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2016

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Colchester

English Longbow Contest

was held on the

4th and 5th June 2016

 

 Each year, Colchester stages 'The Archer of the Fayre' as part of its Medieval Oyster Fayre, where archers from all over the country attend to take on England's finest medieval re-enactor English longbow archers. It is held in the Lower Castle Park in the centre of the 'Oldest Recorded Town in Britain'.

Members of a recognised archery clubs or re-enactment groups, are invited to compete for the annual honour of becoming our Archer of the Fayre.

 

We were blessed with good weather, if a bit too warm. The contest was held with 50 archer applications, broken down into five teams.

Last year, we were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Colchester, Councillor Mrs Theresa Higgins and the Mayor's Escort, Councillor Professor Peter Higgins, to officiate at the opening and closing ceremonies. This year we had our new and current mayor, Councillor Julie Young, to officiate.

 

 Prize Winners for 2016

here

Score Results for 2016

here

   

Prize List

most of our prizes were donated by our wonderful traders

- and others of the lower orders.

here

 Here are a few pictures from the 2016 event.

Simon's Team

Innis' Team at the Boar.

Jess' Team at the Boar.

Baldrick's Team

Pistol's Team

Lynette's three arrows in the wand.

Denis and his stupid grin at the Distance Shoot.

The Loop

The Loose.

Taking a Break.

Our Traditional Agincourt Volley

.....and a bit of film.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSudHG2vjCA

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WILL BE THE LAST YEAR THAT

WE CAN HOLD THE ARCHER'S FEE AT TWELVE POUNDS.

FOR 2017 THIS WILL BE INCREASED TO EIGHTEEN POUNDS

PER ARCHER, FOR THE TWO DAYS OF THE CONTEST,

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 www.oysterfayre.magix.net/public/billoffayre.html

 

 

 

The Targets for 2016

1. The Loop Shoot

2. The Loose

3. The Moving Target

4. The Garland

5. The Bell

6. The Wand

7. The Boar

8. The Distance Shoot

9. The Spinner

10. The Speed Shoot

11. The Siege

12. The Rabbits

 

Archers Take Note

Your bows will be English Longbows, your arrows will be self-knocked wood and with feather fletchings (20 points forfeit if self-knocks not used), authentic attire and headwear to be worn (20 points deducted if headwear not worn), spectacles acceptable.

 

which was followed by our traditional

The Agincourt Volley

It gives the archers a chance to experience how a volley being loosed together with other archers might have felt in a battle situation.

We always like to perform our 'Agincourt Volley' when all the archers line up and, to the commands, 'knock, draw, loose', they all loose their arrows with perfect syncronicity (in theory).

 

The Purse Shoot

An open shoot

Archers who have competed over the weekend and any trader or performer had the opportunity to shoot for 30 or so purses. This was in the main arena, on Sunday, after the competition had been won.
Purses contained tokens for various items, most generously donated by the medieval market traders. Each archer looses an arrow at the purses and all take it in turn to win a prize.

 

Please also go to the following link:

www.oysterfayre.magix.net/public/index.html

.... or contact us on 07714 250949

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you would like to know anything else, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Please contact us at

sdapeze@aol.com

 or Jess or Tess on 07714 250949

last updated

150616

 

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