The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Doggett’s Coat and Badge 2020

For only the second time in more than 300 years Doggett’s Coat and Badge, the world’s oldest sculling race, has had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Originally scheduled for 3 September 2020, current restrictions advised by British Rowing mean that competitors would not have the chance to train on the Thames, while

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Court Meeting April 2020

“At a virtual Court, via Zoom video conference, on Wednesday, 15th April, Gina Blair was elected our first lady Master Elect. In addition, recognising the cancelled events caused by the Covid-19 pandemic Court agreed to increase the term of office of both Tony Maynard our current Master and Gina by six months, so both will

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Apprentices Update

Apprentices, You will be aware that Watermen’s Hall is closed until further notice. This means that we have had to stop our classroom training. This closure is temporary and will be reviewed on a regular basis. All Company events and meetings are also cancelled for the time being, at least to the end of April.

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Coronavirus and the Watermen’s Company

Listening to the Prime Minister and Government advice yesterday evening and knowing the spread of coronavirus is only going to get worse, regretfully the time has come to cancel our events and meetings for the foreseeable future at least until Easter. Many other businesses and most other Livery Halls together with the Corporation are all

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HONORARY FUNDRAISER’S REPORT – February 2020 

Introduction It has been suggested that I might send out a six-monthly Fundraiser’s Report to Freemen. Amongst other activities, there are several Fundraising events planned which you might wish to support and for certain, I would like as many Freemen as possible to come along and enjoy these functions! Company Events are planned more than

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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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The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, Watermen's Hall, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF

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