Recent Updates

Noak Hill Westerns (30 May) - Target List

HDSA Millennium Shield Entry Form (8 Aug) - see Tournaments page

Braintree Summer BBQ Shoot Entry Form (2 Aug) - see Tournaments page

Albion Recurve League May Results and Table - see Albion Recurve League page

Submitted Scores and Teams for County Match vs Kent - see County Team page

Bowmen of Ardleigh Longbow Shoot Entry Form - 18 July - see Tournaments page

CTR Double WA 720 (WRS) Entry Form - 12 July - see Tournaments page

EGAC Open Forum - 3 July - see Poster

Level 1 Coaching Course - see Details

ECAA Meeting Minutes - March - see Meetings page

ECAA Western Longbow League Fixtures - see Longbow League page

Grays Halloween Shoot Entry Form (31 October) - see Tournaments page 

Grays Open Westerns Entry Form (9 August) - see Tournaments page

Grays Longbow Shoot Entry Form (27 June) - see Tournaments page
Albion Compound League Fixture list - see Compound League page

SCAS Junior WA1440 Entry Form (11 July) - see Tournaments page

Mayflower Archers  - Change of Secretary - see Clubs page

County Team Selection - Scores Received for Team Shoot - see Submitted Scores page

Graham presented with Silver Plaquette

Graham Sibley was honoured with a Plaquette for 'Services to Archery' at AGB Annual General Meeting.

For obvious reasons he was unable to attend in person and was subsequently presented with the award in his hospital bed by ECAA Life Vice President - Marlene Hutchins!

Graham was delighted to receive the award and thanks everyone who put forward his name.

He also wishes to thank all who have asked after him and sent wishes for his speedy recovery to full health.


Busy Weekend of Judge Promotions

It was a busy weekend of Judge assessments this weekend 9/10 May.

At the City of Cambridge WA720 on Saturday  Paul Body was successful at his Regional Judges Assessment.

On the following day Steven Johnson passed his County assessment at Kestrels.

Both grades changes are effective immediately and congratulations to Paul and Steven for all the hard work to get to these levele.

If anyone else is interested in eating cake and drinking tea (and a bit of judging) then contact the judges through the Judges Page and we will provide more information.

ECAA Summer League
1955 - 2015


Congratulations 60 years and still going strong

For more details of when the league formed and what has happened to it see the full article by Marlene


Essex Longbows at Cambridge

February 14th eight eager Longbow Archers headed of on a cold early morning to Cambridge to take part in the annual Intercounty match, this year held at the home of Ramsey Raverns .

The Hosts were very Hospitable providing bacon rolls and tea and coffee on arrival to warm us all through.

The match ended with Essex winning by over five hundred points and Kathryn Sartain breaking the county record by 104 points, well done Kathryn!

Read the Full Article for all the details 


New Senior County Team Selection Process

*Please note*
As agreed at the AGM in 2015 we are introducing a new adult selection procedure in the county as it was felt that the old procedure was not working as well as we would like.
Please read the attached policy in conjunction with the cut off dates and if you wish to be considered to take part in any of the events listed, send your scores as required direct to the team manager by this date. The cut off for the Team Competiton is 13th March as the team needs to be selected by the end of March.
The scores received will be ranked 1st to last and the team will be picked from the top of the list down until all spots for the team are filled. All bow styles will be considered but teams will only be sent to an event if we can fill the required criteria at a competitive level.
Please pass this information on to all club members who may not have Internet connection.
The Junior Team selection process has not changed.

Simon Harding to Represent GB on Horseback

Rayleigh Town archer and Level 1 coach Simon Harding has been selected to shoot for Great Britain in the European Horseback Archery Grand Prix competition taking place in Grunwald, Poland in April 2015.
Simon (together with his horse Thistle) has recently enjoyed great success in competition, contributing to Team GB's silver medal in stage 3 of the 2014 European Grand Prix in September, and placing 3rd overall in the BHAA Championships in Oct.
For more information see
Congratulations to Simon on his selection, and the very best of luck out in Poland.

Ken Gray Junior Tournament

The annual Ken Gray Memorial shoot took place at Mayflower Archers on 7th February. The shoot is intended for new junior archers in their first years of shooting to give experience of competition archery in a friendly environment.

This year saw another full entry for the Portsmouth round with representatives from around the county. Winning this year’s shoot was the junior team from West Essex Bowmen, with Rayleigh Town Juniors in second place and Mayflower Juniors in third place. Our congratulations to the West Essex Junior team.

The shoot concluded with its ever popular balloon popping session.

Our thanks to Neal and Lesley Howell who took over the organisation of this shoot for the first time as tournament stalwart Alex Purser stepped down.

Paul completes Regional Judges Training

Paul Clarke (seen here talking to Mick Pearce) completed  the final section of his Regional Judging assessment by actually turning up at the SCAS Judges Conference in Stevenage.

He had already passed the field and written assessments earlier in the year and just needed this to be promoted to Regional judge which means Paul can take charge of UK record Status shoots.

This means Essex now have two National judges, two Regional judges, three County judges and three Candidates - all of whom can be contacted through the Judges page.

Well done Paul. 

Barebow - by Tom Major

Tom has been busy again - this time with his thoughts on Barebow shooting, what is a barebow and how do you aim using one.

Download the Barebow Article

This follows on from Tom's last article about longbows - what to thing about when you buy one and the arrows you need.

Download the Longbow article 

At this rate we are going to need a whole section for Tom's articles or get him to publish them as a book.


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

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