Our work

Charity work

Through our charity the Plumbers' help many people to live a better life

Our Charity

The Charity part of the Company (known formally as The Charitable and Educational Trust of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers) strives to change lives for the better. The trustees concentrate on plumbing projects and helping trainee plumbers. In recognition of being in the City of London they also support educational activities within or related to the City. All applications for assistance are considered. In the last year more than £23,356 was distributed in awards and grants.

Details of the Charity can be found on the Charity Commissioners website. Charity No 800043

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Could the charity help you or your project?

Awards and Bursaries for Trainees plumbers are described in the downloadable leaflet below.

For other requests to the Charity write to or telephone the Acting Clerk Air Cdre Paul Nash OBE BSc, Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Carpenters’ Hall, 1 Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2JJ Tel: 020 7628 8880 Fax: 020 7628 8881

Our Bursaries: Download

Bursary Application Form

Fillable on line. Export as pdf file then open in Acrobat Reader.


Helping the Charity

Set up a Standing Order

Leave a bequest in your will.

(Downloadable Forms below)

Spread the word on the worthwhile work that the Plumbers' Charity does to change lives.


Our Plumbing Museum and Workshop Trust in 2015 assisted in the training of a Japanese Plumber.

Kay is a post graduate student studying Metal Work Conservation at West Dean College, Singleton, West Sussex has received some specialist tuition at the Plumbers' Barn. Read the downloadable file.

In partnership with Village by Village

In partnership with Village by Village

** A NEW video of the work at the Plumbing Museum at Singleton**  Click here.

Plumbing can save lives.

A new and exciting Company project that has been approved by Court and supported financially by the Trustees is a partnership for three years with the charity Village by Village.  Village by Village goal is to reduce the needless suffering and deaths of children living in poverty in remote rural African villages.  Using the best of the “low or no cost” web based technologies they bring donors and recipients closer together to generate better mutual transparency, understanding and therefore trust.  Not only are drinking water and sewage facilities built but also essential training on the maintenance of the facilities and on basic hygiene is provided.  The Plumbers’ are proud to partake in this exciting and worthwhile work
For a donation of just £5,000 a year the Worshipful Company of Plumbers will sponsor a village-based project, extending this life-saving programme to another 200 or 300 children and their families.
The hygiene and sanitation focus of this programme makes it a brilliant ‘fit’ for our Company and Charity.  ‘Plumbers saving lives through improved sanitation’: what could be a more compelling charitable legacy for our 650th year? 
Read the paper presented by the Master to the July Court by clicking here.
In 2013, the Trustees supported the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth Haven in their project with the RC of Panaji , in building a new toilet block at Our Lady of Merces High School in Goa.
The WHO We estimate that more than 340,000 children under five die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water – that is almost 1,000 per day.

Who else has recently received support

Plumbing Related
More House School. Plumbing Scholarship
RN, Army and RAF Top Apprentices Awards
Gold Medal and Other Potential Annual Awards for Plumbing Trainees and Colleges including the Wilkinson Shield

City Related
St Paul’s Cathedral School Chorister Fund.
Richmond Sea Cadet Unit.
Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Student Grant support
Chingford CofE Primary School, East London.  Funding for 2 computers
Providence Row.  Support to Homeless and Vulnerable People in East London.
S Pinter Youth Trust. North London based charity providing After School Club and annual holidays for deprived, disabled and challenged children.
Islington Boat Club Grassroots Educational Programme. Outdoor multi-sports activity programme for children from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds. Donation to support programme.
Spires Day Centre for rough sleepers in Streatham, London. Donation to support costs.
Forest YMCA. Hostel for young homeless in East London. Donation to help set up learning and support zone eg language, literacy, maths and IT workshops, employment skills training, relationship training
Apollo Music Trust - Columbia School, Bethnal Green.

At the last meeting of the Trustees the following grants were agreed.

Spitalfields Crypt Trust £500, St Andrew’s Club £500. Aiming High London £500, St Mary Le Bow Young Homeless Charity £500, Guildhall School of Music £1000

The Clerk to  the Trustees  will write a follow up letter to all  Donees in  6 months to  ascertain for  the Trustees  how the donation  had  been utilised.


The Plumbing Museums and Workshops

The Company actively supports two plumbing museums and workshops at Singleton, Sussex  and Ironbridge, Shropshire 

The Museum of Plumbing at the Weald and Down Museum, Singleton, West Sussex is where the Plumbers Court Barn can be found.  Look at the video of some of the recent activity by clicking here
The workshop was set up by the Company in 1980 in Court Barn at the Singleton Museum as a collection of plumbing tools and an exhibition illustrating the role of the plumber and his skills. The exhibition also aims to tell the public more about water supply and disposal and was re-opened on 27th March, 1994 after a complete updating and now depicts the evolution of the crafts of Plumbers and Masons over the centuries.
It is now managed by the Plumbing Museum and Workshop Trust (A Charitable Company limited by guarantee.  Registered in England No. 06253985.  Charity No. 1120568)
Lead planters have been made At the workshop and now stand in the gardens at Buckingham Palace and at Sandringham.   In commemoration of our 650th anniversary, 64 Anniversary Lead Planters have been made and sold in aid the Company charities.   Great thanks are due to Phil Mead and Peter Cheesman, and in fact, all the other people associated with our Lead-craft demonstration facility at Singleton where the planters have been made. This has been a great project. The income from our Anniversary Lead Planters has reached an incredible £9,600.  The task has been enormous but somehow Peter Cheesman has still managed to make one more special planter which he presented to the Company at the July Court dinner.

The Plumbers, and Tinsmiths' Shop at Blist Hill forms part of the Ironbridge Industrial Museum complex.  It was largely created by the Institute of Plumbing with their Past President and Liveryman Raymond Hall and with financial support from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. It is manned by volunteer plumbers who are in period costume. More assistance and items for exhibition would be welcomed.


More about our Charity

The Trustees are all Court members and one trustee retires each year and a new trustee is appointed.  Together they bring a wide experience of the trade and the City.  The present Trustees are Past Master Yuill (Chairman), Past Masters, Hamilton, Paterson-Fox,  Assistant Brooks and Past Steward Cooper.