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Dear all,

In light of the recent government positioning / medical advice and AGB positioning, the ECAA Executive are duty bound to follow the prevailing guidance in an effort to safeguard our members.

Therefore, in line with the ever changing landscape of the situation, we are attempting to remain pro-active to the situation and so have taken the view that all ECAA events will be decided on a case by case basis, with a rolling 4 week decision tree.

As such,

  • ECAA Imperial Clout – Cancelled
  • ECAA League matches – Albion / Longbow/ Compound
    • Compound League – Will not start in April
      • Plans are underway for revisions of fixtures list, with options around start date – further details will follow.
    • Albion / Longbow
      • Notice is given that ALL May matches are currently under review of cancellation/postponement – further details to follow.
  • Clubs are requested to keep in contact with League Secretaries as appropriate. (Advice on shooting / not shooting etc.)

I would also like to take the opportunity to refer clubs/members to the AGB guidance, in that archery activity is to be suspended, and as such, if clubs opt to operate, then they may not be covered by insurance.

We will continue to give updates as appropriate,

Alex Purser
Essex County Archery Association

Please be advised that we have had to postpone the Havering Youth Games.

Once the current situation resolves itself we would hope to reschedule.

Mick Pearce

It is with great sadness that I must pass on news that our fellow Rayleigh Town Archery Club member, once-chairman and good friend George Benson has passed away after a long illness.

George was an extremely talented archer in a variety of disciplines over many decades of shooting. A glance at the trophies in the clubhouse gives evidence to his success - his name appears in series on most of them.
He is listed as holder of many club records, and remains holder of the County record for the Windsor round.

He was part of the legendary RTAC Albion recurve team from the mid-nineties which still holds the league score record - and characteristically George was the highest-scoring member of the team.
In his later years he switched to shooting compound and was a companion to many at Runwell, shooting there with the Wednesday afternoon regulars.

George was a quiet constant at the club: always ready with encouragement and wise advice, some strong opinions and a quick wit. He will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him, but his presence will be permanent at Rayleigh Town Archery Club through his many accomplishments, dedication to the club and to the sport.

George's funeral will take place at Chelmsford Crematorium but no date has yet been announced. We will send details when received.