Inter Livery Sports
Celebrating Clothworkers' Achievements
Inter Livery Clay Shoot
The 2019 Clay Shoot took place at Holland and Holland in West Ruislip on
16 May. Clothworkers again sent three teams of four guns: A, B, and C.
Team A (Chris Horne, Charles Houston, Simon Purefoy and James Horne)
finished in 18th place. Team B (Michael Drummond, Jonathan Portal, Chris
Remers, and Oliver Hartley) finished in 25th place. Team C (Owen
Turgoose, Raplh Anderson, Will Portal, and Giles Malyon) finished in
55th place (out of 114 teams).
Team A, which won the flush the previous years, could not repeat their
performance, but Team B gave a notable effort in scoring 74/80 in the
The year will be remembered for a number of firsts:
The first time that Master Elects shot with us two years running
The first year that a member of the Hall staff shot with us
The first time that we had two pairs of fathers and sons shooting
The first time that we welcomed as many as five new guns to our ranks
(Will Portal, Oliver Hartley, Giles Malyon, Owen Turgoose and Michael
Thanks to Michael Malyon and Oliver Howard for their support for this
event over many years; they have hung up their guns as far as this event
is concerned. We hope to include new shooters every year; just let
Charlie Houston know and he will email you at the time. Come on, ladies – put your names forward!
Inter Livery Rifle Shoot (Bisley)
Three Clothworkers (Charles Bowerman, Nick Horne and Andrew McLintock)
represented The Company at the Sniper Rifle at 300m; the Full Bore Rifle
at 900m over open sights; the .22 Rifle; and of course the 6 shooter,
Black Powder Revolver at 15m. A new event this year was the 'running
boar'. The RAF and The Bakers' Company provided superb organisation and
hospitality for the event, as in previous years.
Of the three guns, only Charles had shot for The Company before; this
maintains the policy of rotating new guns through this event. The team
scored very well throughout the day and came fifth out of 15 teams
overall, slightly lower than in previous years. However not only were
the Clothworkers' awarded the trophy for the best team at the black
powder revolver, but Charles Bowerman won the best individual overall by
a long margin.
Anyone interested in joining us next year for the Inter Livery Clay
Shoot (15th May or 22nd May) or the Inter Livery Rifle Shoot (31 May)
should contact Charlie Houston for more information.
Inter Livery Golf Competition
Results coming soon ...
Great Twelve Sailing Challenge
This annual event is organised by The Ironmongers and run by the Seaview Yacht Club on the Isle of Wight.
This year (1 June 2019), in addition to the two teams of four, we
entered into the Mermaid Class for the main part of the event. We were
also very pleased that Tom Tibbits was able to bring his family’s
beautiful yacht over and race. The Cruiser team consisted of Tom
Tibbits, Lucy Rawson, Marc Kernick (Lucy's husband), and Susannah
Broome. The Mermaid team was Andrew Strang, Amy McVittie, Jonathan
Portal, and Katie Hirst. And the other Mermaid team was Master John
Coombe-Tennant, Annabel Yonge, Sarah Churton, and Matthew
Coombe-Tennant. The teams were drawn from both the Freedom and the
The Mermaid racing included four races with each team racing twice. The
first race was completed in sunshine, but with very light winds. While
our team started very well, they struggled to get around the buoy with
the tide pushing them back and the wind fading, and they ended up lower
down the order. The Cruiser team also had a frustrating moment during
their race when they caught the line of a lobster pot around the keel,
which slowed them down somewhat! A typical day of racing - like a game
of snakes and ladders.
Overall Clothworkers came in at a respectable ninth place (higher than
our order of precedence among the Great Twelve). At least we can aim for
the ‘most improved team’ prize next year. Perhaps it is not all about
winning, but about taking part and enjoying the fellowship that the
event provides. The weekend is a wonderful opportunity to get to know
each other better and meet members from other livery companies. With
supporters, there were about 200 people enjoying the supper on Friday
and the formal dinner on Saturday night after the racing.
We are always looking for more sailors to join the team, so if you know
your spinnakers, jibs, sheets and booms, then please do make contact and
put your name down for next year. The Great Twelve Sailing Challenge is
such a fun event and everyone really enjoys the weekend. Taking part in
one of The Company’s sporting teams may seem incongruous with the
philanthropic aims of The Company, but taking part is a good way to get
to know one another better, which is so important when working together
for the benefit of The Company and Foundation.
Contact Captain Andrew Yonge if you are interested in participating next year.