Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (All bookable now)  | Agincourt Banquet, Wed 18 Oct, Tallow Chandlers' Hall  | Poitiers Supper, Mon 6 Nov, Bangers Bar & Grill
Forthcoming City Events:  | Sheep Drive across London Bridge, Sun 24 Sep - (see https://sheepdrive.london)  | Election of Lord Mayor, Fri 29 Sep, Guildhall
Mercian regiment: :  | August 2017 News Update - Download a copy here  | Invitation to 10th Anniversary Dinner, Fri 1 Sep, Lichfield Cathedral - Download details here

Court & Livery Dinner, Cutlers' Hall 11 July

On Tuesday 11 July the Bowyers' Black-Tie Court & Livery Dinner took place in Cutlers' Hall. It was a most convivial evening with 36 members enjoying the in-house catering of the Cutlers' Hall team (the Cutlers' Beadle David Hasler is a former Royal Anglian, as is the Bowyers' Clerk, Tony Marinos).

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Water Music 300 on the Thames

On Monday evening 17 July 2017 the Bowyers' Company hired a boat on the Thames for 70 of us to enjoy a black-tie celebration of the exact 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel's 'Water Music', which had taken place on the river on 17 July 1717 for King George I.

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Robert Hardy CBE DLitt, 1925-2017

With sadness we record the death on 3 August 2017 of the Bowyers' Company's senior Past Master, Robert (Tim) Hardy, pictured here on the day of his installation in July 1988. Alongside his stage and screen career, he had a passion for archery, and published in 1976 an authoritative book, 'Longbow'. He was heavily involved with the Mary Rose Trust in restoring the Tudor-era longbows recovered from the ship. He gave the inaugural Bowyers' Crécy Lecture at the Athenaeum in 2007, and he later played a part in the Agincourt 600 commemorations. Our tribute to him may be viewed here.

Court & Livery Dinner, Cutlers' Hall 11 July

On Tuesday 11 July the Bowyers' Black-Tie Court & Livery Dinner took place in Cutlers' Hall. It was a most convivial evening with 36 members enjoying the in-house catering of the Cutlers' Hall team (the Cutlers' Beadle David Hasler is a former Royal Anglian, as is the Bowyers' Clerk, Tony Marinos).

At the Court meeting earlier that evening Nick Lawrie and William Mills had been clothed in the Livery of the Bowyers' Company, and at the Dinner, Court Assistant David Laxton, new Liveryman William Mills and Freeman Richard Bowyer spoke of their personal backgrounds and careers.

The Master's end-of-evening speech, as well as emphasising the Bowyers' charitable themes, also included warm mention of the recent friendly shotgun/longbow challenge held with the Gunmakers' Company.

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Water Music 300 on the Thames

 

On Monday evening 17 July 2017 the Bowyers' Company hired a boat on the Thames for 70 of us to enjoy a black-tie celebration of the exact 300th anniversary of the first performance of Handel's 'Water Music', which had taken place on the river on 17 July 1717 for King George I.

Our boat was the MV Avontuur IV from Westminster Pier, with live string quintet on board conducted by the eminent Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Dr Andrew Earis. The Water Music was brilliantly played for us during a champagne reception on the upper deck (luckily it was a very fine evening), and then played again after the 3-course supper we enjoyed on the lower deck, as the boat trip culminated a splendid and memorable evening by retracing King George I's route up to Chelsea and back.

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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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