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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!