October 12th 2020

'Reimagining Butler's Wharf' is the title competition organised as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The six short-listed entrants may be viewed on the LFA website in a virtual exhibition.

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October 7th 2020

The Port of London Authority today published a new edition of its newsletter Tidal Thames News.


October 7th 2020

The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed the continued protection of strategic sites for port use on the banks of the Thames in London. Read the full announcement.


October 8th 2020

An update on progress of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce is now published.


September 28th 2020

Today DHL Express commenced its daily riverboat parcel delivery service in London. The service, operated by Thames Clippers Logistics, enables DHL to transport small packages into central London for final mile delivery by bike.  More information is in the DHL Press Release

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September 24th 2020

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


September 23rd 2020

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


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.


September 18th 2020

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


September 16th 2020

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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February 24th 2021

Residents in Buscot, Oxfordshire are objecting to riverside tree cutting requested by the Environment Agency and actioned by the National Trust. Details (and our picture) are in this article from the Wallingford Herald.


February 24th 2021

A report by BBC London News indicates that a temporary ferry service,  to operate whilst Hammersmith Bridge is closed for repairs, will not be available until Summer 2021.

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February 21st 2021

A narrowboat on the River Thames in Oxford is a yoga studio with online students around the World. This Oxford Mail article gives all the details. 

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February 20th 2021

A seal that had swum up the Thames as far as Teddington has been successfully rescued. Details and pictures are in this Teddington Town report.

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February 20th 2021

An Environment Agency employee working at Shepperton Lock has died after being hit by a falling tree. The incident happened on Friday February 19th. More information is in this Surrey Live report

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February 18th 2021

And the winner of the Thames Lens 2020 competition organised by the Thames Festival Trust is....... This page contains winners and short-list entries.  

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February 17th 2021

A new edition of Tidal Thames News was published today by PLA.

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February 17th 2021

Organisers of the Henley Royal Regatta have announced that the event cannot be held in late June. In a statement published this week, they are hoping to reschedule to a date in August. A further announcement will be made by the end of March.

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February 15th 2021

Hammersmith Bridge on a Valentine's Card sent from the Hammersmith Bridge SOS Residents' Group to the Prime Minister and Mayor of London. Full details in this story from Sky News. The bridge has now been closed for 6 months.


February 12th 2021

The latest statement on progress of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce is now available
A planning application for a temporary ferry terminal at Harrods Wharf has been submitted to Richmond Council.

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February 8th 2021

Hobbs of Henley has sold one of its two boatyards to a private collector. Details are in this Henley Standard article. 

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February 6th 2021

Local news reports have detailed the effect of recent floods along the River Thames.  In Datchet, Kris Cruiser's office was floodedPangbourne features in drone pictures. Here is a report about the closure of Culham Bridge. 



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July 21st 2021

From July 20th to 22nd, Swan Upping took place from Windsor to Moulford. A picture gallery has been published in the Guardian.

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July 20th 2021

Crews from three fire stations were called to rescue a swimmer in River Thames. Details are in this Wallingford Herald article.

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July 19th 2021

A new edition of Tidal Thames News has been published by the Port of London Authority

July 16th 2021

A report in the Evening Standard announces that pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic can again use Hammersmith Bridge. The news has been announced by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Boaters should take account of the PLA Notice to Mariners.

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July 11th 2021

On 28 June an Oxfordshire Blue Plaque was unveiled on a house in Fisher Row, Oxford to commemorate former Thames waterman Abel Beesley.
The Beesley family lived at number 16 for several centuries and Abel, born in 1851, spent most of his life there until his death in 1921.
An article celebrating Abel Beesley appeared in the Autumn 2020 issue of “ Thames Guardian” but the ceremony, which was attended by family members, was delayed because of pandemic restrictions.
RTS made a contribution to the cost of the plaque and was represented at the unveiling by ( left – right) Colin Reynolds and Abi Reynolds, respectively Chairman and Secretary of Upper Thames Branch together with Helen Batten, our Administrator.

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July 4th 2021

A new ferry service has started operating across the River Thames. Sunbury Ferry, located downstream of Sunbury Lock, connects Walton-on-Thames and Sunbury-on-Thames.

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July 2nd 2021

Plans for the Swan Upping ceremony in 2021 have been announced on the Royal website.

June 28th 2021

An article in My London online suggest that a new form of transport could be suitable for the River Thames.

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June 26th 2021

The 306th Doggett's Coat and Badge Race was rowed on Friday June 25th, This was the delayed 2020 race. This report of the race includes a YouTube link to enable a replay. Here is another race report and pictures from 'Hear the Boat Sing.

The 2021 race is scheduled for September 8th 2021.

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June 21st 2021

An unoccupied car rolled into the River Thames and sunk on Thursday June 17th 2021. Details in this Henley Standard report

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June 20th 2021

Warning signs are to be installed by Windsor and Maidenhead Council along the River Thames following the death of  a teenager. Background information is in this Maidenhead Advertiser article.