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It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Rowena Lawrence-Mills, who passed away peacefully on 16 December 2018. She has been ill for some time. Her husband, Past Master John Lawrence-Mills, passed away in July. A memorial service will be held in the New Year and details will be published in due course.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has sent everyone at the Plumbers’ Company her wishes for a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is delighted to announce our spring events season, packed with music, drama, opera, live events and collaborations with our partners – now open for booking!
Take in our season highlights below or browse the new events guide online by clicking here. Booking for the annual Gold Medal will be available from Monday 11 February.
The Master and Wardens invite you to join them on Monday 18th March 2019 at our Annual Banquet at the Mansion House, which will again be held in the glorious surroundings of the Egyptian Hall by kind permission of the Lord Mayor. We are delighted that our principal guest and speaker for the evening will be Ian Blatchford, the Director of the Science Museum Group, which oversees the Science Museum in London and other related museums. He started his career at the Bank of England and has served as the Deputy Finance Director of the Arts Council and Finance Director of the Royal Academy of Arts. He was previously Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
For flyer and booking form click here.
‘York was an obvious choice for my Master’s Weekend, not the least because I am a Trustee of the wonderful National Railway Museum. Another reason is that it has an older Mansion House than the one I lived in for a year as Lord Mayor of London! York is, of course, packed with historical sights, all within walking distance or a very short taxi ride from the Grand Hotel where we will stay - the former headquarters of North Eastern Railways, lavishly restored into a five-star hotel. I am not forgetting the breath-taking York Minster and so many other lovely things to do – there will be time for all that! You can take much of it at your own pace!’ Dame Fiona
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The latest edition of Livery Briefing can niow be read by clicking here.
Dear Fellow Liverymen
I am going to take part in the above event to raise money for charity ( Cancer Research as I had cancer a few years ago ) so I am hoping some of you could kindly donate to this charity as I am wearing fancy dress circa 1920's and braving the cold water. Please send cheques to me, address below made out to Saundersfoot NYDS Ltd or pay by bank transfer to me A.N. H. Lowe account no 30592153 sort code 20-90-69, and email me, firstname.lastname@example.org that you have done so and the amount. Thanking you. Anthony Lowe
Three Past Master Plumbers (Nick Gale, Steve Hodkinson and Erica Stary) and their partners attended the Brigantes Christmas carol concert (and the AGM beforehand) in Chester. The cathedral choir was superb. Brigantes (northern outpost of the livery) was the creation of PM Nick Gale and three others from the North and has in a very short period become a resounding success. Nick gave a most amusing speech at the pre-concert dinner in the Cathedral precincts.
Northern Liverymen should keep a look out on this web site for future meetings of the Brigantes.
It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Liveryman Cliff Brown, who passed away in hospital on 1 December 2019 aged 84 years. At his request there will be no funeral and he has donated his body to medical science, but the family are planning to hold a celebration of his life on 12 January 2019 at the Harlow Study Centre in Essex. Further details will be provided when they are confirmed. The Master is unable to attend as she has a prior engagement, but she will be represented by Upper Warden Dr Peter Rumley, a colleague of Cliff’s.
The Lord Mayor would like to invite you to come to the Lord Mayor's Gresham Lecture on Digital Skills on 8 January 2019. This is ticketed because of the reception afterwards: you can sign up for free tickets by clicking here.
Placing a jar of faeces on a pedestal next to him, philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off the “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in China.
“You might guess what’s in this beaker — and you’d be right. Human faeces,” the former CEO of software giant Microsoft said. “This small amount of faeces could contain as many as 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs.” He went on to say that pathogens like these cause diseases that kill nearly 500,000 children under the age of 5 every year.
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Find an upodate in Cityview
Cityview is the magazine of the City Corporation and keeps you up to date on our current work and plans for the future. The December 2018 edition can be found by clicking here.
The Plumbers' Company is unique in being served by Stewards. The seven Stewards members of the Company who have been invited by a Master to serve for a seven year period. Led by the Upper Warden they form the Social Committee and organise social fumctions as well as ensuring that all functions of the Company run smootly. During the final year in office, the holder is the Senior Steward. The Senior Steward and the Stewards invite the Livery to join them in entertaining the Master and Wardens and in honouring the Immediate Past Master, at the Ladle Dinner.
The Court wished to recognise the work of the Stewards in a more formal way and it was decided to present an illuminated certificate to the retiring Senior Steward at the Ladle Dinner. As this was the first such presentation certificates were also presented to all past Stewards. The presentations were made by the Immediate Past Master, Robert Burgon, to twelve past stewards commencing with Past Master John Locker who became a steward in 1984.
On 21st November, Plumbers made their way to Sadlers' Hall to recognise the Immediate Past Master, Robert Burgon, at the annual Ladle Dinner. The occasion, for Liverymen only, is arranged by the stewards and the host is the outgoing Senior Steward who this year was Ian Smith. The evening started with a reception and time for a chat with friends. Then into dinner and the Senior Steward invited the Master to serve soup to the top table. The traditional toasts followed the dinner with, for the Ladle Dinner only, a silent toast remembering members of the Company who passed away during the year.
All the Past Masters attending, with the exception of the IPM, were then represented with their ladle commemorating their year in office. Past Master Alec Moir reminded the diners of the work of the IPM both before taking office and during his year as our Master. He expressed the thanks of the Company to him and his wife Sheila for the exemplary way in which they had led the Company. (Read the speech by clicking here.) The IPM was then presented with his ladle by the newest Liveryman, Charles van Oppen.
The IPM thanked the Company for their support and especially the Stewards. He presented all the Past Stewards and Senior Steward Ian Smith, with a certificate recognising their work for the Company. Ian then thanked the Company and passed his baton to the new Senior Steward Danny Flowers.
A great family evening. See here for pictures
In keeping with tradition 15 past Mistresses (including John, Past Master Erica's consort, who called himself the Plumber's Mate) enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Innholders Hall today preceded by a champagne reception. PM Erica Stary welcomed them and then a superb lunch, prepared by the Michelin-starred chef, was enjoyed.
Those present were pleased to hear the good news that Patience Thomson has been able to return home after convalescence.
The Master and Wardens and Court of Assistants invite you to join them for lunch at Carpenters’ Hall on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 1245hr for 1300hr. Our guest speaker will be Mr Andrew Jasper, the Programme Director for the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley in Surrey.
We will be presenting the Company’s highest award, the St Michael Medallion, to Liveryman Peter Cheesman at the lunch in recognition of his outstanding support to the plumbing industry and the ancient craft of lead casting. We will also be saying thank you to Paul Johnson, who will just have retired as CEO of the British Plumbing Employers Council after over 20 years’ service. We will also be presenting our award to the top Royal Air Force apprentice for 2017, SAC(T) Stuart Thompson and, subject to confirmation, awards to the top Royal Navy apprentices for 2017 and 2018. We will also be welcoming a new Court Assistant, Liveryman Martin Shouler, up to 10 new Liverymen and their partners ….. and welcome the new Clerk, Adrian Mumford. Clearly a lunch not to be missed and a great way to welcome in the New Year!
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Click here to read a letter to all Liverymen from The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor Alderman Peter Estlin
As the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London, my aim is to build on the successes achieved in the inaugural year of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal multi-year strategy A Better City for All.
Together with my colleagues, Alderman Charles Bowman and Alderman William Russell, we are incredibly proud of the progress we have made in making sure the City is truly Inclusive, Healthy, Skilled and Fair. Among the highlights have been the launching and rolling out of our ‘Wellbeing in the City’ tool with the Samaritans, providing funding for 400 volunteer school counsellors and support for over 1,000 young people through our partnership with Place2Be, launching our ‘She Can Be’ initiative to inspire young women to take up skilled professions in the City and celebrating our largest ‘City Giving Day’ yet with over 300 companies taking part. Over the last year we have raised an incredible £1.85 million and are making great progress. In 2019 OnSide Youth Zones will be opening the doors of three of their state of the art 21st century youth zones. To find out more on all the above and about the impact we have achieved please visit our website.
I am delighted to be hosting a number of exciting fundraising events over the coming winter months. Kicking off the fundraising will be Santa in the City taking place on Thursday 6 December, a festive 5k fun run in and around the City which will take in many of the areas iconic landmarks. The focus is on having fun and getting into the festive spirit in complimentary Santa outfits, so please do join in with your colleagues, family or friends – you don’t need to be an exercise junkie to take part! The entry fee is £23 with a minimum sponsorship of just £50.
Next is ‘A City Scrooge’ taking place at Mansion House on Monday 17 December. Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow will entertain guests with a unique private performance comprising excerpts from Charles Dickens' classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’ together with interpretations by Mr Callow. Tickets are £100 including Dickensian drinks and canapés. This much treasured story is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season.
Moving into 2019, our first fundraising event of the year will be Cuveés Exceptionnelles at Mansion House on 28 February 2019. This exceptional evening will celebrate the finest wines from some of the world’s greatest growers and vintages. Tickets are £750 and include a Champagne and canapé reception, four course dinner and wines presented by their growers.
We have a whole host of exciting events planned for the year ahead, from dinners to participation and challenge events. For more information please click on the icons below or visit the Appeal website thelordmayorsappeal.org/events/ for more details. To book tickets or to ask any questions, please get in touch with the Appeal team on email@example.com or phone 020 7332 1582.
All net funds raised will support our three inspirational charity partners Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans to deliver ground breaking programmes which will not only change people’s lives, but save them.
I very much hope to see you at some of the Appeal events over the course of the year and I wish you a very happy festive season.
Lead in drinking water – what you need to know
Drinking water supplied in lead pipes can be bad for your health, so it’s important to know how to identify lead pipes in your property. Click here for the video. If in doubt contact your local water supplier for advice and always use a WaterSafe plumber to safely replace your lead pipes with copper or plastic ones.
Almoner Caroline (Top), Barbara, and our PM Erica
On Saturday our Almoner, Caroline Walsh, PM, Erica Stary and Liveryman Barbara Abraham took part in the Lady Masters’ float in the Lord Mayor’s Show. They were marching to say thank you to the thousands of men and women who worked hard over many years to achieve the vote. Undoubtedly, the Great War was a major contributor - the work done by women whilst their men were away in the trenches was rewarded, (Erica was told that the Government was afraid of a rebellion from the women who had discovered freedom and now the war was ending realized they would shortly be back in their homes controlled by their husbands – but that may be apocryphal).
Be that as it may, the float had about 50 participants, mainly current and past masters from across the livery augmented by women, such as Caroline, making great contributions in the City and Livery.
The crowd welcomed them with open arms – photos galore were taken, they even had a short slot on the BBC – and all had a great day.
At the grave side
Today, 11th November 2018, Past Master Rodney Cartwright and Court Assistant and Acting Clerk Air Commodore Paul Nash remembered Liveryman Captain Aubrey Hill who died on active service 100 years ago and is buried in the British Military Cemetry at Fillièvres in France. For more information about the cemetry and Captain Hill click here.
On Monday 5 November The Upper Warden, Dr Peter Rumley, who represented the Master, Dame Fiona Woolf, who was otherwise engaged representing the City in Hamburg, together with the Acting Clerk, Air Cdre Paul Nash, placed a small cross, on behalf of the Plumbers’ Company, in the Royal British Legion's Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Monday morning before Remembrance Sunday, all Livery Company Masters and Clerks gather in St Paul's Cathedral Churchyard for the annual City ceremony at which each Master, together with the Lord Mayor and other civic and military leaders gather to remember all those who have lost their lives on active service to the Crown, and honours the service of the Armed Forces and veterans, and the contribution of their families. The Band of the Coldstream Guards attended.
The Master Plumber and her Consort, Fiona and Nicholas, look forward to welcoming you to the glorious setting of our Company Church, St. Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street, to celebrate the coming of Christmas. Tis the season of goodwill and joy! Join in and help celebrate at this year’s Carol Service on Tuesday 11 December 2018. Mulled wine will be available from 1800 to lubricate your singing voices and the Service starts at 1830. Afterwards there will be a finger buffet and minced pies, with wine, soft drinks and coffee. If you’re already helping Santa and his elves with the Christmas shopping, take some time off and relax. You can even bring your own little elves too!
Details and booking click here.
Why not enjoy some brilliant performances at the Guildhall School this November. Performers include Sa Chen described by Simon Bates of Classic FM as one of the brightest performers of her generation; Singers from Guildhall’s Jazz course and an exciting evening of music for guitar performed by Guildhall alumni. Click here for the full programme.
Every year in mid October, following a meeting of the Court, a unique ceremony takes place in the Company church of St Magnus the Martyr witnessed by the Court, Liverymen, family and friends. Using oaths agreed by the Court over 400 years ago, the Master installs their successor as Master of the Company. The new Master then installs the Wardens thus completing the Top Team for the ensuing year. This year the outgoing Master, Robert Burgon, installed Dame Fiona Woolf as his successor and she then installed Dr Peter Rumley as Upper Warden and Nick Jones as renter Warden.
Following this secular ceremony, the Cardinal Rector Liveryman Phillip Warner led the Installation Service. The Master, Wardens and the Court then processed along Lower Thames Street to Vinters’ Hall for a reception and lunch.
The Master, in a duo act with her husband Nicholas, thanked the Immediate Past Master Robert and his wife Sheila for their service to the Company during their year in office. The Master then gave some tantalising glimpses of next year’s programme.
Following the lunch, the Master presented apprentice plumber Rebecca Russel with the Plumbers’ Company Silver Medal recognising her achievements in her training.
David John Reynolds (Non-Executive Director), Mark Nevitt (MD and Surveyor), The Master, Paul Joseph Mc Dermott (Consultant), Jonathan David Eaglesham (MD and Architect) and Jason Karr (Property Developer)
At the meeting of the Court on Installation Day, the then Master, Robert Burgon, welcomed five new Liverymen who were clothed in the Livery - Jonathan David Eaglesham (MD and Architect), Jason Karr (Property Developer), Mark Nevitt (MD and Surveyor), Paul Joseph Mc Dermott (Consultant) and David John Reynolds (Non-Executive Director).
We welcome them and charge the Livery to make them feel at home in our Company.
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”.
To read the Blogs for the whole year click here.
Blog 43 continues with activities undertaken by the Master and Mistress on our behalf. Click here for this week's episode.,
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.
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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.
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.
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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).
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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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
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. NOW FULLY BOOKED To join the waiting list email firstname.lastname@example.org but delay submitting a booking form and payment until they confirm that places have become available.
Lord Mayor's Show Lunch after the Lord Mayor's Show in Apothecaries Hall - Book now Click here.
The Plumbers' Master thanks the hosts
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.
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.
Yes, Christmas is approaching and already the Office is receiving notices of events and promotions.
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.
(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.
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.
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)
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 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.”
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.
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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Something every day, finishing with the Master’s Weekend in Edinburgh - phew! Read the Blog by clicking here.
Distilling the dram
Wheelie at Falkirk
The Three Bridges
Dinner at the Museum of Scotland
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.
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?
The City Music Foundation is putting on an exciting collection of concerts and recitals Find about the programme by clicking here.
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.
An exciting programme of music and drama to delighjt you this autumn. Read the details by clicking here.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Read the answer from Liveryman Kevin Wellman by clicking here.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Another fascinating week for the Master amd Mistress Plumber. Read all about it by clicking here.
For the whole year so far click here.
Did you read the Master's Blog 33 when he went to jail? Now illustrated click here.
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:
Thank you for being part of the 619 engagements undertaken by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall this year.
Read the latest Blog by the Master by clicking here to discover his two firsts this last week
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.
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.
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.
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
At the Tower
Spot the Master
Blog 33 with pictures.
It was a HOT week and you can find the details in Blog 33 from the Master. Click here.
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.
The Master with Charles van Oppen
At the Court meeting on 3rd July, Charles van Oppen, an Insurance Consultant, was clothed in the Livery.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest Blog from the Master (who will no doubt watching tennis in the next fortnight). Click here for the details.
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.
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
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.
Read the communication from the Court of Aldermen by clicking here.