The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Guidance relating to Watermen’s Hall, Company meetings during the 3rd Lockdown

Watermen’s Hall and its offices remains closed. Watermen’s Hall staff are all partly furloughed and when working are doing so from home. The Company’s Court and Committees are meeting on Zoom and there are no Company events planned before the Easter. Company classroom training has been force to stop though there is some “one to

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Search for a New Clerk

Company of Watermen & Lightermen Position: Clerk Location: City of London Salary: c£85,000 The Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames was founded in 1514, when the earliest Act of Parliament for regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen received Royal Assent from King Henry VIII. Under a further Act of 1555 the Company introduced

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The Late Alex Hickman

The whole River was deeply sorry to hear that the Watermen’s Company Training Officer, Alex Hickman passed away on 31st December. Alex attended Dartford Grammar School before starting as a Thames Waterman and Lightermen gaining over 30 years of industry experience. Alex began his career as a bound apprentice in July 1991 with Don Hickman

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New Year, Same Support!

It is with great pleasure we can confirm Harold Pinchbeck Watchmakers will continue to support the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager throughout 2021. Harold Pinchbeck Watchmakers is an independent British watchmaker. Like the wager itself, the Pinchbeck story begins in the early 1700’s in London, where Christopher Pinchbeck I created musical and astronomical clocks. 300

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Watermen’s Company Poors Fund – Compassionate Allowance

The Trustees were very glad to be able to increase the annual allowance paid this year to those Watermen/Lightermen their widows/widowers who are on the list. To find out more about this please contact carol@watermenshall.org

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Doggett’s Interviews

In the second of our Q&As with this year’s Doggett’s competitors, first-time entrant Max Carter Miller tells us why he wants to win the Coat and Badge. This year the wager has been postponed for only the second time in its 300 year history, and it will be raced on 16 March 2021. We now have four

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Questionnaire on Continuing Professional Development

“The Port of London Authority, Company of Watermen & Lightermen and the Thames Skills Academy are working together to develop a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme to improve safety on the tidal Thames for today and the future. Given the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry, the PLA is looking to introduce

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Almshouses at Hastings

The Charities are looking at how they might increase the speed that the bungalows are refurbished. At present the Charity waits until a property is empty as a tenant or resident moves on, but this has not allowed proper planning or efficient work.” Because of this, a small working party was formed to look into

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Delayed Doggett’s 

8 September 2020 Today should have been the 2020 Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager – a gruelling 7400 metre course, unchanged since its inception in 1715. Sadly, the race has been postponed for only the second time in its history as a result of coronavirus. But training has started again! We have four oarsmen already

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Classroom session for Apprentices

  First socially distanced classroom session for some of our apprentices today since March, with all Covid-19 guidelines in place. Here’s to a new way of teaching for the foreseeable future at Watermen’s Hall.

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