THE HISTORY OF LICHFIELD ARCHERS
The Club was established in 1846 with the President J.S. Manley Esq.
On August 2nd 1849 the Club was presented with a set of trophies by Mr Richard Green, a Lichfield banker, who lived at Stowe House, too be competed for and presented at the end of each season.
These trophies, which consisted of a Silver Bugle for the Gentlemen and a Silver Quiver for the Ladies, are on display in the Lichfield Heritage Centre at St. Mary’s and are still competed for today.
Our records date back to 1850 where we have a list of members including such names as The Countess of Lichfield, Lord Paget, Viscount and Lady Anson, Lady Chetwind, Sir C. Bart Clarke and nine Reverends, a total membership of 119. The shooting field at this time was the grounds of St. John’s Hospital and Target Meetings’ were held every Monday and Thursday only at Two o’clock, commencing the first Monday of May and ending on the first Monday of September.
The Club was disbanded in 1939 and reformed on 25th March 1965 by Mr John Bradley, and for the first two years Lichfield Rugby Club was used, based then in Boley Lane. The first archery shoot of the newley formed club took place on Sunday 4th April 1965, with around 45 people turning out, 20 of whom were members and the rest keen to join in.
The Club then moved to the back of Lichfield Cathedral, to the field alongside Stowe Pool. A separate shooting venue was set up at Hawkesyard Priory Woods in Armitage for the purpose of Field Archery, but this only ran for two years.
John Bradley was also responsible for the design of the Club Badge and the Field Section Badge, though surviving examples of the latter are quite scarce.
In 1975 a land lease from Lichfield Council was granted for the current venue at Christian Fields. The Club House and Indoor range were the inspiration of Mr Tony Neville, then Chairman, who obtained various grants from the Council in order to build it himself, with help from the members. The Club House was completed in the spring of 1986 and the Indoor range was in operation by the autumn of 1988, giving Lichfield Archers one of the best shooting facilities in the Country.