Just a quick notice that the lines are being re-marked on the range tomorrow (Monday 19th June), so outdoor shooting will be unavailable until after 11.30am.
One of our club members, Paula Kedge, brought in a fascinating piece of history in for us all to appreciate - a newspaper clipping from back in the early 1970's when her father, Richard "George" Summerfield used to shoot at the club.
The article details the club open shoot:
For those of you either a) with poor vision, or b) reading this on a mobile phone, the text is as follows:
"The 6th open shoot of Lichfield Archery Club was held recently at the Theological College ground.
After many weeks of hard work by its members, some 60 archers representing many of the clubs from all over the Midlands lined up for the 10am start. Shooting the York and Hereford Rounds on this extremely hot and humid day was some task when this consists of 12 dozen arrows. It therefore transpired that some competitors found the heat of the day too much, and by lunchtime had retired.
Scoring was slow, but the lead of the York Round held by Mr. R K Pritchard only changed once throughout the day.
The ladies' Hereford Round scored well with Miss M E Jones out in front at all times. Mr. A R Cornes junior stepped in front at the beginning and completed by returning a fine score of 992."
But (unfortunately), the article leaves us with a puzzle... when did it happen? The newspaper clipping yielded no clues whatsoever, not even in adjacent articles. So, it was off to the trophy cabinet for some digging:
Luckily, the Lichfield Archers Open Ladies Challenge Cup trophy was in the cabinet (okay - not a cabinet, but you get the gist) and lo and behold the inscription around its base reads:
Miss Jones, I presume?
So - that narrows it down a bit... either 1970 or 1971! If any of our more, ahem, established members have any information to add, that would be great. Ideally the mens' trophy with Mr Pritchard's inscription should solve the mystery once and for all!
UPDATE! THE DATE HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AS BEING FROM 1971! THANKS TO FIONA FOR GOING ALL "MISS MARPLE" TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY...
A big thanks to Paula for bringing this great piece of the past in, and she tells me that she has some of her father's old badges to show us soon.
Back in the day, George Summerfield used to shoot at the club with his son, Steve, and it's great to see that Paula is carrying on the tradition by picking up a bow with her daughter, Megan.
As you'd expect when it comes to archery, the "Archers" dominated at this month's Round of the Month!
Taking first spot in the recurve with a superb +84 was Isabelle Archer shooting a Short Junior Warwick - second place was by Steve Archer with +82 on a standard Warwick... a close battle indeed!
Ian Martin's score of +1 in the compound category and Frank Parker's +35 in the Longbow division put them at the top this month.