The Royal Navy
In 1991 the Plaisterers began a relationship with the ship and crew of HMS ‘COVENTRY’. When HMS ‘COVENTRY’ was decommissioned, a link was formed with HMS ‘EXETER’. HMS ‘EXETER’ was decommissioned in May 2009, and a new relationship was established with HMS ‘DRAGON’, one of the new ‘Daring’ Class Type 45 destroyers.
Since 2005, the Plaisterers’ Royal Navy Cup has been awarded annually to the Leading Hand nominated by the Ship’s Commanding Officer.
The Royal Marines
In 1982 the Plaisterers’ Hall hosted a reception for relatives of Royal Marines killed in the Falklands conflict following the Service of Remembrance in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Following this, a painting of the SS Canberra disembarking Marines in the Falklands, was commissioned by the Company. A limited edition of 600 prints of the painting helped to raise over £40,000 for the Royal Marines’ charity.
The Court subsequently voted that the then Commandant General of the Royal Marines, Lieutenant General Sir Steuart Pringle, be admitted a Liveryman. Since that date, successive Commandants General have been invited to join the Livery upon relinquishing office.
In 1998 the Company further cemented its ties with the Royal Marines by awarding a trophy and prize to the leading Signaller completing the S1 course each year. In 2005 a similar award was established for the leading Landing Craftsmen on each of the four Landing Craft courses.
The Company continues to cement its ties with the Corps, having now established a connection with RMR (City of London).
282 (East Ham) Air Cadet Squadron
After discussions with the Royal Air Force, the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers were put in touch with 282 (East Ham) Air Cadet Squadron (282) in 2011 and a new affiliation came into being. 282 are based at Cornwell VC Cadet Centre, Vicarage Lane, East Ham.
The Air Cadets (as they are known) are aged between 13-20. They get the opportunity to participate in a large range of stimulating and rewarding activities. They learn to fly aerobatics, visit RAF stations, tour foreign countries, play sports from local to national level, learn the skills to lead expeditions, become a target shooting marksman, gain Duke of Edinburgh Awards (including Gold), canoe through white water, join the 282 Band and learn to play a musical instrument, learn aviation subjects, go caving, parachuting, climbing, sailing and much more. No wonder they have more than 100 girls and boys who are currently Air Cadets. They meet on Monday and Friday evenings and most Air Cadets come from the London Borough of Newham. The Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) is a national youth organisation sponsored by the RAF in the United Kingdom. Their aims are threefold:
The Charity has been actively involved with 282 since our affiliation commenced with them in the autumn of 2011 with the Charity has provided financial support for many of the Squadron’s activities, particularly the Marching Band, where funding has been provided to enable musical instruments to be purchased and maintained or replaced and professional tuition provide to the Cadets, making it one of the top Cadet Bands in the UK.
The Company’s has also provided mentoring for Cadets in connection with future career opportunities and a representative of the Company is a member of the Squadron’s Civilian Committee. In return, the Cadets have provided music and support at numerous Company events, including providing ‘Carpet Guards’ at the Annual Banquet and on other important occasions. Most recently on the day of the London Marathon, several members of the Squadron supported Freeman Michael Shirley, a Pilot Officer in 282 in his efforts to raise money for the Master’s charity, the Children’s Society, by completing a Virtual Marathon walking 26.2 miles around City of London, joined at various planned stages by the staff and cadets in a relay format to ensure compliance with the ‘Rule of Six’. Michael’s target of £2,000 was matched by a similar grant of £2,000 from the Jack Peachey Foundation and enable him to raise a final amount in excess of £5,000.
Special Reconnaissance Regiment
The affiliation with the newly formed Special Reconnaissance Regiment was initiated in 2005, when the Company was represented at the Investiture Parade at Sandhurst.
The Plaisterers’ Company continue to support the SRRA in whatever way they can including with financial support through the Plaisterers’ Platinum Jubilee Fund that has already helped members and their families from the Regiment.
The Worshipful Company remains fiercely proud of our Association with the SRRA.