Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (bookable now) James Wood Livery Supper, Mon 4 June  |  Bowyers Prize Day, Royal Tox, Sat 7 July  | Master's Day Ceremony & Lunch, Wed 11 July
Master's Livery Dinner, Wed 18 July  |  Bowyers' Longbow Day, Royal Tox, Sun 29 July (future diary date) Joint Tower Shoot, Tue 26 June

Forthcoming City Events:  |  Election of Sheriffs, Guildhall, Mon 25 June (Bowyers' table at lunch to follow)
As this is a contested election the addresses of the four candidates can be found at this link.

St George's Banquet, HQS Wellington

Front Row, from right: Master Bowyer Tony Kench with his wife Enid and Beadle Paul Tredgett; 2nd Row: Upper Warden Ian Spring with his wife Theo; 3rd Row: Master Cutler Colin Evans with his wife Penny; Back Row: Master Fletcher Dr Roger Watson, Cdr Ally Pollard, Commanding Officer HMS Northumberland, and Bowyers' Clerk Lt Col Tony Marinos. Photo: Jake Sugden.

On Tuesday 24 April the Bowyers' Charitable Trust hosted the Bowyers' annual St George's Guest Banquet, and it was one of the most lively and convivial anyone could remember. With 112 present, it was held aboard HQS Wellington, the former Royal Navy convoy escort ship acquired in 1948 by the Master Mariners' Company and splendidly converted to become their floating Livery Hall, moored on the Thames by Temple station. Sparkling music for the evening was provided by the Champagne Swing Jazz Quartet playing the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

After dinner, following the ceremony of the Loving Cup, the toast to Our Guests was proposed by our Charity Committee Chairman John Ellery, who welcomed our principal guests: the Master of the Cutlers' Company, Colin Evans and his wife Penny, the Master of the Fletchers' Company, Dr Roger Watson accompanied by the Fletchers' Clerk, Kate Pink, and Commander Ally Pollard, Commanding Officer of our affiliated Royal Navy frigate, HMS Northumberland. The Master Cutler responded to the toast with warmth and charm.

In the final speech of the evening, the Master emphasised the work of the Bowyers' Charitable Trust, as set out in the booklet that had been specially prepared for the occasion.

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338 West Ham Squadron Air Cadets

The RAF's 100th anniversary in 2018 has provided a good inspiration for the Bowyers' Company to add a charitable affiliation with an RAF Air Cadet unit, to complement our support of the Brentwood Sea Cadets. With few of the 28 Air Cadet units in the London area currently having Livery support, after various consultations we chose 338 West Ham Squadron, whose crest is a bow and arrow, borrowed some time ago from the Norwegian Air Force's F-16 equipped 338 Fighter Squadron.

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St George's Banquet, HQS Wellington

Front Row, from right: Master Bowyer Tony Kench with his wife Enid and Beadle Paul Tredgett; 2nd Row: Upper Warden Ian Spring with his wife Theo; 3rd Row: Master Cutler Colin Evans with his wife Penny; Back Row: Master Fletcher Dr Roger Watson, Cdr Ally Pollard, Commanding Officer HMS Northumberland, and Bowyers' Clerk Lt Col Tony Marinos. Photo: Jake Sugden.

On Tuesday 24 April the Bowyers' Charitable Trust hosted the Bowyers' annual St George's Guest Banquet, and it was one of the most lively and convivial anyone could remember. With 112 present, it was held aboard HQS Wellington, the former Royal Navy convoy escort ship acquired in 1948 by the Master Mariners' Company and splendidly converted to become their floating Livery Hall, moored on the Thames by Temple station. Sparkling music for the evening was provided by the Champagne Swing Jazz Quartet playing the music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

After dinner, following the ceremony of the Loving Cup, the toast to Our Guests was proposed by our Charity Committee Chairman John Ellery, who welcomed our principal guests: the Master of the Cutlers' Company, Colin Evans and his wife Penny, the Master of the Fletchers' Company, Dr Roger Watson accompanied by the Fletchers' Clerk, Kate Pink, and Commander Ally Pollard, Commanding Officer of our affiliated Royal Navy frigate, HMS Northumberland. The Master Cutler responded to the toast with warmth and charm.

In the final speech of the evening, the Master emphasised the work of the Bowyers' Charitable Trust, as set out in the booklet that had been specially prepared for the occasion. As a relatively small livery charity we work hard to make sure our donations meet a real need and make a real difference, with three main current areas of focus: the benevolent fund of our affiliated Mercian Infantry Regiment; education, in the spirit of our benefactor James Wood; and ways to help disadvantaged teenagers get their lives together in a constructive and disciplined way, as exemplified by the Wide Horizons adventure learning centre for Greenwich and Lewisham schools, the Brentwood Sea Cadets for whom we fund half a dozen cadets a year to go crewing on the Royal Navy's tall training ship, our newest affiiation 338 West Ham Squadron Air Cadets, and the Suited & Booted Centre which collects donations of business clothing and kits out jobseekers to look the part for interviews.

It had been a delightful evening, much enjoyed by all present.

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338 West Ham Squadron Air Cadets

The RAF's 100th anniversary in 2018 has provided a good inspiration for the Bowyers' Company to add a charitable affiliation with an RAF Air Cadet unit, to complement our support of the Brentwood Sea Cadets. With few of the 28 Air Cadet units in the London area currently having Livery support, after various consultations we chose 338 West Ham Squadron, whose crest is a bow and arrow, borrowed some time ago from the Norwegian Air Force's F-16 equipped 338 Fighter Squadron.

After a low period, 338 Squadron is now rebuilding in the hands of their livewire new Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Billy Moore, who plans a rapid growth from 15 to 30 cadets, with band music and archery among the weekly activities. The Bowyers' Company is providing an initial £1,000 for archery equipment repair, archery instruction, musical instrument repair and music instruction, and we are looking forward with enthusiasm to a long-term affiliation to help 338 on its way.

On 14 April the Master and Nigel Heilpern joined 338 and the other 27 London area units at their annual 'Inness Sword' team event at Crowborough camp in Sussex: the competition disciplines included assault course, first aid, archery, navigation, drill, small bore shooting and stretcher-bearing. At the end of the day Flt Lt Billy introduced Nigel a nd the Master to the 338 Squadron cadets, and we celebrated our new charitable relationship with a formal exchange of plaques.

On 10 May the Master and Nigel followed this up with a visit to one of 338's bi-weekly parade and training evenings at the TA Centre in West Ham Park to present our cheque; 338's activities that evening were First Aid-related, with all cadets practising CPR and bandaging.

On a historical note, Bowyers' Company Past Master Geoffrey Glazier (1940-44), grandfather of current Liveryman Ben Glazier, was a WW1 Royal Flying Corps pilot who became a founder member of the Royal Air Force when it was established in 1918.

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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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