On 19th January 2019 Hinxworth Archery Club will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Club’s opening in 1998.
Happy New Year to
all Hinxworth Archers, their families, friends and
supporters of the Club.
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.
The 2018 Annual General Meeting
The club’s Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 20 March 2018 in the Village Hall at Hinxworth. At the meeting the Chairman’s Cup was awarded to Derek for his many years dedication in maintaining the club’s equipment in good order. The GNAS Handicap Improvement medal was awarded to Stephen Colegrove.
Perseverance pays off…
Roy, who after several near misses, finally got past the 500 mark for a Portsmouth with a 519 on the 22nd of February in the barn at Edworth.
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:
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!