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 The Clerk and Webmaster will have the final say on what will and will not be published!

What is it they say, “Anticipation is better than realisation”? Well in the case of our Annual Banquet, which had to morph into our Summer Festival, only to be postponed again to become our “Welcome Back Autumn Festival“, I think “Third time lucky” is far more suitable! Details will be published as soon as possible, but in the meanwhile save the date of Wednesday 8th September 2021 in your diary. Salters’ Hall could not have been more helpful in accommodating this latest disruption.


Salters’ Hall main livery hall

What a year we have had, but I really do think that this time that light at the end of the tunnel is not an express train and we will at last be able to enjoy some time together again.

How did you get on with the last quiz, this time on the City of London? Those steeped in the City and the Livery may have fared quite well. Here are the answers:

City of London Quiz – Answers

Last week, Professor Paola Lettieri, Director of University College London East, gave us a fascinating insight into the project to build the UCL East campus on the former London 2012 Olympic Park. The slides she used are now available, click on the picture below to see them:


We haven’t been able to visit our company church, St Magnus the Martyr, for quite a while. They were able to secure a grant from the Culture Recovery Fund and they have used it to produce a virtual tour of the church. Click on the picture below to enjoy it.


Just before the COVID 19 lockdown started, the Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust cast another fine lead planter for St Magnus to say thank you to Father Philip Warner, our company chaplain, for all he does for us. In a much delayed ceremony that had to be limited in numbers because of the pandemic, he was able to say thank you and dedicate it. Click on the picture below to see more:

St Paul’s Cathedral is perhaps a more famous Wren building, but did you know that we, the Plumbers’, had links to its construction? Our historical sleuth Past Steward John Carnaby has been on the case and here is what he found out:

St Paul’s and the Plumbers’ Company

I’m sure most of you have never been to Nepal, but through your donations to our charity we are helping Water Aid to deliver clean water and good hygiene to communities there. Laura Dowse, Water Aid’s Philanthropy and Events Manager, has set up an exclusive online tour with its own staff for you to walk (virtually) alongside them as they visit the communities we help. It’s on Wednesday 21st July 2021 at 1:30pm and only lasts 30 minutes. Something not to be missed. Click on the picture below to see how to join the tour:


While I’m on the subject of public health, Liveryman Dr Susanne Lee is a member of the British Standards Institution panel that has updated the BS for legionella sampling and is now available for public comment. There may be some in the industry who would like to contribute, if so the link to the draft proposal is here. The deadline for comments is 9th August 2021.

Moving much closer to home and returning to the topic of getting together, the Household Division is laying on a spectacular music display on Horse Guards Parade over three days from 20th to 22nd July 2021 at 7:30pm each evening. I hope I’m not tempting fate by saying we should be out of lockdown by then, but the events are out of doors. The booking link is:

The Sword & The Crown – A Military Musical Spectacular

The seating/standing ticket options can be found by clicking on the image below:

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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