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MASTERS & CLERKS ST GEORGE’S DAY LUNCHEON 21 APRIL 2022

Today we are delighted to be holding the first of two St George’s Day Luncheons for the Masters & Clerks of the City of London’s Worshipful Companies and Guilds. This is hosted by our Master Derek Mann. A very special occasion and we look forward to welcoming them to Watermen’s Hall.  

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Access to Watermen’s Hall

Watermens’ Hall is a beautiful Georgian building, but due it its age we have some accessibility restrictions within the building. Currently our lift is out of service, and we are unable to provide step free access to the Hall and our dining rooms. We are really sorry for the impact this will have on visitors,

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Court Meeting

At the Court Meeting  held on the  6th April Alderman Sir David Wootton became Senior Warden Master Elect. The following were admitted as Craft Owning Freemen Simon Quereshi Martin Whitmore Panter Colin Michael Brooks James Thomas Gilbert Appointed as Waterman to the Company James Berry  Winner of 2020 Doggett’s Coat and Badge

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STCW Elementary First Aid Course – 22 March 2022

This is a one-day course, which forms part of the mandatory basic safety training for all seafarers. We still have places available on this course, please click here to book.

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Court of Bindings – March 2022

The first Court of Bindings for 2022 were held at the Hall on 7 March for eight new apprentices. On behalf of everyone at the Company, we wish you the very best of luck in your careers on the Thames and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Tom Daley’s Comic Relief Endurance Challenge

14th February 2022 This morning saw Tom finish the first leg of his challenge sculling from The London Aquatic Centre to Tower Pier! Our very own 2020 Doggett’s winner, James Berry, was also at Tower Pier to welcome him. Tom then continued his challenge by transferring to a bike and heading off to Reading. He

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Despatches

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Thames CPD Programme

27 January 2022 The Master, Derek Mann, and Shipping Minister, Robert Courts MP, were promoting the Thames CPD (Continuous Professional Development) programme yesterday. Boat operations on the tidal Thames, the UK’s busiest inland waterway, are set to accelerate rapidly over the next decade. The boom in online shopping, linked to the pandemic, has generated unprecedented

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Apprentices Down River Trip

DOWN RIVER TRIP 26TH January 2022. Fantastic trip from Westminster to Gravesend and back today with our apprentices and Freemen of the Company. Huge thanks to Freeman, Steve Woollacott and his crew aboard the Pride of London and for his amazing commentary.    

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Covid 19

In regard to recent changes in the Covid-19 situation in England, we ask you to read the following information carefully before your visit to the Watermen’s Hall. Our requests of you: Please take a look at and follow government guidance ahead of the event –https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus If you are feeling unwell or displaying Covid-19 symptoms, please

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