Westminster Catering College, Vincent Square
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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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.
Brian and Anne Wadsworth
Brian was born in London and grew up on the Lancashire coast and subsequently in western Canada, where he went to University. He returned to England in 1973 and has lived in Westminster for many years, with his wife Anne.
From the late 1990s Brian was Finance Director at the Department for Transport and subsequently Director of Logistics and Maritime Transport, covering the whole of the freight transport brief across modes. During the Thatcher years he was involved in several major privatisations, from British Airways to British Rail. For six years he chaired the European Commission's Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon. He has also served as an adviser on railway reforms to the World Bank and worked in the world of private business at British Airways and BOC.
Brian today provides policy, strategy and management consultancy advice to a range of private clients. He also runs the Road Ahead Group, an alliance of private businesses advocating reforms to roads funding and motoring taxes. Brian is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, which he had the honour to serve as Master in 2009-10. He is member of the United Wards' Club and a member of Castle Baynard Ward Club.
As a Liveryman in the Carmen's and Glovers' Companies, a Freeman of the Musicians' Company and a member of the Ward of Cheap Club, Brian's wife Anne is also very active in the City, as well as extensively involved in charitable work. A recent highlight of their lives together was Anne's investiture in July 2014 as an O.B.E., for her services to charitable giving in the U.K. Anne will also become a Liveryman of the Musicians’ Company on 19th October 2016, the same day Brian will be installed as the Master Plumber.
In their spare time Brian and Anne enjoy travel and cruising the world's oceans (undeterred by Brian's maritime safety background), as well as music and opera. Brian also has a persistent affliction with classic cars, which Anne is gracious about.
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.