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More Awards for the Brentwood Sea Cadets

2016 has been another highly successful year for our affiliated Sea Cadet Unit, TS St Vincent based at Brentwood in Essex.

In November they were awarded the Stevenson's Trophy for the best Unit in London together with the Pepys Hubbart Trophy for the most involvement with the Department of Further Education, a fantastic achievement. Their CO, Natalie Walsh, was awarded the Casement Sword for the best Commanding Officer together with winning promotion to Warrant Officer Class II. Not least, Leading Cadet Dekker won the Mercer award for the highest score on the Leading Cadet promotion board.

December saw the winning of two national trophies, the Captain's Cup for the Unit that has made a significant impression in the UK, and on an individual basis Leading Cadet Dekker taking the Leadership Trophy for gaining the highest score among all UK cadets.

The award ceremonies for these achievements will be held soon but on Thursday 26 January the Unit held its own annual prize giving at its headquarters in Brentwood. The Bowyers' Master, Tony Kench, together with Court Assistant Richard Martin and Past Master Michael Wren were there, as were representatives from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Navy Association and many parents of the cadets.

The Master was invited to inspect the assembled cadets, all lined up in immaculate military fashion; this was much appreciated as he managed to speak to each one individually. This was followed by an address from the Master who warmly congratulated all present and explained a little about our Company and its relevance in helping others through our Charitable Fund. The Master then joined the CO in presenting the trophies and awards for 2016.

Our contribution to Brentwood this year was to facilitate sending six cadets to sea for a week each on the Tall Ship TS Royalist, and in 2017 we hope to be able to assist another six young people from the Unit in this way. The benefit of being able to help by our funding in this way was ably described by one of the cadets in a slide presentation later in the evening and it was heart warming to see how he had gained in confidence and knowledge with this help from the Bowyers.

2017 is a year in which the Brentwood Sea Cadets have again a full and varied programme of educational and life skills events to take part in and I am sure with the leadership and dedication of the Cadets to their aims it will again be a very special year ahead for them. We will have the opportunity to meet with some of them at our St. George's Banquet at Cutlers' Hall on 26 April when they will be forming a Carpet Guard. We look forward to seeing them very much.

Michael Wren
February 2017

Meeting our MA Scholars at King's

The Bowyers' Company, as part of its annual charitable giving, funds a £2,000 MA Scholarship in the History Department at King's College London, and on Tuesday 6 December the Master, Wardens and Charity Chairman were very pleased to meet over coffee at KCL both our 2015-16 Scholar, James Rowland, and our 2016-17 Scholar, Ruth Cooper.

Having initially studied German and French history, James moved on to American history; he had completed and submitted his dissertation on the the American Civil War, and was waiting to hear back. He hopes to find funding to continue on to a PhD in the same field at King's, particularly focusing on Anglo-American relations during and after the Civil War.

Ruth's topic is medieval history, the era of the Bowyers' heyday. She'll be taking a particular interest in the ethnic evolution of the Picts and Scots in the period prior to the emergence of a unified Scottish identity; we enjoyed some good conversation on that. Ruth also has a particular interest in palaeography; her ability to understand early medieval texts could be of direct interest to the Bowyers' Muniments Committee in its continuing researches of our Company history, and we agreed to set up a working session in the new year.

It's always nice to put faces to our charitable activities, and this was a particularly happy get-together with two excellent young people.

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Forthcoming Bowyer Events

Events Bookable Now:

Wed 22 February
Tour and Black Tie Supper
Gunmakers' Proof House

Tue 7 March
Mercian Charity Supper
Mudlark Pub, London Bridge

Spring Date to Note:

Wed 26 April
St George's Ladies Banquet
Cutlers' Hall


John Owen-Ward MBE
1934-2017

We report with sadness the passing on 21 January of John Owen-Ward, Clerk of the Bowyers' Company 1994-2002 and then Honorary Liveryman; he is warmly remembered as a welcoming presence within the Bowyers. The photo is of John on a gliding day out with Richard Model. John had also been Clerk of the Fletchers' Company, doing much to bring the two companies closer together, and was instrumental in establishing our affiliation with HMS Northumberland. An architect by profession, he had become a founder member of the Architects' Company in 1984, as well as being a Liveryman of the Masons' Company. John devoted long service as a Common Councilman of the City of London, serving with distinction on several of its committees, and was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to the City of London Corporation.

Forthcoming City Events

A Gala Concert by the London Symphony Orchestra will be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 7pm. The concert will include a performance of the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony by the Lord Mayor, Dr Andrew Parmley and all funds raised will go to the Lord Mayors Appeal. To book on the Eventbrite Website follow the link at the bottom left of the flyer here.


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