Plumbers take gold in Inter Livery Rifle Shooting!

The 7th June 2024 saw the Plumbers’ Company field our first team at the 10th Inter Livery Rifle Shooting event at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley. It’s held in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and the RAF Benevolent Fund, and proved to be really well attended and a great day on the ranges for all involved.

Plumbers retain the Newson-Smith Cup!

On 20th June 2024, whilst the main Livery focus was on the Master’s Break on the Isle of Wight, a trusty band of PGS golfers were playing in the Tallow Chandlers’ Golf Day at The Drift Golf Club in Surrey competing to retain The Newson-Smith Cup we won last year.

Coronation Planters – a documentary film

We’re delighted to launch this short documentary film that describes the design and manufacture of the two large planters to commemorate the coronation of Their Majesties the King and Queen, and installed at Sandringham House. Watch it on our Videos About Us page.

Clerk’s Assistant, Sharon Sibthorpe is leaving

The Master has announced that Sharon Sibthorpe is leaving her position as Clerk’s Assistant. All of us who know Sharon will miss her hugely for her warmth, enthusiasm, and professionalism, as a welcoming and friendly presence in the office and at events.

D-Day – the 80th Anniversary remembered by the Company

We at the Plumbers’ Company pay tribute to all those who took part in the D-Day landings and the subsequent conflict: those who died, those who were injured, and those who survived to live with the memories.

A really great ticket to see Reigate cricket!

On 25th May 2024, the Company was blessed with perfect weather for our informal Plumbers’ lunch at Reigate Priory Cricket Club (RPCC), as the Master, accompanied by Mistress Kathy, was joined by a mix of Liverymen and guests.

Speaker announced for Summer Festival: Sarah Mukherjee MBE

Says Master David Adams:

I am delighted that Sarah Mukherjee will be our principal guest speaker at the Summer Festival. Her focus on developing capability in the arenas of sustainability and environmental protection, both in the UK and overseas, fit closely with our ‘green plumbing’ challenge to reduce energy consumption and lessen the industry’s carbon footprint everywhere.

Inter-Livery Isle of Wight Yacht Regatta 2024

On 17th and 18th May, the Plumbers’ Company sailors enjoyed another great weekend at Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for the 2024 Inter-Livery Yacht Regatta organised by the City Livery Yacht Club.

Plumbers show their mettle at the Inter-Livery Charity Clay Shoot

On 15th May 2024, the Plumbers’ team of Liverymen Jamie Fisher, Simon and Penny Malik, and Upper Warden Charles Brooks represented the Company at the Inter-Livery Charity Clay Shoot held at the West London Shooting School (WLSS), Northolt, Middlesex.

Inspiring Lecture from Save the Children Director Gareth Owen OBE

On 13th May 2024, the Company experienced an insightful and impactful Annual Lecture from speaker Gareth Owen OBE, Humanitarian Director at Save the Children UK, who talked about his career and the places he has worked, starting as a 24 year-old in Somalia, to the current devastasting humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Dial Medicine for Murder – June 2024

Following the sell-out show of the highly acclaimed ‘Dial Medicine for Murder’ Criminal Medical Consultation, last November, the Sheriffs’ & Recorder’s Fund is pleased to present three more dates at the Old Bailey in the iconic Court No. 1, scene of many famous criminal case trials that shaped modern Britain.

Livery Climate Action Group Newsletter – Spring 2024

The Plumbers’ Company are signed up to the Livery Climate Action Group (LCAG). Read the Spring 2024 Newsletter, and see our own Climate Action progress.

News from the Master #4
Are there keen dinghy sailors in the Company?

An interest has been expressed by several Livery Companies for the running of a sailing regatta for those involved in the Livery movement. The purpose of this announcement is to establish whether there is enough interest to take this further.

Congratulations to Professor Mala Rao upon receiving her CBE

Court Assistant Mala attended Buckingham Palace on 19th April 2024 and received her CBE from the Princess Royal, in recognition for her services to public health, the NHS, and to equality and diversity.

HIP Female Skills Competition 2024 Winner: Daisy Turner!

Daisy Turner from Barking and Dagenham College is the 2024 Winner of the HIP Female Skills Competition, following an intense grand final at Stephenson College, in Coalville, on the 18th of April, co-sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. Ciah Hooch Llewellyn Davies from Gower College Swansea secured the runner-up spot.

As previously reported, Daisy also clinched the title of HIP Learner of the Year, making this a remarkable double win!

HIP Learner of the Year 2024: Daisy Turner!

Barking and Dagenham College student, Daisy Turner has won HIP Learner of the Year 2024, following an intense two-day final on 11th and 12th of April at the JTL Birmingham Training Centre, co-sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. Zak Rowan from Grimsby Institute earned the runner-up spot.

The Company attends the HIP Learner of the Year 2024 competition

On 11th and 12th April, members of the Company attended the 2-day Grand Final of the HIP Learner of the Year 2024 competition for early-career plumbers at the JTL Birmingham Training Centre.

Plumbers’ Golf Society 2024 Spring Meeting at Wildernesse Golf Club

With unprecedented levels of rain over the winter, our Plumbers’ Golf Society (PGS) Spring Meeting at Wildernesse GC was in doubt with 48 hours to go! However, the fantastic greens team at Wildernesse (near Seal in Kent) delivered, and 14 Plumbers and guests were able to play our Spring Meeting on 11th April 2024.

The course was in amazingly good condition, and the greens were true and speedy.

A wonderful return to Mansion House!

Our Annual Banquet on 8th April 2024 was a splendid occasion, with hundreds of Liverymen, Freemen, and guests assembling at Mansion House in the presence of our special guest The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens Alderman Vincent Keaveny CBE.

Photos taken at the event by Marcus Jamieson-Pond, may be downloaded from Snapfish. Low-res versions are free, or open a Snapfish account for high-res versions (and the first few downloads are free).

From our archives: Past Masters’ Lunch

A decade ago on 2nd April 2014, the first Past Masters’ Lunch was held at Wax Chandlers’ Hall with 22 Past Masters in attendance!

Masters & Clerks’ Lunch Speaker: Larry Elliott

The Master is pleased to announce that Larry Elliott will be our main Speaker at our Masters & Clerks’ Lunch on Tuesday, 30th April 2024.

Almshouses and Filipino fusion in Hoxton

On 19th March 2024, a flush of Plumbers ventured into East London to visit the Museum of the Home in Hoxton. It was a breezy spring day, and thankfully the merest splatter of rain did not dampen our event at this beautiful museum.

Coronation Planters delivered to Sandringham

The Coronation Planters, a gift to King Charles III and Queen Camilla from the Plumbers’ and Gardeners’ Companies are now complete and have been delivered to Sandringham House.

World Water Day 2024: bridging divides through water cooperation

On 22nd March 2024, World Water Day 2024 calls us to action, to unite around the theme of “Water for Peace” and to leverage water as a tool for building a more stable, peaceful world.

Liveryman Michael Bennett

The Clerk is very sorry to report the death of Liveryman Michael Bennett of Bexleyheath, Kent, at the age of 92.

Michael had been a member of the Livery since 1984, although we have not seen him in recent years.

Our thoughts and condolences go to all members of his family.

News from the Master #3
Master Plumber Certificates 2024 awarded at Mansion House

On 11th March (World Plumbing Day), the Master and Clerk attended Mansion House for a special ceremony for the Master Certificate Scheme and City & Guilds Livery Company Prizes, organised by the Livery Companies Skills Council (LCSC) and The City & Guilds of London Institute.

Announcing our 2024 annual Bursary competition winners

The Master has announced the names and colleges of the 2024 Bursary winners:

Daniel from Dundee & Angus Kingsway College
Teresa from Borders College
Sam from St Helens Green Energy Centre
Adnan from Windsor Forest, Langley Campus
Morgan from South Lanarkshire College
Sam from Kendal College

We offer our warm congratulations to all of them!

The Master’s message for World Plumbing Day 2024