Summer Message from the Master
Summer is always a busy time for the Bowyers. This year we kicked it off on May 18th with a Bowyers' City Walk led by the Upper Warden to the various places where the Bowyers were based in London in the years between 1300 and 1666. Simon Leach's report of the event appears below.
On June 13th we held a most enjoyable Field Archery Family Day in the Hampshire woods. Back in town on June 22nd we held our biennial 'Common Hall' at The Counting House in Cornhill, where 26 Bowyers came to hear and discuss short presentations by each of the Company's working committees, followed by a highly convivial supper, with entertaining reminiscences of his youth in Paris from Dr Sinclair Rogers.
On Midsummer's Day, June 24th, a number of us went to Guildhall to do our civic duty by voting for next year's City Sheriffs, followed by a very pleasant small lunch in a Guildhall Dining Room with members of the Cooks' Company. On July 4th the Upper Warden and I were at the Royal Toxophilite Society in Burnham presenting medals for the Bowyers' Prize Day invitational archery competition, and on July 5th I accompanied the Mercian Regiment's moving annual Pilgrimage to its war memorial at Crich in Derbyshire.
Coming up later in July, we have our Joint Shoot with the Fletchers in the Tower Moat on the 14th, and then our Court & Livery Black-Tie Dinner on July 23rd at Brewers' Hall, a new venue for us, when I very much hope to see as many Bowyers as possible, Liverymen and Freemen, coming together for a good 'members' evening'.
With warm regards to all,
The Reverend John Hayton TD, - Master Bowyer
Sword Presented to 2 Mercian RSM, Thursday 21 May
At an informal ceremony held in the Warrant Officers and Sergeants' Mess at The Dale Barracks, Chester on Thursday 21 May, the RSM of the 2nd Battalion of The Mercian Regiment, WO1 Mr Paul Muckle, was presented with a new ceremonial Infantry Sword. The presentation was made by the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, whose Master, the Rev'd John Hayton TD, spoke of how honoured the Bowyers were to have the Mercians as their affiliated regiment, and how delighted they were to be able to provide the sword to the RSM of 2 Mercian in the person of Paul Muckle.
The sword had been lovingly made by Pooley Sword, the leading cutlers of military and ceremonial swords for the armed forces, whose director is Robert Pooley, also coincidentally a member of the Bowyers' Company. In accepting the sword on behalf of himself and all future RSMs of 2 Mercian, Paul Muckle thanked the Bowyers' Company, and said the sword, as well being used on ceremonial occasions, would be permanently displayed in a new glass case in the entrance hall of the Warrant Officers and Sergeants' Mess.
The whole mess was present for the ceremony, as were the outgoing Commanding Officer of 2 Mercian, Lt Col Paul 'Shove' Gilby, and his successor, Lt Col Ben Wilde. Also representing the Bowyers were Upper Warden Tony Kench and Charity Committee Chairman Mark Elliott, who is also a member of the Mercian Regimental Council.