CSWC in the City

This page looks at some of the activities and causes within the Square Mile with which the Coleman Street Ward Club has been connected (outside of the Chairman's regular programme of events). If members have any photos and/or details from past events and involvements that might be appropriate for this section, please get in touch.

The Big Curry Lunch:

On Thursday 4th April 2019 the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and HRH Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex attended the City's biggest fundraiser for the Army's National Charity - The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall. Once again, Coleman Street Ward Club was proud to be among the primary sponsors of this event.

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During the 2019 AGM, it was confirmed that the Club's long-standing Honorary Secretary, Dr Richard Fynes would be standing down from the position in July. Richard's committment to the Club over many years in post has been significant and hugely appreciated. Richard was presented with an engraved silver salver in recognition of this contribution.

Shown below is Richard receiving the gift at the AGM. Also shown is the Salver and its engraving. Click on any of these images to enlarge.



Club President, Alderman Peter Estlin is installed as the 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London at the Silent Ceremony in Guildhall on Friday 9th November 2018.

The Coleman Street Ward Club took part in the Lord Mayor's Show parade the day afterwards and send good wishes to him for the rest of his year in Office.

A delegation from the Ward Club Committee met with the Lord Mayor on Thursday 17th January 2019 at Mansion House to present him with the gift of a silver drinks tray (see photo below). It was an antique salver, engraved from the Members of Coleman Street Ward Club to celebrate his admission as the Lord Mayor of the City of London. A silver brooch for the Lady Mayoress was also presented - unfortunately, Lindy could not be present at the ceremony, but is shown below, proudly wearing the gift shortly afterwards. The cockerel brooch was a special commission, undertaken by Sarah Jones, the Silversmith that created our Club Brooch.


The Big Curry Lunch:

On Thursday 6th April 2017 the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and HRH The Duke of York attended the City's biggest fundraiser for the Army's National Charity - The Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch at Guildhall. Once again, Coleman Street Ward Club was proud to be among the primary sponsors of this event.

Lord Mayor's Appeal:

Click on the image right to see an invitation from Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, to a Champagne Reception, Lunch and Afternoon Tea at Ascot Races on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.


Individual places are available at £150, or you can take a Table of 10.



In Memoriam:

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Patricia Henderson-Begg. Mother of Past Chairman, David and wife of Michael a member of Common Council for many years in the Ward of Coleman Street, who passed away himself in April 2016.


Patricia dealt very stoically with a terminal diagnosis in early December and managed her short illness with dignity and fortitude. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday 17th February 2017, with her loved ones by her side.


Patricia was a long-standing member of the Ward Club's Committee and was Honorary Secretary from 1997 to 2003.

The Lord Mayor's Show

The day after the Silent Ceremony, ie the first full day in post, the new Lord Mayor must leave the safety of the City of London to travel to the edge of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. This journey has become known as The Lord Mayor's Show.


The Lord Mayor is accompanied by his two Sheriffs, one of which this year being Coleman Street Ward Club President, Sheriff & Alderman Peter Estlin, who is in turn accompanied by the Ward Beadle for Coleman Street, our own Dr Richard Fynes (shown right at the Guildhall reception preceeding the Show) and the Ward Chaplain, The Revd Prebendary Jeremy Crossley.


Below are a few images from Guildhall, as Sheriff Estlin prepares to depart for Mansion House to watch the Show. Click to expand.

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Congratulations to Club President, Alderman Peter Estlin on his election as Sheriff for the City of London for 2016/17.

Click the image right to see Peter's website and read about his receiving the Chain and Badge of Office and of his Admission to the Shrievalty at a Guildhall Ceremony on 28th September.

The Presentation of Addresses

Directly following the ancient Silent Ceremony (at which the new Lord Mayor officially takes Office), a Ceremony called The Presentation of Addresses takes place at which Organisations affiliated to the Lord Mayor and to the Sheriffs, present small gifts and a few words of congratulation.


A deputation of Officers and Committee Members from Coleman Street Ward Club attended this event on 11th November at Guildhall and presented the Club President, Alderman & Sheriff Peter Estlin, with an antique map of the Ward of Coleman Street.


Click Here for further details and a few Photographs

Congratulations to Club President, Alderman Peter Estlin on his election as Sheriff for the City of London for 2016/17. Click on the image (right) to read a letter from Peter about his Shrieval Chain of Office.


Click Here to read his Acceptance Speech, delivered at Guildhall after the Election on 24th June 2016.

Sheriffs on Horseback!

The two Sheriffs of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman and Dr Christine Rigden, toured the City on horseback on 27th July and raised funds for the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund.  Wearing full Shrieval kit, complete with swords, they had a mounted escort of officers of the HAC Light Cavalry, and City of London Police.  It was quite a sight, especially as Christine was a complete novice on horseback and took riding lessons especially for the occasion!

Check out the brief videos below

To generate publicity for the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund, they visited 15 Livery Halls along the route, as well as the Bailey, Guildhall, Mansion House and St Paul’s.


In terms of the fundraising, the Sheriffs are still seeking donations of £10, and have set up a Just Giving page to facilitate this – http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sheriffs


Click on the button (right) to go direct to that website:


Click on the images below to see a short video of the

Sheriffs in Paternoster Square.

The sad announcement below appeared in

The Daily Telegraph on Friday 8th April 2016:


FINCH, Sir Robert Gerard on 31st March 2016, aged 71 after a short illness. Dearly loved husband of Patricia, devoted father of Alexandra and Isabel, and loving grandfather of four granddaughters. Private family funeral in Bosham. A service of thanksgiving in London to be announced. No flowers please but donations may be given to the ‘Sir Robert Finch Memorial Fund’, c/o The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, Royal Brompton Hospital, SW3 6NP or via www.rbhcharity.org


As many members of the Ward Club will know, Sir Robert was Alderman for the Ward of Coleman Street and President of the Ward Club from 1992 until his retirement in 2013

Here is a transcript of the Tribute given at St Paul's Cathedral by His Honour Peter Beaumont CBE QC during the Evensong Memorial Service for Sir Robert on 21st September 2016:



"We give thanks for the life of Robert Gerard Finch.  Knight Bachelor, Deputy Lieutenant of the City of London, Solicitor of the Supreme Court, Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Honorary Colonel of the Inns of Court and City Yeomanry, Past Master Innholder and of the Solicitors of the City of London.  Sometime Chairman of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Trust, Chairman of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, Church Commissioner, Alderman for the Ward of Coleman Street and the 676th Lord Mayor of the City of London.  In short the public face of a man who in every aspect of a life remarkable for its achievements lived up to the motto he chose for his Coat of Arms “Strength in Purpose”.   


The private face is of a good friend, a delightful companion with an endearing and ever present sense of humour, a kind and thoughtful colleague, a determined and resourceful supporter of the causes he espoused but above all the devoted husband of Patricia, proud father of Alexandra and Isabel, grandfather of Jemima, Clemmie, Phoebe and Beatrice.  A happy family man whose energy, drive and enthusiasm that characterised his work and charitable interests split over into his skiing, sailing, gardening and support for music.


Robert was born in Ootacamund the legendary hill station in Southern India in August 1944, the second son of a regular soldier then serving in the Bombay Sappers and Miners.  His childhood was typical of peripatetic Army life culminating in schooling at Felsted from his 9th to his 18th Year.  His entry in Alumni Felstediensis some years after he left gives merely his years of attendance, the fact that he became a house prefect and, somewhat starkly, Rugby neither foreshadowing or indeed recording what he was to achieve so shortly thereafter.


Robert didn’t go to University, instead he followed a more traditional route into the Law.  He described himself as a ‘5 year man’.  He was articled to his uncle at Monro Pennefather in Cannon Street, attendance at the College of Law and then on qualifying as a Solicitor joined Linklaters, remarkably becoming a Partner 5 years later.  As head of the Firm’s property department and many would say the pre-eminent property lawyer of his generation I can do no better than to repeat what was written about this aspect of his life in Robert’s Obituary in The Times “for almost three decades he was the key figure in the firm’s property department.  His astute grasp of the property market, his skill in hard bargaining and his doggedness in getting the deal his clients wanted made him the lawyer of choice… every investor wanted him on their side, few relished finding him leading the opposition. His greatest skill was to pull off a deal with good manners and a smile.  Charmingly persuasive and persistent he was an iron fist in a velvet glove.  His courteous demeanour was as disarming as it was effective”.


Having earned a reputation as glittering as that, it was perhaps inevitable that he was invited to participate in the government of the City of London.  Having been elected Alderman for the Ward of Coleman Street, he served on numerous committees of the Corporation with a notably long stint on the Planning Committee.  In 1999, he won a contested election to become the Aldermanic Sheriff.  I am not sure that he enjoyed the cut and thrust of the Hustings but once at the Old Bailey, Robert and Patricia, with Pauline and Peter Halliday, were the most generous of hosts in what was long remembered as a very happy Shrieval year.


Robert became Lord Mayor in November 2003.  During his year, which coincided with a substantial expansion of the European Union, he visited 33 countries to promote the City’s range of financial skills and services.  A very effective Ambassador not just for the City of London but for the United Kingdom he proved to be, in what was widely regarded as a notably successful Mayoralty.  At home he welcomed to the Guildhall the Presidents of Finland, Poland and Latvia, and he and Patricia made the Mansion House into what was described as a “place full of fun and laughter” as they threw themselves – aided and abetted it must be said by their daughters, into making every day of their year in office worthwhile.  His Lord Mayor’s Appeal ‘Music and the Arts for Everyone’ coinciding as it did with the centenary of the founding of the London Symphony Orchestra raised a substantial sum toward the endowment of the LSO’s musical education centre in what was once St. Luke’s Church.


After he left office and in retirement first from Linklaters and then from Liberty International, Robert’s skill, determination and drive remained in demand.  As a senior Alderman past the Chair his wisdom and experience carried weight within the Court.  He became Chairman of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Foundation and a Trustee of its endowment fund.  He was a Governor of the College of Law at an important time in its expansion.  However, what I believe brought him the greatest satisfaction was his Chairmanship of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals NHS Trust which he steered with great skill through difficult times.  Indeed, it has been said that he helped to save the Children’s Heart surgical unit from closure and entirely appropriate that a fund has been established in memory of this formidable fundraiser at the Royal Brompton.


It was a terrible shock to lose Robert so suddenly with so much still to offer and so much for him to look forward to enjoying.  Great sadness for all of us who were glad to be his friends.  How much greater sadness for his family - whom you treasure, we remember.  Remember this evening within the context of a service which Robert would have adored, in the Cathedral which he loved and served so well, proud of all he achieved in so many different spheres, but proud above all that so much of that achievement enriched the lives of those it touched."

On Friday 8th April, Club Member and Past Chairman, Michael Henderson-Begg died peacefully in his sleep, after living with cancer for three years.


The following words are from his son, also a Past Chairman of the Ward Club, David Henderson-Begg:

From the age of 21, his entire working life, spanning fifty-four years, was centred on the City of London which he loved so much.


The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers, The Coleman Street Ward Club, The Worshipful Company of Musicians and The Court of Common Council were a massive part of his life and collectively brought him a lot of happiness.


The funeral will be held at St. Mary's Church, Surlingham, Norfolk, NR14, at 1130 on Thursday 28th April 2016. All our friends from the City of London are most welcome to attend. For catering we do need to know numbers attending so please reply to me if any members wish to attend or if you need any further information.


We would prefer family flowers only but would be very grateful to receive any donations to Cancer Research UK c/o Coppings, 125 The Street, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7RP.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St. Margaret Lothbury in the City of London at a later date to be announced.

Members may be interested in the new 'White Book' that has just been published (complementing the 'Blue-Book) - containing all the details of Liveries and Ward Clubs and much more.


It is available at £15 per copy and as production costs have already been met through donations and advertising, every penny goes to the Lord Mayor's Appeal.


Click on the images left to see a letter from the Lord Mayor and to download the actual order form.

The Lord Mayor's 'Big Curry Lunch' - Guildhall 7th April 2016

An Annual Event in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity is the 'Big Curry Lunch' - supported by The Lord Mayor's Appeal. Once again and for the fourth year, The Coleman Street Ward Club was among the financial sponsors of the event and our Chairman and Hon Secretary were both in attendance to represent the membership.


This year, His Royal Highness Prince William was Guest of Honour along with The Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs.


The Champagne Bar was this year provided at the last minute by the popular City Restaurant: Cog d'Argent.


Anyone can attend the Big Curry Lunch - just buy a ticket! It is a most unusual and enjoyable function (check out the photos below). Information on how to get tickets is available in a number of places - via the ABF website is straightforward; click on this link: http://www.soldierscharity.org/

Click on any photo to expand and see all images as a slide show....

Livery Briefing:



The Livery Committee of the City of London, in association with the Town Clerk's Department, produce a bi-monthly newsletter termed "Livery Briefing" which is distributed to Clerks by email, and often posted at livery company websites. The February 2016 issue can be seen by clicking the image right, but the full archive can be accessed by Clicking Here.

CSWC Past Chairman, Ian Makowski becomes Master.


On Thursday 9th July, Ian was installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, alias the Wire Workers' Company. Here is a photo of Ian, Robed as Master and with his Consort, Jo Waldern.

Agincourt 600

Many events are being organised to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (25th October 1415 - St Crispin's Day). The 'Agincourt 600' organisation is a registered charity established to advance knowledge and commemoration of the battle. To find out more, visit their website by clicking here.

Coleman Street Ward Club's Vice Chairman, Peter O'Donoghue (York Herald at The College of Arms and Liveryman of the Armourers and Brasiers' Company), is a member of the Agincourt 600 Committee and invites you to support the charity and consider attending an event. 


Two events of particular interest to members might be the Concert of medieval and renaissance music in July, to be held at 'All Hallows by the Tower' (the oldest Church in the City of London), and the Guildhall Banquet in September. Click on the 'Flyer' images to the right to download a booking form.

The Lord Mayor's Go Karting Challenge- Sandown, 26th July 2015

Sunday 26th July saw members of Coleman Street take part in the Lord Mayors Go Karting Challenge at Sandown. Our Ward Club president, Alderman Peter Estlin (now known as Commendatore) led our team superbly through a 2 hour relay racing challenge in quite wet conditions to a respectable finish. Not the winning position, but well done to all! The team was made up of CSWC Members, Chris Sanders, Peter Mantell, Elaine Davis and honorary member for the day Keith Davis (Liveryman of the Horners' Company) and of course Peter Estlin.


Click on the photos below to enlarge.

In kart, Elaine Davis (Membership Secretary), left to right Chris Sanders, Peter Estlin (President), Keith Davis, Peter Mantell.

Our CSWC President, Alderman Peter Estlin, overtaking other race goers on the final lap

Ward Club Officers' Gathering - Walrus & Carpenter, 6th May 2015

Organised by Peter and Daphne Cave of the Lime Street Ward Club, this was an informal get-together of predominantly 'Officers' from Ward Clubs across the City. Over a few drinks and light buffet snacks it was possible to exchange views and ideas with those holding similar positions in other Clubs.

Coleman Street Ward Club was again represented at this event by Hon. Sec. Dr Richard Fynes and also by Webmaster David Herbert. Representatives from the Ward Clubs of Cripplegate, Bread Street, Langbourn, Queenhithe, Walbrook, Vintry & Dowgate and Lime Street were also in attendance.

Click on the photo below to see a larger version.

The Lord Mayor's 'Big Curry Lunch' - Guildhall 16th April 2015

An Annual Event in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity is the 'Big Curry Lunch' - supported by The Lord Mayor's Appeal. Once again and for the third year, The Coleman Street Ward Club was among the financial sponsors of the event and our Chairman and Hon Secretary were both in attendance to represent the membership.


Chairman Andrew McMurtrie, CC was also amongst the few that were introduced to the Event's Special Guest - The Princess Royal. Our intrepid Chairman, along with Honorary Secretary Dr Richard Fynes also met The Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow (who was with the Lady Mayoress, Gilly Yarrow), Sheriff and Alderman, Dr Andrew Parmley and Sheriff Fiona Adler together with their respective Consorts, Mrs Wendy Parmley and Mr David Moss.


The Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honorable Michael Fallon MP was also at the event as was General Sir Mike Jackson, GCB. Retired Speaker of the House of Commons, Baroness Betty Boothroyd, OM was also present and supported the event.


Anyone can attend the Big Curry Lunch - just buy a ticket! It is a most unusual and enjoyable function (check out the photos below). Information on how to get tickets is available in a number of places - via the ABF website is straightforward; click on this link: http://www.soldierscharity.org/

Click on any photo to expand and see all images as a slide show....

United Guilds Service - St Paul's Cathedral 20th March 2015

The Annual Service for the United Guilds took place once again at St Paul's. Representatives from Liveries, Ward Clubs and other prominent City institutions attended. Club President, Peter Estlin processed in his capacity as Alderman for the Ward.

It was also the first official outing of our Honorary Secretary Dr Richard Fynes as Ward Beadle for Coleman Street. He was at Alderman Estlin's side after being appointed at the Wardmote two days previously. Click on the image left for a larger view.

Livery Schools Link

At Barber-Surgeons' Hall (near Barbican), on March 4th 2015, the Livery Schools Link (LSL) presented their 3rd Showcase Event. Opened by the Lord Mayor (Alderman, Alan Yarrow) along with the Sheriffs. 29 Livery Companies presented their trades and career opportunities to over 450 students and their teachers throughout the day.

This event was organised by Livery Schools Link, a volunteer organisation supporting education. LSL puts on events for schools and offers volunteering opportunities for members of the City Livery Companies.

At the end of the day, non-participating Liveries and other City organisations (including Coleman Street Ward Club) were invited to an Open Session to appreciate the work that is being done by the LSL and understand the volunteering opportunities available. CSWC was represented at this event by Webmaster David Herbert.

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