A Grand Archery Meeting, under the management of Mr Merridew, was proposed to be held in the grounds of Aston Park, Birmingham, on July 27 and 28th 1859, as mentioned by Mr H A Ford in "Archery: its Theory and Practice, but at the Leamington Meeting of the same year it was decided that this proposed Meeting should be transferred to the grounds of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, and thus commenced the annual Crystal Palace Archery Meeting.
In 1892 the Championship of the South was initiated and appropriate trophies were donated, The Bridges Jug and The Bridges Diamond Brooch which are still being awarded.
The Meeting continued without a break until 1902 when it was suggested that the conditions offered by the Crystal Palace Company were becoming difficult for the conduct of the Meeting and a decision was made to move to Beddington Park in Surrey; thus was born the Southern Counties Meeting. The Championship of the South and its associated Awards were continued and awarded and continuity was maintained.
There are a number of films from British Pathe which can be found at https://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/southern+counties+archery
For more details contact the SCAM Secretary, Carla Piper, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southern for 2024 will be held at the Waterside Archery Grounds, Exbury, Hampshire SO45 1AZ on Thursday 9th May to Sunday 12th May 2024 inclusive. This will be the 164th Championship Meeting
Incorporating the 154th Public Meeting and the 121st Championship of the South.
The SCAM 2023 was run between Wednesday 10th May and Saturday 13th May 2023 at Waterside Archery Ground in Hampshire.
The results for each day are available below and also as a single ZIP file to download.
"The Southern" 2022 was run between Wednesday 11th May to Saturday 14th May 2022 inclusive at the Waterside Archery Grounds, Exbury, Hampshire SO45 1AZ.
The SCAM 2021 was held on 4th - 7th August 2021 at Waterside Archery Grounds, Exbury, Hampshire SO45 1AZ.
The SCAM 2020 was due to be held between Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th May 2020 at Winchester Rugby Football Club.
However it has been cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The 2019 SCAM was held on 14th to 17th May 2019.
Results are included in the report to the SCAS AGM which can be found here.
The 105th SCAM was held at Winchester Rugby Football Club between Tuesday 15th May and Friday 18th May 2018.
The results of the meeting: SCAM results and awards 2018
The SCAS 104th Championship Meeting, incorporating the 148th Public meeting & 114th Championship of the South was held on the 16/17/18/19th May 2017 at the picturesque venue of St Cross, Winchester beloved by so many, with its backdrop of the Hospital of St. Cross and Almshouses of Noble Poverty, by courtesy of the St. Cross-Symondian Cricket Club.
Results and awards: Awards list and all scores (PDF)
The Southern Counties Archery Society held their ONE HUNDREDTH CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING in 2013
Results: Full results listing (PDF, 106kb)
Results and Awards: Awards list and all scores (XLS)