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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New RAF and Army Cadet Affiliations

A note from the Immediate Past Master, Paul Nash: For a number of years now the Worshipful Company of Plumbers has had an affiliation with the Richmond Sea Cadets. During my year as Master, I proposed widening the cadet affiliations to include the RAF and the Army Cadets, which the Court has approved. After discussions with the respective Cadet HQs, I am delighted to report that each new cadet unit has been chosen and I have paid my first visits.

Medical Detection Dogs 15th birthday at Clarence House

On 20th February 2024, Master David Adams was honoured to attend a reception, by Her Majesty The Queen, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which The Plumbers Charity supports, and was an opportunity for Plum to show off her skills!

Speaker for 39th Annual Lecture announced: Gareth Owen OBE

The Master is pleased to announce that Gareth Owen OBE, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK will be our main Speaker at our 39th Annual Lecture on Monday, 13th May 2024.

Gareth has worked in the Aid Sector for 30 years and for Save the Children since 2002. He trained initially as a civil engineer, which to this day, helps him in his humanitarian work.

Company Reports from recent Court meeting and Quarter 4 2023

The Report from the Court meeting on 23rd January 2024 at Mercers’ Hall is published, alongside our Committee meeting Reports, including from The Plumbers Charity, held in the fourth quarter of 2023.

See what goes on behind the scenes!

Banquet Speaker: Mark Vessey MA DPhil

The Master is pleased to announce that Mark Vessey will be our main Speaker at our Annual Banquet on Monday, 8th April 2024.

Report on the Court Lunch at Mercers’ Hall

On Tuesday, 23rd January 2024, the Company gathered for a  Court Lunch in the magnificent surroundings of Mercers’ Hall.

Photos of the lunch were taken by Marcus Jamieson-Pond, and are available to view on Snapfish.co.uk. Snapfish allows one to download photos for free if you set up an account (although there is a limit on the number of free downloads).  It is also possible to order prints.

Speaking at the Lord’s Mayor’s Coffee Colloquy: a reflection

Liveryman Susanne Surman-Lee reflects on speaking at the Lord’s Mayor’s Coffee Colloquy: Clean Water and Sanitation on 16th January 2024, organised by the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

Liveryman John Collier

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Liveryman John Collier, who passed away after a short and sudden illness, on 16th January 2024. John was Chairman of Monument Tools Ltd, the 4th generation of his family to be involved in the business.