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Annual Guildmote of the Craft Guild:
1 October, somewhere near Hereford

The Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers & Fletchers was formed in 1986 by a group of longbow craftsmen committed to keeping alive a high standard of quality in the making of traditional longbows (and arrows). This is in direct line from what the Bowyers' Company was doing in medieval times, and we are delighted to have a close affiliation with the Craft Guild today. Applicants for membership of the Guild must first present a sample of their work, a 'masterpiece', for intense scrutiny and approval by the Guild Masters; longbow-makers who pass the test also receive an Award for Craftsmanship from the Bowyers' Company.

And so it was that the Master of the Bowyers' Company was invited to the annual Guildmote of the Craft Guild, on Saturday 1 October somewhere in the countryside outside Hereford, accompanied by our Archery Committee Chairman David Laxton. The Craft Guild's current Warden is Mark Stretton, also a Bowyer Freeman. We brought Bronze Awards to present to two longbow-makers who had passed scrutiny: Graham Anderson and David Moss, who are now entitled to be known as master bowyers. (The Master of the Bowyers' Company has to be very careful what form of title he uses when visiting this august body).

Four longbows were being presented that day to be pored over by the Guild. In the first photo above, David Moss (left) and Graham Anderson (right) join Jeremy Spencer in scrutinising one that failed. Warbows presented for approval additionally have to pass a practical test, to shoot a standard steel-tipped war arrow at least 200 yards with accuracy - hence the second photo, out in a nearby muddy field. This one passed - with an impressive draw weight of 106lbs.

The Bowyers' Company is immensely proud of its affiliation with the Craft Guild.

Tony Kench

British Blind Sport Archery Championships:
10 September, Lilleshall National Sports Centre

The Bowyers' Company is very pleased to sponsor the British Blind Sport Outdoor Archery Championships, held each year in the magnificent grounds of the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire. On 10 September, 14 of the country's best visually-impaired archers met for two days of competition under Archery GB rules, with prizes presented by the Bowyers' Company Master.

Prominent among those competing were Steve Prowse, a partially-sighted gold medallist at the 2015 World Paralympics; while shooting next to him was a completely blind and deaf archer, John Nicholl from Northern Ireland, being coached (entirely by touch signals) by his friend Chris McFadyen, an ex-Royal Navy SBS man who had been wounded in action and fitted with a metal spine, and was himself an archery gold medallist at the 2016 World Invictus Games. It was a most upfilfting day all round, with 8 of the archers achieving new personal best scores, and 5 new championship records set.

Each archer is supported by a spotter to give guidance. In the main fully-blindfold category, each archer has a fixed footmark to stand against, and a 'tactile' metal stand which they can touch (but not rest on) to give themselves a fixed reference point. As can be imagined, a huge amount of time is put in by their friends and families to help and encourage the blind archers, and it makes for a very moving social as well as sporting occasion.

Tony Kench

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

Autumn Dates

Wednesday 19 October 2016
Agincourt Dinner
Armourers' Hall

Wednesday 23 November
Poitiers Supper
Bangers' Bar & Grill

Monday 5 December
Bowyers' Carol Service
St Botolph Bishopsgate

Liveryman Tweedie Brown

The Bowyers' Company was delighted to welcome Brigadier Tweedie Brown CBE to the Livery, during its Court meeting held at Armourers' Hall on 19 October 2016.

Before becoming a Liveryman one must have been sworn in as a Freeman of the City of London. Following an epic multi-year stuggle to fit it in to his hyperactive diary, Tweedie finally achieved his Freedom of the City the previous Friday at the very happy ceremony in Guildhall shown here, conducted by the Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court, Murray Craig, and accompanied by the Master Bowyer and Court Assistant Duncan Samuel.

Agincourt Memorials

Charters, Ordinances and Manuscripts