The River Thames Society is pleased to administer the Thames Heritage Trust Awards, given annually to groups and organisations involving young people under that age of 25 which stimulate use of and interest in the river, as well as bringing benefit to the Thames.
The main THT Annual Award is aimed to encourage volunteer youth activities which significantly benefit the Thames community and environment, stimulating use and interest in the river.
the most outstanding scheme or group receives £2,500 and there are five further awards of £250 for schemes/projects in the five RTS branch areas.
The John Coleman Trophy, named after the founder of the THT, is presented along with a cheque for £250 to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Thames by promoting or protecting the river by working with disadvantaged, young or otherwise needy groups or educating others about the Thames.
Nominations for the THT Awards, which are presented at the RTS AGM in April, are welcome throughout the year and are considered by a judging panel composed of Trust and Society officers with some outside representatives.
To nominate an organisation or individual, please complete this nomination form and send to the RTS Administrator.
THT Awards 2019
THT Annual Award
The main Thames Heritage Trust Award for volunteer youth activities of benefit to the river community and environment went to the Wandsworth Sea Cadets with a cheque for £2,500 towards a new pontoon at Putney.
Two Thames Heritage Trust Branch Area Awards were presented:
£250 was presented to Richmond Canoe Club to assist with coaching costs for children
£250 was presented to 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts towards the cost of safety equipment.
The RTS Council subsequently agreed to top-up both awards with a further £250 each.
The John Coleman Trophy
The Thames Heritage Trust John Coleman Trophy for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Thames was awarded to Simon Shepherdson, lock and weir keeper at Hambleden, for his services to boaters including his Facebook page which supplements Environment Agency information on river conditions.
Download a list of previous winners of THT Awards.