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The Marine Management Organisation has granted a marine licence to install a statue outside The Grapes pub on the River Thames.

The pub, on Narrow Street in London’s Docklands, is owned by Sir Ian McKellen who saw the statue on a visit to Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley’s studio.

The statue is a life-size figure of a man similar to those found on Crosby Beach in Liverpool (pictured). It has been installed on the riverside behind the pub, which has stood on the banks of the Thames for nearly 500 years, and will become part-submerged depending on the tide.

As the Thames is a tidal river, a marine licence may be required from the MMO for development in the river up to the extent of the tidal influence.

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A new rowing club is being launched at Richmond this weekend  - Saturday June 8th.

Richmond Bridge Boat Club based at Number 3 arch at Richmond Bridge is described as a “traditional rowing club” with membership open to both novice and experienced rowers.

TV presenter Bamber Gascoigne and Mark Edwards, builder of the Queen’s Royal Barge Gloriana will be performing the opening ceremony.

Sampler sessions will be available on Saturday and anyone interested is invited to the open day between 12 noon and 3pm.

More details a
t Richmond Bridge Boat Club website

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The Environment Agency’s new lock-side refreshment kiosk has officially opened at Molesey Lock.

It is the first catering operation of this type undertaken by the agency, and it hopes to open more along the River Thames over the coming months. It is currently waiting for planning permission for a refreshment kiosk at Goring Lock in Oxfordshire and has also been granted planning consent for a further outlet at Penton Hook in Staines.
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National Historic Ships UK has taken a further step in securing £261,100 bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist a project that aims to prevent the loss of the traditional skills and techniques involved in conserving, handling and maintaining historic vessels.   Development funding of £12,200 has also been awarded to help NHS-UK progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The project will host training placements at sites ranging from Scotland to the West Country.  Trainees will be working with a variety of historic vessels, receiving specialist training in the significance of these craft and how to operate them safely and effectively. They will also undertake a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College and an interpretation placement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. 

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