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The photo slideshow below shows a recent TVBC Cookham Lock Island Rally.
This was a very successful rally and was enjoyed by all

  • The mooring at the top of the Cookham Lock Island
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The following photos are from recent TVBC rallies, and will give you the "flavour" of these events, and I hope will result in you joining in! All members are very welcome, with or without a boat. The dates of each year's rallies are on the Calendar page. If you need more details, email me - Mike Phillips (Webmaster).

The Boveney Lock Rally (beginning of August)

The TVBC Boveney Rally

At the Boveney Rally

 On Mimosa at Boveney

Photos by Mike Phillips

The Cookham Lock Island Rally (August Bank holiday weekend)

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At the Cookham Rally

Round the bonfire

Goodbye from Cookham Rally!

Photos by Mike Phillips

    Some Interesting Facts about "Father Thames" that perhaps you never knew: 


    Mapledurham corn mill, from the 15th century, is the only water mill still working on the Thames.

    A medicinal spring, reputedly good for "corns, ulcers and sore eyes", flows at Goring. 

    A drop of rain falling into the Thames at its source (in the Cotswolds) will have been drunk by 8 people before it reaches the sea.

    One inch of rain on the Thames catchment is enough water to make five rivers as big as the Thames is at Henley

    Suffragettes burned down the church at Wargrave in 1914 because the vicar refused to remove the word "obey" from the marriage service.

    St Mary's Abbey in the sleepy village of Medmenham in Buckinghamshire, is reputed to be one of the homes of the orgiastic Hell Fire Club in the late18th century. 

    Dorney Court at Dorney Reach, just past Bray, was where the first pineapple was grown in Britain and presented to King Charles II.St. John's Lock at Lechlade, is the highest on the Thames, 250 feet above sea level.

    Radcot Bridge, north of Faringdon, is a triple arched 12th century bridge, which has foundations that may date back to Saxon times. It is the oldest surviving bridge across the Thames.

    Swan Upping takes place in the 3rd week of July, the responsibility of the Queen's Swan Marker, David Barber of Cookham, whose father held the position for 41 years. All the swans are the property of the Queen, or one of two livery companies - the Dyers or the Vintners. The swan uppers identify and tag the new generation of cygnets; those belonging to the livery companies are tagged - the Queen's are unmarked. 

    It is reputed that Richard the Lionheart first introduced the swans to the Thames from Cyprus.

    Maidenhead, originally Maidenhythe, is famous for its two bridges, the road bridge built of Portland stone and Brunel's brick railway bridge, also known as the "Sounding Arch" for its amazing echo. The railway bridge has the widest brick-built spans in the world.

    Bray Film Studio, just past Bray Marina, is where the Hammer House of Horror films were made.span>

    Across the river at Runnymede is a US Air Forces Memorial and the John F Kennedy Memorial set in an acre of England given to the American people.

    (From an article found on the internet from an unknown source) 



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