The River Thames Society makes annual awards of a Shield and the Durant Cup, named after our late President.

The Shield is given to an individual or group of individuals, organisation or corporate body, making the most significant contribution to the well- being of the River Thames during the calendar year.

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The Durant Cup is given to an individual RTS member who has made a significant contribution to the life and well-being of the Thames.Nominations may be sent to the RTS Administrator.  

RTS Awards 2021

RTS Shield 

The RTS Shield, in recognition of the individual or group making the most significant contribution to the life and well-being of the river, was awarded to the Tidal Thames Water Safety Forum .Launched in 2019 the Drowning Prevention Strategy set out a collective ambition to improve safety on the tidal Thames and was supported by the RNLI, London Fire Brigade, HM Coastguard, Metropolitan Police Marine Unit, London Ambulance Service, City of London Corporation and Police , Transport for London and the Port of London Authority. Since then training and education has been undertaken, together with safety campaigns and provision of public rescue equipment . The Award was presented by Lady Victoria Borwick (Vice-President RTS) to Wayne Bellamy of RNLI.

The Durant Cup

The Durant Cup, for an individual member making a similar contribution, went to Linda Humphreys – Evans , who for many years has undertaken  exemplary work on behalf of Middle Thames Branch ,organising walks and other events. She has also been the mainstay of the RTS presence at the Traditional Boat Festival , providing information about our work and recruiting many new members.

Grants in 2021
During 2021, the River Thames Society made grants to:

  • Thames Sailability, Walton and Shepperton, £ 1,000 for a new access ramp for their boat.

  • RNLI Tower Station, £ 1,000 towards cost of replacement pier.

Download a list of previous winners of RTS Awards.

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River Thames Society Awards