27.03.1933 – 05.10.2015

There can be few people in any sport more dedicated and given more of themselves than Graham. Most notably Secretary to Essex County Archery Association for over 60-years, taking on the Post in 1952 to help out ‘temporarily’ until a permanent Secretary could be found. During these 60-odd years he has undertaken everything and anything that involved County work and never claimed to be too busy to help in any way he could.

In addition to the years spent as Secretary, the length of which is unheard of in the annals of the Society, Graham also spent 10-years as Chairman of GNAS Target Committee during which time he was involved in the selection of teams for both World Championships and Olympic Games.

He was one of the first archers in the County to become a Judge having been active as a Field Captain before the existence of Judges and he remained active as a Regional Judge, always preferring to remain close to the grassroots of the sport he so loved and was instrumental in introducing and supporting many archers in their efforts to progress in judging.

He was President of SCAS from 2010 to 2013, awarded every accolade that County and Region could bestow upon him. Was an AGB and SCAS Judge Emeritus, held the Hartwell Trophy, was a Life Member of Essex and SCAS. At the last ECAA AGM he was elected President of the County.

Our thoughts are with Betty, his wife of 50-years who has lost not only a devoted husband but one of the best-loved characters in archery.

Graham Sibley will be sorely missed.

Essex and the archery world will be a poorer place without him.


The arrangements for Graham's funeral are as follows:  
22nd October 2015:   
12.30 - St Mary Magdalene Church, Church Lane, North Ockendon, Upminster RM14 3QH.
13.20 - Upminster Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Corbets Tey, Upminster RM14 2UY.
Returning to Church for Refreshments.
Family flowers only.    Donations to McMillan Cancer Support can be forwarded to West & Coe, 38 Lodge Lane, Grays RM16 2YL.
It would be appreciated if you would contact David ( that he may know numbers attending, or with any queries you may have.















Calling All Field Archers

We are very short of field party for the ECAA County Field Shoot on 4th October at Panther Bowhunters near Chelmsford.

Unless people can be found to help set out the course from 13:00 on Saturday 3rd then the shoot is in jeopardy. No experience of filed shooting is required just a willingness to help.

If you can help please contact the Tournament Organiser Marion Saville at 

50 Years of the Andy Harris League

The ‘Andy Harris’ League began as the brainchild of – Andy Harris. A member of Pilgrim Archers and then Grays Archers, he was a constant figure in Essex being an archer also a Coach and well known by all the archers of his day.

The Andy Harris League is still run as it was originally intended. It does not officially come under the jurisdiction of the County and its purpose is to allow clubs to meet during the winter months for a friendly get-together with a bit of minor inter-club rivalry.

This years league is the 50th running and the Entry Form and Rules are now available on the Andy Harris League page so get your team mates organised and get your entries in!

Good Start to the Outdoor Season 

Who is this trying archery for the first time ten years ago?

Already this season they have 13 JMB’s, new county records, new PB’s and a “spare bow”! It has gone from £2 have a go to serious!! 

Read Alex Body's story about the start of his archery career, this outdoor season and what is to come.

Essex & Suffolk Juniors at JNOC

There was a fantastic showing by growing band of Juniors at JNOC over the first weekend of July.

The links below are to a couple of articles detailing their exploits with Deben Archers coming home with 3 National Champions, Imogen Newby bringing home 2 individual silver medals and SCAS and Essex and Suffolk winning the team competitions.

Congratulations to everyone who shot 

 Imogen at the JNOC

Deben Archers at the JNOC

7 County Records in 8 Days

Over the past year we have seen and steady rise of one of our “small”est young archers Imogen Newby (10 yrs) from Braintree Bowmen Juniors. Most of you should know her by now…as the smallest one on the shooting line!

In the space of 8 days Imogen’s summer campaign has claimed 7 county records, come with 5-6 points of the National Records for the Short Junior Western and the Metric V and had her first call up to the Essex County Squad.

Imogen’s plans this summer are to claim the Essex Outdoor, SCAS Outdoor, UK Junior Masters and National Outdoor Junior U12 Recurve titles. While we have a long way to go, things could turn to gold this summer and through next winter for Imogen. Just goes to show that with a little determination and training, anything is possible.

Good Luck Imogen and for more about her year see the Full Article

Passing of Chris Smith

It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Chris Smith passed away on Sunday, 24th May. He had been unwell for several months recently.

The service for Chris will be held at Pitsea Crematorium on Thursday, 11th June at 1.20 pm. All are welcome to attend the service. However, the family would like to have a private reception afterwards just for family and a few close friends.

Chris was a Senior Coach and was always happy to help archers with their shooting technique. He was awarded the County’s “Baldwin” Trophy for services to the County at their AGM on 5 February, 2006. In that same year, on 19th March, he was awarded the County’s prestigious “Red Tassel” and he also held the office of ECAA’s Vice President for the term 2009/2011.

Chris will be very much missed, not only by the members of Pilgrim Archers, but archers from many Essex clubs.

We send our most sincere condolences to Janet and the family.

Iris Major

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.