In the year of the Millenium Berkhamsted Bowmen celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the club with a celebratory shoot at Berkhamsted Castle (courtesy of English Heritage). 65 archers from as far afield as Cologne in Germany, Yorkshire and all over the southern counties met at Berkhamsted Castle on Sunday 9th July for a shoot to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Berkhamsted Bowmen.
50th Anniversary – Archery in the rain. Despite more than a fair share of rain, two sessions of a National round of 6 dozen arrows (4 dozen at 60 yards & 2 dozen at 50 yards – 50/40 for juniors) were shot, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with some hardy archers completing a Double National round by shooting in both sessions.
38 specially minted and mounted anniversary medals were awarded in various categories by Councillor Lindy Foster, Madam Mayor of Berkhamsted. Berkhamsted Bowmen members to collect were Alan Poole – 1st Gent Longbow, Andrew Lee – 1st Junior under 14, Barry Anscombe – 2nd Gent Compound and Barbara Anscombe – 3rd Lady Recurve. Berkhamsted Bowmen also collected the medals in the Compound and Longbow team sections. Jean Collins of Buckinghamshire´s Buckland Archery Club took the medal for 1st Lady in the Compound section setting a new UK record score for the National round of 634, beating the previous record by 14 points.
Club Chairman Clive Haywood presented Councillor Foster with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for attending. Clive made a further presentation of a bottle of port to club secretary Barbara Anscombe for her hard work in planning and organising the event over the past year.