George’s Newsletter – September 2017

The Sherwood Meeting of the British Longbow Society took place on our field on the second Saturday in September.This annual event , hosted by our club, attracts longbow archers from surrounding counties. They maintain the tradition of two-way shooting popular in Victorian times. Gentlemen shot the York round [100/80/60 yds] and ladies shot the Double National round [60/50 yds ]. We were lucky with the weather and had an enjoyable shoot. The next day we welcomed members of The Wakefield Archers to Southwell for our annual challenge match for the SpeakTrophy. The winning club claims the honour of being the home of Robin Hood, either Sherwood Forest or Barnsdale Forest at Wakefield. Our team had a decisive win to keep Robin in Sherwood for another year. No doubt The Wakefield Archers will be keen to win him back next year! Our team consisted of Stephen Lamb and Martyn Smith[recurve], Jenny Bryan and Ashley Buckland [compound] and Carrie and Andy Mortimore[longbow].The standard of the shooting was very high and our archers broke several club,county and regional records.   On the following Sunday we held our Club Outdoor Championships, and once again we were lucky with the weather-just one short shower.We shot the Western round[60/50 yds for seniors] with shorter rounds for the juniors.Our champions on the day were Stephen Lamb and Serena Lamb [recurve], Lee Waterfield and Susan Stankovic[compound] , Richard Gentle and Carrie Mortimore [longbow] and Fred Kirkham [barebow]. Junior champions were Oliver Salmon[recurve] and Joanna Bennett and Reece Buckland [longbow]. The trophy for the best handicap score was won by Jason Millard and Reece Buckland took the wooden spoon for the worst white. Shooting on the following weekend at Bowmen of Glen in Leicestershire, Jenny Bryan came 2nd in the Double 720 on the Saturday, and won her age group on the Sunday. A very successful month for our members!

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George’s Newsletter – August 2017

Hardly a week has gone by without at least one event at the archery field, or our members shooting away from home.

Our Double National tournament [60/50 yds] at the start of July was well supported by archers from across the region. Stephen Lamb, shooting in his first competition created a new club record, and Reece Buckland set a new Junior longbow record for the National round

The next weekend, members shot in the County Championships at Bramcote Archers’ ground. Reece Buckland set new county and club records, and Alex Hawley set a newclub barebow record.

On the third weekend we hosted the English Open Longbow Championships for the English Archery Federation. This national event attracted longbow archers from across England and Wales, and we had a successful day. The English longbow champions are Cliff Gadd [Kent ] and Sheila Hudson [Lancashire]

The same week-end, Craig Bowley shot for the East Midlands at the Welbeck 1440, another County selection shoot, and took the silver medal[recurve].

Our final tournament in July was the Regional Double Head-to-head 720, as shot in the Olympics, where the results of the morning round give the groupings for the afternoon session, when the number of archers reduces on a knock-out basis until the final round shoot-off produces the winner. This was the first shoot of this kind in the county and we were pleased to be able to host this for the East Midlands Archery Society.

Tournaments were not the only activities in July . We held have-a-go sessions for the Fire Service and the Woodborough 20/20 group. Our Summer Beginners’ Course attracted 16 people, some of whom are already shooting with us as new members

August is normally a quieter month but we still had three events.We held a fun-shoot and barbecue for members to celebrate the opening of our new club-house – a really enjoyable evening for members and their guests.

We provided a have-a-go session at the Medieval Day at the Archbishop’s Palace, where over a hundred people of all ages tried their hand at archery and everyone enjoyed the day, going away pleased with their first attempt at our sport.

Finally, the third leg of this year’s Summer League competition was shot at Wilford Bowmen’s ground in Nottingham. Our members had a successful outing and came home with a variety of awards and records to their credit. There were new club records for Serena Lanb, Ethan Lamb,Ashley Buckland,Reece Buckland,Joanna Bennett and Alex Hawley. Improved handicaps for Jason Millard,Tristan Armes, and Stephen Lamb who also improved his classification to 2nd class archer in this his first season shooting

Hard work and good shooting everyone – Well done!

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George’s Newsletter – June 2017

As always,June was a busy month for us.Four tournaments and two Have-a-Go sessions involve members in organizing the events,coaching, judging,and providing working parties on the day,as well as shooting too.

Have-a-Go sessions for Sherwood Rotary and Southwell Lions provided a “taster”introduction to our sport, and both groups had an enjoyable evening – visitors and instructors alike

Our first tournament of the month was an Archery GB World Record Status Double 720 – two sessions each of 72 arrows [maximum possible score of 720 points] shot at 70,60 and 50 metres. 74 archers took part. Linda Telford was the Organizer and Mario Stankovic the Director of Shooting.

Susan Stankovic organized two shoots on the second week-end. The Saturday saw 63 archers take part in the 69th Sheriff of Nottingham’s Golden Arrow Tournament shooting 6 dozen arrows at 60 yards. This long-standing shoot is always very popular and attracts archers from across the county.

The second shoot of the week-end was the second round of Notts Archery Society’sSummer League, which included the second part of the Oregon Challenge, a postal match against The Sherwood Archers of Oregon,USA. 120 archers shooting on 31 bosses [targets] made an impressive sight! Results of the League and the Challenge will be published after the final round later in the Summer.On the day, Tristan Armes [Group 3 recurve] and Reece Buckland [Junior longbow] won awards at the Golden Arrow and Richard Gentle [Longbow] was the best longbow over the two parts of the Oregon Challenge.

We hosted the East Midlands Archery Society’sChampionships which is one of the selection shoots for the County team members for the coming tournaments. David Salmon organized the event, and Mario Stankovic was Judge-in-Charge, and as EMAS Chairman he was also the Gentleman Patron, presenting the awards at the end of the shoot. 64 archer took part, shooting the York Round [12 dozen arrows at 100, 80 and 60 yards] Club member Lee Waterfield won the 100 yards distance medal for compound bows.

Finally, congratulations to Richard Gentle [longbow] and Alex Hawley [ barebow] who won their categories at the Bramcote Archers’Midsummer Evening Tournament.

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George’s Newsletter – April 2017

The outdoor season has got off to a good start. Twenty nine people have joined the first of our beginners’ courses for this year, and we hope that we shall soon be welcoming a good number of them as members of the club.

At the annual general meeting of the East Midlands Archery Society,we were pleased to hear that Mario Stankovic was awarded the Ron Smith Memorial Trophy for services to archery in the East Midlands. Mario is a long-time member of Sherwood Archers, a senior coach and a senior judge, qualified to officiate at high levels, and working tirelessly for the club and the region.Our congratulations to Mario on this well-deserved award.

Finally,it is with great sadness, that we heard of the death of Marcia ,wife of club member, Fred Kirkham. Although not an archer herself,Marcia was a regular supporter and helper at the club, and she will be missed by those members who knew her.Our thoughts are with Fred and his family at this sad time.

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George’s Newsletter – March 2017

This month’s Frostbite Shoot attracted more members than last month, but the threat of heavy rain and stong wind [which didn’t materialize] had it’s effect! Winners on the day were Jason Millard[recurve], Lee Waterfield[compound],Geoff Quatermaine [barebow and Mac Crisp[longbow]

Our annual Indoor Championships were well attended, Our Champions for the winter season are Martyn Smith and Linda Millard[recurve],Lee Waterfield[compound],Mark Allsopp[longbow], Geoff Quatermaine[barebow], Alice Wood-Stevens[Junior recurve], and Abigail MacMurray and Eric Burton[juvenile recurve]

After Easter we move outside and shoot the longer distances again.

The first of our Beginners Courses for the year starts in April.Details are on our website[] , and we look forward to introducing some of our readers to our sport. 

It really is a sport for all ages and abilities- totally inclusive- we all shoot together! We look forward to seeing you on one of our courses.

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Georges Newsletter – February 2017

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – February 2017

This month we hosted the Nottinghamshire Archery Society’s Indoor Championships at our winter venue, the Joseph Whitaker Sports College in Rainworth. 120 archers took part in the three-session record-status Portsmouth round of five dozen arrows shot at twenty yards. Best results by our members were Richard Gentle 2nd Gents Longbow, Joanne Bennett 1st Junior Lady Longbow and Ashley Buckland 3rd Lady Compound. Richard and Joanne set new club records. Susan Stankovic, our Club Secretary, was the Organiser and the Judge in Charge was Roger Elliott, who was officiating at his final shoot before retiring. He was presented with gifts from both the Notts Archery Society and Sherwood Archers in thanks for all his work as a judge at our events over the years.

Our monthly Frostbite was shot on the very wet, cold, windy morning of 12th February. Only 8 members arrived at the field to shoot. One got out of his car and decided not to shoot, another dropped out after six arrows, another after twelve, and just 5 completed the round. Such was the weather! Credit must be given to one member who has moved to Worcester and drove up to shoot with us – the furthest anyone can ever have travelled to shoot three dozen arrows at our Frostbite. After the shoot we held our AGM at the Admiral Rodney, appreciating the warmth and refreshment. Further details to be posted later.

Finally, congratulations to Lee Waterfield [compound] on being selected for the East Midlands Archery Society team for the inter-regional competitions this season.

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Georges Newsletter – January 2017


Our only competition this month was the Frostbite Shoot. The weather was quite mild and calm which made for an enjoyable morning’s shooting and several members stayed on into the afternoon to make the most of the conditions. Fifteen members and two visitors took part, and there were some very good scores achieved. Best on the day were David Salmon [recurve] 283, Lee Waterfield [compound] 342, Ann Tabberner [barebow] 116, Mark Allsopp [longbow] 260, Alice Wood-Stevens [Junior] 191. Most improved score so far was by Tristan Armes improving from 158 in November to 279 this month! Well done Tristan.

Our next Beginners Course is in April. Details can be found on our clubs website

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Georges newsletter – December 2016

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – December 2016

Our Frostbite Shoot for December was a memorial shoot for Sherwood Archers’ Robert Burton, who passed away at the end of November.
Robert was a complete archer; he shot recurve and then compound bows, gaining a place in the County team. He qualified as a coach, and when he had to give up shooting he qualified as a judge, officiating at shoots around the county. He was always ready to help with club activities and his metal-working skills were put to good use on many occasions. As is our custom, we held a short ceremony of remembrance and the whistling black arrow was shot as the traditional archers’ farewell to a colleague and friend.
Our final indoor meeting of the year was shot in a party atmosphere, and two important medals for the 2016 outdoor season were presented: the Archery GB Medal for Handicap Improvement was awarded to Ashley Buckland, and the Sherwood Archers’ Medal for the Best First Handicap was awarded to Linda Millard.
We now look forward to the second half of the indoor season and the Indoor Championships.


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Georges Newsletter November 2016

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – November 2016 newsletter

Our winter outdoor Frostbite series began at the start of November. Just three dozen arrows shot at 30 metres, and believe me, that was quite enough! Only 13 members were brave [or unwise] enough to turn up in view of the weather forecast.  The biting cold wind and the fine drizzle blew straight into our faces, making shooting difficult and uncomfortable. The shoot certainly lived up to its name, but at least the really heavy rain held off until we had finished and packed away.
In spite of the bad conditions and the need to shoot quickly, the scores were surprisingly good. Best on the day were Lee Waterfield [compound], David Salmon [recurve], Anne Taberner [barebow] and George Brown [longbow]. Perhaps everyone was determined to overcome the conditions!
Indoors, we hosted the Regional 18 metre FITA at our winter venue – The Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre at Rainworth. All three sessions were full, making a total of 120 entries. Archers from across the East Midlands took part in this Record Status shoot. The competition was as strong as ever, and the event was a great success. Thanks are due to Linda Telford for organising the shoot, and to everyone who helped with the work on the day.
Club nights on a Friday continue to be busy indoors, and a few hardy individuals meet to practise outdoors, weather permitting of course. Indoors or outdoors the compulsion to shoot and improve never leaves us.

George Brown


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The Lions Sponsored Swim

The Southwell Lions Club Sponsored Swim – October 2016

Report by Mac Crisp

I did the sponsored swim on Saturday 15th October with fellow Sherwood Archer David Salmon. He certainly lives up to his name. Last year he did this event on his own. They allow a team of up to 6 members to complete up to a maximum of 50 lengths total in a 15 minute window. Last year, since he was on his own in a team of one, plus he had the last slot, they allowed David a little more time and he completed the 50 lengths in 19 minutes. I offered to give him a hand this year, not knowing if he would get the extra time. I suggested that in 15 minutes I might expect to contribute between 15 and 20 lengths. In the end we completed our 50 total lengths with masses of time to spare. I did 18 lengths and David lived up to his name by swimming twice as fast as me for all but my first four lengths. I had to slow down to keep going, but still he put in 6 to my 4! Thereafter I would put in 2, pause at the turn while David arrived just behind me. He would tumble turn and I’d follow behind. According to the wall clock it took us about 9 minutes to do the 50 lengths between us, so I must have been going at just around 30 seconds per length and David must have averaged 17 seconds per length. That is quite some going. The previous year worked out at more like 22 seconds per length. My fellow lodger, Howard, is a bit of an ex swim club regular, and in his prime he reckoned that for 200m (8 lengths) he would average 14 seconds each, so he is also well impressed with David’s times, but also with mine, and has already coughed up his sponsorship money. All but one of my sponsors have said they will sponsor a fixed amount whatever, and of those folks my total is £102.50. My one and only sponsor per length said he would do a pound per length, so I am due to break £120. 75% of the money is going to the archery club to contribute towards the new club house, the other 25% goes to the Southwell Lions club, who organised the event. They invite all sorts of local clubs and societies to join them and so it becomes a win / win situation. They get more participants and a portion of the cash. The individual clubs get to run a sponsored event without the overheads of organising it. The Lions club did actually have to pay for the hire of the pool for the duration of the event, which I was surprised to discover. I thought the leisure centre might have donated those hours. But apparently the leisure centre itself is run as a not for profit local charity, so it’s a bit of a weird situation. If they had donated the pool time then perhaps the Lions club would have made them a donation from the proceeds. As it stands, I doubt it!

I didn’t move to Southwell until November last year and got involved with the archery club after that, so I missed the round of sponsorship for the same event last year. There was a big push on at the club then to raise money for the first part, laying the foundations, of the new clubhouse. Most of David’s sponsors were apparently all from within the club, yet he raised over £500 and was awarded the Lions Club shield for the most money raised that year. I think I have stolen some of David’s expected sponsors this year, as nearly all of mine are also club members. I did not manage to get around work or family before disappearing to Canada for a couple of weeks, and from what I heard, neither did David this year, so not expecting to bring the shield home again this year. I know just 9 minutes does not sound like a lot, but it really took it out of me. I was so exhausted that I slept past 11:00am the next morning! Perhaps I was also still a little jet-lagged.
Can it really be less than a year since I took up archery again? – It seems like much longer as I have been so involved. MAC

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