The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Annual Dinner – 18th February 2020

The Company’s most formal event of the year,  was held as usual at Fishmongers’ Hall with kind permission of the Court of the Fishmongers Company.  This allows more Freemen and their guests to attend, was a huge success. The Master’s guest was the senior Alderman below the chair (SABTAC), Alderman Vincent Keaveny. He has the

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Marine Engineering Open Day at Watermen’s Hall

On 11th February, the Company, together with the TSA and South Essex College, held a Marine Engineering Apprenticeship Open Day at Watermen’s Hall. In the photo from left to right – Alan Davis – Met Police Employer, Jonathan Angus – Thames Marine Service TMS Employer, Callum Angus – Apprentice TMS, Ryan Wilmore – Apprentice Met

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HMS Westminster Affiliates Day Portsmouth

5 February 2020 Past Master Jeremy Randall, Senior Warden Gina Blair and the Clerk Colin Middlemiss represented the Master at an Affiliates Day on board HMS Westminster, which included a short voyage in the Solent.

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PQ’s Annual Luncheon 3rd February

The Postquincentennials (the PQs) is a group of Freemen who make voluntary donations on a regular basis to the PQ’s Fund. The Fund assists the financial health of the Company by developing its assets and releasing funds to assist provision for the future to develop Watermen’s Hall and its assets in a responsible manner. All

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Journeymen Freemen’s Dinner

The Journeymen Freemen’s Dinner was held on Friday 7th February at Watermen’s Hall. This was open to all Freemen at the invitation of the Master and Wardens. The dinner not only gave Freemen the opportunity to dine in their Hall, but also a chance to show their guests the newly refurbished Freeman’s Room and some

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Doggett’s Emblem & Rowing Awards Dinner

The second Doggett’s and Rowing Awards Dinner was held on 28th January at Watermen’s Hall. This very well attended evening was the opportunity to recognise the achievements of our young rowers both in the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager and at our own Henley Sculling weekend. Mr Patrick Keech winner of the 2019 Race, wearing

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Burn’s Night Celebrations 21st January

A splendid evening was experienced by all dining at Watermen’s Hall who enjoyed a traditional ‘Burns Night’ menu. Below – The Master cutting  the haggis under the watchful eye of Master of Ceremonies Bob Nesbit. Photo by the Clerk.

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Raising the Bar for River Workers’ Safety Training

The following letter has been send out of behalf of the Port of London Authority and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames A partnership to promote the highest safety standards for all boat operators on the tidal Thames has been launched by the Company of Waterman & Lighterman and the Port

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Library Search

The Company has a library of around 1000 books, maps and archive items, ranging from readily-available current and recent publications to 500-year-old handwritten records and archives.   The library is not open for browsing or lending books, but Freemen of the Company and accredited researchers can search the library index to identify books or archives they

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Restoration of Portrait George Maynard

The Lambeth Archives have managed to raise the funds to restore their potrait of waterman  George Maynard and he is just back and will go on display in the Town Hall in Brixton. It is hoped to have an  unveiling/ celebration. The  contemporary frame was also smartened up and luckily did not fall foul of the

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