The Red Tassel Award was instigated in 1955 to recognise sustained effort over a prolonged period of service to the Essex County Archery Association by reason of enthusiasm, commitment and practical work, making a substantial contribution to archery in the interests of the County. This award should be most sparingly presented in order to enhance its value and prestige.
Recommendations for such an award can only be made by a holder of the Red Tassel and sanctioned by the existing holders of the Award.
Since that time, thirty-eight Red Tassel Awards have been awarded, the latest at the Annual General Meeting of 17th February 2018 to Alex Purser and Mitch Vaughan who, it was unanimously agreed, fulfilled the criteria with their sustained support of the County.
The trophy on the right is the Victor Ludorum Trophy which is awarded each year to the Essex and Suffolk archer who has been most consistent at the County Shoots
However this was not awarded again this year.
To win it you need to shoot at the Indoor Championship, one of the Clouts (AGB and Metric), the Target Championships (York, Hereford, Bristols), the WA1440 Championships and the Field Championships - but you have to be in it to win it.
Entry Forms are out for the Indoor (Chelmsford 10/11 March) and the AGB Clout (Woodford 22nd April) so if you want to be considered then make sure your entries are in.
Also Alex does not want it in his loft again!
The one on the Left is the Junior Millennium Trophy for the Junior shooting all the County disciplines and this year it was awarded to Aimee Davis
Vince had been actively involved in archery for over 50 years and many of our current senior archers would have much to thank Vince for in their early days.
Vince had always been very heavily involved with the juniors in Essex having organised both the Havering Youth Games and the London Youth Games for many years. Vince was also the Havering team manager at the London Youth Games having first got involved at their inception 40 years ago and has not missed a single Games since.
I know that Vince has many friends in archery both in Essex and much farther afield. He will be sorely missed by all of his friends. And my deepest condolences go to his son Russell who has not only lost a father but also a friend.
As soon as funeral details are known I will ensure that everyone is made aware.