described as 'The Daddy of all Sporting Fixtures'; The
Antient Silver Arrow, is the World's longest
established and oldest recorded sporting event, dating
back to 1673 and first shot for in Scorton Village,
Society of Archers was formed at the first meeting of
the Antient Silver Arrow Competition, to maintain
Target Archery, the skill of which was largely in decline
following the English Civil War.
The competition has continued annually since 1673 (except
in periods of various Wars) and celebrated its
tri-centenary shoot in 2008 with guest of honour The Rt
Honourable William Hague MP.
The competition is open to any Gentleman Archer aged over
21 shooting in the Long Bow or any other bare
bow and, since 1947, the Recurve Bow which was allowed
to enter due to timber shortage and rationing in
the UK following the war. Modern Compound bows are not
permitted to take part.
The winner is the first gentleman to hit the 3 inch centre
Black Spot (introduced in 1951 and first hit by Frank
Newbould, Captain 1951 - previously it was just the Gold)
at 100 yards and becomes 'Captain of the Arrow'
and takes on the responsibility to arrange the next years
meeting. Assisted by a Lieutenant, which is awarded
to the first gentleman to hit the Red.
Entry in to the Competition automatically bestows the
privilege to become a Member of the Society of Archers
and to dine with the Captain and other members at the
annual Luncheon. A blazer or jacket and tie must be
worn during the luncheon and the AGM that follows (a Society
Tie is available for purchase on the day).
It is fair to say that many gentleman archers attend 'the
Scorton' for the sense of the occasion - an experience
that has seen some members attending continually for over
60 years and others travelling from as far afield as
the America's and Australia (countries even younger than
our competition!) to renew the bond of friendship and
sport between gentlemen at this most antient and unique
It is one of the few sporting fixtures where the competitor
is at his own honour to mark his own score card, to
be able to enjoy and share a drink on the field of play
but where or unseemly behavior, such as cursing*
would result in an immediate fine of up to one whole pound
and the consternation of the judges who decision
is final and without appeal. Proceeds of the 'swear bag'
are given to a local charity incidentally.
(* Rumour has it that the Football Association are look
are looking in to a similar rule for football players
though this is yet unconfirmed - or no it's
not - see 'forum'!)
If this sounds like your kind of event - we would be delighted
to welcome you to World's longest established
and oldest recorded sporting event - The Antient Silver