Chiswick Pier Trust: Down by the River

Kate, Gill, Sarah, Penny and Anne

Chiswick Pier Trust puts on an exciting programme of public events and talks to engage all ages with life on and around the Thames

Chiswick Pier Trust in Corney Reach is perhaps one of W4’s best-kept secrets. Based at the Pier House, which is also home to Chiswick Canoe Club, the Thames Explorer Trust, the Sea Cadets and the RNLI station (the second busiest in the UK), the Trust’s dedicated team conceives and organises a wide range of fascinating river-focused activities, talks and events.

‘Thanks to the M4, geographically we are a little out on a limb and I think many people – even long-time Chiswick residents – don’t know we’re here or realise the scope of what we do,’ admits Sarah Hodgson, a former Chair of Trustees. ‘We’d really love to change that!’

The Trust was established in 1993 with the objective of protecting and improving access to the Thames, educating the public about the ecology, history and natural history of the river and providing recreation and leisure facilities. Sarah herself first got involved when she became the representative of the Canoe Club and she is still an enthusiastic trustee.

’In the mid-90s, when planning permission was granted for the site of the former Thorneycroft Boatyard, the council’s vision was to create a village-like community,’ she says. ‘As part of the deal, the developer was obliged to build the Pier House as a focal point. However, Hounslow didn’t want to run it, and so that’s how Chiswick Pier Trust came into being.’

The Trust receives no public money. ’We are a registered charity and we’re mostly sustained by the eight private houseboats,’ explains Sarah. ‘The owners pay rent for their permanent moorings which are, of course, in a lovely location. In addition, we charge for visitor moorings, hire out our hall and conference room for private and corporate occasions, run a successful membership scheme and we raise funds through annual events, such as a party on Boat Race day and our own popular Party on the Pier in July.

‘The Development and Activities committee (myself, Anne, Gill, Kate and Penny) work hard to come up with new ideas for every age and interest,’ says Sarah. ‘Living in Chiswick, we’re so lucky to have the Thames nearby. We’d love local people to come along, take part in our events and enjoy learning about the river.’

Spring and Summer dates for your diary at Chiswick Pier

The Boat Race Party (24 March):
There’s no better vantage point to watch the Oxford and Cambridge race than Chiswick Pier. The Pier House will be open from 2pm and there will be a BBQ, Fullers Bar, live music and a big screen.

A Virtual Visit to Chiswick’s Foreshore (7.30pm, 27 March):
Acclaimed zoologist  Brenna Boyle, author of Wild Capital, leads a virtual tour of the Chiswick stretch of the Thames foreshore.

Emery Walker and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Hammersmith (7.30pm, 24 April):
Julie Ashdown OBE chronicles the life of Emery Walker, the renowned engraver, printer and photographer, and the artistic community that lived next to the Thames.

Midsummer Jazz Cruise to Westminster (22 June):
Enjoy a delicious supper and some cool jazz as you cruise along the Thames aboard the Golden Salamander.

Party on the Pier (1 July):
The Pier Trust’s annual family extravaganza with free boat trips, craft stalls, live music, BBQ , Fullers bar and a host of fun activities for all ages.

Watercolour Painting Workshop (22 August):
Lead by tutor Julia Cassels.

Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way,
Chiswick, London W4 2UG
Chiswick Pier Trust
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way,
Chiswick, London W4 2UG

Online editor at Keep Things Local




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