January Court and Livery Dinner
29 January 2020
(For your diary)
Tuesday 10 March
United Guilds Service
Friday 27 March 2020
April Court Dinner
8 April 2020
St George's Banquet Wednesday
22 April 2020
York, 1 to 4 May 2020
30 June 2020
Bowyers' Prize Day
Burnham, Saturday 4 July 2020
Court Meeting and New Master's Dinner
15 July 2020
Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day
Burnham, Sunday 26 July 2020
An article and invitation to attend the Royal Fusiliers Memorial Lecture on 13 May is at this link
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.
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
On 21 January at the Steam Wine Bar near Monument, our favourite small charity, Suited & Booted, held its third charity Quiz Night. Twelve City teams entered this time, including two teams each from the Turners and the Tax Advisers; the Bowyers entered a team too, again organised by the IPM, and we're delighted to report that for the third time running, the Bowyers came out with the winners' trophy! As the photo shows, the winning Bowyers' team comprised William Mills, Mark Eyre, Mark Benstead, Tony and Enid Kench, and Rupert Holmes.
The Bowyers' 2019 Poitiers Supper took place on Wednesday 13 November, held again at the function room of Bangers Bar & Grill, off Eldon Street. Thirty-five members and guests were in attendance, and were treated to a tasty three-course supper, with excellent accompanying white Burgundy (which turned out to be quite appropriate) and Bordeaux wines.
The Lord Mayor's Show dates right back to at least the 14th century, when we know Cheapside was lined with viewing stands for the occasion. From our own records we know that in the 1680s the Bowyers' Company had its own set 'standing' in Cheapside, with its own rails, cloths and banner, and had to provide four 'whifflers', whose role was to keep that piece of street clear for the procession. Members of the Company met for drinks at a designated tavern before the Show, then dinner at another tavern after the Show; clearly a big day out. We did something modestly similar in 2011 when our man David Wootton was Lord Mayor, basing ourselves for the day at El Vino, Blackfriars; whiffling was however no longer required.
The arms of the Company were granted by Sir Thomas Holme, Clarenceux King of Arms on 10 November 1488. The main charge is the 'flote' which was a device for planing and smoothing the bow stave. The chevron has no special meaning but is simply to separate the 'flotes' in the design. It is commonly found at this time in arms granted to corporations, livery companies and others. Likewise, so far as we know the mullets are merely decorative.
The Crest of three bows may represent the product in use and ties up neatly with the motto: Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt.
The Supporters were granted in July 1996. The dexter is a representative of a medieval bowyer in the livery of his Company (black and white) holding a 'flote' as one of the tools of his trade. The sinister, a representation of an archer of the time of Agincourt symbolises the product in use.
The supporters stand upon a green mound which is strewn with pointed stakes set at an angle such as were used by the archers at Agincourt as a defence against cavalry.