A Behind the Scenes Tour of Tower Bridge.
This exclusive tour takes you to areas unseen by Exhibition ticket holders. Led by an experienced Technical Officer, visitors will view the Bridge control rooms where they can see both new and old bridge lifting equipment, and down to the immense Bascule Chambers that reach below the river bed. This also includes a Personal Guided tour of Tower Bridge Exhibition, including the Walkways and Victorian Engine Rooms. Please note that this tour features steep stairs and confined areas. Because of huge demand, a second visit on 5 March 2015 has been arranged and this has been filled by those on the waiting list for the first visit. Tower Bridge are now not taking any more bookings for visits until the end of the year. Unsuccessful applicants for both dates have been contacted.City Water Debate When will London Flood? Monday, 2nd March 2015 World Plumbing Day Conference & the Annual Lecture Wednesday, 11th March 2015 Royal Society for Public Health, 28 Portland Place 1000 - 1630
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. See advert on the right for details and booking. Reduced rates for Liverymen.
Our Annual Lecture given by Professor Jamie Bartram, an international leader in water, sanitation and health, follows in the evening.Annual Lecture Wednesday, 11th March 2015 Royal College of Physicians 1700
This year the lecture willbe given by Professor Jamie Bartram, the Director of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and is a leading international expert in the connections between water and health. This includes technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply, together with emerging issues, most notably water scarcity and climate change and their impacts on sustainabilityTechnical Committee Tuesday, 17th March 2015 Wax Chandlers Hall 0930 Education Committee Tuesday, 17th March 2015 Wax Chandlers Hall 1130 Charity Trustees Tuesday, 17th March 2015 Wax Chandlers Hall 1330
Plumbing for Health
The Plumbers' Annual Lecture given by Professor Jamie Bartram, an international leader in water, sanitation and health, on World Plumbing Day 11th March. For details and booking form click here.
NOTE Please Pay by BACS (internet transfer) to sort code 16-00-15 account number 23161802 using reference “Lecture – Your Surname” and send e-mail to email@example.com to confirm payment. Alternatively you can pay by cheque made payable to “Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Charitable and Educational Trust”
This year we are also pleased to invite you to partake during the day in conjunction with the Royal Society for Public Health, CIPHE, SNIPEF and SoPHE, in opportunity to hear expert speakers from the UK and the USA on a range of topics concerning health, plumbing design and plumbing manufacturing. Reduced rates for Liverymen.
For details and booking click here.
This years President of the Bridge Ward Club is Alderman Alan Yarrow, the Lord Mayor, and the Club is delighted to be able to celebrate this with a banquet at Mansion House on Thursday 23 April. The Club would like to see all who are involved in our Ward and an invitation is extended to all Liverymen in the Worshipfu lCompany of Plumbers. Click here for full details.
Bookings are direct with the Bridge Ward Club
The Company of Educators' Master's Seminars series aims to address an important educational topic each year. This year's series examines aspects of the internationalisation of education, some of which have been in the news very recently. Peter Williams CBE, Master of the Company, would like to extend an invitation to the members of your Company to join us at this year's seminars. An outline of the programme can be viewed by clicking here.
There is no charge for the seminars and we welcome members and their guests. All that we ask is that people let me know that they will be attending so we have an idea of numbers.
Dr Christine Rigden , Past Master Constructor, a Liveryman of the Masons and the Tylers & Bricklayers Companies and a Freeman of the Educators Company, has declared her candidacy for election as Non-Aldermanic Sheriff in 2015. You can read her involvement in the City and her professional life as a consulting engineering geologist by clicking here.
INTER- LIVERY PANCAKE RACE – GUILDHALL YARD – TUESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2015 – 12 NOON
Thirty Livery Companies are taking part and our team members for the 4 categories of races are:
Masters’ Race - The Master, Steve Hodkinson
Liverymen’s Race - Assistant Dr Peter Rumley
Ladies’ Race - Molly Hodkinson (The Master’s daughter)
Novelty Race - Steward Ian Puddick (we look forward to seeing what fancy dress he will be wearing this year!)
Come along and watch the event – it’s great fun and all in aid of charity. Bring your family and friends as extra supporters and show them the fun of the Livery . The races start at 12.00 noon and last for just over an hour. Hot soup and a buffet lunch will be provided after the races for spectators to purchase - watching the races is free. You must buy your soup/lunch tickets in advance direct from the caterer, cost £25 a head. Please call “The Cook & The Butler” (the caterers) on 020 7620 1818 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to make the booking
Don Munro once again has put together an exciting and challenging set of matches for Livery Golfers. Great fellowship and the opportunity to win a trophy.
Click here for details. Have your diary ready.
See the plaque at the new Wetherspoons at Cannon Street that opens on 10 February. The Plumbers have a mention on the plaque at the pub explaining why it is called the Sir John Hawkshaw.
Click on header to see plaque.
The Master, Steve Hodkinson, and the Immediate Past Master, Nick Gale, visited Frank Glover, Chairman BPEC and Paul Johnson, Chief Executive at their Derby headquarters today.
The meeting discussed the changing training needs of the industry in light of the regulatory and technical developments and how our two organisations can better work together in the future.
The Master and the Immediate Past Master also introduced BPEC to our new Corporate Membership category.
It was a sell out! 57 Liverymen and their guests joined the Master Steve Hodkinson and his wife Jane at the magnificent Ironmongers’ Hall for lunch on Monday 19 January. A sparkling wine reception was held in the Hall’s Drawing Room – a room noted for the country’s largest William Morris tapestry hung in place of wall paper. From there we moved into the delightful Banqueting Hall for a delicious three course lunch with plentiful wine and coffee. Needless to say the event held in such glorious surroundings was judged a great success.
The “Plumbers Table” was in fact the fifth lunch to be held at Ironmongers’ Hall – a fixture that seems to have become a regular and extremely popular feature in the Company’s social programme. When it was originally mooted the “ Table’s” aim was to create a modestly priced, relaxed and informal social event which would enhanced the Livery’s reputation for outstanding fellowship. Moreover it had to be open to all Liverymen, their partners, friends and business associates and provide a way for new comers to find out more about the Livery.
Given the numbers that the event now regularly attracts it is clear that the formula works. More “Plumbers’ Tables” are planned, the next one being on Monday 7 September. If you have not been along do come and join us.
Snr Stewar Ken Newman
The Master and Clerk are invited annually to visit the CIPHE offices in Hornchurch. Wide ranging discussions are held with the purpose of exploring ways in whch we can work together and support each others programmes. After today's visit the Master stated " I had a very interesting and informative visit to CIPHE headquarters this morning with the Clerk. We met their Chairman, Past Master Rodney Cartwright and the Chief Executive Liveryman Kevin Wellman. The CIPHE is a marvellous organisation doing great work in promoting excellence in our industry. I was particularly impressed with their new e-learning courses which provide a great facility for ongoing technical development of practicing plumbers."