Frank Southwood ~ 26th Feb 1932 - 8th April 2011

Frank sadly passed away on April 8th 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident on Monday April 4th.

Frank joined Holdens Archers in 1994, five years after “Hutton Bowman”, his first club disbanded. During his absence from Archery he was diagnosed and successfully operated on for the removal of a brain tumour.

He very soon established himself as a valued member of Holdens Archers becoming a qualified Archery leader and Level One coach.

His passion was the Longbow and he joined “The Longbow Society and entered many of their tournaments around the country and also organised Holdens team in the postal Longbow League and still holds several Club Longbow records.

With the Recurve bow Frank was also successful becoming Club Gents Champion in 1999 and 2000 shooting the York round at the Club Championship. Also a leading member of the Albion League Team, usually scoring in the upper seven hundreds, he often top scored in Indoor Postal League.

Frank held the role of “Press and Publicity Officer” from 1996 to 2007, thereby raising the profile of Archery in our area. Reporting to all local clubs advising of club events and individual successes of which there were many. A scrapbook was also logged and kept up to date by him, containing cuttings from various reports.

A devoted family man married to Nancy for forty seven years, he leaves a son James and two daughters Lisa and Jacqui and 6 grandchildren, Becky, Kate, Anna, Lizzie, Zak and Jamie. He was proud of his family, home and garden.

Frank will be sadly missed by all who knew him he was a great character.


Louis Gladwell (Club Chairman Holdens Archers).