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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:


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.