Tower of London Shoot, 21 June 2016
On one of the fairly rare fine evenings in June 2016, 30 Bowyers and 30 Fletchers met for their annual friendly archery shoot in the East Moat of the Tower of London, followed by dinner together in the Fusiliers' Mess, by kind courtesy of HM Tower of London and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. This year, we were particularly privileged that, at the invitation of the Fletchers, the current Lord Mayor, Alderman the Lord Mountevans, was able to drop by to visit us in the Moat.
Fortified by liberal servings of Pimms and expertly supervised by the London Archers, many present (including the Lord Mayor) took up the challenge of 'having a go' at shooting 3 arrows at 4-foot targets situated almost 20 'punishing' yards away. Two stars on each side managed the top score of 27 - Mrs Lesley Agutter and Cdr Tim Eltringham for the Fletchers, Robert Clark and Ben Glazier for the Bowyers - and quite a few others managed creditable scores in the high teens.
After the usual most enjoyable dinner together in the Fusiliers' Mess, a welcome was extended to all by Col Nigel Easton QVRM TD, Deputy Colonel London, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who then announced the results. With the top ten scores counting for each Company, the Fletchers totalled 181 but the Bowyers 197, thus reclaiming the trophy for 2016 back from the Fletchers who had won it in 2015.
After some gracious and friendly words from both the Master Fletcher, Stuart Fraser CBE CC and the Master Bowyer The Revd John Hayton TD, the assembled company rounded off the evening by going on to witness the traditional nightly Ceremony of the Keys.