The New Year saw us visiting the City of London’s Police Museum. Over the course of more than 175 years, the force’s priorities have remained the same: keep the City safe. Today , the City of London Police is the UK’s leading police force for fraud and economic crime. The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one of the oldest surviving operating theatres. Located in the garret of St Thomas's Church, Southwark, on the original site of St Thomas' Hospital a fascinating visit was followed by lunch at the nearby George Inn. Built in 1677, this National Trust-owned coaching inn is one of London’s oldest pubs, famous for being the only still-standing galleried coaching inn in London. February, also saw the London Ladies Club return to the Judith Blacklock Flower School for a delightful demonstration by Judith on how to arrange Spring Flowers. As part of our 25th Anniversary programme, we are returning to some of our favourite past events and as Judith had originally welcomed the London Ladies Club to her Flower School 10 years ago, it was a particularly enjoyable morning. The Ladies all left the Flower School with a charming posy. Thank you Judith. In March, we visited The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in London which is the oldest assay office in the United Kingdom. The company has provided hallmarking services since The Goldsmiths’ Company was founded in the 14th century. The company received its royal charter in 1327 and ranks 5th in order of precedence of the 12 Great Livery Companies of the City of London.
As always, we are grateful to the Army & Navy Club for hosting our talks on Tuesday mornings and the Spring programme saw us welcome a variety of Speakers, Tyler Butterworth, who so movingly spoke about his parents, Janet Brown and Peter Butterworth, best known for his appearances in the Carry On series of films. The Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE who was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons (1995 to 2001)discussed the social and financial cost of not getting our prisons system right. Gill Perkins, CEO for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, shared her passion for bumblebees and their protection. Gill gave an inspiring and entertaining talk on these special insects and explained why their numbers have so sharply declined in recent years with two species becoming extinct and what can be done to help reverse their decline, including planting bumblebee friendly plants in our garden and window boxes. Kristina Sanne gave us an insight into Islamic and Iznik Art and for our final talk before the Easter break, we welcomed back Alison Van de Lande who had given a talk about 10 years ago.
A big thank you to all our wonderful speakers.