The forecast was good, dry but cloudy, 8.00 a.m. Bank Holiday Monday started bright, but the clouds were building. 55 archers lined up to contest for the medals and trophies of the 27th Hatfield Memorial Shoot.
Old faces, but some new young faces were on the shooting line, drawn perhaps with the recent sporting events of the Beijing Olympics, which had been the best for over a hundred years, (roll on 2012).
The work party tolled in the early morning to have all 16 targets set up for a 9.15 start. The morning American and Hatfield rounds seem to fly past as did the clouds, and by lunch time the blue sky had disappeared and the winds blew across the green grass of the shooting area.
In the morning Neil Smith (West Essex) put in a claim for an American round shot this season (to be checked and sent in). With this in mind the scores looked to be good for the rest of the day.
An unrehearsed quote came at the final distance on the longbow targets with all 6 longbow archers standing ready to shoot, this was said to them “True men of England stand ready to fight the French atAgincourt”.
The afternoon session finished at about 5.15 and once all the targets etc were put away the assembled group moved up to the club house for the raffle and prize giving.
The main reason for the Memorial shoot came at the end of the day when a cheque for £330 was handed to Bill Plummer MBE (Chairman of the Local Leukaemia Research Fund) by Roy Collins (Holdens Archers Chairman) Bill in reply to this thanked the assembled archers and friends for the donation and hope this would continue to find a cure for Leukaemia, and in closing hoping to see you all next year.
Alan Goodsman Holdens Archers Secretary.