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Tidefest 2017


Thames funding available

Do you have a project that will encourage more people to enjoy the Thames in Oxfordshire while supporting the rural economy? Are you interested in discussing cooperation projects with likeminded others which might lead to a joint grant application? South Oxfordshire District Council Offices are hosting an information event on Monday 3rd July 2017
from 2pm - 4pm to provide further details about EU Leader funding up to £50,000. Click here for more information or visit:


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 what would happen if it all went 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:

Tudor Pull

Tudor Pull

(picture credit: Sue Milton)

RTS’s cutter the Thames Guardian joined the Queen’s row barge Gloriana in the annual ceremonial Tudor Pull on 23rd April.

Rowed by the Royal Watermen and escorted by craft from the City Livery Companies, and other clubs and organisations, Gloriana carried the ‘stela’ – a slice of ancient wooden water pipe – from Hampton Court Palace to the Tower of London.