News from 2011

The latest Cityview magazine is out and on line

Published on Thursday, 15th December 2011
Cityview is the magazine of the City of London Corporation, a uniquely diverse organisation that promotes and supports the City and provides a wide range of services for the City, for London and for the nation as a whole.  A great way of keeping up with various aspects of City life is to read the latest edition  by clicking here.

Inter Livery Swimathon 12th March 2012

Published on Wednesday, 14th December 2011
A great Inter Livery event in the magnificent RAC Country Club at Epsom.  Why not be a Plumber’s Company swimmer?

See attached  flyer. Click on title above.

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***What no water!***

Published on Friday, 9th December 2011
What will you do when the tap runs dry?  This is a problem that may face many parts of the world in the not to distant future.  Fact or fiction?

Come and find out at the Plumbers’ Company Annual Lecture.  For further details click the on the title above.

The 28th Annual Lecture will be given by Sir John Beddington CMG FRS one of the UK’s leading scientists, and the Government Chief  Scientific Adviser, on the topic “The Challenges of Water Shortages in the UK and Worldwide Now and in the Future”.  The lecture will be given in the prestigious Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park and will be followed by a high class dinner.

This event, which is not to be missed, is open to everyone – Liverymen, Friends , Guests and any one else who wishes to attend.  Book early to ensure that you can obtain a ticket.  Click below for the  downloadable flyer and booking form.

Why not bring your friends and business colleagues as this will be an ideal opportunity for networking?

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Master’s Jottings 1

Published on Sunday, 4th December 2011

Master’s Jottings – November 2011

It was lovely to see 84 Liverymen at the Ladle Dinner recently and I think and hope that everyone really enjoyed it. It was only such a pity that the other 265 Liverymen did not also come along. Believe it or not, I managed to serve the soup to the top table without spilling a drop! All thanks to Paul Nash and Mike Horwood who made it go so well.

With the Lecture and the Banquet both on the horizon, a few words. It is absolutely essential that the Lecture does not make a loss this year and that will only happen if you book yourselves in AND bring along a friend or two. We need to sit down 250 to the dinner after the lecture. As far as the subject goes, it could not be more relevant and topical and we could not have a more knowledgeable speaker. The flyer has been issued, so please find it, fill it in and send it back with your cheque to the office. NOW!

The booking forms for the Banquet will come out in the middle of January and again we should like between 260 and 300 to attend. Two matters of etiquette concern me greatly and I should be grateful if you would note them and comply. Firstly, it is considered very bad manners to get up from your seat before the loyal toast and equally rude to move during the singing of the National Anthem. Secondly, as a Liveryman you should know the “sung grace” by heart. (A copy can be found on Our Company and Aims page & below).  If you do not, please learn it before the Banquet. Otherwise, we show our Company in a very bad light to visiting guests.

I shall just finish this first “Master’s Jottings” by reminding you that this year’s challenge is for every Liveryman to recruit one new Liveryman to our great Company. You must all have a friend who would like to join you as a Liveryman.

Finally, finally, a big thank you to all 107 who came to Installation Day. Diana and I were really chuffed.

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A visit to Trinity House

Published on Tuesday, 29th November 2011
A small group accompanied the Master on recent visit to Trinity House in the Ciy of London. Thanks to Edgar King, our guide, during the visit to Trinity House on 9th November, it proved to be a most enjoyable and entertaining tour. Twenty members and guests, including Our Master and his wife were treated to a one and a half hour trip through this magnificent building. Our guide gave us a comprehensive explanation of this historic charitable guild, which was granted its Royal Charter in 1514. He pointed out many architectural features, along with its many treasures.     The superb Entrance hall, and Staircase which leads to the Quarterdeck, with its access to a number of other rooms including the Library where many official functions and receptions are held. This room houses a collection of silverware and books which are protected behind wooden panels, On behalf of the Company, The Master thanked, Edgar and presented him with a gift to mark our visit. The members then had lunch and drinks in The Grange City Hotel, which was a short walk away.

The Company thanks the Immediate Past Master

Published on Wednesday, 16th November 2011

The Ladle Dinner, open only to Liverymen, is the occasion when the Company thanks and recognises the Immediate Past Master.  Assistant Robert Burgon spoke of the huge contribution that the IPM Chris Sneath has made to plumbing and the Plumbers.  During his year as Master, he led the Company in celebrating our 400th Anniversary of the granting of our Royal Charter.  The year culminated with the unveiling of the Plumber’s Apprentice statue at Cannon Street Station.

Chris was presented with his Past Master’s Ladle by the junior Liveryman, Jane Palmer.

The evening was organised and chaired by Senior Steward Mike Horwood.

The speech given by Asistant Robert Burgon can be read by downloading the document below.

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The Plumbers welcome the New Lord Mayor

Published on Saturday, 12th November 2011
The new Lord Mayor, Alderman David Wootton, began serving as the 684th Lord Mayor of London from Friday.  This morning the City witnessed the annual Lord Mayor’s Show. The procession includes more than 1,200 children, 385 volunteer workers, several dozen disabled people and nearly 500 animals. Barts Hospital, the British Legion and 43 charities have provided floats. A really magnificent occasion to start the year.

Liveryman appointed as the new Chief Executive of CIPHE

Published on Wednesday, 9th November 2011

The Board of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering at their meeting on 8th November confirmed Kevin Wellman as the new Chief Executive Officer.  Kevin is an active Liveryman and serves on the Technical Committee of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.



The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Wellman as Chief Executive Officer.

Chairman of the CIPHE Board of Trustees, Professor Rodney Cartwright, commented: “Out of all of the candidates who had applied, Kevin was clearly the best man for the role. He has done an excellent job over the past few months as acting CEO and the Board is confident that he is the right person to provide strong leadership for the Institute in the future. His in-depth understanding of the CIPHE and the plumbing and heating industry, along with his business acumen, will ensure that the Institute and its members are in safe hands.”

Kevin said: “I am delighted to formally accept the position of Chief Executive Officer. By working closely with the Head Office team, Board of Trustees, industry colleagues and hardworking volunteers throughout our Institute, I know we can build on the strategies already in place to develop the role of the CIPHE.

“As the world looks increasingly to issues of sustainability and emerging technologies, our members have an important part to play in advising consumers and helping to build their confidence in new technology. It is important for us as the chartered body responsible for our industry, to show leadership and to collaborate closely with other organisations and the Government on a wide range of important plumbing and heating engineering issues.”

Kevin began his plumbing career as an apprentice and worked as a Registered Plumber before joining the Institute’s staff in 1985 as Technical Officer. He supported and developed a number of technical initiatives and activities including seminars, publications and technical enquiries. In his role of Operations Director, Kevin was responsible for developing policy; formulation of direction and strategy; corporate social responsibility, negotiating and securing funding streams; line managing and developing staff.

In 2006 Kevin arranged the centenary conference and exhibition, which was the largest event in the Institute’s history, attracting visitors worldwide.  He has secured funding for a number of European projects that have seen the development of sustainable technologies and more recently a safety related product to aid the detection of asbestos fibres.

Kevin is an active participant in the WaterSafe Installer Scheme discussions, sits on the Technical Committee of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and represents the Institute on numerous committees and working groups.

Since 2001, he has worked as a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust to support young people establishing new companies.  Kevin is married to Ruth and they have three children.


Court Assistant receives SoPHE award

Published on Wednesday, 9th November 2011

Court Assistant Robert Burgon, who is the Chief Executive Officer of SNIPEF (Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation), received an Honorary Fellowship from Chris Northey, Chairman of the Society of Public Health Engineers at their annual dinner.  This is the highest award of the Society and recognises the major contribution to the plumbing industry by Robert Burgon.

Liveryman Martin Shouler was presented with the Society’s  Bronze Award.

The dinner was attended by the Master, the Immediate Past Master and Past Steward Carnaby.

A bit of Company History

Published on Wednesday, 9th November 2011

The study of ancient documents often reveal fascinating bits of history that have a message for today.  Assistant Dr Peter Rumley who leads the Company History Group has in his research discovered information about a benefactor who left a legacy that benefited the Company.

Court Assistant Dr Peter Rumley has unearthed the following.

“The seat of Richard Berridge was Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway, Ireland, which became the residence of his son, Richard, who was a justice of the peace for the county and, in 1894, High Sheriff. Richard Berridge the elder lived for over twenty years in Bloomsbury, first at 36 Bloomsbury Square, then, from about 1856 to 1877, at 18 Great Russell Street. Prior to this he had resided in Rochester, Kent, and he acquired property in that county as well as in Middlesex. A return of landowners in 1873 describes his holdings in Middlesex as over 300 acres with a gross estimated rental of £577, and a smaller amount in Kent, 79 acres worth £184.15s. He also had mining interests and property in other counties.
Berridge entered into partnership with Sir Henry Meux of the Horse Shoe Brewery, Tottenham Court Road. He retired in July 1878 on the establishment of the new firm of Meux and Company.  (Temple Bar was recently removed from the Meux family home near Cheshunt, Hertfordshire).
In the late 1870’s Berridge left Bloomsbury for an address in Putney, Surrey, and, after a few years, went to live in Bridgewater, Somerset. He died on 20 September 1887 leaving five daughters and one son, Richard, born in 1870. The estate was administered by trustees until Richard Berridge the younger came of age.

In his will, Berridge bequeathed a charity legacy of £200,000 to be applied for the advancement and propagation of education in economic and sanitary sciences in Great Britain. The legacy was administered by his trustees, who donated large sums to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the British Institute of Preventive Medicine, and smaller amounts to other institutions and societies, such as the Sanitary Inspectors’ Association and Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses.”

The Company Historian Past Master Peter Brunner states that “We received £20,000. Without this sum we would not have been able to do much of the work on the registration movement that we did.”  After very many years of hard work this is now being realised in the WaterSafe Installers Scheme.

An interesting piece of history that raises the question “Have you made a bequest to the Company?”

Minister supports WaterSafe Installers’ Scheme

Published on Monday, 31st October 2011
Richard Benyon MP Minister for Environment and Fisheries has written

“I am pleased to hear that the industry is taking the lead in developing the WaterSafe Installers’ Scheme – a successful scheme will deliver great benefits to both installers and consumers.   I wish you well with further developments and look forward to hearing of the Scheme’s launch in due course.”

This great initiative lead by the Immediate Past Master Chris Sneath is aimed at ensuring the public can rely on having competent and prfesional plumbing services.

Wedding cakes, the Press, Music and Old Bones

Published on Wednesday, 26th October 2011

The first social visit of the year was to St Bride’s Church, one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in London with much of it’s history undiscovered until the blitz of December 1940.  The hidden past underground was revealed and included a medieval charnel house containing an estimate of  nearly seven thousand human remains, where all the bones are put in their categories, thigh bone with thigh bone and so on, and laid in chequer-board pattern.

The church in early 1940 was a dark uninspiring Victorian adapatation of the Wren’s original.  Only the outer walls and the spire reained at the end of the year.  Architect Godfrey Allen, using Wren’s original drawings rebuilt the church in the original collegiate style.  It is now light and vibrant.

The church is now a place of Christian worship with world renown music.

St Bride’s Church has a history spreading over two millennium. On 26th October, thirteen Liverymen and partners, lead by the Master and his Lady spent two hours being shown round the church and being given and insight into parts of the church normally  hidden form the public.  The bones in the crypt and the charnel houses will be remembered by us all.  Many have been well researched, x rayed and catalogued by the Centre for Human Bioarchaeolgy of the Museum of London. To see some of their work click here.

On a totally different topic, did you know that the tiered design of wedding cakes is based on the spire of St Bride’s.

Since 1500, when the first Printing Press was brought to what is now the south east corner of St Bride’s Churchyard, Fleet Street has represented the heart of the nation’s printing industry and, for more than two hundred years, has been synonymous with the national press.   A small chapelremembers those members of the press corps who have given their lives while trying to bring us news.

The visit finished with lunch in the Press House Wine Bar.  Thanks were given to Steward David Attwood who organised the visit.

New Master sets two challenges for all Liverymen

Published on Tuesday, 18th October 2011

Challenge One

The fall in investment income is hitting our finances hard.  We do NOT wish the shortfall to be met through the Quarterage.  Is there another way?  Yes, by bringing in new Liverymen.  The Master challenges us ALL to introduce one new member to the Company this year.  If you do not know how to do it speak with the Master or the Clerk – phone the office 020 7796 2468.  Details can also be found on the web site (


Challenge Two

The Plumber’s Charity is actively encouraging young plumbers’ apprentices and worthy causes especially young persons within the City.  The Master believes that  many more could benefit from the Trust if funds permitted.  The Master’s challenge is to include the Plumber’s Charity in your charitable giving portfolio and in your bequests.  Details can be found on the web site  (

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Charitable and Educational Trust – be a regular donor or leave a bequest.  Download the forms below.

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We have a New Master!

Published on Tuesday, 18th October 2011

Master & Wardens

Master & Wardens

Lt. Col. Antony Paterson-Fox was today, Wednesday 19th October 2011, installed as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers for the forthcoming year.  He will be supported by the Upper Warden, Charles Yuill and the Renter Warden, Nick Gale.

Following his installation, the Master lead the Court from Vintners’ Hall to the Company Church of  St Magnus the Martyr in Lower Thames Street for the Installation service.  The service was taken by the Company Chaplain the Cardinal Rector and Liveryman Father Philip Warner.  

The Company welcomes their new Master and Diana his Lady.

Full pictures click here

The Installation Court is a solemn occasion when the New Master takes the oath of the Office of Master.  The Oath is administered by the Clerk

“You shall swear to be true to our Sovereign Lady the Queen’s Majesty, her heirs and successorsand you shall endeavour yourself the best you can Justly, lawfully and indifferentlyto execute and cause to be executed your office in every respect so far forth as you lawfully may, and in like manner shall, observe and cause to be observed all the good and lawful ordinances herein expressed, without sparing any person for affection, need, dread or promise of reward during the time you shall remain and be in the office of Master: and of all and every such plate, jewels, sum and sums of money or any other thing or things that by reason of yoursaid office shall come to yourhands or possession, you shall according to the lawful ordinances herein specified make a true, good and plain account in writing: or else pay such fines as you shall be ordered or ought to pay by the said ordinances for your not so doing. You shall not for malice nor for love or affection assess any person or persons in a greater or less sum than after the quantity and quality of his offence: according to your discretion and according to theordinances of this art or mystery.

So help you God.

 Robin John Antony Paterson-Fox- Do you accept this charge?”

Similar Oaths are taken by the Wardens.

At this Court meeting Liveryman Ian Smith was appointed as a Steward for seven years.

Martin Gratte was admitted as an Honorary Liveryman and Charles Brooks and Jane Palmer as Liverymen.

The Master gave an inspiring and challenging speech after lunch.  Download it below.

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She has done it!!

Published on Monday, 17th October 2011

Hadrian’s Wall being conquered by Wendy

Wendy Hamilton  has completed her sponsored walk along Hadrian’s Wall.  28 miles on the last day!  Why not be a post walk sponsor in aid of the Plumber’s Museum at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Sussex?

To read a letter from Wendy and to view some pictures of the walk  click on the header  above She has done it!! .  A full account of the walk from Wendy can be downloaded.

See pictures of the walk – click here

A letter from Wendy

Dear Liverymen and your Partners

Hadrian’s Wall

Because your response to our plea for the Plumbing Museum at Singleton has been so fantastic, and your good wishes so abundant, you left us in no other position than to “up our game” too – so with the greatest enthusiasm, and inspired by you, we managed to walk the wall – all 84 miles of it plus a bit more – in four and a half days, what an experience.

Lots of Hadrian’s wall could be seen in various places on route, the bases that have been exposed of the turrets, forts and castles allowed the mind to imagine something of life in those times, not to mention the stunning views – the blisters have been worth it from every angle!

The Office are very kindly collating the contributions, which are still coming in, and as soon as this is complete and an indication of the gift aid claimable the figure will be published – but I have to say it is well beyond my greatest hopes!

Pictures and adventures will be hopefully revealed in the next newsletter.

Fondest wishes to you all.

A very grateful Plumbers Court Barn, Wendy and David (transport) Hamilton

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Golf Win for the Plumbers

Published on Monday, 17th October 2011

On October 5th the Golf Society played a match against the Actuaries at Woking Golf Club.The result was a win for the Plumbers 4 1/2  to 3 1/2. It was a close contest and the result was not determined until the last green of the last match.

World Skills

Published on Saturday, 8th October 2011

Shane Trevitt

Shane Trevitt

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers congratulates Shane Trevitt from Wirral on winning the Gold Medal for Plumbing and Heating.  Well done Shane.

What an inspiring occasion in the Excel Centre.  Trainees from all over the world competing to demonstrate their skills for dry stone wall building, hairdressing, car repairs, catering, bricklaying, jewellery and of course plumbing.  Visiting schoolchildren  not only saw the skills being demonstrated but were also able to ‘Have a Go” in many areas.  The plumbers “Have a Go” was very popular and many Liverymen helped in the manning. See pictures here.

Liveryman John Smartt was the Chief Expert for the Plumbing and Heating competition.

Shane Trevitt

Skill – Plumbing and Heating

Competition Year – 2011

Member – United Kingdom
Hometown: Wirral

Region: North West

School: Wallasey School

Currently studying at: Leeds College of Building towards NC in building services
Qualifications: Apprenticeship in Level 3 completed with NG Bailey in 2010, BTEC Building services/ Leeds College, NVQ Level 2, GCSEs
Competed in: WorldSkills UK Plumbing (SkillPlumb), 2010, Gold medal winner

What made you become a Plumber? 
I became a plumber because I am good with my hands and technically good at hands on tasks.

How did you hear about competitions? 
I heard about competitions through my training manager, Lee Firth who had seen I had the talent to compete.

What are your biggest personal achievements so far? 
To get to this stage of the competition and to be in the national final.

What’s your ambition?
To become a mechanical engineer, then to become a plumbing lecturer.

What are you hoping for by competing at WorldSkills London 2011? 
To gain good experience and to teach. To also make myself, family, friends and employer proud.

What would you say to other young people considering a vocational career?
I would really advise it as it’s a trade for life and you can always carry on to train further after your apprenticeship.

What do you think getting involved in international competitions could do for your career?
It will give you a respectable name within the industry and give you more confidence.

Something we didn’t know about you

I own my own home and I am engaged.


The Duke unveils the Plumber’s Apprentice statue

Published on Friday, 7th October 2011

The Duke of Gloucester, accompanied by the Lord Mayor, the Lady Mayoress and the Sheriffs, unveiled a statue of a Plumber’s Apprentice sculpted by Martin Jennings, at Cannon Street railway station.

For a short slide show click  here.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester unveils seven foot statue of the Plumber’s Apprentice at London’s Cannon Street Station


HRH The Duke of Gloucester has unveiled Martin Jennings’ sculpture of the Plumber’s Apprentice at Cannon Street Station to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers receiving its Royal Charter from King James I in 1611.

The seven-foot tall bronze statue signifies the industry’s long association with London and the company’s ongoing commitment to training young plumbers. The work also represents the important role played by all the professional trades in the development of the city.

The Duke of Gloucester unveiled the statue in the presence of the Lord Mayor Michael Bear and the Lady Mayoress, herself a sculptress and liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

Cannon Street Station was the site of the Worshipful Company’s livery hall until 1863 when it was compulsorily purchased to make way for the expansion of the station. The Company’s previous hall was destroyed in the Great Fire of London and was rebuilt at Cannon Street in 1690.

Network Rail kindly gave permission for the installation of the statue as part of the redevelopment of Cannon Street Station. A commemorative plaque recently unveiled close by to the statue also acknowledges the site of the former Plumber’s Hall.

Sculptor Martin Jennings also created the iconic statue of British poet Sir John Betjeman that graces St Pancras Station, and his statue of Philip Larkin was erected in the city of Hull in 2010. Jennings won the commission following a competition and his design was recognised as a highly appropriate representation of such a proud, practical trade.

The unveiling has coincided with London hosting the 2011 WorldSkills competition, where plumbing is represented alongside other trades as a showcase for the importance of apprenticeships. “The current controversy over university fees and the desperate shortage of suitably skilled and competent trades people point towards vocational qualifications playing an increasingly important role, said Chris Sneath, Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

“While we have a long history, having been formed in 1365, current liverymen are focused on securing the future of our profession. Therefore the statue is as much as about promoting plumbing as a worthy career for young people as it is about marking our ancient connections with the City of London,” said Sneath.

The 400th anniversary celebrations have also included a reception at the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Sharp of Guildford and a service by the Bishop of London at the Church of St Magnus the Martyr in Lower Thames Street where the Bishop of London rededicated the original 400-year-old Royal Charter granted to the Company by King James I on 12 April 1611.

The plinth for the three-quarter ton statue, a substantial piece of engraved slate, has been fitted into the concourse of Cannon Street Station by one of the main subcontractors for the redevelopment, Spence Re-Fit Limited.

Picture caption:HRH The Duke of Gloucester applauds at the unveiling of the statue of the Plumber’s Apprentice, watched on by Chris Sneath, Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.  For more pictures, which you can purchase, click here

The Lord Mayor Elect

Published on Thursday, 6th October 2011
Alderman David Wootton with his shrieval chain

Alderman David Wootton with his shrieval chain

At Common Hall held on 3rd October in the Guildhall, the Liverymen present indicated their wish for Alderman David Wootton to be the next Lord Mayor.  The Court of Aldermen were of the same opinion and Alderman David Wootton became the Lord Mayor Elect,  The Worshipful Company of Plumbers send him congratulations and look forward to working with him.

Alderman David Wootton

Alderman David Wootton was born in Yorkshire and educated at Bradford Grammar School, and at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read Classics and Law. He is a solicitor, trained at and a partner since 1979 in Allen & Overy LLP, the international law firm based in the City. He has been based’ in the firm’s London office throughout his career. His practice has taken him to many parts of the world and he has handled transactions covering a wide range of countries and jurisdictions. He advises primarily on corporate transactions of all kinds: mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs, share issues, joint ventures – many of them international and of the largest size. Increasingly in recent years he has been advising on corporate governance and compliance, in terms both of law and regulation and of best practice, many such questions being important ‘board room’ issues. He has been President of the City of London Law Society and is Chairman of the City of London Branch of the Institute of Directors and an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn.

Alderman Wootton was elected as Common Councilman for the Ward of Farringdon Within in 2002 and as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn in 2005. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Finance Committee of the City of London Corporation from 2003-2006 and as Sheriff in 2009-2010., He is a keen supporter of the Livery movement, and was Master of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers in 2005-2006 and of the City of London Solicitors’ Company in 2010-2011; he is a Court Assistant of the Glaziers, a Court Assistant-elect of the Information Technologists, a Liveryman of the Clockmakers, the Bowyers and the Woolmen, an Honorary Liveryman of the Security Professionals and a Freeman of the Watermen and Lightermen. He was Chairman of the Langbourn Ward Club in 2010-2011, is Honorary Vice President of the City Livery Club, serves on the Court of the Guild of Freemen and the Council of the Royal Society of St George (City of London Branch) and is a member of the United Wards Club, as well as of the Aldgate, Bread Street and Farringdon Ward Clubs. He is President of the Society of Young Freemen.

David Wootton’s charitable portfolio of voluntary work reflects his interest in education: he is a Governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, King Edward’s School, Witley and the City of London Academy in Southwark and has been an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital. He is a Trustee of the St Paul’s Cathedral School Foundation and of the Lord Mayor’s BOOth Anniversary Trust. He is a Trustee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the King’s Fund, Chairman of the Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum and was a member of the oversight committee of the Royal College of Surgeons. He sits as a City magistrate.

David Wootton is married to Liz, a teacher who is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Masons and a member of the Company of Educators. They have two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren. His outside interests include music, theatre, rowing and railways.

World Plumbing Conference

Published on Thursday, 22nd September 2011
A paper presented by Liverymen Martin Shouler & Chris Northey entitled ‘Water – too little, too much’. For download click  here

Company Treasures and a Challenge

Published on Monday, 19th September 2011

1365 Ordinances

1365 Ordinances

At the recent display of Company Treasures there was a small book of old parchment.  This is believed to be our 1365 Ordinances.  How good are you at reading 14th Century script.  Go to  More news items and study the picture or download the file, then work  out the words.

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Installation of New Master

Published on Friday, 16th September 2011
Wednesday 19th October.  Flyer can be found in the Calendar of Events under 19th October.

World Plumbers gather in Edinburgh

Published on Monday, 12th September 2011

The Master and Immediate Past Chairman of the World Plumbing Council Assistant Robert Burgon on their way to Edinburgh Castle 

The Master reports “I attended this important event, which attracted nearly 300 delegates from Australia, Germany, USA, Canada, India, South Africa, Fiji, Switzerland, China, New Zealand and Denmark.  The Conference sessions produced some interesting input into the problems being experienced around the world, and provided interesting means as to how some of these were being solved. It was fascinating to exchange ideas and learn from such far ranging parts of the world. Robert Burgon and SNIPEF must be congratulated on arranging such a successful conference.”

Plumber’s Plaque at Cannon St Station unveiled by Past Master Rae

Published on Wednesday, 31st August 2011

Past Master John Rae and Alderman Alison Gowman unveiling the plaque.

Past Master John Rae and Alderman Alison Gowman unveiling the plaque.

The plaque commemorating the site of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ Hall was unveiled by Past Master John Rae on Thursday 25th August 2011.

The ceremony was attended by The Mster, Past Master John Rae, Past Master Peter Brunner, Alderman Alison Gowman,  the Deputy for Dowgate Ward, Robin Sherlock and tSteve

Baldwinson, Project leader for Laing O’Rouke at Cannon Street.  The unveiling was followed by a blessing by Liveryman Fr Philip Warner.  The Clerk was in attendance.

For a selection of pictures click here.

The Company Treasures

Published on Monday, 22nd August 2011

A chance to once again view the Company Traeasures including our  original 1365 Ordinances, our 1611 Charter and the just discovered Plumbers Pennant.  Do not miss this unique opportunity.

Wax Chandlers’ Hall Tuesday 13th September 2011

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Duke to unveil The Plumber’s Apprentice

Published on Monday, 15th August 2011

HRH The Duke of Gloucester in the presence of the Lord Mayor Michael Bear will unveil the sculpture by Martin Jennings of the Plumber’s Apprentice at Cannon Street Station at 11.00am on Thursday 6th October 2011.  The ceremony will be followed by a reception in Innholder’s Hall.

This occasion will be the culmination of the Plumber’s Apprentice Appeal and our 400th Anniversary Celebrations.

Attendance at the Unveiling Ceremony will be open to all Liverymen and will be free, but due to space restrictions, regrettably, there will be a limit on numbers for those who wish to attend the reception as well, which will be by official invitation/ticket only on a first come first served basis.   Application form as a downloadable document below.  NOW CLOSED


A list of donors can be downloaded below.

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The Plumbers’ Company supports World Skills 2011

Published on Monday, 25th July 2011

ExCel Centre London 5th – 8th October

Visit World Skills 2011.  Learn about PLUMBING, HEATING  and other skills.  See craftsmen from across the world.  Compete in a “Have a go” plumbing activity.  Learn how to train as a Plumber or Heating Engineer.  Do not miss this big opportunity to understand more about the skills that are essential for modern communities and that provide worthwhile careers.

The Master  advises Liverymen that in order to obtain tickets to attend the World Skills London 2011 if you are involved and plan to attend for more than a single day you will need to register on-line as a sponsor’s guest, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers are one of the sponsors.  Click here to register.  Any Liveryman wishing to visit on a single day, should contact the Company office, which is holding a stock of complimentary single-day Gold Tickets.

If you do go, please do visit the Have-A-Go Area, where the Company is sponsoring the Plumbing Skills stand.

Plumbing is essential to both public health and modern life throughout the world and in all types of buildings.
Plumbers install wet plumbing systems like water, drainage and heating pipes in buildings, and it is also possible to diversify into gas central heating as well.
Skills like pipe bending, crimping, soldering and welding are all essential for plumbers, in addition to fixing pipes to walls. Installing visible fixings such as showers and basins is another aspect of the job which requires attention to detail and the use of hand tools.

Find out more about careers in Plumbing and Heating

The Association of Heating and Plumbing Contractors
The Sector Skills Council for Building Services and Engineering
City & Guilds
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engine
The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation (SNIPEF)

New Liverymen

Published on Wednesday, 20th July 2011
Five new Liverymen were clothed with the Livery at the Court meeting on 19th July.

Danny Flowers (Director Engineering Company), Stephen Taylor (Claims Consultant), Bill Pollard (MD Building Services Company) and Chloe Salmon ( Trainee Chartered Surveyor) were clothed with the Livery and we welcome them all the Company.

In addition, the Court was very pleased to welcome Sylvia Moys CC as a full Liveryman within the Company.  Sylvia has been an Honorary Liveryman since 2004 and now feels that she wishes to join the Company as a fulland active Liveryman.

Two Service Plumbing Awards presented

Published on Wednesday, 20th July 2011

L/Cpl Betts and Senior Aircraftsman (Technician) Patterson were presented by the Master with the Plumbers’ Company Award and a medal depicting the Company’s Arms awarded in 1588.  They were also admitted as Freemen of the Company.

Every year the Plumbers’ Company recognised the highest achieving  students in plumbing or hydraulics at the Navy, Army and Air Force craft training colleges.  The Army award for 2010 was presented to L/ Cpl Jason Betts who was the best student completing the Plumbing Course at the Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham.  L/Cpl Betts has served in many countries and at present is stationed with the 32 Engineering Regiment in Hohne, Germany.

The Royal Air force award was presented to Senior Aircraftsman (Technician)  August Patterson who was the best student completing the Hydraulics Phase of the Airframe Training Course at Royal Air Force Cosford.  he has already been awarded with the Silver Salver award for academic achievement in recognition of his achieving 99% in his final examination and excelling in the practical elements of the course.  He is at present stationed at Royal Air Force Odiham with responsibility for the maintenance of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Chinook helicopters.

We are back in Cannon Street

Published on Friday, 15th July 2011

The next stage of the refurbishment of Cannon St Station has seen the re installation of the Plumber’s Plaque

Past Steward John Carnaby ensured the corect re installation of the plaque signifying the site of the Plumber’s Hall.  He was assisted by the senior architect for FOGGO,  along with the specialist contractor VETTER and also the Section Engineer from LAING O’ROUKE.   He thanked them all for their work . The plaque removed from the old station was stored with the Company treasures.  Before it was reinstalled, Lucy Haugh, the stonemasonry tutor at the Building Crafts College made an excellent job of correcting any minor blemishes and has also carried out  the cleaning and polishing.

A formal unveiling will take place at a time to be announced.

History Group Visit to Hatfield House

Published on Thursday, 14th July 2011

The Company History Group had a very enjoyable visit to Hatfield House

Lord and Lady Salisbury were delighted to welcome (although not in person) the History Group to their home and hoped that they enjoyed their visit.  Hatfield House is proud to be one of the Treasure Houses of England, ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England.

Members include Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley, Chatsworth, Castle Howard, Harewood House, Holkham Hall, Hatfield House, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey. Each house is an architectural masterpiece surrounded by beautiful parklands and gardens.

All the Treasure Houses are professionally managed, with highly diversified estates, offering quality activities and interest for all throughout the year. They display some of the most important art and objects in the world. Many are now embracing contemporary art, and feature the collections of successive generations of owners through the centuries. All have fascinating stories to tell of their former masters and mistresses, as well as all the people who have worked at or visited the estates.

New Sheriffs Elected

Published on Friday, 8th July 2011

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers congratulates Alan Yarrow, Alderman and Fishmonger on being elected Aldermanic Sheriff and  Wendy Mead, Citizen and Glover on being elected non-Aldermanic Sheriff for the year 2011 – 2012.

Read the Election Addresses of the two new Sheriffs below

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The Plumbers’ Yachtsmen win two Cups!

Published on Sunday, 22nd May 2011

The Plumbers’ Company yacht, Little Emily swept the board at the City Livery Yacht Regatta 2011. They were the first boat to cross the finishing line being 40 minutes 29 seconds ahead of the second boat.  When the handicaps had been entered the Plumbers maintained a lead of 17 minutes 42 seconds. The team won not only the Champion Cup but also the Lord Mayor’s Cup repeating their performance of 2009.

City Livery Yacht Club Cowes Regatta

What a weekend!  On Friday afternoon, the crew of the Plumber’s boat tested the water in preparation for the Race.  In the evening we dined with the other teams and their supporters at The Pavilion, Royal Yacht Squadron.  On the Saturday morning we awoke to glorious sunshine and a light breeze.  Would there be enough wind for the race?  Instructions were given to the crews at 0900, then off to the boats.  On Little Emily could be found Roger Dunston (Skipper), Past Master Mike Samuel (Navigator), Andy Hunter, a Painter Stainer (Helmsman) with as crew Martin Gratte,Past Master Lightmonger, Past Master Mike Swallow, Immediate Past Master David Hamilton, Assistant Steve Hodkinson, The Clerk Paul Nash, Liverymen Denis Southern, Peter Smith and Bob Hill, and Joe Sibthorpe.

The start was watched anxiously by the Upper Warden, Past Master Rodney Cartwright, their ladies and those of the Crew.  At first Little Emily did not move then she was off heading towards the mainland.  Had she lost her way or was this a clever tactic.  Two and three quarter hours later Little Emily sailed serenely over the finishing line well ahead of all the other boats.

The big question was “Had we won when the handicaps had been taken into account?”  We had to wait until the Presentation Dinner held in the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.  Yes, we had won both the Champion Cup and the Lord Mayor’s Cup.

What a weekend of fun and fellowship.

Thanks are gratefully given to all the support given by Martin Gratte  ( who provided Little Emily and has supported the Company on many occasions.  Thank you Martin and all your colleagues, and also to AECOM (  and Steve Hodkinson who sponsored the wine at Dinner.

Click here to see slide show 

An account by a crew member, Past Master Swallow

A boat, Little Emily, entered by a team of Plumbers and “Mates” has again won the Lord Mayors Cup at the Annual City Livery Yacht Club Regatta held off Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Winners in 2009, various other commitments on the part of leading team members prevented the defence of the trophy last year so the team were determined to recover it this year.

Once the racing fleet had assembled on the evening of Friday 20 May it was clear that the Plumbers faced strong competition.  Saturday morning saw sunny weather and by the time of the start at 11.00am there was good wind from west south west and with an incoming tide from the west there was little sea running – ideal racing conditions.

The first leg of the course involved sailing from just off Cowes to a buoy some miles to the west – which necessitated going against both wind and tide.  Conventional sailing wisdom dictated that the ideal position on the start line for such a course was hard inshore and then to spend the first part of it tacking (zigzagging for the uninitiated) up to the west close to the Island shore out of the strongest tidal current.  The Plumbers however decided to be unorthodox and started at the other end of the line, reasoning that it was better to get out of the shelter of the Island into the breeze and then tack up against the mainland shore out of the strongest tidal flow but still in the breeze.

This decision proved to be decisive. Reports from other boats after the race showed that the wind near the Island faded soon after the start, boats got in each other’s way, and one or two even went temporarily aground.  So at the first buoy Little Emily already had a commanding lead and proceeded to extend it during the remaining four legs.  This superiority was rewarded at the final buoy when the tide changed and assisted Little Emily back to the finishing line leaving the rest of fleet to contend with what was now for them an adverse tide.

Little Emily crossed the finishing line 2.45 hours after starting; the next boat did not cross the line for another 30 minutes!!  After handicaps were taken into account the winning margin was 17 minutes – a most conclusive victory in such a short race.

The Lord Mayors Cup, together with the Champion Cup for the first livery boat home, was received on behalf of the team by PM Mike Samuel at a dinner at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club on the Saturday evening. The cups will be displayed at Company functions during the coming year.

Little Emily was crewed by Roger Dunstan, Martin Gratte (PM Lightmonger), PM David Hamilton, L Bob Hill, Asst Stephen Hodkinson, Andrew Hunter, Clerk Paul Nash (who has never been on a sailing boat before!!!), PM Mike Samuel, L Pete Smith, L Dennis Southern, and PM Mike Swallow. Their combined age is 600 years!!!!!

Livery Photographs

Published on Tuesday, 10th May 2011

Many of the photos on this web site and many others of Livery Functions were taken by a Company Freeman Michael O’Sullivan.  Click on the heading Livery Photographs for further details and an index of Plumbers’ functions photos that you can order.

Michael O’Sullivan has for many years provided a high quality service to Livery companies based in The City of London.  He covers many of the Banquets, Dinners, Installation Ceremonies, Presentations, Awards and other Events that are held within the Capital.  Such is the relationship he has with clients that early in 2007, he was honoured to be presented with the ‘Freedom of the Company’ from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

His current Livery clients include:
– The Worshipful Company of Plumbers
– The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
– The Worshipful Company of Bowyers
– The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors
– The Worshipful Company of Cooks
– The Worshipful Company of Cutlers
– The Worshipful Company of Fletchers
– The Worshipful Company of Innholders
– The Worshipful Company of Joiners & Ceilers
– The Worshipful Company of Masons
– The Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers

If you are the Clerk to a Livery Company or need a high class and discreet photographic service email him at or by contact him phone on 020-8363-8350 or 07973-671915.

Albums of Livery Functions 2007 – present

Index of Plumbers’photos

Installation Lunch 2010

Annual Lecture 2011

New Liverymen Jan 2011

Annual Banquet 2011

400th Anniversary Service and Reception

Summer Festival 2011

Rededication of our 400 year old Royal Charter on 12th April 2011

Published on Wednesday, 13th April 2011

The Bishop of London in the presence of City dignitaries, representatives of other Livery Companies, The Master, Wardens, the Court of Assistants, Liverymen, Freemen and guests attended the service in the church of St Magnus the Martyr.

The church of St Magnus the Martyr in Lower Thames Street was the venue for a unique and colourful occasion when the Right Reverend & Right Honorable Richard Chartres KCVO, the Bishop of London rededicated the original 400 year old Royal Charter granted to the Company by King James 1st on 12th April 1611.  The words of the dedication were

“We come to this Church to give thanks to God for his goodness towards us and especially in celebration, in this its 400th Anniversary year, the granting by King James I in 1611 of his Royal Charter to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, which is laid before us.

We give thanks for the heritage of this Company and for the generosity of its benefactors over the years, as well as praying for God’s continued blessing on its work, its education and training programme and the charitable assistance it offers.

We pray for the Master, the Wardens and the Court of Assistants and all the members of the Company, that in faithfulness and generosity they may fulfil the aims of the Company and celebrate its traditions in this twenty-first century. “

The service was attended by Sir Robert Finch, Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, Sheriff Richard Sermon and their wives, Aldermen Alan Yarrow and Geoffrey Evans, the Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, the Master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators, the Master, the Wardens, the Court of Assistants, Liverymen, Freeman and Guests.

The music included an Anthem that was commissioned by Spitalfields Festival in memory of  Peter Lerwill , Master of the Company in 2002/2003.  It was first performed on 13th June 2005 at Christ Church, Spitalfields.

Following the service a reception was held in the Fishmongers’ Hall.

The address by the Bishop of London can be downloaded.

Photographs can be viewed at by clicking Royal Charter

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