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The Worshipful Company
of Bowyers

Forthcoming Bowyer Events

(Bookable now)
Election of Lord Mayor
2nd October 2019
Agincourt Banquet
17 October 2019
Poitiers Supper
13 November 2019

(For your diary)
Bowyers' Carol Service
2 December 2019
January Court and Livery Dinner
29 January 2020
April Court Dinner
8 April 2020
St George's Banquet Wednesday
22 April 2020

(Other events)
Lord Mayor's Show
9 November 2019. A drop in lunch is available at Apothecaries Hall. Download details

City and other News

City of London Cookbook
An explanatory letter from the Lord Mayor and an order form for the new City of London Cookbook can be found here

Mercian Regiment Update
A copy of the regiment's latest quarterly newsletter can be found at this link

Mercian Officer to undertake the Marathon des Sables
Lt Col Andrew Smallbone of the Mercian Regiment will be undertaking the Marathon de Sables next year in order to raise money for Walking with the Wounded. You can read all about his plans for this challenge and the work of this Charity as well as sponsor him should you wish at this link.

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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

Craft Guild's Annual Guildmote

The Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers largely does what we as livery companies were doing in the 14th century: setting standards for makers of longbows and arrows, and operating rigorous tests of quality before accepance of a member as a master of the craft. Today the Craft Guild is warmly supported by both the Bowyers' and Fletchers' Companies, and about 20 masters and would-be masters of the bowmaking and arrowmaking crafts assembled for their annual Guildmote on 29 September at Ettington in rural Warwickshire.

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Honorary Livery Clothing of Hugh Soar, 1 October

Following a decision taken by the Bowyers' Court at its last meeting in July, the Company granted Mr Hugh Soar, a Freeman of the Company, with Honorary Livery Status on Tuesday 1 October in Bristol. We were very fortunate to be able to hold the Clothing and a luncheon in the splendid Clifton Club through Liveryman Dr John Manley who is a member of the club and was our host for the day. Prior to the Clothing ceremony, John took the opportunity to start proceedings with a fascinating insight into the Club, its architecture and its place in the City of Bristol. It was a very enjoyable occasion with some 10 Bowyers making the journey to join Hugh and Veronica Soar for this memorable day.

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Longbow Making Course, 12/13 October

Court Assistant Lionel Green and Liveryman Nick Carter-Pegg were the latest Bowyers to successfully complete a Longbow Making Course under the expert tutorship of Richard Head and his son, Philip, at their Wiltshire workshop. Lionel and Nick are pictured here crafting their longbows and then having successfully tested them on the range. Longbow making courses for Bowyers are run periodically during the year. Further details can be obtained from the Clerk.

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