The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

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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Freemen’s Room

The Master formally opened the refurbished Freemen’s Room after the Court Meeting on the 2nd October. The works were carried out during  August and September thanks to the financial support of the PQ’s.

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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 Chaplain to the

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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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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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National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s

9th October is the National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral where two apprentices and our Bargemaster carry the Company’s Defaced Red Ensign in the colour parade. Service starts at 1700. And is open to Freemen and the public.

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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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Court of Admissions

Very many congratulations to the eight new Freemen who took their oaths at Watermen’s Hall on 8 July. Our photograph by Alex Hickman show (left to right): James Berry, Jack Finelli, George Gilbert, Joe McCarthy, Max Wilson, Andrew Coppin, Patrick Keech and Christopher Davis.

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Thames Historic Barge Driving Race

On Sat 6 July the River Thames  Barge Driving Race took place.  A unique race run over a gruelling 7-mile course between Greenwich & Westminster. Barges are nearly 100 years old, manned by Freemen and Apprentices  of the Watermen’s Company using oars or ‘sweeps’ which are 15ft long.         Won by 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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