New design for famous hotel site
Marine photo competition
Camper vans on famous Thames island
50 new jobs at Thames Gateway Leander man is Watermen Master

Pic:Berkeley Homes

A new restaurant on the site of derelict Skindles Hotel are among the changes made to development plans for the site beside Maidenhead Bridge.

The hotel at Taplow was once one of the most famous on the river but has lain empty for many years. It is now part of a development plan for homes along a stretch of the Thames on the Buckinghamshire bank which includes a former paper mill. More details of the plans at

Marina company MDL's photography competition closes this Sunday (August 10th). Details HERE

Temple Island at Henley was the venue for a new venture by Volkswagen and holiday booking website

Six VW camper vans are being made available to book as ‘rooms’ at various locations. Dubbed 'Hotel VW California', Henley was the first and cost £35 a night during a recent week.

DP World London Gateway has announced a further 50 jobs at its South Essex deep-sea container hub port – and is encouraging women to apply.

The newly-opened international container terminal is looking for ‘Terminal Operatives’ to operate a variety of high-tech cranes and vehicles to move goods from ship to shore as well as support all other aspects of the terminal’s operations.

Applications are invited equally from men but in a bid to encourage diversity and dispel myths that ports are not for women, London Gateway wants women to take a fresh look at what the modern port has to offer. CEO Simon Moore said: “It’s really important to us to have as diverse a workforce as possible bringing many benefits to all in the workplace."

Jeremy Randall, President of Leander Club, has been installed as Master of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames.

Jeremy who rowed for Reading University and Henley-based Leander said: "My appointment is one of the highlights of my involvement in the River Thames and I will use my year as Master to ensure that the high standards required of those working on the Tideway continue to be enhanced by the evolving role of the Waterman’s Company in the 21st century”.

Story dated August 6th 2014



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