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Steve Faldo & Dave Pope Memorial Thames Barge Races – 6th Sept

The Steve Faldo Memorial Race  and the Dave Pope Challenge Barge Race are taking place on Sunday 6 September. Dave Pope’s memorial barge race starts Waterloo Bridge 1.30 pm and finishes 2 pm. Steve Faldo’s memorial race starts at Hayes Road  at 3 pm and finishes at Westminster Bridge at 4 pm. As part of the… Read More

Thames Path Challenge 10-11 September – still places available

As the organisers of the Thames Path Challenge event put it “it’s your challenge your way” up and down the Thames on the weekend  of September 10-11. The Thames Path is unique – beautiful scenery that’s steeped in history, and a superb backdrop for river-side walking with 4 unique events to join. Take on the ‘Main… Read More

Totally Thames – 150 event extravaganza down by the Thames, Sept 1st to Sept 30th

Totally Thames, a month long celebration of the Thames: totallythames.org, offers a festival of 150 events throughout September. There are lots of attractions for everyone of every age.Last year 2.6 million people participated. Enjoy some of London’s best riverside restaurants –  for less – with Dine by the River, an exclusive range of riverside dining. Plus take advantage of 2-for-1… Read More

CIWEM’s Chisolm on the Referendum and the environment re-visited

Alastair Chisholm, head of policy at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, wrote just before the Referendum in The Environment journal about the creation of uncertainty for future environmental policy given the up coming Referendum. He, like many others in industry and in the environmental world in particular, was pro EU for the… Read More

From Our Blog

Meet London’s firefighters on the Thames

Meet London’s firefighters on the Thames

The London Fire Brigade has 103 stations – but only one of them is based on the river. Lambeth River Fire Station, located at Albert Embankment, is responsible for fire and rescue along 42 miles of the Thames, a route stretching from Hampton Court Palace to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. Compared to their land-based… Read More

Three questions with Richard Bain of JetStream Tours

Three questions with Richard Bain of JetStream Tours

Richard Bain, a third generation Thames waterman, is putting a new twist on the family tradition. Three years ago, he sourced a twin-diesel jet boat and started offering sightseeing tours on the River Medway. It began as a sideline to his main job but is taking up more and more of his time. The tours… Read More

Barging along with the tide on the Thames

By Jane McCrystal, TEP member The Thames Barge Driving Race has been enthralling spectators in London since 1974. The annual event is a competition between around 11 teams driving barges weighing up to 30 tonnes between Greenwich and Westminster Palace over a distance of seven miles in around 90 minutes. Participation demands high levels of skill and… Read More

CH2M’s Matthew Kuhn talks about his happy childhood on the Hoo Peninsular

Matt Kuhn is programme manager on CH2M’s £308m TEAM 2100 Thames estuary tidal flood defence improvements. Working with the Environment Agency and Balfour Beatty, he and the team will assess over 10 years flood risk across the tidal Thames (from Teddington to Southend/Isle of Grain). This programme includes the Hoo peninsular which is flanked by… Read More

The North Thames Fisheries Local Action Group: from start to stage 2

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will fund some six groups to deliver community-led local development in England.  These Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) will use the knowledge of stakeholders to tackle fishery issues at a local level. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO), which administers the EMFF in England, recently chose a number of groups to move… Read More

It’s a crime the crime museum exhibition was too crowded!

I visited the Museum of London’s Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition this week. I was a little disappointed as the exhibition was so packed.  In spite of having timed tickets, I didn’t bother to stay to see the end of it.There were queues to enter and queues to see the first exhibits.I believe the museum issued too many… Read More

Samuel Pepys exhibition; well-worth a visit!

I visited the Samuel Pepys exhibition at the Greenwich Maritime Museum just before Christmas and I was very impressed. Samuel Pepys was a curious man. His quest for information was phenomenal. When he became secretary of the Navy, he read every book he could find about ships, building them, sailing them and manning them. The only… Read More

Innovation on the Thames – an all-round success

What happens when big names on the Thames such as the Environment Agency, The Port of London Authority, UCL, Thames Water, CH2M, Boskalis and Tideway come together for one day at the Thames Estuary Partnership’s Annual Forum to share their know-how and hear about the latest developments on the river? The result couldn’t be anything… Read More

Lively debate will make a great TEP conference

Wow! It certainly will be about Innovation on the Thames. The line-up of speakers for the Thames Estuary Partnership’s Annual Conference virtually guarantees a lively debate.It is our job to line up the best speakers possible on the current projects which will have a major effect on the Thames for the future. The keynote speaker is Professor… Read More

Latest Thames safety campaign

The latest Port of London Authority (PLA) safety campaign is hoping to improve all river users’ awareness of how to share the river safely with smaller, vulnerable recreational craft on the tidal Thames. Read More

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