Time and Tide wait for no man!!


I can’t believe it that it’s 25 years since we moved down to our Thameside house just downstream
from the Trafalgar Tavern and right next door to the Globe rowing club, which is as active as ever,
launching their craft over the sandy foreshore.
Riverwatch became a monthly event just as The Guide Magazine published over in Blackheath, and
later with the essential contribution and help from Tony and Helen Othen, who have volunteered
their expertise in translating my scribbles into an internet version.


The time has come that health worries indicate I should call it a day and, alas, I have to say goodbye.
Halfway through my 88 th year, time and tide have played an important role in my artistic
endeavours, and I wish a fond farewell to one and all who have made it all possible.
However, I have mountains of various published artworks stuffed away in case somebody else would
have use of this indulgence. I have gathered it all together and invite any interested parties to
phone me and Judy at our home number to see which time slots are available.


An Open Day on our deck at 15 Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP
18 th September from 11 until 4. Phone 020 88583413 for an appointment,

or email
peterjudykent@gmail.com.

RSVP

PS – from Helen and Tony
It’s been a joy and a great privilege to help Peter bring Riverwatch to light for so many of those that
appreciate his work – our involvement was all the reward we could wish for. Helen has loved
reading the entries as she typed them up from Peter’s neat, inimitable script. And Tony has much
enjoyed weaving in Peter’s accompanying artwork to create the online diaries. Riverwatch has not
only provided a unique chronical of the Greenwich Thameside view of London in Peter’s time that
we’re sure will enter the annals of history, but have also been an entertaining gift to us all as we
reflect on the great history and contemporary developments of London and our river Thames.
Thank you Peter for so many years of sharing your talents through Riverwatch, with tireless
generosity. We will all miss Riverwatch!

About RiverWatch returns

Peter Kent shares his Thames riverside studio viewpoint

9 responses to “Time and Tide wait for no man!!”

  1. Anthony Cross says :

    Best wishes for your retirement Captain Kent.

  2. Carol Roper says :

    I have really enjoyed Riverwatch, such a lovely way to keep up to date with all the movements and developments on our stretch of The Thames. I do hope somebody has archived copies. I’m sure that a local heritage centre would like to retain them. Many thanks Peter, and very best wishes.

  3. Roger Price says :

    Peter, reading Riverwatch and looking at your illustrations has been a joy. I have a wonderful archive, which helps me appreciate so many of the changes that have shaped our River and surrounding area over the years that you have told your stories.
    Riverwatch Returns has been a magnificent effort, created by your special talent and enthusiasm. A unique record, of which you should be very proud – thank you, dear friend!

  4. Elizabeth says :

    Oh yes, how we shall miss the postings – that breath of damp Greenwich air. Thank you so much, Peter.

  5. Rachel Hedley says :

    Dear Peter (and Judy, Helen and Tony) What a great way to bow out! I will miss RiverWatch landing in my in box. One of the few email newsletters I love to read. Thank you for everything you’ve contributed to the river community – do look out for Emmeline 2 as we regularly row past your window. I will remember to wave next time! All the best Rachel

    Rachel (Hedley) AHOY Trustee and founder of the Purple Cutter Partnership, rowing in Thames Waterman Cutter, Emmeline 2

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  6. Joe Lane says :

    Peter, Thank you for your many newsletters and fantastic drawings, Both from the river thams to the scetches you did at the Trinity 500 dinner at the Guild Hall. On behalf of myself and the crew of the Trinity House Cutter “Trinity Tide” And also the TTRA (Thames Traditional Rowing Association) We wish you a happy retirement Sir.

    Thank you so much

    Joe Lane

  7. rowjoelane says :

    Peter, Thank you for your many newsletters and fantastic drawings, Both from the river thames to the sketches you did at the Trinity 500 dinner at the Guild Hall. On behalf of myself and the crew of the Trinity House Cutter “Trinity Tide” And also the TTRA (Thames Traditional Rowing Association) We wish you a happy retirement Sir.

    Thank you so much

    Joe Lane

  8. Anthony Mansi says :

    Surely not ? What’s 88 got to do with anything .In your case I imagined it was the new 66 ,and despite plus ça change ,it would be plus c’est la même chose.
    Well you have certainly beguiled us all with your delightful observations,commentaries and insights and they will be sorely missed .Haven’t heard when the investiture will be yet but I hope it is soon.Well done Cap’n Birdseye!
    Tony

  9. Lesley Rahamim says :

    Thank you Peter. I’ve enjoyed your blogs so much, especially as you take such a positive attitude to new developments as well as celebrating the old.
    Lesley.

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