Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (bookable now) St George's Banquet, Tue 24 April, HQS Wellington
(future diary dates)  | James Wood Livery Supper, Mon 4 June  | Joint Tower Shoot, Tue 26 June  | Master's Day, 11 July  | Master's Dinner, Wed 18 July

Suited & Booted Charity

On 26 February, the Master, seen here with Suited & Booted Centre principal Dr Maria Lenn and accompanied by Upper Warden Ian Spring and Charity Committee members Richard Martin and Nigel Heilpern, visited Suited & Booted's new City premises, to present our second annual cheque for £1,000 to support their work.

The Suited & Booted Centre collects donations of business clothing (suits, shirts, ties, cufflinks, shoes) and fits out job-seekers to help them look the part for job interviews. It fits out in excess of 100 job-seekers every month; it adds a bit of interview coaching and sends them out with confidence high.

It relies on volunteer labour to help with the fitting out, but depends on charitable donations to cover its operating costs. It's a thoroughly worthwhile small charity: it meets a need and does great constructive work, and it's one where we know that our modest contribution makes a difference.

Royal Navy Supper Evening

At the Bowyers' Supper Evening on 6 March at Bangers, the 35 present were treated to a brilliant tour-de-force presentation by Capt Paddy Allen RN on the capabilities of the modern Royal Navy, nicely related to its enduring strategic role of protecting the UK's global trade routes, noting that 95% of the world's trade in goods is still carried by sea.

Capt Allen then updated us on the fresh initiative he and the Master have been working on with the Commanding Officer of our affiliated frigate, HMS Northumberland, for a new annual award for the Ship's crew in the form of a trophy and cash grant to the mess deck of the Junior Rating(s) making the best contribution to the life of the Ship.

Designs have been prepared for the trophy and a plaque for the winning mess deck, and we have 'full steam ahead' for the first award to be made in 2018.

Museum of London: Pleasure Gardens Archery

On 20 March 2018, John Ellery and Simon Leach represented the Bowyers at the re-launch of the 'Pleasure Garden' display at the Museum of London. Using costume and video, the display re-imagines the world of the fashionable (and notorious) Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the 18th and 19th centuries, where (inter alia) society ladies took up the sport of archery.

The exhibits draw from some of the 22,000 items in the Museum's historic dress and textiles collection, and one of the exhibits is an archery skirt and bodice, dated about 1860, which once belonged to a slender gentlewoman. A bow and quiver of the same era were acquired from the collection of Freeman Hugh Soar and the Bowyers' Company donated £1,300 to cover the Museum's cost for the repair, conservation and mounting of the exhibit.

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Museum of London: Pleasure Gardens Archery

On 20 March 2018, John Ellery and Simon Leach represented the Bowyers at the re-launch of the Pleasure Garden' display at the Museum of London. Using costume and video, the display re-imagines the world of the fashionable (and notorious) Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the 18th and 19th centuries, where (inter alia) society ladies took up the sport of archery.

The exhibits draw from some of the 22,000 items in the Museum's historic dress and textiles collection, and one of the exhibits is an archery skirt and bodice, dated about 1860, which once belonged to a slender gentlewoman. A bow and quiver of the same era were acquired from the collection of Freeman Hugh Soar and the Bowyers' Company donated £1,300 to cover t he Museum's cost for the repair, conservation and mounting of the exhibit.

Our first photo shows the dress and archery equipment during an earlier visit by the Bowyers in the preparartion stages, and our second photo shows the finished lady archer exhibit, complete with slender Victorian longbow.

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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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