Our Charity Supports Trainee Plumbers

Lance Corporal Martin Lambeth was the top Army Trainee Plumber in 2013. The Master presented him with a Company Award and Freedom of the Company.

Support the Craft

Jill, from Gateshead, was the winning student plumber in this the 101st Year of the JB Wilkinson Shield Award.

Proud to be part of the City

Steve Hodkinson our Master proudly states ‘The Plumbers are proud to put something back into our Craft, our Charity and the City; Come and join us’

Latest news

  • Diary Changes

    Posted on 24th October 2014

    Two changes to the Calendar for next year:

    The Master’s Weekend will now be Fri 26th to Sun 28th June 2015, not Fri 3rd to Sun 5th July 2015

    The Lord Mayor’s Show has been moved from Sat 7th to Sat 14th November 2015

  • Plumbing For Health - Our 2015 Conference 11 March BOOK NOW

    Posted on 23rd October 2014

    Plumbing for Health: World Plumbing Day at the Royal Society for Public Health 28 Portland Place, London, W1B 1LY
    This conference, which falls on World Plumbing Day 2015, will bring together international experts in health, plumbing design and plumbing manufacturing to explore issues facing public health, and discuss initiatives and ways forward to ensure good plumbing for health.  Click here to book your place now.  Reduced rates for Liverymen.

    Our Annual Lecture follows in the evening.

  • Our New Master - Steve Hodkinson

    Posted on 23rd October 2014 Our New Master - Steve Hodkinson

    Steve was admitted to the Livery in 1992 and joined the Court of Assistants in 2002 progressing to Upper Warden in 2013.
    Whilst he was born in Glasgow, he was brought up in Cheshire close to the Peak District and actually went to school in Derbyshire.
    He studied Environmental Engineering at Loughborough University and graduated in 1975 following which he trained as an engineer with a national contractor and then a firm of consulting engineers.
    Steve became a Director of Oscar Faber (now AECOM) in 1986 responsible for a wide variety of major projects both in the UK and overseas, taking responsibility for the Mechanical and Electrical discipline in the UK in 1995 and for the Building Engineering business in 2000. As part of AECOM he became Managing Director of the global Building Engineering business in 2009 before retiring at the end of 2011.
    In 2012 Steve, together with three former colleagues formed Scotch Partners to specialise on building engineering services in the UK.
    Steve is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and a member of the Energy Institute.
    Steve was appointed a trustee CRASH, the construction industry's charity for homeless people, in 2006 and is currently their deputy chairman.
    Steve has been married to Jane for 36 years and has four daughters who have now all left home. We have one grandson, Arthur, having a boy in the family makes a change!
    What little time Steve has to relax he enjoys sailing and spending time in their apartment in Nice.

  • Keeping up with the City - The Livery Briefing

    Posted on 12th October 2014

    Click here to read the latest City Livery Briefing

  • Win a Prize by completing the sayings,

    Posted on 12th October 2014 Win a Prize by completing the sayings,

    Click here to see two photos.  Complete the sayings for each of them and email them to the Clerk (paulnash@plumberscompany.org.uk) before Ladle Dinner.  The author of those judged most apposite will be rewarded at the Ladle Dinner.

  • Ladle Dinner.  An evening of fellowship when we recognise the then IPM,  Nick Gale - 11th November

    Posted on 30th September 2014 Ladle Dinner.  An evening of fellowship when we recognise the then IPM,  Nick Gale - 11th November

    The Senior Steward and Stewards invite you to join them in entertaining the Master and Wardens and in honouring the Immediate Past Master, Nick Gale, at the 2014 Ladle Dinner.  This is THE occasion when only Liverymen gather for an evening of fellowship and when we recognise the Immediate Past Master.  It is at this dinner that the IPM is presented with his silver ladle by the most junior Liveryman present.  A bit of pomp and circumstance but above all a chance to meet fellow Liverymen.  Do not miss the occasion and remember NO white tie or black tie - just a day suit, Livery tie and Badges.

    Click here for details and booking.

Recent events

  • The New Team

    The New Team

    Steve Hodkinson was installed as Master for the forthcoming year at a ceremony held in St Magnus the Martyr Church prior to the Installation Service.  After his installation, the Master installed Erica Stary as the Upper Warden and Brian Wadsworth as the Renter Warden.  The Court of Assistants led by the Master then processed to Vintners' Hall for a reception and lunch. In his speech the Master thanked the Immediate Past Master for a wonderful year, confirmed our continuing strategy going forward, highlighted our special events for our 650th anniversary year and focussed on our charitable work. Read the speech by.clicking here.

    A great collection of photos of Installation Day can be found by clicking here.

  • St Michaels Day Service in Our Church

    The Master was accompanied by the Mistress and a number of Liverymen for a Solemn High Mass in our Company Church.  See pictures by clicking here

  • The Flying, Abseiling and Walking Master

    The Flying, Abseiling and Walking Master

    Determined to be a high flier but with his feet on the ground the Master has raised money for the Army Charity by "Sky Diving", the Lord Mayor's Charities by "Abseiling down the Lloyds Building" (roof 289ft above the ground) and the Plumbers' Company Charity by walking with other masters round the City but stopping at the Plumber's Apprentice in Canon Street Railway Station.  What are you doing for the Company Charity?  More pictures click here.

  • Supporting Plumbing Colleges and Apprentices in the North East

    Supporting Plumbing Colleges and Apprentices in the North East

    In its 101st year, the Wilkinson Shield is one of the oldest awards given to Plumbing Student Apprentices in the Plumbing Industry.  The Worshipful Company and the CIPHE come together annually to present the award to the best Plumbing College in the CIPHE’s Newcastle and District Branch.  In addition the winning student is awarded  a Certificate of recognition from the Worshipful Company and a cheque from our Charity for their achievement.  J B Wilkinson was a Master of the Worshipful Company in 1913.
    The picture shows the winning student Jill Cormack receiving her Certificate from the Master Nick Gale, with the Shield on display behind.  This year the winning College was Gateshead, the first time for many years the college has won.  In addition the Vice President of the CIPHE Terry Stephenson gave a very motivating speech on careers in Plumbing and presented prizes to the winning students from Hartlepool, Redcar and Bishop Auckland.  The event was very well organised by Chris Oliver and his team at the branch and was sponsored by Liveryman Stephen Bilclough and his company John N Dunn Group Ltd.