A video message from the Master.
Past Master Peter Brunner has produced a fascinating article on how the Plumbers’ Company dealt with the Great Plague of London in 1665/6. You can read the text below or through the link. My thanks also to Past Steward John Carnaby for the additional research, including the copies of the City of London Orders at the foot of the article.
Those of you who receive The Daily Telegraph will have seen Mary’s obituary published on Monday 20 April 2020, following the announcement of her passing. I am most grateful to the paper giving permission for us to republish it on our website. An image of the article and its text can be seen below:
The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell and Sheriffs, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward, will serve an additional year because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Arrangements for the re-election of the Lord Mayor will be published in due course. Subject to confirmation, it is thought that the Sheriffs can be extended in office and that the election on 24 June will be cancelled. Full details are given in their press release.
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe who has succumbed to the coronavirus outbreak. Mary was the widow of Past Master Martin Caroe, who was Master in 1985/86 and was a great supporter of the Company for many years.
If you’re getting bored being shut at home, here’s some help from Honorary Liveryman Jules Holland on how to relieve it.
We are proud to present some light entertainment courtesy of the Weavers’ Company, performed by Tony Saunders. Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, of course (The Major General’s Song from The Pirates of Penzance) and thanks to Alderman Prof Sir Andrew Parmley for the words. And a nod to Tom Lehrer too!
I wanted to drop you a little note. We are now a week into our ‘new normal’. It has and will take some adjustment & getting used to for us all.
As your Almoner I am here for you. For a chat, discussion on the phone or online about plumbing, wine, books…also cards over the phone (I kid you not, it is possible) or virtually, please do get in touch. You can get my number and email address from the Clerk. It would be great to hear your news.
Big virtual hugs from afar. Caroline
The Plumbers’ office in Carpenters’ Hall is closed for the time being because of the coronavirus outbreak and Adrian, our Clerk and Debbie, our Bookkeeper, are working from home; Sharon, our Clerk’s Assistant is on the Government’s furlough scheme. Please do not telephone the office as calls are not being diverted. If you do have an urgent message please email the Clerk.
A one-day seminar organised by the Royal Society of Public Health to be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1AD.
On a very cold January day Peter Cheesman’s volunteers and the Walsh Family showed that when you give Plumbers some lead to melt, pour and burn they have real fun at the Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust at Amberley Open Air Heritage Museum.
On Thursday 23 January 2020 we enjoyed an exclusive private tour of the two Royal Chapels at St James, hosted by Serjeant of the Vestry, The Royal Household, Jon Simpson, who gave us a fascinating insight into their history and some snippets on life in this Royal Palace.