The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

View from my Window

Thank you to all Freemen who took part in our recent photo competition. We had some really wonderful contributions and very varied. The winner was David Redmond, with Robert Constant and Pru Beard as ‘runners up’

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Guidance relating to Watermen’s Company Meetings and Events in light of COVID-19

In light of the current unprecedented situation in relation to COVID-19, the General Purposes and Finance Committee has agreed that Committee Meetings and Company Events will be cancelled until the end of June 2020. It is intended where ever possible that the Standing Committees should meet virtually online by video conferences using Zoom on the

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Court of Bindings – 18 May 2020

For the first time in the Company’s history, a virtual Court of Bindings was held this morning and three new apprentices were welcomed into the Company. A presentation of the indentures ceremony will be held at the Hall when possible. May we wish you all good luck in your careers on the River Thames. Company

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Doggett’s Coat and Badge 2020

For only the second time in more than 300 years Doggett’s Coat and Badge, the world’s oldest sculling race, has had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for 3 September 2020, current restrictions advised by British Rowing mean that competitors would not have the chance to train on the Thames, while

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Court Meeting April 2020

“At a virtual Court, via Zoom video conference, on Wednesday, 15th April, Gina Blair was elected our first lady Master Elect. In addition, recognising the cancelled events caused by the Covid-19 pandemic Court agreed to increase the term of office of both Tony Maynard our current Master and Gina by six months, so both will

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Apprentices Update

Apprentices, You will be aware that Watermen’s Hall is closed until further notice. This means that we have had to stop our classroom training. This closure is temporary and will be reviewed on a regular basis. All Company events and meetings are also cancelled for the time being, at least to the end of April.

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Coronavirus and the Watermen’s Company

Listening to the Prime Minister and Government advice yesterday evening and knowing the spread of coronavirus is only going to get worse, regretfully the time has come to cancel our events and meetings for the foreseeable future at least until Easter. Many other businesses and most other Livery Halls together with the Corporation are all

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HONORARY FUNDRAISER’S REPORT – February 2020 

Introduction It has been suggested that I might send out a six-monthly Fundraiser’s Report to Freemen. Amongst other activities, there are several Fundraising events planned which you might wish to support and for certain, I would like as many Freemen as possible to come along and enjoy these functions! Company Events are planned more than

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Annual Dinner – 18th February 2020

The Company’s most formal event of the year,  was held as usual at Fishmongers’ Hall with kind permission of the Court of the Fishmongers Company.  This allows more Freemen and their guests to attend, was a huge success. The Master’s guest was the senior Alderman below the chair (SABTAC), Alderman Vincent Keaveny. He has the

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Marine Engineering Open Day at Watermen’s Hall

On 11th February, the Company, together with the TSA and South Essex College, held a Marine Engineering Apprenticeship Open Day at Watermen’s Hall. In the photo from left to right – Alan Davis – Met Police Employer, Jonathan Angus – Thames Marine Service TMS Employer, Callum Angus – Apprentice TMS, Ryan Wilmore – Apprentice Met

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