Forthcoming Bowyer Events: (All bookable now)  | Agincourt Banquet, Wed 18 Oct, Tallow Chandlers' Hall  | Poitiers Supper with Mike Loades, Mon 6 Nov, Bangers Bar & Grill  | Bowyers' Carol Service & Supper, Mon 4 Dec, St Botolph Bishopsgate  | Livery Dinner, Tue 30 Jan, Watermen's Hall
Forthcoming City Events:  | Sheep Drive across London Bridge, Sun 24 Sep - (see https://sheepdrive.london)  | Election of Lord Mayor, Fri 29 Sep, Guildhall (ceremony and lunch bookable now via Bowyers' website)

Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day 23 July

The fourth Sunday of July is Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day at the Royal Toxophilite Society in Burnham, and on 23 July over 40 longbow archers were invited from all over the country to shoot for the ladies' and gentlemen's Bowyers' Plates, and other trophies presented by Bowyer Past Masters Robert Hardy, Christopher Ballenden, Peter Seaton and Richard Model.

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Officers' Mess, St James's Palace 31 July

During June and July 2017, C (Kohima) Company of the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, had the honour of being on Public Duties in London, including guard duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. During their final duty at the Palace, Major Andy Ryan, the Officer Commanding C Company, kindly invited the Master, Wardens and half a dozen other Bowyers to a black-tie dinner in the Officers' Mess at St James's Palace, revered as perhaps the most iconic Mess in the entire British Army. A very splendid evening was enjoyed by all; it was an honour for the Regiment to be there, and a great honour for the Bowyers to be there.

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Robert Hardy CBE DLitt, 1925-2017

With sadness we record the death on 3 August 2017 of the Bowyers' Company's senior Past Master, Robert (Tim) Hardy, pictured here on the day of his installation in July 1988. Alongside his stage and screen career, he had a passion for archery, and published in 1976 an authoritative book, 'Longbow'. He was heavily involved with the Mary Rose Trust in restoring the Tudor-era longbows recovered from the ship. He gave the inaugural Bowyers' Crécy Lecture at the Athenaeum in 2007, and he later played a part in the Agincourt 600 commemorations. Our tribute to him may be viewed here.

Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day 23 July

The fourth Sunday of July is Bowyers' Longbow Plate Day at the Royal Toxophilite Society in Burnham, and on 23 July over 40 longbow archers were invited from all over the country to shoot for the ladies' and gentlemen's Bowyers' Plates, and other trophies presented by Bowyer Past Masters Robert Hardy, Christopher Ballenden, Peter Seaton and Richard Model.

The original Plates were presented by the Master of 1980-82, Anthony Wood, when Longbow Day was inaugurated in 1981 as an offshoot of Bowyers' Prize Day, which had been running since 1910 but by 1981 had become mainly a recurve bow event, and it was felt there should be a separate longbow event too.

The event is organised each year by the Royal Tox's longbow organiser, Freddie Fairfield, who also serves as Field Captain, and indeed is a competitor. The Bowyers' trophies this year were awarded by Upper Warden Ian Spring, seen here presenting the Bowyers' Plate for Highest Score by a Gentleman to Roger Spellane, who, on the York Round, scored the Most Hits at 131 and the Highest Score of 485.

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Officers' Mess, St James's Palace 31 July

During June and July 2017, C (Kohima) Company of the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, had the honour of being on Public Duties in London, including guard duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. During their final duty at the Palace, Major Andy Ryan, the Officer Commanding C Company, kindly invited the Master, Wardens and half a dozen other Bowyers to a black-tie dinner in the Officers' Mess at St James's Palace, revered as perhaps the most iconic Mess in the entire British Army. A very splendid evening was enjoyed by all; it was an honour for the Regiment to be there, and a great honour for the Bowyers to be there.

At the end of the dinner, Major Ryan presented the Master with a foot-high mounted silver double-headed eagle, a striking three-dimensional representation of the Mercian Regiment's cap-badge emblem, as a gift from the Mercian Regiment to the Bowyers' Company, very kindly facilitated by Mark Elliott. As Duncan Samuel observed, the Master was for once completely lost for words at the generosity of the gift, but did manage to express the Company's enormous appreciation, and promised that the Silver Eagle will be on proud display at the Bowyers' Company dinner tables, starting with the Agincourt Banquet on 18 October.

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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

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