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Alderman Charles Bowman will join us with his wife Samantha as our principal guest and speaker. The Court of Aldermen has confirmed that if Charles is one of the Aldermen endorsed by the Livery at Common Hall at the end of September, he will be elected as Lord Mayor for the year commencing November 2017. In the heart of the City we shall be transported to the land of turquoise seas and endless summer. The Master has planned a gay and convivial evening with a bit of Caribbean style. A trio from the RASPO Steel Orchestra will entertain at our reception in the terrace and herb garden and the whole group will play during and after dinner in the splendid Barber-Surgeons’ Hall. Our menu may also have a hint of Caribbean flavour.
The flyer and booking form can be found by clicking here. Do please get the date in your diaries now and be sure to book soon for what promises to be a highly enjoyable and slightly different Livery event.
The WHO and WHO in conjunction with UN-Water have just produced two fascinating and informative repoprts on Water Safety Plans and on WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health). For further information and access to the reports click on the heading above.
These reports provide some backgroungd information to the work of the Plumbers' charity in helping to support Village by Village to provide safe sanitation in Ghana. Click here for more detail
Henley-on-Thames is famous for its rowing, particularly the annual Henley Royal Regatta, its links to the River Thames, and its history (the town having received a Charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1568). All three themes are presented at the River and Rowing Museum, which will be our first call. Lunch will follow, then a trip in the Consuta steam launch (www.consuta.org.uk) from the public moorings near the museum to Temple Island and back.
Details and booking click here.
Liverymen who were admitted to the Livery before 31st May 2016 and who wish to vote for the Sheriffs and other Officers should note that you are summoned to meet at the Guildhall on Monday 26th June 2017 by 11.45am. The Lord Mayor will take the chair at 12 noon precisely. Tickets will be required for entry to the Guildhall and these are available only from this office on receipt of a completed proforma below. (Please note the Guildhall may not keep seats for later-arriving Liverymen and to ensure that you get a decent seat, you are strongly advised to arrive no later than 11.15am)
The Worshipful Company of Fletchers has kindly invited us to join them for lunch afterwards on the 26th June in Farmers’ and Fletchers’ Hall.
For tickets and luncheon booking please click here.
On the 3rd of July at the Royal College of Physicians in London , Marcus Rink, Chief Inspector of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, will deliver the Worshipful Company of Plumbers 2017 Annual Lecture. This will be followed by a drinks reception and an excellent dinner . The evening will end at approximately 9.30 pm.
The Drinking Water Inspectorate was established in 1989 to regulate public water supplies and is responsible for assessing the quality of drinking water in England and Wales. The Inspectorate is responsible for assessing the quality of drinking water in England and Wales, taking enforcement action if standards are not being met, and taking appropriate action when water is unfit for human consumption.
Marcus Rink has nearly 30 years of experience working in health, environment and the water industry, he has been with the Drinking Water Inspectorate since 2002. From 2008 to 2015 was responsible for the operational regulation in England and Wales as Deputy Chief Inspector. He is also the UK member of the European Microbiology Expert Group and chair of the Strategic Board of the Standing Committee of Analysts.
A marvelous opportunity to introduce colleagues and friends to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. Click here for further information and booking form.
The Master led a highly successful and enjoyable visit to Lincoln. The three day programme was blest with fantastic weather and covered a grand selection of visits, activities and fine dining. Read a report by the Master by clicking the header above.
Lincoln Cathedral is one of just a tiny number of places in the country where full-time lead workers practice the traditional craft of plumbing – to maintain the vast Cathedral roof. Plumbers from the Cathedral’s Works Department were joined by Plumbers from our Company: Peter Rumley, Allan Anderson and his team, Peter and Debbie Cheesman and the Master in the Company’s fabulous marquee exhibit at the Heritage Skills Festival organised by the Works Department for 23rd and 24th June. On both days hundreds of visitors were fascinated to see the traditional skills of lead fabrication, casting and joining demonstrated in front of them, while the Master delved into his repertoire of market trading techniques to sell some 200 cast lead Imps (the symbol of Lincoln and its football team) in support of the Cathedral’s fabric fund. Peter Rumley very kindly donated two Georgian pattern lead urns which raised £1,400 at the final auction. All in all, the Plumbers’ Company contribution was one of the most interesting and successful amongst the 25 participating City of London Livery Companies.
The Festival was a great success, showcasing traditional Livery trades and others and attracting thousands of visitors from far and wideSurrounded by interested onlookers, Peter Cheesman inspects his sand casting mould on the Plumbers' stand at Lincoln Cathedral's Heritage Skills Festival, held on 23rd and 24th June. The lower photo shows the finished piece. Click here.
It is with great sadness that we record the death of Past Master Jeffery (1995-6). Jack passed away earlier this week. He had a terminal illness and was undergoing treatment but suffered a stroke about 6 weeks ago. it is understood he was reasonably comfortable up to the end, even going out at the weekend for a lunch. The funeral will be a quiet family affair. There is likely to be a celebration of life event later in the year, perhaps in October, probably at Newcastle University.
Jack wrote the following notes on his life for the Plumbers' web site. "Recently married Gillian, my former wife, Deborah, having died suddenly in April 2009. Formerly Chairman & MD of North Surrey Water Company, Chairman of Tendring Hundred Water Company and Deputy Chairman of Three Valleys Water Company and Sutton and East Surrey Water Company. Was also Chairman of the Water Companies Association from 1987-1990 during the passage through Parliament of the Water Bill. Also Past President of the Freshwater Biological Association, Past President of Institute of Water, Past Chairman of the Royal Institute of Public Health, Past Chairman of the World Humanity Action Trust and director of several companies. Member, MCC and Forty Club "
We were privileged that he served as our Master.
On 14th June the first Rivertime Accessible Regatta was held in glorious sunshine at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, near Marlow. 350 children with moderate to severe disabilities and a wide range of special needs had a wonderful day on and beside the River Thames. The Mistress Plumber was much involved in its organisation and our Plumbers’ Charity gave ten portable pergolas, to be re-used at future events (the next Regatta is already scheduled for July next year). The Regatta was attended by HRH The Princess Royal, seen here visiting one of the Plumbers’ pergolas, and by several Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Dame Katherine Grainger. It was widely covered by BBC Television and on local radio. A special moment was when one of the severely disabled children participating told the Princess Royal “this is my best day, ever!).