Founded in 1846, closed on the outbreak of the Second World War, then resurrected exactly 40 years ago, Michael Fabricant joined the Lichfield Archers to celebrate their anniversary yesterday (Easter Sunday 27th March) at their Club House and practice grounds in north Lichfield.
The Club has a long indoor range and an outdoor range of around 100 yards. Michael Fabricant says "I scored a bulls eye on my first go, but then got steadily worse in my aim throughout the day! The Lichfield Archers are one of those thriving organisations in Lichfield yet which are not well known generally in the City. They have wonderful facilities and compete throughout the UK and abroad. Its one of those organisations of which the City can be proud". Silver trophies from the original Club, dating back to 1850, including a silver horn, quiver, and belt, are on display at the Lichfield Treasury contained within the Heritage Centre at St Mary’s Centre in the Market Square in Lichfield.
Anyone interested in joining the Lichfield Archers or finding out more about archery should contact the Development Officer, Tony Beck, by calling him on 07956 856619 or emailing him at LichfieldArchers@AOL.com
Photograph shows, left to right, Michael Fabricant, The Mayor (Cllr Mrs Gwyneth Boyle), Club President (David Antrobus), and the Club Chairman (Frank Parker).