Nansi Eggleton, a close friend of Pippa Butterfield, our Office Manager, is running the Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday 18th February to raise money for the River Thames Boat Project. It would be wonderful if you could sponsor her. Please follow the link here to do so.
We are also running a water station at the Half Marathon outside our mooring so feel free to drop down and say hello and/or to cheer Nansi on.
A big shout out to the lovely baristas at Starbucks in Hounslow and the Starbucks Cheer for Good! campaign. If you can’t make it to Hounslow for one of their delicious coffees you can support our work by going to our Linking People Afloat page of the Neighbourly website or tweeting #cheerforgood@TheVenturer.
Special thanks to Joe Pecorelli of ZSL for our excellent foreshore walk on Saturday. Seventeen volunteers joined Joe and our own Miranda Jaggers for an exploration of the river below Teddington Lock. Joe’s work includes research projects into eels and molluscs in the Thames.
The Hampton Beer Festival, which takes place this weekend, is supporting RTBP as one of its local charities this year. You can find details about the festival here. So, if you would like to enjoy a cool beer this weekend, buy a ticket and support the charity at the same time: what could be better?
Our new boat has a name! We received 150 excellent suggestions in the competition to find a name for the new boat. After a rigorous shortlisting process, two names were put forward to a ballot of our Members and volunteers at our AGM last week, after which we had to wait for final confirmation from the Environment Agency that the name was available.
The winners of the competition are new volunteer Eric McMaster and has wife Penny, who will be guests on a special celebratory cruise when the new boat arrives on the Thames. And the winning name is – fanfare of trumpets and a drumroll – ‘Thames Discoverer’, which reflects the spirit of cruises she will be doing and contributes to establishing, alongside ‘Thames Venturer’, branding of our work – venturing out and discovering the river.
Miranda made a flying visit to Fowey last Friday to meet Paul Toms and our Naval Architect Graham Westbrook – ‘Thames Discoverer’ is taking shape!
The 2015-16 Annual Report and Accounts for the River Thames Boat Project are now available. Please click here to view them online or you can download them as a pdf here.
Kingston Council have changed the traffic controls in and around Downhall Road. Please be advised that you can no longer turn off the one way system at Bentalls into Downhall Road. Similarly you can no longer access Downhall Road from the Entrance to John Lewis car park.
To access the boat – when on the Kingston one way system – follow signs to Seven Kings car park, Richmond, Petersham and Ham on A307, when passing under railway lines, be in the left hand lane to turn left immediately you rise out of the underpass following signs for Seven Kings car park. At the lights turn left. Go past the entrance to the car park and take the first left immediately after the car park into Skerne Road. Turn right at the end into Downhall Road and follow this to the end and the entrance to Thameside car park.
Car parking – Unfortunately we have no control over who parks behind the barrier at the entrance to Canbury Gardens and cannot guarantee parking spaces. As a result we are advising all client groups who wish to park vehicles to have a blue badged vehicle . These can be parked in Thameside car park or any parking bay in Downhall Road free of charge – do not display the time disc, blue badge parking is not restricted.