History

Cuckfield has associations with archery going back to the battle of Azincourt.

A commemorative plaque dating from 1508 in the side chapel of Cuckfield's beautiful 13th Century records the local Burrell family's patriotism in sending one boat, 20 men at arms and 40 archers to France with Henry V in 1415.

In more recent times our club President, Roy Viccari, first started an archery club in Cuckfield in the 1970’s. The club was then called “Ye Cuckfield Bowmen” a title taken from an old piece of vellum discovered amongst the artefacts at the Cuckfield Museum. Ye Cuckfield Bowmen met on Whiteman’s Green at the northern end of the village and their numbers steadily grew until more than forty archers would regularly turn up to shoot.

Sadly the local council’s safety concerns led to the club needing to look for a new home and eventually the Bowmen moved to Burgess Hill and then on to Ditchling in 1987 where, as “Ditchling Archery Club” they are still going strong.

The huge success of British Archers at the Paralympic games in 2012 prompted Roy to start up a new archery club based in Cuckfield that would have a special focus on inclusion of those with disabilities. The club was eventually formed in November 2012 with a core group of 15 adult and junior members plus our two experienced coaches. After running three successful beginners’ courses in the first year we continue to expand our membership each season.

In the first competition entered by anyone from our newly formed club, our junior girl’s team walked away with the first place trophy for the top scoring club team at the Sussex County Archery Association junior competition (‘Doreen’s 44th junior shoot’) in July 2014. Swiftly followed by Holly Hatch (u14) winning the girl’s recurve trophy at the Eastbourne Junior tournament in August 2014.