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Afternoon Tea at Watermens Hall

In our ongoing efforts to raise significant funds for the Hall, and especially the cost of the lift replacement, we have been looking at ways to promote the Hall commercially. As some of you may know, we held a ‘test’ afternoon tea earlier this year. With that under our belt (and some lessons learned) we

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Tudor Pull

Saturday 11 June 2022 A ceremonial event for Thames Watermen’s Cutters, and organised by the Thames Traditional Rowing Association, they escorted the Queen’s row barge ‘Gloriana’ from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London to deliver a ‘Stela’ to the Governor of the Tower for safekeeping. Our Master, Derek Mann, was aboard the Gloriana

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Past Master Duncan Clegg

Past Master Duncan Clegg 1942-2022 We regret to announce the recent death of Duncan Clegg, who served as Master of our Company in 2010-11. Duncan rowed for Oxford in the 1965 Boat Race, and again the following year as President, winning on both occasions, and was later elected a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta. A

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Tours of Watermen’s Hall

Guided tours of Watermen’s Hall not only tell you something of the history of the Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames – they also help raise money for the preservation of our fine Georgian hall. All tours must booked in advance, and take place on a Monday morning or afternoon, and last about an

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The Court Visit to Hastings May 2022

Friday 27th May was a perfect day for the Master and Court’s summer visit to our Almshouses at Hastings. Luncheon was held in the Community Centre and very well attended by Court Members and those living on the site. A big thank you to our warden Mr Martin Hackett for all his hard work to

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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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Disco Boat Party – Thursday 23rd June Postponed

Due to the proposed train strikes this event  has been postponed but will be rearranged.  So watch this space. The Company Fundraiser invites you to join him aboard the Pride of London for an evening of dinner and dancing. Departing from Festival Pier at 1800, there will be a prosecco reception, dinner,  a cash bar

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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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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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Despatches

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