Forthcoming Bowyer Events:

(Bookable now) War Studies Evening Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 20 March 2019  |  United Guilds Service, Friday 29th March 2019  |  Court Dinner (Court Only), Coopers Hall, 10 April 2019

(For your diary) St George's Banquet, Cutlers Hall, 30 April 2019  |  Bowyers Silver Evening 7 May 2019, Common Hall, 5 June 2019  |  Election of Sheriffs Monday 24th June 2019
Tower Shoot 25 June 2019  |  Bowyers Prize Day Burnham, 6 July  |  July Court and Livery Dinner 17 July 2019  |  Bowyers Longbow Plate Day Burnham, 28 July
Election of Lord Mayor Monday 2nd October 2019  |  Agincourt Banquet 17 October 2019 Poitiers Supper 13 November 2019

(Other events) Lord Mayor's Show Saturday 9th November 2019

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News from Brentwood Sea Cadets

We are now entering the third year of sponsoring offshore activities for our affiliated Sea Cadet Unit in Brentwood, Essex. During this time we have helped a dozen young people with life enhancing experiences at sea, all of whom say that they have benefited in building their confidence and personal skills at the same time as having a jolly good time.

Recently the new Executive Officer of the Unit, PO Samantha Haywood, accompanied a group of Cadets on the T.S.Jack Petchy on a voyage out of Gosport where they had the opportunity to further their sea craft skills. It was also a great platform to test the validity of Sam's (she has a degree in marine biology) suggestion to Sea Cadet Headquarters that offshore exercises should be used to help in monitoring the levels of sea pollution and marine population in and around UK waters.

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Court and Livery Dinner, January 30 2019

Forty-seven Bowyers and their guests attended the January Court Meeting and Livery Dinner - traditionally an intimate and convivial affair at which guests are restricted to possible future Bowyers or those with whom the Company has a close relationship.

The venue this year was Ironmongers' Hall. Built in 1925 and tucked away between the Barbican and the Museum of London, the mock Tudor-style hall boasts a remarkably fortunate history having survived bombing raids in both the First and Second World Wars as well as a compulsory purchase order when the Museum of London was built. As such it provided an ideal place for the Bowyers to start 2019 with the first formal event of the year.

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Bowyers Win Suited and Booted Quiz

A team of Bowyers tasted victory at the Quiz Night at Suited & Booted at the Steam Wine Bar on 6 Feb. Organised and captained by Immediate Past Master Tony Kench the team also included Myles Archibald, William Mills, Enid Kench, Ian Spring, Rupert Holmes and David Laxton (shown here with their trophy). Suited and Booted are a city based charity which provides business attire for interviews to job seekers who have hit hard times. The Bowyers have supported Suited and Booted through regular donations and business planning advice for a couple of years.

News from Brentwood Sea Cadets

The Master hands over the Bowyers’ cheque to Rob Doyle, Chairman of Brentwood Sea Cadets.

Cadets having received their trophies.

PO Samantha Haywood, new Commanding Officer of Brentwood Sea Cadets.

Bowyers with the Sea Cadets.

Chairman Rod Doyle and Commanding Officer PO Samatha Haywood cut the 75th Anniversary cake.

Sea Cadet Unit in Brentwood, Essex. During this time we have helped a dozen young people with life enhancing experiences at sea, all of whom say that they have benefited in building their confidence and personal skills at the same time as having a jolly good time.

Recently the new Executive Officer of the Unit, PO Samantha Haywood, accompanied a group of Cadets on the T.S.Jack Petchy on a voyage out of Gosport where they had the opportunity to further their sea craft skills. It was also a great platform to test the validity of Sam's (she has a degree in marine biology) suggestion to Sea Cadet Headquarters that offshore exercises should be used to help in monitoring the levels of sea pollution and marine population in and around UK waters.

More Awards

At the recent London Area Sea Cadet Conference held on Sunday 18th November the Unit collected three awards further showing the progress being made under their new leadership.

They are The Rosemary Dand Award for the Unit gaining the most catering and stewarding Class I & 2 qualifications.

The Peter Board Memorial Trophy for the greatest commitment to inshore activity.

The Unit Co-Operation Award for the unit doing the most to assist and support others.

These awards were on display at the annual prize giving of the Unit held on 10th January in Brentwood, the evening also coincided with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Brentwood Sea Cadets. The Master Bowyer, Ian spring, accompanied by John Ellery, Richard Martin and Michael Wren were guests that evening where our cheque for £1500 was presented to the Chairman, Rob Doyle who thanked the Bowyers' for their continued support. The Master then addressed the Sea Cadets wishing continued success in the coming year. As a point of interest the group are increasing in numbers with five new recruits waiting in the wings to join at any time now.

Michael Wren

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Court and Livery Dinner, January 30 2019


Forty-seven Bowyers and their guests attended the January Court Meeting and Livery Dinner - traditionally an intimate and convivial affair at which guests are restricted to possible future Bowyers or those with whom the Company has a close relationship.

The venue this year was Ironmongers' Hall. Built in 1925 and tucked away between the Barbican and the Museum of London, the mock Tudor-style hall boasts a remarkably fortunate history having survived bombing raids in both the First and Second World Wars as well as a compulsory purchase order when the Museum of London was built. As such it provided an ideal place for the Bowyers to start 2019 with the first formal event of the year.

Noting that the date coincided with the anniversary of King Charles the First's execution in 1649 - a feast day in the Anglican calendar - Freeman the Rev Paul Bagott initiated proceedings with an appropriate prayer and grace.

Mr Forbes MacDougall, a Bowyer Liveryman himself, but dining with the Bowyers in his capacity as the Master Launderer was among the warmly welcomed guests. Also present as guest of the Immediate Past Master, was Dr Jan Willem Honig, a senior lecturer from the War Studies Department of Kings College, London who will be delivering the talk at the Poitiers Supper later this year. Mr David Chalk, the Drapers' Second Master Warden (equivalent to our Renter Warden) was the guest of Freeman Mark Eyre.

Freeman Dr Phillip Barnes proposed the toast to the guests with a witty and entertaining speech in which he explored their various historical Livery connections. In his reply the Master Launderer explained the objectives for his year in office as well as the charitable work of his Company.

The Master concluded proceedings by highlighting the busy programme of events our Company has arranged for the coming year as well as the range of other activities in which members of the Company are engaged, He formally welcomed our newest Freeman, Dr John Walker and our newest Liveryman, Mr Tom Ridley.

Staff at Ironmongers' Hall looked after us well and, following an excellent dinner of sole, lamb and winter Eton Mess and the musical accompaniment of a string duo from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Bowyers enjoyed a Stirrup Cup before the hardy among us adjourned to conclude the evening in The Lamb and Trotter around the corner.

Tony Marinos

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About the Bowyers

The Worshipful Company of Bowyers is one of the older and smaller of the City of London's livery companies. We celebrate our piece of history, we work hard at our charitable activity, and we provide a convivial sociable environment that keeps our members engaged... Find out more

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