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  • GDPR - Our Privacy Notice

    Published on Tuesday, 24th April 2018

    In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation the Plumbers’ Company Privacy Notice can be found by clicking here.

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  • One thing then the other

    Published on Saturday, 20th October 2018

    In his final blog, the new Immediate Past Master outlines the activities he was involved in during his last couple of days as Master and his first week as Immediate Past Master.  Click here for the “grande finale”.

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  • We have a new top team.

    Published on Tuesday, 16th October 2018

    In the beautiful Wren Church of St Magnus the Martyr,  Dame Fiona Woolf was sworn into office as our new Master.  She is supported by Upper Warden Dr Peter Rumley and Renter Warden Nick Jones, who were also duly sworn in using the words approved by the Court in 1611.

    We welcome our new Master and our two new Wardens.  Further details of the day will follow shortly.

  • Almost there! - The penultimate Master’s Blog for this Livery Year

    Published on Friday, 12th October 2018

    Blog 43 continues with activities undertaken by the Master and Mistress on our behalf.  Click here for this week's episode.,

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  • Visit the Hidden Charing Cross Underground Station

    Published on Thursday, 11th October 2018

    You are invited to join the Master on Thursday 6th December 2018 for a unique visit to Charing Cross Underground Station. Explore the disused spaces of Charing Cross Underground Station and go behind closed doors to exclusive areas not accessible to the public. This is a unique opportunity to view sites where blockbuster movies such as Skyfall, Paddington Bear and TV’s 24 were filmed. Places are limited to 30.

    Click here for details and booking

    You are invited to join the Master on Wednesday 6th December 2018 for a unique visit to Charing Cross Underground Station. Explore the disused spaces of Charing Cross Underground Station and go behind closed doors to exclusive areas not accessible to the public. This is a unique opportunity to view sites where blockbuster movies such as Skyfall, Paddington Bear and TV’s 24 were filmed. Places are limited to 30.

     

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  • A harp recital at lunchtime in the City

    Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2018

    From the City Music Foundation

    Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr continues our 2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bartholomew the Less.  Her programme will include works by Debussy, Scriabin, and Liszt, as well as music by the French harpist/composer Henriette Renié and by Welsh composers Grace Williams, Haldon Evans, and William Matthias.

    Click here to reserve FREE tickets

  • A Message from the Master- Appointment of Clerk

    Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2018

    I am delighted to advise the Livery that the Company has appointed a new Clerk.

    Following a selection process and interviews, Adrian Mumford MA, MMus, FCIS, ARCM, FLCM has been appointed as our next Clerk. Adrian has accepted the appointment and will take up his appointment on 2 January 2019.

    Adrian's home is in Teddington and his early career included internal auditing and project accountant roles. Between 1997 and 2017 he was Chief Executive (Diocesan Secretary) of the Church of England's Diocese in Europe. This involved heading a small Westminster office which provided a range of high-quality services to support the operation and governance of the diocese. In his spare time, Adrian is a church organist and he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

    I am very pleased with the outcome of the recruitment process and look forward to seeing Adrian taking up the reins as Clerk. The Company is extremely grateful to Air Commodore Paul Nash, who kindly came out of retirement to assist us in the interim (and will continue to do so for a transitionary period).

    Robert D Burgon,
    Master

  • A Better City for All - The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Impact Reception

    Published on Tuesday, 9th October 2018

    As Alderman Charles Bowman's Mayoral term comes to an end, we are reflecting on the impact that the Appeal has had throughout the first year in our multi-year strategy. Join us at our Impact Reception on Tuesday 20 November to hear our successes and plans, and learn about how you can support the Appeal...

    Click here if you wish to attend the Reception.

  • The Master’s Blog 42

    Published on Sunday, 7th October 2018

    Ceremonial, musical, craftmanship, ancient stone, Lightmongers' and pouring lead.   Beat that for variety in one week for our Master.  Read all about them by clicking here.

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  • The Master opens the Plumbers’ Museum at Amberley

    Published on Sunday, 7th October 2018
    The Master, watched by Liveryman Peter Cheesman, cuts the ribbon

    The Master, watched by Liveryman Peter Cheesman, cuts the ribbon

    In glorious autumnal sunshine the Master formally opened the Plumbers' Museum at Amberley today, 7th Ocober 2018.  For more pictures click here

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  • The City Livery Committee has a new Chairman

    Published on Saturday, 6th October 2018

    Vicky Russell has been elected to be Chairman of the City Livery Committee.  Vicky is committed to and cares passionately about the Livery and its activities. She was Master of the Arbitrators' Company 2001-2 and Master of the Constructors' Company 2014-15. She also belongs to the Solicitors' Company.  In her election address, Vicky stated that, in her view, the Livery Committee is at a critical stage of its development, most particularly in light of the growing momentum of the Pan-Livery Initiative. She added that at this juncture there is the need for positive and strategic change in the work and focus of the Committee in order to ensure that it not only remains relevant but also becomes more significant.

    Read the full Livery Briefing by clicking here.

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  • Worshipful Company to offer £1K student Bursary

    Published on Thursday, 4th October 2018

    Are you a student, working towards NVQ Level 3 MES (Plumbing) or equivalent? If the answer is yes, then you could be one of the latest recipients of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers tools and equipment Bursary.

    The Worshipful Company offers Bursaries of up to £1000 to assist students working for NVQ Level 3 MES (Plumbing) or equivalent buy costly tools and equipment. This is awarded in vouchers for tools and equipment only, (it cannot be used to offset any course fees provided by an employer).

    Students are encouraged to apply direct but must have a reference from their lecturer or employer. Professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), training providers and employers are encouraged to support students who, in their opinion, meet the criteria and would therefore merit consideration as possible recipients of a Bursary. If any Trainee CIPHE member should wish to apply for the Bursary and would like support from the CIPHE, please contact info@ciphe.org.uk or phone 01708 472791.

    All applications should be made by the 11th January 2019. For more information visit the Worshipful Company of Plumbers website at http://www.plumberscompany.org.uk/our-work/industry-work/ contact the Clerk by phone on 020 7628 8880 or email clerk@plumberscompany.org.uk

  • Livery involvement in the Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge

    Published on Thursday, 4th October 2018

    On Tuesday 18 September, HMS President’s adventurous rowing team took part in a brand new event in the rowing calendar, the Sheriffs’ Rowing Challenge, to raise funds for the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund – a charity set up over 200 years ago to help ex-prisoners get a new start in life.  Lieutenant Commander Martin Shouler the Unit’s rowing officer, commented: “It was a fantastic day out on the river, and it was a great honour to be involved in such a worthy cause, and to escort Alderman Tim Hailes and Neil Redcliffe, the Sheriffs of the City of London, and the former Sheriff of the City of London, Fiona Adler, and Neil’s wife, Emma, who acted as Wingman and Consort respectively.  Martin is a Liveryman in  our Company and who is shortly to be admitted a Court Assistant.

  • More for your diary

    Published on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

    The Brigantes Do you live up North? Liverymen, especially those living in the North of England, are invited to the 2018 Brigantes Winter Gathering, which is being held in the historic City of Chester on Saturday 8th December and will include the annual Christmas Concert in Chester’s magnificent Cathedral.  For details click here.

    Lord Mayor's Show Lunch after the Lord Mayor's Show in Apothecaries Hall - Book now Click here.

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  • Plumbers have Mayoral Election Lunch at Painters’ Hall

    Published on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
    The Plumbers' Master thanks the hosts

    The Plumbers' Master thanks the hosts

    The Plumbers in Painters' Hall

    The Plumbers in Painters' Hall

    Following Common Hall in Guildhall, at which Alderman Peter Estlin became Lord Mayor Elect of the City of London, a group from the Plumbers' Company met in Painters' Hall for lunch. Enjoying the usual light-hearted atmosphere of such events, the Plumbers were among a total of 200 people from 13 Livery Companies at lunch in the recently refurbished Hall and the Master Plumber thanked the hosts for the excellent lunch on behalf of all of the guests.

  • Commemorate Armistice 100 years at the Tower.

    Published on Monday, 1st October 2018

    As the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers will fill the moat with thousands of individual flames: a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen, honouring their sacrifice.

    This new artistic tribute will run for eight nights, leading up to and including Armistice Day 2018.  For details and booking click here.

  • Christmas News 1

    Published on Monday, 1st October 2018

    Yes, Christmas is approaching and already the Office is receiving notices of events and promotions.

    • From the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers _  Exclusive to the Livery, for a limited time only, Rockcoco Fine Fans is holding a very special sale of stunning ‘Bridal & Occasion-Wear’ and ‘Ready-to-Wear’ ladies’ high-quality hand fans, with 10% of all proceeds raised going to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.  Details can be found by clicking here.

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  • The Master gets even busier!

    Published on Sunday, 30th September 2018

    The Master has had a busy week - Company Committees, two Livery Lectures, A Gala Dinner at Mansion House, the Annual City Church Walk, Interviews for a new Clerk,   a Livery Reception at the National Army Museum, a CIPHE Branch 60th Dinner, St Michael's Day Service and, to finish, driving sheep across London Bridge.

    Read the details by clicking here.

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  • Plumber of the Year Award

    Published on Sunday, 30th September 2018
    (left to right) Phil Viner (Wolseley UK), Simon Mepstead (Bristan), Steve Bartin (2018 UK Plumber of the Year), Past Master Chris Sneath MBE (WaterSafe), John Schofield (JT)

    (left to right) Phil Viner (Wolseley UK), Simon Mepstead (Bristan), Steve Bartin (2018 UK Plumber of the Year), Past Master Chris Sneath MBE (WaterSafe), John Schofield (JT)

    Steve Bartin, from Taunton, has been crowned the 2018 UK Plumber of the Year, in the nationwide competition run by JT, Bristan and Wolseley UK.  One of the judges was Past Master Chris Sneath MBE who is the Chair of WaterSafe.

    For more information click here.

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  • Ladle Dinner - a must for all Liverymen - Wednesday 21st November 2018

    Published on Wednesday, 26th September 2018

    The Senior Steward, Ian Smith and Stewards invite you to join them in entertaining the Master and Wardens and in honouring the Immediate Past Master, Robert Burgon, at the 2018 Ladle Dinner and thanking him for all he has done in his year.

    For details and booking click here.

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  • A Celebration Banquet in Guildhall

    Published on Monday, 24th September 2018

    The events secretary of the City of London Branch of the Royal Society of St George and next year is the 125th anniversary of the society has written to our Company to inform us that the Guildhall has been booked for a celebration Banquet on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 and as the Queen is their patron they hope to have a member of the Royal Family in attendance and a guest speaker and hopefully the Mayoral party.

    He asks us to make anote of the date in our diaries.  The calling notice will go out towards the end of January and they hope to fill Guildhall and can only do this with the support of other City organisations, the cost of the event will be in line with other events held at Guildhall. (£125)

  • Thanksgiving and Remembrance at St Brides

    Published on Monday, 24th September 2018

    St Bride's Church off Fleet Street is recognised as the as the church of the media & the press.  It is also well used by and visited by Livery Companies.  The story of St Bride's is inextricably woven into the history of the City of London. By the time the Great Fire of 1666 left the church in ruins, a succession of churches had existed on the site for about a millennium.  The building's most recent incarnation was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672 in Fleet Street in the City of London, though Wren's original building was largely gutted by fire during the London Blitz in 1940.

    The church has a varied programme of services this autumn to which Liverymen and their families are warmly invited.  The annual Act of Remembrance, on Sunday 11th November, carries extra significance this year as it falls on the centenary of the Armistice ending World War I. The choir will sing Duruflé's Requiem accompanied by the St Bride's Orchestra and our sermon will  be preached by Barbara Neubert, Anglican pastor of St Paul's Church, Berlin.

    For the full programme click here.

  • Our Golfers support the Lord Mayor

    Published on Saturday, 22nd September 2018

    Our Golf Captain, Liveryman Richard Harvey reports

    “Four intrepid members of the Plumbers Company Golf Society joined sixteen other teams to play the annual Lord Mayors Charity Golf Day on Monday 17th September. The venue was the stunning Moor Park golf course in Hertfordshire – a course well known (and feared) to me, but a new one to my colleagues: Michael Munro, Luke and Tony Peters.

    The day began with the usual golfers fare of coffee and bacon rolls, Mulligans were purchased, nearest the pin entries were purchased and raffle tickets were purchased too (but we did get a goody bag!) – all in aid of the Lord Mayors Charity. We started well with Michael recording his name on the first “nearest the pin” - but sadly this was plundered by another player later in order.

    We completed our round and enjoyed Pimms on the magnificent terrace before a scrumptious three course lunch in the Mansion itself. A silent auction of wonderful things took place, and we were treated to a speech by the Lord Mayor Charles Bowman. We came very much “mid table” in the order of merit – a thoroughly decent performance by the Plumbers.

    We departed with full stomachs, happy hearts and dreams of what might have been.”

  • The “Ruby” edition of the Master’s Blog

    Published on Saturday, 22nd September 2018

    Well, not quite correct but this week does see the 40th Blog from our Master Robert.  He and the Mistress are still working hard at representing the Plumbers' in the City as well as ensuring that our own house is in good order.  Read the "Ruby" edition by clicking here.

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  • Art in the Garden of God

    Published on Thursday, 20th September 2018

    The Treloar’s Art Lecture will be delivered on 14th November.  17th Century Dutch art is quite different from anything that had gone before. It dealt with the real lives of its people: at times ordered, at others bawdy or self-important, and occasionally tragic.  This lecture will examine why this is so.

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  • He must have been exhausted.  Master’s Blog 39

    Published on Wednesday, 19th September 2018

    Something every day, finishing with the Master’s Weekend in Edinburgh - phew!  Read the Blog by clicking here.

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  • The Three Bridges, a Dram (or two) then a Wheelie!!

    Published on Saturday, 15th September 2018
    The Kelpies

    The Kelpies

    Distilling the dram

    Distilling the dram

    Wheelie at Falkirk

    Wheelie at Falkirk

    The Three Bridges

    The Three Bridges

    Dinner at the Museum of Scotland

    Dinner at the Museum of Scotland

    Past Master Charles Smith

    Past Master Charles Smith

    What a day.  All of the above plus a close up of the Kelpies and a magnificent dinner at the Museum of Scotland.  Thanks on behalf of the attendees were expressed by Past Masters John Rae and Charles Smith. This is but a taster, a fuller report will follow but click here for some pictures.

  • The Weekend has Started!

    Published on Friday, 14th September 2018

    They came by plane, by train and by car to Edinburgh to join the Master and Mistress for a weekend of fun and fellowship.  A reception drink then off by coach for a tour of Edinburgh and the ancient port of Leith.  Finishing with an enjoyable supper at Howies.  What will tomorrow bring?

  • An Autumn of Music

    Published on Monday, 10th September 2018

    The City Music Foundation is putting on an exciting collection of concerts and recitals  Find about the programme by clicking here.

  • The Old Bailey, a concert hall and a boat - The Master’s Blog 38

    Published on Saturday, 8th September 2018
    Court Assistant Janet Rivers with her husband Tony on their 87-year-old boat, St Joan

    Court Assistant Janet Rivers with her husband Tony on their 87-year-old boat, St Joan

    A busy week in and near the City.  Read the Master’s account by clicking here.

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  • September Events at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

    Published on Thursday, 6th September 2018

    An exciting programme of music and drama to delighjt you this autumn.  Read the details by clicking here.

  • From The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman

    Published on Wednesday, 5th September 2018
    The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman

    The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman

     

    "I hope you have had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the hot weather we have had. As we return from our summer holidays, I wanted to get in touch to remind you of some of the Lord Mayor's Appeal events that we still have places available at before my mayoral year draws to a close in November."

    (To read the remainder of his letter click here.)

    As you may know, I have already abseiled down TwentyTwo Bishopsgate back in June but I am not done just yet! My next challenge is to abseil down The Leadenhall Building – aka The Cheesegrater – which is located in the Lime Street Ward, my Aldermanic Ward, on 14th September 2018. Places are still available if you would like to join me or, if you’d rather stay on the ground level, you can donate via my JustGiving page on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Charles-Bowman. A sincere thank you to all those who have already supported me – every pound is greatly appreciated!

    City Giving Day takes place on 25th September 2018 and as part of that comes the high energy Tour de City static bike challenge. If you were near St Paul’s Cathedral on City Giving Day last year you are likely to have heard the enthusiastic cheering from the marquee! The challenge, sponsored by Third Space, is open to teams of up to five cyclists to compete against other teams in the thrilling 40-minute race. I look forward to visiting the event with some of my fellow Aldermen throughout the day to give the teams a good cheer and hopefully get on a bike too!

    The very last fundraiser of my mayoral year is the Grand Finale Dinner that I will be hosting in Guildhall on 29th October 2018. The event is being organised in partnership with the Diversity Project headed up by Helena Morrissey DBE from Legal & General and is promising to be a very special evening celebrating diversity in the City in all its forms. There are still tables available, so do get in touch with the team.
    To book tickets or for further information on our exciting calendar of events, please  visit the Appeal website thelordmayorsappeal.org/events/. Alternatively, please email events@thelordmayorsappeal.org or call 0207 332 1582.
    I look forward to seeing you at some of the Appeal events this autumn and thank you for your continued support!

    With all best wishes,   The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor  Alderman Charles Bowman

  • St Michael’s Day Service and Lunch - Sunday 30th September 2018

    Published on Tuesday, 4th September 2018

    The Service of veneration to the Patron Saint of the Company, St Michael the Archangel, will be held this year at 11am on Sunday 30th September 2018 at St Magnus-the-Martyr Church, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6DN.  The Master hopes that as many Liverymen as possible will wish to join him and Sheila and bring their families.  The service will be followed by lunch in the crypt and a chance to see the Master driving sheep across London Bridge. Click here for flyer and booking.

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  • They did it for RAF100 &RNLI! Visit the boat in St.Katherine’s marina. 8-9 Sept.

    Published on Tuesday, 4th September 2018
    St.Joan in Portpatrick, she is the beautiful old 52ft classic boat moored next to the harbour wall, near Stranraer on 19th July.

    St.Joan in Portpatrick, she is the beautiful old 52ft classic boat moored next to the harbour wall, near Stranraer on 19th July.

    You may remember that in Court Assistant Janet Rivers and her husband Tony Goodhead would be circumnavigating the UK this summer to raise funds for RAF100 and RNLI. Their boat St. Joan is 89 years old and was requisitioned for airsea rescue at RAF Valley in Anglesea in WWII. They took her back there in mid July and shared her with the station. Since then they have sailed to Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal and back down the east coast.  St Joan will be in St Katherine’s on 8 and 9 September for their Classic Boat Festival to which all are welcome. They look forward to welcoming Liverymen on board.   For more click here.  

  • He is back from his hols!  Read the latest Master’s Blog

    Published on Sunday, 2nd September 2018

    The Master attended a Drumhead service at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to commemorate the actions of the London Divisions during the final 100 days offensive of the First World War. The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Chartres conduct the service (in glorious sunshine), with the Latin inscription on the building standing out above his head- and particularly the words which record that the Hospital was founded by King Charles II for those veterans who had been broken by war.  Read more by clicking here.

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  • Master’s Day at our New Plumbing Museum - Sunday 7th October 2018

    Published on Thursday, 30th August 2018

    The Master and his wife, Sheila, invite you and your family to join them at the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre on Sunday 7th October on the special occasion of the formal opening by the Master of our New Plumbing Museum.  The Master’s Day Visit coincides with the Amberley Museum’s Annual Historic Transport Gathering, providing the opportunity to see all types of vehicles, including commercial, transport and classic cars. Click here for flyer and booking

    The Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre address is New Barn Road, Amberley, West Sussex, BN18 9LT and it is near Arundel on the B2139 between Storrington and Arundel, a short distance from the A29 and A27. Entry into the museum is through the museum car park, which adjoins Amberley Railway Station. The car park is free; as it is also the Historic Transport Gathering Day the car park may fill up quickly and early arrival is suggested to be certain of parking.  For those who wish to travel by train Amberley Station is on the Southern Line from Victoria.

    Amberley Museum covers some thirty-six acres and was once a busy chalk quarry.  Its ethos is Trade, Technology and Transport and is a perfect location for our Museum of Traditional Plumbing Crafts. On the site there are forty-six diverse exhibition and workshop buildings of various sizes, including a significant exhibit by the Worshipful Company of Paviors. The museum includes a narrow-gauge railway and traditional bus service, providing free transport to explore the site.  Dress for the day should be appropriate for the occasion, but suitable for touring an open air museum.  The museum is also dog friendly.  

    The charge for the visit includes entry into the museum and a list of those attending will be placed at the main entrance. The Plumbing Museum Trustees have arranged a light buffet lunch with wine, which will be in the ‘Hayloft’ situated at the rear of the museum office. The museum office is located immediately on the left as you enter the site.

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  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

    Published on Thursday, 30th August 2018

    The WHO has published a new WASH strategy providing a framework for the direction and role of WHO ‘to substantially improve health through the safe management of water, sanitation and hygiene services in all settings.  You can read tthe WHO water, sanitation and hygiene strategy 2018-2025 by clicking here.  Achieving their objectives will require good quality plumbing and properly trained plumbers!

  • Visit HMS Sultan

    Published on Thursday, 30th August 2018

    HMS Sultan in Gosport is the Royal Navy’s principal marine and air engineering training facility.  The Worshipful Company of Plumbers has had a long affiliation with the base and presents an annual award to its top student in metalwork. On Thursday 11 October 2018 HMS Sultan will be opening its doors once again to all the Livery Companies and Professional Engineering Institutes to which it is affiliated to show case its impressive engineering training facilities.  The day will commence at 0930 and conclude at 1600. The day will consist of a mix of tours, activities and presentations, with lunch taken in the Wardroom.  The visit is open to all members of the Livery.  It is a most enjoyable and fascinating opportunity to experience and see the challenges and opportunities for Royal Naval engineers and to see their most recent training innovations.

    For details and booking click here.

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  • The Installation of Dame Fiona Woolf DBE DL as our next Master

    Published on Thursday, 30th August 2018

    Another year has passed and on 16th October Dame Fiona Woolf will be installed as Master for the ensuing year in St Magnus-the-Martyr Church, Lower Thames Street.  At the same ceremony, Dr Peter Rumley will be installed as Upper Warden and Nick Jones as Renter Warden.  They all look forward to the honour of serving our ancient Company.  Following the Installation Service, you are all welcome to a champagne reception at Vintners’ Hall, Upper Thames Street, which will be followed by a three-course luncheon with wine in the historic main hall.  Click here for flyer and booking form.

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  • Why do we have hot and cold taps?

    Published on Friday, 24th August 2018

     

    Read the answer from Liveryman Kevin Wellman by clicking here.

  • Well done South Eastern Trains

    Published on Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

    Spotted by the Renter Warden on Cannon Street station.  South Eastern Trains know who will support their campaign to get passengers to drink more water!

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  • The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers Ravenscroft Lecture

    Published on Monday, 13th August 2018

    The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers in pleased to announce details of our yearly Ravenscroft Lecture on 3rd October.  The Master and Wardens cordially invite your Master, Wardens, Court and Members to attend this fascinating insight into the world of the English/French glass-blowing rivalries of the 17th to 19th centuries.

    Full event details and booking/payment form are attached. Click here.  Note applications for tickets direct to the Clerk at the Glass Sellers, not the Plumbers.

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  • Musical Delights from the City Music Foundation

    Published on Monday, 13th August 2018

    TICKETS NOW ON SALE  On Friday 16th November we're holding a fundraising event at Guildhall Art Gallery and the Roman Amphitheatre.  Actor Simon Callow, soprano Joan Rodgers and pianist Roger Vignoles, three of our celebrated and generous patrons, join to bring you an evening of entertainment through the letters and music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. His correspondences, in particular those with his family and his patron (Nadezdha von Meck, whom he never met!), tell us so much about this troubled man and his searing music.  As well as letters and songs, the evening will include Tchaikovsky’s string sextet Souvenir de Florence performed by an ensemble of City Music Foundation Artists.  Tickets will include drinks and canapés.

    More from the CMF click here.

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  • Death Of Past Master John Lawrence-Mills

    Published on Wednesday, 8th August 2018

    It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Past Master John Lawrence-Mills who passed away on 30th July just before his 90th birthday, which would have been on 19th August. John had been a Liveryman since 1978 and served as Master from 1992 to 1993.  The funeral will be on the 15th August at Stogumber Church, near Taunton, Somerset at 11.30am. Family flowers only please. Donations to the Churches Conservation Trust or Hope for Kids International, c/o Grandfield & Son, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, TA5 1HZ.

    A full eulogy and memorial information will be announced in due course.

  • Death of ex-Liveryman Peter Haddon

    Published on Wednesday, 1st August 2018

    The office has just been informed by his daughter Fiona that ex-Liveryman Peter Haddon passed away on 2nd July 2018. He retired due to poor health in 2013, but had been a Liveryman for 27 years from 1987.  The clerk has sent the Company’s condolences to the family.

  • The first Past Master to become Lord Mayor of the City

    Published on Tuesday, 31st July 2018

    In 1892, Sir Stuart Knill Past Master of the Plumbers’ Company (1886, 1892, 1893 & 1894) became the Lord Mayor of the City in 1893-3.  Find out more by clicking here.

     

  • WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF PLUMBER ANNUAL GOLF DAY. 26TH JULY 2018

    Published on Sunday, 29th July 2018
    The Master presents Mick Munro with the WCP Golf Trophy

    The Master presents Mick Munro with the WCP Golf Trophy

    The Master presents:-
Plumbers' Second - Tony Walters; Guest Winner - Steve Barton; Guest Second - Patrick O'Hara
Longest Drive - Tim Woods; Nearest Plumber to Pin 5th Hole - Trevor Wilson; Nearest Guest to Pin 16th Hole - Dennis Woods

    The Master presents:- Plumbers' Second - Tony Walters; Guest Winner - Steve Barton; Guest Second - Patrick O'Hara Longest Drive - Tim Woods; Nearest Plumber to Pin 5th Hole - Trevor Wilson; Nearest Guest to Pin 16th Hole - Dennis Woods

    We had a glorious and sunny Thursday at New Zealand Golf  Club near Woking for the  annual Worshipful Company of Plumbers Golf Day. (Click here for a full report).

    The Sun was  out in full, the course had been beautifully prepared and we had 38 golfers ready for the challenge.  After a very enjoyable coffee and bacon role at a much earlier time that normal (07.30am)  The WCOP Golf Society Secretary Mick Munro, briefed the assemble golfers on the format of the day and then dispatched groups out to the 1st & 6th tees to commence the morning Stableford round .
    We had a good split of livery members and guests plus we were honoured to have players from the Painter Stainers join us, which gave us a great mix across the groups.  The course was as challenging as ever and with the sun baked conditions we had golf balls bouncing all over the course.  The gorse on both sides of most fairways  was frequented by the majority of the players and the scoring numbers were lower than expected.  Large quantities of water were consumed during the rounds and New Zealand very kindly had a halfway house where golfers could top up on those much needed fluids and food where required.
    On completion of the morning round we were joined for lunch by our Master, Robert Burgon, who had also offered to  help with the event prize giving.  Robert made a point of meeting all of the events players and although not a golfer himself, entered into the full spirit of the day.  We all  enjoyed the New Zealand 5 course lunch before moving into the main clubhouse lounge for the prize giving.  The Master gave a wonderful introduction to the prize giving and then awarded prizes to the following winners.


    Worshipful Company of Plumber Stableford Prize winners:   1st Place.     Mick Munro (WCOP Golf Society Secretary) 36 Points   2nd Place.  Tony Walter  (Defending Champion) 35 points
    Other Livery Companies and Guests:   1st Place.      Steve Barton (Defending Champion) 38 points    2nd Place.  Patrick O’Hara 38 Points (Lost on Countback)
    Other  Internal Competition Winners:   Longest Driver: Tim Woods.   Nearest the Pin 5th Hole: Trevor Wilson.   Nearest the Pin 16th Hole: Denis Woods

    Following Lunch, golfers who had expressed an interest in playing the afternoon round went to get ready for the golf and we all re-assembled on the 1st & 6th Tees ready for more sunshine, more golf and great company.  On Completion of the golf we enjoyed Tea, Coffee and sandwiches  provided by the New Zealand Staff.  What a magical end to a perfect golfing day.
    Overall the day was a great success and all who attended enjoyed the golf at New Zealand Golf Club.   We must also send a very special  thanks to Roger Marrett , who is the Secretary of New Zealand Golf Club and his wonderful team who looked after us so well on the day.

  • License to Plumb

    Published on Sunday, 29th July 2018

     

     

    In the latest edition on page 40 of the HVP magazine,  http://ebooks.hvpmag.co.uk/hvp0718_ebook/, Tim Sainty, CIPHE Membership Director, explores whether the UK should introduce a licensing system for plumbers.  This has been the aim of the Worshipful Company of Plumber since the 1800s. In countries such as the United Staes, Hong Kong, Germany and Australia, it is a legal requirement for plumbers to be licensed. In order to become licensed in these countries an individual must undergo extensive formal training.

    To read the article go to the HPV Mag web site shown above or click here.

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  • Last Blog before the summer hols!

    Published on Friday, 27th July 2018

    In spite of the hot weather we have another Blog from the Master.  The last before September.  Read it by clicking here or here for all 36 Blogs.

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  • Band of the Royal Yeomanry Wednesday 1st August

    Published on Thursday, 26th July 2018

    NEXT WEDNESDAY

    The City of London Corporation invites you to a concert by the Band of the Royal Yeomanry Wednesday 1st August 2018 from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm Guildhall Yard, EC2V 7HH

    The Band will play a selection of military marches, classic film scores and light music. The concert is open to members of the public,

  • Election of the Lord Mayor – Monday 1st October 2018 and Lunch at Painters’ Hall

    Published on Wednesday, 25th July 2018

    This year’s election of the Lord Mayor will be held at the Guildhall on Monday 1st October 2018 and Liverymen who were admitted to the Livery before September 2017 are eligible to vote. If you wish to attend Common Hall in the Guildhall to vote in the election of the Lord Mayor you will need an entry pass, obtainable in advance only from the Company office.  The Painter-Stainers’ Company has kindly invited us to join them for lunch in Painters’ Hall following the election,

    The booking form and further details can be found by clicking here.

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  • Lead Craft Demonstrations Restart at Amberley

    Published on Tuesday, 24th July 2018
    Liveryman Peter Cheesman demonstrates the art of beadwork.

    Liveryman Peter Cheesman demonstrates the art of beadwork.

    The work associated with  relocating of our Lead Craft facility to the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre is just about complete and we're pleased to let you know that that our Lead  craft demonstrations have now restarted again.  The new facility includes a brand new furnace, ventilation equipment and includes the latest safety features. Liverymen Phil Mead and Peter Cheesman have been back at work showing the public the art and craft of Lead casting.  A Master's day has been organised for Sunday 7th October 2018 to visit the new facility at Amberley - please come and join us and see this historic craft.

    Click here tfor details of Amberley Museum

  • Plum continues to make good progress

    Published on Monday, 23rd July 2018

    Plum is the dog, sponsored by the Company, who is training to become a Medical Detection Dog.

    Plum saw her first birthday earlier this year and what a busy year it's been!  Over the last 6 months Plum has been out and about as she continues her assistance dog apprenticeship - travelling as far afield as London.
    While most year-old doggies are learning to catch balls in the garden Plum is learning the art of being a Medical Detection Dog - so far mastering superb behaviour while shopping, visiting cafes and riding on public transport. Plum has all the basic behaviours well-rehearsed and is now moving on to some of the more advanced training such as retrieving to hand, off lead control & recall away from distraction.
    We are now particularly focusing on Plums excitement when meeting and greeting guests to the home as this is where additional work is required. Plum is nearing final stages of public access training and is joining the socialisers with all their daily activities, whether that's a walk in a country park, the cinema, theatre or a restaurant. Plum very much enjoyed her recent trip to London. At this stage of training, we are now assessing Plum to determine what age and lifestyle of client would be most suitable.

  • A traditional Shrieval Badge and Chain Appeals for Alderman Vincent Keaveny and Liz Green.

    Published on Monday, 23rd July 2018

    It is customary for the Livery individually to suport the Sheriffs Elect by contribting towards their Badges and Chains of Office.  This year the appeal letter for Alderman Vincent Keany can be found by clicking here and for Liz Green by clicking here.

    Donors are invited to join the Sheriffs Elect at their presentration of the Badge and Chain which for Vincent will be at Apothecaries' Hall in September and for Liz at Stationers’ Hall. Both dates to be confirmed.

  • A Court Assistant and Air Sea Rescue

    Published on Monday, 23rd July 2018

    St Joan is an elegant 89 year old wooden boat ( 52 ft long and built in 1929 as a fast coastal cruiser for Nigel Guiness of the brewing family) which is owned by Assistant Janet Rivers and her husband Tony Goodhead. The boat is circumnavigating Great Britain this summer to take her back to RAF Valley on Anglesea where she did airsea rescue in WW11 ( we shared her there with RAF on Monday 16th July). It was the first time she had returned in 70 years and was a very proud moment for us.

    On our trip we are raising funds for the RAF100 fund and the RNLI, so symbolically reuniting air and sea rescue. If you want to see more details of our trip type the following into a search engine or facebook

    St Joan's returns to Valley.

  • Swans, Carts and Knights Batchelor

    Published on Saturday, 21st July 2018

    Another fascinating week for the Master amd Mistress  Plumber. Read all about it by clicking here.

    For the whole year so far click here.

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  • News flash update

    Published on Saturday, 21st July 2018

    Did you read the Master's Blog 33 when he went to jail?  Now illustrated click here.

  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall - Just received

    Published on Thursday, 19th July 2018

    From The Office to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

    I just wanted to let you know that we released the Clarence House2017/18  Annual Review, which you can access via this link https://annualreview.princeofwales.gov.uk/

    There is a short film also available for viewing by clicking the 'Watch the Film' button on the home page, or via the YouTube link below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUGVogt1hTs&feature=youtu.be

    Thank you for being part of the 619 engagements undertaken by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall this year.

  • Two firsts for the Master this week

    Published on Monday, 16th July 2018

    Read the latest Blog by the Master by clicking here to discover his two firsts this last week

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  • Champagne reception and tour of the Old Bailey, 26th July 2018

    Published on Saturday, 14th July 2018

    The Recorder of London, His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, also Master of the Feltmakers, is holding a fund-raising event at the Old Bailey on Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 6-8.30pm in aid of the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund. There will be a champagne reception with canapes, tours of the Old Bailey and a chance to see the newly refurbished number 1 court. Tickets for the event are £35, but you are asked to make a minimum donation to the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund of £35 per ticket as well. The Feltmakers’ Company are acting as the coordinators for this event (nothing else), on behalf of the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund, and do so with the full permission of its Chairman and Trustees. The dress is lounge suits and equivalent for the women.

    Click here to book.

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  • The latest edition of Cityview

    Published on Thursday, 12th July 2018

    Our Plastic Free City campaign launches; the Women, Work and Power season begins; celebrating the completion of Aldgate Square; and resources that can help SMEs succeed and grow in the City.

    Thank you for reading the Plumbers’ Web site. You can download the latest edition of Cityview by clicking here.

  • See the craft of plumbing - a diary date

    Published on Wednesday, 11th July 2018

    SAVE THE DATE VISIT TO AMBERLEY MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTRE SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER 2018

    For many years, there has been a demonstration facility for traditional leadwork at the Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton. This facility has recently been relocated to the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, near Arundel. (amberleymuseum.co.uk)
    The Trustees of the Plumbers’ Museum and Workshop Trust have requested that a Master’s Day be arranged at Amberley to enable Liverymen and their families and friends to see the new workshop in operation.
    This is to provide advance notice that the Master’s Day visit to Amberley has been arranged to take place on Sunday 7 October. That day there will also be an Autumn Historic Transport Gathering at the Museum. Further details of the visit will be circulated nearer the time but in the meantime, Liverymen are encouraged to put the date in their diaries- the visit should be of interest to all ages and children and grandchildren will be welcomed.

  • Death of Liveryman James Michael Wagstaff Simpson

    Published on Monday, 9th July 2018

    It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Liveryman James Michael Wagsatff Simpson.  The office has just been informed by his brother that James passed away on 22 February 2018.  He had been a Liveryman since 1999.  The Clerk has sent a letter of condolence to the family

  • Repeat Dining, Court and Jail

    Published on Saturday, 7th July 2018
    At the Tower

    At the Tower

    Spot the Master

    Spot the Master

    Bailed

    Bailed

    Blog  33 with pictures.

    It was a HOT week and you can find the details in Blog 33 from the Master.  Click here.

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  • A great way to enjoy a summer evening.

    Published on Thursday, 5th July 2018
    The Master Plumber presents a quaich to the Master Parish Clerk

    The Master Plumber presents a quaich to the Master Parish Clerk

    Salters' Hall combines past and present with part of the Roman London wall in the gardens and a newly refurbished Livery hall.  The gardens were the venue for the Master, Wardens, Liverymen and guests for the reception preceding the Company's Summer Festival dinner.  It was a warm summer's evening with great fellowship and enjoyment.  By clicking the heading  above you can read more about the evening.

    This was the final formal social function of this livery year.  At the beginning of the evening we recognised the newest Liverymen Charles van Oppen who had been clothed in the Livery at the preceeding Court meeting.  We also recognised the newly elected Master Elect Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf, Upper Warden Elect Peter Rumley, Renter Warden Elect Nick Jones and Senior Assistant Paul Nash (who was also recognised as the Acting Clerk).

    An enjoyable dinner was followed by a recital by a baritone  Sam Carl  accompanied by Collin Shay, both from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The guests were welcomed by the Renter Warden in an amusing speech a copy of which can be found by clicking here.  The Master of Parish Clerk, Stephen Plumb, replied on behalf of the guests and proposed the toast to the Company.  He was presented with a pewter and glass qaiche by the Master.

    The proceedings were brought to a close by Sheila, the Mistress Plumber, who thanked the Company for making the year so enjoyable and concluded with a few lines of verse

    I had lived by the seaside for all of my life
    Teaching in Primary 4
    But a new job was calling to be Master’s wife
    and I had to open that door

    A year in the City to me was quite daunting
    How on earth would I cope?
    We shopped for the clothes, found the flat we were wanting
    certainly no time to mope

    So far so good but the transport I feared
    Buses and tubes seemed so hard
    But the answer to all of these problems appeared -
    A phone app and Oyster Card

    To make the most of my time in the City
    I joined in the life full steam
    exhibitions and functions, a Flower Show and even
    Afternoon tea with the Queen

    So now that my time here is nearing its end
    It’s time to reflect and to see
    How it’s opened my eyes to a whole big new world
    So thank you for having me.

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  • We welcome a new Liveryman

    Published on Thursday, 5th July 2018
    The Master with Charles van Oppen

    The Master with Charles van Oppen

    At the Court meeting on 3rd July, Charles van Oppen, an Insurance Consultant, was clothed in the Livery.

  • Liveryman Christopher Northey, awarded a Fellowship of The City and Guilds of London Institute

    Published on Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    Chris (left) receives his Fellowship Diploma from City and Guilds Chairman Sir John Armett

    Chris (left) receives his Fellowship Diploma from City and Guilds Chairman Sir John Armett

    Liveryman Christopher Northey, who won the Plumbers Gold Medal Award back in 1992, has been granted a Fellowship of The City and Guilds of London Institute for his ‘outstanding contribution to the engineering sector and his promotion of vocational education.

    To read more click here.

    Liveryman Christopher Northey (pictured above left) receives his Fellowship Diploma from City and Guilds Chairman Sir John Armett  at the City and Guilds Fellows’ Luncheon at Imperial College London on 15th June 2018.To be considered for a Fellowship, candidates must exemplify excellence by embodying the City & Guilds Group’s core values of leadership, imagination and integrity. Fellowship is then bestowed upon leaders and innovators who have had an impact on their industry or in education.The career path that Chris has travelled shows an outstanding achievement in the field of Engineering. Chris began his career at the age of 17 as a plumbing apprentice within the family business where he went on to complete City & Guilds Craft and Advanced Craft Certificates in plumbing. This became the foundation of his successful career in public health engineering.   He went on to study Building Services Engineering Design and Management at the University of Reading, before going on to achieve Chartered Engineer status.

    Now, with over 30 years’ experience under his belt, Chris strives to raise the standards within his field and is an award winning and highly experienced Public Health Design Director who has worked for large numbers of well-established clients. He currently serves on a number of committees and is a member of many professional bodies within the sector, and is also an active Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

    Outside of public health engineering, Chris is a champion for vocational education and has worked extensively to promote plumbing apprenticeships as a pathway to becoming a chartered engineer. He passes his knowledge and experience onto the next generation of engineers and designers.

    ln 2011, as a result of all his hard work and unstinting commitment to engineering, Chris was awarded the most prestigious of City & Guilds awards, the Prince Philip Medal, which is conferred on an individual who has, in the words of Prince Philip, walked the City & Guilds path and who has displayed exceptional proficiency in work place skills. Commenting on Eur Ing Christopher Northey’s achievement, Sir John Armitt, Chairman of The City and Guilds of London Institute said: ‘To become a Fellow of the Institute is to be part of a small, select group of the most outstanding skilled professionals around today, and I am delighted to have Christopher joining us.  The Award is made under the patronages of our Royal Charter and we have fewer than 500 Fellows, so this is indeed a very special honour. I know The City and Guilds of London Institute will benefit greatly from his skills and expertise.’

    C

  • GOLFING PLUMBERS @ 13th MARKETORS FELLOWSHIP GOLF DAY - 2nd July 2018

    Published on Wednesday, 4th July 2018
    Golfing Plumbers - Trevor Wilson, Luke Peters, David Hannam, Anthony Lowe, Mick Munro, Richard Harvey, Don Munro and Tony Peters

    Golfing Plumbers - Trevor Wilson, Luke Peters, David Hannam, Anthony Lowe, Mick Munro, Richard Harvey, Don Munro and Tony Peters

    A gloriously sunny Monday at Verulam Golf Club where eight highly skilled and carefully selected golfing Plumbers took to the tricky links for the 13th Marketors Inter-Livery Fellowship Golf Day. Organised superbly for over 80 golfers by our friends in The Worshipful Company of Marketors led by Michael Harrison. We thank Michael, his team and the Captain, Members and staff at Verulam GC for a wonderful day.

    Our two teams were led by Richard Harvey our Golf Society Captain and corralled by our Hon Secretary Mick Munro. The teams prepared well over coffee and bacon rolls stopping long enough for a team photo and whilst we did not feature in the main team prize, Anthony Lowe won Nearest the Pin on the 8th and David Hannam was Runner-up in the Charity 18 hole putting competition.

    Over a lovely dinner a raffle raising money for The Lord Mayor’s Charity was held and the luck was with our table as Mick and Richard scooped the 1st and 3rd prizes.

    A most enjoyable day out amongst friends and all for a very good cause. If you are interested in joining in, please contact Liveryman Mick Munro.

  • Welcome to the new CIPHE President, Tracey Richardson

    Published on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
    Outgoing President Geoff Westall, President. Tracey Richardson, Vice President Christopher Northey.

    Outgoing President Geoff Westall, President. Tracey Richardson, Vice President Christopher Northey.

    On Friday 29th June the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering held their AGM, in Aldgate, London.   Tracey Richardson was elected President, becoming the very first lady to hold this position. 
    Also elected, as Vice President was our very own, Liveryman Christopher Northey.

  • What a busy Master we have.

    Published on Friday, 29th June 2018
    The chair and table created by Ben Smith.

    The chair and table created by Ben Smith.

    Another busy week in the life of the Master and Mistress (although they have also managed to fit in two visits to the theatre).  Read all about it in Blog 32 by clicking here.

    The composite Blogs for all this Livery year can now be found by clicking here.

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  • From the Brewers’ Company - The City Beerfest 2018

    Published on Tuesday, 26th June 2018

    Lest you hadn't heard, this year’s City Beerfest, in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and the City Music Foundation, is taking place in the Guildhall Yard on Thursday 5 July between 1230 and 2100.  Fifteen of our member breweries will be there providing the finest beers for your enjoyment.  The Brewers Company would be delighted if you, your Master and as many Liveryman as possible would come along to enjoy the great beer, good food and live music.  The Lord Mayor will be addressing the guests at 1730.

    Deatails and tickets click here.

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  • Tea, Dinner & a Treasure Hunt

    Published on Thursday, 21st June 2018

    The latest Blog from the Master (who will no doubt watching tennis in the next fortnight).  Click here for the details.

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  • The RAF - 100th Anniversary walks in the City of Westminster

    Published on Tuesday, 19th June 2018

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918, the Westminster Guides will be leading guided walks in the City of Westminster this summer. There are many connections between Westminster and the RAF, including the original headquarters on The Strand; statues of key figures in the history of the RAF; monuments to significant events; memorials to people, organisations and nations.  There are many stories to tell about the men and women of the service and their links with Westminster. Click here for walk details.

    .There are two routes to choose from: “The History of the RAF” lets you discover the people, places and events that tell the story of 100 years of the RAF.  It  starts near Westminster Abbey and ends at St Clement Danes, the church of the RAF, on The Strand.  “The Allies of the RAF” enables you to discover the role played by Allies of the RAF from the Commonwealth and other nations.  This walk starts near Trafalgar Square and ends near Hyde Park Corner.  Walks last between 1 ½ and 2 hours.


    From Friday 6th to Monday 9th July there will be a display of historic aircraft on Horse Guards Parade; and on Tuesday 10th July there will be a parade and flypast.  We have scheduled some of our History of the RAF walks to coincide with these events.

    The Westminster Guides are the official guides for the City of Westminster.  After comprehensive training we are eligible to join the City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association.  We receive our badges from the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, and membership of the Association includes public liability insurance.

    I attach a leaflet that provides more information about the walks and how to book them.  We would be grateful if you would share this with your members. We would also be delighted to arrange a group booking for your livery company.  If you have your own website, perhaps you would be able to add a link to our website. http://www.westminsterguides.org.uk  For every ticket sold, a donation of 25% of the ticket price will be made to the RAF100 Appeal, which supports four RAF charities.

  • From the Lord Mayor

    Published on Tuesday, 19th June 2018

    Dear All,

    On Wednesday 13th June 2018, I abseiled down Twentytwo, at 22 Bishopsgate, a brand new skyscraper currently under construction in the heart of the City and set to become the tallest building in the Square Mile at 62 storeys and 972ft when complete.  And, in September I will abseiling down the Leadenhall Building, more popularly known as the Cheesegrater.

    I am raising money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal – www.thelordmayorsappeal.org - which as you know is supporting 3 charities Samaritans, OnSide Youth Zones and Place2Be.

    If there is any chance that you could support me I would be immensely grateful, just follow the link to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Charles-Bowman


    With thanks in advance and all best wishes


    Alderman Charles Bowman
    The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor

  • The City - an advert and sampler

    Published on Monday, 18th June 2018

    Prior to the Lord Mayor’s Show a new book titled ‘City of London - Secrets of the Square Mile’ will be published under the Pitkin label. This new book, authored by Paul D Jagger, is a 44 page glossy pictorial guide to the Square Mile and its rich panoply of cultural dimensions. Surprising as it may be there is no concise general guide to the City, rather there are many guides to specific aspects of the City from Architecture to Watering Holes (Pubs to you and I). This new guide will fill the gap in the market for a general, light touch, picture book and will retail at about £5 (subject to confirmation).

    Click here to view a two page sampler gives you a sense of what you can expect from the new guide. You will see this new book it is not intended to compete with The City of London Freeman’s Guide (also by Paul D Jagger) which will remain the premium hardback covering the Freedom, the Civic City and the Livery in encyclopaedic detail and designed as a life-long treasure.

    The new book will be ideally suited to share with Livery Company affiliated schools, Cadet units, Trade associations, Professional bodies and so on.

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  • Progression to the Shrievalty and Mayoralty: Letter to the Livery

    Published on Sunday, 17th June 2018

    Read the communication from the Court of Aldermen by clicking here.

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  • The Master’s Blog number 30

    Published on Saturday, 16th June 2018

    Click here to read about the activities of the Master (and the Mistress) during the past week.

     

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  • PLUMBERS GOLF SOCIETY WIN AGAIN!

    Published on Wednesday, 13th June 2018
    The Horners Trophy will be in our Company Office for the next 12 months.

    The Horners Trophy will be in our Company Office for the next 12 months.

    L-R Don Munro, Barrie Corfield, Mick Munro (Captain), David Robinson

    L-R Don Munro, Barrie Corfield, Mick Munro (Captain), David Robinson

    L-R Tony Metcalfe, Anthony Lowe, Master Horner Gordon Haines, David Hannam (Captain), Paul Nash

    L-R Tony Metcalfe, Anthony Lowe, Master Horner Gordon Haines, David Hannam (Captain), Paul Nash

    Our golf society have won again! This time triumphing over 17 other teams in the prestigious inter-livery Horners Trophy golf day.

    Held at the lovely Ashridge Golf Club near Berkhamsted, the format is teams of 4 with 2 best scores to count.

    On a warm sunny day, both our teams put in strong performances but with our gallant Acting Clerk Paul Nash getting 2 birdies and a par on three par 5s and Tony Metcalfe having the round of his life, our ‘A’ team scored 10 points better than any other team to take top spot. Our thanks to all 8 golfers for supporting this event - the first time we have been invited to play by our friends in The Horners Golf Society. We hope to be invited back next year! (Organisation and the Lunch were excellent).

    Click heading above for pictures.

  • Proud to be Professional

    Published on Monday, 11th June 2018

    The Plumbers' take pride in their craft as this planter illustrates.  But where is it?  Not in the City but not far off.  It is regularly admired by the Queen because it can be found in her garden at Buckingham Palace.  In 2013, the Queen also graciously received a planter from the Plumbers' Company for her Norfolk home at Sandringham.  Click here for details.

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  • Lord Mayor’s Show 2018

    Published on Monday, 11th June 2018

    The Lady Masters Association has a float in this year's Lord Mayor's Show. If any lady liveryman or freeman would like to join them, would they please email the chairman, Erica Stary, at chairman@ladymasters.org.uk She will send you more details and an application form.

  • Could you help your Livery Company?

    Published on Monday, 11th June 2018

    The Plumbers' Company is privileged to be served by a group of Liverymen who act as volunteer Stewards at our events. The Master would like to appoint one or two new Stewards to join the current team and invites Liverymen who may be interested in such an appointment to contact him within the next week or so.

    As well as marshalling Liverymen and guests at the Company's principal functions (such as the Annual Banquet, Annual Lecture and Court lunches and dinners), the Stewards form the Social Committee which is responsible for arranging the annual programme of social visits. The Social Committee meets four times a year, in the offices in London.

    Stewards are generally appointed for seven years and in their last year (as Senior Steward), they arrange (with the Clerk) and chair the Ladle Dinner at which we thank our new Immediate Past Master. Stewards are likely to be based in or near to London (or are able to be in London on several occasions during the year). Serving as a Steward provides an excellent opportunity to get to know many of your fellow Liverymen.

    Anyone interested in discussing this role further (or anyone who would like to suggest a Liverymen for the position) is invited to contact the Master by email: RDBurgon@aol.com

    All applications will be considered by the Master and Wardens before any appointment is made.

  • Music, Construction and Ironbridge

    Published on Sunday, 10th June 2018
    The Plumber's Shop Blist Hill

    The Plumber's Shop Blist Hill

    Ye Olde Chemist at the Blists Hill Victorian Town

    Ye Olde Chemist at the Blists Hill Victorian Town

    Another fascinating week for the Master and Mistress.  Music at the Old Bailey and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with the Constructors' in the Egyptian Hall and a great weekend with the Lord Mayor, Sheriffs and Livery Masters, Prime Wardens, Upper Bailiffs and their Consorts at Ironbridge.

    Click here to read the details.

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  • The Brigantes Breakfast

    Published on Sunday, 10th June 2018

    The Organisong Committee (that includes our Past Master Nick Gale) reportrs.  "We are delighted that so many Liverymen and guests came together for the 2018 Brigantes Breakfast, the northern lunch for City of London Liverymen, held at The Royal Armouries Leeds on Friday 25 May.

    81 Livery Companies were represented, with a record 26 Livery Masters attending and processing, namely the Master Armourer, Baker, Clockmaker, Constructor, Cook, Cooper, Currier, Environmental Cleaner, Firefighter, Framework Knitter, Fruiterer, Fueller, Glass Seller, Gold & Silver Wyre Drawer, International Banker, Lightmonger, Makers of Playing Card, Management Consultant, Parish Clerk, Plumber, Poulter, Scrivener, Tax Adviser, Wax Chandler, Woolman and World Trader.

    We were honoured to be addressed by Dame Ingrid Roscoe DCVO, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, by General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL, Chairman of The Royal Armouries and Honorary Liveryman of the Security Professionals and the Builders Merchants, and by Sheriff Neil Redcliffe, Past Prime Warden Basketmaker. The Rt Rev Dr Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford, was our Chaplain for the Day and said  Grace.
     Also attending as Principal Guests were Cllr Graham Latty, Lord Mayor of Leeds, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Tony Attard OBE DL, High Sheriff of Lancashire and Furniture Maker, and Alderman Peter Estlin, Master International Banker.

     An added bonus this year was a superb morning lecture on ‘Curious Arms and Armour’ in the Armouries Theatre given by Dr Karen Watts, Curator Emeritus of The Royal Armouries and a Liveryman of the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers, which was attended by 180 Liverymen and guests. If a knight in full armour can do press-ups, which this one did on the stage to demonstrate armour’s flexibility for battle, there is no excuse for the rest of us.

    For pictures click here

    Next meeting: Brigantes Winter Gathering at Chester Cathedral – Saturday 8th December 2018 – reception and early supper in the Refectory followed by the annual Christmas Concert in the Nave
    Brigantes Golf Day – Wednesday 24th April 2019 – Lindrick Golf Club, North Nottinghamshire, a former Ryder Cup venue

    If you know of any Liverymen who would like to receive details of future Brigantes events, please ask them to email their interest to livery@brigantes.org.uk

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  • Our Golfers win!

    Published on Friday, 8th June 2018

    PLUMBERS WIN!

    The WCoP Golf Society have been on their travels around the M25 and today landed at Sunningdale Heath GC for a great day organised by our good friends in The Painter-Stainers Golf Society.

    Our team of Richard Harvey, Don Munro, Mick Munro and David Hannam scooped The Team Prize.  Mick Munro also won nearest the pin on the 18th and also the prize for top score from The Plumbers with 34 points on countback from Richard.

    Weather was hot; the company was splendid and all topped off with a tasty lunch. Life in the Golf Society is fun - if you are interested in joining us, please contact our Hon Secretary Liveryman Mick Munro.

  • The Master’s Week Final

    Published on Friday, 1st June 2018

    The completed Blog -  click here

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  • Summer Music in City Churches

    Published on Wednesday, 30th May 2018

    Summer Music in City Churches is a series of concerts over nine days in the Square Mile, aiming to appeal to audiences with an inspiring and thought-provoking choice of beautiful music and texts, enhanced by the unique surroundings in which they are delivered. This year’s theme is Swords and Ploughshares, reflecting on 100 years since 1918. Concerts take place from Thursday 21st to Friday 29th June in St Giles Cripplegate, St Bartholomew the Great, St Stephen Walbrook and St Mary le Bow – particularly apt settings, as survivors themselves of so much fire and attack over the centuries, for music commemorating war, offering consolation and celebrating peace. I’m delighted that St Bride’s and St Bartholomew the Great will both be holding Choral Evensong within the Festival on Sunday 24th June.

    Click here for a full flyer or visit the Summer Music in City Churches web site www.SummerMusicCityChurches.com for full details and booking.

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  • WILL YOU HELP THE MASTER TO GET OUT OF JAIL (IN AID OF A GOOD CAUSE)?

    Published on Wednesday, 30th May 2018

    The Master writes "I have been summoned by the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman and the Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman to attend London’s top criminal court, The Old Bailey, on Friday 6 July 2018 where I will be arrested and charged (for crimes yet unknown) and then taken to The Tower of London where I will be incarcerated pending payment of £1,000 bail.
    Provided I raise at least £1,000 (in aid of the British Red Cross) then I will be released later that day. However, failure to pay the appropriate amount could result in indefinite detention (and an inability to complete my duties as Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers).
    I would be grateful for any support which Liverymen and friends are able to provide me to help me to reach my target. The simplest way to support me is to make a donation through Virgin Money Giving Accounts. If you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 25% in tax will be added to your donation through the gift aid system at no extra cost to you.
    I can be sponsored at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RobertBurgon1
    Anyone who is unable to donate using the above link can send a cheque payable to “British Red Cross” to me c/o The Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Carpenters’ Hall, 1 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2JJ."

  • Awards - Corporate Member Outstanding Achievement Awards - Winners

    Published on Sunday, 27th May 2018
    Graham Chambers and George Thomson receive their award from the Master

    Graham Chambers and George Thomson receive their award from the Master

    The winners of the Corporate Member Outstanding Achievement Award were jointly Graham Chambers, Public Health Supervisor with Briggs and Forresterand George Thomson, Chairman of BPEC (Training) Ltd and Past President of SNIPEF.

  • Awards - Corporate Member Outstanding Achievement Awards - Highly Commended

    Published on Sunday, 27th May 2018


    Johanna Davey and Tom Wood, both employed by Briggs & Forrester, were both Highly Commended and received a plaque from the Master. Click on the title above.

  • Awards - Excellence in Copper Pipework Teaching

    Published on Sunday, 27th May 2018

    This year the winner was Exeter College on whose behalf the award was accepted by Rob Woodger, Head of the Faculty of Construction.  The College trained Jordan Picot, won the UK SkillPlumb Competition in October 2017.

  • Water & Health, Administration, Pewter, The Army and Up North

    Published on Saturday, 26th May 2018

    Another varied week for the Master.  Read all about it in his latest Blog by clicking here.  To read all this year's Blogs click here.

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  • Summer Festival 2018

    Published on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

    On Tuesday 3rd July, the Master, Robert and his wife, Sheila invite to join them for a Summer Festival in the newly refurbished Salters’ Hall.  The evening will commence at 6.30 pm with drinks and a reception in the beautiful gardens of the hall (weather permitting.)

    Further details and the booking form can be found by clicking here.

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  • Death of Retired Liveryman Charles Henderson

    Published on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

    Charles Henderson, who was churchwarden of St Magnus in the 1980s and 1990s and formerly a liveryman of the Plumbers’ Company died of cancer at home on Friday 11 May.  Although  Charles resigned his membership of the livery quite a number of years ago, some older members of the Company will no doubt remember him.  

    There will be a cremation service at 2.30pm on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at Putney Vale Crematorium and a Sung Requiem at St Magnus the Martyr on 11.30am on Saturday 23 June 2018.  Charles is survived by his partner Nicholas Bernardi.

  • The Answer to our Lecture Title - “Good Morning, do you wish to see a doctor or a plumber?”

    Published on Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

    "Plumbers are the most important front line health workers round the globe".  Professor Mala Rao, Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London and a Trustee of WaterAid UK, reminded those present of this important observation by the World Health Organisation and in doing so answered the question posed by her lecture "Good Morning, do you wish to see a doctor or a plumber?".
    Professor Rao, who is also a Plumbers' Court Assistant, reminded us that safe drinking water and sewage disposal were well recognised essentials for healthy communities yet were sadly lacking in many parts of the world.  Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects feature in many governmental and NGO programs but much work remains. It is up to everyone to promote WASH in whatever way possible.  We were reminded that although emphasis is usually given to less well developed countries that the water situation in the UK has room for many improvements and that future planning to conserve our supplies is essential. (this was highlighted by the BBC in the days after the lecture .Click here to view the BBC report.)
    Prof Rao suggested four heading for consideration. A Stronger Voice  Ensuring that WASH programs are strongly promoted nationally, internationally at both governmental and private levels. Funding Promote better investment in water and hygiene programs (The Plumbers' Company charity supports the work of Village by Village in Ghana), Strengthening Systems  Using and developing technology applicable to the areas of need, Building Capacity  ensuring that the lack of institutional and human capacity across the water sector does not constrain progress particularly in least developed countries.
    This year's lecture both informed and challenged the audience while underlining the continuing importance of plumbing to the health of the population throughout the world.

    Click here to view the lecture slides

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  • Changing the Guard visit

    Published on Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

    You are invited to join the Master on Wednesday 11th July 2018 for a visit to behind the scenes of the Changing of the Guard and lunch will be taken at the Rubens Hotel.   We meet at 9.15am at Wellington Barracks back gate on Petty France. Click here for details and booking.

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  • Election of Sheriffs followed by lunch

    Published on Monday, 21st May 2018

    Liverymen who were admitted to the Livery before 31st May 2017 and who wish to vote for the Sheriffs and other Officers should note that you are summoned to meet at the Guildhall on Monday 25th June 2018 by 11.45am.  The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has kindly invited us to join them for lunch afterwards on the 25h June in Pewterers’ Hall.

    For flyer and booking click here.

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  • Out & About for the Master

    Published on Sunday, 20th May 2018

    This week's Blog describes how the Master attended Company and City functions outside London.  Read the details by clicking herej

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  • Fatberg weekend details

    Published on Sunday, 20th May 2018

    Discover some hideous facts about London’s sewers and what lurks inside them at this interactive and immersive activity inspired by the Fatberg! display. Grab some rubber gloves to dissect a fake fatberg and meet some characters from the past and present who work down in London’s sewers. This is a drop-in activity, but we are limited to a capacity of 10 children at a time with each experience lasting approximately 15 minutes. In partnership with Open City.  There’s also a talk with some of the curators and staff on the Fatberg on Monday 4 June at 7pm if it’s of interest, further details below and booking on the website here.

    Learn how the monstrous Whitechapel fatberg went from sewer to showcase in this fascinating panel event.  Explore the challenges of curating and conserving this disgusting mass, and see the fatberg samples close-up – if you dare!

  • Along a river and up and up and down cliff by train!

    Published on Saturday, 19th May 2018

    A Social Trip with a difference.  Not in or near London but all the way to Shropshire.  The Master accompanied by a goodly number of Liverymen and partners visited the Severn valley Railway traveling by steam train for Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.  In the evening an enjoyable dinner was followed by an illustrated talk on the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway was given by Steward Malvern Tipping, the Chairman of the Company owning the railway.  On the morning of the second day all of the party, together with the Master and Clerk of the Gild of the Bridgnorth Freemen, met at the cliff railway’s Low Town station. Malvern conducted the party on a tour of the cliff railway and its winding room where they met both the general manager and the engineer.  They were joined for a carvery lunch by the Mayor Ron Whittle OBE and his wife Cllr. Mrs. Carole Whittle.  The visit concluded with a conducted tour of the town of Bridgnorth.  For a more detailed account of the visit click here.

    The Plumbers' Company looks forward to further visits in different parts of the United Kingdom.

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  • To all Ladies

    Published on Thursday, 17th May 2018

    PROCESSIONS, an ambitious UK-wide project celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage. I’m reaching out to ask your help in engaging women at The Plumbers' Company to take part.

    We have confirmed partnerships with The City of London Corporation, The Worshipful Company of Carpenters and The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, but we are keen to extend our reach in the City of London, by inviting the historic liveries to join us in commemorating this landmark moment in our national heritage. Click here to find out more.

    Ladies

    As you may know, PROCESSIONS is a mass-participation artwork taking place simultaneously across the UK’s four capitals. On Sunday 10th June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together to form a living portrait of women today. Given scarves in green, white or violet - the colours of the historic suffragette movement - and choreographed into bands, together participants will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets. The picture below demonstrates our ambition:
    Public registration is now open to take part in PROCESSIONS at http://www.processions.co.uk. We would be delighted if you were able to join companies across culture, media, commerce and politics to champion this once-in-a-lifetime event and help us extend the invitation out to your networks.

    Please consider supporting the project in one or more of the following ways:

    Why not register to be at your nearest PROCESSIONS event on 10 June at processions.co.uk/register/
    Publicly champion the project by:
    Ø  Lending your name to the campaign as a Friend/Ambassador

    Ø  Telling your social media followers about the project and encouraging them to join in with the handle @processions2018 and the hashtag #PROCESSIONS2018. We will share suggested posts and provide additional handles.

    PROCESSIONS has struck a chord with media and broadcasters alike, with Facebook, Google and the BBC throwing their weight behind it. The BBC has committed to live coverage of the 4 events on the 10th June.  Now is the time to put women centre-stage in a joyful, inclusive celebration that will be remembered for years to come.

    If you would like to support us please be in touch with PROCESSIONS Associate Producer, Fenella Dawnay at fenella.dawnay@artichoke.uk.com.