Monday 20th March our 2017 Banquet at the Mansion House
This will again be held in the glorious surroundings of the Egyptian Hall, by kind permission of the Lord Mayor. We are delighted that Lord Mayor locum tenens Sir Michael Bear has accepted our invitation to be our principal guest. We shall welcome as our speaker for the evening Sir Keith Mills GBE DL. The inventor of the Air Miles and Nectar loyalty schemes, Sir Keith led London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics and was Deputy Chairman of the Organising Committee for the London games. He is currently Chairman of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
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The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is widely regarded as one of the friendliest of London’s Livery Companies. The Court was therefore pleased to accept a recommendation at its recent meeting from the Membership Committee that the Company should create the role of Almoner. The principal aim of the Almoner will be to keep in touch with Liverymen who are unable, for a range of reasons, to participate regularly in the Company’s events and functions. Although the Company has enjoyed ad hoc arrangements for keeping in touch with Liverymen over many years, it is believed that this is the first time that the title of Almoner (which is used in several other companies) has been adopted.
Liveryman Caroline Walsh has been appointed as the Company’s first Almoner. Caroline, whose home is in Eltham, near Greenwich, has been a Liveryman since 2004 and she looks forward to developing this role. Please do not hesitate to contact her if you are aware of one of our liverymen needing her support. She can be contacted either by email on: email@example.com or by phone on 07789 743333. Liverymen who know others who might appreciate occasional contact from a representative of the Company are invited to pass on details to Caroline.
You will have seen this man at all of our functions? He is our photographer, and Freeman of the Company, Michael O'Sullivan who records the event and takes pictures of those present. He will take a special photo of you and your guest(s) if you ask him.
Michael graciously make pictures available for our web site and you are encouraged to support him by purchasing photos from his web site. Next Thursday will be an ideal opportunity to start or add to your collection.
We have a new Captain, Past Steward Richard Harvey. There is an exciting and varied programme summarised below. For details click here.
Our own events :-
3rd May Brookmans Park
27th July New Zealand Golf Club The Plumber's Golf Day
18th May Walton Heath Prince Arthur Cup
3rd July Verulam
8th September Wildernesse
17th July The City Livery Club have asked us to keep this day clear for a competition they will organise.
The Painter-Stainers will be arranging a day at Sunningdale Ladies.Probably in July.
Happy New Year from the UK plumber accreditation scheme, WaterSafe.
WaterSafe, the national register for approved plumbers, has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2013 and is changing the face of UK plumbing.
The scheme is backed by all UK water companies and all the UK drinking water regulators. It ensures customers looking for a plumber can quickly find an accredited tradesperson near them who is trained in the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (or Byelaws in Scotland) which are designed to keep drinking water fresh, healthy and wholesome.
The scheme’s membership has risen to nearly 3,000 approved businesses, with more than 5,500 qualified plumbers.
Chris Sneath, WaterSafe Chairman, said: “The scheme is helping to protect the quality of drinking water in the UK, keeping families safe and healthy, and improving standards across the profession. Thank you to everyone who has helped make it such a success.”
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We are sad to report the death of Liveryman Harold Glover from Warrington, who passed away peacefully in a nursing home on 12 February, 7 weeks after his wife, who died on Christmas Eve. They were 99 and 98 respectively and married for over 76 years.
Further details will be posted when known.
On Monday 13th February in Merchant Taylors' Hall the Master participated in an awards ceremony originally the brainchild of our Past Master Geoff Marsh in 2001. This ceremony sees the awarding of Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Certificates recognising career progression in areas of skill.
Three proud plumbers, all members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) received awards . The event took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London, presented candidates with their certificates.
Ian Hamilton EngTech MCIPHE RP, who has over 27 years’ experience in the plumbing and heating industry, was presented with the Master Plumber Certificate. Nathan Napier EngTech MCIPHE RP was also awarded with the Master Plumber Certificate, he has worked in the industry for 25 years.
Sean Woollam MCIPHE RP received the Journeyman Certificate and has 10 years’ experience.
Our Almoner, Caroline Walsh, finds time in her busy life to buy flowers for the lonely Plumber's Apprentice at Cannon Street Railway Station.
On Wednesday 19th April, there will be a Charter Celebration with the Apprentice Plumber followed by lunch in the Little Ship Club. Put the date in your diary.
Three dozen Plumbers enjoyed a merry time at the Westminster Catering College on Vincent Square, on Wednesday 8th February. Students in their first, second and third years cooked an excellent meal with a traditional British theme. Canapes and cured salmon to whet the appetite were hotly pursued by Yorkshire puddings the size of small volcanoes accompanying the splendid ribeye beef and braised Ox cheek main course. The vanilla and apple delice pudding was beautifully designed and presented, worthy of a top London restaurant. Prosecco, white and red wine flowed liberally and a splendid time was had by all, with many requests to make the Escoffier Room an annual fixture for the ever-popular Plumbers’ table.
Many also commented on the splendid example set by the College in providing really high calibre vocational training for young people seeking a career in hospitality and catering, up to degree level. Entry to the College is hugely competitive and graduates leave with a qualification which ensures steady employment and career progression. How nice it is to have such an enjoyable time, with excellent food and wines and the most convivial company, while helping young people to gain a secure foothold as they look forward to independence and starting their adult lives.