News from 2013

Terry Fillary MBE

Published on Tuesday, 31st December 2013

A New Year honour.  Well done Terry.  Many congratulations. Terry has been a stalwart of the Company for nearly 32 years and as you know made the 2 rose planters for Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee that stand in the rose garden at Buckingham Palace  and more recently the trough and planters for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee that have been installed at Sandringham House. Click here for the presentation to the Queen at Sandringham.

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Published on Sunday, 29th December 2013
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CIPHE – Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering

WPC – World Plumbing Council

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Climate Disasters or Saving the World

Published on Thursday, 26th December 2013
The Lord Mayor of London, Aldrman Fiona Woolf CBE will introduce David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change who will deliver the Plumbers’ Company  Annual Lecture entitled “Opportunities and Challenges in the Low Carbon Economy”.

The date Tuesday 28th January 2014.  The place The Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London.

For details and booking form click here.

Beyond floods and drought: can demand management deliver water security? The City Water Debate

Published on Thursday, 26th December 2013
The Wet 10 invite you to join them in the evening of the 24th February 2014  for the Annual City Water Debate.  The speakers will be Professor Adel Sharif, Director, Centre for Osmosis Research and Applications, University of Surrey and Professor Jeni Colbourne MBE, Chief Inspector, Drinking Water.

You and your Masters, Prime Wardens, Wardens, Court Assistants, Liverymen, Freemen and their guests are most cordially invited at a price of £35 per head.

This will be a both interesting and topical debate.  For further details and application form click here.

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Water Webinars

Published on Thursday, 26th December 2013
The Royal Society for Public Health presents a new educational programme of 11 free webinars focusing on International aspects of water hygiene taking place every month throughout 2014.  The live 60 or 90 minute webinars bring together experts to debate issues and share best practice from a global perspective. Sessions will be interactive offering delegtaes the opportunity to pose questions.  You can participate for free!  For details click here

Burns Night with the Painter-Stainers on 22nd January 2014

Published on Monday, 16th December 2013
Burns Suppers have been part of Scottish culture for over 200 years as a means of commemorating their best loved bard. When Burns immortalised haggis in verse he created a central link that is maintained to this day. The ritual was started in 1801 by close friends after his death, on 21 July 1796, as a tribute to his memory and the basic format for the evening has remained unchanged since that date.

Liverymen and Freemen are all welcome, together with their lady and gentlemen guests.   The dress code for the evening is dinner jacket and the cost is £82 per person. Click herefor details and booking.

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Did you know?

Published on Sunday, 15th December 2013
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Charity begins at Home

Published on Friday, 13th December 2013
The Upper Warden with the Poor BoxThe Upper Warden with the Poor Box

During the evening of the Ladle Dinner, the assembled Company demonstrated in a very practical way their support for charities.  The Poor Box, taken round by the Upper Warden collected £591.05 without too much arm twisting.  This sum was donated to the 2013 Christmas Appeal of CentrepointUK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting 16-25 years olds with housing, learning, health and life skills.

A raffle in aid of The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Charitable and Educational Trust raised £980.  If you were not present you can stiil donate to our Charity.  Click here.

PS Do not forget our charitable trust when you review your charitable giving for 2014.

Christmas starts with Carols

Published on Thursday, 12th December 2013
The Master reads a lessonThe Master reads a lesson

After the serviceAfter the service

The Annual Carol Service was held in the Company Church of St Magnus the Martyr.  A goodly number took part in the service which was followed by a buffet supper and wine.  Details of the service can be found by clicking here.

On 11 December 2013 by kind permission of the Reverend Philip Warner the Company’s Annual Carol Service was held at our Livery Church, St Magnus the Martyr in Lower Thames Street.
The Livery normally has a good turnout for this event as for many it is the first major event of the Festive Season. 2013 was no exception. The Master Nick Gale accompanied by his wife Debbie supported by 65 Liverymen and their guests were in attendance.
They were welcomed with a glass of mulled wine which was followed by the Service. The Service followed traditional lines and consisted of 6 Readings by the Master and other Officers of the Company and 9 carols, 2 of which were sung beautifully without participation by the congregation   by the resident choir.
A delicious light buffet with wine followed the Service. But all too quickly it was time to say our farewells, wish those present a merry Christmas and head homewards after another most agreeable evening of fellowship with the Livery.

Std Ken Newman

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WaterSafe – a great launch

Published on Tuesday, 10th December 2013
Read about the launch of WaterSafe in which a number of our Livery took an active part.  Click here for a full report.

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The latest edition of City View is now available

Published on Friday, 6th December 2013
Click here for your copy.  Make sure you read “The Five Year Plan”.

Regina Coeli – New CD from St Magnus the Martyr

Published on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
The choir at St Magnus the Martyr are launching a new CD.  Click here for a preview.  The launch is next Monday evening, 9th December,  beginning with Vespers at 6.30 pm followed by drinks and a short concert containing some of the music on the CD, and items of a lighter vein.   All are welcome.

Plumbers Award at LeSeCo

Published on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013
LeSoCo Principal Maxine Room CBE with Past Steward John Carnaby, Prize Winner Connor Woodgate and Past Steward Richard HarveyLeSoCo Principal Maxine Room CBE with Past Steward John Carnaby, Prize Winner Connor Woodgate and Past Steward Richard Harvey

LeSoCo Principal Maxine Room CBE with Connor Woodgate and the engraved silver plated salver.LeSoCo Principal Maxine Room CBE with Connor Woodgate and the engraved silver plated salver.

Read about Connor.Read about Connor.

LeSoCo was formed in August 2012, following the merger of Lewisham College and Southwark College.  Across its South London campuses, LeSoCo provides a strong and vibrant vocational training offer which reaches out to local communities and enables learners to transform their prospects and their lives. We deliver high quality learning while promoting social inclusion and economic benefit.

They are one of the London Colleges that train plumbers and the Worshipful Company of Plumbers provides an annual prize to the top student plumber.

The prize winner this year was Connor Woodgate.  The college reorted that  “Connor completed his level 2 Technical certificate with us (LeSoCo) before finding employment and enrolling on our level 3, he had to complete his NVQ 2 alongside his first year at level 3, last summer he represented LeSoCo in Germany as part of our exchange visit where he made an excellent impression upon his German hosts, his attitude and attendance are excellent and he is an absolute pleasure to have in our College.”

Connor received his award from LeSoCo Principal Maxine Room CBE in the presence of Past Steward John Carnaby and Past Steward Richard Harvey.  Our student not only won our award, but was also presented with an engraved silver plated salver with the “Worshipful Company of Plumbers” engraved on it, that was presented to him by the Principal of the College.

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Plumbing, Water and Health

Published on Monday, 2nd December 2013
The Royal Society of Public Health is presenting a series of live interactive webinars bringing together experts to discuss global aspects of water hygiene.  The first is on “Global View on Water Safety and Introduction to Water Safety Plans” with Professor Jamie Bartram, Director of the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Professor Bartram has accepted an invitation to give our Annual Lecture in 2015.

The second in entitled “Waterborne Pathogens in Urban Areas: Myths, Presumptions and Facts” with Dr Sebastian Crespi and international expert on the investigation of hotel associted outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease and Cryptosporidiosis

For further details click here.

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The Company thanks Last Year’s Master

Published on Thursday, 28th November 2013
The IPM receives his Ladle from Liveryman Andrew FordThe IPM receives his Ladle from Liveryman Andrew Ford

The Ceremony of the Loving CupThe Ceremony of the Loving Cup

Past Master thanks the IPMPast Master thanks the IPM

Senior Steward Richard Harvey introduces the new steward Ian PuddickSenior Steward Richard Harvey introduces the new steward Ian Puddick

David Attwood, the new Senior StewardDavid Attwood, the new Senior Steward

The Senior Steward, Richard Harvey, with his fellow stewards hosted the Ladle Dinner held in the magnificent Haberdashers’ Hall on 27th November.  A great evening when the Company formally thanked Charles Yuill for so ably leading the Plumbers during his year of office.

The proceedings began with the Master, Nick Gale, serving soup to the top table.  A very enjoyable meal of Celeriac and Russet Apple Soup, Roast Sirloin of Beef and a mixed fruit cobnut crumble, all accompanied by appropriate wines, followed.   After the Ceremony of the Loving Cup and the toasts, the Past Masters present were re-presented with their silver ladles.

Past Master Chris Sneath, then rose and gave an informative and witty address thanking the Immediate Past Master Charles Yuill for so succesfully leading the Company during his year of office.  The solid applause at the end of the speech showed that the sentiments expressed were shared by all those present.  The most junior Liveryman, Andrew Ford then presented Charles with his silver ladle.  The IPM thanked the Company and pledged his ongong support.

The Senior Steward, Richard Harvey then welcomed the new steward, Ian Puddick.  This was Richard’s final duty before relinquishing the position of Senior Steward to his successor David Attwood.


Death of Liveryman Harry Holmes

Published on Tuesday, 26th November 2013
It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Liveryman Henry Walker Holmes (known as Harry to us all).  At 95 years of age he was one of our oldest Liverymen and had been a member of the Company since 1977. He was a very strong supporter of the Plumbers, attending functions up to the end of 2012.  His funeral will be held at Christ Church, Gentleshaw, Staffordshire at 10.30am on Wednesday 4th December 2013.  The Master and Company will be represented by Past Master Swallow.

“Namaste”  from the World Plumbing Conference in India

Published on Saturday, 23rd November 2013
The Master, Assistant Robert Burgon (CEO of SNIPEF ), Liveryman Kevin Wellman (CEO of CIPHE)The Master, Assistant Robert Burgon (CEO of SNIPEF ), Liveryman Kevin Wellman (CEO of CIPHE)

‘Namaste’ from the World Plumbing Conference in India
The Master, Nick Gale, Assistant Robert Burgon and Liveryman Kevin Wellman give the traditional Hindi greeting from the 10th World Plumbing Conference recently held in New Delhi, India.  Under the subjects of Environmental Health and Hygiene, over 600 attendees heard two days of technical sessions given by speakers from around the world.  Liverymen Colin Stainer and Allan McKintosh  also attended.  The World Plumbing Council was originally formed with several Worshipful Company Liverymen on the board, including Past Master Geoff Marsh, Liverymen Bernard Bateman and Andy Watts.  Liveryman Kevin Wellman was the latest Liveryman to be elected to the Council Board at the conference.  The Worshipful Company is delighted that the new WPC Chairman Mr Sudhakaran Nair has joined the Livery in the new International membership category.

Diary Sheet

Published on Thursday, 21st November 2013
5   December  Past Steward Mike Horwood flies to Kenya to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in aid of our charity.  Please support him.  Click here

11 December   Company Carol Service. Click here for details

28 January      Company Annual Lecture     “Opportunities and Challenges in the Low Carbon Economy”  Click here for details and booking form.

Click here or  More News Articles below for details of further up and coming events.

They need our help

Published on Thursday, 21st November 2013
The trustees of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers’ Charitable and Educational Trust were disappointed following their recent meeting as they were only able to respond favourably to 55% of the  requests for assistance.  With more funds in the charity fund they could help more who deserve support from the Company through their charitable trust.

When you review your charity giving for next year remember the Plumbers’ Company Charity.  We concentrate on supporting plumbing related activities generally and educational projects within the City of London and urgently need your support.

Click on the title above to see the latest successful bids for funding.

The Plumbers’ Table

Published on Wednesday, 20th November 2013
The “Plumbers’ Table” at Ironmongers’ Hall seems to have become a regular feature in the Company’s social programme. The aim is to create a modestly priced, relaxed and informal social event which enhances the Livery’s reputation for outstanding fellowship. It is open to all Liverymen, their partners, friends and business associates and provides an admirable occasion for new comers to find out more about the Livery.
On  November 11 the Master accompanied by his wife Debbie welcomed 18 Liverymen and their guests to sparkling wine reception in the Court Room at Ironmongers’ followed by a delicious three course lunch with plentiful wine and coffee. Needless to say the event held in such magnificent surroundings was judged a great success. So much so that the next one has already been booked for 12 May 2014.  Make sure you do not miss it so note your diaries now!

Jazz with the Master

Published on Tuesday, 19th November 2013
On Tuesday 5th November, The Master, Nick Gale accompanied by his wife, Mrs Deborah Gale, his son, two Past Masters, The clerk and their Ladies, two Stewards and friends, in total twenty number, enjoyed a relaxing evening, being entertained by the George Muranyi trio.
The Northbank restaurant, which is located adjacent to the Millennium bridge, with uninterrupted views of the Tate Modern and the River Thames, was the ideal setting for  dinner, whilst being entertained with two hours of modern jazz.
The evening’s entertainment and dinner, began at 6.30pm, consisting  of three sessions of music ending at 9.30pm.
Those who attended agreed that the venue and Jazz evening and dinner had proved a successful combination, which may in the future be repeated, it is hoped that any future evening will attract greater numbers.

Past Steward aims at New Heights

Published on Monday, 18th November 2013
Past Steward Mike Horwood is once again off on his travels to raise money for thePlumbers’ Charity.  On 5th December he flies to Nairobi and after transferring to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, he starts his trek up the remote North East Rongai route to the summit at 5895 metres (19336 feet).

Read more about his journey and how  to support him by clicking here.

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What is a plumber?

Published on Sunday, 17th November 2013
In the Middle Ages, a plumber would be found on a roof undertaking leadwork.  In later Centuries this was no longer the case as lead pipes supplied water into and around buildings.  Lead has made way to copper and thermoplastics.  The work of a plumber now covers many fields with sub specialties.  The CIPHE has recently adopted a 21st Century definition of a plumber.  Click on the header above for details.

Definition of Plumbing 2013

The CIPHE Board of Trustees has adopted the definition below and willbe reviewing it at intervals.

• The competent design, specification, installation and maintenance of all distribution and retrieval pipework systems for the transportation of fluids, both liquid and gaseous for domestic, non-domestic industrial and medical facilities.
• The provision of relevant advice, selection and installation of all methods of energy generation and conservation.
• Ensuring that all terminal fittings, sanitary appliances, controls and equipment allow safe and efficient operation of systems whilst protecting the environment and all individuals.
• The protection and preservation of buildings and structures against damage, due to ingress of rainwater by the application of suitable weathering materials.

Liveryman awarded Honorary Fellowship of SoPHE

Published on Saturday, 16th November 2013
President Chris Northey presents Prof Cartwright with the Honorary FellowshipPresident Chris Northey presents Prof Cartwright with the Honorary Fellowship

The Society of Public Health Engineers has awarded an Honorary Fellowship to Past Master Professor Rodney Cartwright in recognition of his work to improve standards of the public health infrastructure in many parts of the world.  Other Honorary Fellows include Past Masters Geoff Marsh and Chris Sneath, and Court Assistant Robert Burgon.

In 1963, Rodney Cartwright graduated in medicine from Birmingham University.   He joined the Public Health Laboratory Service becoming Director of the Guildford Laboratory.  He developed an expertise in water born infections becoming adept at studying hotel plumbing systems when investigating legionnaires disease and in tracing drinking water and sewage systems associated with stomach upsets.
His passion for improving the public health infrastructure and ensuring its efficient functioning led to him being appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey.  He was a Council member of the Royal Institute of Public Health (now the Royal Society of Public Health) and was honoured with an Honorary Fellowship.
He has been the medical advisor for many water companies and the independent medical advisor to the government’s Drinking Water Inspectorate.In 2011 he was invited to be the independent chairman of the CIPHE Board of Trustees, a post he still holds.

He remains a passionate believer that high standards of plumbing and public health engineering are essential for good public health.

Lord Mayor’s Show Pictures

Published on Saturday, 16th November 2013
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Liveryman joins the Executive Board of the World Plumbing Council

Published on Wednesday, 13th November 2013
Kevin at the Lord Mayor's ShowKevin at the Lord Mayor’s Show

Liveryman, and Chief Executive Officer of the CIPHE, Kevin Wellman has texted from the meeting of the World Plumbing Council in New Dehli

“I am pleased to confirm that I have just been appointed to serve on the WPC Executive Board.”

Congratulations to Kevin.

Get some Christmas presents and help the Red Cross

Published on Monday, 11th November 2013
The British Red Cross Christmas Market is being held in the magnificent surroundings of Guildhall on the 18 & 19 November.  This bi-ennial event is the largest single fundraising event for the Red Cross in the Square Mile and plays a vital role in raising urgently needed funds for the British Red Cross.  In 2011, the Market raised a net amount of £911,38S and Alderman John Garbutt & Solangela Tangarife, co-Chairmen of this year’s event, very much hope to match this figure.

A great opportunity to support the Red Cross along with many Liverymen in the historic Guildhall.

The Lord Mayor’s Show

Published on Sunday, 10th November 2013
The Lord MayorThe Lord Mayor

Our BusOur Bus

Supporting ApprenticesSupporting Apprentices

Some of the GirlsSome of the Girls

It was wetIt was wet

Very WETVery WET

The Upper Warden (Our Boss for the day) & His LadyThe Upper Warden (Our Boss for the day) & His Lady

A wet but great Lord Mayor’s Show.  The Plumbers’ Company recognised their Court Assistant Fiona Woolf who is the new Right Honourable Lord Mayor of the City of London.

The Master, Wardens, Past Masters, Court Assistants, The Clerk,  Liverymen, wives, partners, family members, friends and some apprentice plumbers all braved the rain to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show celebrating the 686th Lord Mayor of the City.  More than 150 groups from all over the world took part in a procession.   The show is one of the oldest street processions travelled more than three miles between Bank and Aldwych to mark the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor.  There were 21 bands, 150 horses, countless vintage cars, helicopters, robots, unicycles, dancers, beds, bathtubs, one camel and 7,000 participants – not to mention half a million spectators.

The Upper Warden of the Plumber’s Company organised an open topped red bus with sponsorship by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.  Champagne and lunch was served on board and a great time was had by all.  The Company is very grateful to Stagecoach for the loan of the bus and driver.

Company Carol Service, St Magnus the Martyr, 11th December @ 6.30 pm.

Published on Wednesday, 6th November 2013
Believe it or not the Festive Season will soon be upon us and with it the highlight of the Company’s social programme at that time of the year – the Annual Carol Service.  It will take place at the Company Church of St Magnus the Martyr, Lower Thames Street, London.

The event is held by the kind permission of the Reverend Philip Warner, the Company Chaplain, who will be conducting the Service. As usual we will be accompanied by the choir of St Magnus and its organist John Eady.
Mulled wine will be served before the Service followed by a buffet supper with wine.

Click here for details and booking form.

A Silent change in the City

Published on Wednesday, 6th November 2013
In the Great Hall at Guildhall on Friday, the historic Silent Ceremony when the new Lord Mayor, already elected, is officially appointed, will be enacted. Apart from a short declaration of office by the in-coming Lord Mayor not a word is spoken. The lights are lowered for an atmospheric occasion. It is one on which the new Lord Mayor is sworn in and the retiring Lord Mayor passes on his symbols of office to the new Lord Mayor.
The principal items passed include the sword, sceptre, seal and inventory of the Corporations possessions (for which the new Lord Mayor takes responsibility) It is a ceremony full of dignity and ritual with much bowing, or ‘reverences’ as they are called, as the symbols of Mayoralty pass from the old Lord Mayor to the new one.

Plumbing Craft at Singleton

Published on Monday, 4th November 2013
Read about the Plumber’s Display on page 7 of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Autumn News.  Click here.

Take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show

Published on Monday, 28th October 2013
Join us for a unique opportunity to ride in the 2013 Lord Mayor’s Show – on an open top bus!  Champagne lunch provided,

For further details click here.

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Have you seen yourself at a Livery Function?

Published on Sunday, 27th October 2013
The Company photographer Michael O’Sullivan can be seen snapping away at all our major functions.  Have a look at the Installation pictures by clicking here.  You can also purchase copies for your own album. If you explore Michael’s web site you will find other Company occasions and probably a picture of you or your friends.  A photo can make a great Christmas present.

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter

Published on Friday, 25th October 2013
Up to date news on Water and Health click here.

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We have a new Master

Published on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
The Master is InstalledThe Master is Installed

The Master & WardensThe Master & Wardens

The Installation ServiceThe Installation Service

Nick Gale was installed as Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers for the ensuing year at a ceremony held in St Magnus the Martyr Church prior to the Installation Service.  Nick has a wealth of experience in the plumbing industry and is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

The church of St Magnus the Martyr was the setting for the Installation of the Master, Nick Gale, the Upper Warden, Stephen Hodkinson and the Renter Warden, Ken Dalton.  The ancient oaths were administered by the Clerk and the new officers clothed in the Livery of their office.

Following this ceremony, witnessed by many Liverymen and their wives and partners, the Company Chaplain The Reverend Philip Warner, led the congregation in the Installation Day Service.

At the conclusion of the service, the Court processed to Vintners’ Hall for the Master’s Reception and Installation Day Luncheon.

New Liverymen Admitted

Published on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
 Michael Rooze, Brian Wadsworth, Andrew Ford, Raymond Pearson, The Master, Baroness Sharp, Stephen Endersby, Christopher Lovejoy, Douglas Kent Michael Rooze, Brian Wadsworth, Andrew Ford, Raymond Pearson, The Master, Baroness Sharp, Stephen Endersby, Christopher Lovejoy, Douglas Kent

At the meeting of the Court on 23rd October the following were clothed in the Livery

Andrew James Ford(Retired Civil Servant), Michael Richard Rooze(District Judge), Christopher Lovejoy(Director Engineering Co), Stephen Edward Endersby(Director Engineering Co), Raymond Joseph Pearson(Chelsea Pensioner), Brian Wadsworth(Director Consulting Co), (Past Master Carmen), Douglas David Kent(Chartered Building Surveyor).

In addition Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford was clothed as an Honorary Liveryman.  She was accompanied by Tom, her husband and Baroness Sue Garden of Frognal, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders

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Recognising apprentices for 100 years

Published on Saturday, 19th October 2013
The Master presents the Shield to a tutor from New College DurhamThe Master presents the Shield to a tutor from New College Durham

The Master makes a presentation to Craig MilburnThe Master makes a presentation to Craig Milburn

A century of recognising excellence by the colleges of the north east and the apprentices that they train.  John Bell Wilkinson recognised the importance of the proper training of apprentices in plumbing and in 1913 presented the JB Wilkinson Apprentice Merit Shield Award.  The shield is presented annually to one of the northern colleges who train plumbers – Carlisle College, Gateshead College, Hartlepool College, Newcastle College, Northumberland College and Kendal College.  The student from one of the colleges who has obtained the highest mark in the national plumbing examinations is also recognised.
Qualified members of the Newcastle and District Branch of the CIPHE judge the winner of this prestigious award and to this day the presentation. Is attended by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the President of the CIPHE.
On this the centenary of the award, a special presentation dinner was held at The Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle.  Organised by the Newcastle and District Branch of the CIPHE, those attending included representatives of all the participating colleges, the President and Chief Executive of the CIPHE, the Master, Wardens, six Past Masters and the Clerk of the WCP and many local plumbers.

The Shield was presented by Mr Charles Yuill, the Master to a tutor from the New College Durham and to the winning student Craig Milburn.  Dr Steven Ingles, President of the CIPHE made presentations to the top students from the other colleges.
A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening. We congratulate the organisers but above all the college tutors and the apprentices.  We look forward to the next 100 years.

The Shepherd Master

Published on Monday, 14th October 2013
The Master Plumber and his Lady took part in a Charity Sheep Drive on Sunday 29th September, organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen.  Along with thirty six other Liveries, funds were raised by Masters exercising their ancient right to drive the sheep across the bridge.  As you can see the Master Plumber developed his own technique for ensuring compliance from the sheep – this in turn drew some quizzical looks, mainly from the sheep!
There are many theories and legends about this ancient right, perhaps the most likely was the way the original Guilds controlled standards of work and the suitability of tradesmen to be apprenticed to their Master.  If a tradesman did not come up to the required standard, the Guild in question could destroy all their tools as well as their work: and we all know that sending someone to Coventry was to send them out of the City to the nearest place where their bad name would not follow them – 100 miles away in Coventry.  So it is most likely that the Freemen in medieval times had the right to carry their proven tools into the City across London Bridge.  The tools of the Woolmen were their sheep, and as one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London it is easy to see how tools and sheep became synonymous as they drove their sheep to market in the City.

Looking for a WaterSafe Plumber?

Published on Monday, 14th October 2013
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The Autumn City Briefing

Published on Thursday, 10th October 2013
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Ladle Dinner

Published on Monday, 7th October 2013
The Senior Steward and Stewards invite you to join them in entertaining the Master and Wardens and in honouring the Immediate Past Master, Charles Yuill, at the 2013 Ladle Dinner on Wednesday 27th November 2013. This year we are fortunate to have the opportunity to dine at Haberdashers’ Hall, a five-minute walk from either St Paul’s or Barbican Tube Stations in the City.

This event is for Liverymen only.  Details click here.

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Dos and Don’ts at Livery Dinners

Published on Sunday, 6th October 2013
Some useful notes prepared by the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers can be found under the About Us section or by clicking here.

The Plumbers’ play at Trains

Published on Sunday, 6th October 2013
The Master leads the party.The Master leads the party.

The New and Old Rolling Stock!The New and Old Rolling Stock!

The last Social Event of the year was highly successful visit to the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex.  Click on header for details.

On Sunday, 6th October, 2013, The Master together with twenty other Liverymen, their partners and guests visited The Bluebell Railway located close to Sheffield Park in East Sussex.
The Bluebell Railway runs for 11 miles between Sheffield Park and on to the newly extended line to East Grinstead.
Most participants arrived at the Sheffield Park station in good time to partake in a “full English breakfast”, prior to boarding the train!  On this occasion, we were fortunate to be pulled by a steam locomotive 9F (92212), built in 1959 and originating from Western Region.  We were reliably informed by the train aficionados in the party (namely The Master and Henry Clarke) that the locomotive was designed by “Riddles”, was a “2.10.0” with a “Bristol Area Shed Code 82F”!!  We had reserved seats which were situated in the “Third Class” coach, which nevertheless proved more than adequate for our trip.
The eleven mile journey took approximately 45 minutes each way, passing through wooded countryside, which unfortunately was not displaying the beautiful “Autumn Colours”, which might be expected at this time of year, through a lack of night frosts. Brief stops were made at the intermediate stations of Horsted Keynes and Kingscote to pick up more passengers.  The trip included passing through the UK’s longest railway tunnel in the ownership of any preserved railway.
The interregnum between the two journeys provided an excellent opportunity for the passengers to disembark, observe the locomotive turning round using the “run around loop” at East Grinstead and to take lots of memorable photographs.
On returning to Sheffield Park, many enjoyed a well-earned carvery, before visiting the “loco” sheds and railway museum, both of which were on site.
The Bluebell Railway recently won The Queen’s Award for Volunteers, the first preserved railway to do so.
For those with energy to spare, a visit to the nearby Sheffield Park Gardens beckoned.
In summary, an excellent day out was had by all, made all the more memorable by the enthusiasm of all of the railway volunteers, and the beautiful weather.

Steward Ian Smith

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Welcomes WaterSafe

Published on Friday, 4th October 2013
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is pleased to announce its support of newly-launched WaterSafe, the UK’s first ever industry-wide plumbing assurance scheme designed to heighten standards within the UK’s plumbing sector.

About WaterSafe
Launched on 8th October 2013, WaterSafe is a brand new national plumbing assurance scheme with the aim of providing recognition for competent plumbers and assurance to customers seeking water supply plumbing work.
WaterSafe is supported by all UK water suppliers and owned by the seven existing Approved Contractors’ Schemes operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland including:
The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS); Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC); Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE); Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF)
Anglian Water’s A Plus scheme; Severn Trent Water’s WaterMark scheme; Thames Water’s TAPS scheme

WaterSafe is the first plumbing body of its kind, with a new dedicated online search facility and assurance scheme designed to provide recognition for competent plumbers. The aim is to a protect homeowners and businesses looking for water supply plumbing work, while helping to maintain the safety of drinking water supplies within domestic and non-domestic properties.

For the consumer, choosing a plumber has never been easier. WaterSafe brings together all of the approved contractors’ schemes in the UK operated by water companies and trade associations. It allows users to find an approved plumbing business wherever they are and rest assured that these recognised plumbers are fully qualified to carry out the work in their home.

The official launch was marked today with a prestigious event at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, where key stakeholders from the water and plumbing industry got together to take part in a series of presentations on the WaterSafe scheme. This included speeches from  Andy Foster, operations and policy director at The Trading Standards Institute, Lvy Kevin Wellman, CEO of CIPHE  and Lvy Colin Stainer, a practising plumber.

Chris Sneath, Chairman of WaterSafe and a Past Master of the Plumbers Company said “The Industry has been striving for such a scheme for over a hundred years and we welcome its arrival at long last.”

“By simplifying the process of choosing a plumber, WaterSafe effectively brings together all UK water company and trade association approved contractors’ schemes, including our WaterMark scheme, under one umbrella organisation so that customers can be assured of having a competent and qualified plumber every time.  As well as promoting good plumbing practice and compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations, the scheme will help to drive out rogue plumbers and give approved plumbing businesses the recognition they deserve.”

The WaterSafe scheme brings together the seven existing Approved Contractors’ Schemes operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and is supported by all of the water companies and key plumbing bodies in the UK.

St Michael’s Day Service with sound

Published on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013
The Master and members of the Livery attended the annual St Michael’s Day service at our church – St Magnus the Martyr.  A write up will follow but listen to some of the music used in the service by clicking here.  Make sure that the sound on your computer is turned on.

Dates for Diaries

Published on Tuesday, 1st October 2013
9th November          Lord Mayor’s Show   For details click here

11th November        Plumbers’ Table at Ironmongers’    For details click here

10th December        Lord Mayor’s Christmas Party Guildhall  For details click here

11th  December       Company Carol Service, St Magnus the Martyr, 6.30 pm. For details and booking form click here.   Hot press details book now.

18th December       Festival of Carols Barts NHS St Batholomew the Great.  For details click here.

August 2014            City of London Historical Society vist to Ypres and the Battlefields of Flanders with the Lord Mayor.  For details click here.

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Plumbers’ Assistant to be next Lord Mayor

Published on Sunday, 29th September 2013
The Lord Mayor ElectThe Lord Mayor Elect

The Lord Mayor Elect with the Sheriffs and Beadles.The Lord Mayor Elect with the Sheriffs and Beadles.

A Court Assistant of The Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Alderman Fiona Woolf,  has been elected by the Common Hall which  convened at the Guildhall on Monday 30th September.  She will become the second lady Lord Mayor of the City at the Silent Ceremony on Friday 8th November.

Fiona Woolf is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna specialising in electricity reforms and infrastructure projects. She has advised over 28 governments on reform strategy and infrastructure development, establishing a worldwide reputation in a field of law that is embedded in economics and engineering. Much of her recent work has been for the World Bank on regional electricity markets, regulation and infrastructure.

She is an Alderman ( Sheriff 2010/11) in the City of London. She was President of The Law Society of England and Wales in 2006/7 and a Member of the Competition Commission from 2005 to 2013. She a non-executive director of Affinity Water Ltd, and a Senior Adviser to London Economics International. In the charity field, she is a Trusteee of Raleigh International, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and The Chelsea Opera Group Trust.  She is a member of the Council of The London Regiment of the Territorial Army and was on the Women’s Business Council.

During her senior fellowship at Harvard University, she wrote a book on attracting investment in electricity transmission systems – ‘Global Transmission Expansion: Recipes for Success’, published by PennWell. She has received honorary doctorates from Keele University and the College of Law and is an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.

In the life of the City, Fiona Woolf was elected Alderman for the Ward of Candlewick in the City of London in October 2007 and was elected as the Aldermanic Sheriff for the year 2010/11.

She became President of the Candlewick Ward Club in December 2007 and actively supports all its activities. She organises the annual Candlewick Debate to enable the electors and those with interests in the Ward and, more widely in the City, to express their views as to the priorities for the City and to provide the input that Fiona needs to carry out her civic roles.
In her capacity as Alderman she sits as a Member on the Court of Common Council and on various committees of the Corporation of London. She has served on the Planning and Transportation Committee, the Finance Committee, the Standards Committee and the Community and Children’s Services Committee and has acted in a liaison role for one of the Corporation’s housing estates. She now sits on the Policy and Resources Committee.
.An enthusiastic supporter of the Livery movement, Fiona is the Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors (her mother company) and a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. She was pleased to be appointed as an honorary liverymen and member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. Reflecting her keen interest in the electricity industry, she has become a Liveryman, and Court Assistant, of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers and as a result of her legal background has become a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. She is also pleased to be an Honorary Liveryman of  the Security Professionals, the Paviors, the Fuellers and the Turners. She is also a member of the City Livery Club.

Visit to Spencer House 9th September 2013

Published on Sunday, 29th September 2013
In the doorway.In the doorway.

The Plumbers’ led by their Master visited a relatively unknown aristocratic town house in St James’s.  Read about the visit by clicking the header above.

On 9th September 2013 the Master Charles Yuill and a group of liverymen visited Spencer House, St James’s. Built 1756-1766 as an aristocratic town house for John, the first Earl Spencer and his wife, Margaret, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, it is the only eighteenth century private palace to survive intact. Their marriage was very happy, and is celebrated throughout the house. Earl Spencer and his wife the Countess were prominent figures in London society and entertained lavishly. The Earl had been on the Grand Tour and was very influenced by the Classical revival.
John Spencer originally employed the Palladian architect John Vardy, a student of William Kent. Vardy was responsible for the external elevations and the design of the ground floor including some of the furniture.
James Stuart superseded Vardy as architect in 1758. Newly returned from Greece, he was responsible for the accurate Greek detail to the interior decoration, an early example of neo-classical architecture on the upper floors.
When Earl Spencer died in 1783, the architect Henry Holland was appointed to remodel the house. He added the Greek Ionic columns in the Dining Room encased in Siena Scagliola, a substance that imitates marble and other hard stones.
The Victorian Spencers, had different taste but lived in the house until 1895 when the house was let to a series of tenants.
During the Blitz of World War II the house was stripped of its few remaining treasures, specially made furniture and fireplaces were taken to Althorp, their country estate.
The present lease is for 125 years from 1985 to Lord Jacob Rothschild who has enthusiastically restored the house to its former glory, with the cooperation of the Spencer family, money no object it is a benchmark restoration. Using paints by Farrow and Ball, the colours are faithful to the eighteenth century originals. The paintings and furniture are a mixture of copies and originals.
There are eight state rooms, which can be hired for events, our tour began in the Ante room where the Earl would have done business. Most notable is the apsidal alcove inspired by the Temple of Venus in Rome and the Classical paintings.
The Library with Regency French doors overlooking the private garden and Green Park.
The Dining room has a ceiling based on the Inigo Jones ceiling in Banqueting House, columns covered in Scagiola with ionic capitals, original side tables at either end and paintings by Benjamin West which were lent by the Queen.
The Palm Room, where the men retired after dinner, has carved and gilded palm trees with a frieze of Griffins and candelabra. Griffins are particularly apt as the heraldic supporter of the Spencer arms.
The Music Room which now has the Olympic Torch on the table as the house was used by the Olympic Committee during the Olympics.
Lady Spencer’s Room, a private drawing room where Lady Spencer received her guests has a classical ceiling and frieze.
The Great Room, intended for receptions and balls has a picture gallery and is the most imposing of all the State rooms.
The Painted Room, a celebration of the Triumph of Love, in particular Lord and Lady Spencer’s happy marriage.
Our tour over the Master thanked our guide and we made our way through the rain to our lunch at The Holiday Inn, Mayfair.

Report by Steward Daphne Barber

The Plumbers’ Table at Ironmongers’ Hall

Published on Sunday, 29th September 2013
Monday 11th November

– What you have all been waiting for!
– After  two  amazingly successful “Plumbers ’Table” lunches  at Ironmongers’ Hall  we are organising a third!
– Open to all Liverymen, their business and private guests, wives and partners!
– Amazing value; last year’s prices have been held for us!
– Unnecessary to book weeks in advance!

What is on offer
– A sparkling wine reception; – A 3 course lunch with choices; – Half a bottle of wine or juices; – Coffee

Click here for further details.

The Plumbers’ say thank you

Published on Thursday, 26th September 2013
The Master, Wardens and their LadiesThe Master, Wardens and their Ladies

The Master and Principal GuestsThe Master and Principal Guests

The Plumbers’  Autumn Festival is the occasion when we formally recognise the huge contribution made by the Ladies, husbands, consorts and friends to the smooth running of the Company.  A  full report can be found by clicking the header above.

On the evening of 24 September over 140 Liverymen and their guests attended the Ladies’ Autumn Festival Dinner held in the magnificent surroundings of Clothworkers’ Hall.

Guests were received by the Master Charles Yuill and his wife Jean, assisted by the Upper Warden Nick Gale and his wife Deborah and the Renter Warden Stephen Hodkinson and his wife Jane.  After pre dinner drinks taken in the stunning Reception Room the Beadle invited us to move into the sumptuous Livery Hall for dinner.
After the Master, Wardens and principal guests processed into the Hall, the Clerk said grace which was followed by a warm welcome from the Master. The first of two delightful musical interludes followed the first course, performed by students from the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. The performers included the Plumbers’ sponsored student Chloe Treharne a mezzosoprano.
It was soon time for the Renter Warden Stephen Hodkinson to welcome and then propose a toast to the Ladies and the guests.  We were privileged to have the Masters   from 6 other Livery Companies with us; the Drapers, the Chartered Surveyors, the Engineers, the Chartered Architects; the  Constructors and the Water Conservators, all of whom were accompanied by their partners.
In an amusing response the Master’s Lady Jean Yuill said how much she had enjoyed her year supporting the Master, attending so many varied events and making new friends. She was particularly grateful for the help she had received from the Clerk, the Clerk’s Assistant and the Beadle.
Mrs Judy Polkinhorn UK Executive Director of the charity Mercy Ships was our principal guest and speaker. She gave us a fascinating overview of this remarkable charity. Formed in 1978 and using ships as bases to provide free surgery and medical care in some of the poorest parts of the world the charity has succeeded in treating hundreds of thousands of patients – a truly remarkable achievement.  Mrs Polkinhorn concluded her admirable speech with a toast to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers “may it flourish root and branch for ever”
The dinner over, we adjourned to the Reception Room for a stirrup cup which put the cap on an excellent evening of food, drink, entertainment

Steward Ken Newman

The Winemakers from Chablis are coming

Published on Tuesday, 24th September 2013
The winemakers from Chablis, the Piliers Chablisiens, are coming to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show .

On the evening of Friday 8th November, they will showcase their wonderful wine and carry out a colourful ceremony that will enthrone the newly installed Lord Mayor as a Pilier.  We are fortunate to have the use of the historic Charterhouse for this unique event.

I do hope you can come. The invitation (click here) gives details as to how to purchase tickets. All proceeds will go to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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New Plumbing Training Facility Opens

Published on Sunday, 22nd September 2013
Plumbing Craft ClassroomPlumbing Craft Classroom

PM Chris Sneath attended the opening of the More House, Farnham, School of Engineering by Lord Rogers of Riverside CH (the well known Architect).  The Company  is supporting with funds from the Education and Training Trust and it is our intention to provide a bursary for their Plumbing Craft Course.   (See under News 3 July 2013)
They still need funds to provide equipment and materials.  PM Chris has a list if anyone is interested  and able to assist. Contact the Clerk.

The Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Published on Tuesday, 17th September 2013
Read the history of a new Company.  Go to their web site for details by clicking  here.

If you would like to order a copy at the special discount pre-launch price of £20, please return the order form to their Clerk by 20 September 2013.

Knowledge of the City – Lecture Series 36

Published on Monday, 16th September 2013
Get to know the City from the experts.  Knowledge of the City is organised by City of London Guides: Debbie Pearson and Val Pretlove.  All the lecturers are Registered City of London Guides.

Click here for details.

Venue:            St Bride Institute
Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
Dates              Thursday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th October 2013
Time                6.30pm to 8pm

Cost                £10 per lecture or £36 for the series of 4 lectures


3rd October
Wren’s Towers, Domes and Steeples – Summits of Genius
Tony Tucker

10th October
From Charles II to the Duke of Gloucester – the History
of the Honorary Freedom of the City of London
Murray Craig

17th October
The City: Investing in Architecture and the Future
David Thompson

24th October
The Industrial City – exploring a lost history
John Finn

Walks               There will be an optional walk led by each guide on the Saturday/Sunday after the lecture

To Book           Send cheque payable to “Down Memory Lane” to
Val Pretlove, 10 Brunswick Hill, Reading, RG1 7YT
Please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope or email address for the detailed programme and walk information

Enquiries             phone: 01189 590273       email:

Golf Society

Published on Tuesday, 10th September 2013
On August 30th David Hannam and Don Munro represented the Golfing Society at Wildernesse Golf Club in an event organised by the Painter-Stainers.   Other Livery Companies taking part included the Loriners,the Fire Fighters and the World Traders.   The good weather this summer has been very kind to us and this was no exception.   We played on a beautiful course in excellent condition on a pleasant warm day.   What  could be better?
The golf was followed by a superb lunch and the day finished in time for us to drive home before the rush hour.   David Hannam was in good form and won third prize with a score of 36 points.   We are  invited to take part again next year and the Painter-Stainers anticipate that other Livery Companies will swell the numbers.   Hopefully more of our members will appreciate how enjoyable this event is.   We have now completed our programme for 2013.   It has been an excellent summer with opportunities to play on a variety of courses.
Next year it is hoped that we can repeat this but we can improve on it if we have a larger number of participants.   Come on, golfers, join the Golf Society and enjoy the company of your fellow liverymen on the golfcourse.   There are a selection of events from May to September to choose from.   West Essex , Walton Heath, Verulam, Sunningdale Ladies, New Zealand and Wildernesse.
Contact Don Munro , the Secretary, for more details.

The World’s Most Exclusive Whisky Auction

Published on Monday, 9th September 2013
The 17th of October will see many of the World’s foremost Scotch Whisky collectors, as well as senior industry figures, attend the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ auction at Apothecaries’ Hall.  You can join them but places are limited.  Click here for details

The event will be run by Christie’s,  and the auction will be limited to 50 highly collectable lots, including bottles of great historical significance, rare bottlings, and whiskies not commercially available, generously donated from private collections, as well as from company archives and stocks. Here is a flavour of the lots on offer:

1964 Bowmore
1946 Macallan
1956 Bowmore
Johnnie Walker Director Blends set
Hazelwood Collection
Dalmore 1964 One Off bottling
Laphroaig HRH visit
Old North British 50 Years Old
Macallan Easter Elchies opening
Glenury Royal 50 Years Old

Fifty percent of the funds raised through this auction will go to the Distillers Company’s Charity Fund, and fifty percent to deserving alcohol related charities, including The Wine and Spirit Trades’ Benevolent Society.
The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants would like to invite your Master, Wardens, Court of Assistants, together with any members of your Livery who may be interested, to attend this unique event.   The cost of the evening is £100 per person and, mindful of the convention that a Livery Company should not ask another Livery Company to contribute to its charity, we will ensure that the catalogue price and the proceeds of any successful bids that are attributable to your membership will be directed to that 50% which relates to third party charities.

A flyer for the event is attached, with sets out full details of the evening.  Also attached is an application form to attend the Auction in person and to receive your copy of the Auction catalogue, which effectively serves as the entry ticket. The catalogue tells the story behind each whisky in this extraordinary collection. Perhaps you would be good enough to circulate these to your members and also to publish them on your website.

We very much hope that you and your membership will be able to join us for what promises to be a truly memorable evening. For more information or to reserve a catalogue, please contact my Assistant, Mrs. Kim Lyons (Email:; Telephone: 020 7960 7173). Places will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis.

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Leadwork Ancient and Modern

Published on Saturday, 31st August 2013
The Plumbers do not forget our heritage and the importance of maintaining it.  Click here.

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers actively supports the creation of new  training course in decorative lead work.  The maintenance of Historic Houses is an ongoing task with a diminishing number of craftsmen.  See the Historic Houses Association.

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Keep up with CIPHE News

Published on Thursday, 29th August 2013
We are pleased to bring the latest CIPHE Newsletter to you, giving you an insight into the organisation for working plumbers and heating engineers.  Click here.

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Wilkinson Shield – Who was John Wilkinson?

Published on Wednesday, 28th August 2013
Past Steward John Carnaby has delved into the archives and composed a highly informative narrative of Past Master John Bell Wilkinson. Read it by clicking here.

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The Mithras Lecture “The Great Exhibitions 1851- 1900”

Published on Wednesday, 28th August 2013
The Worshipful Company of Art Artscholars announce the Mithras Lecture which will be given by Rev. Jonathan Meyer former director of Sotheby’s and a specialist in 19th century furniture.  Click here for details.

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Visit to the RAF Museum, Hendon

Published on Tuesday, 6th August 2013
On Tuesday 23rd July 2013, the Master accompanied by liverymen visited the RAF Museum in Hendon. Click on the header to see a report of this fascinating trip.

Our guide David explained that Claude Graham White bought the rural site in 1910. The site was handed over to the government during the first world war. The aerodrome was used for flying up till 1960. The Museum itself was opened in 1972, by then the suburbs of North London had crept up and some fifteen acres of land was sold off.  David worked with the developers to dismantle and re-erect the Green Hanger housing the WWI aircraft and Graham White’s Grade II listed Watch Office under the supervision of English Heritage. Original Materials were used where possible. It was here that we paused for a photograph with the Master sitting at Graham White’s desk.
The Museum has a close relationship with the RAF and every fortnight recruits come for a lecture on History and Heritage.
The Green Hanger houses the early aeroplanes, Louis Bleriot’s 1911 yellow racing aeroplane, to the Sopwith Camel, which was lubricated with castor oil, hence Castrol, Albatross, Avro and Vickers Vimy of Alcock and Brown.
Sir Henry Royce an engineer who copied the Mercedes overhead cam shaft for his engines, which were named after birds of prey.
We moved on past the Sunderland flying boat and on to the Milestones of flight where a Typhoon F35, a Fokker D VII, a Mosquito, Harrier jump jet, a balloon basket and others some are suspended from the ceiling. There is a time line of flight with the exact distance of Orville and Wright’s flight 10.35, 17th December 1903 from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Next was Bomber Hall, and tributes to Henry Allingham who died aged 113 in 2009 who was an RAF veteran of both world wars, Roy Chadwick aeroplane designer and bomber command whose memorial is in Green Park and who flew the Halifax, Liberator and Lancaster bombers.
From there the Norman Foster ‘Nissan Hut’ Battle of Britain hall where we admired the construction of the Spitfire next to it was a shiny red helicopter of the Queen’s flight.
Tour over lunch was served at the Refuel Restaurant.

Armed Forces Awards of Excellence

Published on Tuesday, 6th August 2013
LCpl David Bolton, The Master, SAC(T) Tim BensonLCpl David Bolton, The Master, SAC(T) Tim Benson

At the July Court the Company Armed Services Awards were presented to LCpl David Bolton, who attained the highest marks in the Army Plumbers Training Course, and SAC(T) Tim Benson, who attained the highest marks in the RAF Hydraulics Phase of the Airframe Training Course.  Congratulations to them both who were also admitted as Freemen of the Company.

David Bolton was accompnaied by Lt Col Gareth Baker (Officer Commanding ,Royal School of Mechanical Engineering) and Tim Benson by Gp Capt Adam Sansom (Station Commander RAF Cosford and Commandant Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering) and Flt Lt Graham Lord.

The succesful awardee from the Royal Navy was unable to be present as he has been posted to the Falkland Islands.  His presentation will be at a later date.

St Michael’s Day Service and Lunch with an added extra

Published on Wednesday, 31st July 2013
The service of veneration to the Patron Saint of the Company, St Michael the Archangel, will be held this year at 11am on Sunday 29th September 2013 at St Magnus-the-Martyr Church, Lower Thames Street, EC3. The Master hopes that as many Liverymen as possible will wish to join him and bring their families.  Following the service the Vicar, our Company Chaplain the Reverend Philip Warner, has invited us all to join him and the congregation for a 2 course lunch with wine in the crypt

After lunch, the Master and his Lady, Charles and Jean Yuill, will be exercising their right as a Freemen of the City of London and will be driving sheep across London Bridge, which is adjacent to St Magnus-the-Martyr Church.

For details and the booking form click on the downloadable flyer below.

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July Court Meeting

Published on Wednesday, 31st July 2013
Mark Branson, James Dalton, The Master, Stephen Rolfe, Gregory Fynn and John Mager.Mark Branson, James Dalton, The Master, Stephen Rolfe, Gregory Fynn and John Mager.

At the July meeting of the Court, the following were clothed in the Livery

Mark Branson(Director Spt Services Co), James Dalton(HR Director), Greg Finn(Clinical Dental Lecturer), John Mager(Dir Business Networking) and Stephen Rolfe(Partner Heating Services Co).  We welcome them and look forward to welcoming them to Livery functions.

Election of officers for 2013 -14.  Nick Gale was elected to become Master, Steve Hodkinson as Upper Warden and Ken Dalton as Renter Warden.  They will be installed in October.

Quarterage 2013 -14.  The Court approved the Quarterage as £340 for full Liverymen.  For details please click here.

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Plumber’s Tour De France

Published on Tuesday, 30th July 2013
Liveryman Paul Walsh follows in the footsteps (bicycle wheels!) of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, all in aid of Charity. Click on header for details.

Liveryman Paul Walsh has just cycled from London to Paris in 4 days and has raised £1,800 for the charity Practical Action.  The charity helps people use technology in the fight against poverty. It works in partnership with communities to develop practical answers to their problems, based on local knowledge and skills and putting peoples’ needs first.  For example a family in Kenya has been given solar powered water pumps to grow their own vegetables.  They now sell them at the local market instead of buying them.   Well done Paul; his diary of his ride is on the link below if you would like to read more about his exploits.  Tour de France next year, to make it 3 in a row for Great Britain?

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Autumn Festival Dinner – Tuesday 24th September 2013 – Clothworkers’ Hall

Published on Monday, 29th July 2013
The Master and Mrs Jean Yuill are delighted to invite you, your partner any other guests you would like to bring to join them for the Autumn Festival Dinner to be held this year at Clothworkers’ Hall. The Clothworkers’ Company is one of the Great 12 Livery Companies and was founded in 1528.  Its current Hall is its 6th and was built in 1956, with elegant Adam style features, silk hung walls and barrel-vaulted ceilings. It is a splendid setting for our Festival.

Click here for flier and booking details.

The Master will be able to confirm the name of our principal guest and speaker shortly.  We will also be entertained by students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which with luck will include our new sponsored student, Chloe Treharne, a mezzosoprano.  It promises to be a lovely evening.

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Presentation of Chain of Office and Badge Chairman to Alderman & Sheriff-Elect Sir Paul Judge

Published on Thursday, 18th July 2013
Many friends and colleagues of Sir Paul Judge have expressed the wish to follow the happy custom of presenting the Sheriff-Elect with the Chain of Office and Badge.

The Committee formed for this purpose, under the Chairmanship of Alderman Sir David Howard Bt., is anxious that the presentation should be as widely representative as possible, of those Liverymen, Citizens, colleagues and personal friends wishing to be associated with this expression of goodwill for Sir Paul’s year as Sheriff.

Accordingly, you are invited to send a donation by cheque together with the slip on the attached letter, or alternatively you can make an electronic transfer to National Westminster Bank using the references on the slip. Whichever method you use, for identity purposes, please make sure your full name and address is included, by either completing the slip, or sending an email with the details, so that your donation can be acknowledged.

Contributions can also be made using PayPal by clicking here.

The presentation of the Chain of Office and Badge accompanied by an album recording the names of all subscribers will be made on a date in September to be advised.

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From our Chaplain

Published on Wednesday, 17th July 2013
Dear Friends
Let nobody say Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, lacks taste or discernment. Please follow this link to see what I mean.
best wishes

Up & Coming

Published on Tuesday, 9th July 2013
Monday 30th September

Election of the Lord Mayor. This year’s election of the Lord Mayor will be held at the Guildhall and Liverymen who were admitted to the Livery before the 31st May 2012 are eligible to vote.  I’m sure you will know that Alderman Fiona Woolf, one of our Court Assistants, is standing for election this year and a strong support from the Company would be ideal.  There are 20 places for lunch at Painter Stainers’ Hall.  Click here for further details.

Sunday 6th October

Visit to the Bluebell Railway. A great social opportunity to visit one of the country’s historic and working steam railways.  For details click here.

The Master appears in Court 1 at the Old Bailey

Published on Tuesday, 9th July 2013
On the evening of Monday 8th July the Master, the Immediate Past Master , the Clerk and the WebMaster all appeared in number 1 Court at the Old Bailey.  The reason was they were attending the AGM of the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund.  The Fund is dedicated to helping as many people as possible with small, practical, focused grants. Grants are made with regard only to the needs of the individuals and their dependants, irrespective of age, gender, race or offence.

This worthy cause is well supported by the Livery but there are many ex-offenders who would be able to make a new start in life if more support was forthcoming.  Learn more about the work of the fund and ways in which you may be able to help by clicking here.

What is going on in the City?

Published on Tuesday, 9th July 2013
Read the latest edition of City View by clicking here.

Golf – The Livery Ryder Cup

Published on Monday, 8th July 2013
On July 2nd seven members of the Golfing Society participated in the Livery Ryder Cup event held at Verulam Golf Club at St Albans.
It was organised by the Worshipful Company of Marketors and over 30 Livery Companies took part. It was called the Ryder Cup because Samuel Ryder
who presented the original trophy was captain of the Verulam club.Because of the number of teams the competition was spread over two days. Next year
it is hoped that 50 teams will take part.
It was superbly organised by the Marketors with putting and chipping competitions in addition to the main golf event. Over 90 golfers sat down to a lovely dinner
in the clubhouse. It was very enjoyable despite some light rain during the late morning. Richard Harvey narrowly failed to win both the ‘nearest –the –pin’ and
chipping competitions.

(Click here)

The photograph shows (left to right):  Richard Harvey, Anthony Lowe, Stephen Kay, David Hannam, Tony Walters, Don Munro and Geoffrey Barber.
(Photo courtesy of ). It is intended to participate again next year.  If you would like to take part contact Don Munro.
Our own main event at New Zealand Golf Club is due to take place on July 19th. We are also invited to a golfing day with the Painter-Stainers at
Wildernesse Golf Club on August 30th.Entries are welcome

Appear on TV

Published on Monday, 8th July 2013
We are currently casting for a new Channel 4 television series which will be presented by Mary Portas and we are looking for retired people to take part.

We want to bring together a group of talented retired people who can use their skills for the benefit of their community, especially those who trained as a plumber.

Mary Portas is setting up an Agency for retired citizens to prove that the skills and experiences a person has gained throughout their life do not suddenly vanish with retirement.

I would be hugely grateful if you could pass this on to people who may be interested.

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to get in touch, my direct line is below.

Kind Regards,

Plum Pictures, 33 Oval Rd, Camden, London NW1 7EA Direct Line: 020 7184 6723
Switchboard: 020 7184 5700

The Plumbers’ visit Bruges for Master’s Weekend

Published on Monday, 8th July 2013
The Master provides support.The Master provides support.

A great weekend was experienced by a party of Plumbers and wives  who accompanied the Master for his weekend away.

Click here for details.

The Master lead a party of forty six Plumbers and wives to the City of Bruges for a very enjoyable weekend.  We started with champagne at St Pancras station at 7.30 in the morning of Friday before boarding a Eurostar train for Lille.
Transferring to a coach (with a bit of a walk!) we journeyed to Ypres for lunch and a visit to the museum.  Then on to our hotel in Bruges.  With barely a pause we boarded our next transport – horse drawn carriage for a trip round the city finishing at a restaurant for a very convivial dinner.
Saturday morning commenced with a boat trip then a visit to the Bruges historical museum.  No trip to Bruges would be complete without a visit to a chocolate factory so this was undertaken before we split for lunch.
The evening saw a procession of Plumbers in evening attire moving from the hotel to the Provinciaal Hof in the city square.  Here we were welcomed by Mrs Mieke Hoste, the Alderman for Tourism, in the Raadzaal (council chamber).  This was followed by a drinks reception before dinner in the historic Balkonzaal (Balcony Room) overlooking the square.
Sunday saw us back in Ypres for a battlefield tour with many sombre stories of bravery and the futility of war.  Then back to Lille and the Eurostar to London.
A weekend of fun and fellowship.  If you have not been on a Master’s weekend do not miss next year.

For more photos click here.

A Report from the School of Engineering at More House School, Farnham

Published on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013
This important development which is being supported by a grant from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers Charity.  The School is private but funded by the local authority. All students and there are 400, are of average ability, and diagnosed with specific learning difficulties, language and social communication problems.  Because of this, each pupil receives their own specific course work and tuition tailored to their individual needs. The school is only one of two in the country that has achieved “Outstanding Grade” for OFTEC. Quite something considering the learning difficulties.

However, because of the importance of this project and the relevance of the Plumbing courses that they will undertake, I hope that through the circulation of the report we could find means to assist them further.
We can either do this through further funding or to ask for additional materials listed on Page 2 which they can keep in stock for later courses and their ‘Junior Plumbing Club”. For instance they need two radiators. Should not be too difficult for us to find?!
If you have any ideas and/or suggestions, then do please let Past Master Chris Sneath or the Clerk know.

To obtain report click here.

Downloadable documents

Public Health: Working together to improve outcomes

Published on Wednesday, 3rd July 2013
You are invited to attend this event on 2nd October 2013, The Barbican, London.

Subjects to be discussed on the day include:

Improving Public Health Outcomes: Developing integrated and locally tailored solutions
Tackling health Inequalities – What progress since the Marmot Review?
Meeting complex needs, tackling local problems
Local action: Tackling obesity and related conditions
Alcohol-related harm

Click here for details.

Livery Committee briefing

Published on Wednesday, 26th June 2013
A note for all Liverymen.  Click here for downloadable document.

Downloadable documents

The CIPHE installs it’s new President, Dr Steve Ingle

Published on Monday, 24th June 2013
Dr Steve IngleDr Steve Ingle

Dr Steven Ingle PhD MSc LCGI FCIPHE RP was installed as the National President of the CIPHE at their AGM held in Cardiff on 22nd June. He has been a member of the Institute since 1969 and has served on many Institute committees over the years at local, regional and national levels.   He has also represented the CIPHE on many external committees.

Dr Ingle is a self-employed consultant involved in the design of all building engineering services (Air conditioning, Heating, hot and cold water services, Drainage, Lighting, Telecoms, Electrical, Medical gase, steam plant, infrastructure) on a large range of public and private buildings in the UK and overseas.

Livery Wine Tasting

Published on Monday, 24th June 2013
Some 25 Liverymen,  family and friends accompanied the Master and Mistress Plumber at Wine Tasting held at Wax Chandlers Hall on Tuesday 18th June. Our host was Christopher Davey, Managing Director of O.W.Loeb and Co. Ltd. – a much respected Wine Merchant in the city.

We sat assembled and armed with spittoons and crackers at the ready and sampled around nine wines red and white and of varying prices. Each glass was expertly introduced by Christopher who informed on its region, producer and provenance in a highly engaging and entertaining manner.  Whilst enjoying a light supper after the event, during which there was a chance to place orders, we all felt that we had learned a little more – and had been privileged to have fully sampled some beautiful wines.  A special thanks to Steward Nick Jones, the Office and especially Diana Patterson-Fox for their help in organising this event.

Richard Harvey, Senior Steward

St John’s Gate Visit

Published on Monday, 24th June 2013
St John's GateSt John’s Gate

Members of the Company had a fascinating tour in May 2013 of the headquarters, museum and church of the Most Venerable Order of St John in Clerkenwell.  The Order is a major international charity, which was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in 1888.  It runs an ophthalmic hospital in Jerusalem and, through St John Ambulance, provides first aid training and uniformed volunteers for public events. However, the Order also traces its origins back 900 years to the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

Founded in the eleventh century to care for poor and sick pilgrims to the Holy Land, the Knights Hospitallers were formally recognized by the Pope in 1113.  When the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land fell in 1291, the Knights settled first in Cyprus, then on the island of Rhodes (1310–1523) and later in Malta (1530–1798), over which they were sovereign.  The Order was financed by estates across Europe.  In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte occupied Malta for its strategic value during his Egyptian campaign and the Knights were forced to leave Malta, finally settling in Rome, which is now the headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
An attempt in the 1830s to revive an English Priory of the Sovereign Military Order was unsuccessful as its members are exclusively Roman Catholic.  Accordingly a separate Order of St John came into existence, which quickly gained recognition from the British Royal Family.  For its headquarters the Most Venerable Order acquired and restored St John’s Gate (see picture), built in 1504 by Prior Thomas Docwra as the south entrance to the inner precinct of the Priory that ran the Order’s English estates.  The Priory was dissolved at the time of the Reformation, but the Tudor gatehouse and the twelfth-century crypt of the Priory Church still remain.  St John’s Gate has recently been redeveloped at a cost of £3.6 million with new museum galleries and visitor facilities. Ably guided by Norman Gooding, an officer of the Order, members of the Company received a fascinating tour of the buildings and learned a great deal about the history and work of the Order of St John.  The sun, remarkably, shone and we finished an enjoyable excursion with lunch at The Crown Tavern on Clerkenwell Green.
Steward Michael Cooper

WaterSafe – Hot off the Press

Published on Wednesday, 19th June 2013
Read the latest news on WaterSafe.  It is not long before it becomes live affecting all plumbers. WaterSafe has recently been launched to the trade.  The website will go live early July  and the public launch will take place on the 8th October.

Click here to access the latest briefing note explaining the full picture.

Downloadable documents

Congratulations Ward of Cheap

Published on Monday, 17th June 2013
The year 2013 is a dynamic year of celebration for this proud central Ward of the City of London.  Read all about by clicking here.

J B Wilkinson Merit Shield Centenary Award and Dinner

Published on Wednesday, 5th June 2013
The JB Wilkinson Merit Shield is celebrating its Centenary in 2013.  This prestigious Award, inaugurated by John Wilkinson, Master in 1922, is held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is run in close cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Heating and Plumbing Engineering. In recognition of this important milestone a special dinner is being held in the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Thursday 17th October 2013, at which the Centenary Awards will be presented.  The hotel is also offering a special accommodation package for those who do attend.

This promises to be a very special evening. The function is open to all Liveryman and their partners.  Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy the sights of this fine city and its suurounds; they are beautiful.

If you would like to attend, please click here to download flier and booking form.

Deaths of Liveryman William Frederick Whitehead and Liveryman Peter Wilson

Published on Monday, 3rd June 2013
It is with regret that we have learnt of the death of Liveryman William Frederick Whitehead, who we understand passed away several months ago at his home in Folkstone, Kent. He had been a Liveryman since 1975 and as far as we have been able to establish had no living relatives.

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Liveryman Peter Wilson, who passed away at home on Sunday 2nd June 2013.
His funeral will be at St Lawrence Church, Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, Kent on Friday 14th June 2013 at 11.30am.  The Master and the Company will be represented by Past Master Geoff Marsh and his wife Ann.   Peter had been a Liveryman since 1987 and was Geoff’s former boss.

Who needs who?

Published on Sunday, 2nd June 2013
A recent addition at Cannon Street Railway station.  Click here for a bigger picture.

Flying High – well almost

Published on Sunday, 2nd June 2013
On Concorde Delta GolfOn Concorde Delta Golf

The airport busThe airport bus

Our Master prepares to drive homeOur Master prepares to drive home

A succesful trip to Brooklands Museum and a vist to Concorde Delta Golf.

A group of Plumbers spent an enjoyable time viewing exhibits at Brooklands Museum and motor racing circuit reminding of what it was like in it’s heyday.  It was hard to believe that so many famous aircraft of yesteryear were produced at this site in Surrey.  The two planes of note were the remains of a Wellington bomber recovered from Loch Ness and the first British production Concorde.

We were able to go into the Concorde much to the delight of the Master and his lady Jean as they they flew by Concorde on their honeymoon in May 1989.




Wine Tasting Only 30 places available!

Published on Wednesday, 29th May 2013
Diana Paterson-Fox has persuaded Christopher Davey, the Managing Director of OW LOEB & Company Ltd, to give us a sit down tutored wine tasting at Wax Chandlers’ Hall on Tuesday 18th June 2013 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm. As well as being a Vintner, Chris has excellent knowledge on wine and is an excellent speaker.

OW Loeb Ltd is celebrating its 75th Anniversary of being based in London in June this year, so we are delighted that we can join in the celebrations.  As well as being strong on German wines, it has won numerous prizes for its range of Burgundies and Rhone wines, so we will have a wonderfully eclectic range of wines to sample.

Click here for booking form

Plumbers’ Company Charity Awards

Published on Tuesday, 28th May 2013
The Trustees approved the following Awards at their recent meeting:

REACT. Educational equipment for terminally ill children of low-income London families. A donation of £1,000 was approved

Gardening Leave.  Chelsea based charity providing horticultural therapy  for psychologically injured Servicemen. A donation of £250 was approved

The Reading Agency. London based charity to support deprived children by organising reading activities in libraries. A donation of £500 was approved

Stephen Pinter Youth Project. After school activities for socially deprived, challenged and disabled children. A donation of £500 was approved

Spitalfields City Farm.  A donation of £500 was approved

Young & Inspired.  Breakfast Club for disadvantaged children in Hackney to ensure they are properly fed. A donation of £575 was approved


The application for a bursary from Luke Murray at New College Durham, was approved.  The Charity donated £500, with a further £500 of matched funding being provided by City and Guilds.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama Sponsored Student – £1,500

St Paul’s Cathedral School Chorister  – £1,000

A Plumber leads North Yorkshire

Published on Friday, 24th May 2013
Bernard and his wife LindaBernard and his wife Linda

Congratulations to Liveryman and Councillor Bernard Bateman MBE who has been elected as Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council for the year 2013-14.

Councillor Bernard Bateman MBE has been elected as Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council for the year 2013-14.

Councillor Bateman, a Conservative, represents the Ripon North division.  He was first elected  (as a Liberal Democrat) in 1999.

In his speech of acceptance at today’s annual meeting of the council at County Hall, Northallerton, Councillor Bateman looked forward to a busy year in the lead up to the Tour de France next July, and said he would be promoting the event throughout his term of office “to ensure we get the maximum economic advantages, both during the event but also in the longer term with the worldwide coverage it will receive.”

He said he would make the development of business across North Yorkshire a priority, and that he is looking forward to visiting schools – particularly sixth forms – “to talk to them about what we do as a county council, and the need for them to become involved.”

Councillor Bateman acknowledged that local government faces difficult times, but said despite the economic austerity of the past four years the council had managed to freeze council tax while at the same time maintaining services and achieving savings.

Councillor Bateman, who is 69, began his career in local government as a member of Cardiff City Council.  He moved from Wales to North Yorkshire in 1978 when the company for which he worked appointed him Sales and Marketing  Director of Yorkshire Heating Ltd, later to become Plumb Center.

He has been the chief executive of a number of companies, is a Freeman of the City of London, and in 1989 was appointed an MBE for services to industry.  He is married to Linda, and has two sons – Liam, a chartered accountant, and Nicholas, a company director.  He lives at Melmerby, near Ripon.

Golf – Prince Arthur Cup

Published on Wednesday, 22nd May 2013
As a new member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers Golf Society, I was privileged to have as my first event the Prince Arthur Cup held at the magnificent Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey on May 16th. The Plumbers submitted a team of four: Our Captain Don Munro, Tony Walters, Anthony Lowe and me Richard Harvey.

We were all a little apprehensive of the weather as the days leading up to the event were positively awful,but the sun shone on the righteous and we got some too. The first 18 holes were followed by a very substantial lunch,and then 18 more and despite a minor wardrobe failure in my team I am pleased to report that the Plumbers came a very respectable mid table. The wonderful day concluded with a cream tea (to die for) and prize giving and although we did not trouble the latter,we all thoroughly
appreciated the former. Well done the Coachmakers for organising all 212 Liverymen of all abilities on such a prestigious event. I can’t wait for my next appearance.

Richard Harvey, Senior Steward

Rogue Trainers in Plumbing

Published on Tuesday, 21st May 2013
What are other Plumbers opinions of these “Become a Plumber in x amount of weeks and earn £50k a year” courses!
I for one, with the help of others would like to discredit them. My opinions are based on 3 main factors. 1 I have never earned £50k a year first off and certainly not even close when I first qualified. I find this inaccurate and gives people the wrong reasons to get into our industry. We need more Plumbers yes but we need people who are qualified correctly and wanting to provide a professional service not just chasing the money, our profession suffers a terrible depiction in the media and this type of person entering it doesn’t help others who are trying to promote a professional trade. 2&3 My next points are really linked. I served a a traditional apprenticeship in the UK over 3 years and gained my NVQ’s Level 2 & 3, It has been 15 years trading now and I still don’t know all I need to and have to get advise from some of my more experienced peers, of which I am grateful. My 3rd point is linked here, my Dad is a Plumber of nearly 50 years time served City and Guilds, a fountain of knowledge and experience, but he has not sat his ACS for his Gas for over 12 years, here is my point, we have been working with one of these so called Plumbers who has attended one of this 10 week courses and managed somehow to get themselves on the Gas Safe register! This guy know nothing he has followed this route and now he is somehow more qualified than my father with all his experience, how can this be possible? Now my father is packing up not enough work about with more and more of these Plumbers on the scene, they’ve got the sign written van and wear the snickers trousers, you know the sort. What I am interested in is others opinions and experiences of this new breed of Plumber and whether others would have any ideas of how to discredit? I feel very strongly about this from personal experience, let me know. Thanks.

Click on header above to see the CIPHE response endorsed by the Worshipful Company of Plumbers

Response from Liveryman Kevin Wellman, CEO of CIPHE

The CIPHE is vehemently opposed to ‘Rogue Trainers’ and in January this year issued a press release to that effect. Last year we established an Education & Training Group which is promoting best practice through bona fide colleges and training centres. Although the minimum industry standard in England and Wales is Level 2 NVQ I believe this should be Level 3 as it is in Scotland (SVQ 3).

Considering the technolgical advances within our industry in recent years it is even more important to ensure professional installers are competent and that appropriate training, education and CPD is available to them. Belonging to a industry body such as the CIPHE provides professional recognition and technical support for qualifid and competent installers.

The CIPHE has co-operated with investigations into rogue trainers but often very little can be done as some of the companies concerned enter into liquidation and shortly after commence trading under a different name. If anyone has evidence or experience of rogue trainers please do let me know.

With regards to the Severn Trent scheme, along with other similar Approved Contractor Person schemes it will soon come under the auspices of WaterSafe. The two trade associations: APHC and SNIPEF are founder members of WaterSafe as is the CIPHE – the professional body for the plumbing and heating industry.

CIPHE members have been advised of the new WaterSafe scheme through the p&he journal and the trade associations have promoted it to their member firms in recent weeks.

Finally, if you want to your voice to be heard or wish to influence future industry policy please let the CIPHE know, perhaps by direct involvement with one of our working groups. If you are competent, qualified and experienced you might even be eligible for membership.

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers strongly endorses this response.

For more informative discussion including contributions from Past Master Chris Sneath click here

Events and News

Published on Tuesday, 21st May 2013
Visit to RAF Museum Hendon: 23rd July

Opened in 1972 by Her Majesty The Queen and situated on the historic site of Hendon’s London Aerodrome in Colindale, the Museum is London’s only attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft.

Details and booking form.  Click here.

City & Guilds News Digest:

Read the City & Guilds News Digest for Livery Companies.  Click here

New Date for the Carol Service

Change the entry in your diary to Wednesday 11th December

HQS Wellington – The Battle of the Atlantic

Published on Monday, 20th May 2013
The Wellinton Trust is staging an exhibition and a number of evening events this summer to commerate the Battle of the Atlantic..  Admission free. HQS Wellinton, then HMS Wellington played an active part in the Battle of the Atlantic.  For further details click here.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, HMS Wellington was recalled to Britain from service patrolling in the Pacific region, the task for which she had been built in 1934. For most of the war, the ship carried out convoy escort duties across the North Atlantic and off the coast of West Africa. She was based first in Devonport, then in Liverpool and finally in Londonderry.
During her war service, Wellington steamed more than 240,000 miles and provided escort either alone or in part to 103 convoys. She rescued more than 450 merchant navy crew who had survived the sinking of their ships and also shared in the destruction of one German U-Boat.

To augment the Battle of the Atlantic exhibition, there are a number of evening events planned for the remainder of this year.  Venue: On board HQS Wellington
Details are yet to be advised, but dates for your diary are as follows:
6.15 for 7.00pm

May 28 Film – Atlantic Convoys (6.30pm start)

Jun 17 Film – The Cruel Sea (6.30pm start)

Jul 15 North Atlantic Air Cover  Captain Rod Brown & Commander Sue Eagles

Aug 12 The Two Cunard Queens in the Battle of the Atlantic

Sep 09 BP Tankers – Service and Sacrifice  Ian Stockbridge

Sep 23 Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton, Escort Group Commander

Oct 21 Merchant Ships in Conflict Gp Captain Ted Scaplehorn

Nov 11 Arctic Convoys – Attempting the Impossible Captain Richard Woodman

Dec 9 The Battle of the Atlantic from the U-boats’ perspective Rear Admiral John Lang

The Livery Yacht Race

Published on Sunday, 19th May 2013
(BackRow) Dennis Southern, Mike Swallow, Peter Smith, Martin Gratte, Mike Samuel (Captain), Joe Sibthorpe, David Hamilton, Chris Sneath, (FrontRow) Paul Nash (The Clerk), Ian Puddick, Andy Hunter, Steve Hodkinson(BackRow) Dennis Southern, Mike Swallow, Peter Smith, Martin Gratte, Mike Samuel (Captain), Joe Sibthorpe, David Hamilton, Chris Sneath, (FrontRow) Paul Nash (The Clerk), Ian Puddick, Andy Hunter, Steve Hodkinson

The CrewThe Crew

The Plumbers’ have won the Lord Mayor’s Cup and the Champions Cup in the City Livery Yacht Club Regatta.

Click on heading.

City Livery Yacht Club Cowes Regatta
18th May 2013

The Plumbers’ won the Lord Mayor’s Cup and the Champion Cup in the City Livery Yacht Club Cowes Regatta on Saturday 18th May 2013.

A highly successful annual regatta took place again at Cowes on 18th May 2013 with 18 boats taking part.

The Plumber’s boat was kindly provided by Gratte Bros and was a Beneteau First 40 and with plenty of room for our full crew of 13 able-bodied men including the assistance of our helmsman Andy Hunter, a Painter Stainer!

The lack of wind meant that the race was delayed and shortened but we did get underway by about 12:30 and we headed east with the tide. All boats except one were over the line cleanly and the weather meant the first half became very technical  with all the fleet trying different ways to catch what little wind there was and to use the tide to the best advantage.

Several boats arrived at the first mark together, we took an inside line and positioned ourselves well for a close haul to Quinnell against the tide. The wind was highly variable with our boat speed below 1 knot at times. Some boats went further north to catch more wind but we held our course doing short tacks to catch the best wind. All crew had to move gently across the boat – the skipper said we had to be ‘cat like’ and the crew on the fore deck simply rolled across on a tack! Some took the opportunity for a lie down!

This tactic really paid off and as we went south of Bramble Bank the wind slowly filled from the west and we were well in the lead and able to take an early advantage. Soon our boat speed was up and as we approached Quinnell we were over 6 knots in 12 knots of wind – really moving!

We rounded the mark and eased the main slightly to head to Bainbridge International still with a good boat speed across the strong Solent tide. Once around the mark we headed for home with the tide and the wind helping us. We crossed the finish line well ahead of the rest of the fleet.

We still had no idea whether we had won the race – we had to wait for the evening when all the handicap calculations had been completed. In the end we had won by only 2 minutes (corrected for handicap) and the first four boats we all within a few minutes of each other!

The Plumbers were very well represented with thirty people attending the weekend. The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club looked after us really well with a splendid buffet on the Friday night when the various crews could weigh each other up! The presentation dinner following the race was held in the excellent surroundings of The Royal Yacht Squadron overlooking the Solent.

Everyone really enjoyed the weekend with some of those not sailing doing a strenuous walk from Ryde, others taking to the spectator boat or simply shopping along the High Street in Cowes!

Of course winning the Lord Mayor’s Cup and the Champion Cup made the weekend even better!

Stephen Hodkinson
Renter Warden

Song in the City

Published on Saturday, 18th May 2013
Lunchtime and Evening Concerts at The Hall, St Botolph without Bishopsgate.  Hear talented young singers and pianists in the heart of the Square Mile.

Click here for details.

Public Health: Working together to improve outcomes

Published on Wednesday, 15th May 2013
Are you interested in attending a multidisiplinary conference on the future of Public Health?  CPD credits available.  If so click here.

Alderman Fiona Woolf on Sustainability

Published on Tuesday, 14th May 2013
Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE is delivering the keynote speech at a forthcoming Chartered Management Institute event on Monday 10 June.

Whatever our trade/profession, sustainability is high on the agenda and it will form a key theme of the evening, as Alderman Woolf discusses her perspective on the City’s vital role in addressing the Triple P Bottom Line (Profit, People, Planet).

It promises to be a fine evening, as we will also enjoy the hospitality and River Thames views of HQS Wellington, home of The Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Joining instructions are detailed on the link below.

The “Plumbers’ Table” at Ironmongers’Hall

Published on Tuesday, 14th May 2013
On 13 May. the Master and his Lady welcomed 20 Liverymen and their guests at a sparkling wine reception followed by an excellent 3 course lunch with plentiful wine and coffee. It looks as though the “Plumbers’ table has become an established part of the Plumbers’ social calendar. Plans are afoot to hold the next one on Monday 11 November. Do come along with friends and business colleagues and help to make it another great success.

Last year our Master Charles Yuill wanted to create a social event which was relaxed and informal. It should reflect the theme for his year of inclusiveness and be open to all Liverymen, their partners, friends, business associates and newcomers interested in finding out more about the Livery. Most important of all it had to be modestly priced. And so the “Plumbers’ Table” at Ironmongers’ was born.
The first “Plumbers’ Table” was held last November. It was a great success. So much so it was decided to repeat it on 13 May. The Master and his Lady welcomed 20 Liverymen and their guests at a sparkling wine reception followed by an excellent 3 course lunch with plentiful wine and coffee.
It looks as though the “Plumbers’ table has become an established part of the Plumbers’ social calendar. Plans are afoot to hold the next one on Monday 11 November. Do come along with friends and business colleagues and help to make it another great success.

Election of Sheriffs

Published on Monday, 13th May 2013
Liverymen admitted before 31st May 2012, may vote for the new Sheriffs of the City of London.  Lunch will be available in Pewterers’ Hall.  For details click here.

Welcome to New Liverymen

Published on Thursday, 9th May 2013
Nicholas Jones, The Master, Damon Reynolds and Dusan HamlinNicholas Jones, The Master, Damon Reynolds and Dusan Hamlin

At the Court meeting in April, Nicholas Jones (Chartered Accountant), Damon Reynolds (Director Publishing Co) and Dusan Hamlin (Director Advertising Co) were clothed in the Livery.  Give them a warm welcome to the Company.

Visit to Brooklands Museum – Sunday, 2nd June 2013

Published on Monday, 6th May 2013
Do you like cars?  Do you like aeroplanes?  Then join us on a visit to the Birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation at Weybridge, Surrey.

For details and booking form click here.


Published on Monday, 6th May 2013
On the evening of 24 April 27 Liverymen and their guests met at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to attend the 2013 Silk Street Award Recital. The Recital is named after the street in which the GHSMD is located and is awarded every year to a particularly talented singer to enable them to take up their place at the School or continue their postgraduate studies on the Opera Course. The current holder of the award is soprano Lucy Hall, who is supported by the Plumbers.

Our evening commenced with an excellent light supper. We were joined by Barry Ife, the School’s Principal who gave us a particularly interesting overview of the history of the School, its aims and ambitions and links with the City of London. He explained that the GHSMD was the only School in the country to combine music and drama, so it was appropriate that his talk should be followed by a backstage tour of the School’s costume department and theatre workshop.   It was amazing what could be achieved in cramped condition and why a move to new premises later in the year will be so welcome!
It was then on to the main event of the evening; the Silk Street Recital. Lucy Hall was accompanied by next year’s winner of the Silk Street Award mezzo soprano Elizabeth Desbruslais and Rodrigo de Vera on the piano. The programme consisted of 11 duets or solos ranging from Handel’s “Detorrente” from Dixit Dominus to the “Flower Duet” from Lakme and lasted an hour. It was obvious why all 3 performers were prize winners – their performances were stunning!
A drinks reception followed the Recital when we had the opportunity to talk to Lucy, Elizabeth and Rodrigo. It was fascinating to learn about their aims and ambitions but all too soon our wonderful evening came to an end.  But on leaving the School we could all reflect on how privileged we were to be able to attend the recital, how heartening is was to see such talented young people achieve  high standards and to know that the Livery had been able to help  Lucy in her studies.
Keep an eye out for all 3 students. They are the stars of the future and will all go far.



The Plumbers take a leading role in the Wet 10

Published on Saturday, 20th April 2013
The Wet 10, an informal group of City of London Livery Companies which represent  both users and suppliers of water, has a new Chairman –  Chris Sneath, Past master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and Chairman of the Water Safe Board.  Air Commodore Paul Nash, Clerk of the Plumbers’ Company is becoming the Administrative Secretary.

Red more about the Wet 10 by clicking here.

Committee Briefs

Published on Thursday, 4th April 2013
The Court has revised the  Briefs for the  Freedom & Livery, Finance, Membership and Technical Committees.  They can be found in the downloadable files accessed by clicking on the heading above.

Downloadable documents

The Annual Banquet

Published on Thursday, 28th March 2013
The Master with Alderman and Sheriff Jeffrey EvansThe Master with Alderman and Sheriff Jeffrey Evans

The Master, Wardens and Principal GuestsThe Master, Wardens and Principal Guests

Three hundred Liverymen and guests dined in the magnificent Egyptian Hall in Mansion House on 26th March.  The Lord Mayor was represented by Alderman and Sheriff Jeffrey Evans and the Principal Guest was Sir John Arnitt, Chairman of City and Guilds.  The Master presented the Sheriff with a generous contribution for the Lord Mayor’s Charities – City Music Foundation, Futures for Kids, The Gifford Wood Appeal, The Harold Samuel Collection and the Lord Mayor’s Scholarship Programme.

Click here for more.

Once again the Mansion House was the venue for a magnificent evening when, although we enjoyed magnificent food and fine wines, we remembered the roles of the Livery in charitable giving and in education and promoting standards.  The Master welcomed Alderman and Sheriff Jeffrey Evans who represents the Ward of Cheap.  Jeffrey represented the Lord Mayor and reminded us that our Office was in his Ward and that he was very conscious of the warm welcome he, and his wife Juliet, always received from the Plumbers.  The Master also welcomed Sir John Arnitt who has had a hands on career in engineering and planning.  He has served as Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Chief Executive of Railtrack, and its successor, Network Rail, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and is now Chairman of City and Guilds of London Institute. In his speech preceding a toast to the Company, he reminded us of the importance of high quality training and the role of organisations such as the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

The Upper Warden, Nick Gale, welcomed the other Company guests including Masters and a Prime Warden of eight Livery Companies, the Chairman of the Society of Young Freemen, the Chief Commoner, the Commanding Officers of HMS Sultan and RAF Cosford, The Equerry to Her Majesty the Queen, the Presidents of CIPHE, SNIPEF, APHC and the chairman of BPEC.

A detachment from the Richmond Sea Cadets provided a Carpet Guard and we both welcomed and thanked them and their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander (SSC) John Porter RNR who was included in our guests.

Musical entertainment was provided by the  London Banqueting Ensemble who included in their repertoire the popular Post Horn Gallop.

An evening of fun and fellowship but with an underlying theme of the Aims and Objects of the Company encapsulated in the Craft, the City and our Charity.

More pictures here taken by the Company photographer Michael O’Sullivan.

Lilli Sara Barber Gold Medal – A Family Affair

Published on Friday, 15th March 2013
Simon Hughes receives his medal from the Master, David Hamilton, in January 2010Simon Hughes receives his medal from the Master, David Hamilton, in January 2010

A letter has just been received from Terence Anthony Hughes, LCGI, RP, Eng Tech, MCIHPE who received a Lilli Sara Barber Gold Medal in 1991 and whose son was the recipient in 2010.

The letter:

I wish to notify you of the following information, for potential inclusion in 1he Company historical records.
I (Terence Hughes) was awarded the Lilli Sara Barber Gold Medal on June 11u’1991, and my son (Christopher Hughes) was awarded the Lilli Sara Barber Gold Medal in January 2010.
I have only recently realised that this information may be of some value or relevance to the Worshipful Company, in that it may be a rare event for members of the same family to receive this prestigious award, particularly a father and son.
In the 22 years since my award was presented, E have remained gainfully employed within the Building services industry and have progressed to become a Senior Mechanical Services site installations engineer, working for a large national contractor for over the last 14 to 15 years.
My experience and work scope has been much varied, and more recently, I have completed slightly over 8.5 years as a mechanical engineer on a major new hospital construction, which is sited in Liverpool area.
As for my son, Christopher’s career path, unfortunately, he is now a victim of the major slump within the construction industry, and is currently unemployed.
His pattern of employment has been at best, erratic, with sometimes, several months or more of (mainly) agency works, mostly of a short duration.
Given that he is a very proud, talented and competent plumbing tradesman, with a young family to support, this is most upsetting.
His family are all very proud of his career achievements, and we live in hope that the construction industry will some way be relieved during 2013, generating much needed jobs.
I would like to thank you for the wonderful experience and hospitality, we had both enjoyed at our respective presentations, and I hope you find this information and update of use.

Terence Anthony Hughes, LCGI, RP, Eng Tech, MCIHPE

Blue Sky thinking becomes a reality

Published on Saturday, 9th March 2013
Do you remember the Plumbers’ Annual Lecture in 2009 when Sir Martin Sweeting talked about smart phone satellites?  Well now the Surrey University Space Centre Smartphone satellite “STRaND-1” operational is in orbit.  Click here for further details.

You heard about it first at a Plumbers’ Annual Lecture.  Do not miss the next one in January 2014.

Plumbing Awards presented to students at Hackney Community College

Published on Wednesday, 6th March 2013
The Hackney Community College student awards 2013 had a different feel to that of previous years. Thanks to Shoreditch-based advertising agency ‘Mother’, the awards were held at their impressive building in Redchurch Street – a perfect space to showcase the talents of their students and celebrate a host of student achievement awards.

Immediate Past Master Antony Paterson-Fox and Renter Warden Stephen Hodkinson attended the awards ceremony on 27th February 2013 and presented two awards on behalf of the Company:

·  Best student in Plumbing NVQ Level 2 to Jay Gill.
·  Best student in Plumbing NVQ Level 3 to Jack Gannon

The awards recognise excellence in plumbing at each level and Jay Gill at NVQ Level 2 was awarded a certificate and toolbox and Jack Gannon at NVQ Level 3 was awarded a specially mounted silver ladle and a cheque for books or tools etc. We wish both students well in their continuing development as qualified plumbers.
The support for the awards came from a sponsored walk held at the Master’s weekend last year.

For further details of the award ceremony and pictures click here.  Scroll down to see the awardees with the Immediate Past Master.

The Wet 10 Annual Water Debate

Published on Wednesday, 6th March 2013
The Water Related Livery Companies (commonly called the Wet 10- but now numbering 13!) including: Plumbers, Water Conservators, Environmental Cleaners, Launderers, Gardeners, Firefighters, Tobacco Pipemakers, Framers, Drapers, Basket Makers, Air Pilots and Navigators, Constructors and Watermen &Lightermen, held their 5th Annual City Water Debate at Glaziers Hall on Monday 4th March.

The topic was entitled: “Droughts and Floods: What’s happening to the Weather”.

Speakers were: Dr Paul Leinster CBE, Chief Executive of The Environmental Agency and John Hurst, Chief Executive of the Met Office.

Attendance of just under 130 included Alderman, Sheriff and many Masters.

The Plumbers now take over the Chairmanship under the mantle of Past Master Chris Sneath.

Click here to read more.

This year invitations had been sent to a much wider audience including the Masters of all the Livery Companies and as a result some 140 attendees listened to the two speakers before a long and interesting question and answer session followed by a delicious canapés and drinks reception overlooking the Thames.
John Hirst spoke first and believed that the UK was unique in having forecasting and climate responsibilities under one roof and they worked very closely with the Environment Agency. On an average day the Met office issues 4.5 million weather forecasts and because they use much smaller geographic areas than previously their ability to provide accurate 5 day forecasts now is equivalent to their one day forecasts of a decade ago. In 2012 we enjoyed sunshine equivalent to 99% of the last 30 year average despite having the wettest year on record and the declaration of drought conditions came on the same day that the rains started!
He believes that Climate Change is a real phenomenon that will result in more extremes of climate and a possible cause of the very wet Summer was a shift southwards by the Jet Stream as the result of significant thinning of the Arctic ice cap raising the temperature at the Pole.
Paul Leinster quoted a number of statistics relating to 2012 such as 11 major flood events, 17 serious flood warnings, 6,000 flood alerts and 4,000 flood warnings, far higher than normal. Their flood alert centres were open for 72 days in the year and the flooding was very widespread. 8,000 properties were flooded but to counter that 200,000 properties were protected as the result of new defences. 2012 was reported as the WETEST DROUGHT EVER!
Paul continued by suggesting some mitigating measures that might be employed to enable the UK to cope with the forecasted population growth such as the installation of multi pipe water systems in all new buildings to utilise grey water and dirty water alongside the traditional two pipe approach of clean in dirty out with no recycling. Another proposal was the introduction of flow based water abstraction rather than the present seasonal based approach and the use of more effective irrigation systems. The country needs more reservoirs!

Dates for your diary

Published on Wednesday, 6th March 2013
The Plumbers’ Table at Ironmongers Hall Monday 13 May 2013.  A great occasion to introduce friends to the Livery.  Tickets sell quickly so do not delay.  Click here

Visit to St John’s Gate followed by lunch: 11.15am on Tuesday 7th May 2013.  Click here for details

“Meet the Livery”  at Wax Chandler’s Hall on 28th May 2013 at 6.30pm.  **POSTPONED**

City Livery Concert 16th June  The Clerk has managed to obtain 50 scarce tickets for this unique concert. Click here for details.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

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A Visit to St Paul’s

Published on Monday, 4th March 2013
The Master accompanied by fifty-two liverymen and guests visited St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th February 2013.


As the Plumber’s Company sponsors a member of the the Choir, our visit began with Evensong in the Quire at 5.00pm prompt and we were kindly mentioned in the service.
St Paul’s is an iconic and much documented Cathedral. The present Cathedral, the fifth, is built in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1710. There are many similarities between St Paul’s and St Peter’s in Rome only with English restraint. Wren had the good fortune to travel to Paris to briefly meet an ageing Bernini (the architect of St Peter’s) working on the Louvre.
The tour began with a brief history and a gentle 140 step climb to the Triforium, the unusually wide walkway for the clergy. It was there that we saw the curtain wall hiding the flying buttresses; Wren’s great model of St Paul’s made of Oak and Pearwood; Then to the Library which holds books on Liturgy and one precious volume of William Tyndale’s vernacular translation of the Bible.
We stood at the top of the Geometric Staircase, which has been seen in two films, Harry Potter and The Madness of George III.
Our tour ended in the Crypt, at the tombs of Wellington and Nelson and was followed by a hearty meal at the Paternoster pub.

Steward Daphne Barber

Celebrate World Plumbing Day

Published on Sunday, 3rd March 2013
Felinda Wong sings Felinda Wong sings “Plumbing a Healthy Lifestyle”

World Plumbing Day is an international event on March 11 initiated by the World Plumbing Council celebrating the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.  Click here

The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 tsunami in Japan reveals how easy it is to take for granted the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems, until those systems cease to function properly. History shows that great leaps in humankind’s advancement, both physically and socially, have been tied to advances in plumbing technology.
The safety and abundance of drinking water is, of course, a concern for most people all over the world, but what is not often emphasized is the work the plumbing industry contributes every day to alleviate these concerns. We would like your help in bringing a better understanding of the largely misunderstood role plumbers play in keeping folks safe and healthy each and every day.
For more information click here.
The Singapore Plumbing Society in addition to publishing their World Plumbing Edition Magazine to celebrate World Plumbing Day, 2013, have also come out with a faster beat version of their plumbing song “Plumbing a Healthy Lifestyle”.  To listen to Felinda Wong singing the song click here.


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Master’s Weekend

Published on Wednesday, 27th February 2013
The Master invites Liverymen to join him and Jean for a week end in Bruges on 5-7 July.  Early booking essential as places limited. Price includes transport – London to and from Bruges.

Click here to find a downloadable invitation letter, details of the programme and a booking form.

Dear Liveryman,

MASTER’S WEEKEND – 5th – 7th JULY. 2013

I am pleased to attach details of my proposed Master’s Weekend in the magnificent City of Brugge.
As you will see, I have arranged a full programme over three days but still allowed some free time in Brugge. Activities range from visits to the Battlefields of the Great War to a trip on the canals of Brugge, from a visit to a Chocolate Museum to a tour in a horse drawn carriage on our way to an Informal Dinner at a restaurant on Friday evening and then, to cap it all, a Reception on the Saturday by the City of Brugge in the Town Hall followed by a formal Black Tie Dinner in a magnificent hall offBrugge’s main square.
Places are limited to a maximum of fifty (I have already booked all of the horse drawn carriages available in Brugge for Friday evening!) so, if you are interested in coming along, I recommend an early booking. I will operate a reserve list but that does not guarantee that places will become available.
My wife, Jean, and I do hope that you will join us upon what will undoubtedly be a memorable weekend and we look forward to welcoming you.

Charles Yuil


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Livery Committee Briefing – February 2013

Published on Monday, 25th February 2013
The February Livery Committee Briefing is now available.  Download by clicking on titleabove

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The Livery Today in Tomorrow’s City

Published on Monday, 25th February 2013
The Plumbers and Masters, Prime Wardens and Wardens from 13 other invited Livery Companies in the Construction Livery Group and WET 10, enjoyed a unique event.  Alderman Assistant Fiona Woolf, who will become the next Lord Mayor, gave us a fascinating insight into her thoughts for her Mayoralty and asked us for our thoughts and suggestions on her programme.  Her theme is sustainability and after a thought-prevoking presentation introduced by our Master, Charles Yuill.  The presentation took place at her offices in Aldersgate and discussions continued into a reception generously hosted by CMS Cameron McKenna.  It was a lively discussion and debate that sadly had to be curtailed through lack of time.

We look forward to her taking up office and supporting her throughout her year. For a copy of the slides she used for her presentation click here.

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Royal Presentation at Sandringham

Published on Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Her Majesty with the Master. Accompanying party (L toR) - Liveryman Allan Anderson, Past Master Edward Hopkinson, Clerk Paul Nash, Liveryman Phil Mead, Liveryman Terry Fillary, Past Master David Hamilton, Immediate Past Master Antony Paterson-Fox and Renter Warden Stephen Hodkinson. Her Majesty with the Master. Accompanying party (L toR) – Liveryman Allan Anderson, Past Master Edward Hopkinson, Clerk Paul Nash, Liveryman Phil Mead, Liveryman Terry Fillary, Past Master David Hamilton, Immediate Past Master Antony Paterson-Fox and Renter Warden Stephen Hodkinson.

Admiring the planterAdmiring the planter

Liveryman Terry Fillary presents Her Majesty with a copy of his book Liveryman Terry Fillary presents Her Majesty with a copy of his book “Ornamental and Conservation Leadwork: Techniques and Materials”

The Company has sponsored the production of an ornamental lead trough and planters for HM The Queen to celebrate Her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.  The trough was designed and produced by Liveryman Terry Fillary.  After its completion HM asked for it to be installed in the garden at Sandringham and it now resides in a wonderful location immediately outside the north door of the House for all to see.  Click here for pictures and further details.

The gift was made with the support of the Plumber’s Workshop at the Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton.

We were honoured and delighted to be invited to Sandringham to present the gift to Her Majesty personally and a party of nine duly travelled to Norfolk on a beautiful but chilly winter’s day.  The Master gave a short speech and formally presented the trough and planters to Her Majesty following which Her Majesty graciously invited the party into the House for drinks in front of the warmth of a roaring log fire.

This was a memorable day for all those who attended and of course a prestigious day for the Company.

The party who were invited to Sandringham were:

Charles Yuill, Master, Stephen Hodkinson, Renter Warden, Antony Paterson-Fox, Immediate Past Master, Paul Nash, Clerk, Edward Hopkinson, Past Master and Director of the Museum Workshop, David Hamilton, Past Master and Director of the Museum Workshop, Philip Mead, Chairman of the Museum Workshop Local Organising Committee, Terry Fillary, who made the trough and planters and Allan Anderson, who transported the gift to Sandringham

Terry Fillary also presented Her Majesty with a copy of his book which covers his lifetime of ornamental leadwork and the numerous projects on which he has been involved.

The Plumbers’ Team in the Livery Pancake Race

Published on Wednesday, 13th February 2013
Sophie Sibthorpe, Past Master Chris Sneath, Liveryman Ian PuddickSophie Sibthorpe, Past Master Chris Sneath, Liveryman Ian Puddick

The 9th Inter-Livery Pancake Race was held in Guildhall Yard on Shrove Tuesday with the Plumbers’competing.

In 2004 The Worshipful Company of Poulters inaugurated the City’s inter-livery pancake race. The original participants were Livery companies in some way associated with the making of pancakes with invited teams from the Mansion House and Guildhall.  The Plumbers of course are essential for a smooth running kitchen, always on hand to repair pies and taps be they for water or gas.

In freezing cold weather with light snow flurries the gallant Plumbers Team competed with 34 other Livery Teams in the 9th Inter-Livery Pancake Race in the Guildhall Yard on Shrove Tuesday.  Past Master Sneath competed in the Masters’ Race with his trump card – brand new bright blue and green trainers.  Sadly, they were not quite quick enough and he did not make it throught to the final.  Next Ian Puddick competed in the Livery Race and was well in the lead – until he dropped his pancake.  Sophie Sibthorpe was defending her title from last year in the Ladies Race, but was pipped at the post by the Tax Advisers – only the stop watch could separate them!  Unfortunately our Fancy Dress runner, Steward Nick Jones, had to pullout of his race at the last moment on doctor’s orders.

So no prizes this year, but we will be back next year for this light hearted fun event.

To see YouTube video of races click here

Liveryman Richard Edward Jex Tully

Published on Tuesday, 12th February 2013
It is with sadness that I have to announce the death of Liveryman Richard Edward Jex Tully on Monday 4th February 2013.  He was 88 years old and had been a member of the Company since 1969.

His funeral will be held at Randall’s Park Crematorium, Leatherhead, Surrey at 2.00pm on Thursday 21st February 2013 and the Company will be represented by Past Master Hamilton.

Air Cdre Paul Nash, Clerk

The Journey to Master Craftsman

Published on Monday, 11th February 2013
Master Plumber Roger Bellamy, Apprentice Sharon Hallam, the Master, and Master Craftsman in Leadwork Terry FillaryMaster Plumber Roger Bellamy, Apprentice Sharon Hallam, the Master, and Master Craftsman in Leadwork Terry Fillary

Master Craftsman in Leadwork, Liveryman Terry Fillary with Sheriff Nigel PullmanMaster Craftsman in Leadwork, Liveryman Terry Fillary with Sheriff Nigel Pullman

Mrs Sharon Hallam, Apprentice with Liveryman Colin Stainer and the MasterMrs Sharon Hallam, Apprentice with Liveryman Colin Stainer and the Master

The term Master Plumber is now a name synonymous with excellent workmanship.  The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the City & Guilds of London Institute award the Certificate jointly, with full backing from ECuk and valuable input from the National Association of Plumbing Teachers.  The aim of the Certificate is to heighten the level of achievement one can attain as a plumber.

The journey to Master starts with Apprenticeship then Journeyman. Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificate Awards provide a compatible way for City & Guilds, City of London Livery Companies and Professional Institutions to work in partnership supporting Sector Skills Councils, Further Education establishments and industry.

The 2013 award ceremony was held in the historic Tallow Chandlers’ Hall on 5th February.  The Certificates were presented by Sheriff Nigel Pullman to recipients representing the Horners, the Lightmongers, the Paviors, the Plaisterers and the Plumbers.  The charges to those receiving Plumber’s Certificates were read by the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumber, Mr Charles Yuill.  An Apprenticeship Certificate was presented to Mrs Sharon Hallam who is an apprentice to Plumber and Liveryman Mr Colin Stainer MP .  A Master Plumber Certificate to Mr Roger Bellamy and a new Certificate, that of Master Craftsman in Leadwork to Plumber and Liveryman Terry Fillary.  Terry designed and constructed the lead planters given to Her Majesty the Queen.

Keep a pictorial record

Published on Tuesday, 5th February 2013
At every Livery Function, photographs are taken by a professional photographer.  Why not order a copy showing yourself, family, colleagues or friends?  A must for the Annual Banquet.  The pictures can be seen and ordered by visting the web site of Michael O’Sullivan.  For past events of the Plumbers and other Livery Companies click here.

The Plumbers’ Lecture

Published on Saturday, 2nd February 2013
The prestigious Annual Lecture of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers entitled “The State of the World’s Forests” (see downloadable file), was delivered by Jim Ball is President of the Commonwealth Forestry Association at the Royal College of Physicians on 29th January.  The lecture was followed by a dinner.

A highly successful annual lecture took place again at the Royal College of Physicians on 29th January 2013. We were privileged to welcome Jim Ball, the president of the Commonwealth Forestry Association who addressed nearly 200 liverymen and their guests on the subject of the state of the world’s forests. This continues the theme of previous recent lectures addressing the issues of the environment and climate change.

Jim has had a distinguished career in forestry, which has taken him all over the world working in a variety of different climates and forest types. The importance of forests to the global environment is clear – the products they produce impact on all our daily lives and yet we’re losing them.

Jim first defined a forest – an area of more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 metres and a canopy of more than 10%. He showed us the global forest area covering 31% of the world’s land and dominated in Russia, Brazil, North America and China. He also told us about the main forest types, from tropical rain forests to boreal forests that include coniferous and tundra.

Deforestation around the world is of major concern to the sustainability of the world’s forests. Whilst the area of deforestation is reducing we still lost 13 million hectares in the last decade.

Poverty and political uncertainty are large issues related to forest loss and in developing countries forests are cut down in the early stages of industrialisation. However it is found that with increasing wealth, economic development and prosperity people value their environment and forests are planted again. Planted forests only account for 7% of the total forest area but provide about 70% of the world’s industrial wood.

Forests occur also in special situations and Jim described three examples for us:

  • Small island developing states, there are 39 across the world of which 27 are in the commonwealth – these are under great threat from climate change and some may not exist in the future if rising sea levels continue as predicted.
  • Montane forests, these are the source of much of the world’s water and essential for clean reliable water. They are also scenic and bring in tourists.
  • Urban trees and woodlands, these are of increasing importance – half of the world’s people now live in towns and cities and this figure is increasing considerably. London is a good example to other world cities with 22% tree cover in 2010 and the policy is to increase further.

Trees and forests face a number of treats from fire, insects and disease. The main cause of fires is people either through carelessness or arson a recent example being the dramatic footage of the devastation in Australia this year. Forest loss through insects and disease can be equally devastating with ash dieback being the most recent example of fungal pest of Britain’s trees.

Forest products not only include sawn timber, fuel-wood, pulp and paper but non-wood products such as honey and maple syrup. Jim reminded us of the promise of the paperless office – but we’re using more paper than ever, an increase of 400% in the last 40 years!

On the positive side the management of forests is improving around the world as their importance is recognised and the authority to control forests is being decentralised to local communities.

Jim summed up by emphasizing the continuing importance of trees and forests not only in the products and employment they but in their wider contribution to the environment.

Whilst deforestation has slowed in recent years it still continues at an alarming rate and all governments face responsibilities in developing policies to bring this under control. Jim advocated aid to assist developing counties and Britain could do more to assist particularly the commonwealth countries.

Following the lecture Jim was inundated with excellent questions from the audience. Following this everyone retired to the library for to carry on the discussion and to enjoy the renowned hospitality of the Plumbers.

The audience was provided with a booklet covering the main points of the lecture. (see downloadable document).

A splendid dinner with a ‘forest inspired’ menu followed to round off an excellent and informative evening.


We are very grateful for the support given by our sponspors

bpec  (, CIPHE (, First Carlton Property Investment Company in Wimborne BH21 7PE, Forest Environmental (, Gratte Brothers (, Pegler Yorkshire ( and SNIPEF (

Further sponsor information as a download.

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Recognising Excellence

Published on Saturday, 2nd February 2013
Plumbing Teacher Award - James Branney, Eng Tech LCGI FCIPHE RP Cert Ed MIFL, Head of the School of Construction, Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education & student Andrew Boyd PattonPlumbing Teacher Award – James Branney, Eng Tech LCGI FCIPHE RP Cert Ed MIFL, Head of the School of Construction, Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education & student Andrew Boyd Patton

Student Andrew Patton & Tutor James Branney receive the award from the MasterStudent Andrew Patton & Tutor James Branney receive the award from the Master

Shane Trevitt receives the The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Gold Medal from the MasterShane Trevitt receives the The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Gold Medal from the Master

Plumbing Teacher Award reflects the Company’s recognition and support of Plumbing Teachers and  the work that they do in maintaining high standards in the craft by teaching plumbing skills to students. The awards are made to the respective colleges that taught the winning student in each of the National Plumbing Competition elements of the National Skillbuild Competition.

• A Trophy presented to each college.
• A cheque for £200 presented to the winning student from each college.

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Gold Medal  is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of the Company, merits the award as the most outstanding apprentice during the year).  This award is in memory of Lilli Sara Barber.

The recipient of the award this year is Shane Trevitt who won the Gold Medal for Plumbing and Heating at the World Skills Competition in 2011.
For further details of Shane see in News October 2011.

The Plumbers Company leads the way in maintaining standards

Published on Monday, 28th January 2013
In 1365, the Plumbers were charged in maintaining plumbing standards within the City.  Our influence spread throughout the land and in 1886 inaugurated the Register of Plumbers.  Maintenance of this Register was eventually passed to the Institute of Plumbing which has become the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.  Registration is voluntary but the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the CIPHE has strived for a more formal Register to ensure protection for the public.

Two years ago the then Master, Chris Sneath, spearheaded a campaign involving other plumbing organisations and the Water industry in the development of WaterSafe, a new new nationally branded plumbing assurance scheme.

648 years have passed since our initial Ordinances were granted so that “the trade might not be scandalised, or the commonalty damaged and deceived by folk who do not know their trade” and we are still at the forefront of maintaining standards in plumbing.

WaterSafe – by Phill Mills, Programme Manager, WaterSafe

WaterSafe is the new nationally branded plumbing assurance scheme.  It is being developed and will be supported by, the water companies of the UK, together with the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, CIPHE, SNIPEF, APHC, WRAS and Water UK. It will provide recognition for designated competent plumbers and provide assurance
of competence and compliance to customers seeking water supply plumbing work.
The key objective of the WaterSafe scheme is therefore to contribute to the safety of drinking water supplies and the protection of consumers.

WaterSafe will launch to the trade in March 2013. A public launch will follow in June 2013 with significant promotion of the scheme before and after.

So why is there a need for another trade scheme?  Well, feedback from consumer bodies suggests the public still struggle to find a good plumber or even know what makes a good plumber.  Customers are also confused by the proliferation of different trade and other schemes now being promoted.  Whilst some of these, such as CIPHE’s have rigorous qualification and assessment requirements, others simply require payment of a fee and carry out no assessment or checking.  In addition, the water companies and the drinking water quality regulators and the Drinking Water Inspectors are becoming more concerned about poor plumbing practice, non-compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations/Water Byelaws and the increasing number of incidents of contamination and risk to customers’ drinking water supplies.

How it will work

WaterSafe will essentially be an ‘umbrella’ body and national brand for all the current Approved Contractor Person (ACP) schemes, such as the one run by CIPHE and Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS).  As such, it builds on and develops their core strengths whilst recognising those businesses and individuals who are already members of an ACP scheme.

It is the business that the customer contracts with and it is the business that the customer calls if something is not right. WaterSafe will therefore recognise and register plumbing businesses that meet the ACP scheme criteria.  However, it is the individual who walks through the door and carries out the plumbing work.  It is fundamental therefore that the individual is qualified and competent to carry out the work and that the work complies with the Water Fittings Regulations/Water Byelaws.  WaterSafe will therefore expect registered companies to employ qualified and competent installers.  As well as a register of businesses it will also maintain a database of recognised individuals working for those businesses. The term business also means sole traders, which applies to many CIPHE members.

The business requirements for WaterSafe recognition are not though limited to employing qualified and competent people.  The business must also hold public liability insurance of at least £2m and employer’s liability insurance (where relevant) at a minimum of £5m.  They should all be able to demonstrate evidence of training schemes, use of approved materials and health and safety compliance.  There will also be a requirement for all new entrant businesses to be audited within the first 12 months.  Other businesses may be audited on a risk assessed basis.

So what are the benefits?

WaterSafe will have a customer friendly website.  Potential customers will be able to enter their postcode and search for a plumbing business that operates in their area.  They will get up to six names and contact details, including where provided, links to the plumber’s own website.  They will also be able to search for specific businesses to see if they are WaterSafe registered and in some cases check that the individual who arrives is actually WaterSafe recognised.

The WaterSafe name and brand will be promoted by all the 22 water companies in England, Wales, Scotland and N.Ireland, and will feature on their websites, on their vehicles and in their customer literature.  It is the intention that WaterSafe will become the expected and trusted name for customers seeking water supply plumbing work, just as Gas Safe is for gas installations.

In addition, WaterSafe intends to provide a source of advice for plumbers through a members’ section of the website, potential training on the Water Fittings Regulations/Water Byelaws and also an alternative entry route for those time served plumbers who do not possess the necessary qualifications but nevertheless can demonstrate competency and compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations/Water Byelaws.  WaterSafe is already working with BPEC to develop this course and assessment.  This would not though be a route for those just starting out in the industry where S/NVQ level 2, plus certificate of knowledge of the Water Fittings Regulations/Water Byelaws, or S/NVQ level 3 is the entry requirement.

All ACP scheme providers will be writing to their members involved in their scheme inviting them to become members of WaterSafe. The CIPHE wrote to its ACP scheme members late last year advising them of the new scheme. Qualifying installers/businesses can join WaterSafe by becoming members of CIPHE, or one of the other, ACP schemes.

WaterSafe will provide real benefits for customers and for plumbing businesses.  Customers will be reassured they are dealing with a professional and competent plumber.  Plumbers will receive recognition of their professional status and promotion under the national trusted brand – WaterSafe.

Book now

Published on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
Our Banquet –  Book now while seats remain. Tickets going fast.  Do not delay in booking.

Click here to obtain the downloadable flier for further details and booking instructions.

Sponsored by First Carlton Ltd, Gratte Brothers Ltd, HurleyPalmerFlatt Ltd, John Guest Ltd and Pegler Yorkshire Group Ltd.

City Livery Concert 16th June

The Clerk has managed to obtain 50 scarce tickets for this unique concert. Click here for details.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

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A new Court Assistant and three new Liverymen

Published on Wednesday, 16th January 2013
Senior Assistant Ken DaltonSenior Assistant Ken Dalton

Stephen Cochrane, The Master, David Miller, Keith WestcottStephen Cochrane, The Master, David Miller, Keith Westcott

At the meeting of the Court on 15th January, Liveryman Ken Dalton was admitted to the the Court.  He has taken the post of  Senior Assistant.  Later in the meeting, Keith Westcott (Technical Consultant), Stephen Cochrane (MD Plumbing Co.) and David Miller (Director Engineering Co.) were clothed in the Livery.

We welcome them all in the Company.

At the the lunch following the Court, the Master welcomed all the guests (see below) and in particular Phil Mills who spoke about WaterSafe a major advance for plumbers that will be introduced later this year.

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The City Water Debate – Droughts and Floods:What’s happening to the weather?

Published on Monday, 7th January 2013
The Wet10The Wet10

Dr Paul Leinster CBE, Chief Executive, The Environment Agency and John Hirst, Chief Executive , The Met Office will debate this question that is being asked with an increasuing frequency.

The UK has seen a striking combination of droughts, water shortages and flooding in the past few years. This raises major questions for government policy, business strategy and individual choices. Our two guest speakers are uniquely qualified to give authorative practical insights into this vital topic.

Monday 4 March 2013 Glaziers’ Hall
9 Montague Close, london, SEl 900 (near london Bridge Station) 6.00 for 6.30pm: finish by 9.00pm.  Debate followed by dinner.

Further details and booking form attched.  Please book through the Clerk.

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British Institutions – Livery Companies

Published on Monday, 7th January 2013
Livery Companies in the Financial Times.  An article in the FT at the end of December gives an insight into some of the workings of a Livery Company.  To read the article click here.  It concentrates mainly on the Goldsmiths and the nearest the Plumbers get is a mention of the Wet1O.  This article should be read together with the section on this web site About Us.

The State of the World’s Forests

Published on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers Annual Lecture will be delivered by Jim Ball BSc (Edin), Dip Forestry (Oxon), President of the Commonwealth Forestry Association on Tuesday 29th January 2013 at the Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park

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