Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (bookable now)  |  Poitiers Supper with Mike Loades on 'The Crossbow', Bangers, Tue 2 Oct  |  Agincourt Banquet, Armourers' Hall, Wed 17 Oct

Forthcoming City Events:  |  'Election of Lord Mayor, Guildhall, Mon 1 Oct

Mark Stretton's New Book: Bowyer Freeman Mark Stretton's experiments on the penetrative power of the medieval warbow are well known
to Bowyer members. Mark has just published a new 50-page A5 book on his latest research results using 130/140lb bows; the price is £10, and for information
on how to order it, click on this link: https://konigbooks.uk/products/piercing-plate-armour-with-arrows-empirical-testing-at-bosworth-battlefield

Bowyers' Longbow Day

At the Royal Toxophilite Society's idyllic archery ground in Burnham, the much-enjoyed annual Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day contest took place on Sunday 29 July, for invited longbow archers from all over the country. The very faint intermittent drizzle did not disturb the excellence of the day's shooting, and as usual, the 'longbow spirit' was much in evidence, presided over, as ever, by the Royal Tox's genial Freddie Fairfield, as organiser, competitor and scorer. The results were announced by Freddie at the end of the day, and the trophies were presented by IPM Tony Kench on behalf of the Bowyers, for the happy winners to keep for the ensuing year.

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Forrester Cup

The Bowyers' own golf trophy, the Forrester Cup, has not been competed for over the last few years but the Company took advantage of attending the World Traders Golf Day on 3 Sep to do so. A small but intense competition took place with Past Master Michael Wren and the Master ending on equal scores. On a count back the Master won and now retains the cup for the next twelve months. Liveryman Michael Church supported the field.

British Blind Sport Archery Section Outdoor Championship

On a very wet day at the beginning of September the Master acted as Lord Patron at the British Blind Sport Archery Section Outdoor Championship at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

There were twelve archers shooting out of about twenty-five registered UK blind archers. They ignored the bad weather and kept on shooting, although some of their "spotters" might have weakened given the chance. The couple of guide dogs there sensibly didn't come out of the tents provided. The activity of blind archery is quite fascinating and very exciting. Fixed foot positions, hand levelling touch tripods, tips and guidance from their spotters, all lead to a challenging competition, taken seriously by all.

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Bowyers' Longbow Day

At the Royal Toxophilite Society's idyllic archery ground in Burnham, the much-enjoyed annual Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day contest took place on Sunday 29 July, for invited longbow archers from all over the country. The very faint intermittent drizzle did not disturb the excellence of the day's shooting, and as usual, the 'longbow spirit' was much in evidence, presided over, as ever, by the Royal Tox's genial Freddie Fairfield, as organiser, competitor and scorer. The results were announced by Freddie at the end of the day, and the trophies were presented by IPM Tony Kench on behalf of the Bowyers, for the happy winners to keep for the ensuing year.

Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day dates back to 1981 as an offshoot of Bowyers' Prize Day, which had started as a longbow competition in 1910 but had progressively given way to modern recurve bows, leading to demand for a separate contest for longbows only. The original trophies were engraved pewter plates for gentlemen and ladies, presented by the then Bowyers' Master, Anthony Wood, and still awarded today for Most Hits. Additional trophies were presented by subsequent Bowyers' Masters: the Robert Hardy and Christopher Ballenden silver coasters for Highest Scores, the Peter Seaton silver goblets for Most Golds, and the Richard Model rose bowls for Best Golds.

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British Blind Sport Archery Section Outdoor Championship

On a very wet day at the beginning of September the Master acted as Lord Patron at the British Blind Sport Archery Section Outdoor Championship at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

There were twelve archers shooting out of about twenty-five registered UK blind archers. They ignored the bad weather and kept on shooting, although some of their "spotters" might have weakened given the chance. The couple of guide dogs there sensibly didn't come out of the tents provided. The activity of blind archery is quite fascinating and very exciting. Fixed foot positions, hand levelling touch tripods, tips and guidance from their spotters, all lead to a challenging competition, taken seriously by all.

The Master was incredibly impressed by what he saw and realised that our sponsorship and support was enormously appreciated by all those involved.

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