Watt on earth are they thinking?

Archiemedean screws

Way back in June of this year, I first wrote about plans to install electricity generators at Sunbury Weir and I have to admit that I was rather hoping that the proposal had sunk without trace. Obviously not so.

Please don’t leave us hung out to dry

Truss's Island

Flood diversion work is already under way but will sufficient funds be allocated for 20-year project?

Secrets of gates’ long life revealed

Betty and Tommy Barr relive their river memories

One of the true joys of writing this column is meeting so many lovely people who have great tales to tell about their memories of living and working by our stretch of the Thames.

We need to get started on those flood defences

River Thames

Time to re-energise the diversion plans that have stagnated

A reminder of the unsung heroes of our waterways

Teddington Lock

£60,000 refit to keep lock gates in pride of place for years to come

Licences up, but there’s a reason

Sunbury Lock

Well, I guess it was inevitable, wasn’t it? The Environment Agency is putting up boat licence fees for next year by 4.6 percent – that’s inflation plus two percent.

A ferry interesting start to married life

Bob Warden

£9 a week rent from £10 pay, but Bob and Rose had a wonderful view of the Thames

Restoration of historic fireboat

Massey Shaw

As most readers will know, I’m a big fan of historic boats of all kinds – everything from Thames sailing barges, through classic ‘gentleman’s yachts’ of the 1920s and 30s right through to Royal Navy warships.



What kind of lunatic ignores danger signs?

Day RNLI heroes rescued us at sea

The team from the RNLI Egham and Virginia Water branch at their collection table in the Elmsleigh Centre, Staines. They raised more than £1,000 in a day

The special reason I have for supporting the fourth emergency service