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

Court of Bindings

Court of Bindings – Monday, 10th June 2019 Any Freeman interested in apprenticing a young person training to become a Waterman and Lighterman should contact Kelly Lesurf, Training Administrator, at Watermen’s Hall.

Beating the Bounds

 (All Hallows Church, Ascension Day) Thursday, 30th May 2019 This is the traditional medieval marking of the parish bounds to show the children of the parish the limits of where they could go by beating each boundary mark with wands and praying for crops. For All Hallows one boundary mark is the centre of the … read more

Inter-Livery Shoot 2019

Court Assistant Ted Gradosielski will once again organise our Company team for the Inter Livery Shoot to be held on Wednesday 15th May 2019. The cost is £199 per person for a 100-clay shoot and lunch.  Further information on the website  Applications to join the Watermen’s team by email to:      

TTRA Events 2019

The Thames Traditional Rowing Association, which supports and promotes the sport of traditional, fixed-seat, rowing and sculling on the river, is pleased to announce the following events for 2019: Sunday 7 April – Oxbridge Watermen’s Challenge Thursday 13 June – Admiral of the Port Challenge Saturday 29 June – The Tudor Pull Monday 29 July – … read more

Freemen’s Events 2019

Please click on the link, where available, to download the flier for each April St George’s Day Luncheon Thursday 25th APRIL 2019 October 13 Freemen’s Benefactors’ Luncheon December 17/18/19  Freemen’s Christmas Luncheons  

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