It is with regret that I have to inform you that the above club ceased to exist as from 30th September 2018 and is now closed.
We have survived for a number of years with just two remaining members but decided from this new archery year to fully merge with Rayleigh Town Archery Club who have kindly provided us with indoor and outdoor facilities over these years.
For those of you who are unaware between the 14th and the 18th August this year World Archery held the first Masters world championships in Lausanne Switzerland. There were age categories from 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and above, with the 50 -59 being the offical World masters age catagony. Archers from all over the world attended this very popular “first of its kind competition” just for Archery.
As Wendie King from Mayflower Archers says:-
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend, with my husband Tony as coach! and it was, without doubt, the best competition I have ever entered. The friendliness of the competitors, the standard of shooting, some archers having represented their countries in the Olympics in their younger days! others having never competed before hand the professionalism of the team organising and judging the event was extraordinary.
I would encourage any archer of any standard ( and of a certain age) to experience a World masters event if they are lucky enough to get the opportunity!! I would like to thank every archer that I met over the few days for their sportsmanship, kindness and generosity.
Once again Daisy Clark steps out of the airport and takes a breath of air.
Yeah she’s here, Cortina, in the northern Italian mountains and this time she means business.
She is shooting for the GB field team in the world field archery championships, and will have to shoot 24 targets on an unmarked course and 24 on a marked course.
Then they shoot against each other in rounds where one person of the pair is knocked out until you have the final four.
Daisy shot her seasons best of 395 out of 432 on the unmarked course; shot well on the marked course despite the bad weather and qualified in 12th position.
She had a bye in the first round, came into play in the second round and won her match but unfortunately lost in the third round. They did have the fun of a massive dog stopping play as it ran free from its owner. Her dreams of making it to the final fell short. But now she could cheer on her mates and enjoy being in another country.
People will be saddened to learn that one of our former members, Edie Brown has died. George and Edie joined us, together with Albert Fenton and Joan towards the end of the 70’s and always took an active part in our doings. George was 90 this year and Edie was 88. Always gregarious, Edie would talk to anybody and everybody knew Edie, wherever you happened to be.
A group of us went out for the day in a bunch down to Tom Foy’s Archery Shop at Hawkhurst in Kent to get their first set of equipment, which is when we got the first “Tom Foy Trophy”. Happy days and I’m sure there will have been a meal somewhere just to round things off.
I picked this picture, taken on a visit to a miniature railway, from Facebook because of the label on the carriage where Edie and George are standing seemed very apposite. Edie was a lady in every sense of the word and will be very much missed by all who knew her. When we have the details of when and where Edie’s service will be I’ll let people know. Michael Bell Bowmen of Ardleigh
Edie's funeral service will be at the South East Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Road, Upminster on Tuesday 28th August, 2018 at 2.40pm. Edie loved flowers but if you'd prefer to donate to a charity then her favourite one is the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Either would be equally acceptable. If you are sending flowers these should go directly to West & Co. at Dagenham, not to the house.