Click on title for detailsInstallation Day Wednesday, 19th October 2016 Vintners' Hall & St Magnus the Martyr Church Ladle Dinner Tuesday, 1st November 2016 Grocers' Hall
The Master Elect, Brian Wadsworth, writes "Another splendid Plumbers’ year has flown past and on 19th October I shall be installed as Master for the ensuing year in St Magnus-the-Martyr Church, Lower Thames Street. Robert Burgon will be installed as Upper Warden and Dame Fiona Woolf DBE, DL as Renter Warden. We all look forward to the honour of serving our ancient Company. Following the Installation Service, my wife Anne and I would be delighted to welcome you to our Champagne reception at Vintners’ Hall, Upper Thames Street, which will be followed by a three-course luncheon with wine in the historic main hall."
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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.
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Thank you for your support!
Erica, The Master Plumber
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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The Master Elect and his lady have arranged a special treat for Liverymen of the Company and their partners ONLY. For details log into the members section (top right of the Home page) and look under From the Master and Clerk
This week I started with an Ironmongers’ lunch where I met up with a number of past masters from other companies. Then we had a classic committee Tuesday with meetings all day, but fortunately I did not need to be at the first one which deals with next year’s social events. I gather there were some celebrations there as empty champagne bottles emerged….
On the Wednesday I went with my ward club for a tour of St Pancras station, ending with a splendid afternoon tea at the hotel. I didn’t need to eat anything for the rest of the day! In fact, we nearly all took doggy bags with us. Despite not needing to eat I then attended a really interesting event at the Lancaster Hotel, courtesy our liveryman Prem Goyall, where awards were made to those who had made outstanding contributions in the charity area over the previous year.
My week ended with an escape to Guernsey for a long weekend, this time as a guest of the After 8 group of Past Masters. The weather stayed fine, we toured the island, ate extremely well (and often – I think diets of bread and water are called for in a few weeks time), took a boat to Sark where we (inevitably) travelled round by horse and cart, visiting beautiful gardens, and a museum of artifacts collected from the occupation during the 2nd world war. We also visited an alleged hospital facility which the occupying forces had built, largely by slave labour, underground in the hard rock of Guernsey – it was cold and damp, it is impossible to imagine that anyone might get well in there. Rather sinisterly, the records on the reasons for its creation are being withheld till 2045. A good time was had by all and I have returned refreshed for the final onslaught before handing over on October 19. Don’t forget to come to the installation….
Summer is over! After a jolly month in the country, I returned to Town for the Great Fire anniversary weekend. The first event was a reception organised by Artichoke (which laid on the spectacular commemoration events over the weekend) at the Royal Exchange. Here they outlined the excitements to come, which included tea at the Mansion House, courtesy of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the following day. There were then street events over the weekend, including the ceremonial burning of a model of old City buildings, including Old St Paul’s, as the last event on the Sunday evening. In case you missed it, here is a link to watch it click here.
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It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of Liveryman Hubert Owen Barnes who passed away on 12th August 2016 having suffered a stroke at Christmas. Owen was 87 years old and had been a member of the Company since 1993. He will always be remembered for sponsoring the Treble Bell at St Magnus the Martyr in memory of his wife Sheila when the church’s new ring of 12 bells were cast in 2008/2009 and were consecrated by the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres on 3rd March 2009. The first public ringing was on Easter Day 2009.
Owen’s funeral will be held at Redditch Crematorium, Bordesley Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire B97 6RR on Monday 5th September 2016 at 2.00pm.
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