Tournament Results 2019

The 311th Recorded Meeting in the 347th year of The Society of Archers
was held atPhoenix Sports & Social Club, Rotherham
on Saturday 18th May 2019

The Clerks Report

The 18th day of May 2019 saw gentlemen gather at the Phoenix Sports Club in Rotherham for the 311th Recorded meeting of the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow Tournament. 86 gentlemen shot with 68 carrying the longbow.

Lieutenant Dale Message sounded the bugle to bring the gentleman to order. The Captain, Martin Middleton welcomed everyone to the shoot, advising The Arrow had been returned and was available to be shot for and the Clerk reminded the gentleman of their responsibilities.

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 Stewart Atkinson of the host club Chantry, thus becoming Lieutenant elect. A few ends later the coveted black spot was hit by longbowman Gordon Marshall thus becoming Captain elect. Warm congratulations flowed from all gentleman as many took a sigh of relief! Shooting continued for the allotted 2 hours, the gentlemen in jovial mood fuelled by the plentiful flow of alcohol.

An excellent luncheon was taken followed by the usual quick and 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 guest, local longbow archer Rosie Elliott, 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, Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Judges: Mr Sean Gleeson & Mr Richard Ford

The Scorton group of Trophies
Captain of the ArrowGordon Marshall
Lieutenant of the ArrowStewart Atkinson
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteJohn Wilkinson
The Scorton Longbow Group of Trophies
The Ben Hird Sword for most Hits, LongbowHamish Freeman
The Alain Holt Ladle for Highest Score, LongbowMartin Jordan
The North Ribblesdale Spoon
for Best Longbow Arrow at the 1st end after lunch
Tony Jones
The Tri-Centenial Trophy for most Golds,LongbowMark Hayes
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen – born within the County
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreTom Fewz
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsPeter Brook
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldChris Battersby
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersTom Fewz
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScorePaul Clapham
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingChris Battersby
The Sweepstakes
Best GoldChris Battersby
Second BestIan Harris
Third BestSteve Clarke
Most GoldsTom Fewz
Second MostPeter Brook
Third MostAllan Barber, Chris Battersby & Paul Clapham
Proceeds of the Swear Bag£123.39


We also had the pleasure of the company of :
Matthew Coxall (R), Neil Dimmock (L), Julian Crump (L) & Noel Lawrence (R)

Minutes of the 311th Meeting – 18th May 2019

The Captain Martin Middleton, 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, Dale Message, read the minutes of the 310th meeting. These were accepted as a true record, with the Captain duly signing the Record Book.

Apologies for absence were received beforehand from S Perry, D Wilcock, G Tune and T West, K Richards and L Grant.

The following matters were discussed:

• Her Majesty, The Queen had been sent the White Rose and Loyal Message, but to date no reply has yet been received.
• The accounts for The Society presented. The current funds stand at £4,607.82, which is slightly down on the error corrected figure of £4,645.94, from 2018.
• The Clerk outlined the problems he was still experiencing obtaining administrator access to the Society website, to enable updating, but that he was optimistic this would be resolved in the next few months.
• The Clerk pointed out that an error existed in the accounts as presented, and that they should show a balance of £4645.94, which is £30 greater than shown.
• Questions were asked about any financial policy the Society may have relating to levels of funds held. The Clerk explained there was no formal financial policy. The Society pays for the cost of the Calligraphy in the Record Book and the cost of insurance for the day, and that the proceeds of the 2 raffles held over recent years, has covered these costs with a slight surplus resulting.
• The Clerk reported he had not received any correspondence relevant to the meeting.
• He did ask if the Gentlemen present thought the present shooting start time of 10:30am was still appropriate. Everyone agreed 10:30 was still acceptable.
• Nobody present responded to being asked if they had any urgent matters they wished to be discussed.
• The Captain, Martin Middleton asked for approval to present the contents of the “Swear Bag” to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 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.

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


The Antient Silver Arrow