Who will toil for Belle?

Time to get out on the water again, says Desborough Sailing Club's Ross Archer.

Firstly, thanks for all the kind messages regarding my impending move to the East Coast. It’s much appreciated and I’m delighted that so many people enjoy Riverwatch – I hope I’ll be able to keep it going.

Fisherman need friends – and some bigger nets

My old mate Doug ‘the ancient angler’ Millsom called me up this week to chide me for ignoring his fellow fishermen.

Dr Tim’s book proves to be quite a tonic

Dr Tim Carter

It's always a pleasure writing about the sports clubs that dot the banks of the Thames throughout our area

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.

Club together for love of the river

Tim Carter had the Weybridge SC members in fits with his rendition of his own poem ‘The Oxford Cox’

There are some people you always enjoy visiting - and among those of my wife, Julie, and I are the lovely folk at Weybridge Sailing Club (WSC).

Pushing the boats out

Boats of all sizes took part

All over the country last weekend, sailing clubs, rowing club, motor cruising clubs and all kinds of other water users came together in a pre-Olympic celebration called ‘Push the Boat Out’ to indicate their support for our Olympic sailors, rowers and kayakers.

Making waves for 50 years

Sometimes you visit a place and you just know, from the moment you walk in there, that it’s right. The place is nice, the people are exceptionally kind and the atmosphere conveys a genuine and heartfelt welcome.

Anniversaries ahoy!

Jackdaw – The consensus of opinion seems to be that the huge flocks of birds wheeling above the Thames morning and evening are mainly like this chap – jackdaws

It seems incredible to me but this is the 200th Riverwatch column I’ve penned since first starting it just under five years ago.

Maggie’s blaze of glory

Whilst I’ve been busy exploring the wartime exploits of people in our area, I’ve omitted to mention a couple of important up-to-date events involving locals – including a stunning performance in this year’s Great River Race which was won by a crew from Weybridge Sailing Club.