Election of Senior Warden Master Elect

At the Court meeting held on 3rd April 2019 Senior Warden Tony Maynard became Master Elect. Tony is a very well known River Operator will be installed as Master of the Company on 10th July.


Quarterly Court – Admittance of New Freemen

The Master and his Wardens pictured in the Court Room At the meeting held on 3rd April 2019 the following attended to take their Oath to the Company and be admitted as Craft Owning Freemen – Prudence Beard,  Antony Hales CBE, Elizabeth Spill and Lambros Varnavides. At the Court meeting held on 9th January 2019 … read more


Call for new Rowing Commentators!

A new initiative has been launched, in conjunction with the National Schools Regatta, to train new rowing commentators. Recruits will get the chance work alongside some of the most experienced rowing commentators in the world at this year’s NSR at Dorney Lake from 24-26 May. But first they will attend a training day to learn … read more


The World’s Oldest Boat Race

The Thames Festival Trust is delighted to announce that their project web page for the The World’s Oldest Boat Race is now live. You can delve into the heritage of The Race for the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager, rowed every year since 1715 On the site you will find an original documentary film following … read more


Up River Trip

Last Friday saw 32 Apprentices and Trainees enjoy the Up River trip to Teddington. We were lucky enough to have fabulous weather, which allowed the apprentices to complete their worksheets outside.We chose to go up on the ebb to allow the apprentices more time to complete the worksheet requirements. Freemen were also in attendance  and each completed … read more


United Guilds Service

The Annual United Guilds’ Service  took at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, 29th March, 2019 at 11.15 am . The Select Preacher was The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Dame Sarah Mullalley DBE, the Bishop of London. This very special City occasion was attended by the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen and Sheriffs, representatives of all 108 … read more


Company Calendar

The Company runs a comprehensive programme of events throughout the year, many of which are open to all Freemen, while others are attended by the Master, in his official capacity, and by the Court. The full key to all events is as follows:


Apprentices Barge Driving Event

Saturday 11th May This event is to allow apprentices and trainees to try barge driving with a Freeman Lightermen aboard to steer. There will be a passenger boat for the apprentices and trainees family to watch the row with space for Freemen on a first come first served basis. Contact Honorary Court Assistant John Potter … read more


Knollys Rose Ceremony & Luncheon

Monday, 17th June 2019 The traditional ceremony of cutting of a rose by the Master takes place in Seething Lane Gardens. The cutting ceremony takes place at approximately 11:00. This is followed by the procession to the Mansion House and the ceremony to present the rose to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. Those attending … read more


Tudor Pull 2019

Saturday, 29th June 2019 Starting with a delightful ceremony at 0900hrs at Hampton Court, the Stele (a piece of old London Water Pipe representing Crown Jewels) is handed to Her Majesty’s Bargemaster to take aboard the “Gloriana” for the voyage down to the Tower of London. The procession passes Richmond at 1000hrs with a stop … read more


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