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Robert Pooley MBE, a Bowyer in the news

The following is an article which appeared in BTNews on 25 January 2016
(we just add the correction that Robert is now a Bowyer Liveryman).

Bob Pooley is also a Freeman of
the Worshipful Company of Bowyers
(bow makers).

"In our listing of transport award winners for the New Year's honours list we omitted a now venerable gentleman (81) and one of the greats of general aviation. However some will only know Bob (officially Robert) Pooley from sword manufacturing which he entered after Wilkinson, the 'name' in the business, decided to concentrate on the razor industry.

Bob Pooley is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers (bow makers) Pooley's as an aviation name has now been well established for over 50 years as a manufacturer of pilots' navigational and flying equipment and publisher of technical books relating to flying training, including the United Kingdom Flight Guides. His son Sebastian runs that business now.

Bob has soloed in fixed wing aircraft, gliders, sea planes, helicopters and balloons. He was Master (1987-1988) of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, now the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and is both a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London.

In the last nine years Pooley Sword has established itself as a major supplier of swords to the British Armed Forces and the MOD as well as the Commonwealth with a workshop, warehouse and showroom at Shoreham Airport. He is also a Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Cutlers 2009."

Poitiers Supper with Mark Stretton

The speaker at our informal Poitiers Supper evening on 18 November 2015 was Bowyer Freeman and warbow champion Mark Stretton, the Guinness World Record holder for heaviest pull on a longbow shot at 200lbs, who gave us an exhilarating update on his researches on the practical aspects of medieval warbow archery.

His lifelong interest has been in recreating exactly what medieval arrow warheads would have been like, for maximum effectiveness in penetrating different types of armour at different distances, both static and advancing. The slide photographs of his practical experiments were as graphic as ever, and his culminating measurements persuasive.

Following Mark's talk, the 33 Bowyers and guests present at Bangers' Bar & Grill enjoyed our usual convivial 3-course supper together.

Bowyers' Company Carol Service

On Monday 7 December 2015 we were again at our Company church of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, by Liverpool Street Station, for the Bowyers' annual Carol Service. A beautiful service of lessons and carols was conducted by The Revd Christopher Woods, Vicar of St Anne Hoxton, with the superb choir of St Botolph under its Director of Music, Iestyn Evans. Lessons were read by Freeman Robert Durrant, Liveryman David Laxton, Court Assistant Dr Sinclair Rogers, IPM Michael Wren and the Master, Revd John Hayton TD.

Afterwards we retired to St Botolph's Hall next door for a convivial buffet supper, enjoyed by the 55 Bowyers and family members present, and excellently provided for us by the spendidly named caterer Lady Bountiful.

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

Spring/Summer Dates

Friday 11 March 2016
United Guilds Service
St Paul's Cathedral

Wednesday 13 April 2016
Court & Committees Dinner
Guildhall Members Dining Room

Wednesday 20 April 2016
Civic & Ladies' Banquet
Fishmongers' Hall

30 April-2 May 2016
Master's Weekend in
Brussels and Waterloo

Monday 16 May 2016
Bowyers' Hall City Walk

Thursday 2 June 2016
Charity Fund-Raising Dinner
HAC Armoury House

Tuesday 21 June 2016
Joint Shoot with the Fletchers
HM Tower of London

Wednesday 13 July 2016
Master's Installation Service
St Botolph Bishopsgate (11.30)

Wednesday 20 July 2016
New Master's Livery Dinner
Tallow Chandlers' Hall

Agincourt Memorials

Charters, Ordinances and Manuscripts

General History