The Master has started his year’s social programme with a wonderful and at times humbling visit to the Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, formerly a hospital and home to thousands of children forced to be given up by their mothers.
Past Steward John Carnaby has sent another fascinating article on St Paul’s Cathedral, this time on the repairs in the 1960’s, once again showing the close links of the Plumbers’ company to its original construction and refurbishment. It includes a film news article from the London Metropolitan Archives, now on ‘YouTube’. There are some wonderful old images of the City in this video and the narrative is ‘classic’ 1960s!
During the pandemic lockdown we had to hold all our admissions of new liveryman virtually on-line. This meant we could not complete their ceremonial clothing and meet them in person. We were at last able to do so at our Installation Court on 20 October 2021.
It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Past Steward Tom Thackeray, who passed away in hospital on 26 October 2021 at the age of 87 years after a year of failing health. Tom was a member of the Livery for 30 years and was appointed as a Steward in 2003. Both he and his wife Pat, who passed away last year, were great supporters of the company.
Following a time honoured tradition the outgoing Master Dr Peter Rumley presented a gift to the company, and this year it was a new Immediate Past Masters’ Badge, to be worn for the year in office and passed on to each successor in turn. With a gold mount, the centre piece is the company’s coat of arms beautifully woven in gold and silver thread.
Our new Master Nick Jones BA ACA, Upper Warden Air Cdre Paul Nash OBE and Renter Warden David Adams BA MBA CMCIPD were installed on 20th October 2021 after a year’s delay due to the pandemic. All the details and photographs of the day are here for you see!
Jools Holland accompanied by Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall gave us a very special exclusive performance at Fishmongers’ Hall to raise money to refurbish the roof at St Magnus the Martyr, our company church, which we share with the Fishmongers Company. And the excellent St Magnus choir sang too! We raised over £106,000!
Our very own Master, Dr Peter Rumley, presented this year’s lecture on the fascinating topic “The Royal Plumbers and Early Water Engineering”. He eloquently described how “We are who we are because water runs downhill!”. You can listen to it (again if you were there) by clicking here.
Held at the splendid Royal College of Physicians alongside Regents Park, it is one of the highlights of our calendar of events, with refreshments beforehand, and a drinks reception and dinner afterwards. Our thanks to the College who hosted us so well and all our corporate members who help sponsor the event. A gallery of pictures from the evening can be seen by clicking on the main image.
The Plumbers were back at Cowes on Saturday 25 September to defend their title, but sadly the wind wasn’t and the race had to be abandoned for the becalmed boats! Next year’s race will be back in May, its normal date, and we will be there to defend our title again! But you can see novice sailor Ian Palmer unsuccessfully ‘learning the ropes!’ Hopefully he will have got it right by then! There are some more pictures too.
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.