Tournament Results 1967

The 259th Recorded Meeting in the 295th year of
The Society of Archers
held at Adel, Yorkshire
on Saturday the 5th day of August 1967

Adel 5th August 1967

It is hereby recorded that on the fifth day of August, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty Seven, was held the 259th meeting in the 295th recorded year. Thirty seven archers assembled at the ground of the Bowmen of Adel, Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, to compete for the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow and other prizes.

Pursuant to custom lots were drawn for targets and order of shooting.

It is regretfully recorded, that due to the Lieutenant being delayed on his way, it was not possible to start the meeting in the traditional manner with the sounding of the Bugle and shooting commenced at 11.0am in cloudy, though fine weather, with a strong wind blowing across Butts.

The first item of note was that with his first arrow, Mr W G Pearson made a hit in the Red, thus becoming Lieutenant and holder of the Silver Bugle.

The second item of note was that with his second arrow at the first end Mr A E Kiddy did pierce the Gold, thus becoming winner of the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow and Captain for the ensuing year.

Shooting for the other Trophies continued for two hours, when the Company adjourned to the Memorial Hall for lunch.

Be it noted that at the conclusion of the lunch, the Captain proposed the Loyal Toast, Mr Jack Flinton proposed a toast to the Society. The Captain proposed a toast to the Captain Designate and wished him success during his year of Office, Mr Kiddy replied suitably.

Be it remembered that the minutes of the last meeting were read, agreed and duly signed by the Captain.

Apologies for absence were received from Mr S S Henderson.

Be it remembered that Ben Hird, winner of the Silver Arrow in 1900, shot at this meeting, also present was John Yates, winner in 1929, 1938 and 1953.

The Captain also reported to the Company that he had sent the Silver Arrow to the Assay Master at Birmingham for examination, it was unanimously agreed that the report, signed by the Assay Master (Mr A H Westwood), which was read to the meeting should be with the minutes of this meeting.

It was also reported that it had been found necessary to increase the values of the Archives and Trophies for insurance purposes, but the amounts were still unrealistic. It was therefore each and every members duty to carefully preserve these Most Antient Records and Trophies, which are irreplaceable. Mr E R G Harris proposed that it be recorded that last year, the Thirsk Bowmen’s silver medal for the best gold was awarded to the wrong archer. Whilst there was no complaint from Mr Wales, who won the Scorton Best Gold, it was respectfully pointed out that he is a Yorkshireman and should have received the Thirsk Trophy. The matter was raised to clarify the rules and save mis-interpretation in the future.

Be it remembered that sincere votes of thanks were accorded to Jack Flinton, Judge of the meeting, and all those who had made the meeting successful.

Shooting continued in bright sunshine for a further two hours, though the wind continued fitful and difficult to master.

Be it recorded that £1-9-6 was collected from Archers who were fined for using oaths during the meeting. The monies being paid over to the Parish of Adel for the benefit of the poor.

Be it also recorded that at the conclusion of the meeting, the Prizes were graciously presented by Miss J I Frost, the Captain’s Lady, to whom a hearty vote of thanks was accorded by the whole company.


The Scorton Trophies
Captain of the ArrowA E Kiddy
Lieutenant of the ArrowW G Pearson
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteH B D Todd
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreA E Kiddy
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsB K Oxtoby
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldJ C Wiberg
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersB K Oxtoby
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScoreA E Kiddy
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingJ C Wiberg
Competition JudgeJ Flinton


The Antient Silver Arrow