The United Wards’ Club of the City of London was founded on 31 October 1877, and we shall commemorate this at our Founders’ Day Dinner, which this year will be held at Girdlers’ Hall, Basinghall Avenue, London EC2 on Thursday 31 October at 6:45 pm for 7:15.
This is a very special privilege for the Club since Girdlers’ Hall is not let commercially. The Girdlers, who received their Letters Patent in 1327, have been on this site since 1431, and the present Hall was built in 1961 after the destruction of the previous building by enemy action in 1940. The Hall contains a number of items precious to the Company, including the Bell Carpet, commissioned by Past Master Robert Bell (a prominent member of the East India Company) in 1630, woven in Lahore and presented in 1634. The Company is also extremely proud of its garden, which regularly wins prizes in the City of London garden competitions.
After a splendid dinner with wines, there will be entertainment provided by students from the Royal College of Music. Our guest speaker is Mr Dhruv Patel CC, Chairman of the City Bridge Trust. Later, in accordance with tradition, the minutes of the first meeting will be read as a prelude to a toast to our Founders.
This is an occasion when, as well as members of this Club and their guests, we welcome members of the City’s Ward Clubs and we hope that many Clubs will be represented.
The ticket price is £122. Please book your party no later than Tuesday 22 October 2018.