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Did you know that in 2015, 29% of the global population (2.1 billion people) lacked safely managed drinking water services – meaning water at home, available, and safe. 61% of the global population (4.5 billion people) lacked safely managed sanitation services – meaning use of a toilet or latrine that leads to treatment or safe disposal of excreta? Data on handwashing were too few to make a global estimate, but in sub-Saharan Africa, 15% of the population had access to a handwashing facility with soap and water.
The 2.1 billion people without safely managed drinking water services includes 1.3 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved water source located within 30 minutes; 263 million people with limited services, or an improved water source requiring more than 30 minutes to collect water; 423 million people taking water from unprotected wells and springs, and 159 million people collecting untreated surface water from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.
The 4.5 billion people without safely managed sanitation services includes 2.1 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved sanitation facility which is not shared; 600 million people with limited services, or an improved sanitation facility which is shared; 856 million people using unprotected latrines or bucket toilets, and 892 million people collecting practising open defecation.
Sanitation for 7 million people in the next 7 years by Silvina Perriello, Directora de Relaciones Institucionales en Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A There should be plenty of jobs for plumbers. Click here.
The WHO and WHO in conjunction with UN-Water have just produced two fascinating and informative repoprts on Water Safety Plans and on WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health). For further information and access to the reports click on the heading above.
These reports provide some backgroungd information to the work of the Plumbers' charity in helping to support Village by Village to provide safe sanitation in Ghana. Click here for more detail
Liverymen who were admitted to the Livery before 31st May 2016 and who wish to vote for the Sheriffs and other Officers should note that you are summoned to meet at the Guildhall on Monday 26th June 2017 by 11.45am. The Lord Mayor will take the chair at 12 noon precisely. Tickets will be required for entry to the Guildhall and these are available only from this office on receipt of a completed proforma below. (Please note the Guildhall may not keep seats for later-arriving Liverymen and to ensure that you get a decent seat, you are strongly advised to arrive no later than 11.15am)
The Worshipful Company of Fletchers has kindly invited us to join them for lunch afterwards on the 26th June in Farmers’ and Fletchers’ Hall.
For tickets and luncheon booking please click here.
At the Court meeting in July Robert Mason (Director of Sol Air Environmental Service), Elise Maynard (Owner of Elise Maynard & Associates LLP), David Robinson (Rtd Consultant to The International Power Utilities) and Jonathan Waggott (Marketing Manager of New Business Creation) were clothed in the Livery.
A reminder to Liverymen in the Company - Have you read the Master's Letter in the members only section?
An evening of fun was enjoyed at our Summer Festival attended by Alderman Charles Bowman and his wife Samantha, as our principal guest and speaker.
The Master presented the Company’s Gold Medal to Mr Daniel (Dan) Martins, who is 20 years old. He has won several national contests against strong competition to secure his place as the UK’s representative at the Plumbing WorldSkills 2017 competition on 14-19 October in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Dan, who will he competing against 30 other countries in the finals, is part of a 34-member team who will be going through rigorous 'Olympic-style' training in preparation. When Dan heard that he had been selected for the WorldSkills final he was over the moon to be chosen and he expects the experience to be “unbelievable”. Dan is currently employed by one of our Corporate Members, Briggs and Forrester in Northampton and is accompanied today by his line manager and supporter Mr Pete Curtis. Briggs and Forrester Group have also supported Dan throughout, allowing him the extra training time that he has needed to take away from work. Pete Curtis from the group said: “We are extremely proud of Dan and what he has achieved. We have supported him throughout the process because we could also see his potential and it gives a great feel around the company, which encourages other apprentices to push hard to achieve their own goals.'' He received his training from EAS Mechanical Limited, also in Northampton, who entered him in the regional heats after seeing his great potential.
Dan was admitted as an Honorary Freeman of the Company before the presentation, which was also be witnessed by Corporate Liveryman Duncan Benedetti.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s 70th birthday was on 17th July. As a fitting birthday gift from our Company, Liveryman Peter Cheesman has made this elegant lead planter bearing our Coat of Arms, with the involvement of Past Master Steve Hodkinson. It measures 19in high by 13in square at the top and weighs approximately 120lbs. The Duchess of Cornwall was delighted to see these photographs of our gift and has requested that it be delivered to Raymill, her private home near Chippenham. The Company will wish to note this thoughtful gesture to our Royal Hon. Liveryman, which reflects well on our Company and splendidly represents our ancient craft.