Tournament Results 1969

The 261st Recorded Meeting in the 297th year of
The Society of Archers
held at Abbeydale, Yorkshire
on Saturday the 5th day of July 1969

Abbeydale 5th July 1969

Saturday 5 July 1969, fortysix Gentlemen Archers assembled to compete for the Antient Silver Arrow and other Trophies.

Pursuant to custom Mr Albert Kiddy, the Lieutenant, blew a note on the Silver horn to begin the competition. The first item of note when the Lieutenants prize was won by Mr Tony F Hampson with his second arrow at the first end.

The second item of note was the winning of the Captain’s prize by Mr D Aiken who was first to pierce the inner gold at the third end.

At 1pm the Archers went to the pavilion for lunch after which the annual general meeting took place.

Mr A Kiddy proposed the loyal toast. Mr D Theaker (retiring captain) proposed a toast to the new captain.

Mr A Kiddy (retiring lieutenant) proposed a toast to the new lieutenant.

Mr A Kiddy read the minutes of the last meeting.

The following proposals regarding the Tercentenary year were put forward by the Society of Past Captains:-

i That the Tercentenary Year be held in 1973.

ii That Mr R Crees should be approached to prepare an application for Royal Recognition in the T.C. Year.

iii That a group photograph be taken of all competing archers at the T.C. year.

iv That there shall be a re-enactment of the inaugural shoot of 1673 in period dress, using longbows. This to be in the form of a tableau.

v That souvenir brooches and programmes be given to all archers competing in the T.C. year.

vi That subject to the agreement of the Captain for that year, it was recommended that the T.C. Celebrations should be held at Scorton on the nearest Saturday to the 14th of May.

vii That suitable dress should be worn by all archers.

viii That entry lists be closed two months before the meeting.

ix The Captain to arrange for TV and Press cover.

x That invitations be sent to representative bodies to attend as guests.

xi It was reported that the amount collected at the last meeting was £37 which was invested in Premium Bonds in the names of S S Henderson and F Newbould. The receipts are held by S Smith.

xii That Mr Jack Flinton should be asked to join the Society of Captains.

C H R Batty questioned the date of the T.C. Year and suggested that it should more accurately fall in 1972 and not 1973 as this would then be the 301st recorded meeting, and proposed that this should be put to the vote. Seconded by T Musgrove.

S S Henderson proposed that the T.C. Year should be held in 1973. Seconded by H B D Todd.

The vote was carried overwhelmingly, by 34 against 12, to hold the T.C. Year in 1972.

The proposition that the entry lists be closed two months before the T.C. Meeting was defeated.

It was agreed to defer consideration of the tableau proposal until next year.

Money collected for oaths and handed over to the Vicar of St John’s of Totley for the poor of the parish totalled 13 shillings.

On the proposal of Mr F Newbould, seconded by Mr E R G Harris, the remaining proposals were adopted.

Mr N Wales proposed a vote of thanks to the outgoing captain Mr D Theaker.

Mr D Theaker thanked the archers present for helping to make this meeting so enjoyable.


The Scorton Trophies
Captain of the ArrowD Aikin
Lieutenant of the ArrowJ T Hampson
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteL Hirst
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreT Dobbs
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsJ Seddon
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldD Aikin
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersT Dobbs
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScoreR Peverley
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingD Aikin
Competition JudgeS S Henderson of Adel


Prizes were presented by the Captain’s lady Mrs D Theaker. Mr B Sawford-Hanger kindly acted as Recorder, Scorers:- Mrs B Sawford-Hanger, Misses M E and G Pilling, Mrs J Clark, Mrs J Kiddy.
Judge :- S S Henderson of Adel. The weather was overcast with a slight cross wind.

The Antient Silver Arrow