The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Freemen’s Room

The Master formally opened the refurbished Freemen’s Room after the Court Meeting on the 2nd October. The Company asked Court Assistant Annamarie Phelps to lead a small team to refurbish the Freemen’s Room. There is new carpet and curtains, the lighting has been updated and the room has been redecorated. The lighting in the Cabinets

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Henley Apprentice Sculling Weekend

A great weekend in Henley at this year’s sculling training for the Company’s apprentices. Thank you to everyone who came down over the weekend and assisted with coaching. 10 apprentices signed up for the weekend: Artem Bondarenko, Joseph Baker, Charlie Irwin, Max Carter-Miller, Andrew Stones, Coran Cherry, Lucas Ansbro-Bennett, Scarlett Barnett-Smith, Oliver Scott and Leon

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Open House London

Open House at Watermen’s Hall – Saturday, 21st September 2019  Watermen’s Hall opened its doors to the public as part of Open House London. Over one hundred people came to be shown round the Hall travelling from as far away as Tasmania. Many had Watermen and Lightermen ancestors and were delighted to be able to see

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Doggett’s Coat & Badge 2019

  Craft-owning Freeman Tim Koch describes the epic encounter of the 2019 race in his article, which originally appeared on the rowing website ‘Hear the Boat Sing!’ I rarely make predictions when it comes to rowing races and generally adopt the noncommittal approach exemplified by misquoting University Boat Race commentator, John Snagge, and his famous

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National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s

9 October 2019 This service was started by Capt. R. Hubbard in 1905 when he suggested in a letter to newspapers that on the centenary of the death of Nelson, it would be a fitting occasion for the inauguration of an annual seamen’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Some 114 years later, the Annual

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COURT OF BINDINGS – JANUARY 2020

Interested in being bound or binding a new apprentice? The next Court of Bindings is on 13 January 2020, please call Kelly Lesurf on 0207 283 2373 or email training@watermenshall.org to receive an application pack. Forthcoming training surgery dates, which prospective apprentices will need to attend to meet with our Training Officer, Alex Hickman ahead

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Christmas Cards 2019

The new Company Christmas Cards are now available for sale. Complete the Order Form for 2019 Christmas Card  or by collection from the Hall. The cost is £15.00 for a pack of twenty cards plus p and p. All proceeds go to our Charities.

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Quarterly Court – Admittance of New Freemen

The Master and his Wardens pictured in the Court Room At the meeting of 2nd October 2019 Mr Alexandre Demetriou was admitted as a Craft Owning Freeman. Craft Owning Freeman David Beard was admitted as an Honorary Court Assistant and also appointed as Company Fundraiser. The Revd Katherine Hedderely was appointed as the Company’s Honorary

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Past Master Peter Roberts

Past Master  Peter David Thatcher Roberts passed away on  22nd September 2019 aged 85 years. Peter was born in Beckenham in 1934. He became a Craft Owning Freeman on 20th October 1971 and was Master of the Company in 1993-1994. There will be a memorial service at St. Giles Church, Shipbourne (near Tonbridge, Kent) on

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David Pope Challenge & Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Drives

Took place on  Sunday 22nd September 2019 A very successful day, enjoyed by all, it is essential to recognise the contribution of so many individuals and organisations in making it possible: the drive organisers and barge owners, the safety boats and their crews, the PLA, Thames Barge Driving Trust, the skippers and rowers of the

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The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, Watermen's Hall, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF

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