Oakfield York Round - 2012

THIS WAS THE SIXTH OAKFIELD ARCHERS ANNUAL FUN LONGBOW YORK ROUND.    THIS YEAR THERE WERE TEN STALWARTS  PARTICIPATING.  AGAIN AN INCREASE IN NUMBERS ON LAST YEAR..  THE SHOOT TOOK PLACE AT  THE OAKFIELD ARCHERS GROUNDS ON THE FAIRLOP PLAIN ON WEDNESDAY THE SIXTH OF JUNE..  IN AN EFFORT TO ESTABLISH A TRADITION  I  READ  KING HENRY V"s  ST CRISPIN DAY ADDRESS BEFORE  AGINCOURT AS A REMINDER OF THE HISTORY OF THE LONG BOW.  WITH EVEN MORE RAIN THAN LAST YEAR WE WERE AGAIN FORTUNATE TO REMAIN DRY MOST OF THE TIME.    THE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE AGAIN TAKEN IN POOR CONDITIONS,  THERE WAS CLOUD COVER FOR MOST OF THE SHOOT.  PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE TARGETS WERE AGAIN TAKEN AT THE 100 YARD DISTANCE.

EVERYONE  HIT THE TARGET AT 100 YARDS.  SOME MUCH MORE THAN OTHERS.    THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT  CROSS WIND.  

THE WINDING OF THE HORN AT 10 AM BEGAN THE SHOOT.   THE HORN THIS YEAR WAS MORE REALISTIC HAVING TO BE BLOWN LIKE A TRUMPET.  THE BEGINNING AND COMPLETION OF EACH END WAS SIGNALLED BY THE BLOWING OF THE HORN. AGAIN 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 WELL BEFORE MIDDAY,  AS DESPITE THE LONG GRASS THERE WAS VERY LITTLE SEARCHING FOR LOST ARROWS.  IN  THE LUNCH  HOURS BREAK  AN IMPROMPTU BAR WAS SET UP.  BOTTLES  OF LIQUEURS WERE PLACED ON A CHAIR AROUND WHICH WE ALL SAT. THERE WERE NUMEROUS SMALL PEWTER POTS, GOBLETS AND SHOT GLASSES FOR EVERYONE TO TRY A LITTLE OF WHAT THEY FANCIED.  PETER CALLED OUT A TOAST TO THE QUEEN AS WAS FITTING AT HER SIXTIETH JUBILEE.  HE ALSO PASSED AROUND SAUSAGE ROLLS AND MICK OFFERED EVERYONE SCONES WITH JAM AND CLOTTED CREAM. 

THE EIGHTY YARD DISTANCE FOUR DOZEN ARROWS SEEMED TO FLY BY AND WE HAD A SHORT EARLY TEA BREAK.

THEN THE LAST TWO DOZEN ARROWS AT SIXTY YARDS HAD US FINISH THE CONTEST WELL BEFORE 14.00 HOURS.  THERE HAD BEEN NO MORE HEAVY SHOWERS AND  IT WAS WARM.

THE HORN BLOWER WAS GIVEN THREE CHEERS.  THIS YEARS RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS  : -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SCORE                 HITS                      GOLDS                

                MAX ROOM                                                        278                         63                           8

                STEVE  SPRAGG                                                  246                         67                           3

                MICK WOLLASTON                                          235                         64                           5

                CHARLIE  BARNES                                            225                         58                           2

                TERRY  RIDDICK                                                206                         58                           3

                TOM  MAJOR                                                      199                         47                           5

                IAN  CRABBE                                                      173                         34                           6

                HARRY  GROVE                                                  146                         51                           3

                PETER  EVANS                                                    130                        29                           3

                GARY  STAPLETON                                          108                         33                           1

 

MAX  AGAIN  WAS DECLARED THE CHAMPION OF THE DAY FOR THE FOURTH YEAR RUNNING. AGAIN  HE RECEIVED BACK THE  INSCRIBED  TROPHY TOGETHER WITH A COMMEMORATIVE SCROLL  AND A GOBLET TO KEEP.   THE SECOND , THIRD  AND  FOURTH  RUNNERS UP RECEIVED  GOBLETS AND A SMALL WOODEN CHEST AS THEIR PRIZES AS THERE HAD BEEN NO WOMEN PARTICIPANTS. THE ORGANISER WAS PRESENTED  WITH A BOTTLE OF WINE, BY TOM;  WHICH WAS GRATEFULLY RECEIVED.

THE “FUN” YORK ROUND WAS ENJOYED BY ALL  ; IN THIS ITS SIXTH  YEAR :

 

Shoot  Organiser  Ian Crabbe   MB BS  DRCOG   FRCGP

 

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SHOOT