Tournament Results 1976

The 268th Recorded Meeting in the 304th year of
The Society of Archers
was held at Adel, Leeds, Yorkshire
on the 29th day of May 1976

The Clerks Report

Gentlemen of the Society of Archers were met, at Adel, to compete for the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow and other Trophies on May 29th 1976.

Shooting, in very adverse weather throughout, began at ten minutes to eleven. The first item of note: the piercing of the Red – by several Gentlemen’s arrows. Paul Sugden’s (of Firth Archers) being adjudged the best – he was proclaimed to be Lieutenant Designate.

Shooting continued until the second item of note, the Inner Gold was pierced by the eleventh arrow of Bob Bayston (Burton Constable Company of Bowmen) who thus became Captain of the Arrow for the ensuing year.

Luncheon was taken at one o’clock, followed immediately by the Annual Meeting (the Minutes appear below). Shooting resumed, late, in the continuing heavy rainfall – but was drawn to a premature close at four o’clock by the Captain, Mr D Aitkin. After Tea the Prize giving by the Captain’s Lady concluded the proceedings for this year.


The Scorton Trophies
Captain of the ArrowW R Bayston
Lieutenant of the ArrowP Sugden
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteH M Gray
Medal for most Hits, LongbowE Cervi
Highest Score, LongbowE Cervi
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreE Cervi
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsC R Abbott
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldR B Barnsdale
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersE Cervi & D Goodfellow
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScoreE Cervi
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingR Barnsdale
The Sweepstakes
Best GoldR Barnsdale
Second BestC R Abbott
Third BestBill Bayston
Most GoldsE Cervi & D Goodfellow
Second MostMajor R Crees
Third MostC R Abbott & G Barstow


Entered but did not shoot: Messrs J Flinton, E R G Harris, P Ramage and T White

Minutes of the 1976 Meeting

The 268th Recorded Meeting. in the 304th year of The Society of Archers, at Adel Memorial Hall on May 29th 1976 was opened by the Captain Mr David Aikin. who proposed the Loyal Toast.

Toasts to: the Arrow; the Captain – and Lieutenant designate then followed.

Apologies: for absence from Messrs: A and D Holt; and E Robinson; accompanied by their best wishes for the day, were received.

The Minutes of the 267th Meeting were read by the Lieutenant Mr F Lister, and after correction to the `venue` were signed as a true record.

Matters Arising: The Clerk reported upon the Stock (itemised below) and upon the difficulties attending the approaches for Royal recognition of the Society (and permission was given for the continuation of the pursuit of that goal): Past Captain Mr A Wales proposed a vote of thanks to the Clerk, and these were duly accorded by all present.

Correspondence: regarding the continued use, and the retention of, the sixpenny piece was noted.

Any Other Business: A message of congratulations for dispatch to the President of the United States of America upon the occasion of their Bicentenery was approved; it was agreed that “notes for the Guidance of Competitors” shall accompany the Notice of Meetings; in answer to a question from the floor, announcement of Burton Constable Hall as the next Venue (subject to the owner’s consent) brought a request for an approach road – map, noted by the Captain designate:

The Clerk’s Stock and Accounts reports (below) were noted and accepted:

The matter of the current national “Sex equality” policy – and any possible effect upon Scorton Arrow Meeting was raised and discussed – any question of Lady competitors was firmly dismissed.

The Meeting concluded with the expression of real appreciation: to the scorers, particularly after such weather conditions (let their longanimity be remembered): and, to the retiring Captain for both the excellent meal and his arrangements for the shooting and the Meeting.

Accounts: –
Previous balance (now at the National Westminster bank – York) £21.46
Due to the Clerk (for Scorton Books by Ben Hird) minus £10.00
Balance carried forward £11.46

Stock: –
200 sheets of hand made paper (for future records) valued at £50.00
The prize table cloth valued at £25.00
The Society’s flag valued at £20.00
Three-tercentenary meeting badges Valued at ( £1.32 each) £3.96

The Meeting closed at two-fifty p.m.

The Antient Silver Arrow