Forthcoming Bowyer Events:

(Bookable now)  |  Practice Shoot, Kensington Palace Gardens, Wednesday 22 May 2019  |  Common Hall, 5 June 2019  |  Tower Shoot 25 June 2019

(For your diary)  |  Election of Sheriffs Monday 24th 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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St George's Charity Banquet,
Tuesday 30 April 2019

The venue for this year's St George's Charity Banquet was the excellent Cutler's Hall where a glorious exterior supports an equally rich interior. More than 120 members with their wives, family and guests attended and, on arrival, all were entertained to a champagne reception by The Master, Upper Warden, Renter Warden and Clerk.

Dinner, which followed, featured a fine selection of good wines, cod, beef, and Cornish ice cream carried on the back of a fierce chocolate dragon, soundly slain by all.

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Bowyers' Silver Evening, Tuesday 7 May


A group of 20 Bowyers and guests met at St Nicholas Cole Abbey on Tuesday 7 May for a talk by Court Assistant and Chairman of the Muniments Committee Simon Leach on the rich history of the Bowyers' Company. Talking in front of a display of silver and other Company possessions including, heraldic banners, past master medals, the ivory gavel of 1675 (the oldest surfing object belonging to the Company), the Beadle's Staff of 1709, our four Loving Cups, the various scrolls and the replica half size longbow given to HM The Queen on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee, amongst many other items , Simon gave an overview of each piece and and its relevance and significance.

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Inter Livery Shoot, 15 and 16 May 2019


We Bowyers consistently punch above our weight when it comes to clay shooting, fielding two teams of four, which is remarkable for such a small company. We continued this tradition at the Inter Livery Shoot at Holland & Holland's Shooting Ground, an event that has grown so popular that 119 teams now compete over two days, this year being Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May.

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Bowyers' Silver Evening, Tuesday 7 May

A group of 20 Bowyers and guests met at St Nicholas Cole Abbey on Tuesday 7 May for a talk by Court Assistant and Chairman of the Muniments Committee Simon Leach on the rich history of the Bowyers' Company. Talking in front of a display of silver and other Company possessions including, heraldic banners, past master medals, the ivory gavel of 1675 (the oldest surfing object belonging to the Company), the Beadle's Staff of 1709, our four Loving Cups, the various scrolls and the replica half size longbow given to HM The Queen on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee, amongst many other items , Simon gave an overview of each piece and and its relevance and significance. Having taken questions Simon handed over to the Master who, standing next to the brass plaque to the memory of James Wood, gave a brief talk on the Bowyers' great benefactor before proposing the silent toast. The group then adjourned to the High Timber restaurant a short walk away for supper. It was a genuinely fascinating evening, brought to life by Simon's detailed knowledge of the Bowyers' history and possessions conducted in a place of great importance to the Bowyers.

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St George's Charity Banquet, Tuesday 30 April 2019

The venue for this year's St George's Charity Banquet was the excellent Cutler's Hall where a glorious exterior supports an equally rich interior. More than 120 members with their wives, family and guests attended and, on arrival, all were entertained to a champagne reception by The Master, Upper Warden, Renter Warden and Clerk.

Dinner, which followed, featured a fine selection of good wines, cod, beef, and Cornish ice cream carried on the back of a fierce chocolate dragon, soundly slain by all.

It was of no matter that the dinner took place a week after the official celebration of our patron saint as the Master explained in his response. St George is a much shared patron from Tamworth to Ethiopia and was appointed England's own by Edward III during the 14th century. He was a soldier and a 4th century martyr by Diocletian's decree that the Roman legions adhere to Jupiter not Jove. Sharing, soldiering and steadfastness are all subjects admired and followed by The Bowyers .

As ever toasts were given to Her Majesty, the Royal Family, The Lord Mayor, the Corporation of London and The pious Memory of James Wood, the Company's benefactor.

Liveryman Mr William Mills proposed the toast to the guests and drew attention to their achievements in his significant address:

Arabella Dorman, who in addition to being an excellent portraitist has served alongside our forces as an official war artist in Afghanistan and Iraq - creating clear images of the pity of war for both service personnel and the communities amongst whom they work; Clare Moody MEP, a tireless advocate for her 'parish' of the South West and the British Overseas territory of Gibraltar; Brigadiers Simon Banton OBE and Brigadier Phil Kimber OBE, from the Company's affiliated regiment ,The Mercians, whose benevolent charity is supported by The Bowyers; Dr Bob Reeves, fiendish slow bowler, mathematician, wine maker, long serving staff member of Bristol University where he has ensured that sport was always promoted for all. Most recently he was President of The RFU. There he oversaw an England Triple Crown Victory; Peta Payne MD of International Women of Excellence and her husband Martin, Past Master of The Coachmakers; Diana Berry, Master of the Gunmakers and Adrian Mundin CVO Clerk to the Gunmakers; and, Anthea Osborn-Jones, Mistress Cutler and Dr Tim Osborn-Jones, Master of The Cutlers, the kind hosts of the banquet.

Our principal guest was the veteran television reporter and presenter Jon Snow, who gave us a remarkable tour through his unlikely rise to becoming one of Britain's most recognisable journalists - as well a broadcasting star in California, where Channel 4 News has 10 million on-line viewers. By opposing apartheid and his university's association with South Africa while a student at Liverpool, he was sent down thereby fortuitously avoiding a life in law. As a junior reporter for ITN he returned to Uganda where he had served as a VSO to cover the release of British lecturer Dennis Hills who had been held hostage by President Idi Amin. While there he obtained an exclusive interview with the brutal dictator but this remarkable 'scoop' was turned down by his employers. However his career developed and he went on to cover President Reagan, who he found very impressive, Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher who he interviewed times. As he said, she "ran rings" round him but he found the experience great fun.

This was his first visit to a livery company courtesy of The Master's invitation. He found it "an extraordinary, biological and horticultural experience", The Master having doggedly attended to Jon Snow's accounts - fiscal not verbal - Snow felt it was only fair to repay his accountant's relentless attention to detail.

The Master and Clerk brought matters to a close whereafter, by kind invitation of Past Master Tony Kench, a certain number retired to the Lamb and Trotter to continue what had been a very convivial evening

Mark Eyre

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Inter Livery Shoot, 15 and 16 May 2019

We Bowyers consistently punch above our weight when it comes to clay shooting, fielding two teams of four, which is remarkable for such a small company. We continued this tradition at the Inter Livery Shoot at Holland & Holland's Shooting Ground, an event that has grown so popular that 119 teams now compete over two days, this year being Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May.

Duncan Samuel, Andrew Sharpe, Simon Archibald and Myles Archibald formed the A Team, while Bill Cunningham, Ben Glazier, Adrian Walton and one guest, Richard Samuel made up the B Team. The Master joined us for the last few stands and for lunch. The format is 9 stands of 8 birds, and one (very) high tower of 10, all sporting targets, with a flush of 80 birds put over the heads of all four guns. The day starts with breakfast, and then a table service lunch when the days prizes are awarded. Bowyers A out-performed in the flush, scoring 79, missing only one bird to win that element of the competition, the prize being a magnum of champagne for each team member! An inquiry is ongoing as to who missed the one bird. The writer is staying very quiet....

Overall team positions are:
Bowyers A: 10th=
Bowyers B: 31st=

In the individual results, highest Bowyer Gun was Simon Archibald who finished 9th= out of a field of 476. A fantastic result for both teams and congratulations to Simon! But, as with all Bowyer related events, if there were a prize for the quality of the company, we would, of course, finish first! This, in common with all shooting events is a relaxed and fun event, where goodly company counts for more than accuracy, despite the outstanding scores this year. We are always looking for more members of the company who either shoot or are interested in taking it up. If you do, please do make yourself known to the shoot captain, Duncan Samuel at the next event, or get in touch with him via the Clerk or one of the team members

Duncan Samuel
Shooting Team Captain

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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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