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The Club through the ages

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Events in Club History


Earliest Record of the Fakenham & Dereham Archery Club in the diary of Rev. BJ Armstrong, vicar of East Dereham

28th April 1894

Earliest primary records of the FADAC - AGM

8th Sept 1896

Mr J Rogers shoots a Club Record Long Western of 71-309-6

10th Aug 1897

Mrs Hales shoots a Club Record Western of 90-494-10

8th May 1900

First shoot of the century, Quebec House, Dereham.


Lawn Tennis no longer provided at club archery meetings


The Indian Maharajah, His Highness Prince Frederick Duleep Singh elected Club President

17th May 1910

First meeting of the year cancelled due to death of King Edward VII


Mrs Hales wins her record 14th Club Championships


39 ordinary & 1 honorary members

15th Sept 1914

Meeting abandoned because of the First World war

9th June 1920

First meeting since the war, held at Thurning Hall


Targets now transported between country houses by motor vehicles not train or horse and cart


Death of Miss Florence Norgate, club member for over 50 years


Last year that club meetings were held at members’ homes


Mr Norris wins his record 9th Club Championship


13 members

24th July 1939

Miss Jagg shoots a club record American of 307

5th May 1947

Club meets for the first time after the second world war at Holt


7 members


FADAC last recorded shoot, at Blakeney

10th March 1976

Fakenham Bowmen inaugural Meeting, Fakenham Sports Centre


12 members including some from RAF Sculthorpe


Fakenham Press closes and the club closes with it

June 1985

Fakenham Bowmen re-starts with 6 members


First Mayday Shoot held. Club now has 31 members

Nov 1989

Minute Books & Accounts of Fakenham & Dereham Archery Club found


Fakenham Bowmen ‘Centenary Plus’ Archery Weekend


Elaine Burbidge awarded Honorary Life membership


Induction course first run with a structured syllabus


First May Longbow Meeting held

Aug 1997

Mandy Gaskin shoots a Club Record 1261 FITA and ranks 4th in the country


Club has 18 members; First newsletters published

Club website launched

1st Jan 2000

First shoot of the century, Fakenham Sports Centre

Sept 2000

Jane White represents Great Britain at the Sydney Paralympics, winning a Team Bronze


National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ grant allows building of club Pavilion


Fakenham Junior Bowmen established within Club


First Club Handbook published


Club accredited under the Norfolk Area Child Protection SAFE Scheme


Membership passes 70 for the first time!


First Record Status Warwick Tournament held


Club Colours registered with Archery GB

Autumn 2007

Jamie Fisher invited to join National Junior squad

30th Nov 2007

First Indoor Tournament held

April 2008

Awarded £9,250 Awards for All lottery funding to support move into new sports centre


First season in Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre

July 2011

Two Fakenham juniors become national champions – Jamie Fisher (gents) and Steph Jackson (ladies under 18)

Sept 2011

Awarded £6,109 Sport England Funding to improve our beginners’ equipment, provide coaching for members and netting in the sports hall





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