Forthcoming Bowyer Events:
(Bookable now) Tour of Goodenough College and Dinner at Ciao Bella, 20 November 2018 |  Bowyers' Carol Service, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, 3 December 2018
Court Dinner (Court Only), Coopers Hall, 10 April 2019 |  (Bookable soon) Court and Livery Dinner, Ironmongers Hall, 30 Jan 2019
(For your diary) St George's Banquet, Cutlers Hall, 30 April 2019 |  Tower Shoot, 25 June 2019 |  Bowyers Prize Day, Burnham, 6 July  |  Bowyers Longbow Plate Day, Burnham, 28 July
United Guilds Service, Friday 29th March 2019 | Election of Sheriffs, Monday 24th June 2019  | Election of Lord Mayor, Monday 2nd October 2019
Lord Mayor's Show, Saturday 9th November 2019...More dates for 2019 to follow soon

Forthcoming City Events:
Festival of St Cecilia, St Paul's 21, November at 11.00am. The Company has a small number of guest tickets available through the Clerk clerk@bowyers.com.

Mark Stretton's New Book:
Bowyer Freeman Mark Stretton's experiments on the penetrative power of the medieval warbow are well known
to Bowyer members. Mark has just published a new 50-page A5 book on his latest research results using 130/140lb bows; the price is £10, and for information
on how to order it, click on this link: https://konigbooks.uk/products/piercing-plate-armour-with-arrows-empirical-testing-at-bosworth-battlefield

Agincourt Banquet 17 October

There is probably no more appropriate a hall in the City for the Company to celebrate the Battle of Agincourt than Armourers', as the battle was a decisive encounter between the longbow and the armour of the French Knights. As a matter of courtesy it is probably best said that it was French armour - if made in England perhaps the outcome might have been different. As befits an evening celebrating the six hundred and third anniversary, the Agincourt Banquet seems a timeless event, but with every year made memorable by differences that will be recalled by those who were there. Sadly this year our Master was the one who was abed - we wish him a speedy recovery - but he was extremely well represented by the Upper Warden who stepped up for a dry run for his forthcoming Mastership. As was often said on the night, it is a benefit of our two-year mastership that we will have the Master back for the next Agincourt Banquet.

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Garden of Remembrance at St Paul's
5 November

On a bright dry day the Master and Clerk attended the annual opening of the Garden of Remembrance at St Paul’s on Monday 5 November. The day started with a breakfast in the Crypt followed by an address by the National Chairman of the Royal British Legion who explained the significance of the event on the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. He also offered his heartfelt thanks to the Livery Companies for the support that they continue to give to the Royal British Legion. The service itself took place outside in the Garden of Remembrance with the Lord Mayor in attendance and music provided by a military band. Following the Last Post and two minutes silence and marshalled by staff from the Honourable Artillery Company, the Masters of all the Livery Companies planted crosses in the Garden. It was a most poignant event highlighting the close links between the Livery Companies, the Royal British Legion and the Armed Forces past and present.

Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey 8 November

The Master and the Immediate Past Master were invited by the Mercian Regiment to join them at the service opening the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 8 November. The entire British Army was represented, each Regiment having its own memorial area with crosses for each soldier who had died on operations over the years. The Mercian Regiment plot, together with its antecedent regiments had very many crosses. The Field of Remembrance, now in its 90th year, has been organised by the Poppy Factory since 1928.

The Duke of Sussex was in attendance and he was invited to lay a cross of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown soldiers, one from each world war. Following the Last Post, (salute up on the first note, down on the last), and a two minute silence, Prince Harry toured the Garden to meet the Veterans.

It was a most memorable day and we were very privileged to be present.

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Agincourt Banquet 17 October

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There is probably no more appropriate a hall in the City for the Company to celebrate the Battle of Agincourt than Armourers', as the battle was a decisive encounter between the longbow and the armour of the French Knights. As a matter of courtesy it is probably best said that it was French armour - if made in England perhaps the outcome might have been different. As befits an evening celebrating the six hundred and third anniversary, the Agincourt Banquet seems a timeless event, but with every year made memorable by differences that will be recalled by those who were there. Sadly this year our Master was the one who was abed - we wish him a speedy recovery - but he was extremely well represented by the Upper Warden who stepped up for a dry run for his forthcoming Mastership. As was often said on the night, it is a benefit of our two-year mastership that we will have the Master back for the next Agincourt Banquet.

The reception was admirably dotted with familiar and new faces, including our two new Freemen Mr Benjamin Allen and Mr Clifton Lombard, plus a smattering of the mess dress of various Mercian Officers, particularly our honoured guest Major General Ian Cave, the Colonel of the Mercian Regiment. It is always heartening to see how the bond between us and the regiment continues to strengthen. We were also very pleased to welcome a Master from another warrior company , Mr Christopher Weston-Simons, the Master Armourer and Brasier.

The Beadle and bell summoned us to what is definitely the visual highlight of the evening, as the Hall is a masterpiece of candlelight glistening off the armour that hangs on all four walls. On this occasion the Upper Warden carried the Company longbow and the Renter Warden also came armed with a longbow that he had crafted with his own hands. A very convivial dinner followed, the conversation only occasionally interrupted by each course. My abiding memory of Bowyers dinners is the quality of companionship reflected in the level of noise that is generated by people having a good time. As ever, time flew and very soon the loving cup had been taken, the toasts proffered and we came to the more difficult part for the Bowyers - the singing of the Bowyers song. However, this year we were ably introduced to the tune by the guest baritone who led the assembly in the most stirring of renditions.

It only remained for us to be entertained and informed about our honoured guests by Renter Warden Mark Elliott and for Major General Ian Cave to reply in kind.

All too soon it was time to be abed, to remember another glorious evening.

Myles Archibald

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