Plumbers on parade at the Plumbing Museum

On 7th March 2024, David Hamilton, Chair of the Plumbing Museum and Workshop Trust #PMWT alongside members of the Board of Trustees were delighted to welcome the Master Plumber and members of the Horsham Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club to the Workshop at Amberley Museum in West Sussex.

‘Inspire Inclusion’ – Plumbers’ Company & International Women’s Day 2024

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is #InspireInclusion: it seeks to inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, as when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment for everyone.

Hopping to Leap Day Tapas in Southwark

On 29th February 2024, the venue for our evening was Mar I Terra Restaurant in Gambia Street, not far from Southwark tube station in the west of the borough.

New RAF and Army Cadet Affiliations

A note from the Immediate Past Master, Paul Nash: For a number of years now the Worshipful Company of Plumbers has had an affiliation with the Richmond Sea Cadets. During my year as Master, I proposed widening the cadet affiliations to include the RAF and the Army Cadets, which the Court has approved. After discussions with the respective Cadet HQs, I am delighted to report that each new cadet unit has been chosen and I have paid my first visits.

Medical Detection Dogs 15th birthday at Clarence House

On 20th February 2024, Master David Adams was honoured to attend a reception, by Her Majesty The Queen, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which The Plumbers Charity supports, and was an opportunity for Plum to show off her skills!

Speaker for 39th Annual Lecture announced: Gareth Owen OBE

The Master is pleased to announce that Gareth Owen OBE, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK will be our main Speaker at our 39th Annual Lecture on Monday, 13th May 2024.

Gareth has worked in the Aid Sector for 30 years and for Save the Children since 2002. He trained initially as a civil engineer, which to this day, helps him in his humanitarian work.

News from the Master #2
Company Reports from recent Court meeting and Quarter 4 2023

The Report from the Court meeting on 23rd January 2024 at Mercers’ Hall is published, alongside our Committee meeting Reports, including from The Plumbers Charity, held in the fourth quarter of 2023.

See what goes on behind the scenes!

The Company and the Municipal Corporation Commission

In what shape was the Plumbers’ Company almost 200 years ago? The answers given, on behalf of the Company, to the Municipal Corporation Commissioners provide some insight.

Brigantes 2024 programme and new website

Brigantes, the Association of City of London Liverymen in the North of England, have a new website containing reports and photographs of recent events, and the programme of events for 2024.

Plumbers’ sell-out appearance at the Royal Albert Hall

On 5th of February 2024, Liverymen and their guests embarked on a journey at one of London’s most esteemed landmarks, the Royal Albert Hall (RAH). Hosted by the Master, this excursion promised a blend of cultural interest, culinary delights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

Banquet Speaker: Mark Vessey MA DPhil

The Master is pleased to announce that Mark Vessey will be our main Speaker at our Annual Banquet on Monday, 8th April 2024.

Report on the Court Lunch at Mercers’ Hall

On Tuesday, 23rd January 2024, the Company gathered for a  Court Lunch in the magnificent surroundings of Mercers’ Hall.

Photos of the lunch were taken by Marcus Jamieson-Pond, and are available to view on Snapfish.co.uk. Snapfish allows one to download photos for free if you set up an account (although there is a limit on the number of free downloads).  It is also possible to order prints.

Speaking at the Lord’s Mayor’s Coffee Colloquy: a reflection

Liveryman Susanne Surman-Lee reflects on speaking at the Lord’s Mayor’s Coffee Colloquy: Clean Water and Sanitation on 16th January 2024, organised by the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

Liveryman John Collier

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Liveryman John Collier, who passed away after a short and sudden illness, on 16th January 2024. John was Chairman of Monument Tools Ltd, the 4th generation of his family to be involved in the business.

Thomas Crapper Day – 27th January

One of the most well known names in sanitary history worldwide is, without doubt, Thomas Crapper, the name that always make people smile. So much has been written about him including numerous myths, from whether he actually existed to the false presumption that he invented and produced the first wash down water closet. This brief article on his life is written at this present time, as this 27th January 2024, is the 114th year of his death in 1910.

Report on the Lord Mayor’s Coffee Colloquy: Clean Water and Sanitation

On 16th January 2024, colleagues from the Plumbers, Water Conservators, other Livery Companies, and City of London representatives, met at Mansion House for a Coffee Colloquy organised by the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and the Worshipful Company of Plumbers.