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  Surveyors Freeman Society

The Surveyors Freeman Society is open to practising Chartered Surveyors in Central London. Its aim is to give an introduction to the Livery company and provide a programme of educational and networking events. Established in 2012, the Surveyors Freeman Society is already creating a reputation for hosting both education visits and informative talks. Over the last few years we have retraced the steps of Jack the Ripper in the East End, visited The Leadenhall Building, toured The Old Bailey and the Bank of England and seen the Triforium Passage and geometric staircase at St Pauls Cathedral. Last summer the RNLI entertained us with an excellent tour of the busiest RNLI station in the UK. We also had an update on L&T, rights of light and Crossrail all contributing to CPD.

This year we have an exciting range of events programmed as below, the CPD lectures conveniently located at the offices of JLL in the City. The Society currently has 60 members. Anyone interested in joining is invited to contact the Secretary or complete and return the application form.

The 2016 subscription is only £20 to make it affordable to all. The first year's subscription includes the joining fee. To receive an application form, please e-mail Phil Richards. We look forward to your support.

London RNLI Visit 2015

RNLI 1One July evening seven members of the Society were treated to a fascinating insight into the historical pier and running of the busiest RNLI station, based just below Waterloo Bridge. In 2014 there were 8,462 RNLI call outs or launches across its 237 stations. The Tower Station and the other 3 stations on the Thames, plus Southend-on-Sea, handle over 1,000 of those... So the first thing we were briefed on was what to do if there was a shout. Although based on a listed pier, this is no museum!

The jet powered E-Class boat used by the Station is the fastest in the RNLI fleet capable of doing 40 kn. (Tom Whalley's interest in speed was revealed when he asked if the boat could be bought. Yes for a cool £400K.)

We learnt that the average temperature of the water in the Thames is below 12°C for six months of the year and for many months can drop below 4°C. So, once in the water, life expectancy is a matter of minutes even in summer. The River can flow at 10 miles an hour when the stream and the tide combine and, uniquely, the convection of warmer denser sea water and colder fresh water will pull even the best swimmer under rather than support them as normal.

RNLI 2We not only understood how the station's staffing and operation is different to other stations, but also a little of the history of the pier. It was originally a 'receiving station' of the Royal Humane Society where people rescued from the river were brought to be warmed up and given a medical check, and placed there given its proximity to the to original waterloo bridge with its reputation as a popular place for suicide attempts (sadly nothing has changed).

We learnt that Waterloo Bridge was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, opened in 1945 and is sometimes known as the 'Ladies Bridge' given it was built by Ladies during the Second World War.

And before all this we were treated to drinks on board HQS Wellington, the home of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and the site of the new garden bridge. And to cap it all the evening ended with a real live 'shout'.

Our thanks go to Andrew Stewart and Stephen Wheatley, both RNLI volunteers, who gave us a most excellent and memorable evening and to Commodore Angus Menzies, the Clerk of HCMM.

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