One of the smallest clubs in Britain, Whitby Company of Archers was formed around 1974 by some of the shooters from Whitby rifle club.
The founding members were John Tindale and Brian Askew. John remained an active shooting member for some years and was Club chairman until 1997. In 1992, the Club presented John with a sword and made him an honoree life member.
Paul Cromack joined the Club about 1974/5 and remains a highly active member to this day. Paul has been shooting since he was a boy and has used all styles of archery in his time but prefers the skill of longbow archery these days.
Dave Edwards (now deceased) was the Club coach, along with his wife, Joan, who was secretary and treasurer for ten years, represented the Club at many competitions and gained a reputation of excellence. They were asked to join the Royal Toxophalist Society, one of the oldest clubs where membership is by invitation only.
One of the Club's claims to fame is the fact that Kath Nellis (now retired) was Yorkshire Champion in 1996 and 1999 and ranked 6th in Britain, as well as Paul Cromack winning a number of trophies. Phyllis Walker was a renowned shot and has a number of tournaments trophies to her credit, thus gaining a good competitive grounding for the Club. SInce then, Ced Marr made his mark in the longbow section.
Current Club members continue to particpate in both local and national target and field archery competitions, achieving a number of medal winning perforamces .