Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (All bookable now)  | Agincourt Banquet, Wed 18 Oct, Tallow Chandlers' Hall  | Poitiers Supper with Mike Loades on the Composite Bow, Mon 6 Nov, Bangers Bar & Grill  | Bowyers' Carol Service & Supper, Mon 4 Dec, St Botolph Bishopsgate  | Livery Dinner, Tue 30 Jan, Watermen's Hall
Forthcoming City Events:  | Lord Mayor's Show, Sat 11 Nov 11am-2.40pm, followed by fireworks on the Thames at 5.15pm

Robert Hardy CBE DLitt, 1925-2017

With sadness we record the death on 3 August 2017 of the Bowyers' Company's senior Past Master, Robert (Tim) Hardy, pictured here on the day of his installation in July 1988. Alongside his stage and screen career, he had a passion for archery, and published in 1976 an authoritative book, 'Longbow'. He was heavily involved with the Mary Rose Trust in restoring the Tudor-era longbows recovered from the ship. He gave the inaugural Bowyers' Crécy Lecture at the Athenaeum in 2007, and he later played a part in the Agincourt 600 commemorations. Our tribute to him may be viewed here.

Craft Guild Bowyers' Award for Warbow

A highlight of the annual Guildmote of our close affiliate the Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers is always after lunch, when the warbows submitted for Guild approval are taken out into the field to be test-shot. Warbows submitted must have a minimum draw weight of 85lbs, and when shot by a Guild Master, using the Guild's standard 31.5" arrow, must reach at least the required minimum distance of 11-score yards (one furlong).

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Bowyers' Plaque on HMS Victory 2 Oct

Following on from the Bowyers' excellent private dinner on HMS Victory back on 22 May, in the Senior NCOs' Mess, formerly Nelson's Wardroom, we were invited to present a couple of plaques for the Mess rafters: one with the Bowyers' crest and one with the Mercian Regiment's crest, it having been the presence in May of Mercian WO1 and Bowyer Freeman Paul Muckle that qualified us to be able to hold the dinner there.

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Craft Guild Bowyers' Award for Warbow

A highlight of the annual Guildmote of our close affiliate the Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers is always after lunch, when the warbows submitted for Guild approval are taken out into the field to be test-shot. Warbows submitted must have a minimum draw weight of 85lbs, and when shot by a Guild Master, using the Guild's standard 31.5" arrow, must reach at least the required minimum distance of 11-score yards (one furlong).

At this year's Guildmote on 24 Sep at Meriden in Warwickshire, the photo shows Bowyer Freeman and Craft Guild founder, the sprightly nonagenarian Hugh Soar, with our Archery Chairman David Laxton, and Craft Guild member Jeremy Spencer, holding the full-size warbow he'd made, awaiting test. To everyone's pleasure his bow passed all the tests, and Jeremy was duly presented with the Bowyers' Bronze Award 'for craftsmanship in bowyery', by the Bowyers' Company Master, Tony Kench.

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Bowyers' Plaque on HMS Victory 2 Oct

Following on from the Bowyers' excellent private dinner on HMS Victory back on 22 May, in the Senior NCOs' Mess, formerly Nelson's Wardroom, we were invited to present a couple of plaques for the Mess rafters: one with the Bowyers' crest and one with the Mercian Regiment's crest, it having been the presence in May of Mercian WO1 and Bowyer Freeman Paul Muckle that qualified us to be able to hold the dinner there.

And so it was that on Monday evening 2 Oct, the Bowyers' Master, Upper Warden, Treasurer and Clerk returned to the Mess to present the plaques, over a pleasant couple of drinks; in return we were delighted to be presented with a rare HMS Victory plaque, which includes the royal coat of arms. In the photo are Lt Cdr Brian Smith (Captain of HMS Victory) with the Mercian plaque, C/Sgt Steven (Rasher) Bacon (President of Mess Committee) with the Bowyers' plaque, Bowyers' Master Tony Kench with the HMS Victory plaque, WO1 Dickie Henderson (HMS Victory's Executive Officer), and Bowyers' Upper Warden Ian Spring with an HMS Victory plaque for the Mercian Regiment too.

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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

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