For details click hereInter Livery Yacht Race 15th - 17th Friday, 15th May 2015 Cowes, IoW A Livery answer to the North South divide Friday, 29th May 2015
You are warmly invited to join fellow City of London Liverymen for an inaugural Northern lunch in the magnificent Banqueting Suite at Manchester Town Hall at 12 noon on Friday 29 May 2015. The principal speaker will be the 2013/2014 Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE.650th Anniversary Celebration Evensong Tuesday, 9th June 2015
Not forgetting that we are the Worshipful Company of Plumbers we have also arranged a service of thanksgiving with Evensong at Temple Church on 9th June 2015 for this very important anniversary, followed by drinks and canapes in Inner Temple. Click here for details and booking.Family Day Sunday, 14th June 2015 Singleton Technical Committee Tuesday, 16th June 2015 Wax Chandlers Hall 0930 Freedom & Livery Committee Tuesday, 16th June 2015 Wax Chandlers Hall 1500
As part of our programme of events and functions in this our Anniversary Year a very special Choral Evensong will be held on Tuesday 9th June 2015 at Temple Church, Temple, London EC4Y 7BB to be followed by a Champagne Reception in Inner Temple Hall to celebrate the 650th Anniversary of the granting of our Company’s Ordinances by the Court of Aldermen in 1365.
We have many excellent photographs on the web site that have been taken at Livery functions. They are the work of one of our Freeman who is also the Company photogreapher Michael O'Sullivan. We thank him for all his support and all Liverymen are encouraged to visit his website by clicking here Go to Online Gallery at the bottom of the page, then Livery Companies and then find our functions. Not only will you see a wide range of pictures but will also have the opportunity of ordering prints for your own photograph album.
The April Livery Briefing from the City of London Livery Committee can be found by clicking here.
Complaints about NHS hospitals are on the news most days but what about developing countries. The WHO has just published a report "Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities Status in low- and middle-income countries and way forward" . One of the two authors is Prof Jamie Bartram of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. who delivered our Annual Lecture this year. Click on the header above for the 10 key findings and here for the full report.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Liveryman Stanley Rodney Brand. He was 91 years old and had been a Liveryman for 52 years; our fifth longest serving Liveryman. Stanley was a great supporter of the Company and still regularly attended all our functions. He passed away on 20 February after a short illness. We have just been notified by his daughter and at his request a small, private funeral has already been held. The Clerk has passed on our condolences; he will be missed.
Nick Gale, the Immediate Past Master, was recognised by the Stewards and Past Stewards at a recent luncheon in Ironmongers' Hall.
Do you know your Chablis from your Marsannay? The Master and his lady together with 25 other Liverymen and their guests do following a splendid tutored wine tasting evening at Wax Chandlers’ Hall.
Once again we were fortunate to have Chris Davy Managing Director of O W Loeb Ltd to guide us through the delights of Burgundy wine with a selection of 4 “reds” and 4 “whites” from the region.
But like all good things the evening came to an end far too soon. However it did confirm – if confirmation was necessary – that experiencing fine wines such as Auxey- Durresses or Rully Premier Cru with the help of an expert really does make a difference.
Plans are in hand to have another wine tasting evening next year. If you were not able to be present this year make sure you do not miss the next one. You will not regret it! Click here for more pictures.
The new lead coffin made for Richard III's reburial is a reminder of the many uses of the metal. Its creation coincides with an important anniversary, as Court Assistant Peter Rumley explains in the latest issue of Country Life pages 68 & 69. Well worth buying a copy.
More pictures click here.
A vist was made to the Crossness Engines Trust by a group of plumbers and their wives led by the Master and Mistress Plumber. It was 150 years ago that Joseph Bazalgette designed and built the sewage system of London. On the southern side of the Thames the raw swage made it's way to Crossness where it was necessary to install huge steam engine driven pumps the raise the effluent so it could enter the Thames Estuary. Now long replaced by modern machinery, the original pumps are being restored by the CET.
We were all left in awe by he size of the pumps that contributed so greatly to the health of London. To read more click here and for pictures taken during our visit here. Click on the last picture with a white camera showing - wait a few seconds.