions have prevailed over centuries to the present day. However, this talk will also address river pageants in another nation that values tradition, prestige and active engagement of its peoples.

Speaker – The talk will be given by Brind Waldron of the WC of Barbers, whose career has been in IT and communications in the City. As an injured rugby player, Brind took up rowing as a sport about 15 years ago and has never looked back. He started with competitive skiff events for a number of years and was then invited to assist the crew of the Worshipful Company of Barbers. Brind has been involved in both competitive and ceremonial events including the Diamond Jubilee and escorting the Olympic Torch. Brind has a passion for retaining the traditions of the River Thames and promoting rowing events for charitable purposes.

This event is free to members please register by e mail and you will be sent a zoom   link to attend.

July/August Date TBC – Summer Gin Tasting

15 September 2022 – Diamonds are for Ever – A visit to Hatton Garden hosted by Daniel Caspi

Maximum number will be 25, booking details to follow.

12 October 2022 – 5.00pm A Visit to the Women’s Library at the LSE with a talk given by Gillian Murphy Senior Curator

Maximum number will be around 25, booking details to follow.

The Women’s Library collection tells the story of the campaign for women’s rights and women’s equality from the beginnings of the suffrage movement to the present day. The collection includes UNESCO-recognised documents, rare books, and objects such as original suffrage banners. The majority of the material dates from the late 19th century to present day and the focus is mainly on the UK.

12 November 2022 – The Lord Mayor’s Show

Booking to attend a post-show luncheon will be available to members and guests. Details to follow.

December 2022 – date TBC – Carol Service at The Church of Saint-Magnus-the Martyr

Future dates for the diary

14 April 2023 – Bridge Ward Club Civic Luncheon, Guildhall

7 June 2023 – 6.00pm – Annual General Meeting, Guildhall

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Chairman’s Newsletter Spring 2022

Dear Member,
From a hesitant start the pace of life in the city is beginning to build up again and in our club we have started the climb back to, hopefully, where we were before March 2020.


In October last year a group of us enjoyed a guided tour of the Globe Theatre in Southwark. An ideal choice to restart our social life with as it was largely an external event. November saw the return of the Lord Mayor’s Show to the City’s streets and although the pandemic had robbed us of the opportunity to celebrate our club’s 90th anniversary with a float in 2020’s show we were able to make up for it in 2021 by once more enjoying lunch in the Guildhall Members’ dining room.


Another outdoors gathering followed in January when we joined the congregation of the ward church, St Magnus the Martyr and our friends from Southwark Cathedral, on London Bridge for the annual blessing of the River Thames. And in March there was a well-attended visit to the St John’s Museum and arched gateway in Clerkenwell.


These were small steps back but on 8th April this year it was fully back to business as usual when we were once more able to hold our civic lunch in the wonderful surroundings of Fishmongers’ Hall. Our principal civic guest was Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman and our guests of honour
were our club President and his Lady, Sir Alan and Lady Gilly Yarrow. As Sir Alan will be standing down as Alderman for the Ward of Bridge and Bridge Without during the summer this was our opportunity to say thank you to them both for no less than 15 years of service to the ward, friendship and support to the club and the magnificent Mayoralty of 2014-15. Our thanks go to Andrew Dyke for his peerless organisation of the event and you are invited to follow the link below to view the wonderful portfolio of photographs taken on the day to see what a splendid occasion it was.


There will be one more chance to enjoy Sir Alan’s company when he presides at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8th June. This will be held in Committee Room 2 at Guildhall, commencing at 6.00pm so please make a note of this in the diary. A formal calling notice, officers’
reports and committee nomination papers will follow in early May.


I look forward to seeing you there.
With sincere best wishes
Stephen