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George Lewis, who will be well remembered by the ‘older’ personnel in Essex, passed away on Monday 4th April 2016.  

He joined the archery fraternity in the mid 1960’s and was one of the Founder members of Damon Company of Archers.   (The club lost its ground in 1982 and with some of the members moved to the Sports Ground of an Electricity Substation in Wickford.   This became Southend Electricity Archery Club -SEAC).   

He was a past County Senior Records Officer, Vice Chairman of the County 1972-73 and General Member 1981-1983.

An extremely dedicated archer, he reached Grand Master Bowman status and shot many times in the Essex County Team.    Was regularly Essex Champion, East Anglian Champion, and won the majority of tournaments he entered.   In the late 1970s, with a one-piece wooden Hoyt bow and aluminium arrows, he set the Albion record at 916 – a record which remained unbroken for many years.

When equipment improved with take-down bows and carbon arrows, George felt he may be able to shoot even higher scores and decided to sell the Hoyt.   A club member bought the bow but the poundage was too heavy for him and, rather than let the bow go, stored it away.   George’s scores did not improve with his new bow which caused him much frustration.   The old Hoyt was returned to him and normal service was resumed.

George’s archery came to an end with severe Arthritis in his fingers.   He moved to Kent with his wife Mary.     Our deepest sympathy goes to her and his four children, Mandy, Tracey, David and Simon.

Marlene Hutchins

We received the sad news from Brian Wright that Felicity had passed away on the 9th March, 2016 whilst in the Critical Care Unit in Colchester General Hospital.
Felicity was a National Coach and was very well known in the county, region and nationally through the many years she and Brian were involved in the Coaching side of archery at all levels.

Felicity was Secretary of the Essex Guild of Archery Coaches during the period 1982-1986, Vice President of the Essex County Archery Association for the term 1990-1991 and the first Lady President of the county for the term 1991-1994.  In 1991 she was presented with the county’s prestigious “Red Tassel” award for her services to Essex.  Felicity was also a qualified Sports Physiotherapist.

Felicity and Brian first met at a Southern Counties Coaching Conference at Bournemouth.  Together they put in a great deal of time and effort into developing the Essex Guild of Archery Coaches by inviting qualified people to give talks on various subjects such as relaxation, visualisation, exercise, good diets and psychology of archery, to name but a few.  There was always time for a forum session when attending Essex coaches could discuss any problems or difficulties they might be experiencing in their own clubs and gain helpful advice from the more experienced coaches among them.  This was the main purpose of the Essex Guild and Felicity and Brian supported this one hundred percent.  Together they organised many Essex squad training sessions, meeting beforehand with the coaches assisting to discuss how the sessions would be staffed.

Felicity and Brian attended the Wicken Bonhunt coaching weekends, which were always well attended by Essex archers and sometimes archers from Hertfordshire.  Then there was the Essex Guild’s Annual Conference at Wicken Bonhunt which was just prior to the Southern Counties Conference. Both Felicity and Brian were very active in all those years, organising very successful meetings.

Felicity was a lovely lady with a friendly welcoming smile on her face and always listened with genuine interest to whoever was speaking to her.  She had a very caring nature and gave up her time most generously to anyone who needed her help.

Felicity will be sadly missed by all who knew her and our deepest sympathy goes to Brian and their family at this very difficult time.

Tom and Iris Major


Archery GB have just released details of the archers selected to represent GB at the European Youth Cup in Budapest from 2 to 7 May.

Ollie Vobe from Deben Archers will be shooting in the Recurve Cadet Team and James Howell from Mayflower Archers will be shooting in the Compound Team.

Congratulations to both of them.

Mayflower Archers hosted the counties first World Record Status WA18 on Sunday 14th February.

Organiser Alex Purser decided it was high time the county hosted a World Record Status indoor event, and the planning began in earnest last autumn.

Key to the success of running head to head events is good organisation and a foolproof scoring programme. Alex managed both with great skill although his heart sunk when the only instructions he could find for the Italian designed software on You Tube were all delivered in Italian.

The shoot attracted a good numbers of archers from outside of the county and the day progressed with the seeding rounds, with a single detail session in the early morning and two double detail session to follow.

The head to head matches were entertaining to watch and ended in gold medal matches contested for the gents by Matt Webb and Michael Judd (Rec), both from Mayflower and Philip Glover and James Howell (Comp) also both from Mayflower. This was the first time that each of these archers had been paired off in a head to head shoot and despite the friendly banter, it was clear that no one was going to give in easily. The victors were Michael Judd by two sets and Philip Glover by just one point.

For the ladies, Anne Lilly of Braintree Bowmen won her match against Sharon Lawrence (Rec) of Pilgrim Archers and Bayley Sargeant (Comp) of Canterbury Archers won her match with Anna King of CADAC.

One new UK Record was claimed for the Ladies Compound 15 arrow match round by Bayley Sargeant and six World Archery Target Awards were applied for.

Thanks were given to the five judges in attendance a number of whom travelled a considerable distance to help make the shoot a success – Joanne Orbell, Robert Potts, Mike Pearce, Paul Clark and Steven Johnson. Thanks were also given to Clickers Archery who kindly sponsored the event.

Download Results

For more pictures see this album

The 14th Ken Gray Memorial shoot was held at Mayflower Archers on Saturday 6th February. This shoot was set up in remembrance of Ken who developed Mayflower’s successful Junior club. It was Ken who started this invitational shoot, designed for juniors in their first year or so of shooting to gain some experience of a competition, without the formality. An average score is calculated for each team in calculating the final results and following this, the bosses are filled with balloons for all to burst and sweets dished out to those who pop them.

This year’s shoot saw clubs from Rayleigh Town A C, Broxhill Archers, Epping Archers (Juniors), Braintree Bowmen and Mayflower. The final averaged scores were:

1RTAC 1334.80
3RTAC 2318.13

Best Gold went to Jasmine Jose and Worst White to Matthew Welsford, both from RTAC. Congratulations to this year’s winning team from RTAC; Edward Eason, Jasmine Jose, Oliver Searl, Matthew Gosling and Allie Newman.

Our thanks go to Neal Howell for organising the event and to all the clubs for their support. Ken would be delighted that this shoot has endured for so long and for so many youngsters, continues to be their first experience of an archery tournament.

More photos from the event are available at:-

Ken Gray (1928 - 2002)

This years AGM held at the Marconni Sports and Social Club on the 21st February 2016 was a chance to look back over the year, elect new officers (see Officers page) and to hand out the ECAA Awards.

These awards are presented to individuals who have been nominated by their clubs to who meet the criteria and are recognition of good shooting, helping promote archery in and out of the County and overcomming adversity.

Victor Ludorum

In particular the Victor Ludorum Trophy is for an archer who has finished highest in their category at all the County shoots. If you are not entered for the County Championships then you cannot be considered for the award.

This years winner was Alix Lawrence seen here receiving her award from Mick Pearce.

Other winners this year were:-

Baldwin Trophy - Clubs nominate a person who they consider has done most to enhance the sport during the past year.
Winner - Dave Shrimpton

Thelma Davison Cup - Junior Recurve archer who has the most improved handicap over the past year.
Winner - Sophie Pollard 

Joe Dormer Trophy - Junior Compound archer who has the most improved handicap over the past year. 
Winner - Alex Rowberry (taken by John Wilson)

The Bill Tucker Award - an individual whom the Officers of the County wish to receive public acknowledgement of supportive services rendered on behalf of the County.
Winner - Paul Clark 

The Bill Giggs Trophy - Senior Archer who has shot consistently well in at least six Record Status Tournaments and whose general standing reflects credit on the County and the Archer. 
Winner - Michael Judd (presented at the ECAA Indoor Championships)

Thelma Davison Shield - an archer who has overcome an adversity of any nature to continue in the sport. 
Winner - Christine Higgins (presented at the ECAA Indoor Championships)

When the information for next year's AGM come out there is a call for nominations for these awards so it is worth considering who should receive them and getting nominations in.

Congratulations to all the Award winners and see you at next year's AGM.

Dave Shrimpton receiving the Baldwin Trophy

Sophie Pollard receiving the Thelma Davison Cup

John Wilson collecting the Joe Dormer Trophy for Alex Rowberry

Paul Clark receiving the Bill Tucker Award