Bowyers' Prize Day 7th July 2007
On Saturday the 7th July, a balmy day, a group of Bowyers lead by the Master visited the Shooting Ground of the Royal Toxophilite Society to watch the shooting and presentation of prizes.
The day is sponsored by the Company which pays for all the catering and the prizes.
Individual Archers are invited to compete by the Royal Toxophilite Society. It is an open competition and Archers come from all over the Country to compete. Unfortunately on this day the event conflicted with the Senior Euronations Tournament a competition between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland resulting in there being only 29 competitors a significant drop on previous years.
The Company donates medals, gold and silver which are awarded for 1st and 2nd for Ladies shooting the Hereford round (80, 60 and 50 yards) using re-curve bows and a bronze medal is awarded for the Lady coming first with a composite bow. Gentlemen shoot the York round (100, 80 and 60 yards).
The winners this year were:
Ladies Hereford Round
Recurve: First Lady - Jill Newland
Recurve: Second Lady - Vikki Gallop
Compound: First Lady - Brenda Saxon
Gentlemens York Round
Recurve: First Gentleman - Tom Firth
Recurve: Second Gentleman - Reg Press
Compound: First Gentleman - Fred Stevens
Both the winners of the composite medals where wheelchair bound and it was marvellous to see that they could successfully compete on equal terms with their un-handicapped colleagues.
Towards the end of the shoot members of the Company visited the shooting line and spoke to a number of the competitors, They then enjoyed a pleasant afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones with cream and strawberry, and cake. In his speech prior to the presentation of the Prizes the Master Thanked all those concerned with the organisation of the Day: The match secretary Tim Jackson, The Fields Captain Ian Carr and the Ladies who prepared the food: Margaret, Rosemary, Carol and Lara. He also alluded to the approaching 100 year anniversary of the competition which the Court of the Company had proposed in 1908 before the first competition that was held in 1910.
After the presentation of prizes the Society presented a History of the Royal Toxophilite Society written and signed by Peter Gerrie to the Company.