Forthcoming Bowyer Events:
(Bookable now) Court and Livery Dinner, Ironmongers Hall, 30 Jan 2019  |  Court Dinner (Court Only), Coopers Hall, 10 April 2019
(For your diary) St George's Banquet, Cutlers Hall, 30 April 2019 |  Tower Shoot, 25 June 2019 |  Bowyers Prize Day, Burnham, 6 July  |  Bowyers Longbow Plate Day, Burnham, 28 July
United Guilds Service, Friday 29th March 2019  | Election of Sheriffs, Monday 24th June 2019  | Election of Lord Mayor, Monday 2nd October 2019
Lord Mayor's Show, Saturday 9th November 2019...More dates for 2019 to follow soon

Livery Briefing:
A copy of the December Livery Briefing can be found at this link: December Livery Briefing.

Visit to Goodenough College 20 November

On Tuesday 20 January a small group of Bowyers were hosted on a tour of Goodenough College near Bloomsbury Square by the Dean (and our Chaplain), the Revd Dr Alan McCormack.

Starting off the proceedings with a brief history of the college and its function Alan explained that it had been established in 1930 by Frederick Craufurd Goodenough, the Chairman of Barclays Bank, who sought to create a collegiate setting for students from the Dominions who were studying in London. The college was expanded after the Second World War to include female postgraduates and those with families. As part of the Lord Mayor's National Thanksgiving Fuddling it was seen as a way of thanking both the Commonwealth Countries and the United Sates for their support during the war. It was opened by the Queen, as Princess Elizabeth and she remains a regular visitor.

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Suited & Booted Charity

Suited & Booted is one of the Bowyers' favourite small charities. It gets City workers to donate business attire - suits, shirts, ties, shoes - and uses them to kit out job-seekers to look the part for job interviews. It adds some interview coaching too, and each year sends 1,500 of them out on new career paths with heads held high, and a high rate of success.

To cover its premises and operating costs it depends on charitable donations from City businesses and livery companies (including ours), and also raises money from a series of innovative fund-raising evenings organised by their charismatic principal, Dr Maria Lenn.

The most recent, on 28 November, was a wine-tasting evening at the London Bridge offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, conducted by no less an expert than Dr Gerald Sacks, the Chancellor for London and Southern GB of La Jurade de St Emilion, at which a Bowyers' table of 6 was delighted to be present to support this excellent cause.

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Bowyers' Family Carol Service & Supper December 2018

Sixty-five Bowyers, along with their families and friends, met at the company church, St Botolph Without, Bishopsgate, for the annual celebration to mark the start of the festive season. The service was conducted, for the first time, by St Botolph's new Priest in Charge Father David Armstrong and featured the St Botolph's choir whose glorious voices filled the centuries–old building with breathtaking renditions of The Sussex Carol, O Holy Night and a 15th Century Lully Lullay. The congregation joined in lustily with all the traditional Christmas carols and the nativity story was told in scripture readings given by The Master, The Clerk, Court Assistant Simon Leach, Liveryman Mark Benstead and Freeman Mark Eyre.

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Visit to Goodenough College 20 November

On Tuesday 20 January a small group of Bowyers were hosted on a tour of Goodenough College near Bloomsbury Square by the Dean (and our Chaplain), the Revd Dr Alan McCormack.

Starting off the proceedings with a brief history of the college and its function Alan explained that it had been established in 1930 by Frederick Craufurd Goodenough, the Chairman of Barclays Bank, who sought to create a collegiate setting for students from the Dominions who were studying in London. The college was expanded after the Second World War to include female postgraduates and those with families. As part of the Lord Mayor's National Thanksgiving Fuddling it was seen as a way of thanking both the Commonwealth Countries and the United Sates for their support during the war. It was opened by the Queen, as Princess Elizabeth and she remains a regular visitor. Today Goodenough College has expanded its remit but continues to provide overseas postgraduates studying in London with accommodation. At the time of writing it has 700 residents representing 80 countries. Following this introduction the Bowyers were led on a tour of the college including its grand dining hall. The tour finished with a drink and an opportunity to meet some of the residents. Proceedings in the College concluded with the Master, bow in hand, delivering a short explanation of the Livery movement and specifically the Bowyers. A Company Plaque was handed over to mark the occasion.

In good Bowyers fashion the evening concluded with a very convivial dinner in the Ciao Bella restaurant just around the corner at which a handful of Goodenough residents were hosted.

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Suited & Booted Charity

Suited & Booted is one of the Bowyers' favourite small charities. It gets City workers to donate business attire - suits, shirts, ties, shoes - and uses them to kit out job-seekers to look the part for job interviews. It adds some interview coaching too, and each year sends 1,500 of them out on new career paths with heads held high, and a high rate of success.

To cover its premises and operating costs it depends on charitable donations from City businesses and livery companies (including ours), and also raises money from a series of innovative fund-raising evenings organised by their charismatic principal, Dr Maria Lenn.

The most recent, on 28 November, was a wine-tasting evening at the London Bridge offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, conducted by no less an expert than Dr Gerald Sacks, the Chancellor for London and Southern GB of La Jurade de St Emilion, at which a Bowyers' table of 6 was delighted to be present to support this excellent cause.

Dr Sacks talked us through the tasting of seven St Emilion wines, from two very good 2012 St Emilion Grand Cru, via St Emilion Grand Cru Classé, to a couple of absolutely superb 2007 St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé. Despite some initial confusion about whether we were experiencing plumminess or blackcurrantiness, we all felt most privileged to have had such an expert and most enjoyable wine tutorial.

The Bowyers' party comprised (l to r) our Charity Chairman John Ellery, Upper Warden David Laxton, Immediate Past Master Tony Kench and his wife Enid (who took the picture) and Charity Committee member Lt Col Richard Martin and his wife Sue.

Tony Kench

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Bowyers' Family Carol Service & Supper December 2018

Sixty-five Bowyers, along with their families and friends, met at the company church, St Botolph Without, Bishopsgate, for the annual celebration to mark the start of the festive season. The service was conducted, for the first time, by St Botolph's new Priest in Charge Father David Armstrong and featured the St Botolph's choir whose glorious voices filled the centuries–old building with breathtaking renditions of The Sussex Carol, O Holy Night and a 15th Century Lully Lullay. The congregation joined in lustily with all the traditional Christmas carols and the nativity story was told in scripture readings given by The Master, The Clerk, Court Assistant Simon Leach, Liveryman Mark Benstead and Freeman Mark Eyre.

The service was followed by an evening of good fellowship when all those attending enjoyed a buffet and wine reception and the chance to renew old friendships and make new ones.

Thanks to all for arranging such a wonderful night
Full of song, friendship and candlelight
And those abed who missed this great event
Shall think themselves accursed and their clothes rent
For as at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt fair
The Bowyers, their guests, and friends were there

Steve Dowbiggin

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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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