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Merchant Taylors’ Hall, Glaziers’ Hall, Mansion House & The Old Bailey

Annual Banquet 2018

Over 240 liverymen and their guests enjoyed this year’s banquet on Wednesday 21 March in the splendid surroundings of the Mansion House by kind permission of the Lord Mayor.

Education Committee and Apprentices

Robert Burgon, the Master, tweets Excellent meeting of @PlumbersCompany Education and Technical Committees at Guildhall today (6 March 2018) with inspiring presentations about apprenticeships from Neil Weller and Pierce Ronan of @TroupBywaters Great way to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2018!

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A week of lectures, visits, committee meetings and dinners. The Master compares a Wurlitzer organ to a Harley Davidson motorbike! Which one did he “master”?

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Another busy week for both the Master and the Mistress. Meetings and pomp and circumstance with the Lord Mayor’s Banquet and the United Guild Service.

Bursary Awards at Cannon Street Station

On Tuesday 13 March 2018 at Cannon Street railway station, the Master standing next to Bertie, the Plumbers’ Apprentice Statue, gave Plumbers’ Company bursaries to three apprentice plumbers

Our Speaking Statue

The Statue of the Plumber’s Apprentice in Cannon Street Station has been given the ‘gift of speech’.

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A week of contrasts – Recognition of excellence – the presentation of the Master Plumbers’ Certificates and then Plumbers in the Nick.

New Livery Lapel Badges

New livery lapel pin badges for company officers and honorary liverymen

United Guilds Service 16th March 2018

A colourful service in St Paul’s Cathedral followed by lunch in Plaisterers’ Hall – a great opportunity to celebrate with other Livery Companies.

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Admin & Planning, being educated by the Chartered Architects and the World Traders, then a sample menu at Mansion House.

Free Health & Water Webinars

RSPH have a series of webinars covering a range of topics related to public health

Election of Non-Aldermanic Sheriff 2018-2019

All Liverymen of each of the 110 City of London Livery Companies are eligible to vote in the elections both for the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs of the City of London.

A Royal Honorary Liveryman

HRH Duchess of Cornwall was admitted to the Livery on 26th January 2017

Watersafe

The WaterSafe scheme is a nationally branded scheme aimed at ensuring compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Scotland Byelaws).

Plumbers’ Golf Society Programme – 2018

Are you looking forward to a day in the sunshine this summer? The dates for all our Golf Society events, matches and social meetings (come rain or sunshine!) have now been finalised:

March 23rd Swinley Forest GC – Horners’ Spring Meeting

April 19th Betchworth Park GC – Pewterers’ Challenge

May 2nd Brookmans Park GC – Plumbers’ Golf Society Members Meeting

May 17th Walton Heath GC – Prince Arthur Cup

June 13th Ashridge GC – The Horners Trophy

July 2nd Verulam GC – The Marketors Livery Ryder Cup

July 26th New Zealand GC – Plumbers’ Golf Day

Sept 7th Wildernesse GC – Inter-Livery Challenge

Sept 12th Croham Hurst GC – Match v The Captain and Members

Sept 17th Moor Park GC – Lord Mayor’s Charity Golf Day

Full details of each event will be published shortly beforehand. Would you like to join our very friendly Golf Society and enjoy more fellowship? Please contact our Golf Society Hon Secretary Mick Munro at michael.munro3@btinternet.com if you would like more information on joining or on the programme for the year.

Plum – Our Sponsored Medical Detection Dog

Plum is the puppy, sponsored by the Company, who is training to become a Medical Detection Dog.

Plum will have her first birthday next month and will certainly have had a busy year! Over the last 6 months Plum has been out and about as she continues her assistance dog apprenticeship.
While most year-old doggies are learning to catch balls in the garden Plum is learning the art of being a Medical Detection Dog – so far mastering superb behaviour while shopping, visiting cafés and riding on public transport. Plum has all the basic behaviours well-rehearsed and is now moving on to some of the more advanced training such as retrieving to hand, off lead control and recall away from distraction.
We are now particularly focusing on confidence in busy public access environments as this is where additional work is required. Plum is nearing final stages of public access training and is joining the socialisers with all their daily activities, whether that’s a walk in a country park, the cinema, theatre or a restaurant. Plum very much enjoys coming to training class each week.

Read more about Medical Detection Dogs.

Recognising Plumbing Apprentices

Posted on 13th February 2018 Recognising Plumbing Apprentices
Throughout its 653-year history, the Worshipful Company of Plumbers has valued the role of apprenticeships. The Apprentice’s Statue in London’s Cannon Street Station is a public demonstration of the part which apprentices play in the plumbing industry. On Tuesday 13 March 2018 bursaries will be presented to a number of people who are currently undergoing training to become qualified to work in the industry. Come and join us for the ceremony followed by lunch in The Vintry. For flyer and booking form, click here.

Village by Village

Plumbing can save lives – Village by Village.

A new and exciting Company project that has been approved by Court and supported financially by the Trustees is a partnership for three years with the charity Village by Village. Village by Village goal is to reduce the needless suffering and deaths of children living in poverty in remote rural African villages. Using the best of the “low or no cost” web based technologies they bring donors and recipients closer together to generate better mutual transparency, understanding and therefore trust. Not only are drinking water and sewage facilities built but also essential training on the maintenance of the facilities and on basic hygiene is provided. The Plumbers’ are proud to partake in this exciting and worthwhile work
For a donation of just £5,000 a year the Worshipful Company of Plumbers are sponsoring a village-based project, extending this life-saving programme to another 200 or 300 children and their families.
The hygiene and sanitation focus of this programme makes it a brilliant ‘fit’ for our Company and Charity. ‘Plumbers saving lives through improved sanitation’: what could be a more compelling charitable legacy?

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Pancakes in the rain! Read all about it.

An Important Heritage Initiative

An Important Heritage Initiative – The Conservation of Decorative Plumbing Leadwork Training
Our precious historic leadwork is under constant threat of theft, with some seven historic buildings having lead stolen on a daily basis. Just as alarming, a more silent covert threat has being working away for generations, which has, until now, been totally ignored by the heritage sector, and potentially affects every owner of an historic building, the lack of traditional plumbing craft skills.

Read more in the attached file

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Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Plumber Certificates

Ongoing education and developments of skills is strongly encouraged. In partnership with the CIPHE and City & Guilds there is an active programme with over 250 Master Plumber certificates having been awarded. The route to achieving this accolade can be found here.

The Livery Committee

We support the City of London Livery Committee who produce regular briefings. The Livery Committee assists Livery Companies in their support of the Mayoralty and the City of London Corporation. It is aimed at creating awareness amongst Liverymen and the general public of the work of the Livery Companies. It undertakes such tasks which are intended to be in the best interests of the general body of the Livery.”

The Plumbing Museums and Workshops

The Company actively supports two plumbing museums and workshops at Singleton, Sussex and Ironbridge, Shropshire

The Marvelous, Mechanical Music Museum

Join the Master and company on Thursday 8th March for an exciting and tuneful day out at the UK’s finest collection of automated musical instruments, situated a few minutes’ walk from Kew Bridge, West London.

The Musical Museum is home to a wonderful collection of self-playing mechanical musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in the concert hall, you can listen to and learn about an impressive array of reproducing pianos, orchestrions, pipe organs and violin players.

City University Graduation

CITY UNIVERSITY GRADUATION: 29 JANUARY 2018
From The Master. It is some 40 years since my own graduation ceremonies (two in consecutive years) from Heriot Watt University. Apart from a couple of subsequent graduations of friends and family, today sees me at a graduation ceremony of the City University, London in the magnificent setting of the Barbican Centre.
After a delightful lunch in the Barbican’s Garden Room (an oasis on the third floor of the centre), the Livery Masters in attendance are gowned and chained and lined up in order of precedence for the procession through the gathered company of students and their families onto the stage. After seeing the installation of the Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman, as Rector and the conferment on him of an Honorary Degree, we witness the joy on the faces of almost 400 graduants as they cross the stage to receive their degrees from the newly- appointed Rector. Although I have to “shuffle” my position on the seat on the stage several times during the two-hour long ceremony to remain comfortable, I have to say that it was a huge honour to witness so many young (and not so young) people being recognised for the hard work they have undertaken during their period of study.

Royal Household Cricket Club Charity Match

The New Year is here. Diaries not yet full. Go to July 10th and enter Windsor Castle Cricket. The Plumbers’ take on the Royal Household Cricket Club in the private Park of Windsor Castle. Places will be limited so watch out for the flyer.

Pancakes for Charity

At short notice we have been allocated a place to enter a full team into the 14th Inter Livery Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race on 13th February 2018 – in the Guildhall Yard, followed by a buffet lunch in Guildhall.

There are five places: Team Leader, Master, Liveryman, Lady and the Novelty Race.
The Master and Mistress have nobly put their names forward for the Master and Lady races respectively, so I am seeking applications for the remaining three.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to compete, and for which event.
Additional buffet tickets are available in advance, but not on the day, at £30.  Please let me know if you’d like me to book one for you.
Many thanks.
Pieter, Clerk to The Worshipful Company of Plumbers

Treloar’s School

From the Master -Treloar’s School
Posted on 6th February 2018 From the Master -Treloar’s School
Sheila and I were both moved and inspired by our visit yesterday with the Lord Mayor and some 50 other Livery Masters and consorts to Treloar’s School in Alton. I am not sure that the Plumbers have traditionally done much to support the School (unlike a few other Companies whose efforts were highlighted yesterday) and I wondered whether we couldn’t at least do a little awareness-raising.

On 28 March 2018 an event called The Treloar Talks will take place in Glaziers’ Hall. I have been invited as Master Plumber- and will attend.

Tickets are available for sale at £30 and there is an interesting line-up of 4 speakers with the event being chaired by Alastair Stewart OBE (News at Ten). For further details click here .

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