The Company of
Watermen & Lightermen
of the River Thames

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New Year, Same Support!

It is with great pleasure we can confirm Harold Pinchbeck Watchmakers will continue to support the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager throughout 2021. Harold Pinchbeck Watchmakers is an independent British watchmaker. Like the wager itself, the Pinchbeck story begins in the early 1700’s in London, where Christopher Pinchbeck I created musical and astronomical clocks. 300

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Watermen’s Company Poors Fund – Compassionate Allowance

The Trustees were very glad to be able to increase the annual allowance paid this year to those Watermen/Lightermen their widows/widowers who are on the list. To find out more about this please contact [email protected]

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Questionnaire on Continuing Professional Development

“The Port of London Authority, Company of Watermen & Lightermen and the Thames Skills Academy are working together to develop a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme to improve safety on the tidal Thames for today and the future. Given the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry, the PLA is looking to introduce

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Almshouses at Hastings

The Charities are looking at how they might increase the speed that the bungalows are refurbished. At present the Charity waits until a property is empty as a tenant or resident moves on, but this has not allowed proper planning or efficient work.” Because of this, a small working party was formed to look into

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Hall Tours

At the present  time Watermen’s Hall is not open to the public for tours. The situation is constantly being reviewed so please contact the Hall for further informatio dependong It is likely that once we are able to offer tours again we will need to reduce the numbers and will not be able to offer

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The Company of Watermen & Lightermen and the TSA

 PRESS RELEASE V 11 June 2020 The Company of Watermen and Lightermen and the Thames Skills Academy are working together to support employers’ apprentices and trainees training during the Covid-19 crisis. With this in mind, they are calling on companies to let them know what training support and help they need for apprentices and trainees.

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Court of Bindings – 18 May 2020

For the first time in the Company’s history, a virtual Court of Bindings was held this morning and three new apprentices were welcomed into the Company. A presentation of the indentures ceremony will be held at the Hall when possible. May we wish you all good luck in your careers on the River Thames. Company

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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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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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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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