Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (bookable now)  |  Poitiers Supper with Mike Loades on 'The Crossbow', Bangers, Tue 2 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

New Master's Dinner

Tallow Chandlers' Hall was the venue for the New Master's Dinner on a warm summer's evening on 18 July. As many Bowyers will be aware Tallow Chandlers' is a highly significant location for the Company. It has been used regularly by the Bowyers since 1947 and in 1968 the Bowyers' crest was incorporated in a stained glass window in the Livery Hall which depicts those companies who used the Hall regularly. It was therefore a most fitting location for Ian Spring to preside over his first Court Meeting and Livery Dinner as the new Master.

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Tom Ridley's Freedom of the City

On 25 July, a long-gestated plan finally came to fruition for Tom Ridley to acquire his Freedom of the City of London, as a precursor to becoming a Liveryman of the Bowyers' Company. His Freedom ceremony was conducted by the popular Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, Murray Craig, and shown in this happy photo, taken in the Chamberlain's Court Room in Guildhall immediately after the ceremony, are Tom's proposers into the Bowyers, Court Assistant Simon Leach and the new Master Ian Spring, and Tom himself, supported by IPM Tony Kench, Court Assistant John Ellery and new Renter Warden Nigel Heilpern.

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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.

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New Master's Dinner

Tallow Chandlers' Hall was the venue for the New Master's Dinner on a warm summer's evening on 18 July. As many Bowyers will be aware Tallow Chandlers' is a highly significant location for the Company. It has been used regularly by the Bowyers since 1947 and in 1968 the Bowyers' crest was incorporated in a stained glass window in the Livery Hall which depicts those companies who used the Hall regularly. It was therefore a most fitting location for Ian Spring to preside over his first Court Meeting and Livery Dinner as the new Master.

After a reception in the court yard and an excellent dinner of smoked salmon, roast lamb and passion fruit brûlée accompanied by some fine wines and our normal toasts, the Immediate Past Master, Mr Tony Kench, addressed the assembled company with a short resume of the new Master's biography wishing him the very best of luck, hoping that he would enjoy the privilege of Mastership of the Bowyers as much as he had done in the previous two years. As tradition dictates he concluded by proposing a toast to the Company before handing over the floor to the new Master. Paying tribute to the hard work of Tony Kench as Master and the legacy that he has handed over, Ian Spring thanked the Company for allowing him the honour of Mastership before undertaking to do his best to represent the fine traditions of the Bowyers and to continue to develop their significant achievements particularly in the field of charitable giving. Both speeches were met with loud vocal approval and applause!

The evening concluded with a Stirrup cup in the Parlour before the hardy headed off for a night cap to mark the end of one mastership and the beginning of a new one. It was thoroughly fitting and convivial occasion in the finest Bowyers' tradition

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Tom Ridley's Freedom of the City

On 25 July, a long-gestated plan finally came to fruition for Tom Ridley to acquire his Freedom of the City of London, as a precursor to becoming a Liveryman of the Bowyers' Company. His Freedom ceremony was conducted by the popular Clerk to the Chamberlain's Court, Murray Craig, and shown in this happy photo, taken in the Chamberlain's Court Room in Guildhall immediately after the ceremony, are Tom's proposers into the Bowyers, Court Assistant Simon Leach and the new Master Ian Spring, and Tom himself, supported by IPM Tony Kench, Court Assistant John Ellery and new Renter Warden Nigel Heilpern.

After the ceremony, we all adjourned to a unique lunch venue arranged by Tom in the upstairs boardroom in Temple Bar, the Wren-designed archway that originally formed the City of London's 17th century gateway in Fleet Street, and now sits in Paternoster Square by St Paul's Cathedral. Excellent catering was provided by Searcy's from the Cathedral crypt restaurant, and an excellent supply of Macon Villages was imported from Sainsbury's in Paternoster Square. Well done Tom!

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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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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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