The traditional Scarborough Archers Christmas Shoot was once again upon us. No snow on the ground, but enough Christmas spirit in the air.
36 members and family enjoyed the festivities of the Christmas shoot, with many scoffing down the mince pies and mulled wine on offer. Despite the cold weather the onsite pyromaniac Phil, managed to get the fire roaring and everyone was suitably warm before shooting took place.
New for this year was Colin’s speed shooting competition, which rewarded quickness as well as accuracy. It proved to be a roaring success, so much so we will see if it is possible to have a competition next year.
Adults: Neil S
We also had a fun scoring competition, which ran concurrently, that consisted of 4 ends of 6 arrows the high scorers were:
Juniors: Jack and Emily
Recurve: Phil S
Wood Bows: Graham S and Alison H.
A special thanks to Leigh (Arkwright) who organised and ran Arkwright’s Secret Santa Emporium, he was kept busy throughout the morning, although the mince pies conventionally nearby seemed to help.
Many thanks for everyone that turned up and made it a huge success.
Next event is Colin’s arrow and string making workshops, perfect for beginners or those that need some extra guidance.
The always popular Soup Shoot was held in dry, bright and cold conditions, absolutely perfect for the event.
Over 20 archers competed for the fabulous prizes on offer, but the stars of the day were Chef de partie Derek and Apprentice Sean who provided us with their wonderful home made soup. Derek’s tomato and Sean’s Thai spicy vegetarian soup were most welcome at the halfway break. With many going for seconds and even thirds, which in turn cleaned the place out.
The eventual combined score of 450 by Neil S. and John I. took first prize.
Bruce M. paired with junior Ben won the lowest score prize, although it could be said that they were the better archers, hitting more red and gold.
The mystery Lucky Score prizes were won by Derek S. and junior member Dylan.
Thanks for everyone who turned out, next club event will be the Christmas Shoot!
The 2017 annual prize presentation night was once again held at South Cliff Golf Club.
Thanks to the organisational skills of Derek, 53 members and guests sat down to a delicious meal served by the catering staff.
The meal was followed by the presentation of 36 trophies and 69 medals by club secretary Alison.
Thanks to the kind donations of prizes by members, the raffle run by Ann, Julie and Leigh raised £100 pounds for the club funds.
A special mention was given to John Ireland for the great job he does keeping the grass looking immaculate.
Trophy winners were : Phil S., Neil S., Paul W., Baz J., Henri D., John N., Steve B., Alison H., Wendy R., Tasha P., Ann N., Grace M., Emma H., Caroline C., Glenn M., Sean B., John I., Colin G., Graham S., Kev H., David W., Ian M., George, Toby and Lewis.
After an almost mammoth task by most members of The Scarborough Archers. We were getting very close in being unable to find an indoor shooting venue. However after following up on a possible lead we managed to find and snag two slots that had recently opened at Scarborough Sixth Form.
After our first week we can official say this venue is fantastic. With more space for equipment, targets, better lighting, better heating and a more central location for everyone, it certain proved itself to be a success on our first night, and even more successful on or second night. In the first week we had over 40 members enjoying the new shooting facilities. A roaring success.
Many thanks for everyone in the club, who tried their hardest to find venues, and also Sixth Form College, in helping us make the venue fit for purpose. Let’s hope this venue will be used for many years to come.
We welcomed 34 Scarborough College students for an activity day on 23rd October. Conditions were almost perfect, which is a rarity for our target range.
A quick training lesson and safety rundown started the afternoon off. With a small check on their bow weights and arrows, then we were off. Both sets of groups seemed to find the gold spot with ease, with many putting the regular shooters who were helping out on the day to shame.
The students were also shown around our field course, where they shot at foam targets, of animals typical found in the UK, such as badgers, foxes, boars and not so typical kangaroos and zombies. With our Zombie target nicknamed “Ron Weasley” and our moving kangaroo target, proving the most popular.
While the helpers were very tired, after a mammoth day. Seeing all the students enjoy themselves was well worth the effort. That concludes our Summer season, a great way to end it.
A small group of Scarborough Archers once again went to the East Riding Competition, on the 6th August. The competition is set within the beautiful grounds of Burton Constable, which puts many archery fields to shame.
It proved to be a successful day for the group with a bounty of trophies and medals being awarded.
Special mention goes to Phil S, who smashed the competition with a club record of 818, with the nearest person to him being 57 points behind.
Phil P, picked up 1st place in the other wooden bow category, with a 53 point difference.
Not happy with there only being two winners, the recurve group also took home the Team Award, beating their nearest rivals by 240 points.
A full list of winners are below.
Individual Awards (Seniors)
1st Gents Recurve – Phil S (818)
2nd Gents Recurve – Neil S (761)
Other Wooden Bows
1st Thorley Salver – Phil P (241)
2nd Graham Start Salver – John N (188)
Team Awards Recurve
1st Minster Cup – Phil S, Neil S, Stuart S, Derek S. (2962)
Well done to all!
As we know our good friend and one of our longest serving members Roger Greaves passed away last year. As someone who saw the club numbers fluctuate over the years, ranging from 3 members to our current highest of over 100. Roger had kept the club going over the years, and was finally happy to see the club have its own grounds here in Osgodby after many years in trying to find a ground to shoot at.
In his honour and in recognition of his dedication, we had devised a competition that celebrated Roger’s passion for archery, combing his excitement in robin hood shots that he was always proud to show off, and something that of all abilities could win.
This years theme was shooting apples off heads. With the added danger of hitting the head twice would eliminate yourself from the competition. This saw many archers who have shot at the club for years fall early on including Neil, Derek and Leigh all out in 3 arrows or less.
Eventually Sean Beadnall emerged as adult winner, narrowly beating Phil Simms and Ann Naylor into joint second place.
The juniors also had a tough battle with Lewis narrowly beating Ben and Dylan into joint second place.
A huge thank you to Roger’s family who came to present the trophies.
Thanks also goes to Chef de partie, Derek who was once again on hand to get the BBQ going, and a special thank you to everyone for turning up.
John has recently celebrated his 70th birthday, and we thought the cake that was on show was so good, that we felt it needed posting up for all members of the club to see.
Despite no arrows in the grass and the factually incorrect arrow in the gold, it’s still a great looking cake.
Happy Birthday once again to John.
After two corporate groups within a week, the Scarborough Archers thought they were going to have a rest. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, with a consortium of people ready to go to the Seamer Gala for the open day.
We were invited back to our old stomping grounds at Seamer to give people a taste of what archery had to offer, on a glorious Sunday afternoon. After a few burnt faces and being suitable stuffed with cake and tea, the hectic week at the Scarborough Archers had finally been finished.
Not to be out done, a few members even represented us at the Rigwelter open shoot held near Otley. Although no medals, it proved to be an enjoyable day for the small group who turned up.
Hopefully a few weeks of rest and the ability to start doing our own bits of archery again.
It may have been one of the worst days weather wise, but that didn’t stop the hardy lot at the Roundtable. After a quick introduction on how to use a bow, the group were keen on getting started to gain bragging rights on who was the best archer of the group.
A full course was laid out by Colin, John, Phil, Andy and Leigh. Giving a full range of tricky shots that would create problems for any archer. A few arrows lost, to add to the never ending list, but despite this, many came away with very good scores (despite trying to bribe the scorers).
In the end a very enjoying day, despite the rather soggy weather.