The Company Calendar 2018

THE COMPANY OF WATERMEN AND LIGHTERMEN COURT CALENDAR 2018 Freemen have requested early notice be given of Company Events for the coming calendar year. This has not been done before as the events straddle more than one Masters’ year.  However, as an experiment below are the events fixed until the end of the Company’s year … read more

The Knolly Rose Ceremony 20th June 2018

Knollys Rose Ceremony  – 20th June 2018 Members of the Company of Watermen and LIghtermen and representatives of All Hallows by the Tower Church were present to see the annual cutting of the Rose and then processed to Mansion House . At Mansion House the Rose was  presented  to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. The … read more

Company Q&A

We are frequently asked about the Company, its activities, and our Hall, so we hope this will help Freemen and other visitors get a better understanding of what we do and the way we work. If you have any other questions please email the Assistant Clerk, Carol Ratcliffe, The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the … read more

Massey Shaw Education Trust 

Massey Shaw Education Trust A former London Fire Brigade fireboat and Dunkirk Little Ship, the ‘Massey Shaw’ was saved from dereliction by a group of enthusiasts who restored her in 2008, with the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant. The Massey Shaw Education Trust relies on qualified volunteers to crew and skipper her on river outings and occasionally further afield … read more

Tudor Pull

Tudor Pull – 13th May 2018 The Bargemaster, Robbie Coleman, coxed a crew of apprentices who rowed the Master & Mistress, Simon & Sally McCarthy and Pam Coleman, from Hampton Court to the Tower of London in the Company’s shallop “Lady Mayoress”.  The crew comprised of apprentices Max Carter-Miller, Patrick Marr Johnson and Lucas Ansbro-Bennett, … read more

Court of Bindings 22nd June 2018

A Court of Bindings will be held on Friday, 22nd June. Any Freeman interested in apprenticing a young person training to become a Waterman and Lighterman should contact Kelly Lesurf at

Examining Committee 27th June

An Examining Committee will be held on 27th June. Any apprentice or trainee who has or will shortly complete their time is invited to be examined for the Freedom of the Company. Please contact Kelly Lesurf at to make an appointment to talk to our Training Officer, Alex Hickman about what’s involved or request … read more

Barge Driving Race 30th June 2018

Thames Barge Driving Event – 30 June Come and watch this real test of stamina in which lightermen row barges with 18-foot oars between Greenwich and Westminster. Thanks to their win last year the Company’s barge ‘Apprentice Lighterman’ will be given a five minute penalty, thus giving our deadly rival the PLA’s ‘Blackwall’ a distinct … read more

Henley Royal Regatta – 4th – 8th July 2018

Henley Royal Regatta – 4th – 8th July 2018 Freemen are invited to spend Wednesday, 4th July at the Regatta. By special arrangement tickets are available at £25 per person to be a Guest Member for the day at Remenham Club. Lunch can be booked with the Club and there may be some car parking, … read more

Quarterly Court & Luncheon – 3rd July 2018

Quarterly Court & Luncheon – 3rd July 2018 Once Court members and their guests are accommodated, there are usually a few places available for Craft Owning Freemen who would like to attend a Court Luncheon. Please let Martin know if you would like to apply for a place on a first come, first served basis. … read more

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