ECAA Indoor Championship Results - see Results page
Hatfield Memorial Shoot at Holdens (31 Aug) Entry Form - see Tournaments page
Abbey Open Shoot (24 May) Entry Form - see Tournaments page
Bray League Match 5 Results (Final for Compound and Longbow) - see Bray League page
Andy Harris League Feb results - see Andy Harris page
ECAA County Calendar updated - see Calendar page
Change of Secretary for Barrow, Clements and West Essex Bowmen - see Clubs page
ECAA January Meeting Minutes - see Meetings page
ECAA March Meeting Agenda - see Agenda
65th East Anglian Champs at Framlingham (23 Aug) Entry form - see Tournaments page
ECAA Field Records updated - see Records page
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!
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 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.
Tom has been busy again - this time with his thoughts on Barebow shooting, what is a barebow and how do you aim using one.
This follows on from Tom's last article about longbows - what to thing about when you buy one and the arrows you need.
At this rate we are going to need a whole section for Tom's articles or get him to publish them as a book.
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.
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
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
18 April - Havering Junior Tournament at Abbey Bowmen
See Tournaments Page for more shoots