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The Georgian Group staged its inaugural Craft Prize awards at Goldsmiths’ Hall on 9th May during the 2019 London Craft Week festival.

The awards, designed to complement the Group’s long-standing Architectural Awards, recognise and celebrate excellence in those traditional crafts that are supported by the Livery Companies of the City of London and their associated charities.

The Plaisterers’ Company had nominated and was delighted to have two Award winners – Kevin Ackland (of Locker & Riley) was presented with a ‘Master’ Award and Esme Walker (the Company’s Prince’s Foundation Bursary Student) was presented with the ‘Apprentice’ Award.

In addition, Esme was also presented with the Chairman’s Prize as the overall winner.

Many congratulations to them both! – pictured here with the Master.


Esme Walker, the Plaisterers’ Company Bursary student on the Prince’s Foundation Heritage Skills Course 2018-2019 received her Freedom of the Company at the Spring Livery Dinner at Plaisterers’ Hall on 2nd April 2019.


On Tuesday 20th November the Annual Training Awards took place at Plaisterers’ Hall.   The Lord Mayor, Alderman Peter Estlin, together with Sheriff The Hon Liz Green and representatives of other Livery Companies, business and educational establishments joined together to celebrate collective and individual achievements in training and education.

Pictured with the Lord Mayor and the Master Plaisterer, Timothy Cooke OBE, is Bernard Cunningham of B Cunningham & Sons Plaster Mouldings (from Newry, NI) who won the Formula Snelling Cup.


The Master was delighted to welcome Sir Ken Olisa, Chairman of Shaw Trust, and other guests to the Company’s October Dinner when he was able to present a cheque for £3,000 for the work of the Trust.

The Jubilee Crown, the rent for the Jubilee Garden in Noble Street, was also presented to representatives of the City Corporation.

A New Era – A New Master

The Company’s new Master, Timothy Cooke OBE  was installed on Wednesday 18th July.  In addition, Alderman Alison Gowman and Margaret Coates were installed as Upper Warden and Renter Warden respectively.

We wish both the Master and the Mistress (his wife Sara) a very successful and enjoyable year.



The Plaisterers’ Company has been pleased to commence a partnership with the Prince’s Foundation to support students on the Foundation’s Building Craft Programme for the next 3 years.

This has been made possible through the Plaisterers’ Charity using a legacy from Past Master Paddy Wettern, a gift from the Spurling Family (to mark their 200-year association with the Company), and the John N Robinson Bursary (named in memory of a Liveryman who had generously supported trade education), and other donations from Liverymen.

The first recipient is Esme Walker (see picture), a 27-year old plasterer from Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

Further information is available from the Clerk’s Office (


Well, actually not a ‘mystery’.  It was Anthony Horowitz OBE an Ambassador for the National Literacy Trust, the Master’s principal charity.  Anthony is the writer of ‘Foyle’s War’ and adaptor of many of the ‘Poirot’ series on television.  He spoke passionately about literacy.

The Master presented him with a cheque for £2,600 a further contribution from donations towards the work of NLT.


The Master successfully completed the 10k “Where’s Wally” Run on Clapham Common on Sunday 18th March in aid of his Charity, The National Literacy Trust.

He was joined by 7 other runners from the Company who battled through the snow and freezing temperatures.

Well done to them all!


The Company was delighted to welcome the winner of it’s Royal Navy Cup, Able Seaman Andrew Cartledge (HMS DRAGON) to the Annual Masters & Clerks’ Dinner, held on 9th January 2018. AB Cartledge was accompanied by Lt John Richardson (Principal Warfare Officer) on this occasion.

The citation for the recipient read as follows:

“The Royal Navy Cup first presented in 2005 acknowledges the special contribution made by a members of the Ship’s Company on our affiliated ship, currently HMS DRAGON. The recipient for 2017 is Able Seaman Andrew Cartledge.

With your permission Master I will read extracts from the citation:

Able Seaman Cartledge joined the Royal Navy in December 2014, after a career working in Germany, New Zealand and Thailand as a diving instructor. After completing his training, Andrew joined HMS DRAGON, where has consistently performed far in excess of what would be expected of somebody so new to his job.

Andrew’s biggest assets are his calmness and maturity and his unwavering excellent conduct has been an example for his peers (some of whom are more senior) to follow. On the Bridge, he upholds morale and motivation by regularly explaining to his peers why the Ship and the Navy, have to deliver the allotted programme. His strong mentoring skills amongst a very junior team in the Seamanship branch, is shown by taking the lead with on-watch training without prompting.

Andrew also volunteered to step in on another ship at short notice in order to cover a manpower shortage, a job usually conducted by somebody much more experienced. He received the highest praise from the Ship’s Commanding Officer, and was approached again later in their programme, such was the impression he had made.

Andrew has occasionally had to step up in DRAGON to cover the role of Communications Yeoman, a job fulfilled by a Leading Seaman. This prospect of having to brief senior personnel in a formal and high-paced environment would be daunting for most people of Andrew’s rate, however every time, Andrew has demonstrated his maturity and adaptability to deliver an excellent service to Command. While the Seamanship sub-department was being inspected by staff from Flag Officer Sea Training prior to going to sea, Andrew delivered a sea survival brief, with an exceptionally confident and coherent lecture to the entire Ship’s Company, including the Commanding Officer.

Quite simply, Andrew Cartledge is the strongest Able Seaman in DRAGON, across all departments. A combination of his natural leadership, mentoring, briefing style and composure under pressure make him the best possible upholder of the Royal Navy Core Values at his rate, and means that he has a very bright and successful career in the Royal Navy ahead of him.

Master, Able Seaman Cartledge is an exceptionally worthy recipient of the Royal Navy Cup and I ask you to present it to him together with a tankard and a cheque for £250.”


The Master, Richard Hanney, will lead an intrepid team of 14 Plaisterers in the National Literacy Trust 10k Run on Clapham Common on Sunday 18th March 2018.

The target is to raise £7,000.

It is not too soon to sponsor them and this may be done at: