Forthcoming Bowyer Events:

(Bookable now)  |  Election of Sheriffs Monday 24th June 2019  |  Tower Shoot 25 June 2019

(For your diary)  |  Bowyers Prize Day Burnham, 6 July  |  July Court and Livery Dinner 17 July 2019
Bowyers Longbow Plate Day Burnham, 28 July  |  Election of Lord Mayor Monday 2nd October 2019  |  Agincourt Banquet 17 October 2019
Poitiers Supper 13 November 2019

(Other events) Lord Mayor's Show Saturday 9th November 2019

Election of Sheriffs
Please click here to view the addresses of the three candidates for the Election on 24 June

City Beerfest
This year’s City Beerfest, in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, is taking place in the Guildhall Yard on Thursday 18 July between 1230 and 2100 click here to view details

Bowyers' Guildhall Window


With the Election of Sheriffs coming up on 24 June, members of the Company may not all be aware that the Bowyers' Company has its own stained glass window in Guildhall. It's easily accessible on the Library Staircase leading down on the east side from the Print Room next to the Old Library, and it's part of a central group of nine windows on the staircase, with the Bowyers' window in the middle.

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Chelsea Pensioners Founders Day Parade,
6 June


The Master was very privileged to be invited to the Chelsea Pensioners Founders Day Parade on 6th June. The Founder's Day parade, which is also known as Oak Apple Day (to remember the tree Charles II hid in to escape) is a celebration of the Royal Hospital's inauguration in 1692 and is attended by most Chelsea Pensioners, except for those who this year were attending the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of D Day on the Normandy beaches in France. There are twelve veterans who fought on D Day, resident at the Hospital. The parade is always held on a date close to 29th May – the birthday of Charles II and the date of his restoration as King in 1660.

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Presentation of the Dudley Award, 12 June

The Master. Upper Warden and Liveryman Michael Church travelled down to Plymouth on 12th June to present the Annual Award of the John Dudley Trophy. John Dudley was the First Duke of Northumberland created in 1551. He was Lord Admiral of Henry VIII's fleet and was an important figure in naval history. Our Award is to a Junior rating (or group of ratings) who have contributed most to the quality of life of the Ship's Company in the past year. The Award is in three parts; a Trophy presented by ex-Ship's Commander and fellow Bowyer, Captain Paddy Allen RN; a plaque to be fixed to the mess door of the winner's mess and a cheque for £500 to be used for the facilities of that mess.

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Presentation of the Dudley Award, 12 June

The Master. Upper Warden and Liveryman Michael Church travelled down to Plymouth on 12th June to present the Annual Award of the John Dudley Trophy. John Dudley was the First Duke of Northumberland created in 1551. He was Lord Admiral of Henry VIII's fleet and was an important figure in naval history. Our Award is to a Junior rating (or group of ratings) who have contributed most to the quality of life of the Ship's Company in the past year. The Award is in three parts; a Trophy presented by ex-Ship's Commander and fellow Bowyer, Captain Paddy Allen RN; a plaque to be fixed to the mess door of the winner's mess and a cheque for £500 to be used for the facilities of that mess.

The winners this year were a group of ratings led by Leading Steward Fredericks who, in the absence of a Leading Physical Training Instructor, took on the physical fitness of the Ship's Company. Assisted by LS Bevan, AB Finley and AB Lavender they set up training programmes for everyone on board from the Commander to the most junior seaman. The whole crew suffered initially but came out of it with better annual review results than before. The officers we spoke to said they enjoyed it!

LStd Fredericks and his team demonstrated leadership and motivation, selflessness and hard work and they epitomised Core Naval Values.

We were very pleased to make the award to them.

Ian Spring
June 2019

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Chelsea Pensioners Founders Day Parade, 6 June

The Master was very privileged to be invited to the Chelsea Pensioners Founders Day Parade on 6th June. The Founder's Day parade, which is also known as Oak Apple Day (to remember the tree Charles II hid in to escape) is a celebration of the Royal Hospital's inauguration in 1692 and is attended by most Chelsea Pensioners, except for those who this year were attending the celebrations of the 75th Anniversary of D Day on the Normandy beaches in France. There are twelve veterans who fought on D Day, resident at the Hospital. The parade is always held on a date close to 29th May – the birthday of Charles II and the date of his restoration as King in 1660.

A member of the Royal Family attends the parade each year and reviews Veterans from The Royal Hospital, who now number almost 300. This year the Reviewing Officer was Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who also made time before the parade to tour the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary, which is home to some of the Hospital's less able Veterans. During his speech Prince Harry said:

"I am honoured to be at the Royal Hospital today as your Reviewing Officer once again, on this the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Not only is today a prominent historical occasion, it is also a special day in the Royal Hospital calendar - bringing together families, old friends and the chance to make new ones."

The Master met two members of the antecedent regiments of the Mercians and photographs are attached. The Master, resplendent in his Oak branch, is welcomed by Sgt Jim Fellows, seen with his family visiting from the USA and WO2 John Byrne who has been at the Hospital for about a year now.

As always, I was honoured to be invited and share in such a special day.

Ian Spring
June 2019

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Bowyers' Guildhall Window

With the Election of Sheriffs coming up on 24 June, members of the Company may not all be aware that the Bowyers' Company has its own stained glass window in Guildhall. It's easily accessible on the Library Staircase leading down on the east side from the Print Room next to the Old Library, and it's part of a central group of nine windows on the staircase, with the Bowyers' window in the middle.

The Old Library complex was built by City architect Horace Jones in 1873, in the style of the adjoining Guildhall itself, to house the City's substantial reference library. In 1872 the Bowyers voted 10 guineas (some £2,250 today) as the cost of 'a new stained glass window for the Guildhall Library', duly installed in 1873. That part of Guildhall suffered no damage in WW2, and the Old Library's stained glass windows all survived intact.

The library itself, of 60,000 books and historic documents, was at the time the largest reference library in London, and was the first to be opened to the general public when the building was completed. It eventually outgrew that room, and in 1974 was moved to its current location in the Guildhall's post-war west-side extension, and later partly to the London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell, which in 2006 came under Guildhall Library administration.

The other companies' windows in the central block of nine are (top row) Plumbers, Poulters and Brewers, (middle row) Loriners and Spectacle Makers, (bottom row) Coachmakers, Glass Sellers and Clockmakers.

Tony Kench

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Cheque for Suited & Booted

On Tuesday afternoon 4 June a delegation of Bowyers visited the London Wall premises of the Suited & Booted charity to present our annual £1,000 cheque to the charity's Principal, Dr Maria Lenn. Our Master, Ian Spring, was joined by Renter Warden Nigel Heilpern, Charity Committee members Richard Martin (who had arranged the occasion), Michael Church and William Mills, and IPM Tony Kench.

This is the Bowyers' third year of support for this excellent small charity, which kits out some 1,500 jobseekers each year from its stock of business attire donated by City workers. It needs funding to cover its premises and operating costs, to which we are happy to make our modest contribution; it's a delightfully straightforward and successful charity, making a real difference to people's lives.

Tony Kench
Immediate Past Master

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