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The Thames Vintage Boat Club was founded at Old Windsor in March 1983 to provide a club and forum for all types of traditionally built craft; to seek to encourage their restoration, maintenance, and above all, their use, and also to produce and maintain an historical record of all traditional craft on the river Thames. If you love boats such as those shown above, you should be a member! Now in our fourth decade, we can look back on a remarkable success in our aims over the past years. We have around 580 members and our boat membership is around 250, amongst which will be found the finest builds and restorations anywhere (some of our boats are shown above, together with photos from many of our club functions). Our members include most of the reputable boat builders on the upper Thames, noted experts on engines, design, boat types and history, and many gifted amateurs.

We provide a very lively social calendar both on and off the water, and a friendly environment for all, from the interested to the enthusiast and from individuals to families.  Our club burgee, boaters, sweatshirts and badges are distinctive and a familiar sight on the river Thames. We also have one of the lowest annual subscriptions of any boating club. If you have a real interest in traditional boats, or just like being around them, you will find a welcome with the TVBC. Speak to any of our members flying the TVBC burgee (buff and brown with our logo), and they will be pleased to meet and inform you.Alternatively call or email any of our officers and Committee members listed below and they will be very happy to help you. You can also contact Peter, our Membership Officer, and request a membership form (details below).  

The "Boater" Magazine

Our magazine "The Boater" , mailed free to members four times yearly, keeps us all in touch and is much admired, with club news, technical and historic articles, colour photos and much more. Every member of the club is encouraged to contribute articles or other content for "The Boater", so bearing in mind the wealth of talent and experience in boat building and restoration, plus cruising both rivers and seas, that exists within our membership, "The Boater" magazine is a very good read. A selection of articles is on this site for you to enjoy - see Navigation Bar above.

The TVBC Waterside Events

Each year in mid July, large numbers of our boats gather at the  TTBR Traditional Boat Festival (previously titled the Thames Traditional Boat Rally) for a magnificent club display in the sail-pasts. Those interested in the club should visit our TVBC stand, and relax whilst learning more about us, and view the large photographic display of our activities and our members' craft. If you wish, you can apply for membership there and then.   We also have a large presence at the Beale Park Boat Show held at Pangborne each June, and you can visit us there at our display stand. In addition we hold several full Club Rallies each year; the first at Boveney Lock Island at the beginning of August, the second at Cookham Lock Island at the end of August, and a third at a venue further upriver. Our Club Calendar page gives details of our various activities.

To Join the TVBC

 You can now download an Application Form HERE. To join the club send this together with a good current photo of your boat and a cheque for £45 (one year plus £15 joining fee) made out to "TVBC", to our Membership Secretary, Peter Scrutton  Tel: 01932 560 981, address 12 Ferndale Avenue, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9RB or by email to  and arrange a Bank Transfer. If you do not own a vintage or traditional boat you are still welcome to join using the same procedure (but send only £35) as an Associate Member, receive the magazine, and attend all club functions.. We look forward to your enquiries and interest, and if you wish to join, then you will be WELCOMED ABOARD

To Access the new TVBC Database of Club Boats

To access the new database containing details of all TVBC Boats you must be a paid-up TVBC Member. Please email me, the Webmaster, at and I will send you a password. Many boats have large photos, and we are working to eventually have photos for all.


The Thames Vintage Boat Club: 
Flag Officers and Officers.


Robin Newlands   

Jane Percival 

Vice Commodore
Patrick Prince 

Rear Commodore
David Lister

Hon. Secretary
Theresa Scrutton Tel: 01932 560 981

Hon. Treasurer
Peter Scrutton 


Membership Secretaries
Peter & Theresa Scrutton Tel: 01932 560 981
12 Ferndale Avenue
Surrey KT16 9RB

Mike Phillips 

"Boater" Magazine Editor
Jane Percival 

Assistant Editor
Mike Phillips 

Committee Members

John Llewellyn 
Phillip & Pam Chart
Adrian Mettem
David Knight




We Welcome New Members!   
Contact our Membership Secretary, Peter Scrutton  Tel: 01932 560 981
12 Ferndale Avenue, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9RB, or email him at  and you will be sent a Membership Pack

Please enjoy the rest of the site and pass our site address on to any boating friends.