At a special ceremony on 21st June 2016, the Master Plumber, Mrs Erica Stary, formally presented a lead Planter to Alderman Dame Fiona, who in turn presented it to the City of London. It was received by Graeme Smith, Chairman of the Chairman Open Spaces & City Gardens for the City. Also present for the ceremony where the Chief Commoner, Michael Welbank MBE, the City Chamberlain of London, Dr Peter Kane, the Remembrancer, Paul Double and the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court, Murray Craig.
On 30th September 2013 the Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers took great pride in helping to elect at Common Hall the then Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, one of our own Court Assistants, to become the second female Lord Mayor of the City of London. She was duly appointed at the Silent Ceremony on Friday 8th November 2013. Fiona enjoyed a hugely successful year; she gave so much to the City of London as indeed she has for many years. It came as no surprise that her selfless devotion and dedication to her duties were rewarded by her appointment as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List.
The Worshipful Company of Plumbers also wanted to acknowledge her year in office and our Museum and Workshop Trust at the Weald and Downland Museum in Singleton, West Sussex designed and cast a splendid lead planter, which we presented to her during a visit to the Museum on 27 July 2014. The planter was designed and built by the two main volunteers and demonstrators at the Museum Workshop Trust, Liverymen Peter Cheesman and Phil Mead. Fiona, in her usual selfless manner donated the planter to the City of London and following completion of some restoration work at the Guildhall, it is now sited in the Guildhall North Courtyard. Also present at the ceremony were the Upper Warden, Brian Wadsworth, Renter Warden, Robert Burgon and IPM Steve Hodkinson, together with Past Masters John Rae, John Lockyer, David Hamilton, Antony Paterson-Fox and Nick Gale, Past Steward Michael Cooper and Liveryman and Common Councilman Sylvia Moys. Liverymen Peter Cheesman and Phil Mead were also able to attend the presentation.
The Plumbers are delighted that there is now a permanent commemoration of Dame Fiona’s Mayoralty for all to see at the Guildhall.