A splendid three-course meal, preceded by a champagne reception.Escoffier Room Luncheon Wednesday, 8th February 2017
Westminster Catering College, Vincent SquareAdmissions Interviews Wednesday, 15th February 2017 Carpenters' Hall 1000 Education Committee Tuesday, 21st February 2017 Carpenters' Hall 1330 Technical Committee Tuesday, 21st February 2017 Carpenters' Hall 1200
The Company's Carol Service on Tuesday 13th December
What better way to hail the season of goodwill? Join the Master and Mistress Plumber in the fabulous setting of St Magnus the Martyr, the truly splendid choir and organist, the warm welcome of our Chaplain, the Reverend Philip Warner, and the chance to add your voice to our full-throated congregation. Guests of all ages welcomed. This is a truly family occasion.
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Grand Charity Luncheon
At Skinners’ Hall on 26th January we shall welcome a very special guest, who will join our Company as an Honorary Liveryman. Further details will follow early in the New Year.
This special occasion will have a strong charitable theme. Thanks to very generous sponsorship, we are inviting Liverymen and guests attending to make a £95 donation that will directly benefit the deserving causes supported by our Charitable and Educational Trust. Your attendance will help us to support young people in education, relieve the suffering caused by homelessness and save children’s lives in Ghana by providing fresh water and sanitation. You will learn about Medical Detection Dogs - an extraordinary charity which we shall also be supporting. We hope you will remember this special day for years to come.
Numbers are limited and applications will be dealt with in order of receipt. Be sure to respond as soon as possible in order to be part of this very important event.
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You do not have to be a plumber or associated with the industry, applications are invited from those who are not members of the CIPHE and with an interest in public service and a passion for excellence who can demonstrate:
• Leadership skills gained in the community, business or workplace.
• Strong communication skills – working closely with a wide variety of organisations including Government.
• An understanding of how to set clear objectives and monitor performance.
• The ability to contribute to the formulation of the Institute’s strategic direction.
The Lead Sheet Association is seeking to appoint a new Tutor/Technical Officer to support its small team of experts based at its Technical and Training Centre at East Peckham in Kent. This is a new role, required to meet increased demand for our services, and as a result the LSA is happy to consider employing either a trainee or fully qualified person for the position. Duties will range from teaching the LSA’s lead and hard-metal courses to responding to technical enquiries about the use of Rolled Lead Sheet from specifiers, contractors and property owners.
As winter approaches it is time to make sure both the plumbing in your house and and you are well prepared. WaterSafe, a scheme that works to improve water quality and plumbing standards is strongly supported by the Plumbers' Company and is working with the Met Office in taking a lead with their Winter Campaign to help home owners cope with adverse winter weather conditions. Click here to read about the campaign
Many Livery Halls display memorial plaques listing members of their Company who died serving their country in these conflicts. We have no such memorial, raising the question “did any Plumbers serving in these wars die and if so who were they?”
This has now been researched and the findings can be found by clicking here.
Established in 1345, the Grocers comprise one of London's Great Twelve City Livery Companies. The stunning Grocers’ Hall, therefore, was the perfect venue for the Plumbers’ Ladle Dinner. This annual event is unusual in the Plumbers’ social calendar, this is for two reasons, the event focuses on the Immediate Past Master's year and the event is chaired by the Senior Steward.
This year we met to commemorate the year of the Immediate Past Master Erica Stary.
The evening started with drinks in the reception, all Past Masters upon arrival handed over their silver ladles, which would be handed back to them later after the meal, when they would have to line up in order of least precedence, meaning junior first. New Liveryman Richard Jordan presented Erica with her silver Ladle, a long held tradition that marks the end of the Master’s year.
Pianist Philip Mountford played the gentle sounds of Handel's 'Scipione' which provided the perfect backdrop to the evening's event.
New Master Brian Wadsworth served the top table their soup using the Ceremonial Ladle. After dinner, the four loving cups were shared around the room. There were the traditional toasts to the Queen, Royal Family and City of London Corporation followed by 'The Silent Toast'.
Past Master Nick Gale 'judged the performance' in detail of Immediate Past Master Erica Stary (former Judge and Solicitor), describing Erica as infectious, enthusiastic and lots of fun. Reaching his verdict, Nick summed up Erica's major contribution to the Plumbers Company, the trade and City of London. Nick stated that Erica fulfilled her position as Master with 'commitment, passion and distinction'. Erica was Master 418. In her reply, Erica expressed her huge thanks to the Company Family and the Secretariat for their steadfast and loving support of her not only in "her year" but also during her bereavement.
Senior Steward Michael Cooper thanked everybody for supporting the event and handed over the stewardship to new Senior Steward Ian Puddick.
Beadle Peter encouraged everyone to move from the dining room to the reception where they could share the Stirrup Cup with the chairman and the Stewards.
Senior Steward Ian Puddick
Following a tradition started by Past Master Rae, every year the Ladies of Past Masters meet for lunch. This year was no exception and the occasion, organised by Debbie Gale, was held in Innholders' Hall. Following a tour of the Hall there was a champagne reception hosted by Past Master Gale. He then departed and the Ladies sat down for an enjoyable lunch and a time for reminiscing.
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.