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Congratulations to Richard Pilkington, who in the most recent Archery GB AGM, has been awarded the societies bronze plaquette for services to judging.

Richard, as many of the county will be aware has been a National judge for several years, but fewer will know the exemplarary work that he has done on the National Judging committee in recent years.

Now that the committee has been disbanded, Richard will still be part of the national working group for Judging, working on continued development for judges across the country.

On behalf of all of Essex and Suffolk, congratulations Richard on your well deserved honour.


Chairman - Essex and Suffolk County Association 

Red Tassel Awarded to Mitch and Alex

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 full list of Red Tassel Holders can be seen on the Red Tassel Page

Congratulations to both.

Marlene Hutchins
Life Vice President

This Trophy Needs a Home - Can you Help?

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 Gorham 1928 - 2018

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.  

Mick & Maggie Pearce

Imogen Newby is at it again - this time at the Junior Nationals.

This is two days of competiton for the Juniors where Imogen shoots in the Under 14 category and which also holds a Regional and Home Nations shoot.

Saturday had WA1440 and Metric rounds with Immy shooting the Metric IV with 3 dozen arrows at 40m, 30m 20m and 10m and she shot brilliantly!

Final score 1360, the UK Ladies U14 Recurve Champion, a new PB, National 10m Record, four County Records, Club Record…and she wasn't finished there.

England took the Home Nations win and then she picked up another medal as part of the victorious SCAS Regional Team.

Then back again on Sunday - this time for the AGB Rounds so Immy was shooting the Bristol IV another 12 dozen round.

Again Imogen shot great and ended the day victorious and 1246 with a new PB, new County Record and another medal!

As Imogen says:

"I’m the Double UK Ladies U14 Recurve Champion 2017! Doesn’t get much better than that!"

Imogen has also written an article on her whole weekend - fantastic to see what it is like from her point of view.

Nice shooting Small - if you keep going this way your Olympic dream is in the bag.

Alex turns 18 in a few days so the Junior County Championship which was held this weekend (10 June) was Alex's last one.

The day was bright and sunny though there was plenty of wind but Alex battled through and took the win on the York Round.

He then came back the next day for the Senior Championship (11 June) and shot the York again but this time against the Seniors for the first time - and Won that.

Well done Alex - has the Essex Junior and Senior Championship been held at the same time by the same person before?