Past Master Chris Sneath Awarded the St Michael Medallion

Past Master Chris Sneath has received the St Michael Medallion, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ highest award in recognition of his outstanding service to the plumbing and heating industry.

Summer Festival 2021 – Our ‘Welcome Back Dinner’

After 18 months we were at last able to enjoy each others’ company again on a balmy late summers’ evening at Salters’ Hall.

Brigantes Summer Golf Meeting – August 2021

The Brigantes, our ‘Liverymen in the North’, met at Ganton Golf Club, Yorkshire, for a great summer meeting on 3rd and 4th August  …..and a visit to Sledmere House for those who did not play. Ganton is one of the world’s top 100 golf courses, and one of only three in Britain with the distinction of hosting the Ryder Cup, the Curtis Cup and the Walker Cup.  For more information on their full 2021 programme of events and how to join, click here. You don’t have to travel ‘down south’ to London to enjoy Livery fellowship!

Plumbers’ Golf Society Autumn Meet

 

The Plumbers’ Golf Society (PGS) got together again for its Autumn meet at the beautiful woodland Wildernesse Golf Club in Kent on 2 September 2021.

Plumbers’ Golf Society – Return to Walton Heath

Our Plumbers’ Golf Society team had a grand day out on Friday 20 August at the superb Walton Heath Golf Club. The occasion was the welcome return of the premier Inter-Livery Golf event of the season – The Prince Arthur Cup.

Past Assistant Clerk, Honorary Liveryman Eileen Lilley MBE

Past Master and Past Clerk, Lt Col Antony Paterson-Fox has kindly provided this tribute to our Past Assistant Clerk Eileen Lilley, who passed away in July.

Plumbers’ Golf Society Day – 29 July 2021

The Plumbers’ Golf Society (PGS) and their guests enjoyed a fabulous golf day in glorious weather at New Zealand Golf Course, Surrey.

Honorary Liveryman Eileen Lilley MBE

It is with enormous sadness and regret we have to announce the death of our Past Assistant Clerk and Honorary Liveryman Eileen Lilley MBE. It is no understatement to say she was the heart and soul of our company for years and she will be remembered with huge affection and fondness. There will be a private funeral for family members only and a full tribute will be published in due course. Our condolences and thoughts go to son Paul and all her family.

Your next Master and Wardens have been elected

It’s been a long wait, two years to be exact, but the Court met virtually on 6 July 2021 to elect a new Master and Wardens for 2021/2022.

The Inter-Livery ‘Ryder Cup’ Golf Day

Each year the Worshipful Company of Marketors hosts the ‘Ryder Cup’ Livery Fellowship Golf Day at Verulam Golf Club, Sam Ryder’s home course.

The Horners’ Inter-Livery Golf Trophy

The Worshipful Company of Horners hosted the annual Horners’ Trophy, one of the highlights of the Livery Golf season, at Ashridge Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.  The Plumbers’ Golf Society entered two teams.

Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000 – 2020. A Joint Report from WHO and UNICEF

The WHO and UNICEF have issued a Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report. Billions of people around the world will be unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in 2030 unless the rate of progress quadruples, according to the report.

St Magnus Planter Dedication

A small ceremony to dedicate the lead planter donated to our company church St Magnus the Martyr was held on Thursday 1 June 2021.  The planter was cast at the Plumbers Museum Workshop Trust (PMWT) at Amberley to thank our company chaplain, Father Philip Warner, for all he does to support us.

A Virtual Tour of St Magnus the Martyr, our Company Church

 

The pandemic has unfortunately prevented the Company from holding its normal installation and carol services at St Magnus the Martyr.  However, you can now visit the church virtually through an online tour that has been developed during lockdown with the help of a grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.  This includes videos, drone footage, 360° photography, information pop-ups, high-resolution ‘zoomables’, music recordings by the organist and choir, voice recordings by a professional actor, and a 3D virtual reality scan of the model of old London Bridge made by Past Steward David Aggett.  The virtual tour can be found at:

https://www.stmagnusmartyr.org.uk/virtual-tour/

UCL East – The Transformation of the Olympic Park

On 24th June 2021 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 for her online presentation are now available:

UCL East UCL’s new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

 

Water Aid – An Exclusive Virtual Tour of Nepal

See first hand how your donations are helping communities in Nepal. This exclusive virtual tour alongside Water Aid’s own staff in the country is at 1:30pm on Wednesday 21st July 2021 and lasts about 30 minutes.

 

A Celebration of Liveryman Phil Mead’s Life

A Service to celebrate the life of Liveryman Phil Meads will be held at Bognor Rugby Football Club on Saturday 28th August 2021 from 12pm to 5pm.  All members of the livery are invited to attend and, subject to no lockdown restrictions, there is no limitation on numbers.

Election of Sheriffs 2021

Aldermen Alison Gowman and Nicholas Lyons were elected as the Sheriffs of the City of London for the forthcoming year in a specially socially distanced ceremony held in the Guildhall on 24th June 2021.

St Paul’s and the Plumbers’ Company

Did you know that the Worshipful Company of Plumbers had a close link with the construction of St Paul’s Cathedral? Super sleuth Past Steward John Carnaby explains here.

Liveryman Andy Watts MBE – A Tribute

On 15th June 2021 we lost one of our great colleagues and friends, Andy Watts. This tribute is published to a man who touched all our lives at both the personal and professional level and who has left a wonderful legacy and some great memories.

4th May 1945 – 15th June 2021

 

Liveryman Andy Watts MBE RP

It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Liveryman Andy Watts MBE RP at the age of 76. He passed away in hospital on 15 June having been admitted six days earlier with severe respiratory difficulties.  A member of the Livery for over a quarter of a century, Andy was very well known and respected throughout the profession. He was awarded the MBE in 1994 for his years of accomplished service and dedication to the plumbing industry and he served as the CEO of CIPHE. A full tribute to him will be published in due course.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his widow Marjorie and all his family.

My Life and Times as a Female Plumber – Postponed

WIL team member Sarah Oliver is shortly to retire and hang up her wrench.  As part of the ongoing efforts to promote and encourage greater diversity in the company, Sarah will give a short, light-hearted and illustrated presentation on 13 July 2021 at 4:00pm to female members on the many and varied experiences she has had over the course of her career. Regrettably, this has had to be postponed to a later date in the year, date and time tbd.

Liveryman Richard Ironmonger Derry

It is with much sadness that we have learned of the death of Liveryman Richard Derry, who passed away on 8 June at the age of 74 after a long illness. Richard trained as a plumber on leaving school before joining the family business R I Derry and Son, where he eventually succeeded his father to become the eighth generation to run the company. Founded in 1734, it is the oldest plumbing business still in existence.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his widow Rita, his brother Liveryman James Derry and all the family.

The Master’s Midweek Break – September 2021

The Master’s postponed midweek break to St Mawes, Cornwall is now confirmed as 28 to 30 September 2021. Join him, Bridget and all your colleagues for a fabulous break on the Cornish Riviera. The full brochure and booking arrangements can be found here.

Argentinian Wine Tasting Evening

A superb wine tasting evening organised by Ruta40, with a live link to the ‘Bodega Tempus Alba’ vineyard in Argentina, where we were able to talk directly with the owners as we sampled their excellent wines!

May 2021 Bulletin from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, has sent us his latest message

Women in the Livery

What have we learned – Time Gentlemen Please!

There was an excellent attendance by women members of the Livery to hear the results of the survey undertaken during February and by participating they raised £100 for the Charity.

Catchpole & Rye – Showcasing the business

Introduced by the Master Dr Peter Rumley, Liveryman Tony O’Donnell the MD of his family business took us on an on-line tour around the Catchpole & Rye showroom in Kent displaying his bespoke sanitary ware produced and manufactured for the luxury market.

The Life Story of Past Master George Shaw 1822 – 1896

Past Master George Shaw was the Main Promoter of the Registration of Plumbers in 1886 and as such played a very important role in our history. Past Steward John Carnaby has written a very detailed article with illustrations on his life for those who would like to read it in full. Past Master Peter Brunner has assisted him in the production of an abridged version of the text for those with a little less time on their hands!

Easter Message from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell has sent an Easter message to the Livery.