Ward-Might 11 May 2016 – Dutch Centre

Forty members of Broad Street Ward gathered for a convivial hour sharing thoughts on the Ward future on a sunny afternoon.  The agenda for the evening, Ward-Might 11 May 2016 – Agenda, was followed almost to the letter.

We had a warm introduction from Joost Röselaers, Predikant (Minister) of the Nederlandse Kerk, supported by Rein Roos, Koster (Verger).  Joost referred to an old Dutch proverb, „Beter een goede buur dan een verre vriend“ – “Better a good neighbour than a far-off friend” – which was a lovely reminder of the cosmopolitan nature of our community.

Our President, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli then opened the Ward-Might, noting the agenda and a few items of news, not least the new “Broad Street Ward Business Cards” avaiiable to all.

Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli at Ward-Might in the Dutch Church

Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli at Ward-Might in the Dutch Church

Russell Taylor, co-creator of the Alex cartoon, told us all about “the most famous living resident of this ward that you’ve never seen“.  Russell kindly brought  copies of the Alex cartoon book 2015 which helped everyone visualise things.  His presentation led to a discussion between Russell & Michael and the audience about their proposal for an Alex Statue in the Ward.

There were many comments and suggestions, such as:

  • Alex was the “iconic stereotype” (words of one audience member) of trading in the ward and a show of hands gave universal support to the proposal;
  • how could we ensure the statue was humorous – beer in hand by pub? smoking a cigar near smokers’ corners? blocking the footpath while on a mobile telephone (sadly shot down by Christopher Hayward CC, recently elected as Chairman of Planning & Transportation)? helping people take a selfie?
  • location – could we site the statue at the Dutch Church itself? could we use phoneboxes in the ward? could we use ‘CityScape’ to model it in potential locations?
  • could 3D printing have a role?
  • could we sell maquettes of the statue?
  • could we learn from other examples of cartoon character statues such as Paddington Bear, Peter Pan, and Andy Capp statues elsewhere?

We then moved on to a round-robin of ward futures.  John Bennett, Deputy, had given his apologies due to an operation and we wished him a speedy recovery.  John Scott CC asked everyone to be missionaries for the rich cultural and historic offerings (most of them free) of the City.  Christopher Hayward CC described his new role in Planning & Transportation and affirmed his desire to continue to improve the built environment across the City, but certainly in Broad Street Ward.

Rein and Joost highlighted their forthcoming events.  Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley spoke about the work ahead for the Tower at St Margaret Lothbury, and also reminded members of the wonderful and long-standing Thursday organ concerts from 13:10 to 14:00 (except August).

Jonny Westbrooke, Clerk of the Furniture makers, spoke about their newly refurbished venue hire facilities.   Rosa Morgan-Baker of the ward charity The Brokerage Citylink explained their work to members and offered to involve members in their work at no cost – facilities and staff time are the inputs needed.

As ever, the event ended promptly but even more convivially as we had an hour’s wine reception kindly sponsored by Broad Street Ward Club and the Dutch Centre.  Our Honorary Secretary of Broad Street Ward Club, Judith Rich, was, as ever, a most wonderful hostess (though she did seem to be slipping some application forms to non-members through the evening).  The Dutch Church team were particularly attentive.  As ever, the desire to continue socialising seems to have led to a hostelry (in the ward, see map!).

Wardmight 2016 – Dutch Centre, Wednesday, 11 May, 17:00 – 18:00

We are delighted to announce that the Wardmight is open to all interested in Broad Street Ward and has the following agenda:


Dutch Centre

7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

17:00 – 18:00 followed by quick drink

wardmight [ˈwɔːdmt] n (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit an assembly of the citizens or liverymen of a ward for the purpose of discussing possibilities.

[see ward, moot, mote]


Wardmights are short meetings for Broad Street electors and club members to have informal discussions about issues involving the future of the ward.  Formal matters are handled either directly with elected members or at a Wardmote.

1. Introductions & Purpose

2. Presentation
• Alex Statue Proposal – Russell Taylor

3. Ward Round-Robin (if present)

• City of London members
• Dutch Church, St Margaret Lothbury
• Blackrock, Deutsche Bank, ING, KBC, etc.
• Drapers, Carpenters, Furniture Makers, International Bankers, Arts Scholars, Educators, Clockmakers, Plumbers
• The Brokerage Citylink – Rosa Morgan-Baker – www.thebrokerage.org.uk

4. City Round-Robin

5. Possible Ward ‘Mights’ – www.broadstreetward.org.uk
• Freedom of the City
• Ward Club membership
• Corporate ‘presentations’

6. Next Steps (if any)

Business Cards? Does Broad Street Ward Seek A Job?

The members, in conjunction with the Broad Street Ward Club, commissioned business cards available to anyone who wants them.  The front side features the City of London Corporation, a map of the ward in orange celebrating our long links with the Dutch community, and an outline of a black cat commemorating one of the ward’s most famous members, Dick Whittington.

Broad Street Ward Business Card - Side A

On the reverse we affirm our very strong links with Broad Street Ward Club:

Broad Street Ward Business Card - Side B



High Commissioner Of Malawi Visits Billingsgate Market

On Tuesday 5 April, John Scott CC, as Chairman of the Markets Committee, was delighted to welcome the High Commissioner of Malawi on an official visit to Billingsgate Market.  While Malawi is a land-locked country, Lake Malawi has an estimated 1,000 species of fish and the fishing industry accounts for 4% of GDP and employs 300,000 people.  In terms of exports this is a largely untapped resource and the High Commissioner is keen to explore opportunities, including the sale of tropical fish for aquariums.

John Scott - Malawi

High Commissioner (centre third from right) with John Scott (centre, third from left) and David Smith, the Director of Markets & Consumer Protection (second from left)


Dragon Awards 2016 – 25 April Application Deadline

For 29 years the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards have recognised and celebrated organisations making an exemplary impact across London’s communities. The 2016 Awards are now open for applications and the Lord Mayor, Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans, and we hope you will support us in encouraging the businesses in your ward to apply.

The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards are an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their significant contribution to society, through volunteering, employability initiatives and local purchasing. Applicants have the chance to join a prestigious cohort of previous winners, including Alium Partners, Freshfields, IBM and Lloyds Banking Group. Together, these organisations represent the City of London’s vision for a competitive and inclusive city.

With just under four weeks left to apply (applications close on 25th April), your support is crucial in helping us to reach more companies, and enabling them to be recognised. Attached are two documents to aid your promotion. The first is a call to action from the Lord Mayor that can be passed on electronically. The second is a promotion pack.  Both are attached.

Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards Promotional Pack

Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards

For more information, please contact dragonawards@cityoflondon.go.uk or call 0207 332 1762.

Keeping Our City Safe

Dealing with terrorism and properly funding the City of London Police is vital for us all in the City.

In the face of a severe threat level and more atrocities committed by terrorists in Europe it is vital that our police are properly resourced.City of London logo

Over the last three months we have lobbied hard on this issue when the City Corporation was debating funding for its police force and we fully support the £1.6m additional annual police funding agreed at Court of Common Council on 3 March.  This money will be used to fund additional specialist firearms officers and continued work on counter terrorism to keep the City of London safe.  This has been afforded by increasing the Business Rates Premium from 4p to 5p in the £.  The first increase for 9 years and one also supported by many of The City’s businesses.

The City Police continually assess Counter Terrorism response and measure reassurance amongst London’s communities via a quarterly survey of residents and businesses. Please do take 5 minutes to complete the short survey:


Did you know that you can see the work of our Police first hand?

Our Police are inviting people to be involved in an impartial scrutiny group assessing stop and search processes, and other areas of police engagement and intervention on crime as part of an Independent Advisory Group.  The scrutiny group will involve volunteers meeting once every three months, and giving impartial feedback on areas of police involvement including stop and search.

Also the Community Roadwatch initiative involves members of the community accompanying a uniform officer and using a speed gauge device, identifying speeding vehicles and will give you the opportunity to work with police on road safety.

Please contact Luke Harley directly for more information:

Luke Harley, Temporary Inspector, Uniform Policing Directorate
City of London Police
email: Luke.Harley@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk
telephone: 0207 601 2406 / 0207 601 2222
mobile: 07803 305198
address: 5 Snow Hill London EC1A 2DP

Wardmote: Wednesday 16 March, 12:00 Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DQ

Our annual Wardmote, a great opportunity to raise any issues of general concern, is scheduled for Wednesday 16 March, 12:00
Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DQ.

Everyone is free to attend.


Equally, our Ward Might (futures discussion for the Ward) is scheduled for Wednesday 11 May, 17:00 at the Dutch Church,  7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA.

Wardmotes summary

Official City of London background

KBC Bank – A Great Company Says Thank You

Austin Friars – during development

The Civic Team were delighted that KBC Bank kindly held a reception  on 5 November at City Social in Tower 42 to thank everyone involved in the Austin Friars redevelopment.   It was a gesture very much appreciated by the Civic Team.  In turn the team would like to thank Theo Speelmans, Allen Dee Sarafian, Lynda Garwood, and Karyn Dalali for such kind generosity.