The Worshipful Company of Plumbers would like to invite members and guests to our 650th Anniversary Ball.
On September 26th you are invited to take part in the stunning finale to our anniversary festivities. A night of celebration, marvel and merriment awaits as the doors of the Honourable Artillery Company are unlocked. Step inside a world set to dazzle and delight. As the champagne flows you will wind around majestic garden performers and indulge yourself with chocolate fountains and other naughty treats. Dress up with friends and pose in photo booths or let an artist capture the spirit of your moment in caricature. All this and more before sitting for a resplendent three course dinner. After the feast the experience continues with a live band whose glorious beats will keep you moving all night long .
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PS We have also reserved 25 double rooms at the Travel Lodge in City Road right next to the venue at £109 a night on the Saturday on a first-come-first-served basis. Please let us know asap to avoid disappointment. What more do you need?
The Master is pleased to announce that we have 20 tickets for the Anniversary Ball at half price for any member under the age of 30 or Liverymen who have family members under 30 – don’t miss out on this fantastic offer!! The 20 tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
How good is our water? In her latest report the Chief Inspector's takes the opportunity to reflect on the scale of the improvements over the past 25 years. Yes we do have high quality water - there is no need to buy bottled water unless you like the bubbles.
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The Court agreed the following rates (click here) at their July meeting.
The Company has entered into a three year partnershipn with Village to Village to provide a hygiene and sanitation programme in rural Ghana. Our charity has given £2,500 annualy for 3 years and we are looking to raise the same sum from within the Livery ( £1 a month from all the Plumber Liverymen will raise more than £3,OO0 per annum) so that200 - 300 children and their families can have their lives transformed. Click here for further details
In this issue: How the City Corporation is pushing for high speed broadband for the City; an interview with co-founder of Innovate Finance Justin Fitzpatrick; why the City has its own dedicated Police force; this year's voter registration campaign; and gladiatorial games in Guildhall Yard.To read click here.
The sixth Plumbers' Table at Ironmongers' Hall willbe held on Monday 7th September. An 'Open Table' for all liverymen, guests, friends, relatives or any one else you wish to invite. Book direct with Paulina Sowa at Ironmongers’ Hall (0207 776 2302) Paulina.Sowa@ironmongers.org by Wednesday 2 September - PLEASE MENTION THAT YOU WISH TO SIT ON THE PLUMBERS TABLE. Pay on the day or you can be invoiced. Please let Paulina know at the time of booking. Need more information? Then click here or speak to either : Paulina Sowa at Ironmongers’ Hall (0207 776 2302) or Senior Steward Ken Newnham (0208 642 8335).
See you there!
I thought you all might like to know the result of the other Grand Prix held yesterday. It was a thrilling day, made all the better by the performance of your team! The WET 10 team came second in the two-hour endurance race only 40 seconds behind the winners, the Lord Mayor’s team and some two laps ahead of the third placed team. There were 26 teams in the race, so it was an outstanding success. Despite the damp weather, even the spectators said how much they enjoyed it and the plan is to repeat it next year, possibly even in the City.
Your drivers were Ruffus Dennis, Barry Dennis’s son, Liveryman Joe Kershaw from the Plumbers, Alex Gibson who works with Steve Hodkinson, the Master Plumber and me, your Clerk.
This extract from a letter sent to Past Master Antony Paterson-Fox from the daughjter of Sir John, is an example of how the Livery can enrich lives.
"Our Father was a pretty special chap. Daddy was so proud to be a member of your wonderful Livery Company and enjoyed making so many thoroughly dear friends through it. He always particularly enjoyed events that included the wives. One of the reasons he so loved his time as Master was that it gave him an opportunity to include Mummy. As you know, they were a great team. The thanksgiving service went really well and was attended by well over 200 people. Not bad for a man who was nearly 92 and who had outlived most of his contempories.
With love, and thank you."
The Golf Society has held two more events during the past week. Firstly we took part in the Inter-Livery Ryder Cup at Verulam Golf club on june 29th. Two days later we joined the Painter-Stainers at Sunningdale Ladies. Two lovely courses.
The first was organised by the Marketors and over a dozen Livery Companies competed. The above photo shows our team (l to r: Stephen Kay, Anthony Lowe, Don Munro and John Thorp) Two of our team had just returned from the Master's Weekend in Reims the previous evening and our golf no doubt suffered from an over indulgence in the unlimited
champagne on offer. (Photo courtesy of golfeventphotography )
The second on the hottest july day on record was more successful. Anthony Lowe won the prize for the best score with 42 Stableford points. An excellent round. His head had obviously cleared ! Paul Nash won the prize for nearest-the-pin. His first shot of the day. Other team members were Geoffrey Barber and Don Munro.
Forthcoming events are: New Zealand Golf Club on July31st Wildernesse Golf Club on September 4th
All members of the Livery are welcome to join the Golf Society. If interested please contact Don Munro.
Past Master Edward Hopkinson reports that the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir John, was a very special and moving service. St. Mary's Church, Hayling Island, is a particularly picturesque medieval church which provided an ideal setting for the Service. Sir John and Pat were members of the congregation for many years and the whole event was conducted in a very warm and intimate manner., There were a great number of people at the Church; I would estimate some 250.
During the Service, his son Richard spoke of his recollections of his Father, which confirmed that Sir John was a particularly gifted man who had a varied and interesting life. He was also very much a 'family man'. Richard also spoke of his Father's time as a Liveryman of the Plumbers' Company and mentioned that the Company was represented at the Service.
Attending from the Livery were; myself, Geoff Marsh and his wife Ann, George Banks and his wife Hillary, Steven Schrier and his wife Sheila and Michael Lewis, Clerk to the Company 1970 - 1975, and his wife Christine.
The reception was held at the Newtown House Hotel.