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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
Score Results for 2016
most of our prizes were donated by our wonderful traders
- and others of the lower orders.
Here are a few pictures from the 2016 event.
Innis' Team at the Boar.
Jess' Team at the Boar.
Lynette's three arrows in the wand.
Denis and his stupid grin at the Distance Shoot.
Taking a Break.
Our Traditional Agincourt Volley
.....and a bit of film.
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.
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.
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