Forthcoming Events 2018


Quarterly Court & Luncheon – 3rd July 2018 & 3rd October 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. Lunch is £75.00 per person, including VAT.

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, all subject to availability. There is a blue booking form to complete and send back to Remenham. Please ask Susan Fenwick at if you would like a form.

River Thames Lunch Club – 13th July 2018, 14th September 2018 and 12th October 2018

Open to all, both Craft Owning and Journeyman Freemen, Apprentices/Trainees, their guests and the general public.  A five-course tasting menu with matching wines for £57.50 per person, including VAT.  Book with our inhouse caterers, Cook and Butler on 020 7620 1818 or

This year Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager is to feature as part of the Totally Thames Festival though it remains independent organised jointly by the Company and the Fishmongers’ Company with its own day, Tuesday, 4th September. It will be listed on the Totally Thames website, included in their press and social media campaign, feature in their e-newsletter. The Wager will feature as part of a Riverside Exhibition outside Tate Modern between 18th August and 30th September and the Wager will have its own Exhibition in the Guildhall Yard between 7th and 25th September. Oral histories and photographs are being recorded of previous Doggett’s contestants and a Film produced about Doggett’s Wager.

Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager – 4th September 2018

For a trial period Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager will be run in conjunction with Totally Thames (the Mayor’s Thames Festival) to try to raise the profile of this event beyond the Watermen’s and Fishmongers’ Companies.  This year the wager will be run in the early evening to suit the tide.  The Company will have a following boat and more information will follow in due course.

Great River Race – 8th September 2018

Always a spectacle, view from anywhere along the River between Millwall Slipway, opposite Docklands Sailing Centre, Westferry Road, London E14 3QS (first boats away 10am) and the finish at Ham, Richmond.

David Pope and Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Events – 16th September 2018

The Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Event starts at Tower Bridge at 16:30, finishing at Westminster Bridge at 17:30 (approx) The Thames Watermen’s way of commemorating the anniversary of the Marchioness disaster, the race takes its name from Steve Faldo, who was the Captain on board on that fateful evening. The event commemorates the skills of the traditional Thames Watermen and Lightermen who used to move freight around on the River Thames by barge under the power of oars or ‘sweeps’ and riding the strong tidal currents of the River Thames alone. The barges used today can weigh up to 30 tonnes and no more than three crew

members can row at any one time, using 20-foot oars to row along the river. The annual Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Race is a great Thames spectacle, and tests of the barge crews’ navigational skills.

Open House at Watermen’s Hall – 22nd September 2018

Entrance is by timed ticket only.  Check the Open House London website for booking information.

Apprentices Sculling Weekend at Henley – 29th ~ 30th September 2018

he Company’s charities will again sponsor a weekend of sculling training and practice for apprentices and trainees.  This weekend is particularly aimed at preparing apprentices and trainees to participate in sculling events and, eventually, Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager.  Freemen and families of the participants are welcome to attend.  More information to come in due course.  Initial enquiries and expressions of interest to Kelly Lesurf, Training Administrator, by telephone or

Thomas Martyn Foundation Annual Service – 14th October 2018

Today this Foundation makes financial grants to children of Licensed Watermen and Lightermen. In 1718 Thomas Martyn established a Watermen’s School at Putney for the children of Putney Watermen. The School continued until 1911 when it was closed. This Annual service commemorates Thomas Martyn’s gift. Its Annual Service of Thanksgiving takes place at 16:00 hours at St. Mary’s Church, Putney Bridge. All Freemen are welcome.

Freemen’s Luncheon – 16th October 2018

This luncheon is open to all Freemen and their business guests. Dress is lounge suits. Lunch is £79 per person, including VAT.

Apprentices Thames Barge Driving Event – 27th October 2018

Apprentices will drive Barges, including the Apprentice Lighterman, from Greenwich for the John Potter Cup.

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