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.
20th May 2017 saw the 309th shooting of the Scorton Silver Arrow competition, the oldest recorded sporting event in the world.
The competition this year was held at Rotherham, and is shot over a 100 yard range, with targets at both ends. Archers shoot only 2 arrows both ways. Traditional longbows or wooden bows are used but recurves are now permitted.
This year two Scarborough Archers entered. Andy Wiles and John Naylor pitted their skills against over 100 other archers to try to be the first to hit the black dot in the centre of the target to win the title of ‘Captain of the arrow’ and host the competition the following year.
Both members shot well in difficult conditions, with John’s best arrow hitting the gold, while one of Andy’s arrows found the blue for 5 points. Unfortunately it was on the wrong target !!
A nearby judge saw it and allowed him to register the score on payment of a ‘£5 fine’ into the ‘swear box’, the proceeds of which go to the captains charity.
After a 3 course lunch of roast beef with all the trimmings (and the odd glass of wine or two), the archers were ready to tackle the 100 yard shoot once more.
Although no prizes came back to Scarborough, it was declared a thoroughly good day.
The Scarborough Archers 2017 Open Day has officially come to an end. With the dust settled after a very busy day, we can easily say that once again our Open Day was a success. With our car park almost bursting at the seams, we had a regular stream of visitors over the day, that kept the Field, Target, and cake stand very busy.
Many people from Osgodby, Cayton, Eastfield and further afield took advantage of the good weather and a chance to try field and target archery. With 15+ Scarborough Archers on the day helping, either with setting up, instructing, signing up beginners, or selling drinks and cakes. All worked tirelessly without complaint, to make the day run as smoothly as possible.
Although some Scarborough Archers ended the day with a slight bit of sunburn. It was once again a very enjoyable day. Thanks for everyone who turned out on the day, we hope to see some on a beginners course or again next year.