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Houseboat advice

The River Thames Society is pleased to host a new checklist for prospective houseboat-buyers on this website, in a bid to reduce the number of people caught out in what is an increasingly expensive yet unregulated market.

Compiled by Hilary Pereira, RTS member and chair of the Upper Tideway Branch, the document outlines some of the pitfalls potential buyers might face and provides a comprehensive list of questions that should be asked prior to contract exchange, from whether the boat and moorings are fit for purpose to legal recourse if it all goes wrong.

Click here to view a copy.


2017 AGM

The Society’s 55th Annual General Meeting took place on 8th April at the Crowne Plaza, Reading.

Members welcomed our President Lord Owen CH FRCP, received and endorsed the annual report and accounts, elected the Council and discussed a number of river-related matters.

The outgoing vice-presidents, Michael Shefras MBE and Baroness Kramer, were thanked for their service; David Suchet CBE was re-elected for a further term and members were pleased to elect as new vice-presidents Victoria Borwick MP and Mark Edwards MBE. Victoria is the Member of Parliament for Kensington, with a great interest in the river, and Mark is the well-known Richmond-based traditional boat-builder.

Of Council members, Wendy Yorke was re-elected with Emma Abbott and Abi Reynolds elected for the first time. Branch chairmen endorsed as ex-officio members included Colin Reynolds (Upper Thames), John Skuse (Middle Thames), Jackie Lambert (Teddington to Old Windsor), Hilary Pereira (Upper Tideway), Peter Finch (Central Tideway & Estuary).

At a subsequent Council meeting Peter Finch was elected Chairman, Les Jones OBE Vice-Chairman, Non-Tidal, Jack Betteridge Vice-Chairman, Tidal and John Tamsitt, Honorary Treasurer.

Our Company Secretary and Honorary Solicitor, Guy Barlow and Independent Examiner, Ian Anderson were thanked for their service during the year.

The meeting was followed by presentation of the Thames Heritage Trust and River Thames Society annual awards - see Awards page for details.

RTS out and about on the river:

GRR 27.9.14

RTS cutter Thames Guardian, with veteran crew and carrying the Mayor of Henley-on-Thames as passenger, takes part in the Great River Race.


Eton Excelsior 2

Eton Excelsior RC receives aThames Heritage Trust Award, presented by John Skuse, RTS Middle Thames Chairman (l).


 Walton Heritage Day

RTS Teddington to Old Windsor branch members brave the cold and greet the public at Walton Heritage Day.

(photo:  Gillian Rix)


Source to Sea Relay

 Source to Sea Relay,  Jolly Brit at Bell Weir Lock .

Coronation River Pageant

Coronation River Pageant, June 2013:  Thames Guardian on the regatta course at Henley.  (photo:  Ann Acres)


Cutter crew 

Thames Guardian

 RTS cutter Thames Guardian took part in the manpowered section of the Jubilee Pageant flotilla, June 2012.(Photos:  Brian Smith)



50th Anniversary Celebration at the Houses of Parliament,  May 2012