Teddington to Old Windsor Branch

As our branch name suggests, we cover the most interesting (that’s what we think anyway!) stretch of the river from Teddington Lock, the first non-tidal lock on the River Thames, through bustling and cosmopolitan towns and tranquil countryside, passing historic palaces and national monuments, to Old Windsor. Proof, if proof was needed, can be found on a tour along our stretch of the river.

We are a very lively branch, currently the second largest, and combine activities to support the overall aims and objectives of the Society with a social programme tailored to the needs and wants of our members. At one end of the spectrum there are monthly pub lunches, normally at riverside hostelries, when members can get together for a chat and exchange views on current developments affecting our river. On a slightly more formal note we arrange evening talks by guest speakers on a variety of river-related subjects. For example, recently we’ve had talks on the history and continuing story of the Dunkirk Little Ships, the design, engineering and future of the Thames Barrier, a fascinating insight into the work of the Met Police’s Marine Response Unit, the history of the Thames bridges on our stretch from medieval times to the present and an equally fascinating and meticulously researched history of some of the Thames' islands. Additionally there are occasional visits and outings, such as a trip on an amphibious vehicle (DUWK) along the Thames at Windsor and a visit to Mapledurham Mill. 

For details of our forthcoming programme, click here.

To further enhance the mission of the Society we represent our branch at River Users Group (RUG) meetings and report back to our membership on issues that may affect them. This ranges from illegal mooring, flooding issues right through to inappropriate development. We have attended many of the River Thames Scheme forums and drop-in sessions and have provided what we consider is some very useful input. Our River Wardens continue to carry out sterling work on their regular inspections of the river and reporting back on specific issues that need addressing.

Members of the Teddington to Old Windsor Branch are kept regularly updated by our electronic newsletter TOW in the Water, which not only informs the membership of our programme of events but also alerts them to river-related issues which may affect them. 

Any organisation is only as strong as its membership and there is an ongoing recruitment programme involving stands at locks and appropriate events along with constant handing out of publicity material and one-to-one “selling” by our boat owners on their cruises up and down the river.  

 

BRANCH OFFICERS

Chairman:
Jackie Lambert

 01483 770964
  davidwlambert@btinternet.com

 

Secretary: Paula Day
  0208 979 4397 
  paula.gilder@hotmail.co.uk