New bridge, ancient mates

I haven't written about the progress on the construction of the new river crossing at Walton for a while and I just wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate the builders and Surrey County Council for the impressive way the building work has gone.

Beware the hairy horde

Invading our rivers: a Chinese mitten crab

It was three years ago when I first wrote about the invasion of the Thames by Chinese mitten crabs – so called because of the dense hair on the back of their large claws – and I wondered whether readers of this column had spotted more examples in our stretch of the river.

There’s serious racing too

One of the most enjoyable community events on the river takes place this weekend with the running of the 132nd Sunbury Amateur Regatta.

A good move for River Day

The new Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Caroline Spencer, is taking a novel approach to the annual River Day ritual this year by moving it from its traditional spot in September – and reversing the direction so that the procession begins in Staines and ends in Sunbury.

And yet another year flows by

Shiver me timbers – where on earth did that year go? I was amazed when I came to write this final column of 2008 to realise that I'd been doing it for nearly 12 months - firstly in our now defunct sister paper, the Leader and more recently in the Herald & News.

A lovely bunch of jetsam

I know that climate change is a serious concern to many, but its effect on our part of the Thames appears to be more rapid than I had thought it would be.

The gloves are coming off

I remember fondly summer holidays with my children at Southwold on the Suffolk coast when one of the regular highlights was taking part in the annual crabbing contest. We regularly used to lift out hundreds of crabs of various sizes by dangling old fishheads and bits of bacon rind into the water.