Please note the Club’s AGM will be on Tuesday 20 March at the Village Hall starting at 8pm. Tea/coffee and cake will be served after the meeting for all members attending.
Hertfordshire Archery Association Championships
Over the winter season 10 Hinxworth archers shot at the County and Open Team Championships on 19 November 2017 and 12 Hinxworth archers attended the County and Open Indoor Championships on 11 February 2018. Both competitions took place at Gosling Sports Hall, Welwyn Garden City with excellent results as follows:
November: shooting a UK Record Status WA25 both our compound and longbow teams took first place.
February: shooting a Portsmouth round our compound and longbow teams again took first place. Neil was compound champion, Dave C. was longbow champion and Evie was junior recurve ladies’ champion.
Well done, and thank you, to all Hinxworth archers who shot at the Championship events and maintained the Club’s high profile within the county.
Hinxworth’s Winter League News (at end January)
Frostbite (Outdoor) Portsmouth (Indoor)
Pts. Pld. Score Pts. Pld. Score
HAC Compound 1st place 6 3 2147 HAC Compound 1st place 6 3 3531
HAC Recurve 2nd place 6 3 4619 HAC Recurve 7th place 0 3 8037
HAC Longbow 2nd place 4 3 1970 HAC Longbow 1st place 6 3 3977
Shooting over the festive season
Following a Frostbite shot on Christmas Eve, mulled apple juice, wine and mincepies were served in the Village Hall to wish archers a Merry Christmas. Weather permitting the final Frostbite of 2017 will be shot on New Year’s Eve.
Wishing all archers a Happy New Year!
Christmas Party 2017
30 archers, partners and family members enjoyed an evening at the George IV restaurant in Baldock on 4 December. See slideshow of photos below:
Spooky happenings on the Rec
The 3rd Halloween Shoot, brilliantly organised by Rob, took place on Sunday 29 October. A fun time was had by all. There’s a slideshow with lots more photos of the Shoot on the Gallery page.
2017 Club Championships
This year’s championships took place on Sunday 8 October and once again the weather smiled upon us.
Our Champions for 2018 are Compound – Neil, Longbow – Derek, Recurve – Tony, Junior – Evie and Ladies’ – Kath.
Daniel won the New Member Challenge and Steven was the first recipient of the new Junior Star trophy awarded for his regular attendance and dedication to the sport of archery.
In a League of their own
A win for Hinxworth’s recurve archery team against Green Dragon Bowmen of Knebworth park on Sunday 24 September meant that our small village team had completed all 15 matches without loss.
Hinxworth made it a “Grand Slam” in the Hertfordshire Summer League in all categories Recurve, Longbow and Compound leagues.
Robin Hood strikes again!
On Wednesday 16 August 2017 Tom’s arrow tried to insert itself completely into one of Dave C’s arrows – and almost succeeded!
Hertfordshire County Championships
Yet again, Hinxworth’s archers showed them how it is done on Sunday 23 July 2017. Seven of our archers took home a total of nine gold medals. Our team consisted of 5 seniors and 2 juniors all of whom excelled in the very windy and wet conditions. In the recurve match, our only representative Rob put in a formidable score of 858 placing him in a creditable 5th place.
The most surprising result of the day was when our compound champion Neil Bridgewater mistakenly signed his score sheet for a wrong total of 1091. His actual score was around 100 points more which should have put him in silver medal position making it a 1st and 2nd for Hinxworth. However, due to the scorers’ error he had to settle for fifth place score as signed for. The winner and gold medal went to our chairman David Wayman and David and Neil’s combined score took the golds in the team event. In the longbow Derek came 1st and Dave Chudley 3rd and their combined scores took golds in the longbow team event.
Our two juniors, siblings Jack and Evie each won gold in their separate divisions making it not only a triumph for the Bridgewater family but yet another success for Hinxworth Archery Club. Well done to all!
Success at Home
Our first Home match of the HAA Summer League took place on Sunday 28 May 2017 with Hinxworth Seniors winning against Howard Archers.
Howard did not have any Juniors shooting so we wait for the Junior result as it will be against the average, however, congratulations to Issy, Evie and Jack who both shot new club records on the day.
The results of the Winter Portsmouth and Frostbite Leagues are in
Well done all those archers braving the chill/rain/wind over the winter to submit scores for the Winter Hertfordshire Frostbite and Portsmouth Leagues on the field or in the barn. The results released this week show how successful our club has been.
The results show 1st positions for Hinxworth Compounds and Longbows shooting the indoor Portmouth rounds, with our Recurves coming 4th in the 1st Division.
Again, our Compounds and Longbows achieved 1st position in the Frostbite competition, with Recurves coming 2nd.
The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 in the Village Hall. 16 Members attended. The Gentlemen’s Improved Handicap Medal was awarded to Ben Rayner and the Lady’s Handicap Improvement Trophy awarded to Evie Bridgewater. Ben and Evie have both significantly improved their handicaps over the past year, with Evie achieving Junior Master Bowman Under 12. Well done both.
The Chairman’s Cup was awarded to David Osmond in thanks for his huge contribution to the running of the Club as he stands down after 18 year’s service as Secretary. David was also presented with an engraved glass goblet.
Extract from the March 2017 edition of the Hinxworth Village Voice
“Hinxworth Archers sweep the board. Hinxworth’s archers entered 12 competitors for the Herts. annual indoor championships held at the Gosling Sports Centre in Welwyn Garden City on February 12. A total of 108 archers from all Hertfordshire clubs took part in this all day event spread over three sessions starting at 9 am and ending at 6pm. When the results were announced Hinxworth’s Archery Club was mentioned more often than any other, dominating the compound entry with five gold medals, two silver, one bronze. In the longbow categories a total of eight medals, five gold, two silver and one bronze, completed the day’s haul. Individual results: (all Hinxworth archers) Compound Gents Champion: Neil Bridgewater, Compound Lady Champion: Isobel Wayman, Longbow Gents Champion: Derek Bridgewater. Longbow second place: Steve Weston. Longbow third place: Dave Chudley. Recurve Junior second place: Jack Bridgewater. Team Results: 1st.Compound Team: Hinxworth, 1st.Longbow Team: Hinxworth, 1st Recurve Team: Hertford.”
Thanks to David Osmond for the above report.
Extract from the Junior Representative’s Report to the Hertfordshire Archery Association’s AGM on 30 January 2017
“I have to say a big well done and congratulations to Isobel Wayman who came 3rd in both the indoor and outdoor National Championships and ended the season with a 9th place National ranking in the U18 Cadet category. A brilliant effort and very well done. Very proud of you.”
And HAC is very proud of you too.
Congratulations also to Evie Bridgewater, also mentioned in the Report, for achieving her Purple Badge under the Junior Badge Scheme.