Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (All bookable now)  | Mary Rose Tour plus Private Tour and Dinner Aboard HMS Victory, Mon 22 May  | Common Hall and James Wood Supper, Wed 14 June, The Counting House, Cornhill  | Tower of London Joint Shoot and Supper, Wed 20 June    Forthcoming City Events:  |  Sir Roger Gifford's Reflections as Lord Mayor, Wed 17 May, Painters' Hall; book via www.LMReflects.London.  |  Election of Sheriffs Mon 26 June, Guildhall (Guildhall election and luncheon now bookable via Bowyers' website)

St George's Banquet 26 April at Cutlers' Hall

Cutlers' Hall was the venue selected for the Bowyers' St George's Day Banquet this year and provided a superb backdrop to an excellent evening of good food, fine wine, excellent company and on this occasion unique musical entertainment. An impressive total of 95 Bowyers and their guests, many sporting a red rose, gathered for one of the Company's two annual flagship events and to celebrate St George's Day in typical Bowyers' style.

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Gold Award for Craft Guild's Don Adams

At a very happy lunch organised by the Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers & Fletchers at the Bosworth Battlefield on Sat 6 May, it was the pleasant duty of our Master to present a Gold Award to Don Adams, one of the Guild's senior master bowyers. The Craft Guild is one of the Bowyers' dearest affiliations, and on their expert recommendations we present Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for excellence in the continuing craft of making authentic longbows.

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Citizen and Bowyer Robert Durrant

At the traditonal ceremony in the Chamberlain's Court at Guildhall on Thursday 27 April, conducted by Murray Craig, the Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, Bowyer Freeman Robert Durrant was sworn in as a Freeman of the City of London, thus becoming (at least for an hour or so) the City's 'youngest Freeman'.

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St George's Banquet 26 April at Cutlers' Hall

Cutlers' Hall was the venue selected for the Bowyers' St George's Day Banquet this year and provided a superb backdrop to an excellent evening of good food, fine wine, excellent company and on this occasion unique musical entertainment. An impressive total of 95 Bowyers and their guests, many sporting a red rose, gathered for one of the Company's two annual flagship events and to celebrate St George's Day in typical Bowyers' style.

Having been welcomed into the Hall by an impressively turned out Carpet Guard of Brentwood Sea Cadets (our newest affiliation), the Bowyers and their guests were received by the Master and Wardens and their wives prior to a champagne reception. During the reception, Mr Rob Doyle, Chairman of the Brentwood Sea Cadets and one of our guests for the evening, flanked by some of the cadets, gave a short talk on the role of the organisation and its aims and objectives. He concluded by very generously presenting a unit shield to the Master on behalf of the Company and also to Past Master Michael Wren who had been responsible for initiating and developing the relationship.

Having been welcomed into the Hall by an impressively turned out Carpet Guard of Brentwood Sea Cadets (our newest affiliation), the Bowyers and their guests were received by the Master and Wardens and their wives prior to a champagne reception.

During the reception, Mr Rob Doyle, Chairman of the Brentwood Sea Cadets and one of our guests for the evening, flanked by some of the cadets, gave a short talk on the role of the organisation and its aims and objectives. He concluded by very generously presenting a unit shield to the Master on behalf of the Company and also to Past Master Michael Wren who had been responsible for initiating and developing the relationship.

Upon the ringing of the Bowyers' dining bell the assembled company climbed the stairs to the Livery Hall to the accompaniment of the excellent Sea Cadet pipers. Our caterers for the evening, The Cook and The Butler, served an excellent four-course meal of cod, beef, lime cheesecake and devilled liver accompanied by some excellent wines, all of which was very much enjoyed by the diners. Following the Sung Grace, the passing of the Loving Cup and our four formal toasts, the diners then settled down to enjoy some musical entertainment provided by Mr Peter Gill, a pianist and singer well known to those Bowyers who had attended the January Court and Livery Dinner at Dyers' Hall some three months previously. On this occasion he performed five ragtime piano compositions by Scott Joplin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer's death.

Once the rapturous applause has subsided the diners then turned to listen to Dr Sinclair Rogers as he welcomed our guests for the evening: Professor Edward Byrne AC, Principal and President of King's College London, and his wife Melissa; Mr George Clarke, the Master Cutler, and his wife Isabel; the Fletchers' new Master, Mrs Clare James, and their Clerk Miss Kate Pink; Lt Col Frosty Ellwood from the Mercian Regiment, and his wife Elizabeth; and from the Brentwood Sea Cadets, Mr Rob Doyle. Responding on behalf of the guests Professor Byrne spoke warmly of the importance of the link between King's College London and the Company and thanked the Bowyers for their continued provision of an MA Scholarship and their support of KCL's 'Widening Participation' programme of outreach to schools.

After the Clerk had proposed the toast to The Company, the Master responded by highlighting our friendly links with the 'Warrior Companies', two of which were represented that evening, and to our affiliations, including the Mercian Regiment and the Brentwood Sea Cadets, also both represented. He chose to focus on the charitable work of the Bowyers, explaining that the Company aims to target its charitable giving into areas where it can make a real difference, particularly citing the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund, the KCL programmes and the tall-ship sail training conducted by the Sea Cadets as good examples of this. To conclude the evening, the Master proposed a rousing toast to England and St George.

After dinner the Bowyers and their guests rounded off the evening with a Stirrup Cup before dispersing into the night from what had been a highly successful and memorable evening.

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Gold Award for Craft Guild's Don Adams

At a very happy lunch organised by the Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers & Fletchers at the Bosworth Battlefield on Sat 6 May, it was the pleasant duty of our Master to present a Gold Award to Don Adams, one of the Guild's senior master bowyers. The Craft Guild is one of the Bowyers' dearest affiliations, and on their expert recommendations we present Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for excellence in the continuing craft of making authentic longbows.

Many kind words were said about Don by the current Craft Guild Warden, Mark Stretton, who knows a thing or two about longbows himself, and also by the day's organiser Mick Manns. Don was particularly known to us for having made and presented the full-scale war bow which graces our top table at Bowyers' Company dinners. In presenting the Gold Award to Don, Tony stressed the warmth of the link between the Company and the Guild: the Craaft Guild is the Bowyers' link to the longbow craft of today, and the Company is the Craft Guild's link to the longbow's illustrious history.

The photo shows Don Adams (centre) with the Bowyers' Master, Tony Kench, and Craft Guild stalwarts (and fellow Bowyers) Mick Manns, Richard Head and Mark Stretton. After lunch a couple of war bows were shot with panache on the 200-yard Bosworth Field range, by Craft Guild master bowyers Mark Stretton (140lb) and John Potter (120lb), to much pride and satisfaction.

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Citizen and Bowyer Robert Durrant

At the traditonal ceremony in the Chamberlain's Court at Guildhall on Thursday 27 April, conducted by Murray Craig, the Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, Bowyer Freeman Robert Durrant was sworn in as a Freeman of the City of London, thus becoming (at least for an hour or so) the City's 'youngest Freeman'.

The photo shows Robert in the Court Room with his supporters for the occasion, Renter Warden Mark Elliott and Court Assistant Duncan Samuel; it is reported that a light (well, fairly light) celebratory lunch followed the occasion.

Robert joined the Bowyers' Company in October 2015, and is Senior Vice President for Global Business Continuity at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has another particular link with the Bowyers in having previously spent much of his Army career with the Bowyers' affiliated Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters' Regiment, an affiliation which happily carries through to the present day via its merger with the Cheshire and Staffordhire Regiments ten years ago to form the current Mercian Regiment, the Bowyers' largest affiliation.

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