RTG Newsletter Spring 2022   

We thought this simple home- made tribute sums it all up. Proud and thankful for a lifetime of service to the nation. Thank you and god bless you HM Queen Elizabeth !! 

Many of us will want to get on a plane and spend time away somewhere warm. But whatever the reason for many people that just isn’t going to happen this year. So, here are a few interesting and reasonably priced activities (some free)  for all the family. That's not to mention the free Thames walks and those along the canals linking the Thames. And finally, there are some excellent boating holidays and short break and day hire options if you go to Thames Boating

Ride London 29th May 2022 Photo Some of the 25,000 riders young and old that made their way from London to Essex-and then back again. Inspiring to see so many "ordinary" pairs of legs slogging through the miles and in a very cheery atmosphere Details                                        


The Garden Museum's annual Spring Plant Fair- is just one of several events held at this innovative London museum on the South Bank of the Thames.

Every year the Spring Plant Fair gathers specialist plant growers and nurseries from across the country, bringing the UK’s best plants to London for one day only. This beloved specialist plant fair has been held at the Museum for over 40 years, and for the first time this year will also feature talks, workshops and activities all included in the ticket price. 

More events details here for  the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB
020 7401 8865 website 


                                                ***  For more upcoming events in May click here. ***


Volunteers needed for an important survey

Emily Sabin, Water Vole Officer at PTES, explains: “Water vole populations have plummeted by a staggering 90% since the 1970s. They are Britain’s fastest declining mammal and continue to face multiple threats including habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and predation from non-native American mink.”

 A native water vole. Credit Craig Jones Wildlife Photography

                                                                        To find out more, and to access the free online training, survey guides and to sign up, visit 


BFI Southbank

April 2022 at BFI Southbank, including seasons dedicated to Anime, actor and director Liv Ullmann and a centenary celebration of screenwriter Nigel Kneale.

With special guests onstage including writer, actor and director Liv Ullmann, director Laura Samani (Small Body), producer-director Benjamin Field and producer Jamie Anderson (Gerry Anderson: A Life unchartered -and a special restoration screening of Worzel Gummidge 

13th Astronomy Photographer of the Year - competition pictures on display at the National Maritime Museum. 

Dates:18 September 2021 – 7 August 2022  Greenwich

Admission:Adult £10 | Student £6.50 | Child £5

More info here.

All the Queen’s Men-now at Queen's House, Greenwich

You can uncover the lives of Elizabeth I’s male courtiers and their personal and political relationships with the monarch in this new display at the Queen’s House. Featuring paintings of Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Seymour, also showcases the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, one of the treasures of Royal Museums Greenwich's collection. 

Location: Queen’s House, Greenwich 

More info here.

Royal Museums Greenwich 

Greenwich NMM Canaletto

1 April 2022, Canaletto’s Venice Revisited exhibition will open at the National Maritime Museum, London, exploring some of the most iconic view paintings of Venice and how the tourism that helped establish Canaletto’s career, today threatens his city’s future. More info here.


LGBTQ+ Family Network

A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection.

Date: 21 May 2022 

Location: National Maritime Museum, Group space

More info here.

Val Wyatt Marine, located on Willow Lane, Wargrave has become the first in the UK to receive a special award  Launched at last year’s Southampton International Boat Show for its commitment to removing single-use plastic from its site. The company earned a Bronze Certification Award, as part of the Single-Use Plastic Free Accreditation, for measures it has taken to help preserve the local environment.


 Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th July 2022.




BONEY M with LIZ MITCHELL the original lead singer



Woburn Treasures 

Explore some of the treasured works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford as they go on show in the Queen’s House in Greenwich  (While Woburn Abbey is closed for re-burbishment) See details

  Private Boat Hire operates a fleet of six luxury skippered river cruisers based at various location on the Thames between Marlow and Windsor. New for 2022, ‘Midsomer Maiden’ is an 31’ Edwardian style launch, comfortably accommodating up to 10 passengers and will be the sixth vessel to join the fleet offering private charter based in Bray (available from April 2022).  Details here.


Delve Deeper : Forgotten Faces

Delve Deeper into the Royal Museums Collections with a specialist tour led by one of our curators. This tour will look at several ‘forgotten’ portraits of unknown, unfashionable, or unloved sitters, whose faces have remained hidden in storage, sometimes for decades. Exploring why these portraits have seldom been on show, and what can this tell us about changes in taste and the histories of art collecting.

Date: 26 May 2022

Time: 19.00 – 20.30

Location: Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

Admission: Adult £20

More info here. 

Long established Chertsey firm Bates Wharf have chalked up another great service success story with one employee John Lapworth (pictured above right) clocking up 50 -repeat 50- years of service in 2022 -while the entire team at Bates recently qualified for the finals of the 2022 Motor Boat Awards. 

Into the 5th generation of the Bates family at the helm, the team is well placed to make it into the finals again next time and has an impressive inventory available at three South Coast offices in addition to its landmark showroom near Chertsey bridge.  Web-site: www.bateswharf.co.uk

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