H M The Queen’s Barge Master

Past Master Chris Livett has been appointed as Barge Master to  H M the Queen from January 2018. Chris comes from a long line of barge and tug captains and is the seventh generation of his family to be involved in the River. He is managing director of the Livett’s Group, Chris was Master of … read more


Annual Apprentices Barge Driving Race (postponed from Oct 17)

The Annual Apprentice Barge Race (postponed from October 2017) took place on Sunday 29 April 2018 over the traditional 7-mile gruelling course between Greenwich… and Westminster. Race Results 4th place – Benjamin 1.48:05 3rd place – Balfour 1.45:36 2nd place – Shell Bay 1.43:17 1st place – Apprentice Lighterman 1.41:50 (inclusive of a 10 minute … read more


April Court Meeting

At the Court meeting held on 4th April 2018  Senior Warden Dr Iain Reid was elected as Master of the Company for the forthcoming year commencing 11th July 2018. Also admitted as Craft Owning Freemen were Charles Montlake, Robert Cottrell and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE, RE* The Master’s Chair was returned in time for the … read more


Journeymen Freemen – the PQ’s

February 2018 To Journeymen Freemen The Postquincentennial Fund  aka “The PQs” In 2016, the Court decided to wind up the very successful 500 Club: the group of Freemen whose donations had financed the company’s 500th Anniversary celebrations. However, a number of those Freemen indicated that they were keen to continue making voluntary contributions to support … read more


Training Reminders

TRAINING REMINDERS Interested in being Bound The next Court of Bindings is on 22 June 2018, please call Kelly Lesurf on 0207 283 2373 or email training@watermenshall.org to receive an application pack. ..Already Bound Our Training Officer, Craft-Owning Freeman Alex Hickman runs a monthly open training surgery at Watermen’s Hall. The next 2 surgeries are … read more


Apprentices and Trainees River Trip – 14th March

What a fantastic day laid on by Danny and John Collier, with the Clifton Castle. We left Westminster Pier with a record number of apprentices and trainees for a day in the upper reaches. We managed to get beyond Teddington Lock (into Category B waters for a short time) for the benefit of those that … read more


Annual Dinner

The Company’s Annual Dinner was held at Fishmongers’ Hall on the 20th February 2018. The Master, Mr Simon McCarthy welcomed all Freemen and their guests  and thanked the Fishmongers’ Company for allowing the use of their Banqueting Hall.  After a short ‘state of the Company’ address the Master welcomed the Principal Guest  Rt. Hon. John Hayes … read more


Craft Owning Freemen

As a Craft Owning Freemen you are already familiar with the benefits of being a member of such a historic Guild as the Watermen’s Company. These include being able to book for the various events the Company and its Charities hold during the year and hiring Watermen’s Hall for your own events at a discounted … read more


Court of Bindings

At the Court of Bindings held at Watermen’s Hall on the 26th January 2018 the following  Apprentices and Trainees were bound  – Jack Dixon, Ivan Chutorskich,  Chloe Fisher,  Jason Fisher, William Doherty, Ted Jones, Thomas Creasey, Warren Smith, Harley Williams, Leon Britton, Paul Osborne, Louis de la Hoyde, Alfie Page, Dean Savage, Jack Harper and  … read more


January Court Meeting

At the Court Meeting held on 10th January 2018 the following were admitted to the Company as Craft Owning Freemen – Mr Ronald Hill and Mr Barry Jackson. The Rev’d Bertrand Olivier – Company Chaplain was admitted as a Honorary Craft Owning Freeman. Mr Jack Keech, winner of the 2017 Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager, … read more


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