Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene 2000 – 2020. A Joint Report from WHO and UNICEF

The WHO and UNICEF have issued a Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report. Billions of people around the world will be unable to access safely managed household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services in 2030 unless the rate of progress quadruples, according to the report.

St Magnus Planter Dedication

A small ceremony to dedicate the lead planter donated to our company church St Magnus the Martyr was held on Thursday 1 June 2021.  The planter was cast at the Plumbers Museum Workshop Trust (PMWT) at Amberley to thank our company chaplain, Father Philip Warner, for all he does to support us.

A Virtual Tour of St Magnus the Martyr, our Company Church


The pandemic has unfortunately prevented the Company from holding its normal installation and carol services at St Magnus the Martyr.  However, you can now visit the church virtually through an online tour that has been developed during lockdown with the help of a grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.  This includes videos, drone footage, 360° photography, information pop-ups, high-resolution ‘zoomables’, music recordings by the organist and choir, voice recordings by a professional actor, and a 3D virtual reality scan of the model of old London Bridge made by Past Steward David Aggett.  The virtual tour can be found at:

UCL East – The Transformation of the Olympic Park

On 24th June 2021 Professor Paola Lettieri, Director of University College London East, gave us a fascinating insight into the project to build the UCL East campus on the former London 2012 Olympic Park. The slides she used for her online presentation are now available:

UCL East UCL’s new campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


Water Aid – An Exclusive Virtual Tour of Nepal

See first hand how your donations are helping communities in Nepal. This exclusive virtual tour alongside Water Aid’s own staff in the country is at 1:30pm on Wednesday 21st July 2021 and lasts about 30 minutes.


A Celebration of Liveryman Phil Mead’s Life

A Service to celebrate the life of Liveryman Phil Meads will be held at Bognor Rugby Football Club on Saturday 28th August 2021 from 12pm to 5pm.  All members of the livery are invited to attend and, subject to no lockdown restrictions, there is no limitation on numbers.

Election of Sheriffs 2021

Aldermen Alison Gowman and Nicholas Lyons were elected as the Sheriffs of the City of London for the forthcoming year in a specially socially distanced ceremony held in the Guildhall on 24th June 2021.

St Paul’s and the Plumbers’ Company

Did you know that the Worshipful Company of Plumbers had a close link with the construction of St Paul’s Cathedral? Super sleuth Past Steward John Carnaby explains here.

Liveryman Andy Watts MBE – A Tribute

On 15th June 2021 we lost one of our great colleagues and friends, Andy Watts. This tribute is published to a man who touched all our lives at both the personal and professional level and who has left a wonderful legacy and some great memories.

4th May 1945 – 15th June 2021


Liveryman Andy Watts MBE RP

It is with much sadness we have to announce the death of Liveryman Andy Watts MBE RP at the age of 76. He passed away in hospital on 15 June having been admitted six days earlier with severe respiratory difficulties.  A member of the Livery for over a quarter of a century, Andy was very well known and respected throughout the profession. He was awarded the MBE in 1994 for his years of accomplished service and dedication to the plumbing industry and he served as the CEO of CIPHE. A full tribute to him will be published in due course.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his widow Marjorie and all his family.

My Life and Times as a Female Plumber – Postponed

WIL team member Sarah Oliver is shortly to retire and hang up her wrench.  As part of the ongoing efforts to promote and encourage greater diversity in the company, Sarah will give a short, light-hearted and illustrated presentation on 13 July 2021 at 4:00pm to female members on the many and varied experiences she has had over the course of her career. Regrettably, this has had to be postponed to a later date in the year, date and time tbd.

Liveryman Richard Ironmonger Derry

It is with much sadness that we have learned of the death of Liveryman Richard Derry, who passed away on 8 June at the age of 74 after a long illness. Richard trained as a plumber on leaving school before joining the family business R I Derry and Son, where he eventually succeeded his father to become the eighth generation to run the company. Founded in 1734, it is the oldest plumbing business still in existence.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his widow Rita, his brother Liveryman James Derry and all the family.

The Master’s Midweek Break – September 2021

We all enjoyed a fabulous time on the Master’s midweek break to the Cornish Riviera in and around St Mawes, Cornwall on 28 to 30 September 2021. Peter and Bridget Rumley treated us to some super hospitality and sumptuous fare in some beautiful locations.

Argentinian Wine Tasting Evening

A superb wine tasting evening organised by Ruta40, with a live link to the ‘Bodega Tempus Alba’ vineyard in Argentina, where we were able to talk directly with the owners as we sampled their excellent wines!

May 2021 Bulletin from the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, has sent us his latest message

Women in the Livery

What have we learned – Time Gentlemen Please!

There was an excellent attendance by women members of the Livery to hear the results of the survey undertaken during February and by participating they raised £100 for the Charity.

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.