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The Worshipful Company
of Bowyers

Forthcoming Bowyer Events

(For your diary)

Master's Installation and Lunch,
St Botolph's and the Mercer, 8 July 2020

Court Meeting and New Master's Dinner,
15 July 2020

Agincourt Banquet,
Tallow Chandlers' Hall, 15 October 2020

Bowyers' Carol Service,
St Botolph's, Monday 7 December 2020

City and other News

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.

Suited and Booted newsletter
Download a copy here

City of London Livery Briefing
Download the February 2020 edition

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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

Annual Dinner of the Royal Toxophilite Society

The Master Bowyer, accompanied by the Mistress Bowyer, was privileged to be the guest of honour at the annual dinner of the Royal Toxophilite Society, a few weeks ago. A very friendly and hospitable crowd, the Royal Tox made us very welcome. We had some lively speeches, some longer than others, although I'm not sure of the relevance of the one on the Welsh language, apart from the fact that it was very funny.

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Meeting with Kings College MA Students

The Bowyers have for some years helped to support a number of both history and war Studies students at King’s College London, and we have developed a great relationship with King’s. King’s runs its own K + project providing students from under privileged backgrounds great access to the university, many of whose events we are asked to attend. We have also joined King’s alumni and friends by reason of our student awards or by giving our time to mentor and advise where we can.

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Visit to Brentwood Sea Cadets

The Master, along with the Charity Committee Chairman John Ellery, Past Master Michael Wren and Committee Member Richard Martin visited the Brentwood Sea Cadets recently and were made most welcome by the unit. A number of the more senior Cadets have "aged out" and have moved on.

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Our Coat of Arms

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.