The 'Lynne Burton Trophy'


After the ECAA AGM, Tom and I wrote to Lynne’s parents advising them that Lynne had been posthumously awarded the ECAA “Thelma Davison” Salver.  In response, they sent us the following letter which, in view of the sentiments expressed, we would like to share with members of the Association.  We would just like to add that Sheila and David Wiltshire were very instrumental in Lynne’s early archery tuition when we introduced her to the HDSA Club.


“Dear Iris and Tom,


It was with great pleasure that we heard that Lynne had been posthumously awarded the Thelma Davison Salver.


As you are aware archery was one of the most important things in Lynne’s life.  She met so many wonderful people and it gave her an opportunity to compete against able-bodied archers without her disability affecting her performance.  Archery also gave her the pleasure of teaching others - Lynne was always happier helping people; she hated to be on the “receiving end” of things - she wished to be the one doing the giving.


Hopefully we will soon get down to Essex to present you with the Lynne Burton trophy.  If possible we will also travel to Chelmsford on 19th July to be with you at the ECAA FITA Championships.  Lynne tried to encourage and support all young archers who wished to progress as far as possible in their sport; but above all she wanted them to enjoy themselves.


Despite her complex problems Lynne enjoyed the many challenges of her life and lived it to the full.


May we thank you for giving Lynne the opportunity to add a new dimension to her life when you personally took her along to her first archery session.  We’re sure you never dreamed how life changing this would be!


Thanks to all the archers in Essex and across the country who gave so much to Lynne.”


Jen and Ralph Burton visited us yesterday, and brought their “Lynne Burton” trophy for us to present on their behalf at the ECAA Council Meeting on 3rd March.  A point of interest; the silver date on this rose bowl is 1908 - 101 years old this year.



The “Lynne Burton” trophy (see criteria below)




Jen and Ralph Burton photographed outside St. James Church, Chipping Campden after the service celebrating Lynne’s life.                                                            




This trophy is to be awarded annually to the Lady Recurve archer (senior or junior) with the highest score in the Essex County Archery Association’s Ladies FITA Championships, who has never before achieved first place in a Ladies Open FITA, Record Status FITA or FITA Star competition at any venue within or outside Essex.


Should a lady (or junior lady), who is eligible on the day of the Essex County Archery Association’s Championship, win the ECAA’s Ladies FITA Championship, she would still be eligible to be awarded the “Lynne Burton” trophy. 


The winner can be an archer either from Essex/Suffolk or a Visitor. However, if won by a visitor, the trophy should not be taken out of county and should remain in the custody of the ECAA.


Note to clarify the award:

Once this trophy has been awarded to an archer, that person would no longer be eligible for this award.


To assist the ECAA FITA Organiser each year in identifying those ladies who might qualify, perhaps an additional column could appear on the entry form where the archers can indicate that they are eligible. Mr. & Mrs. Burton appreciate that such a disclosure will be based on trust.


Iris and Tom Major 27/02/2009