On Monday 26th February 2018 the Plumbers’ Company’s Social Committee has arranged the first of this Livery Year’s visits – a fascinating trip to the Thames River Police Museum at Wapping for a unique insight into the history of the world’s first Police Force including a fine collection of their everyday “Hardware” from handcuffs to cutlasses. For more details and booking click here
The New Year is here. Diaries not yet full. Go to July 10th and enter Windsor Castle Cricket. The Plumbers' take on the Royal Household Cricket Club in the private Park of Windsor Castle. Places will be limited so watch out for the flyer.
Romance films don't usually revolve around a toilet. But that's the angle in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha — or Toilet: A Love Story, a Bollywood film starring superstar Akshay Kumar. And the box office has been flush with success. Since its release on Aug. 11, according to industry reports, the film has grossed $19.8 million at the box office worldwide, emerging as India's top film so far this year. For more click here. This isn't just a made-up story for the movies. In a case of life imitating art, a week after the film released, Indian courts granted a divorce to a young woman on the grounds that her husband hadn't installed a toilet in their home, causing her much agony during their two-year marriage. In her complaint, filed in 2005, she said he had ignored her repeated requests for an indoor toilet.
According to the Indian government, 47 million toilets have been built in rural village communities and public spaces across India ever since Modi launched the Clean India Mission (Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan) initiative in October 2014 — the anniversary of Gandhi's birthday. As a part of this mission, the government has promised to construct more public toilets and has launched the ODF (Open Defecation Free) campaign, an initiative to keep public spaces clean and free of excreta. A new government-sponsored app called "Find A Toilet" urged people to help locate, rate and review public toilets for factors such as cleanliness and hygiene.
The Plumbers' recognise the inmportance of good sanitation and continue to support the work of Village by Village in the building of toilet blocks and the provision of sanitary education in Ghana.
A great way to start the new year. - luncheon with the Court in the Furniture Makers' Hall on 24th January. Spaces limited. book now. Click here.
Past Master Chris Sneath, chairman of WaterSafe, said: “This time of year it’s often a good idea to have a few extra glasses of healthy drinking water and we’re lucky to live in a country where water supplies are among the healthiest in the world – something we should not take for granted. “WaterSafe approves plumbers who are qualified to work safely with drinking water to make sure it stays fresh and healthy, in homes, at work, in hospitals and communities. This is why our work is promoted by all the water companies in the UK. “So, a big thank to all our partners who have helped promote safe water this year.”
It has been really encouraging to see so many of our Liverymen at Company functions since my installation as Master at the end of October. Thank to you everyone who attended the Installation and Lunch, the Ladle Dinner (when we paid tribute to our excellent Immediate Past Master, Brian Wadsworth) and the Carol Service which really set the scene for the coming Christmas celebrations.
If you have been reading my weekly blog on the website, you will have seen the wide range of events to which we have been invited as representatives of the Worshipful Company of Plumber. It has been a fascinating and enjoyable couple of months and, after a short break for Christmas and the New Year, we look forward to continuing to represent our historic and well-respected Company in the following months.
Looking ahead into the first part of 2018, there will be several opportunities for Liverymen to meet together starting with our Court Luncheon on Wednesday 24 January in Furniture Makers' Hall. The first of our programme of social visits will be a visit to the Thames River Police Museum at Wapping on 26 February and this will be followed by a visit to the Museum of Music in Brentford on 8 March. We plan to mark World Plumbing Day (11 March every year, everywhere) with the presentation of bursaries at an event at the Plumber's Apprentice Statue in Cannon Street Station on 13 March and then one of the highlights of the year is always the Annual Banquet at Mansion House which will take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018. Look out for the flyers for these events and be sure to book early to secure your places.
The Mistress Plumber and I look forward to seeing many Liverymen, their partners and guests in 2018.
The ninth blog from the Master records a good start to 2018 - an Epiphany Lunch with the Masons' Company was followed in the evening by a Masters and Clerks dinner. In the next few days the hard work of our own Office Staff was recognised and a planning meeting was held with the Clerk. Read more by clicking here or for Blogs 1 - 9 here.
Liveryman Richard Murdoch passed away on Thursday 4th January. Richard became a member of the Livery in 1980 and had been an active member of the Company Museum at Singleton for some years before he joined the Livery. He remained an active and leading volunteer at the Plumbing Museum until ill health forced his retirement from the PMWT a few year ago. It is hoped that Richard's outstanding service to the Plumbing Museum will be recorded in a suitable memorial on the Weald and Downland Living Museum site. Richard was a recipient of the Company St. Michael Medallion in 1996.
Richard's widow, June, would like members of the Livery to attend both the funeral and the reception. The details are - funeral service at Guildford Crematorium on Tuesday 23rd January at 12.00 midday, followed by a reception at the Weald and Downland Living Museum.
Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Road, Godalming GU7 3DB (If using Sat Nav, you may need to enter New Pond Road, Compton, GU7 3DB or B3000, Godalming, GU7 3DB.)
Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU.
Spotted in the Times list of New Year’s Honours under those admitted as Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
“Sylvia Doreen, Mrs MOYS Member, Court of Common Council. For services to the City of London Corporation and Education in Croydon. (London, CR2)”
Sylvia is an exemplary example of how one of our Liverymen serves the City. By clicking here you can read all about the many ways that as a Common Councilman for the Aldgate Ward she is active in the life of the City of London.
Congratulations to Sylvia for this well deserved recognition.