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The BMF Thames Region Association represents 80+ Members whose business is located alongside the non-tidal and tidal River Thames, and additionally over 100 further firms whose business address is in the London area or within the Counties adjacent to the River Thames.

The focus of British Marine Federation Thames Valley is to provide a service to this mix of businesses including boat builders, marinas and moorings operators, plus all those working in boat hire, passenger boats, boat repair, engineering, boat sales, boat brokerage together with businesses whose address is in the Thames area, but who may run a marine related business abroad, or on the UK Coast.

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British Marine Thames Valley member committee meetings are held quarterly to mesh with British Marine Headquarter Council meetings. This forum provides members with the opportunity to raise local and national issues that may affect their businesses or within the Thames Region.

The Britisah Marine Federation Thames Region Association AGM will usually be held during July each year.

John Pleace B.M.F.

Supporting and promoting businesses on the

River Thames and its connecting waterways

John Pleace represents the BMF Thames Valley which is a Regional Association of the national body the British Marine Federation, in this capacity John Pleace has a seat on the Main Management Board of the River Thames Alliance. His many years working in the marine trade make him an ideal trade representative.

John Pleace took over the established business “Riverside Piling and Dredging” along with Michael Turk (another very well known family name on the river) from Bernard Hunt in 1980. At that time the long established business had been running for some thirty years. Always a hard worker John Pleace went on to gain a vast knowledge of sheet piling riverbanks, dreging, etc.

Although now semi-retired he still plays and active role in many things at Walton Marina where he moors his boat, and . . . . .

Looking for a new challenge in 2009 John decided to set up Thames Brokerage Ltd. with his Son-in-Law Graig Sheperd take a look here at the wide range of craft being offered for sale.

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The Barge association is a club for people from anywhere in the world interested in barges and barging. DBA provides opportunities for members to share information and experiences through its website and forum and by meeting up at rallies and other events. DBA promotes general awareness of barges and barging and represents its members to many waterway authorities through Europe.

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Reading Borough Council's new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Thames is now open. Measuring 123 metres long, the landmark structure is now open for public use. The bridge opens up a key new route for pedestrians and cyclists direct from Caversham into the Town Centre and Reading Station.

Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Transport and Planning, said: "Now the bridge is complete I am sure that most people will agree this is a stunning new landmark for Reading,

Reading's New River Bridge Opens