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Longbows - by Tom Major

Some of you might know that Tom has not been well recently and during this enforced rest his mind has wandered to the subject of Longbows.

The article attached is Tom's experience over many years and covers such topics as purchasing your first longbow, what arrows you need for your longbow and how to shoot it.

I would have been glad of this advice when I bought mine last year.


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You Are Never Too Old

Whilst shooting a Worcester at the barn yesterday Abbey Bowman's oldest member - John Farrant scored a '5 white end' for a maximum 25 points. At 85 years old it shows that you are never too old to still take enormous pleasure and pride in your shooting.

Obituary - Roy Collins of Holdens Archers

Roy joined Holdens Archers and very quickly established himself as a valued member of the club and took up the position of Records Officer for many years and a spell of 4 years as Chairman, which had to be relinquished through ill health.

He finally had to give up archery as he was no longer able to drive and his health deteriorated. He was admitted to Tendring Nursing Home, where he was taken good care until he finally succumbed to his illness, which he bore with great fortitude and with his usual good humour.

Roy will be sadly missed by all who knew him at Holdens and all the archers in the clubs in Essex who knew him through tournaments and his writing in the “Essex Bowmen”.

Louis Gladwell (Club President) & Alan Goodsman (Club Secretary) Holdens Archers

For more about Roy's life please see the full obituary

Danielle Brown Sports Science Talk

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Celebrating Tom Major’s Birthday

On the 1st September Tom reached his 80th Birthday and I would like Essex to join me in celebrating this with him.

I have known Tom for over 20 years and during that long relationship he has taught me a great deal. From the start of my archery career he has passed on a wealth of knowledge which he has offered freely. He is a very approachable gentleman and is happy to talk to anyone and offer a helping hand.

I am truly indebted to Tom for all his help and guidance and have enjoyed the numerous conversations we have had over the years and feel sure he has too. I look forward to many more in the future. Happy Birthday, Tom

Love Matt, Denise and Ethan

See Matt's whole article about Tom

Essex Archer is European Champion

Essex and West Essex Bowman Simon Powell rounded off a spectacular start to his international career with a win in the Gents Recurve team finals at the European Para Championships in Nottwi, Switzerland.

For more details see the article here


I would like to thank all those who sent me get well wishes by email, telephone and the many cards. I have always said to Iris that there is a difference between having the thought and acting upon it.

I have been told that I will not be shooting for at least 3 months so I will miss the company of my fellow archers. My main regret was that I had to miss the late Claire Stanford’s Memorial Service, as it was exactly at the same time as my surgery.

Once again, thank you all for your concern and good wishes. I will be back on the line just as soonas I have the OK! In the meantime, I wish you all enjoyment and success in your shooting.

Tom Major

A Family Connection Across Time

Grays archers are an old established club in Essex that was formed in 1952 and has been promoting archery in its local area ever since. 

In 1977 Bernard Day joined Grays Archers and became an active member for almost 13yrs. When he died suddenly his Wife Doris donated the Bernard Day Memorial Trophy in his memory.

This year a young novice archer called Samuel White was awarded The Bernard Day memorial trophy and there was a very loud cheer from Samuel's Gran (Sandra Pilgrim).
Samuel's Gran explained to the crowd that the Bernard Day was her father and therefore was Samuel's Great Granddad. 

To read more about this then see the full article here

Steve Fortt (Grays Archers)

Marion Saville - New County Secretary

As some of you may be aware, or perhaps not, Graham Sibley is standing down as our County Secretary after serving the Essex County Archery Association for sixty years, a job he thought he was only going to do on a temporary basis in the first instance.
Marion Saville is honoured to have been elected as the new Secretary to take his place and has written an article to introduce herself, about her time in archery and all her contact details which can be found here.

Welcome - baby Ethan Webb

I have much pleasure in announcing that at 00.12 on 24th June, Matt and Denise Webb became the very proud parents of baby Ethan Christopher Robert Webb. He weighed 4 lb 10 oz at birth and, due to a few complications, had to stay in Basildon hospital for another 10 days, but he is home now and doing well.  Matt and Denise gave Ethan the two middle names after their respective fathers.  You will see from this photo what a sweet little baby he is.

I feel sure that Matt and Denise would like me to take this opportunity to express their thanks to all those who sent cards and gave gifts. 

With Matt's interest in archery and Denise's interest in horses, we just have to wait and see which sport little Ethan takes up.  Maybe archery on horseback!

Many congratulations to Matt and Denise, and I am sure we all wish the 3 of them a healthy and happy future together.

Iris Major

National Series Stage 3 & 4 - Another great weekend for Essex and Suffolk

Essex/Suffolk had a strong presence at the ArcheryGB National Series Stages 3&4, hosted on 12/13 July at Clophill, with county archers and judges taking position on - and supervising - the shooting line. 
 These stages of the National Series comprised a 70m/50m 720 ranking round followed by head-to-heads on both days. For those taking part in the National Series, vital points were up for grabs so most of the ArcheryGB senior team were in attendance, including Nicky Hunt (Deben Archers), West Essex’s own Simon Powell shooting in the Para squad uniform and Mayflower's ArcheryGB representative Michael Judd. Joining them were Stephen Morris, Anna and James King from Colchester shooting barebow and compound, Oakfield’s Jaspreet Sagoo, Braintree's Paul Ramos and Tim Davies from Rayleigh.
On the Saturday we had the gents final between Michael "The Juddernaught" Judd and Tim Davies which Michael won after a one arrow shoot off.
Passing of Claire Stanford

It is with regret I must report the passing of Claire Stanford on Saturday evening.

As many of you will be aware, Claire had been a true stalwart of the association for many years, serving the county in various capacities over many years.

In light of this, she had been Vice President and was awarded the Red Tassel for services to the County.

Claire was heavily involved with the Coaching Guild serving as Treasurer for a number of years up until the Guild’s recent AGM in December. 

Our thoughts go to Claire’s Family at this difficult time.


An obituary for Claire has also been written by Iris Major which is available here.

Celebration of Claire Stanford's Life

In the morning of Wednesday 23rd July there will be a committal service at the Crematorium for family members only.

At 12 o'clock at Writtle All Saints Church there will be a celebration of Claire's life and all are welcome to attend, after which there will be refreshments served at the Writtle Bowls Club

What a weekend for Essex and Suffolk

15 Essex Archers over 5 disciplines and 1 new team Manger headed to Lillishall National sports centre, Shropshire to take part in the 2 day National team event 2014

After some strong positive shooting by all and of course the traditional sweetie runs throughout the weekend, what a result!

Overall position

Recurve men – 1st overall – Michael Judd, Ian Harris, Tim Davies (debut for county)

Recurve ladies – 2nd – Nicky Hunt, Jaspreet Sagoo, Susi Atkinson

Compound men – 1st – Phil Glover, James Sinclair, James Howell

Compound Women – 2nd – Helen Harris, Daisy Clarke, Sophie Brown

Long Bow Men – 5th Tony Maher, Mick Wollaston, Max Room

My thanks go to the whole team for shooting so amazingly and for making my job so easy and for Tim Davies who stepped in at the last minute as Simon Powell was called away on GB duty.

The full report complete with more pictures is available here

Lesley Howell

Essex Team Manager