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


Social Media

The Company now has a Facebook Page, The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, where we will post news and events.  The Watermen’s Company group will continue on Facebook, connecting those who have joined the group.  We are also on Twitter as @watermenscompan  and Linkedin as Watermen’s Company.  Details of news and … read more


Senior Lightermen’s Luncheon

The Master, Mr Simon McCarthy attended the John Henry Christmas Luncheon organised by the Lighterage Committee last Friday at the Union Jack Club.   This was very well attended and gave all those present a chance to catch up with old friends.


4th October Court Meeting

At the October Court meeting the following new Craft Owning Freemen were admitted -Jonathan Averns, Derek Whyatt, Christopher Gooderidge, Susan Perry-Whitehead, Anthony Bull and Philip Otto. Craft Owning Freeman Derek Mann was appointed as a full Court Assistant. Craft Owning Freeman Darren Knight was appointed as an Honorary Court Assistant. Lt Peter Reed OBE was admitted … read more


BML Chartwork Examination

BML Chartwork Examination at Watermen’s Hall – 30 August 2017 A hundred percent pass rate for our apprentices and trainees today. Pictured with the PLA’s Derek Mann, our Training Officer Alex Hickman, the MCA’s Adam Stratford and the Clerk Colin Middlemiss are the successful candidates: James Archer, Lucas Britton, Rive Britton, Charlie Eldridge, George Gilbert, … read more


New Craft Owning Freemen

At the July Court meeting the following were admitted as Craft Owning Freemen Mr  Nicholas Marshall, Mr Douglas Ward and Mr Jim Pigden. Also Mr Alex Hickman the Company’s Training Officer.


Apprentice Lighterman

The Company’s new barge – the Apprentice Lighterman – won the Thames Barge Driving Trust Race  held on Saturday 15th July 2017. This was the first outing for the Apprentice Lighterman and was a splendid effort by the crew and a very exciting race for all those who were following the Race.


Court of Bindings June 2017

The Court of Bindings took place at Watermen’s Hall on- Friday, 23rd June 2017. Twelve  new apprentices and trainees were bound to the Company – the start of a great career on the Thames. We wish them all the very best of  luck.


303rd Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager

The 303rd Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager took place on the 25th July 2017.  The race was won by Jack Keech in fine style followed by Alfie Anderson, Perry Flynn and George McCarthy. The company boat, the P/V  Mercia, packed with Freemen and former Doggett’s winners, followed the race, which concluded with the traditional presentation … read more


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