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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

Lord Mayor's bulletin, 1 May 2020
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Eucharist service from St Botolph
Although the church building at St Botolph remains closed, the Priest in Charge (and our Chaplain, Fr David Armstrong) will continue to stream a short Eucharist service at 8.10am every Tuesday morning, and a Eucharist service with sermon every Wednesday lunchtime at 1.10pm. These can be viewed at any time, and are found at www.botolph.org.uk/online-service-video/

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
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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

Trealor's School

Treloar's started in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a 'Cripples' Fund' as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire.e one on the Welsh language, apart from the fact that it was very funny.

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King's College London Widening Participation Programme

The Bowyers have supported education since 1629, when James Wood, in his bequest to the Company required, amongst other legacies, three scholarships to be provided to Oxford University and two to Cambridge for sons of Freemen. If no such candidates, then to five poor scholars from Christ Church School or such other school as the Master and Wardens think fit.

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Company Links with Central Foundation Girls' School

Central Foundation Girls' School (CFGS) (www.central.towerhamlets.sch.uk) is a large, inclusive voluntary aided secondary school located in Bow, East London, catering for girls in the age range 11-18 years.

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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.