Forthcoming Bowyer Events:

(Bookable now) Election of Lord Mayor Wednesday 2nd October 2019  |  Agincourt Banquet 17 October 2019  |  Poitiers Supper 13 November 2019

(For your diary) Bowyers' Carol Service 2 December 2019  |  January Court and Livery Dinner Wednesday 29 January 2020  |  April Court Dinner Wednesday 8 April 2020
St George's Banquet Wednesday 22 April 2020

(Other events) Lord Mayor's Show Saturday 9 November 2019

City and other News

Livery Briefing: A copy of the June Livery Briefing can be found at this link: June Livery Briefing.

Mercian Regiment Update: A copy of the regiment's latest quarterly newsletter can be found at this link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/zK5G5i7draUya/".

Suited & Booted Charity Quiz


The Bowyers' Quiz Team retained their title as Suited & Booted Quiz Champions on Wednesday evening 10 July at the Steam Wine Bar, by Monument, in a narrow tie-break victory over a convivial team of some of the Charity's earliest supporters. The Bowyers' team of 6 comprised Myles Archibald, Mark Benstead, WIlliam Mills, Ian Spring (Master), team captain Tony Kench, plus Enid Kench as a welcome late substitute. Suited & Booted is our favourite small City charity, providing donated business attire to kit out 2,000 jobseekers a year for interviews, and it's always a pleasure to help them with their fund-raising efforts.

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Bowyers' Longbow Day, 28 July


In perfect summer weather at the Royal Toxophilite Society's Archers' Lodge in Burnham on 28 July, the 39th Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day attracted its largest ever attendance, with 33 gentlemen and 16 ladies enjoying a delightful day's longbow shooting. About half were Tox members, the remainder from the British Longbow Society, everyone an enthusiast; it's renowned as one of the friendliest archery meetings of the year, impeccably organised as ever by the Tox's genial Freddie Fairfield (pictured).

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Bill Terry's Archery Collection

Richard Head has often suggested to the Bowyers' Archery Committee that we should go and see Bill Terry's archery collection at his home near Sevenoaks. On August 29th we finally made it.

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Bill Terry's Archery Collection

Richard Head has often suggested to the Bowyers' Archery Committee that we should go and see Bill Terry's archery collection at his home near Sevenoaks. On August 29th we finally made it.

Bill Terry's name had been mentioned to me a number of times by various people: auctioneers, dealers, gun collectors. They all seemed to know that he was very keen on anything connected to archery, so it was with some expectation that I arrived at Bill's house. What I had not appreciated is that he had also built a fantastic club house and butt for the West Kent Archers, which is hidden in what must have been the bottom of his garden – his dedication to archery is considerable. He is also an extremely accomplished archer. But this still didn't prepare me for this brilliant, eclectic, awe-inspiring collection. It also didn't prepare me for the kindness and knowledge that Bill displayed whilst showing us round the collection.

We should have known an extraordinary morning was in front of us when Bill ushered us into his library and gave us a brief tour. He has nearly every book on archery ever published – old, new, British, American, field or target, rare or common – some in multiple copies. Just this one room was an archery collector's dream. This was only the start. Moving through the hall, adorned with prints, cartoons, paintings - all on an archery theme - we stepped into an Aladdin's Cave of bows, arrows, bow cases, arrow quivers, tabs, arm guards etc, but only if Aladdin had only one single collecting aim - archery. It is difficult to really explain just how impressive this one room is – the collection of longbows is literally breath-taking (see photo). It covers longbows from the Tudor to the present day, even having an extensive collection of the all metal longbows originally produced for use by the commandos in WW2. Add in cases and quivers, uniforms and medals, arrows and strings, even score cards, and you could easily lose yourself in this one room for the whole day. Bill even has two Bowyer Past Master's Badges in 9ct Gold – something for us to re-aspire to.

If this one room was the only exhibition gallery of this collection, it would be impressive. Suffice to say that there is an upstairs hallway, four further galleries, Bill's sitting room and an Annex, built out of his conservatory. All these rooms are crammed with fascinating, in some cases awe-inspiring, examples of bows and the rest of the ephemera that goes with the art of archery.

This collection is simply unmissable. Every Bowyer should endeavour to make a trip down to see it and we as a Company should ensure it receives our full support in the future.

Bill is also the most knowledgeable guide and as such is an essential part of the experience. He has also extended an invitation to anyone who would like to see the collection. He has also kindly offered his butts as a venue for a day's target shooting with our own bows – I feel a Company Championship looming.

A brilliant day – topped off with lunch in Bill's local hostelry. A classic Bowyers' mix of history and good companionship, with thanks to Richard Head for organising. I am delighted to say that Bill Terry seemed to enjoy the day as much as we did.

If anyone else in the Company is indeed interested in visiting Bill's collection, do please make contact with our Archery Chairman, Tony Kench.

Myles Archibald

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Bowyers' Longbow Day, 28 July

In perfect summer weather at the Royal Toxophilite Society's Archers' Lodge in Burnham on 28 July, the 39th Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day attracted its largest ever attendance, with 33 gentlemen and 16 ladies enjoying a delightful day's longbow shooting. About half were Tox members, the remainder from the British Longbow Society, everyone an enthusiast; it's renowned as one of the friendliest archery meetings of the year, impeccably organised as ever by the Tox's genial Freddie Fairfield (pictured).

The 8 trophies are plates, coasters, goblets and bowls donated by various Bowyer Past Masters, which the winners get to keep for a year, in the categories of Most Hits, Highest Score, Most Golds and Best Gold, for Gentlemen and for Ladies. The gentlemen shoot the York Round (100, 80 and 60 yards) and the Ladies shoot the Double National Round (2x60 and 2x50 yards). The prizes were presented at the end of the day by the Bowyers' Master, Ian Spring, accompanied for the day by IPM Tony Kench, Upper Warden David Laxton, Court Assistant Simon Leach and Liveryman Michel Church.

The full results, incuding Freddie's report, can be viewed here>. The top awards, the Anthony Wood Plates, went to Martin Jordan with 110 hits and Jude Lane with 121 hits. The Head household was happy that evening: our Liveryman Richard Head's wife Lindsay won a trophy for Best Gold, and right at the end of the day Richard managed a dead-centre gold himself (pictured).

Tony Kench

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Suited & Booted Charity Quiz

The Bowyers' Quiz Team retained their title as Suited & Booted Quiz Champions on Wednesday evening 10 July at the Steam Wine Bar, by Monument, in a narrow tie-break victory over a convivial team of some of the Charity's earliest supporters. The Bowyers' team of 6 comprised Myles Archibald, Mark Benstead, WIlliam Mills, Ian Spring (Master), team captain Tony Kench, plus Enid Kench as a welcome late substitute. Suited & Booted is our favourite small City charity, providing donated business attire to kit out 2,000 jobseekers a year for interviews, and it's always a pleasure to help them with their fund-raising efforts.

Over ten rounds of questions in ten different topic areas, we were strong on history, and among the other answers we managed to come up with between us were the world's fastest bird, the route of the no 1 bus, the world's highest waterfall, Croatia's vehicle registration code, what the South African place name 'Soweto' is short for, and which Shakespeare play includes '... and some have greatness thrust upon them'. We didn't know what LASER stands for, or what JK Rowling's first names are, but we did score 86/110, and we won the tie-break by one of us knowing the precise depth of the world's deepest ocean.

It was a great fun evening, for a very good cause, and we look forward to being in action again early next year if not before.

Tony Kench
IPM

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