Oakfield Archers York - 2011

THIS WAS THE FIFTH OAKFIELD ARCHERS ANNUAL FUN LONGBOW YORK ROUND.   THERE WERE EIGHT OF US THIS YEAR.  THE GREATEST NUMBER TO DATE; SHOT ON THE SUMMER SOLSTICE : 21ST JUNE AT OAKFIELD ARCHERS GROUNDS ON THE FAIRLOP PLAIN.  WE GATHERED AROUND MY BANNER AND ONCE MORE I READ  THE ST CRISPIN DAY ADDRESS AT AGINCOURT AS A REMINDER OF THE HISTORY OF THE WAR BOW AND TO SET THE RIGHT MOOD.  I  WAS PLEASED TO RAISE MY BANNER FOR THE FIRST TIME.  THIS WAS GRANTED TO ME BY THE COLLEGE OF ARMS LAST YEAR. IN THE ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPH  NOTE, THE OWL SUPPORTING IN ITS DEXTER CLAW A STRUNG LONGBOW IN GOLD ENTWINED WITH A GREEN SERPENT !

WITH ALL THE RAIN WE HAVE HAD WE WERE MOST FORTUNATE TO REMAIN DRY.   AS CAN BE SEEN FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHS,  THERE WAS CLOUD COVER FOR MOST OF THE SHOOT.  PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE TARGETS WERE TAKEN AT THE 100 YARD DISTANCE.

EVERYONE INCLUDING PETER HIT THE TARGET AT 100 YARDS.  PETER HAD NEVER SHOT A  LONGBOW AT THIS DISTANCE BEFORE  AND BORROWED MY REPLICA 15THCENTURY SIEGE BOW.    THERE WAS A SLIGHT CROSS WIND.  

THE WINDING OF THE HORN AT 10 AM BEGAN THE SHOOT.  EVERYONE’S  FIRST ARROW WAS SHOT AS A VOLLEY TO THE MEDIEVAL COMMAND OF “MARK” : “DRAW” “LOOSE.”

THE SIX DOZEN ARROWS AT 100 YARDS WERE COMPLETED BY MIDDAY.   THERE THEN FOLLOWED A LUNCH  BREAK FOR AN HOUR. THE POST PRANDIAL REFRESHMENTS PARTAKEN BY ALL WERE A MIXTURE OF LIQUEURS.   I CONTRIBUTED “THE BOAR HUNTER” A MEAD LIQUEUR FROM SUSSEX.  THIS GREATLY ADDED TO THE DAYS ENJOYMENT.  WE TOASTED TOM MAJOR IN HIS ABSENCE AS HIS PRESENCE WAS MISSED.

WE  FINISHED THIS  YEARS  FUN  YORK ROUND BY  TEA  TIME AND THE SUN SHONE.    

THE RESULTS WERE AS FOLLOWS  : -

                                                                           SCORE                 HITS                      GOLDS               

MAX ROOM                                                       301                         79                           3

BOB  RILEY                                                        276                         68                           8

TONY  MAHER                                                  273                         59                           1

STEVE  SPRAGG                                                258                         51                           1

MICK WOLLASTON                                         209                         64                           1

CHARLIE  BARNES                                          167                         45                           3

IAN  CRABBE                                                     129                         39                           2

PETER  EVANS                                                   50                          12                           1

MAX  AGAIN DEMONSTRATED HIS SUPERIOR SKILL.  HE IS  PICTURED ABOVE.  HE WAS DECLARED THE CHAMPION OF THE DAY FOR THE THIRD YEAR RUNNING : IN ADDITION TO WHICH HE WON THE COLOUR SWEEP STAKE.!  ONCE AGAIN  HE RECEIVED BACK THE  INSCRIBED  TROPHY TOGETHER WITH A COMMEMORATIVE SCROLL  AND A GOBLET.

THE “FUN” YORK ROUND ONCE AGAIN HAD  BEEN GREAT FUN IN THIS ITS FIFTH  YEAR :

Shoot  Organiser  Ian Crabbe   MB BS  DRCOG   FRCGP

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