Sunk by the recession?

My brother and I took Terra Nova out for a last jaunt of the season on Saturday. One thing that struck me as we wended our way along was the number of boats that look as though they have been abandoned.

Bombing of the bridge

Ack-ack attack: The journey home from a dance at the Walton Playhouse in September 1940 proved quite hairy for Jimmy, left, and Billy Brant, but fortunately they lived to tell the tale.

But brothers Billy and Jeremy and their brave young aunt were undaunted by German pilot's attack

Bridge tops out as boats pass under

Not missed: Boat skippers will be delighted to see the back of the old bridges whose supporting piers made navigating around the bend in the river a tricky business.

Today's the day for the final ‘topping out’ ceremony at the new Walton Bridge – and thanks to the organisational efforts of our local boat clubs, there will be a sail past to mark the event along with a number of other events.

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.

Got lock and lane woes? Take a different tack…

Walton Bridge in the 1920s

Following on from last week’s Riverwatch in which I outlined an idea for closing off Walton Lane at the Walton Bridge end that was put forward by Doug Myers from Weybridge, I’ve had a note from Nick Pollard, the chairman of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society.

Let’s go back to the future

Cowey Sale

Block off river crossing at Walton Lane to traffic — there was no link in the '50s, says resident Doug Myers

Lock keeper cost cuts in the spotlight

Thames lock

I was rather encouraged to see that a London MP had put down an Early Day Motion to bring the vexed question of the future of resident lock keepers on the non-tidal Thames into the public spotlight.

Road will drive us round the bend – or not

Terra Nova on her trailer measures 35-feet in length; add the length of the towing vehicle and getting her out of the tight turn at the access road will be an interesting experience

Now here’s a dilemma. I’ve been a staunch supporter of the plans for a new bridge in Walton ever since the idea was first mooted. I urged Surrey County Council to stop faffing about and get on with it.

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

It’s all going swingingly

Section of the bridge supports

Walton Bridge: The riverside community is getting a great view a the long-awaited crossing takes shape