With the whole Livery golf programme cancelled until now, the Plumbers finally managed 18 holes at Wildernesse Golf Club, near Sevenoaks in Kent.
Temple Bar Trust and City of London Guides invite you to join them for series of live broadcast virtual walks around the City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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…
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.
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
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.