History of the Club

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1860  -  The Club Founded

1909  -  The Club Revised

1967  -  Alderman Sir Gilbert Inglefield, President of the Club, elected Lord Mayor

1969  -  Membership 81

1970  -  Subscription reduced to £2/10s pa

             and the first Member from USA joined

1972  -  Annual Luncheon to the Lord Mayor instigated

1973  -  Lady Members rejected

1975  -  Lady Members accepted at AGM

1977  -  Senior Warden Joe Brown elected Sheriff

          -  Master Donald Silk revived the custom of Beating the Bounds

             now held annually on St Botolph's Day (17th June)

1980  -  Sir Francis McWilliams elected Alderman for Ward of Aldersgate and Club President

1981  -  Past Master Joe Brown elected Chief Commoner and awarded CBE

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1982  -  Rodney Fitzgerald elected Sheriff; Master in 1988

1983  -  First Lady Master, Mrs Audrey Ballard

1985  -  Past Master A Brian Wilson retired after 30 years as Hon. Treasurer

1986  -  Membership 194

1988  -  President Alderman Sir Francis McWilliams elected Sheriff

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1988  -  Past Master A Brian Wilson elected Chief Commoner

1989  -  Past Master John Williams retired after 25 years as Hon. Secretary

1991  -  Membership 216

1992  -  President Alderman Sir Francis McWilliams elected Lord Mayor

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1993  -  AGM held in the Mansion House by kind permission of the Lord Mayor

1994  -  Mrs Joyce Nash, Master and Deputy for the Ward of Aldersgate

1995 -   Past Master Tony Sykes retired after 6 years as Hon. Secretary

         -   Mrs Paula Cullen, Master - her grandfather was one of the founding members in 1909

             and subsequently twice its Master

1996  -  Sir Francis McWilliams retired as Alderman

          -  Mr Nicholas Anstee elected Alderman for the Ward of Aldersgate and Club President

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1998  -  First American citizen, David Fisher, elected Master who became a Freeman

             of the City during his year in office

1999  -  Mrs Barbara Newman CC served as Chief Commoner and was awarded CBE

2002  -  Christine Goode probably first New Zealander serving as Master

          -  Deputy Joyce Nash appointed Chief Commoner and awarded OBE

2004  -  The President, Alderman Nicholas Anstee, elected to serve as Sheriff

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2004  -  The Master, Rodney van Tienen, planted a new Aldersgate Tree in Aldersgate Street

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2009  -  The President, Alderman Nicholas Anstee, served as Lord Mayor of The City for 2009-10,

             the Club celebrated with a float in the Lord Mayor's Show

          -  Member Peter Cook served as Sheriff

2010  -  The Club holds its Annual Civic Lunch at Mansion House

2011  -  Past Master, Mrs Wendy Mead CC, elected and served as Sheriff

2014  -  Past Master, Mrs Wendy Mead CC, awarded OBE for Civic and Community Services - London

2013  -  Past Master, Mr Paul Herbage CStJ, awarded MBE for Voluntary Service to St John Ambulance

2015  -  Membership 212

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2016  -  Membership 209

2017  -  Past Master, Mrs Wendy Mead OBE CC, appointed Chief Commoner

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