Scarborough Archers were recently invited to Scarborough 6th Form College to introduce students to archery. Two of our Archery GB level 1 coaches, Alison and Paul, along with assistants John, Wendy and Phil explained to the group the basic history of archery and how it has evolved into an Olympic sport.
The students were then told about the safety rules as laid down by Archery GB.The group were shown the correct way to handle and shoot the bow. The very enthusiastic and competitive students finished the session with a scoring round. The scores returned were very impressive, with a four way tie for first place. Finally they were tested on their new found knowledge. A very enjoyable and informative morning for all.
The weather was kind for our second Soup Shoot of the winter, dry, bright and not too cold. Once again our soup maestros worked their magic, Derek’s legendary tomato and Sean’s wonderful spicy black bean soup was just the job at the interval.
As per our usual Soup shoot rules, scoring only counted on white and blue, so it wasn’t easy. Metal arrows shooting at 40cm face, wood arrows at 80cm and “novices” at 120cm
The winning duo of Paul Wordsworth and Stuart Sherburn showed their class with a winning score of 250. Close in second place was John Ireland and Phil Pattison with 240.
Bringing up the rear (the strongest pair on the results list) were stalwarts Baz J and George R. All three pairs taking home Scarborough Archers legendary fabulous prizes.
“Thank you” to Derek and Sean, Alison for sorting out the scores, and those members who helped to set up and put everything away afterwards.
Over a hundred archers turned up for the first open shoot of 2019 held at Regent Field Archers course near Bridlington. The weather was perfect, so lots of high scores were expected.
Scarborians fielded fifteen members shooting in six different bow categories, longbow, A.F.B., Hunting Tackle, Freestyle, Traditional Bow Hunter and Bare Bow.
Our top archer Ben came away with a bright shiny gold medal to add to his impressive collection and Richard, in his first open competition, won a medal in the freestyle bow class. many congratulations to both of our archers.
The Regent Team put on a great shoot with lots of new 3Ds including an elevated carousel giving a downward shot at predator and prey. The course flowed smoothly; it was hard to believe that there were over a hundred shooters in the woods; just the sound of peg groups making amusing comments about each others shooting techniques.
More than 25 members turned up for this years Christmas Fun Shoot. The Target theme this year was ‘Super Heroes’, and they were well and truly battered!
We were all delighted that Santa found time to join us, and even took part in the competition!
The tea, coffee, mulled wine and mince pies went down a treat, and with Wendy acting as line captain she kept the show running.
The winners of the usual fabulous prizes were : Men – Peter B. and George R. Ladies – Alison H. Novices – Phil T. and Leo K. Juniors – George, Toby and Ben.
The competition was followed by the Scarborough Archers Traditional Secret Santa Shoot, this was once again expertly organised by our very own ‘Arkwright’, Leigh.
Santa aka John Ireland, was rewarded for his appearance with a box of biscuits.
Thank you to all those members who helped to set up the targets and put everything away afterwards.
It was a good turnout for the Soup Shoot despite the weather forecast. The weather was actually kind to us, as it started to rain just as we were breaking for our soup. The soup was delicious as usual thanks to the efforts of Derek and Sean. There was a slight hiccup when Derek couldn’t find a tin opener, but Peter saved the day with “ I just happen to have one”. Why would Derek want a tin opener for ‘home made soup’?? Sean’s spicey noodle soup was definitely home made and wonderfully warming.
And so to the archery, our excellent recurve archers were shooting at 40cm targets, archers using wooden arrows at 80cm targets and juniors and novices at 120cm faces. With only the white ring scoring 10 points and the Blue ring scoring 5 points it wasn’t easy. However, 1st place had to be decided by a shoot off between partners Steve Carr and Debbie Simms against Neil Simms and John Ireland (both pairs scoring 270 points). The eventual winners were Steve and Debbie. Other prize winners were Derek and Emma, and George and Neil Mc.
Eleven members of Scarborian Field Archers supported our visit to Wild Geese on Sunday. The weather was ideal and the course nice and dry, even in the lowland boggy bits. We had access to all the new facilities including a gas fired b.b.q., the new canteen building and the club meeting room.
The course was as challenging as ever with several newly positioned targets and several long shots to keep us in practice for future open competitions. We shot from ten a.m. until dusk made it impossible to see targets in the dense woodland.
Seven members from Scarborough Archers attended the Bridlington Open Portsmouth tournament on Sunday 4th November. George, Wendy, Natasha, Steve, Phil and Neil all shot recurve in the morning session. Scoring in general was high, and although our members shot well, no one quite got into the medals. This was Steve’s first ever tournament, well done Steve.
Representing the club in the afternoon shooting barebow was left in the capable hands of Pete Brown, (not shown in photo), who finished fourth in his class.
Thank you to members of Archers of Bridlington and Burton Agnes who run the tournament and provided hot food and drinks for the competitors.
More than 40 members and friends attended Scarborough Archers Annual Prize Presentation Night held at Scarborough South Cliff Golf Club.
After sitting down to a fine meal provided by the golf club catering staff, competition winners and runners up were presented with their trophies and medals by club secretary Alison H. Trophies were awarded to winners of eight competitions run throughout the year with Juniors, Ladies and Men competing with various bow styles including recurve (Olympic), traditional English longbows and American Flat bows.
A trophy was awarded to Steve C for the most ‘improved member’ of the year.
A raffle was run by Ann N, Julie A and Cecily S with all monies raised going to club funds.
Thirteen Scarborough Archers booked places on Wolfshead’s Autumn shoot and we were made up to fourteen by a welcome visit from our old friend Sheffield John.
The day was unbelievably hot, especially on the open moorland section of the forty target course; we were glad to get into the woodland section for some shade.
A great course with a variety of interesting problems for the archers – Wolf Hill with three animals positioned on the steeply rising slope, a new crocodile shot downhill from a wasp peg, a goose in mid flight and our old favourite, the elephant in the broom.
Once again our younger archers did us proud. Adam, Dylan and Ben achieved gold medals in their bow styles. They must have an impressive collection of gold hanging on their walls at home. Of the big people Andy B. shot a good round and came away with a silver medal in the longbow class, with Kelly winning a bronze medal in AFB.
As usual the members of Wolfshead put on a great show, an imaginative and challenging course. Lots of food and and drink to suit all tastes; little wonder this shooting so popular with field archers.