City of Westminster Branch


The City of Westminster Branch of The Royal Society of St. George was formed in 1988, by past Chairman, Robert Sewell and another nine people. The first President to be elected was Vice Admiral Sir James Weatherall KCVO, KBE. Sir James was the Queen’s Marshall of the Diplomatic Corps. The Immediate Past President is Vice Admiral Sir Neville Purvis KCB, who served in the submarine service and was Fourth Sea Lord.  The current President is Ian Adams, a former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster.

Bob died in office in June 2014 having developed the branch to nearly 300 members.  He had a gift for negotiating favourable terms for the many functions he arranged.  He was succeeded by Stan Sadler, who had been the stalwart Secretary for many years. Stan died in March 2018 having stood down as chairman in November 2016 in favour of Alan Broomhead, who was Vice Chairman. Stan had acted as both chairman and secretary and handed over the latter role to Annabelle Emney.

During the past 35 Years the growth of the Branch has progressed steadily until today the membership stands at 225, resulting in good turnouts for its events.

A distinctive feature of the Branch has been its regular contributions to charities having given away thousands of pounds to a variety of organisations.  Recent beneficiaries include the RNLI and Dame Vera Lynn’s Children’s Charity. The branch makes annual donations to its related organisations.

Related Organisations

Sea Cadets

The Branch has a long association with the Sea Cadets with units providing carpet guards at our dinners, particularly on Trafalgar Day.  The Branch is formally affiliated with the Western District of the London Area Sea Cadets. Western District comprises 12 units and supports the Branch with a standard bearer to carry the branch standard at the Cenotaph and National Standards services. The standard bearer is selected annually at the London Area Drill Competition.  Carpet guards are provided at all appropriate events. As Bob Sewell was a Sea Cadet, he is commemorated with an annual donation of £1000 to provide bursaries for Sea Cadets to sail on TS ROYALIST, the Sea Cadet flagship. In 2023 a donation of £500 was made to help repair the fire damaged Sunbury Unit.  A donation of £500 helped Western District purchase a defibrillator. This was matched funded by the RSSG Charitable Trust.

Royal Hospital Chelsea

The Branch has been associated with the Royal Hospital since its earliest days. As a consequence, members have been privileged to attend the Governor’s Review Parade in June. The Branch makes an annual donation of £500 to the Hospital thus making it a corporate sponsor entitling members to attend Friends lectures and events.  In 2023 the RSSG Charitable Trust matched the donation thereby making it up £1000.

City of Westminster

The Branch has close links to the Mayoralty and holds its AGM in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour. The Lord Mayor is the principal guest and is presented with the annual branch donation to their charity.


Westminster Branch tries to run an event most months of the year and produces an annual calendar the preceding December so members can add them to their diaries well in advance.  The current calendar shows how we try to combine regular events at desirable locations with other events to provide a mix of favourites and diversity.








Thursday 25

Special Lunch

Londoner Hotel



Sunday 11

Sea Cadet Drill & Piping Competition

Kingston Unit



Thursday 14

AGM & Lunch

City Hall



Saturday 20

Annual Wreath Laying & lunch

Cenotaph/ Cellarium


Tuesday 23

St George’s Day Dinner

Bakers Hall



Sunday 5

Sea Cadet Adventure Training Finals



Thursday 16

Visit to the Crick Institute

Lunch at the Great Northern Hotel

Kings Cross




Tuesday 4

Governors Review

Royal Hospital


Thursday 6

D Day Anniversary

Branch fish & chip suppers


Sunday 16

Rowing Regatta

Sunbury Unit


Thursday 20

Waterloo Lunch




Friday 12

RSSG 130 Year’s Anniversary Dinner

Stationers Hall


Thursday 18

Visit and Cream Tea with champagne

Lambeth Palace Library



Tuesday 13

Garden Party




Friday 13

Battle of Britain Lunch

RAF Club



Thursday 17

Trafalgar Day Dinner

Army & Navy Club



Sea Cadet Mess Dinner



Sunday 27

Standards Service followed by lunch

St George’s Church Hanover Square



Sunday 8

Five a Side Football

RAF Northolt


Thursday 12

Christmas Lunch

HMS President


Monday 30

Xmas Week Lunch



Events in red are national events Those in italics are Western District Sea Cadet Events



Branch Officers

President Hon. Treasurer
Cllr. Ian Adams Adam Armsby
Chairman Minutes Secretary
Alan Broomhead
Tel 020 8670 1488

Denice Fennell Pond


Vice Chairman Charity Fund Coordinator
Joanna Cadman
Judy Tayler-Smith


Annabelle Emney
Tel: 07828 013795

Council Members

Louise Fairweather

Mark Purcell     

 Marilyn Russell


Click here for the 2024 Westminster Branch Brochure.