Medical Detection Dogs could sniff out COVID-19

The Medical Detection Dogs charity hopes it will be able to train dogs to sniff out Covid-19 and play a vital role in preventing further spread of the pandemic in future. 

Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe – Obituary

Those of you who receive The Daily Telegraph will have seen Mary’s obituary published on Monday 20 April 2020, following the announcement of her passing.  I am most grateful to the paper giving permission for us to republish it on our website. An image of the article and its text can be seen below:

New Air Bee and Bee in Surrey

Court Assistant Janet Rivers and husband Tony have been busy bees (sorry!) in the garden. See what they’ve been up to.

A letter from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Our Honorary Liveryman Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has sent a letter to us.

Lord Mayor and Sheriffs to serve for an extra year

The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell and Sheriffs, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli and Christopher Hayward, will serve an additional year because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Arrangements for the re-election of the Lord Mayor will be published in due course. Subject to confirmation, it is thought that the Sheriffs can be extended in office and that the election on 24 June will be cancelled.  Full details are given in their press release.

Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Past Mistress Dr Mary Caroe who has succumbed to the coronavirus outbreak. Mary was the widow of Past Master Martin Caroe, who was Master in 1985/86 and was a great supporter of the Company for many years. 

A lesson or two with Honorary Liveryman Jools Holland

If you’re getting bored being shut at home, here’s some help from Honorary Liveryman Jules Holland on how to relieve it.

A message from the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral

An Easter Message from the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral

The Lord Mayor’s Easter Message

The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, has sent out an Easter message.  Enjoy the Easter sunshine and warmth (until Sunday!) and stay safe.




A Second Message from the Master
The Order of Precedence song


We are proud to present some light entertainment courtesy of the Weavers’ Company, performed by Tony Saunders. Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, of course (The Major General’s Song from The Pirates of Penzance) and thanks to Alderman Prof Sir Andrew Parmley for the words. And a nod to Tom Lehrer too!

A message from our Almoner – Caroline Walsh

I wanted to drop you a little note. We are now a week into our ‘new normal’.  It has and will take some adjustment & getting used to for us all.

As your Almoner I am here for you. For a chat, discussion on the phone or online about plumbing, wine, books…also cards over the phone (I kid you not, it is possible) or virtually, please do get in touch. You can get my number and email address from the Clerk. It would be great to hear your news.

Big virtual hugs from afar. Caroline

Coronavirus – office update

The Plumbers’ office in Carpenters’ Hall will re-open on Tuesday 1st June after the Whit Monday Bank Holiday as lockdown continues to be eased. Thereafter, the Clerk, Adrian, and Clerk’s Assistant, Sharon, will return to their normal Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 0900hr to 1700hr, with Debbie the bookkeeper, also in the office on Mondays. In the meanwhile, if you do have an urgent message please email the Clerk.

A message from the Master

As Master of the Company I will keep you informed of with what the Company is doing in these very difficult and challenging times.

RSPH Water Healthcare Conference – 23 June 2020 – Postponed to 4 November 2020

A one-day seminar organised by the Royal Society of Public Health to be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, Marylebone, London W1B 1AD.

World Plumbing Day – 11 March 2020

Every year on 11 March we celebrate World Plumbing Day – everywhere across the globe!

Master Plumber Ceremony

Congratulations to our three new Master Plumbers

Inter-Livery Pancake Race 2020

The Plumbers’ competed once again in the Annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Plumbers’ Table – 10 February 2020

Another great Plumbers’ Table Lunch at Ironmongers’ Hall.

Court Meeting & Lunch – 28 January 2020

A splendid day of surprise, celebration, reward and recognition at our Court meeting and lunch on Tuesday 28 January 2020.

Our New Liverymen – January 2020

We welcomed four new Liverymen to the Plumbers’ Company at our Court meeting on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at Innholders’ Hall.

Fun Day at Amberley

On a very cold January day Peter Cheesman’s volunteers and the Walsh Family showed that when you give Plumbers some lead to melt, pour and burn they have real fun at the Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust at Amberley Open Air Heritage Museum.


Thomas Crapper Day – 27 January

The 27 January 2020 is Thomas Crapper Day – the 110th anniversary of his death. Past Steward John Carnaby has written a fascinating article on this sometimes mis-attributed piece of history.

The Royal Chapels of St James’s Palace

On Thursday 23 January 2020 we enjoyed an exclusive private tour of the two Royal Chapels at St James, hosted by Serjeant of the Vestry, The Royal Household, Jon Simpson, who gave us a fascinating insight into their history and some snippets on life in this Royal Palace.


Liveryman Jason Clark – CIPHE Member, Marathon Man
and Company Chairman

Jason Clark joined the Livery in July 2019. A member of the CIPHE Disciplinary Committee, the Institute has published an article on him in its P&H magazine.  With its and his permission you can read it here.

John Embree – Sergeant Plumber and Surveyor of the King’s Works

Who has been the most eminent member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers? It would be difficult to argue against John Embree, who was the Sergeant Plumber from 1639 -1661, and Surveyor of the King’s Works from 1653 – 1660. This year marks the four hundredth anniversary his binding as an apprentice.

Past Steward John Carnaby and Past Master Peter Brunner have written this interesting article on this eminent plumber, who was installed as our Master in 1647.

The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace

The Master Peter Rumley, supported by the experienced Palace Wardens’ Team, led two fascinating private tours of the Buckingham Palace State Rooms.

Me da se (“Thank you” in Ghanaian)

The Village by Village Clean Hands Saves Lives (CHSL) programme has completed another successful village project.

Neil Kerfoot, the Charity’s Chief Executive, has sent a report directly from Ebenezer Gyampoh, who heads and delivers the projects in the country to get his insights.