IMPORTANT NEWS FROM THE MASTER
I can now tell you some wonderful news about our luncheon at Skinners’ Hall on 26th January. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has very graciously accepted the invitation of our Court to become an Honorary Liveryman of our Company on that day.
This is tremendously exciting and a great honour for us all. I know you will look forward with keen anticipation to this very special occasion. Her Royal Highness will attend Court for the clothing ceremony, following which I shall make a presentation to her in front of you all. Her Royal Highness will then attend our reception.
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.”
Read the latest edition of CityView, the magazine of the City of London Corporation, by clicking here.
Plumbers should log in then go to From the Master & Clerk to find details of this wonderful invitation from the Master and Mistress.
PLUMBERS HERALD THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
The Plumbers' Company held its traditional Carol Service in the Company Church, St Magnus Martyr on Tuesday 13 December 2016. The service was attended by a good number of Liverymen, partners and friends and was led by the Company's Honorary
Chaplain, Cardinal Rector, Reverend Father Philip Warner.
Congregational singing was interspersed by lessons read by the Master, Upper Warden, Renter Warden, Senior Assistant, Senior Steward and Clerk and the choir sang two festive carols. The service concluded with a magnificent rendition of David Willcocks' Postlude on Hark the Herald Angels by organist John Eady.
Following the Carol Service, the congregation enjoyed a lovely buffet and mulled wine which had been arranged by the Company's Stewards.
The Company's Carol Service has been described as the " best way to start off the Christmas season" and this year's service certainly fitted the bill.
Congratulatiions from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers to Daniel Martins, a plumbing and heating apprentice at Briggs and Forester and trainee at EAS Mechanical, who has placed fourth in the plumbing and heating category at Euroskills 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Taking place over three days, EuroSkills tested the limits of 500 young workers from 28 countries across 35 different skill categories.
Mr Martins placed fourth, not high enough to earn a gold, silver or bronze medal but good enough to receive a Medal of Excellence for his efforts. Eamon Wilson, managing director at EAS Mechanical, said: “The work he had to carry out was extremely technical. All bends were assessed to the degree, there was a 2mm tolerance on clips and pipework, and absolutely no leaks permitted.
“If you asked for more pipe than you were given, or extra fittings then you would be deducted points. The work was to a seriously high standard and Mr Martins should be extremely proud of himself to have competed with 10 other Europeans in his division.”
Mr Martins now has the opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills 2017 with Team UK, if he can impress his coaches.
Source HVP eNewsletter
Things are changing in plumbing and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has now made its journal available on line. Click here for access and learn about how he craft continues to advance and the educational activities that are availble at all levels. Our Company has always supported the CIPHE and we are proud to continue to do so.
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