Liverymen and Members’ Corner

This page has been set up during the Coronavirus outbreak as a point of contact for all our members to keep in touch and also provide some light relief from the lockdown. Is there anything useful or helpful from work or your professional body that you could share with other Liverymen and members? Do you have any interesting or funny articles, stories or jokes. Have you done anything interesting, that may not have gone quite to plan? Have you discovered something? Any item will do; the aim is to keep it informative and positive and also, where appropriate, lighthearted and to lift peoples spirits. If you have anything please email it to the Clerk. The Clerk and Webmaster will have the final say on what will and will not be published!

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, but not too many eggs! Well just enough to give you the energy needed as lockdown eases.😉 We have much to look forward to!

Using Zoom to run some of our functions and meetings on-line has proved to be successful, so I can see we will continue with a mixture of live and virtual events, especially some of the meetings, which will be open for mixed live and on-line attendance. However, whilst it does give a chance for many more people to join in, there is no doubt meeting up again face-to-face will be special.

After much discussion with the Mansion House, we have jointly decided the risk in trying to run a full banquet on 24th June three days after lockdown is planned to be lifted is too great. So instead, we are reinstating the Summer Festival at Salters’ Hall on 6th July after the (live!) Court meeting. We will be inviting all our new Liverymen and partners who we haven’t been able to welcome in person over the last 15 months. Salter’s Hall, as many of you know, has a lovely garden for pre-dinner drinks, so save the date in your diary; booking arrangements will be published shortly, possibly even using a new click-and-pay facility on the website which we’re testing at the moment; we haven’t been idle in lockdown!

Our most exciting event, which has just been announced, is the charity evening with our Honorary Liveryman Jools Holland at Fishmongers’ Hall on 8th October to raise money for the refurbishment of the roof of our company church, St Magnus-the-Martyr. Places are limited and we are sharing the event with the Fishmongers’ Company for whom St Magnus is also its company church, so book early if you don’t want to miss out:

The autumn is shaping up to be a really busy time. There is the delayed Inter-Livery Yacht Race at Cowes on 25th September; we have the postponed Master’s Midweek break in St Mawes from 28th to 30th September; a family day out at the Plumbers’ Museum and Workshop Trust at Amberley on 3rd October; the Annual Lecture given by the Master at the Royal College of Physicians on 4th October and of course Jools Holland on 8th October. Perhaps you should have had those extra Easter eggs!

In the meanwhile, we have had what I hope will be our last virtual Court meeting, where we admitted our latest new Liveryman, Lord Timothy Kirkhope of Harrogate. Having mentioned the benefits of meeting on-line, it did allow those of you who signed into the virtual tour of Catchpole & Rye’s exclusive showroom to see the Master sitting on a ‘throne’!

Managing Director, Liveryman Tony O’Donnell gave us a private tour of his exclusive showroom of luxury sanatory ware and an insight into his plans for the future:

For those of you who may have missed it, the Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell sent out an Easter message:

And I am grateful once again to Past Steward John Carnaby who has sent me a detailed article on one of the most influential Past Masters in our history, George Shaw, who very nearly succeeded in gaining the registration of plumbers in the 19th Century. You definitely will need that extra Easter egg to read everything John has to say, or maybe just a little one for Past Master Peter Brunner’s abridged version 😉 :


Click on the picture above to read more.

As always, all the latest news and events can be found via the homepage on the company website:

Plumbers Company Home Page

I’ve kept up the link to  ‘The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room’, with its selection of books, each chosen by Her Royal Highness. New ones are posted at regular intervals with information about the authors, including videos, pictures and commentary:

Clicking on the picture above will “take you into her room”.


I’ve also kept these stories here because they still bring a smile to my face!

 Plumbers’ Apprentice Statue Missing!

  Plumbers’ Apprentice Statue Found?

A Lesson or Two with Honorary Liveryman Jules Holland

The Order of Precedence Song


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