Tournament Results 2021

The 312th Recorded Meeting in the 347th year of The Society of Archers
was held at Harrogate Rugby Club
on Saturday 31st July 2021

The Clerks Report

The 31st day of July 2021 saw gentlemen gather at Harrogate Rugby Club for the 312th Recorded meeting of the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow Tournament. 72 gentlemen shot with 64 carrying the longbow.

Lieutenant Stewart Atkinson sounded the bugle to bring the gentleman to order. The Captain, Gordon Marshall welcomed everyone to the shoot following the difficult times with the Covid pandemic, and the cancellation of the 2020 shoot. The Clerk advised the Arrow had been returned and was available to be shot for, reminding the gentleman of their responsibilities.

Shooting got underway at 10.30am prompt with the Captain and Lieutenant taking aim. At the first end very, few arrows hit the target and no reds or golds were recorded. The following end saw Tom Fewz, past captain and lieutenant, just beat Chris Battersby, himself a past captain, to the Best Red to become Lieutenant Elect.

Shooting continued throughout the morning and shortly before the lunch break Tom Fewz became Captain Elect in shooting the first black spot, thus meaning Chris Battersby was promoted to Lieutenant Elect. Warm congratulations were given to both.

The lunch break was soon upon us with an excellent luncheon 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 lady, Carole, presenting the Trophies to the deserving winners. The presentations were concluded with the gifts to the Lady Scorers, and the usual bottles and glassware 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, MIND. A total donation of £321.50 was made.

Judges: Mr Sean Gleeson & Mr Allan Shuker

The Scorton group of Trophies
Captain of the ArrowTom Fewz
Lieutenant of the ArrowChris Battersby
The Horn Spoon for Worst WhiteRichard Allan
The Scorton Longbow Group of Trophies
The Ben Hird Sword for most Hits, LongbowMartin Jordan
The Alain Holt Ladle for Highest Score, LongbowHamish Freeman
The North Ribblesdale Spoon
for Best Longbow Arrow at the 1st end after lunch
Gordon Marshall
The Tri-Centenial Trophy for most Golds,LongbowMartin Leonard
The Thirsk Insignia for Yorkshiremen – born within the County
The Silver Arrow & Gold Quiver, for Highest ScoreTom Fewz
The Thirsk Bugle for most HitsMark Hayes
The Thirsk Silver Medal for Best GoldRichard Nuttall
The Subscription Trophies
The Gold Medal for the Captain of NumbersTom Fewz
The Gold Medal for the Highest ScoreMark Hayes
The Phillips Cup for the Best Gold of the MeetingRichard Nuttall
The Sweepstakes
Best GoldTom Fewz
Second BestRichard Nuttall
Third BestJohn Greenwood
Most GoldsChris Battersby
Second MostMark Hayes
Third MostMartin Leonard & Richard Allan
Proceeds of the Swear Bag£80.40


We also had the pleasure of the company of:
Clive Morley (L), John Nuttall (L) & John Wilkinson (L)

Minutes of the 312th Meeting – 21st July 2021

The Captain Gordon Marshall, 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, Stewart Atkinson, read the minutes of the 311th meeting. These were accepted as a true record, with the Captain duly signing the Record Book.

Apologies for absence were received beforehand from Peter Brook, Andy Taylor, Marc Grady, Malcolm Grady, John Raby, Ian Harris, Andy Wilkinson, Colin Hepworth, Paul Hepworth, Danny Cameron, George Brown, Nigel Collins, Geoff Rhodes, Stuart Gemmell, Julian Crump, Dave Phillips, Martin Dixon & Ron Batey.

The following matters were discussed:

  • Her Majesty, The Queen had been sent the usual Loyal Message, but regret due to Covid Interflora where unable to arrange delivery of a Single White Rose. To date no reply has yet been received.
  • The Clerk announced that he now has access to the website and although not fully updated the main parts are. Broken links will be investigated over the next year.
  • There has been a number of general email contacts to both the Captain and Clerk. These have been dealt with appropriately, none of which affect this meeting.
  • The accounts for The Society presented. The current funds stand at £4,869.75
    • The Clerk reported that he had just purchased a further 5 silver bands for the Lieutenant’s Bugle at a cost of £174.
  • Nobody present responded to being asked if they had any urgent matters they wished to be discussed.
  • The Captain, Gordon Marshall asked for approval to present the contents of the “Swear Bag” to his chosen charity MIND. 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 14.35


The Antient Silver Arrow