NEWS FROM ON AND AROUND
RIVER THAMES

September 24th 2020

The Port of London Authority has published its six monthly Marine Safety Performance Report.

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September 23rd 2020

The Environment Agency has announced a £5.2m investment plan for facilities on the River Thames this autumn and winter.

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 September 21st 2020

The Port of London Authority has published this week's Tidal Thames News today.

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September 18th 2020

Today, the Mayor of London confirmed that the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks on River Thames would not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic. Here is a BBC report

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September 18th 2020

Daily Mail article reveals state of repair of a number of London bridges.

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September 16th 2020

Today, the PLA launched a new website Cleaning The Thames to encourage more litter removal across the foreshore.

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September 14th 2020

With the full annual Veterans Cruise cancelled for 2020,  the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships organised for a small flotilla to travel down river on Sunday 13th from Chertsey to Kingston. The ADLS Facebook page has pictures.

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September 13th 2020

Tidefest was held on September 6th under social distance conditions with only a few live events. Here are some pictures by photographer Anna Kunst. ''tidefest' is the password to the gallery. 

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September 12th 2020

The PLA has successfully organised 'safe passage' in both directions for boats caught out of position after the sudden closure of Hammersmith Bridge. Craft have been able to pass under the bridge in a convoy system. The river continues to be closed at Hammersmith Bridge.

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September 9th 2020

A government Task Force has been launched to re-open Hammersmith Bridge as soon as possible.  Details are in this Daily Mail article.  Statements were made today by both the PLA and Hammersmith & Fulham Council.  Plans are being prepared for a 'safe passage' convoy to allow boats to be re-patriated to their normal location. No details yet.

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September 9th 2020

The River & Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames is now fully open. It is operating a pre-booking system to manage visitor numbers.

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September 4th 2020

At a ceremony on the terrace of the Houses of Parliament, the Speaker signed a scroll commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to America. Watch the short video

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September 1st 2020

A new jetty is now available at Staines for use by tour boats. it is featured in a report and picture from Surrey Live.   

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August 31st 2020

Have you planned your participation in this year's
                      Totally Thames Festival?
So many activities, many online, have been planned. Please review the timetable without delay.

Totally Thames 2020 Ad  

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August 30th 2020

Early on Saturday August 29th, a Thames Clipper vessel was stolen from east London. Specialist police officers boarded the vessel and arrested the thief. Read the details in this Daily Mail article.

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August 28th 2020

A short video has been released today to mark the 5th birthday of the Tideway project.

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August 14th 2020

EarthWatch Europe are organising Thames WaterBlitz, a water sampling study, over the last weekend on September. They need half an hour of your time. Please register by visiting their website

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August 13/14th 2020

Hammersmith & Fulham Council announced that from 5pm today until further notice, Hammersmith Bridge will be closed to river traffic,  pedestrians and cyclists because of safety concerns.  there is a 15metre exclusion zone on both sides ofthe bridge. The Council press release contains more information. This closure notice has been issued by PLA. 

British Rowing has issued this instruction.

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July 28th 2020

Potential development  of The London Resort located at Swanscombe, Kent on the bank of the River Thames has been announced. A public consultation is now underway.

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July 24th 2020

The Government-backed Thames Estuary Growth Board has launched 'The Green Blue' a plan for the next two years looking ahead 10 years.

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         ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019.


River Thames Society Annual General Meeting 2019

The River Thames Society’s 57th Annual General Meeting took place on 6 April at the Thames Lodge Hotel, Staines and members  present heard an address from Chairman Peter Finch,endorsed the annual report and accounts, elected the Council and discussed a number of river-related matters.

Of the Council, a new member Tom Berman was elected ; Rupert Bagilhole, Jack Betteridge, Gillian Rix and John Tamsitt were elected for a further term as was Roy Miller, who had previously been co-opted. The Branch Chairmen endorsed as ex-officio members were Colin Reynolds ( Upper Thames), John Skuse ( Middle Thames), Jackie Lambert ( Teddington to Old Windsor), Hilary Pereira ( Upper Tideway), Peter Finch ( Central Tideway & Estuary). 

The President  Lord Owen ,Vice- President Lady Borwick , Company Secretary & Honorary Solicitor Guy Barlow ,Independent Examiner  Ian Anderson  and Administrator, Helen Batten were thanked for their attendance and assistance during the year.

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

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PLANNING GUIDELINES

The Society has always taken an interest in planning, on or by the Thames. Guidelines have been drawn up, under five themes based on our overall aims:

• Improve/maintain public access to the river • Protect the natural environment • Promote the best built environment • Keep the river active • Support like-minded others.

The RTS has a special contribution to make as we incorporate all those interested in the Thames and its active users. We cover all parts of the river and can bring expertise from many quarters. Unlike many amenity societies we cover both banks, we have no commercial interests and believe we are uniquely placed to present a balanced view. Planning is led by our five branches, so please help them by bringing key applications to their attention in time for comments to be submitted. If you have a special interest in planning, please do volunteer your services. The full version of the Planning Guidelines can be found under Publications.

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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 .

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.