A Christmas Message from the Master



Traditional Plumbing Skills Help Make a Wish Come True

Phil Mead, one of our volunteer demonstrators at the Plumbing Museum Workshop at Amberley, has provided a very touching gift to one of its visitors.


All The Faithful Came

It was no Silent Night at the Plumbers’ Carol Service in our Company Church of St Magnus the Martyr

Past Master Chris Sneath’s Plumbing Apprentice Bursary

Past Master Chris Sneath has created a bursary for plumbing students in his own name.  His first bursary was presented to a student at Havering College, a Plumbing Centre of Excellence.

Robert Burgon Presented with World Plumbing Council’s Distinguished Service Award

Our congratulations to Past Master Robert Burgon who has received the outstanding accolade of receiving the World Plumbing Council’s Distinguished Service Award.

Visit to Catchpole & Rye
Earlier That Day……..Past Consorts’ Lunch 2019
Latest News from Amberley

Although the season is running down at the outdoors craft museum at Amberley, there have still been some events.

The 2019 Ladle Dinner

On the evening of Tuesday 19 November in the splendid atmosphere of Apothecaries’ Hall we said thank you to Dame Fiona Woolf for her year as Master.

The Lead Contractors’ Association 2019 Murdoch Awards

As an independent guardian of the lead industry standards, the LCA represents the Mark of Quality, supplying technical information and services to support the industry and drive up standards.  The Murdoch Awards have long been recognised as a symbol of excellence for those engaged in the leadwork industry.

Michael Does it Again for our Charity

We’ve all heard of Lawrence of Arabia. Well our very own Michael of Morocco has once again gone that extra mile to raise funds for our charity. Congratulations Mike on another great achievement.

By the middle of December 2019, Mike had raised £1000, smashing his £500 target. When he got this news, he said ‘I’m delighted with the total and want to say a huge thank you to all my generous sponsors’.

If you would like to donate, its not too late, just click the following link for Mike’s Just Giving Page

The Lord Mayor’s Show 2019
Mike Horwood – Our Champion Fundraiser

Our own superman keeps on Trekking.

80 years young Past Steward Mike Horwood is undertaking a 3 day sponsored trek in the Moroccan Sahara for the Plumbers Charity from 8 – 10th November.

West Sussex Fire Service to the Rescue

The Plumbers’ Museum Workshop faced a difficult problem last month, until the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service came to its aid.

Installation Day 2019


Dr Peter Rumley MA DPhil MA FSA MCIfA was installed as our new Master in our 400 year old ceremony in the splendid company church of St Magnus the Martyr on Wednesday 23 October.  He was joined by Upper Warden Nick Jones BA ACA Esq and Renter Warden Air Cdre Paul Nash OBE BSc RAF (Ret’d).

Sir John Knill Elected Master Plumber and Lord Mayor of London – in 1909

At this time of year as we look forward to the installation of our next Master and the Lord Mayor, you might be interested to see a fascinating piece of company history.

110 years ago Alderman Sir John Knill, Bt was elected to be Master Plumber having previously served as Master Plumber in 1902/1903 and 1903/1904. He was also elected to serve concurrently as the Lord Mayor of the City of London, following in his father’s footsteps for both appointments, who served as Master Plumber in 3 consecutive years from 1892/1893 to 1894/1895 and Lord Mayor in 1892/1893.


Village by Village Really Does Save Lives

The World Health Organisation Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WHO WASH) Strategy vision for 2018 to 2025 is “To substantially improve health through the safe management of water, sanitation and hygiene services in all settings“. Your charity donations to Village by Village to support its work in Ghana fit perfectly with that vision.

Lord Mayor’s Election 2019

Alderman William Russell was elected to be the 692nd Lord Mayor of the City of London on 2 October 2019.

Lord Mayor’s Golf Day 2019



2019 UK Plumber of the Year

Martin Warnes from Essex named 2019 UK Plumber of the Year

A Letter From Our Master Elect

Dr Peter Rumley, our Master Elect, has published a letter to the Livery.  Read it below or download it here.

Don’t forget to book for Installation Day if you haven’t done so already.

Science and the City – Our Visit To The Science Museum


The Plumbers enjoyed a fascinating visit to the two latest galleries in the Science Museum on Tuesday 17 September 2019 courtesy of our Master Dame Fiona Woolf, who is also one of its trustees.


The stunning entrance to the Winton Gallery
Death of Enid (Muffet) Wayman

 It is with much regret that we have learnt of the death of Enid (known as Muffet) Wayman on 2 September, widow of Past Master Michael Wayman. She died in her sleep aged 95 after being bedridden for 8 months.  Michael was Master in 1989/1990.

The funeral will be at 1.30 pm on 25 September at St. Nicholas Church 18, Church Row, Chislehurst, BR7 5PG and the company will be represented by Master Elect Dr Peter Rumley.  If any other members wish to attend could they please inform either of her daughters, Teresa Place at 11 Branscombe Gardens, London N21 3BP, T 020 8882 332, email teresaplace @hotmail.com  or Fiona Atherton 020 393 0211, email f-j.atheryton@tiscali.co.uk .  For those not going to the crematorium (Eltham) there will be refreshments from 2.30pm  at the Sydney Arms, Old Perry Street, Chislehurst.

CIPHE Education & Training Matters

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering has published its Summer 2019 Education & Training Magazine which features an article on the this year’s Master Plumber Awards.

Charity Update

Our Charity Trustees have been busy organising support for a number of worthwhile causes. You can see where your donations are going here.

WorldSkills 2019

The 45th WorldSkills Competition has been held in Kazan, Russia. 1,354 young professionals from 63 countries and regions tried their strength in 56 skills to make this Competition a truly tremendous and unforgettable event. The Plumbing and Heating competition was won by Wooeui Jo from Korea.  Our congratulations to him and to the UK competitor, Thomas Thomas, who came ninth. The full results are here.



World Plumbing Conference 2019

The triennial World Plumbing Conference offers a unique opportunity for the global plumbing community to come together for knowledge sharing, networking and professional development.

The conference program, which runs from 11 to 13 September 2019 in Melbourne Australia, will be structured around Four Pillars of Plumbing with content to suit a wide range of industry participants.

Liveryman Kevin Wellman, CEO of the CIPHE, Deputy Chairman of our Technical & Education Committee and the UK member of the World Plumbing Council is attending and has sent us three daily reports which you can see below. The closing address will be given by Shayne la Combre, CEO at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, Chairman of the World Plumbing Council and one of our International Members.

Master’s Visit To Amberley

The Master visited the Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust on Wednesday 28 August 2019 with her family.

WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) today calls for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health.

Plumber’s Lose a Thrilling Golf Match By a Single Putt

In glorious sunshine and on a beautiful course we enjoyed a wonderful day’s golf and warm hospitality. Senior Steward Danny Flowers and a Past Captain of Croham Hurst Golf Club in Croydon organised the match for the third year running and it has now become an annual feature of our golf calendar.

The competition could not have been closer with the lead switching as each four-ball came in.  In the end a single putt was the winning margin. The Plumbers are now 2:1 up in the annual competitions.

We then enjoyed drinks in the sunshine on the terrace, before a fine four-course lunch.

Many thanks to Danny for another superbly organised day and to Croham Hurst Golf Club for looking after us so well.