Catchpole & Rye – Showcasing the business

Introduced by the Master Dr Peter Rumley, Liveryman Tony O’Donnell the MD of his family business took us on an on-line tour around the Catchpole & Rye showroom in Kent displaying his bespoke sanitary ware produced and manufactured for the luxury market.

The Life Story of Past Master George Shaw 1822 – 1896

Past Master George Shaw was the Main Promoter of the Registration of Plumbers in 1886 and as such played a very important role in our history. Past Steward John Carnaby has written a very detailed article with illustrations on his life for those who would like to read it in full. Past Master Peter Brunner has assisted him in the production of an abridged version of the text for those with a little less time on their hands!

Easter Message from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell has sent an Easter message to the Livery.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

The Master has written to Her Majesty to convey his condolences and that of the whole company following the death of His Royal Highness.  He also has sent a personal note to our Honorary Liveryman, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

RSPH Webinar

Considerations for returning plumbing to safe use after it’s been chemically contaminated.

The Royal Society for Public Health is holding an on-line seminar on Wednesday 14 April 2021 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm to discuss this important public health question. The speaker is Professor Andrew Welton, University of Purdue, Chicago and the seminar will be chaired by Marcus Rink, the Chief Inspector of the Drinking Water Inspectorate. If you would like to take part, click here to register.

Saving Lives and Our Heritage Too – The Plumbers’ Charity

Our Charity, with assistance from three of the good causes it supports through your donations, Aquabox, Village-by-Village and the Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust, showed what they do at home and abroad in an excellent on-line presentation on 23 March 2021.

Former Liveryman Len Gold RP

It is with much sadness we have learnt of the death of former liveryman Len Gold. Although he left the Plumbers in 2017 he and his wife Angela were strong supporters of the company during his time with us. Len was aged 81 years and had been a member since 1996; he was also a Past President of the CIPHE. Our thoughts and condolences go to Angela and all the family.

In Memory of Liveryman Phil Mead

A tribute to another remarkable member of the Plumbers’ family who we have lost recently, Liveryman Phil Mead.  Without his unstinting support and contribution to the Plumbers’ Museum and Workshop Trust, it would not have achieved what it has.

12 August 1938 – 5 March 2021

The Plumbers’ Golf Society

The Plumbers’ Golf Society is the friendliest of groups and welcomes golfers of all ability, including partners, spouses and immediate family members. It has a number of informal meetings and Inter-Livery competitions every year on some great courses to suit everyone. We would love to see you.

Liveryman Dr Tim Gocher – NHS Governor

Liveryman Dr Tim Gocher has been elected as a Governor at the NHS Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and has recounted his first experiences.

In Memory of Liveryman Terry Fillary

This tribute is published in memory of Liveryman Terry Fillary MBE FCIPHE RP, a legendary exponent of the craft of lead casting.

Brigantes Programme for 2021

Do you live outside London “up north” and would like to join in some more local events?  The Brigantes, the City of London Liverymen in the North, has just published details of its post-lockdown programme for 2021 and how to join if you are interested.

World Plumbing Day – 11 March 2021

Each year on 11 March we celebrate World Plumbing Day. Sadly, this year’s celebrations will be very limited because of the pandemic, but it won’t be totally forgotten.

Liveryman Phil Mead

It is with great sadness we have to announce the death of Liveryman Phil Mead on 5 March 2012. He had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away with his wife Wendy and family by his side. Phil had been a liveryman for 36 years and a stalwart of the Plumbing Museum Workshop Trust, dedicated to the craft of lead casting. We send our deepest condolences to Wendy and all the family. He will be sorely missed. We have also lost another great member of the Plumbers’ family too! A full tribute will follow.

Liveryman Terry Fillary MBE FCIPHE RP

It is with great sadness we have to announce the death of Liveryman Terry Fillary. He suffered a heart attack and passed away on the morning of Tuesday 23 February 2021. Terry will be remembered for his outstanding lead crafting skills, for which he was awarded the MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.  We have lost another legend of the Livery. Our thoughts and condolences go to his widow Betty and all the family.

Iris Mann

It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Iris Mann, the widow of Past Master Dennis Mann.  She passed away on 1 February 2021 at the age of 92 years. Dennis was Master in 1990/91 and predeceased her, passing away in 2011.  Our thoughts and condolences are with son and Liveryman David, daughter Sarah and all the family.  For any enquiries about the funeral, which will be live streamed, please email

A Sri-Lankan Cooking Class

Trisha Jones, daughter of Upper Warden Nick Jones, gave us a delicious presentation on how to prepare and cook a Sri-Lankan curry.

The Master’s February 2021 Letter
The Lord Mayor’s January 2021 Bulletin

From The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor

28 January 2021

Vaccinology Tales

Liveryman Dr Tony Lockett, an expert member on the UK COVID challenge ethics committee, gave us a fascinating insight into the history and development of vaccines.

Court Meeting – 28 January 2021

The Court held its first meeting of 2021, once again via Zoom, and in a first, installed five new liverymen virtually.

Calling All Female Liverymen

Your Charity Needs You!

For 15 minutes of your time we will donate £5 to the Plumbers’ Charity

Water Conservators’ WET 10 Lecture

The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators virtual 2021 WET 10 lecture ‘Which Way Water – 2050?’ will be held on World Water Day – Monday 22 March 2021 at 6:00pm

Past Steward David Aggett – A Tribute to a Model Plumber

I am most grateful to Past Steward John Carnaby for his significant contribution to this tribute, to Past Master Rodney Cartwright for some of the images and to London Walking Tours for its permission to reproduce its fine article and images of David’s Old London Bridge model.

Liveryman Peter Hunt

It is with much sadness that we have learnt of the death of Liveryman Peter Hunt on Christmas Eve. Peter was 84 years old and had been suffering from cancer for a long time. He was a member for 30 years and last attended the Ladle Dinner in 2019. We sent our thoughts and condolences to his family.

Past Steward David Aggett

It is with great sadness we have to announce the death of Past Steward David Aggett at the age of 91. David joined the company in 1983 and served as our second Senior Steward in 1985. We send our thoughts and condolences to his whole family. Although he resigned from the company in 2019 for health reasons, his legacy will remain with us for two outstanding reasons.

Past Master Charles Smith RP

It is with great sadness that we have to advise of the death of Past Master Charles Smith on 29th December. He had a fall on 13th December and fractured his hip, followed by replacement surgery, but did not have the strength to recover. Charles, supported by his wife Beryl, made a huge contribution to the Company; he would have been a Liveryman for 50 years in 2021 and was Master in 1996/97. Our thoughts and condolences are with Beryl, son and Liveryman Colin, and all the family.