An invitation from the Commanding OfficerMembership Committee Tuesday, 7th October 2014 Wax Chandlers Hall 1000 Freedom & Livery Committee Tuesday, 7th October 2014 Wax Chandlers Hall 1330 Finance Committee Tuesday, 7th October 2014 Wax Chandlers Hall 1515 The Imperial War Museum & the New First World War Galleries Tuesday, 14th October 2014 Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball Friday, 17th October 2014 Guildhall Evening Installation Court, Service, Master’s Reception & Lunch Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 Vintners' Hall, St Magnus the Martyr Lord Mayor’s Show Saturday, 8th November 2014
Grandstand Tickets book hereBonfire Night Cruise on the Thames Saturday, 8th November 2014 Westminster - Battersea
In 2015, our 650th Anniversary, World Plumbing Day will be a very special occasion. During the day the Company together with the Royal Society for Public Health, the CIPHE, SNIPEF and SoPHE are hosting a conference Plumbing for Health athe RSPH building in Portland Place. In the evening we move to the Royal College of Physicians for the Plumbers Annual Lecture given by Prof Jamie Bartram, Director The Water Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Put the date in your diary now. Look at the flier for the conference by clicking here and book your place. Keep your eyes open for the Lecture flier.
On Wednesday 29th October, the Worshipful Company of Turners will be holding an Exhibition Day of their 2014 Turning Competition, to be held in the historic Apothecaries’ Hall, Blackfriars Lane, London WC4V 6EJ. This Exhibition is for one day only, and is the chance to view and purchase if you wish, some outstanding pieces of woodturning.
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CIPHE Independent Chair required
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is seeking an independent person to Chair its Board of Trustees.
You will help formulate, monitor and review our strategic aims and ensure best practice in governance. As well as leading the Board, the Chairperson will work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer to help implement the strategic aims and optimise the relationship between the Trustees, the Institute’s permanent staff and local volunteers.
Are you interested in succeeding Past Master Rodney Cartwright, the present Chairman? If so click here for more details.
It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Past Steward Dennis Middleditch. Dennis had been a member of the Company since 1980. He was a very strong supporter of the Plumbers especially The Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton, of which he was treasurer. He attended many functions with Pat and his family. His funeral will be held on Friday 3rd October at 12 noon at the Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham Rd, London CR9 3AT. The family also welcome you to join them after the service at The Chateau, Coombe Lane, Croydon, Surrey, UK CR0 5. Can you please confirm whether you will be attending (for catering purposes only) by emailing Dennis’s daughter, Mrs Sue Leonard at: email@example.com
OLDER FOLKS & COMPUTERS
As we Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers.
Yesterday, I had a problem, so I called Georgie, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.
Georgie clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?
He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'
I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'
Georgie Grinned...'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?
'No,' I replied.
'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'
So I wrote down:
I used to like Georgie, the little ##*##@##$#&!!
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Mike Massey from the USA has been admitted as a Freeman of the Company and joins our International Membership. He is a member of the Executive Board of the World Plumbing Council.
The magnificent Skinners’ Hall at the unforgettable address of 8 ½ Dowgate Hill was the setting for this year’s Autumn Festival Dinner on Tuesday 16 September.
Dating back to 1686 the Hall was the ideal venue for one of the most important events in the Plumbers’ calendar. Having been received by the Master, Upper Warden and their Ladies over 100 Liverymen and their guests, including 9 Masters from other Liveries, made their way to the roof garden for drinks – a delightful spot on a warm evening with its olive trees and fountain.
Drinks were followed by dinner in the Banqueting Hall. Before the meal was served the Master extended a warm welcome to all those present and in particular to Marlie Packer, a plumber, who was a member of the triumphant England Ladies World Cup Rugby Squad. To mark Marlie’s part in this sporting achievement the Master presented her with a certificate and a Plumber’s silver ladle. An excellent dinner followed during which we were entertained to a charming musical interlude provided by students from the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama.
The dinner concluded with a speech on behalf of the guests by the Master of the Merchant Taylors which was followed by a Stirrup Cup. So ended another splendid evening of excellent food, wine and fellowship.
Liveryman Ken Newnham
Marlie Packer was presented with a silver ladle and a certificate by the Master at the Autumn Festival Dinneer, She tweets "Thank you every one @PlumbersCompany for a fabulous evening and for the lovely gift which I will treasure."
She may have just won the Women's Rugby World Cup but life goes on for England Rugby flanker Marlie Packer as she returns to her day job as a plumber. When she’s not out fixing blocked drains and repairing broken toilets, Marlie plays for London Wasps Ladies as a Flanker having started out her career as a five-year-old with Ivel Barbarians. After a successful stint with Bath, she eventually moved on to play for Bristol in 2009. She then joined London Wasps in 2013 where she continues to train twice a week. She has represented England U19, U20 and England A before winning a full cap when England beat Sweden 80-3 in the European Championships in Limoges in May 2008.
Congratulations to Liveryman Terry Fillary who attended Buckingham Palace, accompanied by his wife Betty, to receive his well deserved MBE Award.