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On the 8th September I am going to undertake one of the most frightening things that could ever befall a Lord Mayor – I am going to abseil down the Cheese Grater building (all 225 meters) and I am petrified of heights! I am doing this to raise funds for my Lord Mayor’s Appeal that will support LSO Discovery programme, St Paul’s Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals, educating young people, using music to develop the skills and talents that young people need to succeed in 21st century Britain.
I would really like you to sponsor me BUT PLEASE DO NOT SPONSOR ME FOR MORE THAN £10 this is really important as I would like to break some records (not any bones or individual wallets) and I know how generous you are to so many charities. What I would really like you to do is pass it on to 5 of your fellow Freemen, Liverymen or friends; there are over 30,000 Liverymen – just imagine the funds I could raise if they all donated £10! Please click on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Parmley
The students, college staff, Alderman Gowman, the Master and Wardens with the "Plumber's Apprentice".
On Wednesday 19th April, the Master, Wardens and a number of Liverymen were joined by Alderman Alison Gowman and the Master Skinner at the Plumber's Apprentice in Cannon Street Railway Station. The Master welcomed all those present and quoted from our 1611 Charter that stated that for effective policing of the plumbers’ trade, the Master and Wardens were empowered to “make and exercise at all convenient times the supervision, scrutiny, correction and government of all and singular persons whomsoever, for the time being Freemen of the Art or Mystery of Plumbing of the City….” He then called upon Past Master Peter Brunner, as Chairman of our Charitable and Educational Trust, and John Collier, Chairman of Monument Tools, to congratulate and present our Bursaries to four very deserving students from Croydon College, who have shown special diligence and achievement in their studies - Megan Brown, George Hurworth, Gavin Levy and Zain Mohammed. All are currently studying at the College for the qualifications which will enable them to practise the Art and Mystery of plumbing and to begin their careers in plumbing. They were accompanied by Tom Collins, Assistant Principal for Employability and Apprenticeships at Croydon College and Liveryman Peter Cheesman, Lecturer at Croydon College.
Alderman Gowman welcomed the Plumbers to Dowgate Ward and reminded those present of the importance of plumbers in rmaintaining the cleanliness and health of London.
(For the text of the Master's and Alderman Alison Gowman's speeches click here)
On Tuesday 9th May the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants will host our Company’s first Masters and Clerks luncheon at Carpenters’ Hall, to which we have invited the Masters and Clerks of other Livery Companies with whom we enjoy a particularly close relationship and who kindly extend invitations to our Master and Clerk during the year.
This will be a splendid opportunity to meet and socialise with many of our fellow Livery Companies. Neil Kerfoot from Village by Village will be our guest speaker and will provide an update on our Charity’s good works in Ghana, bringing fresh water, basic sanitation and hygiene education to remote villages.
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This year’s UK Plumber of the Year will launch on 3rd April, where the search begins to find the finest plumber of 2017 and recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK, with another huge prize fund awarded to the worthy winner. Past Master Chris Sneath will sit on the final judging panel. The competition was first launched in 2015 where our nationwide search found Josh Colbert, a multi-skilled plumber from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, as the worthy winner of the inaugural UK Plumber of the Year competition. Last year, Shaun Scott from Aberdeen picked up the crown and is the current holder of the UK Plumber of the Competition.
The UK Plumber of the Year 2017 has announced WaterSafe as the official judging partner, with Chairman Chris Sneath MBE sitting on the judging panel to choose the worthy winner. WaterSafe, the national register for approved plumbing businesses in the UK, will review all the entries submitted and select a shortlist of 15 plumbers based on their expertise. Chris Sneath MBE will then join the panel to judge the five finalists later in the year.
This year’s UK Plumber of the Year will launch on 3rd April, where the search begins to find the finest plumber of 2017 and recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK, with another huge prize fund awarded to the worthy winner. The initial round of nominations asks plumbers to put themselves forward for the award by showcasing one job from the past year outlining their outstanding skill and professionalism. From the initial round of nominations, WaterSafe will shortlist the fifteen stand out entries in July which must then campaign to gather as many votes as possible to reach the final five.
The UK Plumber of the Year 2017 will then be chosen from the final five entries based upon their professionalism and skill by a panel which will include WaterSafe Chairman Chris Sneath MBE.
WaterSafe Chairman, Chris Sneath MBE, added: “It’s a great honour to join the UK Plumber of the Year competition as the official judge, we are looking forward to recognising the remarkable level of talent and professionalism that plumbers up and down the country have to offer.”
Jane Austen’s House in Chawton was where she lived with her mother and sister, Cassandra, from 1809 to 1817. Here she revised some of her earlier novels and then wrote three more including Emma. This year is the bicentenary of her death. The 17th century house is laid out as it was in Jane’s time and includes many artefacts of hers and her family.
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Read Andrew Broadbent, chair of the National Misconnections Group in WRAS News
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers, the City of London Livery Company for the plumbing industry, is a community of like-minded people in the forefront of the industry.
In addition to individual membership — the Plumbers’ Company is open to companies involved in or with the plumbing industry in the UK and overseas. This Corporate Membership enables a member company’s senior executives to participate fully in most of the Plumbers’ many activities. The Plumbers’ Company is the catalyst that has brought the whole plumbing industry together. Manufacturers, merchants, contractors, designers, academics and the suppliers to the industry: every facet is represented.
We offer a totally neutral networking environment in which everyone can and does talk to anyone about anything. The benefits of these informal contacts have proved themselves time and again. And with our own significant social calendar, we have the ready-made events in some of the best venues in the City of London.
Corporate Membership may be applied for by any company, whether British or international, which is engaged in or with the plumbing industry in the United Kingdom and overseas. Click here for more details.
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Corporate Members April 2017
Briggs & Forrester www.briggsandforrester.co.uk
Briggs & Forrester has established itself as a leading player in the building services market providing a range of engineering design, consulting, installation and maintenance services to the construction industry.
Essex Services Group www.esgplc.com
ESG are a progressive, multi-disciplined MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (engineering services)) business, originally founded as an electrical services contractor in 1975 by John Sampson. The company began by offering contracting services to the retail industry, clients still working alongside us forty years later, and following expansion into the emerging banking and commercial sectors the business integrated mechanical services delivery in 2003.
Gratte Brothers www.gratte.com
One of the UK's leading independently owned building services companies. Gratte Brothers aims to be the UK’s leading building services company by providing a high standard of service throughout all its business processes.
John Guest www.johnguest.com
The John Guest Group of Companies is a manufacturer of push-in fittings, pipe and plastic plumbing systems to a wide variety of industries and applications such as Drinks Dispense, Plumbing, Pneumatics, Compressed Air Systems, Water Purification, Drinks Vending, Automotive and Telecommunications.
Lorne Stewart www.lornestewartgroup.com
Lorne Stewart design, build and maintain a vast array of buildings with our reputation built on high quality technical delivery, backed by financial robustness. They combine this technical and engineering pedigree built over the last 100 years with a growing need for energy conservation, innovation and environmental awareness.
Michael J Lonsdale www.michaellonsdale.com
Michael J Lonsdale is one of the leading services contractors in the industry, offering a committed and enthusiastic approach to the installation of multi-discipline building and engineering services through the UK.
Parker Bromley www.parkerbromley.co.uk
Mechanical and electrical contractors providing domestic central heating installation, commercial boiler installation and electrical services.
Phoenix ME phoenixme.co.uk
They specialise in the complete installation of Mechanical & Electrical to all work sectors including quality office developments, commercial and public buildings, data centres, retail, health, education, leisure, hotels, residential and pharmaceuticals.
T Clarke http://www.tclarke.co.uk
A nationwide building services contractor delivering the full range of mechanical, electrical and ICT services. Our strong teams across the country cover the whole lifecycle of the building from concept and design through construction to lifetime maintenance.
Skanska, one of the UK’s leading contractors, is an inclusive and responsible business that is helping to build for a better society. Known for major projects, such as the Gherkin and Crossrail, they are building, upgrading and maintaining the country’s infrastructure.
The need for water is universal. It is as necessary as air to sustain life in all its forms. During lent and on and around the UN's World Water Day, cathedrals and churches worldwide will draw attention to our obligation to care for God's sustaining gift of water. As part of this JustWater initiative, St Paul's Cathedral will be organising a series of activities including art exhibitions, an event on water conflict, film screenings and Evensong sermons on Sundays in Lent.
This includes the four works in the nave by Pablo Genoves, Tides, which explore what St Paul's would look like if water levels rose in London and affected people as they are in parts of the world today.
For more information visit www.justwater2017.org
3.15 pm Evensong during Lent
2nd April The Tree and the Water of Life The Right Reverend James Jones, KBE, Assistant Bishop, York
9th April Just Water: God in Ordinary The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury
Leaving StPaul's Cathedral
The Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley, read the parable of the Good Samaritan at the United Guild's Service at St Paul's Cathedral. The Right Reverend Christopher Chessum , Lord Bishop of Southwark, reminded us in his sermon that being a good Samaritan was as relevant today as in the time of Christ. He recalled how in the terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament passing public rendered immediate assistance. Many nationalities were involved - race, creed and gender were irrelevant, a fellow human being needed immediate help. We all need each other and the good works of the Livery Companies show how this has happened over the centuries and is not time expired.
St Paul's was full of Liverymen, clergymen and officers of the City in this the 75th Service of the United Guilds of the City of London. If you missed this colourful and moving service put Friday 16th March 2018 in your diary now.
Following the service the Plumbers', Gardeners', Tylers' and Bricklayers', Builders Merchants' and the Guild of Entrepreneurs took lunch with the Carpenters' in their hall. Click here for more.
The Origins of the United Guilds' Service
At a meeting of the Masters and Prime Wardens of the Twelve Great Companies, held at Goldsmiths' Hall, on J" February 1943, it was decided to hold a service in St Paul's Cathedral for the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City of London. The idea behind the service was to help lift the spirits of the City following the Blitz during the Second World War. Having regard to the religious origins of the Companies, Thursday 25°· March 194 3, Lady Day, was selected as the date for the Service, being the first day of the year according to the Julian Calendar. The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London, Sir Samuel Joseph, attended along with the Sheriffs and Court of Aldermen and the Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of London, Dr G. F. Fisher, preached the sermon. As far as records show, this was the first occasion on which all the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City combined to hold a religious service. Since then, it has become an annual event and remains one of the few occasions in the calendar at which the Livery Companies and Guilds of the City can gather together as a whole.
Prem Goyal clothed in our Livery.
The Plumbers' Company heartily congratulates Prem Goyal OBE, on being elected as a Common Councilman for Bishopsgate Ward. Prem is a JP and founder and CEO of Global Markets Consultants (GMC), a management consultancy firm providing services to the financial industry.
He joins Sylvia Moys as the second Common Councilman in our Company. We remember that supporting the City is one our Aims & Objectives
The next of the RSPH's Watery Wednesdays is on ‘WaSH and Safe Healthcare’. The speaker is Prof Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute, Gillings School of Global Public Health,University of North Carolina. He presented our Annual Lecture in 2015. The webinar will be chaired by Dr David Cunliffe, who is a water quality specialist with the South Australian Department of Health. He has over 30 years experience in dealing with public health aspects of water supplies
The free webinar will be taking place at 11pm on Wednesday 5th April BST but will be available for up to 48 hours afterwards. To register for this webinar and for more information, click here.
There is no silver bullet; no simple, single solution to urban sanitation challenges. We must develop locally relevant and innovative solutions along the sanitation service chain that put customers first and focus as much on service management as on technology. Some reasons why the Plumbers' Company charity helps sanitation projects in Ghana.
Read a short but very informative blog from the World Bank by clicking here.
Open water - Competition for supplying water services in England
From April 2017 1.2 million more non-household customers for water and sewerage services will be able to choose their supplier 7, in a bid to increase competition.
Arrangements for this overhaul of national water services and its implications for the Water Fittings Regulations are outlined. Click here
Since privatisation in 1989 most premises have been supplied with drinking water and sewerage services by the local water company in whose region they are located. Only business customers using more than 5 million litres of water annually (50 million litres/year in Wales) might have used a different supplier.
From April 2017, England follows the lead taken in 2008 by Scotland to introduce greater competition. Eligible non-household premises will be able to switch suppliers of drinking water and/or sewerage services in a similar way to switching energy suppliers at present.
Benefits are greater competition and lower prices, fewer bills and simpler tariffs for businesses, which have multiple sites and better customer service, especially through added-value services such as water efficiency advice.
WATER FITTINGS REGULATIONS
In contrast to most other customer-facing duties, enforcement of the Water Fittings Regulations and Byelaws is retained by the wholesaler, and the responsibilities of owners, occupiers and installers are unchanged. The wholesaler’s prior consent of plumbing proposals is still required via notification. Inspection of plumbing in new and existing premises will continue.
However, in the case of planned inspections, retailers will have the option of attending. Retailers will be informed about the outcome of all inspections.
A list of potential retailers of water and waste water services is available on the website of Open Water (www.open-water.org.uk/for-customers/find-a-supplier).
Unveiling day 2011
On Wednesday 19th April, we will be gathering by the Plumber's Apprentice statue in Cannon Street railway station. In keeping with the ‘message’ of the statue, it is felt that this event should incorporate an education & training theme. Accordingly we shall be joined by four students from Croydon College who have been awarded Bursaries by our Charitable and Educational Trust, together with Tom Collins, Assistant Principal, and Peter Cheesman, Liveryman and Lecturer at the College. We shall also be joined by Alison Gowman, Alderman for Dowgate Ward, and for the ceremony only, the Master Skinner, James Leahy.
Following the cermony we will adjourn for lunch to “The Banker” a Fuller’s Pub built into the giant arches under the Southeastern Railway viaduct leading into Cannon Street Station.
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The Master with the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Alderman Sir Michael Bear. Following them can be seen the Lady Plumber, Lady Bear and the Upper Warden
Dining in the Egyptian Hall
The Master welcomes our Almoner, Liveryman Caroline Walsh
Corporate Members who sponsored the Banquet
On Monday evening, the Mansion House was full of Liverymen, their ladies and guests for the Plumbers' Annual Banquet. Read a full report and see a few photos by clicking here.
On Monday 20 March 2017, the magnificent Egyptian Room in London’s Mansion House was the setting for 300 people including Liverymen, their ladies and guests attending the Plumbers' Annual Banquet.
A smart carpet guard provided, as in previous years, by the Richmond Sea Cadets (which had celebrated its centenary in 2016) greeted those attending as they ascended the staircase to meet the Master and Wardens who welcomed them to the reception which preceded dinner.
Music on arrival and during the excellent dinner was provided by the London Banqueting Ensemble under the direction of their Musical Director, Steve Fletcher. In a novel touch, the traditional jousting between two trumpeters for Koenig’s Post Horn Galop took place around the tables of the Egyptian Room instead of in the gallery above the diners. This was much appreciated by all in attendance.
The Master, Brian Wadsworth, welcomed all in attendance and he made particular mention of the Corporate Members which had recently joined the Company and had given financial support to the Banquet. The Master also reported encouraging news from the Village by Village plumbing projects in Ghana which have been supported by the Company’s charitable trust. The Master presented a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and a personal gift to the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens- an almost unique Plumbers” candelabra. The Master then proposed the traditional Toast to the Lord Mayor, the City of London Corporation and the Sheriffs.
In the absence of the Lord Mayor, Alderman Andrew Parmley, who was on official business in Estonia, Lord Mayor Local Tenens Sir Michael Bear gave a witty response to the Toast.
The Upper Warden provided a proposed a Toast to the Guests including the Principal Guest and speaker, Sir Keith Mills GBE DL, founder of the Air Miles and Nectar card schemes and a prominent figure in the world of sport with his involvement in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and the 2014 Invictus Games. Other guests welcomed included representatives of each of the armed services, the Presidents/Chairmen of many of the plumbing industry associations and institutions, the new Corporate Liverymen in attendance and no fewer than 7 Masters of other Livery Companies.
Responding to the Toast, Sir Keith gave an inspiring account of the charitable work undertaken by the younger members of the Royal Family with particular reference to his role as Chairman of the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Sir Keith then proposed the Toast to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers- “May it flourish root and branch forever”.
After a stirrup cup in the parlour after dinner, Liverymen and guests departed from what was widely seen as yet another enjoyable and successful Annual Banquet.
This highly successful evening was supported by the generous sponsorship from our Corporate Members Brigg & Forrester Group Ltd, Essex Servicers Group PLC, Gratte Brothers Group Ltd, John Guest Ltd, Michael J Lonsdale, Lowne Stewart Group, Parker Bromley Ltd, Phoenix and TClarke PLC.
To obtain a full record of the photographs visit the photographer Michael O'Sullivan's website by clicking here.
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced the launch of its latest publication, the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella.
Developed to provide guidance to those responsible for the design, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of plumbing systems, the guide covers the requirements necessary for providing ’safe water’ by minimising Legionella, preventing scalding and understanding the associated duty of care.
Liveryman Kevin Wellman, chief executive of the CIPHE, said: “The Institute is committed to raising industry standards and promoting safe plumbing in the UK. We are indebted to all the contributors to have provided this important insight into the dangers and hazards often caused by bad plumbing or insufficient maintenance of plumbing systems.”
For more click here.
The guide covers a range of issues, including:
• Pseudomonas aeruginosa
• The control of Legionella and Pseudomonas in water systems
• Safe water use temperatures
• Other scalding risks
• Design & good practice
• Design and installation principles
• Sensible precautions
• Maintaining a clean and safe system
• Legal matters
The guide has been published by the Institute’s Safe Water Group and produced by Tony Malkin, Stan Tildsley and Jim Walley, with additional information from David Harper.
Priced at £20 for members and £35 for non-members, the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella can be ordered by contacting the CIPHE on 01708 472791 or by emailing email@example.com.
The WHO Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the framework that has been a key part of efforts to build a better world for the past 15 years – challenged the global community to reduce by half the proportion of the population without safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Throughout this period, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) has monitored progress. The latest report can read by clicking here
The Plumbers' Company Charity recognises and supports this vital WHO key goal by supporting a project at Oboase Wawase, a remote rural village in Ghana, to provide safe water and sanitation. Click here for more information.
A letter describing some of the work by a "watsan" from Médecins Sans Frontières illustrates the connection between health and the provisionb of safe drinking water and basic sanitation. To read the letter click here.
On 1st March 2017 the the Master, liverymen and their guests visited the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.
The Mews houses thirty horses in stabling, the state coaches and garaging for the state cars.
The tour was followed by lunch at the Rubens Hotel.
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You are invited to join the Master on Wednesday 5th April 2017 for a visit to Apsley House, the home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants and Wellington Arch, built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. Lunch will be taken at the Rose & Crown 2 Old Park Lane situated in Mayfair. We meet at Apsley House at 11.45am for a 90 minute tour of this beautiful Georgian building and the Arch a spectacular landmark set in the heart of royal London. A short walk from there takes us to the Rose & Crown for a three course lunch of classic pub fare.
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Thanks to the generosity of Liverymen and benefactors, the Master has been able to report that the Livery Lunch following the induction of HRH Duchess of Cornwall as an Honorary Liveryman, raised £21,885.80 for our Charitable Trust. This will further enable the charity trustees to meet the aims of the Trust in supporting and influencing: plumbing education, the training and development of plumbers, promotion of the craft, sanitation projects, the provision of clean water, public health and the welfare of plumbers.
Please let the Clerk know of anyone or any project that would be worthy of support by the Trust.
The installation of the Duchess has been well reported in the monthly magazine Majesty.(click here)The current issue of “Majesty” magazine has a feature on Royal involvement with City Livery Companies and we are the lead picture. It can be obtained in W H Smith. Vol 38 No 3 now! On the day of the installation and before the event, the magazine issued a statement on the installation. Read it by clicking here.
Trevor Williams from Fulham, who became a Liveryman in 1997, was on 3rd February struck by a car and unfortunately died from his injuries. We have expressed our sympathy to his family. The funeral will be Thursday 6th April 2017 @14:00
Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Richmond TW9 4EN, (Click here for travel directions)
Trevor's daughter Lisa would be very pleased to see members of the Company. It is requested that any donations be given to a charity.
The fourth edition of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality (GDWQ) builds on over 50 years of guidance by WHO on drinking-water quality, which has formed an authoritative basis for the setting of national regulations and standards for water safety in support of public health.
It is the product of significant revisions to clarify and elaborate on ways of implementing its recommendations of contextual hazard identification and risk management, through the establishment of health-based targets, catchment-to-consumer water safety plans and independent surveillance.
To download a copy click here.
Harold Glover and May
We are sad to report the death of Liveryman Harold Glover from Warrington, who passed away peacefully in a nursing home on 12 February, 7 weeks after his wife, who died on Christmas Eve. They were 99 and 98 respectively and married for over 76 years.
Further details will be posted when known.
The Lord Mayor, Masters of participating Livery Companies and the awardees
On Monday 13th February in Merchant Taylors' Hall the Master participated in an awards ceremony originally the brainchild of our Past Master Geoff Marsh in 2001. This ceremony sees the awarding of Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificates recognising career progression in areas of skill.
Three proud plumbers, all members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) received awards . The event took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London, presented candidates with their certificates.
Ian Hamilton EngTech MCIPHE RP, who has over 27 years’ experience in the plumbing and heating industry, was presented with the Master Plumber Certificate. Nathan Napier EngTech MCIPHE RP was also awarded with the Master Plumber Certificate, he has worked in the industry for 25 years.
Sean Woollam MCIPHE RP received the Journeyman Certificate and has 10 years’ experience.
Around 120 people attended ceremony, which had representatives from eight Livery Companies. Dr Andrew Parmley said: “These awards represent recognition and reward for men and women who have excelled in their craft – be proud, you are valued.”
Over 250 Master Certificates have now been awarded and it was felt that the pathway to "mastery" of a career founded on a specific skill required attention. Thus, two preliminary landmarks, the Apprentice and Journeyman, were introduced to encourage those who embark on a route to skilled employment to complete the journey.
Master Certificates were first introduced in 2001 by a partnership of The Worshipful Company of Plumbers, the CIPHE and City & Guilds. The Master Plumber Certificate was soon followed by similar programmes supported by other Livery Companies, Professional Bodies.and City & Guilds.
This is the continuing story of a programme designed to encourage career progression in areas of skill identified with City of London Livery Companies.
Further information on the scheme can be obtained by clicking here
Our Almoner, Caroline Walsh, finds time in her busy life to buy flowers for the lonely Plumber's Apprentice at Cannon Street Railway Station.
On Wednesday 19th April, there will be a Charter Celebration with the Apprentice Plumber followed by lunch in the “The Banker”, a Fuller’s Pub built into the giant arches under the Southeastern Railway viaduct leading into Cannon Street Station.
Monday 20th March our 2017 Banquet at the Mansion House
This will again be held in the glorious surroundings of the Egyptian Hall, by kind permission of the Lord Mayor. We are delighted that Lord Mayor locum tenens Sir Michael Bear has accepted our invitation to be our principal guest. We shall welcome as our speaker for the evening Sir Keith Mills GBE DL. The inventor of the Air Miles and Nectar loyalty schemes, Sir Keith led London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics and was Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee for the London games. He is currently Chairman of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
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Three dozen Plumbers enjoyed a merry time at the Westminster Catering College on Vincent Square, on Wednesday 8th February. Students in their first, second and third years cooked an excellent meal with a traditional British theme. Canapes and cured salmon to whet the appetite were hotly pursued by Yorkshire puddings the size of small volcanoes accompanying the splendid ribeye beef and braised Ox cheek main course. The vanilla and apple delice pudding was beautifully designed and presented, worthy of a top London restaurant. Prosecco, white and red wine flowed liberally and a splendid time was had by all, with many requests to make the Escoffier Room an annual fixture for the ever-popular Plumbers’ table.
Many also commented on the splendid example set by the College in providing really high calibre vocational training for young people seeking a career in hospitality and catering, up to degree level. Entry to the College is hugely competitive and graduates leave with a qualification which ensures steady employment and career progression. How nice it is to have such an enjoyable time, with excellent food and wines and the most convivial company, while helping young people to gain a secure foothold as they look forward to independence and starting their adult lives.
Jonathan Gocher (Charity Fundraiser), The Master, Seymour Baker (Retired banker) and Paul Blows (Property/advertising)
At the meeting of the Court on 26th January 2017, Seymour Baker (Retired banker), Paul Blows (Property/advertising) and Jonathan Gocher (Charity Fundraiser) were clothed in the Livery.
We welcome them and look forward to seeing them at our functions.
Lots of great photos taken by our own Photographer Michael O'Sullivan view them under Special Court Luncheon on his web site
Press report in Mail OnLine click HERE
The Duchess with her Certificate
Being clothed in the Livery
A welcome from Greg
Today, the Duchess of Cornwall was installed as an Honorary Liveryman of our Company. The Installation Ceremony took place with the Court in attendance. She was presented with an illuminated certificate on vellum, a copy of which is retained by our Company. The Master introduced each member of our Court before escorting Her Royal Highness down the main staircase to the lower landing, where he presented the Company’s gift – an engraved, silver gilt ladle bearing the Company’s arms.
The new Honorary Liveryman then met and spoke with the 150 guests at the pre luncheon reception. Read a full report penned by the Master by clicking here.
Photo collage click here.
A Report penned by the Master
Today was a proud moment for our Company, when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was admitted as an Honorary Liveryman at our Court meeting at Skinners’ Hall. Following her clothing she joined the Master to sign our Admissions Book and was presented with an illuminated certificate on vellum, a copy of which is retained by our Company. After a formal Court photograph, the Master introduced each member of our Court before escorting Her Royal Highness down the main staircase to the lower landing, where he presented the Company’s gift – an engraved, silver gilt ladle bearing the Company’s arms, the dedication and date and on the handle the words “I was wrought by command of the Livery”.
In presenting the ladle, the Master explained its significance as an historic tool of the plumber’s trade and expressed the hope that it would remind Her Royal Highness of the warm fellowship of our Company, which has proudly represented the skills, trade and profession of plumbers for over six hundred and fifty years.
In a remarkable gesture of goodwill towards our Company, Her Royal Highness stayed on past her scheduled departure time and managed to meet and speak individually to very nearly 150 Liverymen, partners and guests at the reception before departing. She was very complimentary about the warmth and goodwill shown by all present and hopes to be able to join us again on another occasion.
Luncheon began with an English white wine, very fittingly given that Her Royal Highness is President of the United Kingdom Vineyards Association. Our speaker was Dr Claire Guest of Medical Detection Dogs, who spoke very eloquently about the breakthroughs which that charity has made in the early detection of potentially serious illness, including various forms of cancer, by using the extraordinary sense of smell of man’s best friend. Our Company was very kindly invited to name a dog, and after presenting a donation to Dr Guest from our Charitable and Educational Trust, our Master proposed the name “Plum”, as being easy for both dog and Company to remember. We look forward to hearing good reports of Plum in the months and years ahead.
Thanks to the generosity of event supporters (including the Aim Foundation, Past Masters Antony Paterson-Fox and his wife Diana, Nick Gale and his wife Debbie,Steve Hodkinson and his wife Jane and Peter Brunner and his wife Jane) and a very full turn-out of Liverymen, partners and guests, the Charity Luncheon raised very close to £20,000 for our Charitable and Educational Trust – as the Master said, enough to transform lives in four rural villages in Ghana, or help many deserving young people studying for a career in our industry.
While they didn’t quite make it into the newspapers, our Court also clothed three new Liverymen at Skinners’ Hall; Paul Blows, Jonathan Gocher and Seymour Baker. They were fortunate to witness an occasion unique in the modern history of our Company, which will be remembered by all present for many years to come.”
For an illustrated press report click here.
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The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is widely regarded as one of the friendliest of London’s Livery Companies. The Court was therefore pleased to accept a recommendation at its recent meeting from the Membership Committee that the Company should create the role of Almoner. The principal aim of the Almoner will be to keep in touch with Liverymen who are unable, for a range of reasons, to participate regularly in the Company’s events and functions. Although the Company has enjoyed ad hoc arrangements for keeping in touch with Liverymen over many years, it is believed that this is the first time that the title of Almoner (which is used in several other companies) has been adopted.
Liveryman Caroline Walsh has been appointed as the Company’s first Almoner. Caroline, whose home is in Eltham, near Greenwich, has been a Liveryman since 2004 and she looks forward to developing this role. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you are aware of one of our liverymen needing her support. She can be contacted either by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07789 743333. Liverymen who know others who might appreciate occasional contact from a representative of the Company are invited to pass on details to Caroline.
The inaugural Corporate Members lunch was held at Farmers and Fletchers Hall on 19th January 2017.
The lunch was a great success and was attended by 24 senior people from over 20 large and significant companies in our industry today. All aspects of the industry were represented: client organisations, designers, contractors, manufacturers and industry bodies.
This class of membership is new to our company and is very important if we are to increase our engagement with the industry. For the Corporate Members the Plumbers’ Company see itself as facilitating networking events and addressing some of the key issues affecting the industry today.
Past Master Nick Gale welcomed everyone to the lunch, Past Master Steve Hodkinson explained why Corporate Membership was important to the Plumbers’ company and Assistant Paul Flatt explained the range of benefits to Corporate Members in joining. Liveryman Martin Jepson from Brookfield wrapped up the lunch with a vote of thanks and encouraged all present to take an active part.
We are very pleased that already 9 new corporate members have joined and following the lunch others will follow shortly. The maximum number of corporate members approved by the Court is 25.
Welcome to our 9 new corporate members: BPEC, Briggs and Forrester, Essex Services Group, Gratte Brothers, John Guest, Lorne Stewart, M J Lonsdale, Phoenix, T Clarke.
Initial reports show that the Reception hosted by the Master and Mistress Plumber in the Reform Club was a highly succesful and enjoyable occasion. Some wished there had been more time to dip into the many books in the magnificent library.
The picture shows the Master, flanked by the Mistress, thanking everybody who was there although the real thanks were from those present to Brian and Anne for their generous hosptatility.
You will have seen this man at all of our functions? He is our photographer, and Freeman of the Company, Michael O'Sullivan who records the event and takes pictures of those present. He will take a special photo of you and your guest(s) if you ask him.
Michael graciously make pictures available for our web site and you are encouraged to support him by purchasing photos from his web site. Next Thursday will be an ideal opportunity to start or add to your collection.
We have a new Captain, Past Steward Richard Harvey. There is an exciting and varied programme summarised below. For details click here.
Our own events :-
3rd May Brookmans Park
27th July New Zealand Golf Club The Plumber's Golf Day
18th May Walton Heath Prince Arthur Cup
3rd July Verulam
8th September Wildernesse
17th July The City Livery Club have asked us to keep this day clear for a competition they will organise.
The Painter-Stainers will be arranging a day at Sunningdale Ladies.Probably in July.
Our own events :-
3rd May Brookmans Park This will be our third year at this venue.
For Livery members only.No competition but an opportunity to meet fellow Livery golfers. Bacon roll, 18 holes and lunch
27th July New Zealand Golf Club The Plumber's Golf Day This is our main event. Guests are welcome.Bring some friends and support the Society. 18 or 36 holes with substantial lunch and afternoon tea. The Master plans to join us for lunch and present prizes.
18th May Walton Heath Prince Arthur Cup
The most prestigious inter-Livery competition with 54 Livery Companies taking part. Our qualification for this year is uncertain. However,if we do qualify we need 4 golfers who can handle 36 holes and a memorable lunch. Entries to be completed by end of March.
3rd July Verulam 18 holes Teams of 4 An enjoyable day at the home course of Samuel Ryder. Organised by the Marketors with about 18 Livery teams. Putting and chipping competitions. Last year our Liveryman Michael Munro won the chipping which raised almost £1000 for the Lord Mayor's charities.
8th September Wildernesse We are organising this date to be shared with the Painter-Stainers and Firefighters.18 holes Singles. Won last year by our Liveryman Barry Corfield. One of the oldest courses in Kent and a qualifying course for the Open.
17th July The City Livery Club have asked us to keep this day clear for a competition they will organise. Last year they organised the Lord Mayor's Charity Golf day at Stoke Park which raised several thousand pounds. Expect something special. Details to follow.
The Painter-Stainers will be arranging a day at Sunningdale Ladies.Probably in July. We have enjoyed playing here for several years now. A singles competition on a charming course.Details to follow.
We can also expect to receive invitations to other events from other Livery Companies.
Fuller details will be available will be available nearer the dates,but it would be helpful if you would let me know which events you would like to support.
The annual subscription remains at £10 and golf shirts with the Livery coat-of-arms are available from the Livery Office for £25.
Contact:- email@example.com Phone 01483 490600 address 38, Beaufort Lodge, Grove Road,Woking GU21 5FG
After about 9 years as Golf Secretary, I will be handing over to Liveryman Michael Munro and he will be running some of this year's events.I hope you will give him your support in the future.This year we also welcome a new Captain, Past Steward Richard Harvey.
Happy New Year from the UK plumber accreditation scheme, WaterSafe.
WaterSafe, the national register for approved plumbers, has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2013 and is changing the face of UK plumbing.
The scheme is backed by all UK water companies and all the UK drinking water regulators. It ensures customers looking for a plumber can quickly find an accredited tradesperson near them who is trained in the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (or Byelaws in Scotland) which are designed to keep drinking water fresh, healthy and wholesome.
The scheme’s membership has risen to nearly 3,000 approved businesses, with more than 5,500 qualified plumbers.
Chris Sneath, WaterSafe Chairman, said: “The scheme is helping to protect the quality of drinking water in the UK, keeping families safe and healthy, and improving standards across the profession. Thank you to everyone who has helped make it such a success.”
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