Welcome to the website of the Bridge Ward Club, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in January 2020!
The Club exists to promote the Ward of Bridge and Bridge Without, and its connections with this historic ward are symbolised by the Club badge, which shows the Bridge Mark – the mark of the Bridge House Trust, who administer London Bridge – beneath a representation of the Monument.
Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the ward may apply to join the club. Membership enquiries are welcome – contact our Membership Secretary.
11 January 2024
Dear All, It is with a heavy heart that I write to you regarding the unexpected passing ofour dear friend, John Gavin. His sudden departure has left a profound impacton all of us. John’s remarkable dedication and enthusiasm for the City and theBridge Ward Club were truly inspiring, and his absence will be deeply felt. In honouring John’s close ties with the Ward, his family is arranging a memorialservice at St Magnus the Martyr, a place he held dear. We will share the detailsof the service as soon as they are available, allowing his family the necessarytime to grieve. His absence leaves a significant void, yet I believe John would want us tocontinue the vibrant legacy of the Ward Club in his memory. Let us carryforward the spirit of his commitment and dedication. With heartfelt condolences,
Tim Levene – Club President
The club is run by a main committee who organise the events and run the administration of the not for profit club. The main committee is steered by a Chairman and Deputy Chairman who are elected bi-annually, in addition to other officers fulfilling various roles. Bridge Ward Club also has a ‘corporate’ sub-committee which addresses the needs and interests of the working members of the ward.
Each Chairman has designated charities for the two year tenure in the Chair, in 2018/19 it was Cambridge Samaritans and for 2019/20 the Chairman’s Charity was in aid of the Bridge Ward 5-a-side football Challenge Cup for adults and less advantaged schools, which raised over £1,200. For 2020/21, the Chairman’s charity was the North Weald Airfield Association. The Chairman’s Charity 2022/23 is the Tom Bowridge Youth Cancer Foundation.
Bridge Ward Club was founded in January 1930 by 31 initial members who all had addresses in the Ward. The object of the Club was to provide electors and those who work and have an interest in the Ward with an opportunity to promote social activities and discussion of topics of local and general interest and also to exchange Ward and parochial information.
The first President was Alderman Charles H Collett and the Vice President was Sir John Knill Bt, who was Alderman of the Ward of Bridge Without. The Club’s third President, Sir George J Cullum-Welsh Bt, became Lord Mayor in 1956.
In 1931 the Club’s inaugural dinner was held at the Fishmongers’ Hall and was attended by 122 Members and their guests. The 50th Anniversary Dinner was held in the same hall in February 1981 and was attended by 176 diners. Since then the Bridge Ward Club’s membership has steadily grown to over 200 members.
The Club now has a varied social programme and usually meets at least 12 times a year for events ranging from the carol service at the Ward Church (St Magnus the Martyr) to talks of City interest or visits to interesting places such as the Isle of Wight, Kings College Cambridge, the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre and the Thames River Police Museum.
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