Caroline Walsh, our almoner, has accepted the ever-so-popular Lord Mayor’s Appeal Abseil Challenge on Friday 5th July. Ffor the first time ever it will take place in Canary Wharf this year. The challnge is in partnership with Barclays and the event will be held at Barclays HQ at 1 Churchill Place which, standing at 156 metres, is one of the tallest buildings in Canary Wharf. The Abseil Challenge requires core muscle strength, a good sense of balance and the ability to control nerves for the descent down this iconic building. You can also compete and a team of experts from Mile End Climbing Wall will be on hand to show you the ropes. The abseil is open to everyone who is reasonably fit and healthy, no previous experience needed. Details here.
Please support Caroline by clicking here.
It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Len Yeoell earlier this month. Len became a Liveryman of the Company in October 2016. Our thoughts are with his family. The family are requesting support for Cancer Research in memory of Len. Click here for details.
The team with the Cup
A great day
Under the tricky conditions of light winds and strong tides in the Solent the Plumbers’ Company stormed to victory to win the Lord Mayor’s Cup at the Livery Regatta this weekend. After a postponement because of insufficient wind the race got underway at 13:30PM. The light winds and strong tide called for careful and expert navigation and sailing - a very challenging race. All the Livery competitors and spectators had an excellent weekend.
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The biggest event in the Inter-Livery golfing calendar is The Prince Arthur Cup competed for annually since 1927 by 54 Livery teams (playing as 2 pairs) at the prestigious Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey. Only the top 40 are guaranteed an invite for the following year. The format is tough with 36 holes in a day playing alternate shot foursomes.
This year our team of Richard Harvey, Tony Peters, Daniel Flowers and David Hannam achieved our best finish for many years coming 7th. The course was being prepared for US Open qualifying and the greens were quick and coupled with a good breeze it was an excellent challenge. A very well organised and run event. We look forward to next year and trying to improve on our 1971 best finish of Runners up!
Click on the header above and see the comment on the green digital poster. I hope he is not calling our Bertie darling!
Liverymen who were admitted to the Livery before 31st May 2019 and who wish to vote for the Sheriffs and other Officers should note that you are summoned to meet at the Guildhall on Monday 24th June 2019 by 11.45am. The Lord Mayor will take the chair at 12 noon precisely. Tickets will be required for entry to the Guildhall and these are available only from this office on receipt of a completed proforma below. Click here. (Please note the Guildhall may not keep seats for later-arriving Liverymen and to ensure that you get a decent seat, you are strongly advised to arrive no later than 11.15am)
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has kindly invited us to join them for lunch afterwards on the 24h June in Pewterers' Hall. If you wish to accept this invitation, please include this on the proforma and return it by Friday 14th June 2019.
Remeber our own Past Master Erica Stary is a candidate.
So says Michael O'Sullivan who has served the Company as our photographer for many years. Michael is now moving to the next stage of his life (ie retiring) in June. He will greatly missed at our formal functions. His work was recognised by the Court in April 2007 when he was elected a Freeman of the Company. The photographs that he takes can be found on his web site . You will still be able to browse back over the years and order a hard copy until 21 June when his site will be taken down. What is not widely known is that after every Company function Michael makes photos available for use on this web site at no charge to the Company. We are indeed greatly indebted for his kindness.
We all wish Michael a very happy future in the knowledge that we, and other Livery Companies, will hold him dear in our memories.
The Sheriffs’ Ball will be held at Guildhall on Friday 20 September in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. This fun, prestigious, black tie event will include a drinks reception, three course fine dining menu, electronic silent auction, entertainment and dancing until midnight. We are delighted to announce that due to popular demand The Chance Band will be back once again to play and sing live for you! Please find further details by clicking here. Tickets are selling fast so early booking is strongly recommended.
In addition, the ever-so-popular Lord Mayor’s Appeal Abseil Challenge is taking place at Barclays in Canary Wharf on Friday 5 July and registration is open at https://www.thelordmayorsappeal.org/events/665/abseil-challenge-at-barclays/. The Lord Mayor himself will be leading the way to descend 150 metres down the building and would be delighted if you were to join him in the challenge. Alternatively, you can sponsor him at justgiving.com/fundraising/aldermanpeterestlin – any donations, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated.
Past Master Chris Sneath is a keen suppoprter of apprentices as Havering College News reports "PLUMBING STUDENT RECEIVES FIRST CHRIS SNEATH BURSARY" Read the News sheet by clicking here.
Liveryman Allan Anderson, nominated by the Plumbers’ Company, was awarded the Master Craft Certificate by the Georgian Group last night at Goldsmith’s Hall for his work in Plumbing Leadwork Conservation. The award was presented by The Duchess Argyll during the London Craft Week. There was also an award for Apprentices. The Georgian Group Craft Prize is intended to celebrate and promote excellence in those historic crafts and heritage works supported by the Livery Companies of the City of London. Exemplary conservation work, the creation of new work using traditional skills or techniques, or work in the ‘spirit’ of the Georgian period was co nsidered for the prize. The Craft Prize was overseen by a judging panel which included: the Georgian Group’s Chairman, Christopher Boyle QC; its Secretary, David Adshead FSA; Patricia Lovett MBE (Chair, Heritage Crafts Association); and Suzanne Galloway (Georgian Group & Upper Warden, Glaziers’ Company). The participating Liveries are the: Carpenters’, Glaziers’, Masons’, Plumbers’, Plaisterers’, Goldsmiths’, and Leathersellers’ companies.
Michael V Cooper, Churchwarden and Parish Clerk of St Magnus the Martyr, Past Master of the Parish Clerks' Company and Past Steward of the Plumbers' Company writes in Skyline the newsletter of the Friends of the City Churches on the link between the WCP and St Magnus the Martyr & St Michael Crooked Lane. Read his article by clicking here or the full edition of Skyline May 2019 by clicking here.
The Court has recognised the exceptional service of Past Master John Rae. Click here for details
Citation to John William Rae, MA (Oxon)
"The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants, meeting at Tallow Chandlers’ Hall on 10th day of April, 2019, resolved to place on record their thanks for your 45 years of service to our Court and 59 years as a Liveryman.
Joining by patrimony in 1960, you followed in the footsteps of your father, Lieutenant Colonel William Rae DSO MA BL, who twice served as Master of our Company in 1945 and 1952. You were appointed a Steward in 1973 and invited to join the Court in the following year. You were installed as Master in 1982 at the exceptionally young age of 43. You served with distinction implementing important governance reforms and ushered in a new Clerk, Secretary and office accommodation. You crowned your year by presenting the plaque on the façade of Cannon Street station which serves as a permanent and public reminder of the historic site of Plumbers’ Hall. For nearly four decades you have served our Court and Company as Past Master with unfailing dedication, exemplifying the tradition of good fellowship which we seek at all times to uphold.
Given under the seal of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers this 10th day of April 2019."
Andrew Littley, Penelope Malik, Jools Holland, The Master, Melville Gumbs, David Tomlinson and Anthony O'Donnell
At the Court meeting held on 10th April Andrew Jonathan Littley (Management Consultant), Anthony Patrick O'Donnell (MD Bathroom Manufacturer), Melville Gumbs (College Lecturer); Penelope Malik (Retired HR Director) and David William Tomlinson (JP & Retired Contracting Business) were clothed in the Livery. In addition Jools Holland was clothed as an Honoray Liveryman. We welcome them to the Company and look forward to getting to know them all.
The Master, Honorary Liveryman Jools Holland, the Upper Warden
Our new Honorary Liveryman, Jools Holland OBE DL is a composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster. From playing pubs in the East End docks as a teenage greaser, to leading his rhythm and blues orchestra and selling millions of records this century, it is his passion for music that has made Jools Holland into a doyen of the music scene. Jools was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry. In 2012 he was made Honorary Colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) [EOD].
Jools was proposed by the Upper Warden, Dr Peter Rumley.
Richard Harvey, Paul Nash, David Hannam
By tradition, The Pewterers’ Golf Challenge is organised by the Defending Champions. This year Chris Bilsland and the WCoFarriers took us into Kent and the lovely Westerham GC....rolling hills and lots of trees were the challenge along with some exciting pin positions on subtle and not so subtle slopes.
Our Society was represented this year by Paul Nash, Richard Harvey and David Hannam with two best stableford scores to count.
The sun came out and after a full english breakfast the team set forth. Many fine and not so fine shots later, the highlight being David’s birdie on the 17th for 4 points, we recorded 77 points. The winners - The WCoChartered Accountants - had 82 points with 2nd and 3rd places on 81 points. No prize for our Plumbers but a credible 4th out of 14 and a 3rd place in the individual competition for David with 36 points.
If you are interested in joining the golf society please get in touch with Liveryman Mick Munro.
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers are entering a boat for the 50th City Livery Yacht Club Race which takes place on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Cowes Isle of Wight. This is a great chance to spend a fun weekend representing or supporting your Livery at one of the historic world class centres of yachting. What’s not to like about a great summer’s day by the sea? There are a number of places still available on the yacht, if you would like to take part. And all are very welcome, from complete novices to experienced sailors.
Alternatively, if you would like to spectate, we have been allocated the upper terrace of the Island Sailing Club for this and it’s got great views over the racing area. You are also invited to attend the dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.
There will be two races: the first starts at 10.00 and the second finishes in time for all to get ready for the 18.30 presentation dinner in the world-famous Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. For further details of this event, please email Assistant Janet Rivers by clicking here.
Master Plaisterer Timothy Cooke OBE and our Master.
The Service was established in 1943 to help lift the spirits of the city following the Blitz, the United Guilds' Service has been held annually at St. Paul's Cathedral. This year the Service was held on Friday 29th March and following the service the Plumbers joined a number of otber Companies for lunch at Plaisterers' Hall. Our Master Dame Fiona Woolf thanked the Master Plaisterer on behalf of all the other company's attending for a wonderful lunch.
The latest Briefing from the City Livery Committee can be found by clicking here.
How much do you know about global access to water and sanitation? Click below to check your facts (and learn some more) with International Water Association Publishing's special World Water Day quiz, made in partnership with UN Water. Click here to partake in the quiz.
The Plumbers' Company has always firmly supported apprenticehip training. Our Ordinances of 1365 stipulate a seven year training period for apprentice plumbers. We continue to support apprenticesghips but recognise that they can be for a shorter length. The importance of apprenticeships are now newsworthy as exemplified by a recent article in The Times headed Medieval idea to make apprentices masters of their craft. To find out more click here.
Then - 1365 Articuli Plumbarior. Ordinances of the Plumbers 24th Jan., 38 Edward III. [A.D. 1364-5], Richard atte Dyche and Thomas Beauchamp elected to survey and examine the mistery of Plumbers , and see that it be well governed and present misdoers to the Mayor and Aldermen without concealment. "No one of the said trade (plumbing) shall take an apprentice for less than seven years; and that he shall have him enrolled within the first year, and at the end of his term shall make him take up his freedom, according to the usage of the said city"
Now - 2019 The Times 27 March 2019. “Socially and economically, Britain is held back by snobbery against vocational and technical education. Someone who completes a high-level apprenticeship has worked hard to develop serious skills in their chosen trade and will have the earning potential to match. That should be recognised and celebrated and new titles would help with that. A top-level apprenticeship, whether it’s in engineering, finance, digital, design or health and science, can rank alongside the best university degrees.” [Click here for full article.]
The article refers to the report Making Apprenticeships Work - The Employers' Perspective, from City & Guilds Group and the Industry Skills Board provides insights into modern training of apprentices. Click here for a copy
At Cannon Street railway station on Wednesday 27th March, next to Bertie, the Apprentice's Statue, there was a public demonstration of the part which apprentices play in the plumbing industry. Now in its third year, six bursary prizes were presented by the Master to people who are currently undergoing training to become qualified to work in the industry. The bursaries (which have been provided by the Company's Education and Charitable Trust with generous support from City and Guilds of London Institute and Monument Tools) will enable the recipients to purchase plumbing tools through Monument Tools.
The Egyptian Hall
The Carpet Guard
The Annual Banquet, held in the magnificent setting of the Egyptian Hall in Mansion House, is one of the highlights in the calendar of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers- and the 2019 event, held on Monday 18 March, was no exception.
Almost 250 Liverymen and guests were greeted, on arrival, by a very impressive carpet guard provided by the officers and cadets of the Richmond Sea Cadets, with which the Company is affiliated. Before dinner, the Master, Dame Fiona Woolf, DBE, DL, invited the Sea Cadets into the Egyptian Hall and acknowledged the strong links which exist between the Company and the unit.
As has become traditional at these events, musical entertainment was provided during dinner by the London Banqueting Ensemble whose repertoire ended with an exhilarating and breath-taking Post Horn Galop.
The Master thanked the Company’s Corporate Members for their sponsorship of the evening, proposed the Civic Toast and welcomed Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, Alderman Ian Luder (Lord Mayor 2008/2009) who responded and explained that this was the first occasion when he had been able to attend a Plumbers’ Banquet. Upper Warden Dr Peter Rumley proposed the Toast to the Guests- who included Honorary Liverymen, representatives of the City and of plumbing organisations. The response to this Toast was given by Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group (which includes the National Railway Museum in York). Sir Ian outlined the significance of the museums under his charge and said that the Science Museum is visited by more school children than any other museum, either in the UK or indeed in the whole of Europe. Sir Ian proposed the Toast to the Company (“May it flourish root and branch forever”) and the evening concluded with a chance to catch up with friends over a stirrup cup.
It has been necessary to change the date of the Installation Court this year. Instead of Tuesday 15th October, it will now take place on Wednesday 23rd October. The timings and venues as outlined in the Calendar of Events (Vintners and St Magnus the Martyr Church) are exactly as before. Please do make a note of the new date.
Chris Hayward - a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers, elected member and Committee Chairman at the City of London Corporation, and Non-Executive Director I bring a relevant and dynamic combination of Livery, City of London, Business and Charitable experience to stand as a candidate for the Shrievalty. https://www.chrishayward.city
Erica Stary - a successful lawyer and judge, self-made by hard work and diligent application, committed, selfless and altruistic public and voluntary service, inspiring individuals as well as organisations. She is Past Master Plumber, Past Master Tax Adviser and Chairman of the Lady Masters Association 2017-19. She is a member of Coleman Street Ward, Cripplegate Ward and City Livery Clubs. She understands the City and the role of the Sheriff and declares that she will work loyally and selflessly to fulfil this role. https://www.ericastary.london
As part of the City of London's 'Plastic Free City' initiative the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators are proud to present two eminent speakers, Professor Richard Thompson OBE, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University and Lynette Dollar, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Stantec. They will discuss the harm society's reliance on plastic is causing. Are there solutions to this global environmental challenge? The event will be held in the Guildhall Members Club, 3rd Floor, Aldermanbury, EC2P 2EJ. Click here for the details and here to find out more about the Wet 10.
The speaker will be Emma Howard-Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency who will give a paper entitled, ‘Too much, too little, too hot, too cold: Extreme weather, what do we do next?’
Click here to find the flyer for the 2019 Annual Lecture which will take place at The Royal College of Physicians on Monday 20th May. The flyer includes a booking form. The Lecture is generously supported by our corporate members to whom we give many thanks.
This year there will be an exciting and thrilling weekend in York. A great chance to meet fellow Liverymen and their partners. Many lifelong friendships have resulted from previous Master’s Weekends. The Master says ‘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!’ Click here for details and make your booking now.
The Annual Livery Pancake Race in Guildhall yard, in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal was held this Tuesday. Sadly Team Plumber didn’t win this year, but it was the taking part that counted and had there been a wheelchair race, Caroline Walsh, our Almoner, would have won that for sure.
The Master and Wardens and Court of Assistants invite you to join them for lunch in the magnificent surroundings of the Tallow Chandlers’ Hall on Dowgate Hill (alongside Cannon Street Station) on Wednesday 10th April 2019 at 1245hr for 1300hr. Our guest speaker will be Colonel Simon Duckworth OBE DL, who will describe one of the unknown jewels of the City of London, Her Majesty’s Commission of Lieutenancy, with a long history and modern relevance in its work with reservists and cadets. Click here for flyer and booking form.
Celebrated every year on March 11, World Plumbing Day is an international event initiated by the World Plumbing Council that recognizes the important role plumbing plays in our health and safety.
Every person on the planet is affected by the availability of clean drinking water and basic sanitation. Unfortunately, in many developing countries, plumbing is either very limited or even non-existent and the lack of an effective plumbing infrastructure is a huge factor in the tragic statistics we are sadly becoming numb to.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Click here for more from the United Nations and here from the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators.
The Membership Committee organised a new members get together yesterday evening at Carpenters' Hall to assist them to get to know how the Company operates and how to get involved. Presentations were given by The Master - Dame Fiona Woolf, Nick Gale - Chairman of Freedom and Livery Committee and Paul Flatt - Chairman of Membership Committee. 18 new Liverymen attended and were hosted by several members of the Company. The evening was a very open discussion with new members talking about why they had joined the Company and where they thought they could contribute. All felt the evening was a very useful way of introducing them better into the Company. Remember that the Master and the Court are always open to suggestions and ideas on how the Company can work and involve members in the furtherance of our Aims & Objectives
Past Master Brian Wadsworth reports “The Company may like to know that the Duchess of Cornwall opened a new building for the Medical Detection Dogs charity today, attended by Anne and myself – and many others of course. She was kind enough to say to me that the lead planter presented to her by the Company for her home is looking splendid, full of flowers.”
The Company has previously supported the training of a detection dog named Plum who is now two years old.
The Plumbers' in 2016
Some free time at midday? Come and support the Plumbers' Team
Join us on Thursday 4th April 2019 for the 12th annual Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch held at the historic Guildhall in the heart of the City. The Lunch unites the City of London to show their support for members of her Majesty’s Armed Forces and Veterans through the three National Service Charities; ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Tickets are £100, which includes unlimited curry, beer, and wine. The Lunch will begin at midday -3.00pm and there will be three lunch sittings, at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm. Click here for tickets
Fire it Up – The Governments national initiative The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has launched a new campaign to promote apprenticeships among young people, parents and employers in January 2019 called ‘Fire it Up’. The campaign aims to help raise awareness of the huge variety of apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds. More information can be found at https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/.
Trade Up – JTL’s employer recruitment campaign The Trade Up campaign will be promoted across a variety of media platforms and will centre around a piece of video communication, and a bespoke landing page on the JTL website, offering further advice and guidance. The video will show real employers talking about their experiences in recruiting apprentices and the webpage will be a source of information encouraging employers to enquire about taking on an apprentice. cClick here for details.
The Plumbers' Company supports apprentice training, see Celebrating Apprentices. Presentation of Bursaries 27th March
Throughout its 654-year history, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers has valued the role of apprenticeships. The Apprentice's Statue in London's Cannon Street Station is a public demonstration of the part which apprentices play in the plumbing industry. Now in its third year, the presentation of bursaries at the Statue has been arranged on Wednesday 27 March 2019. There are six bursary prizes to be presented by the Master to people who are currently undergoing training to become qualified to work in the industry. The bursaries (which have been provided by the Company's Education and Charitable Trust with generous support from City and Guilds of London Institute and Monument Tools) will enable the recipients to purchase plumbing tools through Monument Tools. After the presentation ceremony beside the Apprentice Statue, lunch has been arranged in The Vintry, very close to Cannon Street Station.
Details and booking click here.
The Master with Steward Clive Sofaer
39 Liverymen and guests joined the Master on our ninth visit, on 11th February, to the Ironmongers` Hall for lunch at the Plumbers` Table . As in past years the roast beef proved a great success and the selection of cheeses proved as plentiful as ever. To add to the event the Master gave a speech, which she admitted was impromptu, but nobody would have ever have known. As is our custom the wine allotted to us went down with no difficulty and the last of the guests departed at about 4pm. Finally a big thank you to the team at Ironmongers` Hall who always look after us so well and make us most welcome.
Look out for the next Plumber's Table lunch.
The Inter Livery Charity Clay pigeon Shoot takes place (for the Plumbers Company) on Thursday 16th May in the shooting grounds of Holland & Holland, Northwood, Middlesex.
There are typically teams from around half of all Livery Companies: Liveryman Jamie Fisher (from Monument Tools) has offered to lead a team for the Company.
Full information about the event is given here: www.interliveryshoot.com
If you are interested in taking part, please be in touch with Jamie at Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual United Guilds' Service will be held in St Paul's Cathedral on Friday 29th March 2019 at 11.15am and the Company has received its limited allocation of tickets for the Livery Company's reserved seating area as usual. If Liverymen wish to attend and occupy a seat in the Company pew, please complete and return the slip below as soon as possible. Tickets will be allocated on a "first come first served" basis and those allocated a reserved seat will receive a ticket. Liverymen should wear their livery ties and badge on this occasion. After the Service, the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers has kindly invited us to join them for a drinks reception and full 3-course lunch with wines and port in their Hall.
Click here for details and booking.
Liveryman Mick Munro Hon Secretary of our Plumbers’ Golf Society has arranged a full programme of events for Summer 2019. Here are the events and we encourage all members to please get in touch with Mick if you would like to play or get involved:
22 March 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at Horners Spring Meeting, Swinley Forest GC
8 April 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at Pewterers Challenge, Westerham GC
29 April 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at World Traders Golf Day, Woldingham GC
24 May 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society Meeting, Brookmans Park GC ** NB This is a new and confirmed date
16 May 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at Prince Arthur Cup, Walton Heath GC
TBC 7 June 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at Painter-Stainers Golf Day, Sunningdale Heath GC
12 June 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at Horners’ Trophy, Ashridge GC
1 July 2019 - Plumber’s Golf Society at Marketors Livery Ryder Cup, Verulam GC
25 July 2019 - The Plumbers’ Golf Day at New Zealand GC
23 August 209 - Plumber’s Golf Society Match v Croham Hurst GC
13 September 2019 - Plumber’s Golf Society Livery Challenge, Wildernesse GC
26 September 2019 - Plumbers’ Golf Society at Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day, Hadley Wood GC
It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Maggie Munro, the wife of Liveryman Don Munro, who passed away yesterday evening, 21 January 2019, after a short battle with cancer. Along with Don she was a great supporter of the Company and regularly accompanied him at all our functions. There will be a private cremation and a celebration of her life later in the year.
In 2010, ago a practising lady plumber was informed in no uncertain terms by a member of another Company that only men could become Liverymen. She was rapidly informed that for the Plumbers' Company, this was incorrect and shortly afterwards she was clothed as of our Livery. At the time we were not aware that a mere 294 years previously, on 20th September 1724 to be exact, Sarah, the daughter of Joseph Sergeant, at the ripe age of 49, entered the stamped book of the Company’s freedoms, by patrimony. Not only is the evidence in the Company Freedom book but we also have found a copy of her Freedom Application that she "as a Citizen and Plumor of LONDON, desires to be admitted into the Freedom of this City by Patrimony, in the Company of Plumors". The date on the Certificate, "27 Day of April in the 16th of Charles 2nd and in the Year of our Lord 1664", refers to when her Father became a Freeman. This is of relevance as Sarah's request was "by Patrimony".
We cannot, however, claim to be the first Company to admit ladies as Palfreyman's book "London Livery Companies" mentions (page 21) "the first female Scrivener in 1665; while the 1495 Ordinances of the Cooks' Company, for example, refer to "Freemaidens" and the 1333 Ordinances of the Carpenters' Brotherhood mention both "brother" and also "soster"." Later, in the same section, Palfreyman notes that in 1537 the Saddlers had "three Free Sisters" on its rolls.
Read about the Sergeant family and see the the full Freedom Certificate by clicking here.
The Master and Adrian Mumford, Clerk
At the Court meeting in January 2019, Adrian Mumford accepted the Charge "You shall be true to our Sovereign Lady The Queen's Majesty, her heirs and successors. You shall be obedient to the Master and Wardens of the Art or Misterye of Plommery for the time being. And you shall do and perform all other matters justly and truly which to your Office appertaineth, so far as your ability will extend and you lawfully may do. So help you God."
In doing so, Adrian becomes the next Clerk of the Company.,
The CIPHE working in partnership with the Society of Public Health Engineers, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and JA Brooks has developed a Plumbing Centre of Excellence at Havering College.
This educational project is supported by SoPHE initiatives for young engineers including the Chris Sneath (a Past Master of the Plumbers’Company) Bursary and the Dr Steve Ingle Award. The Institution of Engineering and Technology has elected Past Master Chris Sneath as a Fellow of the Institute
Past Master Chris Sneath as chairman of WaterSafe reports: “It’s been a busy year again for WaterSafe, now in its fifth year, and we have over 5,700 members qualified to work safely with the drinking water in your community – from homes to hospitals. We plan to work just as hard this year to help keep the UK’s drinking water as fresh, safe and wholesome at the tap as ever; and make sure even more consumers know where to go to for plumbing expertise to ensure that their chosen plumber is skilled, competent and qualified."
Read more from WaterSafe by clicking here.
You will all have a diary for 2019 but how full are the December pages? Ensure that the Guildhall Christmas Market is one entry. This a great opportunity to purchase Christmas presents and support the Red Cross. It is the major fund raiser for the City Branch of the Red Cross and this year there will be a “Sparkling Preview” on Monday Evening 25th November The Preview is always well supported by Liverymen. It will be held in the Guildhall in the Presence of Princess Alexandria and the full Mayoral party. Put the date in your diary NOW. Hope to see you there. For further details and ticket reservation click here.
Peter Cheesman receives the St Michael Medallion from TYhe Master
On Tuesday 15th January, the Master presented Liveryman Peter Cheesman with the St Michael Medallion. This Company Award is made to any person who, or organisation which, has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Plumbing. Peter is the 30th recipient of the Award since its conception in 1951. He has made an exceptional contribution to the education of plumbers and has used his considerable expertise in leadwork at the Company museum at Singleton now at Amberley. The full proposal for him being given this award can be read by clicking here.
The Awardees at the Court prior to admission as Freemen
At a meeting of the Court of this Worshipful Company hoIden at Ironmongers' Hall, in the City of London on the 23rd day of April 1998. it was unanimously resolved to make annual Awards to the best trainee rating at HMS Sultan qualifying in Metalwork and to the best student completing the Hydraulics Phase of the Airframe Training Course at Royal Air Force Cosford. The Commodore of HMS Sultan has notified the Worshipful Company that Leading Engineering Technician Thomas William Davies has been selected for the 2017 Royal Navy award and Leading Engineering Technician Eleanor Charlotte Brookes for the 2018 Royal Navy award. The Commandant of the Defence College Aeronautical Engineering, RAF Cosford, has notified the Worshipful Company that Senior Aircraftsman (Technician) Stuart James Robert Thompson has been selected for the 2017 Royal Air Force award.
The awards were duly presented by the Master at the lunch following the Court meeting on 15th January. (Click here for photos) At the Court meeting, the three awardees were invested with the Freedom of the Company.
Upper Row: Paul Rutland, Jamie Fisher, The Master, Robert Stanley Swain, Jake Stephen Pestell, John Collier Lower Row: Simon Harvey, James Harry Albert Taylor, Andrew George James, The Master, Kevin Patrick Thomas, Ian Richard Cohen
At the Court meeting on 15th January, ten candidates were clothed as of the Livery. We welcome Liverymen Paul Rutland (Railway Engineer), Robert Stanley Swain (Management Consultant), Jamie Fisher (Sales Director Monument Tools), John Collier (Chairman Monument Tools), James Harry Albert Taylor (M&E Engineer), Jake Stephen Pestell (Recycling Company Designer), Simon Harvey (MEP Engineering Project Manager), Kevin Patrick Thomas (Chartered Accountant), Andrew George James (RN Officer) and Ian Richard Cohen (Chartered Accountant).
At the Court meeting on Tuesday 15t January, Martin Shouler was clothed as a Court Assistant. Martin became a Liveryman in 2006 and has provided an invaluable input to technical and educational activities of the Company. Martin is the Global Environmental Services Engineering and Public Health Engineering Skills Leader at the international engineering consultancy Arup. He has extensive experience in the field of Water Engineering having been involved in a wide range of major projects, in design, research and consultancy across the world. In addition, he serves in the Royal Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander providing a link with the Sea Cadet Unit at Richmond which is supported by the Company. He will bring a wealth of experience to the Court.
MONDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2019
It’s back after nine amazingly successful Plumbers’ Table lunches at Ironmongers’ Hall. Come and join us for the tenth. It is open to all Liverymen and their guests, wives and partners. It should be particularly attractive to new Liverymen, those who wish to enter business contacts or introduce potential new members to the fellowship of the Plumbers.
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It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Liveryman Brian Michael Rooney who passed away on 31st December 2018 aged 87 years after a short illness. We were notified by his widow, Rosemary, today and a private funeral will be held in Llandovery Catholic Church on Friday 18th January 2019. Brain had been a Liveryman for 31 years, having joined in 1988.
Just Say Yes
Alderman Sir Andrew Parmley, 689th Lord Mayor of the City of London shares his thoughts and reflections on his time in office, with the theme: ‘Just Say Yes’. Sir Andrew was the Lord Mayor of London for 2016–17. His Reflections on his year in office – as 689th Lord Mayor of London – take place on 13th May 2019 at Vintners’ Hall, the home of the Worshipful Company of Vintners. For details and bvooking click here.
Hot off the press. Read what the Company and its members have been doing during the last year. This lavishly illustrated record is a must for you and your friends.
Click here to read. This and last year’s edition can also be found in the Our History section of About Us.
Numerous Masters, Liverymen and Freemen of the several companies and guilds have enjoyed attending the Old Bailey over the past 4 years to support these Shows and some of the famous criminal cases of the past re-inacted in No.1 Court.
Click here to see a ‘Hold the Dates’ notice and booking details for the 2019 season of the ’Trial & Error’ Shows at the Old Bailey next March. The Shows; in aid of the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund (supporting ex-Offenders) and Pan Inter-Cultural Arts (supporting victims of Trafficking) will be back in the newly refurbished and larger Court No.1. Tickets for a full dress rehearsal will also be available on the afternoon of Sunday 10th March.