The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

David Pope Challenge & Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Drives

Took place on  Sunday 22nd September 2019 A very successful day, enjoyed by all, it is essential to recognise the contribution of so many individuals and organisations in making it possible: the drive organisers and barge owners, the safety boats and their crews, the PLA, Thames Barge Driving Trust, the skippers and rowers of the

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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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Thames Historic Barge Driving Race

On Sat 6 July the River Thames  Barge Driving Race took place.  A unique race run over a gruelling 7-mile course between Greenwich & Westminster. Barges are nearly 100 years old, manned by Freemen and Apprentices  of the Watermen’s Company using oars or ‘sweeps’ which are 15ft long.         Won by the

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Tudor Pull

SATURDAY 29 June 2019 The Tudor Pull took place  starting with  a ceremony at Hampton Court Palace where the Stele (a piece of old London Water Pipe representing Crown Jewels) is handed to Her Majesty’s Bargemaster, Past Master Chris Livett, to take aboard the “Gloriana” for the voyage down to the Tower of London. The

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Thames Memorial at All Hallows by the Tower

The Service for the Dedication of the Thames Memorial at All Hallows by the Tower was held on the 25th June 2019. The Master of the Company, Dr Iain Reid lit a candle in memory of the lives lost on the Thames and also placed  flowers by the new Thames Memorial.       The

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Court of Bindings

At Watermen’s Hall today eleven new apprentices and trainees were bound. Well done and congratulations to all. Gathered below in the Freemen’s Room 10th June 2019 our new apprentices and trainees  In alphabetical order: Joe Baker, Max Baker, Artem Bondarenko, Brandon Cripps, Harry Dovydovas, Mason Knowles, Callum Paige, Henry Pelham, Andrew Stones, Andrew Stylianou and Max Turner. For

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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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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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