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 the Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London EC1 on Wednesday 31 October at 6:15 pm for 6:45.
The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Elizabeth I met the Privy Council here in the days before her coronation in 1558 and James I used the Great Chamber – where our dinner will be served – to create 130 new Barons before he was crowned. In 1611 Thomas Sutton bought the Charterhouse and established the foundation that now bears his name. Sutton’s will provided for up to 80 Brothers – “either decrepit or old captaynes either at sea or at land, maimed or disabled soldiers, merchants fallen on hard times, those ruined by shipwreck of other calamity” as well as for Charterhouse school. James I retained his connection with the Charterhouse, becoming the first Royal Governor of Thomas Sutton’s foundation. The school moved to Godalming in 1872 but the Brothers remain in residence, which explains why we are asked to end our proceedings by 10:00 pm.
After a splendid dinner with wines, there will be entertainment provided by a chamber choir from the Abbey School, Reading, under the direction of their Music Director, Club member Stephen Willis. And, 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 £127. Please book your party no later than Monday 22 October 2018.