Doggett’s Emblem Dinner

On behalf of the Master, Ted Gradosielski BEM the Wardens and the Court of the Company of Watermen & Lightermen, we would be delighted if you could join us as our Company guest to the presentation of the Doggett’s Emblem Shield to the winner of the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager 2023 and their fellow

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New Freemen welcomed to the Company in January 2024

We welcomed six new Freemen to the Company at our January Court, one of which was our previous Assistant Clerk, Carol Ratcliffe, who was gifted her Freedom by the Court for her service to the Company. 2023 winner of the Doggett’s Coat & Badge Wager, Riess Ballard also received his Watermanship to the Company, an

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BURNS NIGHT SUPPER 2024

Our traditional Burns Night celebration offers all the usual elements  to help commemorate Scotland’s most famous son, enjoy neeps and tatties on the Bill o’ Fare. Kilts are optional! Ticket Price: £95 per person 6.30pm Drinks Reception for 7.00 pm Dinner Please book here

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Christmas Carol Service & Supper – 12th December 2023

We would like to invite you to our Christmas Carol Service followed by a supper at Watermen’s Hall on Tuesday 12th December.   Please join us at All Hallows by the Tower for the Carol service which will begin at promptly 18: 00, please be seated in the Church by 17:45 All Hallows by the Tower

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Join the festive fun at Watermen’s Hall – December 2023

There are three opportunities to join in with the festive fun at Watermen’s Hall this December. Alongside a wonderful lunch, and the live music, is also our raffle – with lots more wonderful prizes – to help raise funds for our historic building, and to support the work of our Company. Join us on either:

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Briefing paper- update to Examination via Freedom by servitude.

The Court have recently made changes to our examination and interview process for Journeymen Freemen. Whilst we’re really pleased to see vocal support for the Hall to maintain standards, it seems that there are many crossed wires in understanding what has changed, and why. Since the roll out of the Boatmaster Licence (BML), the Company

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Freemen’s Lunch – Thursday 16th November 2023

Dear Freemen, The next Freemen’s Lunch will be held at Watermen’s Hall on Thursday 16th November  2023. Our Master Ted Gradosielski BEM hopes that you will be able to attend. Lunch is 12.30pm for dining at 1.00pm. The price per Freeman and/or guest is £85 per person.  If you would like to attend, please book

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Freemen & Partners’ Dinner at Watermen’s Hall – Friday 24th November 2023

Dear Freemen, We would like to invite you and your partners to the Freemen & Partners’ Dinner held at Watermen’s Hall on Friday 24th November 2023. Our Master, Ted Gradosielski BEM, hopes that you will be able to attend. Reception from 18:30 for dinner at 19:00. The price per Freeman and/or guest is £95 per

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How John Taylor Saved Christmas – Wednesday 6th December 2023

Thames Waterman John Taylor’s portrait hangs in Waterman’s Hall and he frequently transported the leading writers of his day (Shakespeare and Ben Johnson) across the river to theatres like the Globe on his wherry. He tried to interest them in his writing and through this he got to know the Stuart royal family. He became

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Annual National Service for Seafarers – 11th October 2023

In 2022 The Annual National Service for Seafarers made a triumphant return to St Paul’s Cathedral. Please join us on 11 October 2023 to commemorate and celebrate all Seafarers from across the maritime profession, including representatives from the Royal and Merchant Navies, the fishing industry, commercial shipping, nautical schools, maritime youth groups and veterans’ associations.

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