Barges & Bread

Tuesday 30 October at 7.30 pm at Chiswick Pier Trust

Di Murrell is a food historian and award-winning writer who knows the waterways of Britain back to front. For years she and her husband worked a pair of canal boats, loading up with barrels of lime pulp which they transported from the London docks to the wharf in Hemel Hempstead belonging to Rose’s Lime Cordial. They made many trips with heavy loads like sand, grain, coal or lime, and Di learnt the value of slow cooking.

Throughout her career, Di became involved in the politics of inland waterways, campaigning against the loss of river transport. She was instrumental in the re-introduction of upriver grain traffic. When working on the river, Di got to know bargemen, dockers and lightermen, and saw their life and skills slowly disappear as more modern ways of transporting grain took over.

She will be talking about her life on the Thames, and her book, Barges and Bread, is a history of grain, the river Thames, London and historic events like the Plague, and bread making, from parched grains to flatbreads, and Ezekial bread, to how the need to feed the many who live in cities has led to bread which has little relationship to what we once enjoyed without thinking, the kind of bread we now call ‘artisan’ bread.

Winner of the Sophie Coe prize for food history, Di Murrell writes for French travel magazines, and Petits Propos Culinaires. She and her husband spent many years afloat on barges, often moored at Brentford, bringing up their sons. Now she splits her time between France and London.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.

River Cruise

To watch the Lord Mayor’s Show Fireworks

Saturday 10th November 2018

Come and join Chiswick Pier Trust on a river cruise to watch the Lord Mayor’s Show fireworks from the river. The boat will leave Chiswick Pier at 14.00 with embarkation from 13.45. We will then cruise down to just east of Waterloo stemming the tide to watch the fireworks and sail back to arrive at Chiswick Pier around 19.00.

Due to the tides we will be leaving the Pier at 14.00 to enable the boat to get under Hammersmith Bridge. This means we will be out on the water for a few fours, so a one plate hot meal will be served.
On board Golden Salamander there will also be a bar where hot drinks and alcohol can be purchased .

Tickets: Adults £25, children (under 12) £20. Please specify when booking whether you would like the Shepherds Pie or the Vegetarian curry with potato topping.

To book tickets for the cruise call 020 8742 2713 / 07594 596729 or fill in the form below.

Please note that this is a very popular cruise so early booking is essential.

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Hidden Depths – Women of the RNLI

A talk by Sue Hennessey on Tuesday 27 November 7.30 pm at Chiswick Pier Trust

For over 180 years images of strong, selfless males have populated the reports and literature of the lifeboat service. What has not been so well documented or recognised are the roles that, right from the very beginning, women have played in working to save lives at sea.

The stereotypical image is of women waiting in the lifeboat house for their men to return – brewing tea and giving encouragement and solace to each other. Look more deeply and it becomes clear that women have always been at the heart of the lifeboat operation, undertaking a wide range of tasks which draw upon their distinctive skills and talents. From Victorian times right through to the twenty-first century, women have always been “strong to save”. Sue Hennessey’s talk examines the role of women in one of the nation’s most beloved rescue service, the RNLI.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.

Watercolour Workshop

Wednesday 5 December 2018 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

Watercolour Workshop with Julia Cassel, focusing on warm tones

After the success of her summer course, ‘Loose and Lively’, artist Julia Cassel returns with a new workshop focusing on warmer tones. The workshop is suitable for beginners to advanced watercolourists. On Wednesday 5 December between 10am until 3pm at Chiswick Pier Trust. £30 for non-members, £27 for members

Call 020 8742 2713 or 07594 596729 to book tickets.

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG

Treasure in the River Thames

A talk by mudlarker Jason Sandy

Tuesday 29 January at 7.30 pm

What secrets lie buried in the thick, black mud of the River Thames? For over 2,000 years, the Thames has been a great repository of lost and discarded objects. Each object, whether mundane or extraordinary, reveals a unique story about London and the people who lived here centuries ago. Jason Sandy, a member of the exclusive Society of Thames Mudlarks, has found and recovered incredible artefacts which are on display in several museums. If you would like to see part of his extensive mudlarking collection and hear the intriguing backstories about the extraordinary artefacts, Jason will be giving the January Talk by the Thames at Chiswick Pier Trust. Come join us for an epic journey through London’s illustrious history!

Chiswick Pier Trust, The Pier House, Corney Reach Way, W4 2UG. £3 for non-members, FREE for members.

You can turn up on the evening and buy a ticket.