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January Court Meeting

Master and Wardens chosen for 2012 - 2014

Beating Retreat and Gala Dinner final figures announced - £21,750 raised for charities.

New Liverymen and Freemen admitted.

The January Court Meeting took place on 26th January 2012 at Tallow Chandlers' Hall. The principal item on the agenda was, in accordance with the provisions in the Charter and Ordinances, to choose the Master and two Wardens for the years 2012-2014 commencing in July. The choice for Master was Mr Michael Wren, that for Upper Warden, the Reverend John Hayton TD and that for Renter Warden, Mr Tony Kench. Later it was announced that Master's Day would be 18th July with the morning Church Service at St. Botolph's without Bishopsgate followed by lunch in St. Botolph's Hall. The Installation Dinner will take place the following week on 25th July at Tallow Chandlers' Hall. Full details, with the ability to book through the website, of these two very important events in the Bowyers' two year calendar will be published shortly.

Amongst other business conducted by the Court, the final reconciled surplus for 'Beating Retreat and Gala Dinner' held at the HAC last June was announced. It was a very pleasing £ 21,750 on which the Master was congratulated. This sum is to be divided between ABF - The Soldiers' Charity, The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund and The Bowyers' Charitable Trust. It was also decided to encourage far more members of the Company to make regular donations to the Charitable Trust. The total fund is growing but we could do better and thereby increase the size of our annual donations to those worthy concerns that are supported.

Later in the afternoon the Master had the pleasure of welcoming two Freeman into the Livery. Mr Myles Archibald follows both his late father, James Archibald (Master 1982), and his brother Simon into the Livery. Brigadier Andrew Sharpe, Colonel of the Mercian Regiment, has been a very active member of the Company since joining and adds to our relationship with his regiment. The Master wished both many enjoyable years in the Livery.

The Membership Committee deserve much praise for the number of new Freemen they have produced during the past two years. This meeting was no exception as there were three candidates to be admitted to the Freedom. Mr John Hine, a management consultant, was proposed by Liveryman Tony Baldry and seconded by Assistant Tony Kench. Commander Paddy Allen RN, Royal Naval officer and former Captain of HMS Northumberland, had been introduced to the Company by the Master and seconded by the Renter Warden. The third new Freeman was Mr David Williams who works in financial services and is the brother-in-law of Liveryman Bernard Waples. Each, after taking the oath of a Freeman, was greeted by the Master and Wardens.

After the close of the Court Meeting the Master hosted a small Private Court Dinner in the Parlour at Tallow Chandlers' Hall. Those invited included The Master Fletcher, John Owen Ward and The Master Gunmaker, Clive Richards. Both are well known being Liverymen of the Bowyers. As is the custom at such events the Master gave a few words of welcome but there were no other speeches.

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