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The Master was able to make the first presentation of a donation to his chosen charity, the National Literacy Trust at the Company’s Autumn Livery Dinner. Pictured are the Master, Richard Hanney with Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, Chairman of the NLT.


The Company was pleased to welcome the Very Revd Charles Taylor as its new Company Chaplain at the Robing Ceremony on Tuesday 18th July.  He subsequently preached at the Robing Service.  Mr Richard Hanney was installed as the new Master.


The Master Plaisterer, Terry Wright, himself a ‘Master Plasterer’, displayed his skills alongside Staff and Students from Lincoln College at the Heritage Skills Festival at Lincoln Cathedral, 23rd-24th June 2017.

The Master is pictured during his interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire – visit

INVICTUS at Plaisterers’ Hall

The Plaisterers’ Company were pleased to be able to make the Hall available for a breakfast attended by the newly announced UK Team for the Invictus Games 2017, to be held in Canada.

The Master greeted HRH Prince Harry and escorted him to the Humber Room where he met members of the team.

HMS DRAGON to the rescue!

DRAGONType 45 destroyer HMS Dragon rescues 14 stricken sailors from damaged British racing yacht

The crew of Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon have rescued 14 sailors in treacherous weather conditions today after a racing yacht suffered damage in the Atlantic ocean.

HMS Dragon was diverted 500 miles away from a routine tasking to provide life-saving assistance to the crew of the 60ft Clyde Challenger racing yacht. The yacht had left the Azores on 5 February 2017 and was bound for the UK when it suffered significant damage following days of strong winds and heavy seas.

Working with UK and US aircraft as well as merchant shipping vessels, the Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon was tasked to locate and rescue those on the stricken yacht.
Sprinting at 30 knots through the turbulent seas, the Type 45 destroyer eventually reached the yacht at 1430 this afternoon to render assistance.

“When we arrived on scene it was clear the yacht had lost its mast and looked in a pretty desperate state after nearly 48 hours drifting in the challenging conditions,” said Petty Officer Max Grosse, the Chief Bosun’s Mate on board HMS Dragon.

“We were however hugely relieved to see all 14 crew alive and well. Despite racing through the night we only had three hours of daylight remaining in which to safely remove the crew. Luckily HMS Dragon is fitted with two large sea boats capable of carrying six passengers each.

“We were able to use both boats to transfer the crew as quickly as possible. The prevailing weather conditions and notorious Atlantic swell made it enormously challenging though and really tested the skills of my experienced sea boat coxswains.”

Those on board had fortunately suffered only minor injuries during the ordeal, but the yacht’s Master determined the Clyde Challenger could not be safely recovered to the mainland. The effort therefore shifted to extracting the 14 members of crew to the safety of the 8,500-tonne warship.

Once safely on board HMS Dragon the relieved crew were afforded medical attention, hot food and the opportunity to call loved ones at home.

“HMS Dragon’s ability to quickly respond to this sort of tasking in support of a multinational rescue effort shows the flexibility the Royal Navy’s ships and highly-trained people can bring to bear,” said Captain Craig Wood, HMS Dragon’s Commanding Officer.

“I am delighted HMS Dragon was able to provide vital assistance on this occasion and am rightly proud of the efforts of my sailors in rising to this challenge.”

The Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers are world-leading, highly equipped air-defence destroyers. Manned by a ship’s company of 190 and capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots they have been deployed on operations across the globe since 2010.


The first of a series of Mentoring and Career evenings took place at the Cornwell VC Cadet Centre in East Ham, where our Air Cadets meet, on Monday 16th January.  The evening, led by Deputy Master Bill Mahony, was about the food industry.  Further information will be found on the Master’s Blog.  Future topics covered include Construction, the Armed Forces and general careers advice including CV writing.

Blog 16th Jan (2)


At the Autumn Livery Dinner held at Clothworkers’ Hall on Tuesday 4th October, the first donation of the year was made to the Master’s Charity, the British Gymnastics Foundation.  A BGF shirt was presented to Liveryman Mike Hannibal who is undertaking the Naukluft Trail in Namibia in aid of BGF.


Air cadets visit to 70 Sqn A400m Atlas aircraft at RAF Brize Norton

Thanks to Liveryman Squadron Leader ‘Fozzie’ Foster, 25 Cadets [from our affiliate, 282 (East Ham) ATC] and 9 Liverymen had a memorable day at RAF Brize Norton on Thursday 25th August. The Day included 5 hours experiencing a re-fuelling exercise over the North Sea for Typhoon and Tornado jets.