As seen at the Autumn Festival. Why not give one or more as a Christmas Gift? Click here for details and order form
An important event at St George’s the Martyr Church in the Borough on Thursday 20th October between 6pm and 8pm.
St George’s is an ancient church, though twice rebuilt, most recently in 1736 and has had long connections with the City. We also have a very important, historic organ, which is badly in need of restoration. To begin this process, Dr Andrew Parmley (who will I am sure be well known to members) has agreed to give a short organ recital here on 20th October. The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has also agreed to be present.
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From the Lightmongers' Company
The World famous Jonathon Porritt is addressing members of our company and our Lighting students on Tuesday 27th October in the lecture theatre at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
Being such an important speaker the Chairman of our Education Committee would be delighted to offer a few of the available spaces to members of the Plumbers' company.
Click here for a flyer along with an application form to assist in booking. Please return your form to Phill Hyde , Clerk, The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers, Clerk@lightmongers.co.uk
I was Master of the Ironmongers' Company in 1989 and over the last few years, with assistance from all the Great Twelve Livery Companies, I have prepared a history of the Londoners’ period in Ireland. This has copious illustrations and is beautifully produced. It is an extraordinary story, which is not well known, and the Livery Company involvement is set within the context of Irish history. A synopsis is provided in the attached Flyer. Click here.
It was The Irish Society, still in existence, which supervised each of the Companies in managing its own estate. The involvement of each is explained in some detail, highlighting the legacy of fine market towns, buildings and churches that were provided. Most significant perhaps are the walls of Londonderry, paid for by the Companies, which still protect its historic cathedral, despite the ravages of three debilitating sieges. The book explains the current charitable role of The Irish Society and does much to outline the background to the conflicts that have lingered on as an endemic part of the Ulster psyche.
Robert Stedall Master Ironmoner 19898
On 14 October I am hoping to do my very first abseil - to support the Lord Mayor's appeal. It would be wonderful if you were to support me. Obviously I want to raise as much as possible but my basic target is £500. Please help me raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page -click here.
JustGiving sends your donation straight to The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. If you would rather send me a cheque or CAF voucher please post it to me at 19 Keystone Crescent London N19DS
Thank you for your support!
Erica, The Master Plumber
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The Senior Steward and Stewards invite all Liverymen of the Company to join them in entertaining the Master and Wardens and in honouring the Immediate Past Master, Erica Stary, at the 2016 Ladle Dinner and thanking her for all she has done in her year. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to dine at Grocers’ Hall, next to the Bank of England and a short walk from Bank Tube Station.
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At the impressive Ceremony of Installation held in the Company Church of St Magnus the Martyr on Wednesday 19th October, Erica Stary relinquished the office of Master and installed Brian Wadsworth as our new Master. The two new Wardens were then sworn in – Robert Burgon as Upper Warden and Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf as Renter Warden.
This ceremony was followed by the Installation Day Service led buy one of our Liveryman and our Chaplain, Cardinal Rector Reverend Philip Warner.
The Master and Court then processed to Vintners’ Hall for a reception and lunch. In his speech the Master said “It is a privilege and a pleasure to serve our ancient Company in the office of Master. I thank you all most sincerely for your confidence and support The Master is the servant. We are all part of one team and we thrive on mutual fellowship.
I look forward to the unalloyed pleasure of sustaining our good fellowship, nurturing our links across the many and diverse Livery Companies of the great City of London, celebrating our distinguished heritage and helping, when and where I can, to advance our charitable works, which are such a key aspect of Livery life today.
I am fortunate indeed to have the loving support of my wife Anne, whose help and advice as Mistress Plumber will be invaluable throughout rny term of office. Ours will be a team effort, to be sure.”
At the Installation Court meeting David Adams and Air Cdre Paul Nash were sworn in as Court Assistants.
The final task of Erica Stary in her position as Master was to conduct the ceremony in which six new Liverymen were clothed in the Livery - Leonard Yeoell a Ret’d Policeman, Richard Wernick a Chartered Tax Adviser, Richard Jordan, Director of a Transport Company, James Cross a Banker, James McElroy an Army Officer and Neal Green a Building Consultant. We give them all a hearty welcome.
Well, at the time of writing it is all coming to an end in about 15 hours’ time and this week has in part been spent on preparation for the handover to the new Master at St Magnus around about noon. Before that, we have a court meeting at which some 14 of our Past Masters are expected to be present in addition to officers and assistants. I have today spoken to or left messages with all those unable to come; at least one is, alas, not well so best wishes have been sent for a speedy recovery, and another is working hard at a conference. We will be swearing in two new court members and 6 new liverymen, which is very good news indeed.
The rest of the time has been spent in part in first attending the Plumbers’ lunch at Ironmongers, where there was a good attendance and good discussions with fellow liverymen and their friends; secondly, I went to Furniture Makers Hall where their IPM gave an excellent lecture about furniture before and after the Great Fire. Of course, so much was lost in the fire and as people were rehoused they needed new furniture to replace that lost. Previously it would have mainly been in oak, but after there was competition for the Carpenters from the Joiners and Ceilers who began to use lighter wood, such as walnut. The speaker’s erudition and enthusiasm has whetted my appetite and I will be going to the Geffrye Museum in the new year, probably with the current Master Chartered Surveyor, for more in-depth study.
As you are probably aware, our clerk Paul retires tomorrow and will be replaced by Pieter Cox, whom I know some of you have already met. Please give him and our new Master, Brian, a rousing Plumbers’ welcome and all your support. Paul has done outstanding work as clerk and we have persuaded him to come onto the Court, so that we won’t lose sight of him, which is very good news.
I have had a really enjoyable, if hard-working, time as Master, and I would like to thank all of you for your support in making this a really memorable year.
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