The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Senior Warden Master Elect

At the Court meeting held on 7th April Senior Warden Derek Mann was appointed as Master Elect. Derek’s installation will be on 14th July.  

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His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh

“The Watermen’s Company learns with great sorrow, the passing of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Company offers its sincere condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and the Duke’s family. The Duke had strong connections with the City Livery Companies and Guilds serving as Master of several. The Duke will be remembered by

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Clerk Designate

“At the Watermen’s Company Quarterly Court on 7th April, the Court appointed Edward Lord OBE as its Clerk Designate terms to be agreed. He will succeed the present Clerk, Colin Middlemiss, when he retires on 14th July 2021. Commenting on  their appointment, Edward Lord said it is a huge honour to join a company which

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Susan Fenwick

“Today marks the retirement of Susan Fenwick who has been an important part of our small staff team at Watermen’s Hall. Susan has been with the Company some 12.5  years. During that time, she has tackled with her usual enthusiasm everything from apprentice training to looking after the Company’s historical artefacts and treasures. Whilst we

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Guidance during 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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Company Linkedln Page

We are pleased to announce that the Company now has a new LinkedIn page. If you are part of the LinkedIn network you can follow us via this direct link.

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Doggett’s Wager – News Update

Delayed again! Today, 16 March, should have been the delayed 2020 Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager. Postponed for only the second time in its history, as a result of the coronavirus, our four competitors  were scheduled to race today, but further restrictions mean the race has been moved. It will now be held on 25

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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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