The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

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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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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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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Quarterly Court – Admittance of New Freemen

The Master and his Wardens pictured in the Court Room At the meeting of 8th January 2020 Mrs Geraldine Bil, Mrs Mary Barrow, Dr Graham Collier, Mr David Jarrad and Mr Alexander Tribeck were admitted as Craft Owning Freemen. Doggett’s winner Mr Alfie Anderson was admitted as a Waterman to the Company. At the meeting

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Havengore Remembrance Day Service

The Master and Mistress, Tony and Sue Maynard, pictured with the Master Mariner, Capt. Jim Barclay, were attended by the Bargemaster, Robert Coleman, and Doggett’s Winners Jack Keech, Ben Folkard, Patrick Keech and Dan Arnold.

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Freemen’s Room

The Master formally opened the refurbished Freemen’s Room after the Court Meeting on the 2nd October. The Company asked Court Assistant Annamarie Phelps to lead a small team to refurbish the Freemen’s Room. There is new carpet and curtains, the lighting has been updated and the room has been redecorated. The lighting in the Cabinets

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Henley Apprentice Sculling Weekend

A great weekend in Henley at this year’s sculling training for the Company’s apprentices. Thank you to everyone who came down over the weekend and assisted with coaching. 10 apprentices signed up for the weekend: Artem Bondarenko, Joseph Baker, Charlie Irwin, Max Carter-Miller, Andrew Stones, Coran Cherry, Lucas Ansbro-Bennett, Scarlett Barnett-Smith, Oliver Scott and Leon

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Court of Admissions

Very many congratulations to the eight new Freemen who took their oaths at Watermen’s Hall on 8 July. Our photograph by Alex Hickman show (left to right): James Berry, Jack Finelli, George Gilbert, Joe McCarthy, Max Wilson, Andrew Coppin, Patrick Keech and Christopher Davis.

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