Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day, 24 July
One of the new Master's first external engagements was the delightful task of awarding the Bowyers' trophies at the Royal Toxophilite Society's 36th annual Longbow Day at Burnham. The trophies have been donated by Past Master Bowyers over the years: the original 1981 Bowyers' Plates donated by Anthony Wood for Highest Scores by gentlemen and ladies, later joined by the Hardy and Ballenden Coasters for Most Hits, the Seaton Goblets for Most Golds and the Model Rose Bowls for Best Gold.
Accompanied by a dozen Bowyers and partners, at the end of the afternoon, prior to awarding the trophies, Tony spoke to the 36 participants, describing the very warm affection felt by the Bowyers' Company for Longbow Day and the longbow archers. He was particularly pleased to present the Seaton Goblet to this year's winner, Freddie Fairfield, the Longbow Day's popular organiser.
Earlier in the month, on Saturday July 2 July, also at Burnham, the previous Master, The Revd John Hayton TD, presented the Bowyers' Medals at Prize Day. This annual invitational event of the Royal Toxophilite Society is nowadays for modern archery using both recurve and compound bows, all bristling with technology.