We felt very honoured to take part in a special River Blessing service on Sunday 14th July. The Rev Joe Moffatt invited us to speak about the work that we do in the community during the service at St Mary with St Alban church and then Thames Discoverer with Peter at the helm, was on the water for the 2nd part of the service by the river. It was a wonderful celebration of the river and how the river blesses us. The Rev Joe Moffatt launched a wooden floral cross into the river and spoke very positively about the River Thames Boat Project as well as other local community organisations including the RNLI, and Tamesis Club.
Kate Oatham and a group that she is supporting with English language skills from Kingston Refugee Action were onboard Thames Discoverer. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to be on the river and take part in a local community event.
The church choir sang beautifully and there was a Dragon Boat race with enthusiastic local Scouts and Guides teams.
Thank you to Rev Joe for including us in this special service.
Thank you to John Frye for the photos that record our memories of a lovely July morning down by the river.
River Thames Boat Project has enjoyed meeting the new Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Nancy Baldwin over the last few weeks. Peter was caught on camera with her at the Volunteers’ Fair in Richmond.
Kate had the opportunity to be part of A Service of Blessing and Thanksgiving to mark the beginning of the New Mayoral Year yesterday. It took place at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Twickenham followed by a reception at York House. A fantastic trumpet fanfare provided by Kneller Hall accompanied the entrance of the Mayor. The Reverend Jeff Hopkins Williams welcomed the congregation and one of the Mayor’s charities, Otakar Music Trust, performed Earth, Sea & Sky with 4 wonderful young singers.
It was a pleasure to attend and heralded the start of the Mayor’s year and the tremendous work that she will do to support the Richmond community.
A lot has happened over the 30 years of the charity and here are some highlights below or click here for a larger view 30 years history
We held our 30 years’ celebrations on Friday 17th May at Tamesis Sailing Club by the river in Teddington. It was the opportunity to thank volunteers, supporters, Friends, clients and everyone who has helped to make the River Thames Boat Project the success it is today. We had afternoon tea and plenty of time for people to reconnect and see Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer which were both moored up to join in the celebrations. Our Patron, Baroness Campbell, was able to come and cut the delicious celebration cake and Sir Peter Harrop, founder member and Honorary President, made a speech with Keith Knox our Chair of Trustees. Thank you to everyone who has supported the charity over the last 30 years. It would not have been possible without such dedication and enthusiasm from so many. We look forward to the next 30 years of the River Thames Boat Project and welcoming groups on board Thames Venturer and Thames Discoverer.
Thank you to John Frye for the photos
We have 5 dates for our Linking People Afloat days over the next few months. Join our skipper and volunteer crew for the chance to be on the river on board our community boat Thames Discoverer. These day cruises are for individuals who are not supported by a group, to come by themselves or with a carer or companion. It’s a safe and caring environment with just 12 passengers and a chance to meet new people and share experiences. The day runs from 10am. to 4.30pm. We include a social lunch in the saloon and the cost per person is £36.
Dates: Friday 21st June, Tuesday 9th July, Wednesday 7th August, Thursday 19th September, Wednesday 9th October
Please contact Pippa to check availability and to book on 020 8940 3509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From 1st February, please note our new office address will be:
The River Thames Boat Project,
Off Broom Road,
We will be sharing office space with like-minded river enthusiasts at Tamesis Club, close to the river and our boats. We have car parking and use of a wheelchair accessible meeting room.
Our office phone number remains the same : 020 8940 3509
Many congratulations to Miranda Jaggers who has been awarded a BEM – Medal of the Order of the British Empire – in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to the River Thames Boat Project.
The Honours List recognises the achievements of a wide range of exceptional people across the United Kingdom. 70% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their local communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. “I can’t believe I’ve been given the award”, said Miranda, “I’m absolutely delighted. I’d like to thank from the bottom of my heart those who nominated me, my former colleagues and all the volunteers I worked with who have helped make the River Thames Boat Project what it is today.”
Miranda will be receiving her award at the Tower of London on the 2nd April so we will share some pictures as soon as we can.
2019 marks 30 years of The River Thames Boat Project – a tremendous achievement. It will also be the first full year of operating two boats, making the charity well placed to deliver more days on the river to more beneficiaries and continue its mission to make the Thames accessible to as many people as possible.
We will keep you posted with more news, events and dates for the diary over the next few weeks.