The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

Knollys Rose Ceremony

The annual Knollys Rose ceremony was held on Monday 17 June where the rose was presented to the Lord Mayor on an alter cushion carried by the Verger of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, accompanied by the Vicar and the Churchwardens From left: All Hallows representative, Doggett representative; Dan Arnold, Company Bargemaster; Robert Coleman, The Mistress; Mrs Susan

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Master’s River Inspection – Monday 29 April 2019

The Master’s annual River Inspection         Photo (from left): Court Assistant George Hammond, the Master Barber, the Master Dr. Iain Reid, Hon Court Assistant Graham Barnard, Court Assistant Ted Manning, Past Master Jeremy Randall, Past Master Emeritus Ken Dwan OLY, Senior Warden Master Elect Tony Maynard, Court Assistant Ted Gradosielski, Junior Warden

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The Thames Skills Academy

The Thames Skills Academy is hosting an event to promote a new Marine Engineering Apprenticeship at Watermens Hall next Friday 7th June. If you think that your company could be interested in starting someone on this government supported apprenticeship this year then please come along and listen to what the college have to say about

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The Master’s Summer Visit to Hastings

On the 24th of May the Master, Dr Iain Reid with Mrs Susan Keane joined the President of the Charities, Mr John Salter with Mrs Linda Salter to visit the Almshouses at Hastings. Other Court members and Trustees of the Charity were also present. The site was looking stunning thanks to the hard work of

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British Horseracing Authority

Court Assistant Annamarie Phelps CBEhas been appointed chairwoman of the British Horseracing Authority.  The former Olympic rower is vice-chairwoman of the British Olympic Committee and led the independent review into British Cycling in 2017.  She will assume the BHA role on 1st June 2019.  (The Times, Wednesday, 3rd April 2019).

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Apprentices’ River Trip

The Master, Dr Iain Reid,  joined  Captain Steve Woolacott, guests and 26 apprentices and trainees for the down river trip to Gravesend today. Steve gave a fantastic commercial traffic and local knowledge talk on the journey down whilst worksheets were completed by all. On the return journey toolbox talks on collision regs and meteorology were

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The Company Barge

Some years ago, I was invited to watch the Thames Barge Driving Trust’s barge race, being an up-river man, this was something completely new to me. I was fascinated by the spectacle. The PLA won the first race I watched, and I was soon informed because of the competitiveness of their barge and crew, this

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United Guilds Service

The Annual United Guilds’ Service  took at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, 29th March, 2019 at 11.15 am . The Select Preacher was The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Dame Sarah Mullalley DBE, the Bishop of London. This very special City occasion was attended by the Lord Mayor, the Aldermen and Sheriffs, representatives of all 108

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Journeymen Freemen’s Dinner

The inaugural Journeymen Freemen’s Dinner was held on Friday 22nd February. The dinner was open to all Freemen and their spouse, partner or friend at the invitation of the Master and Wardens. This not only gave Freemen the opportunity to dine in their Hall but an also a chance to show their guests some of

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Annual Dinner

The Company’s Annual Dinner was held at Fishmonger’s Hall on the 19th February. The Master, Dr Iain Reid had asked Sir Peter Bazalgette, the great, great, grandson of the famous Victorian engineer, Sir Joseph Bazalette as his guest and principle speaker. The event was a sell out with many Freemen bring their ladies to the

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