Plumbers’ Golf Society complete 18 holes – at last!

With the whole Livery golf programme cancelled until now, the Plumbers finally managed 18 holes at Wildernesse Golf Club, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

No rise in quarterage

Despite the uncertainty of current times the Court has decided that the annual quarterage will not be increased.

 

Enjoy touring the City of London from the comfort of your own home.

Temple Bar Trust and City of London Guides invite you to join them for series of live broadcast virtual walks around the City.

Liveryman Dennis Southern

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and untimely death of Liveryman Dennis Southern. Dennis had been a Liveryman since 2007 and was a leading light with the Plumbers’ team in the annual Inter-Livery Yacht Race at Cowes. He will be greatly missed and we send our sincere condolences and thoughts to his widow Diann and all his family.

Austral House

There are many buildings in the City of London that have risen from the bomb sites of the Second World War and some of our members will have worked on them. Past Steward John Carnaby has sent us a short history on one of those on which he worked, Austral House.

Two anniversaries and a birth

I’m sure many of you will have seen the iconic film “Four Weddings and a Funeral”. Well the Plumbers are proud to bring to you “Two Anniversaries and a Birth!

A letter from the Master – July 2020

A letter from the Master ahead of the traditional Livery August break.

Pat Thackeray

It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Pat Thackeray, wife of Past Steward Tom Thackeray. Pat was 84 and passed away on Tuesday evening after a long illness and with all her family round her.

Virtual Court meeting – 6 July 2020

The Plumbers’ Court has held it’s first virtual meeting, choreographed excellently by our Clerk, Adrian Mumford.  Clearly, Past Master Erica had found the best location to “Zoom” in from!

Plumbers, Plague and Pestilence

At this time, when there is much alarm and despondency, it is easy to forget that in the years since 1365 there have been many challenges for the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. Past Master Rodney Cartwright whose speciality as a member of the medical profession was microbiology and infectious diseases, has penned a brief description of some of the plagues and pestilences that have occurred during the past 655 years.

A summer message from the Master

The Master, Peter Rumley, updates the company on the latest news including plans for Company meetings and the re-scheduled Master’s Weekend.

A midsummer message from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, has sent a midsummer message to the Livery.

NHS Livery Kitchen Initiative

Although we haven’t been able to enjoy each other’s company and the excellent fare at Livery Halls during the lockdown, a number of their kitchens have not been idle. They have been providing free meals to key NHS workers at London Hospitals under the “NHS Livery Kitchen Initiative” and the Plumbers’ Company through its charity has given financial support to this excellent philanthropic venture. You can see here how it is progressing and what your donations have helped to deliver.

Knitted bicycle covers

How have you spent your coronavirus lockdown? Do you know of any unusual lockdown activities? I bet if you drew up a list, knitting covers for bicycles wouldn’t feature prominently on most people’s list…….unless of course you happen to live in East Preston, West Sussex. A group calling themselves the “Yarnbombers” has been doing just this and placing them round the village!

My thanks to Past Master Edward Hopkinson for this colourful article .

New CIPHE President for 2020/2021 – Liveryman Melville Gumbs

At today’s CIPHE AGM, held by Zoom, Liveryman Melville Gumbs was elected as its next President, an appointment which continues to cement the strong relationship between our two organisations.  Our congratulations to Melville.

Why are the Plumbers’ 31st?

Most liverymen will be aware that the Plumbers’ Company finds itself thirty-first in the livery companies’ order of precedence. How did this come about? Why is it that at so many important civic events we find ourselves sandwiched between the Masons and the Innholders?

Past Master Peter Brunner explains…

Plumbers’ Apprentice statue found?

Perhaps not!

Super sleuth Past Steward John Carnaby is on the case……..

Greetings from Canada

Notes from a Past Master’s daughter, and Liveryman – Elisabeth Finch

Plumbers’ Apprentice statue missing!

Ha, that got your attention didn’t it!

No, it’s not the one at Cannon Street Station, it’s the original one.

Did you even know there was an original one?

Read on…………

A June message from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor, The Right Honourable Alderman William Russell, has sent another message to the Livery.

Lockdown education in Nepal for
disabled and disadvantaged children

Many of you will recall the announcement last July of an Honorary Doctorate for Liverymen Tim Gocher for his work on sustainable development through the creation of the Dolma Impact Fund.

 

PMWT Amberley – Keeping cccupied during lockdown

Plumbing Museum and Workshop Trust (PMWT) volunteer, Liveryman Peter Cheesman, is putting his leadwork skills to good use during the Covid-19 shutdown.

Make cost free donations to the Plumbers’ Charity

Did you know you can donate to our Charity, whilst you shop online, at no expense to you!  I expect your online shopping has increased over the last few months, and many of you are probably using Amazon to fulfil your needs.

By making one small switch 0.5% of your qualifying spend will be donated by Amazon to our Charity at no cost to you. So how do you do it? Simple. Rather than shopping directly from www.amazon.co.uk, you simply start your purchase at smile.amazon.co.uk

Safer holidays after Covid-19?

Past Master Professor Rodney Cartwright and International Member Dr Esteban Delgado, both public health experts, have published an interesting article in Travel Weekly looking at how holidays might be safer after Covid-19.

A video message from the Master

A video message from the Master.

 

 

We’ve been here before……

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.

The Master’s 75th VE Anniversary Day message

A very happy 75th VE Day Anniversary to you all.

A 20 Frank resistance note given to my father who was in Paris in 1944, WWII.

Kindest Regards,

Peter

The Master’s Early May Letter

A further letter from the Master for all Liverymen and members.

A May Message from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor Alderman William Russell has sent out a further message to all Liverymen.

You can also read his earlier Easter message if you missed it.

 

 

Master and Wardens to Serve a Second Year

With the loss of half of this year’s Livery programme to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Court has agreed that the Master and Wardens, together with the Senior Assistant should continue in office for a second successive year.