Hertfordshire Archery Association Summer League
In the second month of the competition, June, our Longbows remain in first position with our Compounds in 2nd place. Our Recurves and Barebows remain in 3rd place. An excellent position at the start of July.
Scouts having a go
On the evening of Monday 24th June the Club held a “Have-a’Go’ for more than 20 Ashwell Scouts. The following was received from one of the Scout Leaders:
“Thank you for such a wonderful evening on Monday – the scouts and adults all had a great time. I have only heard wonderful things about it.”
A Home win
On Sunday 23rd June Hinxworth were at home to Green Dragon Bowmen and won the match! Well done all those who shot and those who helped with the buffet lunch in the Village Hall afterwards.
Neil shot at the Bucks Or Bounty shoot at Lilleshall over the weekend 4th and 5th May and has put in a claim for a World Record score of 1395 for a masters double WA50m. Very well done, Neil.
Well done, Derek
Won at Fakenham Archers May Day weekend tournament 2019.
Winter League Success
Hinxworth’s Compound and Longbow Teams have taken first place in both the Frostbite and Portsmouth competitions of the Hertfordshire Archery Association Winter Leagues. Tony achieved the highest individual Barebow score in the Frostbite competition.
Thank you to all our archers who turned out over the Winter to put in scores for the Herts Leagues. Congratulations to our Compound Team, Longbow Team and Tony.
This year’s Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 26th March 2019 in the Village Hall at Hinxworth.
The Chairman’s Cup was awarded to Neil Bridgewater for winning a Team Gold Medal in the European Archery Championships for Great Britain. The GNAS Handicap Improvement medal was awarded to Bob Scales.
Archery Taster Session
On Sunday 17th March 2019 the Club hosted a Taster Session for anyone age 10 or over who wanted to try their hand at archery. The Session ran from 10 am and until 12 noon and was well attended. Thanks to our coaches and other members who made the Taster Session possible.
On 19th January 2019 Hinxworth Archery Club celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary of the Club’s opening in 1998 with a party in the Village Hall
In the 1990’s the only organised sporting event in Hinxworth was the established Cricket Club originally sponsored by the author Monica Dickens. Getting a full team together proved too difficult in the end and the cricket club was disbanded in 1997 due to lack of players.
The forming of an archery club in Hinxworth was first suggested by Marion Ewen in the summer of 1998. Marion had been an archer in Kent before moving to Hinxworth. David and Marianne Osmond were experienced archery coaches and thought it was a good idea so approached the parish council for permission. After reassurances regarding insurance and safety issues the council readily agreed and Chairman Harry King and his wife Jill were amongst the first to join the beginner’s course. An open meeting was held where 50 or so Hinxworth residents attended and 25 started the first beginner’s course in Spring of 1999. Hinxworth Archery Club was born!
By the end of summer 1999 there were 29 Hinxworth archers affiliated to Archery GB, the National Governing body which gave us a fantastic start. With the addition of recruits from the nearby towns and villages this has gradually increased to a total of just under 50 members today.
Although small in numbers HAC has come to dominate in the Hertfordshire Archery Association’s Summer and Winter Leagues winning in every category on quite a few occasions. Our compound archers Neil Bridgewater and David Wayman have taken top spot for the last few years and Neil’s father Derek together with Dave Chudley and Steve Weston have a firm grip on the Longbow titles. Special mention must go to Neil Bridgewater who has represented Great Britain over many years and who crowned it all in 2018 by bringing home the Compound Team Gold Medal at the European Championships.
Let us hope that the next 20 years bring continued success and happiness to us all.
Scary happenings on the Rec
The rain stopped just in time on Sunday 28 October 2018 to set up the 4th Hinxworth Halloween Shoot, created and executed once again by Rob. The unique Senior and Junior gold trophies were won by Bens! There’s a slideshow with lots more photos of the Shoot on the Gallery page.
The 2018 Championships took place on the morning of Sunday 7 October, which was favourably sunny, dry and windless. 12 archers shot our unique Metric Hinxworth Round comprising 4 dozen arrows at the longest distance and 2 dozen each at 2 closer distances.
At the post-shoot lunch in the Village Hall, the Ladies’ medal and cup was awarded to Carole. Neil is our Compound Champion, Tony took the Barebow medal and Tom won the Recurve competition. The ‘best gold’ prize went to Bob and the ‘worst white’ to Kath.
Many thanks to Rob for organizing the Championships and to all those who helped set up the lunch in the Hall and clear away afterwards.
On Saturday 1 September 2018, Hinxworth Archery Club’s Ace Compound Archer, Neil Bridgewater shot the final perfect arrow to win the Gold Medal final of the European Archery Championships for Great Britain held in Legnica, Poland.
The British three man team of Neil Bridgewater, James Mason and Adam Ravenscroft reached the final against France after winning their elimination rounds. It was neck and neck until the final 3 arrows when Neil and Co. shot 29 point out of 30. The French had no reply. Neil’s perfect 10 score effectively ensured a Great Britain Victory!
In the ‘Field’
David W., Dave C, Derek, Ben and Steve W. took part in the Open Field shoot at Avalon Archers venue in Sandy on Sunday 20th August. Here’s a shot of Steve in action. More photos on the Photo Gallery page.