Join the Master on a visit to Bridgnorth Cliff Railway and locality Tuesday, 15th May 2018
The Bridgnorth Cliff Railway is England's oldest and steepest electrical operational cliff railway which has been transporting the people of Bridgnorth up and down the 111 ft of sandstone cliffs that separate High Town from Low Town and the River Severn for over a century. It is first and foremost a working railway; its importance to both the townspeople of Bridgnorth and to visitors to the town is undiminished by age. The Cliff Railway is now owned by Liveryman Malvern Tipping and his family.
Flyer and Booking click here.
Join the Master for a trip to Wimbledon on Wednesday 18th April 2018 for a visit to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tour. Lunch will be taken at the Wingfield Cafe in the grounds.
An occasion not to be missed. Click here for flyer and booking form
To Plumbers' Liverymen from the Clerk
Following the save-the-date on the website, I am delighted to attach full details of the forthcoming Charity Cricket match at the Royal Household Cricket Club. On Tuesday 10th July 2018, at this exclusive location, the Plumbers Cricket XI will take on the Royal Household XI. A colored brochure, copy attached , has been sent by email to all the Livery. Places are limited so please use the attached to book and pay for your places. Booking and payment will secure your place on a first come, first served basis, subject only to security clearance. If you have any further questions, please direct these to the contacts in the leaflet.
The statue will tell you himself!
The Statue of the Plumber’s Apprentice in Cannon Street Station has just been given the ‘gift of speech’.
To hear what he has to say simply swipe your smartphone on the nearby plaque, and get a call back from the statue.
Note: If you are accessing the plaque from the website, please note. You can only hear the statue speak via your mobile phone. This means you will need to put the short URL into your mobile phone browser: Speak2.co/plumber
The Plumber’s Apprentice is the latest addition to Talking Statues London whose statue voices include: Prunella Scales, Jeremy Paxman,Hugh Bonneville and Sir Patrick Stewart.
The Plumber’s Apprentice has been voiced by 21 year old Dan Martins, ‘Plumber of the year’ and a gold award winning plumber’s apprentice. It is funded by The Worshipful Company of Plumbers, the livery Company established to uphold this ancient and honourable profession.
The Royal Society for Public Health offers two more FREE webinars on "Opportunistic pathogens in water systems" and "Back to Basics: Water Quality at the Building Entrance". For more details and how to register click here.
All Liverymen of each of the 110 City of London Livery Companies are eligible to vote in the elections both for the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs of the City of London. While most of these elections are uncontested, it is likely that the election for the Non-Aldermanic Sheriff for 2018-2019 (which will take place at Common Hall in Guildhall on Monday 25 June 2018) will be contested.
There are currently three candidates for this position:
Richard Fleck CBE (http://richardfleck.com/about/)
The Hon. Liz Green (www.lizgreen.co.uk)
Gwen Rhys (http://gwenrhys.com)
Liverymen of the Plumbers’ Company are encouraged to come to their own decisions about which candidate to support.
We have been asked by one of the candidates, Liz Green, to make Liverymen aware of a Drinks and Canapes Reception she is holding in Carpenters’ Hall on Monday 23 April 2018 between 1730 and 1930. Anyone wishing to attend can register by clicking on the box at the top of the home page on her website: www.lizgreen.co.uk
If we receive requests from either of the other candidates to share information with the Livery, then we will do so.
The Master reports "Not only was this the week of the Plumbers' Annual Banquet but there were also a few other official commitments as shown in the attached Blog. Next week's will be shorter (only one official engagement) and then there will be a gap over Easter with normal service returning around 13/14 April (the end of a week in which either or both of us have something to attend each day)." Read this week's Blog by clicking here.
Plumbing is an essential component of public health - this was the core of the message from the Master at our Annual Banquet held in the Mansion House. The full text of his speech can be found by clicking here. The Banquet was held in the magnificent Egyptian Hall and we were graced by the presence of the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens, who also wore the hat of our Upper Warden - I refer to Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf. She gave two concurrent speeches one for each hat she was wearing. In her welcome to the guest Masters she likened them to various species of fish causing much amusement. She also reminded us of the serious work undertaken by the Company. The principal guest was Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan who is also President of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group.
He reinforced the importance of plumbers and reminded us that many initiatives to improve standards in the construction industry were more applicable to large companies whereas in the industry a significant percentage of companies were small or middle sized. This should not be forgotten if real advances are to be made.
The evening, enjoyed by over 240 Liverymen and guests, combined the importance of high standards in plumbing with good fellowship.
Pictures to follow.
Another busy week for both the Master and ther Mistress. Meetings and pomp and circumstance with the Lord Mayor's Banquet and the United Guild Service. Click here to reveal more of their work on behalf of the company
Earlier today at Cannon Street railway station, the Master standing next to Bertie gave Plumbers’ Company bursaries to three apprentice plumbers - Rebecca Russell who is being trained at Croydon College; Luke Ellyatt & Theo Hines who are following a course at Steve Willis Training Centre. Each bursary consists of a voucher to the value of £1000 which allows the student to purchase tools from Monument Tools. We were pleased to welcome John Collier and Jamie Fisher of Monument Tools who had sponsored the bursaries. The Master spoke about the Company and its presence in the City for over 650 years. Alison Gowman, Alderman for Dowgate, congratulated the Company on their support for apprentices and explained how Bridge Trust, that she chaired, was working actively supporting young persons in training.