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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 shooting 3 arrows at 4-foot targets at a modest distance of some 20 yards. Two bright lights 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 scores for each Company duly counted, 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.

Gala Charity Dinner 2 June 2016 for the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Charity

The Bowyers enjoy a close and rewarding relationship with The Mercian Regiment and the Regiment's Benevolent Charity is one of our Charity Fund's core charities. On 2 June 2016, 170 Bowyers, Mercians and their guests were treated to a sensational mix of pageantry, remembrance, high spirits and good fellowship that will surely be talked about for years to come.

The Honourable Artillery Company provided the perfect location for a combined City Livery and military event. Guests were greeted at the entrance to Armoury Hall by one Private Derby, whose toenails were polished black to the same high lustre as the boots of his rather taller comrades in red tunics to his left and right. Private Derby is the Regimental Mascot, a Swaledale Ram; he looked pretty fierce, notwithstanding the shiny toenails, but thankfully his two burly keepers had him under close leash.

After Derby, and lesser mortals also known as Bowyers, Mercians and guests, had posed for photos, arrivals were ushered through to the champagne reception at which the Mercians had put together a fascinating exhibition of weaponry and records charting the journey of the Regiment (and its antecedent regiments) entitled "From the Somme to Afghanistan". Perhaps the most impressive exhibit was a huge, six feet high model of men going over the top of a trench in the first war - made entirely of brown paper. My guests wondered how the artist managed to fit it in her house, but, before they had the chance to ask her and find out, more champagne and friends arrived, introductions were made, and it became clear that a full hour for the reception and exhibition was going to set the evening off to a very jolly start.

The Long Room, with its battle standards and military portraits, looked splendid. Each table had a place for a decorated Mercian: the Regiment displayed exceptional service during the Afghanistan campaign, gaining the reputation of being one of the most battle hardened infantry Regiments in the British Army today. This led to an impressive haul of gallantry medals, including Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses, Military Crosses and other decorations for distinguished service. Sadly it also came at a terrible sacrifice, with 28 men killed and over 250 wounded, many with life-changing injuries. It is the role of The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Charity to provide relief to members of the Regiment and their families who are in conditions of need, hardship and distress. And it was the purpose of the Gala Dinner to raise funds for this most important and worthy cause.

The Master Bowyer, the Revd John Hayton TD, opened the welcoming addresses in his most genial, inimitable style, followed by the Deputy Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Simon Banton OBE, who also delivered a personal note of welcome from the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, HRH Prince Charles, referred to within the Regiment as the Earl of Chester. All heads bowed for the moving Sanderson Grace, which was written by Lt John Sanderson shortly before his death in more...

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

Sunday 24 July 2016
Longbow Day

Tuesday 13 September 2016
Great Fire Anniversary Dinner
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