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sue.jpgFor those of you who have yet to renew your membership subscription here is a preview of our membership card for 2016/17. We think you will agree that the photographs show St Katharine Docks looking particularly beautiful – our thanks to member Gwen Hewett who took these great shots! We would encourage you to renew your membership as soon as possible please to ensure that you are able to continue claiming all the great concessions we have negotiated for you. Your current card will cease to be valid on 31st March 2016. You will also need to have renewed your membership for 2016/17 to sign up for the fabulous events detailed below.


An email was sent to you on the 8th March 2016 explaining how to renew your membership – if you are having trouble locating it, please contact our Membership Secretary, Colin Mitchell on membership@foskd.org for information.

At the Special General meeting held on the 24th February, both Resolutions put to the meeting were passed – our thanks to all those members who attended the meeting or sent in proxy votes for your support of our activities.

There is one change to the calendar of events we published in our February Newsletter and that is the date for our Annual General Meeting which will now be held on the 19th October 2016 rather than the 28th September.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of the great events that we have planned for April (please register to attend them via the links below) and we wish you all a very happy Easter break!

Sue Hughes, Chairman, FOSKD

Forthcoming Events

Superyacht Lady Sandals – social evening and buffet supper
on the 7th April 2016

sandals.jpgI am sure that many of you will have been admiring Superyacht Lady Sandals which has been moored in the centre basin of the marina over the winter months. We are delighted that with the kind permission of the owner, Mr Gordon Stewart, 40 members of FOSKD will have the opportunity to spend an evening on board this beautiful vessel in the company of Captain Michael Harris for a social evening & buffet supper. During the evening you will have the opportunity to learn a little about the fabulous Sandals and Beaches Resorts developed by Mr Stewart in the Caribbean. To book your free place which is by invitation only for members who have renewed for 2016/17, please click here. You will receive an email to confirm your place with details of the timings.

Champagne & Canapes Reception with Oyster Yachts
on the 13th April 2016

yachts.jpgOyster Yachts are returning to the Marina and have kindly invited members to a champagne & canapés reception on the evening of Wednesday 13th April with the opportunity to view and go on board the stylish collection of yachts with the Oyster 745 making her world début at the show. She can be viewed alongside the stunning Oyster 545 and two superb versions of the Oyster 575.

We have just 40 places for this free event which is by invitation only for members who have renewed for 2016/17. To book your place, please click here . You will receive an email to confirm your place with details of the timings. www.oysteryachts.com

Visit to the College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street
on Wednesday the 20th April 2016

arms.jpgThis will be a fascinating evening visit to this historic building hosted by Mr William Hunt, Windsor Herald. You will hear about the history of heraldry and the role of the Heralds, a little about the architecture of the building and you will be shown a selection of heraldic records dating back to 1484. A buffet supper with wine is included in the price of £37 per head.

To book your place at this event, please click here to register. Places will only be confirmed once payment is received - so please also click here for details of how to pay. You will receive an email confirming your place with details of the timings. Please note that there are only 20 places for this event and you will need to have renewed your membership for 2016/17 to be eligible. If there is a large demand or places we may try and organise another visit for members in the future.

Jazz River Cruise Saturday 3rd September 2016 on board "Jewel of London"

If you would be interested in joining a cruise open to the public to listen to the "John Petters New Orleans Allstars" for their Louis Armstrong Celebration afternoon cruise on the Thames please register expressions of interest only at this stage with Colin Mitchell at membership@foskd.org

The cost for the cruise would be £29.50 (sails from and to Festival Pier). There will be a cash bar which sells crisps/nuts (please note there is no other food served/allowed on board)

Events Diary

Below are details of other events confirmed - be sure to save the dates!

May 4th - 7th The London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show returns to St Katharine Docks and Old Billingsgate for the second year. An invitation to register for Show tickets will be emailed to members in early April.

June 7th Evening visit to the Palace of Westminster hosted by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. You will have the opportunity to take a short tour and enjoy a drinks and canape reception in one of the beautifully decorated rooms of this magnificent building.

July 30th The Clipper round the World Yacht Race finishes at St Katharine Docks and we will welcome back the 12 yachts and their crews after the race of their lives!

Sept 10th & 11th The return of the Classic Boat Festival is always a wonderful sight in the centre basin of the marina with many of the Dunkirk Little Ships participating together with other historic boats. This year there will be more festivities taking place on the dockside.

October 19th is the date for the FOSKD Annual General Meeting and social evening at the Dickens Inn. An opportunity for members to meet the Committee and learn about the many activities of the Association.

December 5th The FOSKD Festive Dinner for members will be held at the Guoman Tower Hotel.

Every Wednesday morning at Café Rouge 10.00am - 11.30am - our regular coffee mornings continue to attract a good number of local residents who come along to catch up with friends at this informal gathering – why not come and join us if you find yourself free one Wednesday morning?


Knight Frank Estate Agents

We are pleased to announce that Knight Frank Estate Agents (Wapping High Street Branch) have joined our concession scheme. They have kindly agreed to give FOSKD members a discount of 10% off their agreed fees (to both Sellers and Landlords). For full details of the offer and their contact details please see our website.

Friday Food Market

food.pngBlackstone, the owners of St Katharine Docks,have changed the operator of the Friday food market with effect from Friday 1st April 2016. From that date Epicurean Events www.epicureanevents.co.uk will be bringing their "World Food Market" to St. Katharine Docks and we look forward to welcoming their traders. They have kindly agreed to give members of FOSKD 10% discount on production of a current membership card.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank John and Maria Shepherd the operators of the Friday Good Food Market and all their traders for providing us with so many tasty treats over the last few years. We wish them well for the future with www.shepherdsmarkets.com

Full details of the offers from all of our concession partners can be seen on the concessions page of our website www.foskd.org

News from around the Dock

Ivory House Retail Units

Members may be aware of some proposed changes to some of the retail units in Ivory House. At this time we can report that your Committee have had discussions on these matters with members of the senior management team at Blackstone. We will up-date members as and when we have confirmation of the outcome of those discussions.

Contact us

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact us at contactus@foskd.org

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