Tournament Results 2018

The 310th Recorded Meeting in the 346th year of The Society of Archers
was held at Harrogate RYFC, Rudding Lane, Harrogate
on Saturday 19th May 2018

The Clerks Report

The 19th day of May 2018 saw gentlemen gather at Harrogate Rugby Club for the 310th Recorded meeting of the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow Tournament. 88 gentlemen shot with 70 carrying the longbow. The day dawned bight sunny and hot with a little breeze.

Lieutenant Peter Rogers sounded the bugle to bring the gentleman to order. The Captain, David McLaren welcomed everyone to the shoot, advising The Arrow had been returned and was available to be shot for.

Shooting got underway at 10.30am prompt with the Captain and Lieutenant taking aim. At the first end no black spot was hit but the best red went to Dale Message of Lancashire, thus becoming Lieutenant elect. On the second end Yorkshire Judge, Martin Middleton hit the black spot with his longbow becoming Captain elect. Warm congratulations flowed from all gentleman as many took a sigh of relief! Shooting continued for the allotted 2 hours in glorious sunny conditions helped by the jovial mood of the gentlemen coupled with the plentiful flow of alcohol.

An excellent luncheon was taken followed by a quick but efficient annual meeting.

With the meeting concluded shooting continued for a further 2 hours with the Judges overseeing the usual good humoured banter between archers.

Afternoon tea was taken followed by the Captain’s Lady presenting the Trophies to the deserving winners. The presentations were concluded with the gifts to the Lady Scorers, and the usual bottles to the two judges.

The meeting was rounded off by the retiring Captain passing his thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the day.

The proceeds of the swear bag and other donations went to the Captain’s chosen charity, The Royal British Legion, with £200 getting passed on.

Judges: Mr Sean Gleeson & Mr Allan Shuker

The Scorton group of Trophies
Captain of the ArrowMartin Middleton
Lieutenant of the ArrowDale Message
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteStewart Atkinson
The Scorton Longbow Group of Trophies
The Ben Hird Sword for most Hits, LongbowDale Message
The Alain Holt Ladle for Highest Score, LongbowMartin Jordan
The North Ribblesdale Spoon
for Best Longbow Arrow at the 1st end after lunch
Craig Benson
The Tri-Centenial Trophy for most Golds,LongbowAdrian Hayes
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen – born within the County
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreGareth Pearson
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsPeter Brook
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldKevin Ward
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersGareth Pearson
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScorePeter Brook
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingPaul Clapham
The Sweepstakes
Best GoldGareth Pearson
Second BestKevin Ward
Third BestMartin Leonard
Most GoldsGareth Pearson
Second MostPaul Clapham
Third MostPeter Brook
Proceeds of the Swear Bag£95.50


We also had the pleasure of the company of:
Dave McLaren (L)(Captain retired to assist) & Noel Lawrence (L)

Minutes of the 310th Meeting – 19th May 2018

The Captain David McLaren, asked those present to be up standing for the Loyal Toast. Gentlemen archers, who had shot the bow with the Captain in the morning, were asked to remain standing whilst guests retired from the room.

The Captain then proposed the toasts to The Society and The Arrow, The Captain and Lieutenant Elect and absent friends.

The Lieutenant, Peter Rogers, read the minutes of the 309th meeting. These were accepted as a true record, with the Captain duly signing the Record Book.

Apologies for absence were received from M Leach, M Winsett and G Rhodes before the meeting. There were apologies called out for a 9 further Gentlemen not present.

The Clerk had received an email from a previous entrant pointing out he had not received the usual invite to this years Meeting. It was identified he had not attended the 2017 Meeting and as such was not recorded in the list passed from Captain to Captain elect. The Clerk explained that the website had not been updated for 2017 or with the 2018 Entry details. He hoped to resolve the issue for the 2019 Meeting.

The following matters were discussed:

• Her Majesty, The Queen had been sent the White Rose and Loyal Message and a telephone call has been received from Her Majesty’s Private Secretary
• The Clerk presented the accounts for The Society, pointing out that an error existed in the accounts as shown, and that they should show a balance of £4,645.94, not £4,615.94. the balance is slightly down on 2017, due mainly to the purchase during the year of additional Captain and Lieutenant Brooches.
• The Final Proposal with regard to Article 23 and the distribution of the “Swear Bag” proceeds had been issued with the Notice of this Meeting, after receiving approval “in principle” at the 2017 Meeting. There were no further comments regarding the Proposal, and upon a show of hands, the Proposal received unanimous support. The change will now be incorporated into the Articles.
• The Captain, David McLaren asked for approval to present the contents of the “Swear Bag” to the Royal British Legion. This was unanimously approved by the Gentlemen present.
• The Captain elect and Lieutenant elect, were then presented with their Captain and Lieutenant brooches, by the Captain.
• Mark Hayes stood to express his thanks to the Captain for the provision of an excellent venue and wonderful catering.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 14.20.


The Antient Silver Arrow