Details and Booking click hereTechnical Committee Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 Carpenters' Hall 1200 Education Committee Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 Carpenters' Hall 1330 Freedom & Livery Committee Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 Carpenters' Hall 1500 Visit to Smoked Salmon Factory 1115 Thursday, 25th February 2016
For details and booking click hereVisit to Lancaster House Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 Annual Banquet Monday, 7th March 2016 Mansion House1830
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Would you like to get more involved with your Company and help with the running of its social programme? We have a team of 7 Stewards who work with the Clerk and Clerk’s Assistant (Paul and Sharon) to support them and the Master at the Company’s official functions and help organise and run the informal visit programme. It is good fun and rewarding and will give you a good insight into the Company. The work is shared amongst the team. We appoint a new Steward each year and the most Senior Steward stands down. The team of Stewards forms the Company’s Social Committee under the chairmanship of the Upper Warden and meets 4 times a year.
Interested? If yes, please contact Paul, our Clerk, to discuss this further. (020 7628 8880) He looks forward to hearing from you!
22nd February "How will London manage a drought?" Details click here.
7th March The Annual Banquet Details click here.
11th March United Guild's Service Details click here.
7th April, 12th May "Britain in Troubled Waters" Free Lecture series by Prof Carolyn Roberts at Gresham College Details click here.
27th May Guild of Young Freemen 40th Anniversary Banquet. You need to be under 45 to attend! See below.
8 - 11th July Master's Weekend Details click here.
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers wishes to appoint a new Clerk from September 2016 to succeed the present Clerk who retires in October 2016. The Company, which recently celebrated its 650th anniversary, maintains a tradition of supporting the craft of plumbing and has a strong charitable ethos. It has a reputation for being one of the friendliest livery companies.
The Clerk is responsible for managing a small team, maintaining records and controlling budgets, co-ordinating major events, organising Court meetings and admissions, providing support to Liverymen, assisting the Trustees of the Charity, liaising within the City and the industry, and taking an active part in the Livery.
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Our Banquet for this year will take place at the Mansion House on Monday 7th March 2016. The Lord Mayor will abroad on one of his foreign visits that day and will therefore be represented by a Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, whose name is still to be confirmed. Also attending will be Sheriff Dr Christine Rigden and her husband Stephen. The Mansion House Duty Officer Neil Chrimes will also be attending. Our guest speaker is The Right Honourable The Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC QC FBA, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and she will be accompanied by her husband Julian Farrand. The Master and Wardens invite you to join them and our distinguished guests for this special occasion. We are also looking forward to having The London Banqueting Ensemble to play for us during the reception and dinner and a Carpet Guard will be provided by the Richmond Sea Cadets. It promises to be a wonderful evening.
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From the Clerk of the Guild of Young Freemen of the City of London:
"The Guild's 40th Anniversary Banquet will be held at The Mansion House on Friday 27 May 2016, and its Master, Wardens and Court would like to open it up to the members of your Company who are under the age of 45.
The Guild of Young Freemen was founded in 1976 under the mayoralty of the late Sir Robin Gillett Bt to revitalise the livery, providing it with an additional source of young and motivated professionals but also in helping maintain engagement amongst a younger demographic born largely of patrimony.
The banquet, which marks four decades since the Guild's foundation by the City of London Corporation, aims to build on the success of last year's Civic Luncheon, which Sir Alan Yarrow had envisaged to be an annual meeting point between the Mayoralty and young Freemen of the City. The first of its kind, the luncheon attracted Freemen from some 32 companies, and the Court very much hopes to see your Company represented at the Mansion House in May."
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The Annual United Guilds’ Service will be held in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 11th March 2016 at 11.15am and the Company has received its limited allocation of tickets for the Livery Company’s reserved seating area as usual. If Liverymen wish to attend and occupy a seat in the Company pew, please complete and return the slip that can be found by clicking here as soon as possible. Tickets will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis and those allocated a reserved seat will receive a ticket. Liverymen should wear their livery ties and badge on this occasion. After the Service, the Worshipful Company of Carpenters has kindly invited us to join them for a champagne reception and buffet lunch with wine in their Hall, our new office home.
Vacancies for skilled workers have grown significantly in the last two years, with a 43% shortage in the trades, according to a new survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
According to the Employer Skills Survey 2015, the building industry in particular is feeling 'heightened difficulties' in recruiting staff, with over a third of vacancies for electricians, plumbers, gas engineers and construction workers being termed as 'skill shortage vacancies'.
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) said the impact of this worrying situation is being felt even more acutely as the construction industry is enjoying economic growth.
CIPHE chief executive officer Kevin Wellman(one of our Liverymen) said: "This report has highlighted a problem that has existed for a long time. Although the government is now actively promoting apprenticeships for all trades, it is playing 'catch-up'. Too many years have passed where the younger generation were led to believe that a university education was the only way to achieve a good career.
"On top of that, many came into the industry via fast-track courses and sub-standard training, which meant they were not competent to do the job. However, times are changing with the overhaul of the apprenticeship system, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Only when we have a world-class training system in place will we be able to step up to both attract and train a highly skilled workforce at the levels we now require."
Extract from Heating Plumbing Ventilation Published: 03 February, 2016
On 1st February, 40 Liverymen and guests joined the Master for yet another sumptuous lunch at Ironmongers` Hall where a good time was enjoyed by one and all. Our next Plumbers` Table at Ironmongers` Hall is arranged for Monday 3rd October. Not to be missed.
The Great Fre of London, first Court Meeting and the City University graduation ceremony. Read all about them in the latest Master's Blog by clicking on the header Master's Blog 12 above. Click here for a composite of Blogs 1 - 12.
During the January Court meeting there was discussion on the lack of teaching of lead work to plumbers in colleges. Today in the UK lead pipes only remain in buildings that were plumbed many years ago and there have been intensive campaigns for their removal, so lead pipe work skills are no longer relevant in the UK. Is this change necessary? Events in the States and especially in Flint in Michigan (Click here for details) show that to ignore the dangers of lead pipework in plumbing can have dangerous consequencies. Click on the header "The spectre of lead"