AGM 2020 – postponed

This year’s Annual General Meeting due to take place on Tuesday 24th March 2020 in the Village Hall has been postponed.

Hertfordshire Archery Association

Winter League

At the end of February the fourth month of the Frostbite competition, Hinxworth are still in 1st place in both Compound and Longbow with our Recurves in 5th position and our Barebows remain in 3rd position.  In the Portsmouth competition our Compound and Longbow are still in 1st place with our Barebows remaining in 7th place and our Recurves retain 9th place.

With his individual Compound Portsmouth and Frostbite scores Neil is in 1st place for both with David W. in 2nd place for Frostbite and 3rd place for Portsmouth. With his individual Longbow Frostbite score Dave C. is in 2nd place and  his Portsmouth score puts him in 1st place. Steve W. is in 2nd place for Portsmouth and 3rd place for Frostbite. Derek’s individual Longbow Portsmouth score puts him in 3rd place and his individual Frostbite score in 4th place. With their individual Barebow Portsmouth scores Tony and Steve W. remain in 7th and 8th place respectively.  Last but not least, with their individual Frostbite scores Tony, Steve Weston and Dave C. remain  4th, 5th and 6th positions respectively.

Well done all those mentioned above and thank you to every member who contributes by putting in scores for the Winter Leagues.

Southern Counties Archery Society (SCAS)

Winter League

At the end of January, after the first 3 months scores have been entered, Hertfordshire are in 2nd position in the Compound league, 3rd in the Recurve league, 5th in the Longbow league and 6th in the Barebow league.

With their individual Compound scores Neil is in 2nd place and David W. in 7th place.  With their individual Longbow scores Dave C. is in 7th place, Steve W. in 8th place and Derek is in 9th place.  Well done all!

Thank you to all archers who put in scores for the leagues over the Winter shooting season.

HAC Christmas Party

2019’s party was held at the Bushel & Strike in Ashwell on Friday 6th December. The first and second raffle prizes were won by Sharon and Tony Dawson who were having a very lucky night!  Good food and good company.


In the Edworth Barn in the first week of November, longbow archer Steve W. achieved  a three gold end.  Congratulations Steve!

Spooky happenings on the Rec

A fine morning saw the 5th Hinxworth Halloween Shoot take place on Sunday 3rd November. A new suspended pumpkin target with a 50 point score provided a challenge with only two archers managing to hit it.  Kath was one of those archers coming first and Tony the other taking second place. Thanks to Rob for creating and organising this shoot.

There are more photos of the Shoot on the Gallery page.

Hertfordshire Archery Association Summer League

An excellent end to the Summer competition with our Longbows remaining in first place, our Barebows holding 3rd place and our Compounds moving up to first place. Our Recurves held 5th place.

In the whole competition Neil shot the highest individual Compound score.  The highest Longbow score was Derek’s with Dave C. coming in second and Steve W. coming in fourth.

 Thank you and well done to all our archers who contributed scores for the League over the Summer season.

Club Championships 2019

The 2019 Championships took place on the morning of Sunday 6th October, despite the forecast of rain almost triggering cancellation.  9 archers shot a shortened version of our unique Metric Hinxworth Round comprising 2 dozen arrows each at 3 distances; 80/60/50 yards for the Gents and 60/50/40 for the Ladies.

In the Compound competition Neil took first place, David W. second and Glenn third place. Rob took the Recurve title with Tom coming in second .  Dave C. took the Longbow title with Derek in second place.  Kath was awarded the Ladies’ medal.

Many thanks to Rob and Tony for organizing the Championships and to all those who turned up to shoot.  Thanks also to Marianne and David O. for sorting out the lunch in the Village Hall afterwards and lastly to those who helped clear it away afterwards.

At the lunch Dave.C. awarded medals won in the 2018/19 BA Winter postal league.  Our archers won the Division 6 Frostbite Team medal and Neil was awarded medals for both the highest Frostbite score of 360 and highest Portsmouth score of 597 in the whole of the competition.



Neil with BA medal

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.

Stop Press

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.

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

Anniversary Cake

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.

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