THE EARLY DAYS
On 16th February 1860 there was held at the Midland Institute, Paradise Street, Birmingham:
"a Meeting of Gentlemen favourable to the formation of an Archery Society at Edgbaston".
A resolution was passed at this Meeting that letters should be "sent to principal families in the neighbourhood, with a request that they will state, before 3rd March, whether they wish their names to be added to a list of subscribers to the Society".
The response was such that at a further Meeting on 5th March, 1860 at the Old Library, Union Street, it was resolved "That in the opinion of this Meeting the Society shall be forthwith formed". Edgbaston Archery Society had been born.
The Society was never overloaded with funds, although there is evidence that whilst they held their Archery Meetings, they did the thing in style and used to have a military band from Great Brook Street, one that is quoted in the Minutes several times as "the band of the Royal Dragoon Guards".