Chaiman's Letters

November Chairman’s Letter

Dear Friends,

So here we are in lock-down again! Not unexpected but very disappointing none-the-less. For me personally on this Remembrance Sunday it is the first time in the 68 years since I joined the St Andrew’s Ilford Wolf Cub Pack at the age of 8 that I have not taken part in a public act of remembrance, in my case to honour my Uncle Leslie, an RAF Coastal Command air gunner/navigator, lost in a flying accident on 7th July 1942.

The club committee met again virtually on Tuesday last, 3rd November to review the club’s affairs and, as you can imagine, there is little new to report since the last newsletter in September.

Although our own carol service will not be taking place the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists has organised a virtual service on Tuesday 8th December, to which all of us in the City are invited. Details are attached to this letter.

There is no further news about the Blessing of the River in January 2021 and our 90th Anniversary Banquet is still, of course, on hold.

Also, until team sporting events are again permitted our five-a-side soccer and netball challenges cannot take place. However organiser John Gavin is keeping in touch with all the existing and new participants.

Our “portfolio” of entertaining and instructive events continues to grow. This coming Tuesday, 10th November City Guide Gina Mullett takes us on a tour of the Ancient Hidden City. We gave notice of this event back in September and I hope that a number of club members will be joining me for this “outing”.

Over the weekend of 13th – 15th November a mini season of Shakespearean inspired films will be screened at the Globe theatre on the South Bank and details for attendance are attached.

At 6.30pmn Wednesday 25th November Jeffrey Blum will give a talk entitled: “The Role of the Shipbroker and a Brief History of the Baltic Exchange”. Again details for joining are attached.

Our regular source of virtual events, Andrew Dyke informs me that at 6:30pm on Monday 7th December, Dr Gerry Brierley will be letting us in on some “Secrets of the Honey Bee”. As soon as I have joining details I will pass these on to you.

The final attachment with this letter is Lord Mayor Russell’s latest Livery and City bulletin, issued on18th October.

On a worrying note I have to tell you that veteran club member Trevor Roberts has been admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, displaying symptoms of Covid-19. I am sure we all wish him a speedy recovery and I will be keeping in touch with his wife Marjorie to see how he is getting on.

Finally, can I ask you all to put Tuesday 2nd January 2021 down in your diaries? The committee will be meeting at 6.00pm that evening and as soon as it is over we intend to hold a New Year party for the whole club. For obvious reasons it will be a “bring your own” drink and nibbles affair but it will at least allow us all to have a good gossip and exchange personal news. Details of how best to organise this are being investigated and will be circulated.

Well, that’s all for now so please keep safe and well!




The role of a shipbroker and a brief history of the Baltic Exchange

Lord Mayor’s Bulletin October 2020

Mayflower 400 London Lectures

Virtual Carols for the City

The Mediaeval City Virtual Walk