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AGM with a film to celebrate 30 years of the River Thames Boat Project

Thank you to everyone for attending the River Thames Boat Project 2019 AGM on Monday evening 4th November at The Pavilion Club in East Molesey.  It was a great chance to get Friends, supporters, members and volunteers together to review the financial year 2018-19, provide an update on the current year and look ahead to the future.

In 2018-19, we reached 3,511 beneficiaries, with 91 Accessing the Thames cruises and 76 education days. Our new boat Thames Discoverer has been very well received with our clients and has been hard at work on the river since her naming ceremony in May 2018.

A great deal has happened over the 30 years history of the River Thames Boat Project and our mission to make the Thames accessible remains as strong as ever.

We took the opportunity to thank some long and loyal trustees who are standing down after combined service of 35 years – thank you Keith, Byron and Peter, your dedication to the charity has been immense.

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.

We are very grateful to The Pavilion Club for hosting the event.  Providing us with their excellent venue for the evening really makes a difference.

We have created a short film to celebrate 30 years of the charity which you can see here.  Thank you to Amena Hasan for creating this film for us.

To view our Review of the Year 2018-19 click here.

To view our General Report and Financial Statements for 2018-19, click here.


Putney to Kingston along the river to celebrate 30 years and raise funds!

We did it! Our Bridge to Bridge walking challenge of 13.4 miles on Sunday 29th September was lots of fun and a great success.  We had 28 walkers in total on the day with our youngest being 8 and our most senior, over 80.  People joined at different stages along the way and we all finished very happily on Thames Discoverer at our mooring in Kingston.  Thank you to John and Nigel for meeting people at Richmond, encouraging us to keep going and taking a team photo.


Although the weather forecast had been for lots of rain we were lucky on the day to stay mostly dry.  The wettest moment was our group photo on Thames Venturer at Teddington Lock.


Special mentions go to Team Murray who had three generations of walkers (including teenagers!!!)  and to the Stopgap team of Kate, Jackie, Lee and families.

Thank you to Tony, Lyn, Linda and Carole for the warm welcome on Thames Discoverer with tea and lots of delicious cakes.  Thank you to Peter and Margaret for making a special trip to Kingston to greet us and hand deliver their sponsorship.

Tea & cakewashing up

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far.  Currently we have raised £3,500 and there are still a few more donations coming through. Our fundraising contributes towards the cost of the days that we provide on the river for people of all ages with disabilities and elderly people as well as Primary School children. There is still time to donate by clicking here

Thank you everyone for your support.  It is much appreciated.



River Blessing in Teddington

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 s190714_103556kills 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.



Mayoral moments

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’ FPO & Nancy Baldwin at volunteers fairair 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 truMayor Nancy Baldwinmpet 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.

30 years, 2 boats and cake!

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 celebrationTV & TDs. 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 noCake cuttingt 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.

Speeches panorama

Thank you to John Frye for the photos

Linking People Afloat dates for 2019

11 July 18 in lock (2)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