They’re Bombing the Docks live webinar

Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 19.30 ‘They’re Bombing the Docks!’ by Chris Everett

Talks by the Thames moves ON LINE with a FREE live webinar

Donations welcome.

Chris Everett returns to Chiswick Pier Trust with the second part of his fascinating – and largely undocumented – history of the Thames during WWI and WWII.

September 7th 2020 was the 80th anniversary of Black Saturday, the first day of the blitz in 1940. The target that day was the London Docks. Significantly it had been a hot summer and the potential for fire spreading was good, especially with a cocktail of high explosive, oil and incendiary devices and the huge amount of timber stored in the Surrey Commercial Docks as well as the many other flammable goods stored in the Thameside warehouses.

The massed aerial attack by over 300 bombers with 600 fighter escorts would inflict havoc along a 40 mile stretch of the Thames’ industrial shoreline and its riverside communities. Over 400 Londoners would die that first night.

Britain had been planning for war in Europe since 1933 and in 1936 Port Executive Committees were established in the major ports to organise defences. By far the largest and nearest Port to Europe and therefore the most vulnerable was London.

London had been bombed by airship and aeroplane in World War 1, the assessment afterwards was that the ‘bomber will always get through’. So how should London and its essential docks prepare? This talk examines how successful those plans were, looks at the experiences of the civilian workforce involved on the river and in the docks within the context of London, still capital of The British Empire, during those six years of a second World War.

As the events of those dark days recede into history today only those aged over 80 can remember the war, and only those over 95 would have played an active role, our responsibility is to keep those memories and history alive for future generations.

About Chris Everett

‘They’re bombing the docks!’ is the follow up talk to Chris’s very popular presentation in the last Talks on the Thames series to the Thames during WWI called ‘No Longer an Island’.

Chris is at least a 6th generation Londoner and a freelance guide of some 20 years’ experience. He is also a lecturer, tutor, researcher and historian specialising in London related topics. Chris has an MA in London Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. He has a particular interest in the Docks, River Thames and the impact of both World Wars on London. Chris has been an active member of the Docklands History Group for over 10 years and a Committee member for the last seven.

DETAILS

This webinar is free, although any donations will be gratefully received to support Chiswick Pier Trust in its work of bringing people to the River. Like most charities, we have been affected by lockdown and would be grateful for any support you can give.

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Rewilding Arcadia live webinar

SOLD OUT – Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 19.30 Rewilding Arcadia live webinar with Jason Debney

Talks by the Thames has moved on-line with a programme of free webinars.

Donations welcome.
Jason Debney, co-ordinator of the Arcadian section of the Thames Landscape Strategy, will speak about the Rewilding Arcadia project – a series of nature-based flood risk management projects designed to restore the lost floodplain to re-reconnect water, people, heritage and wildlife with the natural cycles of the Thames.

As the climate changes, the Arcadian Thames faces a new challenge.  Models predict that over the next 50 years many of the public walks, parks and gardens that characterise the Arcadian Thames will need to adapt, in response to increasing flood risk, if they are to retain their special landscape character, recreational value, cultural significance and wildlife diversity.  The Thames Landscape Strategy has been at the forefront in developing solutions to this challenge.  Launched by Sir David Attenborough, the Restoration of the Lost Floodplain sets out a long-term series of measures that would see the incremental evolution of the landscape in response to climate change.   Rewilding Arcadia is the next stage in the implementation of this ground-breaking initiative.

Rewilding Arcadia looks to achieve multiple landscape benefits, for the long-term, to ensure that local communities, businesses, landowners, agencies and river users are fully engaged with flood risk management policy and solutions to increase public understanding about flooding and the need for change.  

Old Father Thames live webinar

Tuesday April 27 2021  at 19.30   Old Father Thames live webinar by fine art photographer Julia Fullerton- Batten

Talks by the Thames has moved on-line with a programme of free webinars.

Donations welcome.

Fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten will talk about the inspiration behind her complex and evocative pictures of the Thames.    In the Old Father Thames project, historical, cultural and traditional events provide both an imaginative springboard and a distinctive visual ‘voice’ for her haunting images. Julia will discuss how she creates her images from inspiration to technical execution, and what they say about her own experience of shooting on the banks of the Thames.

This webinar is for lovers of photography and, of course, the River Thames.

Julia is internationally renowned for both her commercial and fine art work, has won innumerable awards and is a Hasselblad Ambassador. Her work is retained in permanent collection in the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland. Her short film ‘1814 Frost Fair’ from her Old Father Thames project was recently a Gold Winner in the Queen Palm International Film Festival. She is the IPA winner of Photographer of the Year 2020 for her work ‘Looking Out from Within, 2020.’

This webinar is free, although any donations will be gratefully received to support Chiswick Pier Trust in its work of bringing people to the River. Like most charities, we have been affected by lockdown and would be grateful for any support you can give.

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Engineering, Humanity and Rivers live webinar

Tuesday 25 May at 19.30   Engineering, Humanity and Rivers – a live webinar by Professor Chris Wise

Talks by the Thames has moved on-line with a programme of free webinars

 

Donations welcome.

Recognised as one of the most inventive engineers of his generation, and with his handiwork while a director of Arup on the ‘wobbly’ Millennium Bridge garnering huge public attention, Chris Wise is still helping create bold design solutions which improve public spaces on the banks of our rivers.  His company, Expedition, engineered the Olympic Velodrome and the park-wide Sustainable Water Strategy in 2012; looked at the engineering challenges of the Drebbel, a wooden submarine rowed down the Thames in 1624, and has designed more bridges like the multi-award winning Infinity Bridge, as well as the Diamond Jubilee Bridge.   Engineering, Humanity and Rivers is a look at some of the challenges of building on, under or near London’s tidal river to create beautiful and exciting spaces for people to enjoy.

In a related career also as a design Professor at Imperial, Yale and UCL, Chris is now the senior director at Expedition Engineering working with clients, and mentoring up-and-coming engineers.    Many will be familiar with Expedition Engineering’s work locally, as they designed the new footbridge to Chiswick Park, chosen as one of the 10 best bridges in the world by Dezeen last year.

This webinar is free, although any donations would be very gratefully received to support the work of Chiswick Pier Trust.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/engineering-humanity-and-rivers-tickets-142555877467

Midsummer Jazz Cruise

Friday 25 June at 7pm

£50 per head

To celebrate the summer solstice and coming out of lockdown Chiswick Pier Trust would like to welcome you back to the river by hosting a Jazz Cruise on Friday 25 June. We will be leaving Chiswick Pier at 7pm sailing upstream.

On board to serenade you whilst sailing the Thames will be the popular jazz band Anacousis. During the cruise a two course supper will be served and drinks can be ordered from the bar.

Leaving in daylight on a summers evening, experience the magic of the river and its banks. This is the perfect way to enjoy the River Thames on a midsummer evening.

Booking for the Cruise is now closed, but we have a waiting list, so do continue with your application for tickets and we will let you know if a place becomes available. Also, we are planning more cruises and we will offer tickets first to those who are on our waiting list!.

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Tea on the Thames Cruise

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Chiswick Pier to Kingston

Chiswick Pier Trust would like to invite you to join us for a Tea on the Thames cruise on Wednesday 7th July at 2.30pm. We will be sailing up-river to Kingston and back. It’s the perfect afternoon out with friends and family.

The cruise will be seated, with table allocations advised
before boarding. A full afternoon tea with cakes, sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam will be served in individual, sealed single use boxes and other refreshments will be available to purchase.

Tickets are now on sale : Adults £25, Children (under 8) £16.

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Party on the Pier

July 25 2021 – Diary Date

Keep Sunday 25th July free because plans for Party on the Pier are coming along apace and we are looking forward to a big, fun, family Partaayyyy!

We want to get you on – or by – the river.   There will be free boat trips on the Golden Salamander, the Chiswick Pier Canoe Club is doing taster sessions in the water, and the Thames Education Trust will be doing river dipping (don’t forget your wellies!).  

The marvelous Amanda from Amanda’s Action Kids will be with us to entertain the little ones, and there will be lots of stalls – including the RNLI and Sea Cadets.

There will be the chance to browse crafts from Flamingo Emporium and Hic Haec Hoc, and Usborne – who produce the very best books for children of all ages and were awarded Children’s publisher of 2020 will have a stand.

Salt Beef Shack will be providing fantastic salt beef bagels and Reubens sandwiches, as well as hotdogs and smoked salmon bagels with cream cheese. Mama Pets will be serving mouthwatering Caribbean vegetarian food. And for pudding? Handmade ice creams from Super Scoop Italian Gelato and we’ll have hot and cold refreshments too. And, of course, there’ll be live music from Shenanigans, and a Fullers’ bar.

All this is to say thank you to our wonderful community who support us throughout the year. 

That’s for starters.  There’s lots more to come and we’ll keep you posted!

Captain’s Quiz Cruise with Supper

CAPTAIN’S QUIZ CRUISE WITH SUPPER

CHISWICK PIER TOWARDS RICHMOND

FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER

Chiswick Pier Trust would like to welcome you back to the river after lockdown by hosting a cruise with a quiz and supper on Friday 11th December.

The boat will be leaving Chiswick Pier at 7.30 pm and sailing towards Richmond and back during which a hot supper will be served and a quiz will be held. Drinks will be available to order from the bar.

This cruise will be seated and table allocations will be advised before boarding. The number of passengers will be reduced in line with current regulations and table service will be offered for supper which will be served in individual, sealed, single use boxes.

Tickets now on sale: £30 per head

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Captains Quiz and Lunch Cruise

CAPTAIN’S QUIZ AND LUNCH CRUISE

CHISWICK PIER TOWARDS TEDDINGTON

SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER

Chiswick Pier Trust would like to welcome you back onto the river again by hosting a quiz and lunch cruise on Saturday 14 November.

The boat will be leaving Chiswick Pier at 1pm and sailing through Richmond towards Teddington and back, during which a hot lunch will be served and a quiz will be held. Drinks will be available to order from the bar.

This cruise will be seated and table allocations will be advised before boarding. The number of passengers will be reduced in line with current regulations and table service will be offered for lunch which will be served in individual, sealed, single use boxes.

Tickets now on sale: £30 per head

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

WINE & CHEESE TASTING CRUISE, CHISWICK PIER TOWARDS TEDDINGTON, FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER, 7.30PM

More details to follow.

Afternoon Tea Cruise

CHISWICK PIER TO TEDDINGTON LOCK

SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER

SOLD OUT

Chiswick Pier Trust would like to welcome you back onto the river by hosting an afternoon tea cruise on Sunday 4th October.

The boat will be leaving Chiswick Pier at 3pm and sailing to Teddington Lock and back during which time afternoon tea will be served.

This cruise will be seated and table allocations will be advised before boarding. The number of passengers will be reduced in line with current regulations and table service will be offered for afternoon tea which will be served in individual sealed single use boxes.