Having trouble reading this email? Then view it on our website
If you would prefer not to receive further email updates from us please click here.
Forward to a friend


Dear Friends

sueThe newly refurbished centre basin of St Katharine Docks marina is currently full of a fascinating array of boats taking part in this year’s Classic Boat Festival on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th of September . Many of the boats are historic Dunkirk Little Ships which took part in Operation Dynamo in 1940. There will be live music from sea shanties to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and on Saturday at 13.30 the Pandemonium Drummers who took part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics will be performing. The Blue Ribbon Village will be open on both days on Marble Quay from 11.00 – 17.00 featuring many river organisations with the chance to try your hand at canoeing in the safety of the Marina with Moo Canoes!

Below you will find details of our special Autumn event which is a visit to the fascinating Brooklands Museum in Weybridge for the Concorde Champagne Day. This is a not to be missed opportunity to meet and listen to the extraordinary story of this iconic plane from Capt Mike Bannister the Chief Concorde Pilot – on the anniversary of the very last Concorde flight.

We hope to see some of you at the Classic Boat Festival over the weekend which is one of the 150 events forming part of Totally Thames 2016 more details of the "Take me to the River" programme can be viewed at www.totallythames.org

Finally, we have added three new retail partners to our Concession scheme - please take a look at the great new discounts listed below which are now available to our members.

Sue Hughes, Chairman

Forthcoming Events


Concorde Champagne Day

At Brooklands Museum, Weybridge on Monday 24th October
Cost £69

Please join us for our special Autumn event to experience the Concorde Champagne day in leafy Weybridge. On 24 October 2003 three Concorde aircraft landed together at London Heathrow to mark the final commercial flights of the supersonic aircraft. The last to land was the BA002 from New York, the Captain that day, Chief Concorde Pilot Mike Bannister, will be our host for this event.

A party of up to 30 members will take the train from Waterloo and will be met by a vintage Routemaster bus to collect us at Weybridge station. Enjoy a glass of bucks fizz to start the day in the historic Members' Bar whilst listening to an introductory talk about Brooklands. You will then have time to visit the historic collections of cars, planes & motorbikes and visit the Concorde Simulator where all British Airways pilots trained. Then once on board Concorde you will be served a glass of champagne while you enjoy the "flight", be able to visit the flight deck & view the rear cabin exhibition. Over a buffet lunch in the Blue Bird Room we will have a talk and presentation by Capt. Mike Bannister. The cost of this very enjoyable day trip will be £69.00 (not including lunchtime drinks). Return train will arrive at Waterloo at approximately 17.30. Please click here for more details and to book your place now. Please note that your place will only be confirmed once your payment has been received.

Events Diary

Below are details of some of our other events – please be sure to save the dates!

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. Documentation will be emailed to members in early October.

tower2November – (date TBC) an evening visit to the Tower of London to include the Ceremony of the Keys. Further details will be circulated of this members only event once confirmed.

December 5th The FOSKD Festive Dinner for members will be held in the Bridge Suite 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?


Dickens Inn

Following a great evening in the Copperfield Bar to launch their "new look" lounge bar, the Dickens management have kindly agreed a discount for our members of 20% off food and beverages throughout the bars and restaurants in the building.

Trade Union

Many of our members attended a fun night at this cool, new warehouse style venue in 3 Thomas More Square in August – comprising a restaurant and bar, coffee shop and florist and a barber shop. We enjoyed some great cocktails and the good news is that the management have agreed a 20% discount off food and beverages for our members.

White Mulberries

In a previous Newsletter we mentioned upcoming changes to some of the retail units in the Docks – next month the award winning White Mulberries coffee shop will be expanding by taking over the space currently occupied by the Lagoon Dry Cleaners. They will close for a short time for alterations but the good news is that they are now part of our concession scheme offering 10% discount off food and beverages to members.

Lagoon Dry Cleaners

We are delighted that Bob will be staying in the centre basin of the Marina – he will be moving to the unit under the hotel recently vacated by the Alexander Miles Art Gallery which in turn is relocating to Ivory House to the unit formerly occupied by The Cookery School on the west dock side of the building.

Grange City Hotel Spa – Special event

We are pleased to bring you details of a special open evening on Thursday 15th September in the Spa of our concession partner the Grange City Hotel. The event starts at 5pm and drinks and canapes will be served with tours of the facilities available. Please click here to see further details.

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


Tower Bridge Closure

The City of London Corporation is planning major essential maintenance works to Tower Bridge in the Autumn until the end of 2016. From Saturday 1st October 2016 until Friday 30th December the bridge will be closed to all vehicle and cycle traffic. The closures will be in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week..On the following weekends the bridge will also be closed to pedestrians: 26th/27th November 3rd/4th December and 10th /11th December.

Contact us

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

Follow us on Twitter @OfficialFOSKD