Forthcoming Bowyer Events:

(Bookable now)  |  Bowyers Silver Evening, 7 May 2019  |  United Guilds Service, Friday 29th March 2019
Court Dinner (Court Only), Coopers Hall, 10 April 2019  |  St George's Banquet Cutlers Hall, 30 April 2019

(For your diary)  |  Common Hall, 5 June 2019  |  Election of Sheriffs Monday 24th June 2019
Tower Shoot 25 June 2019  |  Bowyers Prize Day Burnham, 6 July  |  July Court and Livery Dinner 17 July 2019  |  Bowyers Longbow Plate Day Burnham, 28 July
Election of Lord Mayor Monday 2nd October 2019  |  Agincourt Banquet 17 October 2019 Poitiers Supper 13 November 2019

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

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Bowyers Win Suited and Booted Quiz

A team of Bowyers tasted victory at the Quiz Night at Suited & Booted at the Steam Wine Bar on 6 Feb. Organised and captained by Immediate Past Master Tony Kench the team also included Myles Archibald, William Mills, Enid Kench, Ian Spring, Rupert Holmes and David Laxton (shown here with their trophy). Suited and Booted are a city based charity which provides business attire for interviews to job seekers who have hit hard times. The Bowyers have supported Suited and Booted through regular donations and business planning advice for a couple of years.

Kings College London War Studies Evening, Wednesday 20 March


On 20th March 2019 20 Bowyers including our Master had a supper evening with our war studies scholar from King College London, Gavin Lewis, at the Tappit Hen in St Swithin's Lane. Also present was Saskia Rogerson, our point of contact in the fundraising branch at Kings College. Gavin gave us a superb explanation of the experience of combat and military tactics during the American Civil War (1861 – 1865) comparing them to the Napoleonic wars some 50 or so years previously.

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HMS Northumberland Visit,
Thursday 21 March


David Laxton, Nigel Heilpern, Mark Elliott, John Ellery and Robert Lang Anderson enjoyed a fabulous day on board HMS Northumberland on 21stMarch 2019, which was moored in Portsmouth Harbour adjacent to and totally dwarfed by HMS Queen Elizabeth, also in the harbour for fitting out. We were hosted by the Commanding Officer, Commander Ally Pollard, her Officers, NCOs and crew. We joined the ship with about 40 other visitors, including the Worshipful Company of Carmen and representatives from the Ship's other military affiliations and were expertly shown around all of the ship's sections by Lt Cdr Al Hall, including the bridge and the operations control room deep inside the vessel.

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Kings College London War Studies Evening,
Wednesday 20 March

On 20th March 2019 20 Bowyers including our Master had a supper evening with our war studies scholar from King College London, Gavin Lewis, at the Tappit Hen in St Swithin’s Lane. Also present was Saskia Rogerson, our point of contact in the fundraising branch at Kings College. Gavin gave us a superb explanation of the experience of combat and military tactics during the American Civil War (1861 – 1865) comparing them to the Napoleonic wars some 50 or so years previously. He explained that the loss of life was on an enormous scale citing that in the battle of Gettysburg in 1863 there were some 55,000 casualties which proportionately can be compared to the battle of Liepzig in 1813 when there were 130,000 casualties. Furthermore, because of the engineering background of most of the American generals, this was the first major conflict where trenches (heralding what was to be done in the First World War) were constructed on a huge scale. Gavin suggested that this new type of warfare depersonalised the experience of battle. Illustrating his talk with contemporaneous pictures of the various battles that he has studied, he explained that the sound of battle was so furious, that seeing the battle scene was described as like “seeing the elephant” even if most of it was then obscured in smoke and explosions. This is another reason, Gavin suggests, why there are few pictures of the conflict. Soldiers went into this war believing in the power of their individuality, until they were very soon overcome by the brutal war machine. They were 'living night and day in the valley of the shadow of death'. Gavin concluded his talk by showing a black and white film clip of the Southern survivors of the Civil War, almost at the end of their lives, howling the Rebel Yell, as they had done when they went into battle. It was a powerful and moving presentation, and one that we all greatly enjoyed.

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HMS Northumberland Visit, Thursday 21 March

David Laxton, Nigel Heilpern, Mark Elliott, John Ellery and Robert Lang Anderson enjoyed a fabulous day on board HMS Northumberland on 21stMarch 2019, which was moored in Portsmouth Harbour adjacent to and totally dwarfed by HMS Queen Elizabeth, also in the harbour for fitting out. We were hosted by the Commanding Officer, Commander Ally Pollard, her Officers, NCOs and crew. We joined the ship with about 40 other visitors, including the Worshipful Company of Carmen and representatives from the Ship's other military affiliations and were expertly shown around all of the ship’s sections by Lt Cdr Al Hall, including the bridge and the operations control room deep inside the vessel. We also saw the specially adapted folding Merlin helicopter take off and land three times before it set off to its land base. Having set course we left harbour at 10.00 towards the Isle of Wight returning in the brightening haze to Portsmouth, watching how this huge vessel, with the help of a couple of tugs, edged back into its mooring with barely a bounce. One of the abiding memories was the power of the gas turbine engines (capable of 28 knots at full pelt) humming quietly as she cruised along at 15 knots, and the knowledge that she could find trouble or get away from trouble very fast indeed. As she left and returned to harbour she saluted HMS Victory as did we all.

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