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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Georges Newsletter October 2016

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – October 2016 newsletter


We started off October with our annual 2-Way Longbow/Barebow Shoot. This is shot at 80, 60 and 50 yards, the Albion Round. Targets are set at both ends of the field, so archers shoot and walk all day; no chairs or tents etc, just a steady day’s shooting. This year we included a Windsor Round at 60, 50, 40 yards, for archers preferring the shorter distances. Although only 19 archers took part, we all had an enjoyable day, from sherry and cake at the start, right through to the presentation of trophies and medals, and the winnings of the gold-sweep at the end. Nick Bennett was our best-shooting member, taking 3rd place at his first 2-way shoot, and his first 80yds shoot!

Winners were:-

Longbow Albion round – Adrianne Goodwin [Bingham] and Wayne Hibberd [Derwent] Longbow Windsor round – Andy and Carrie Mortimore [AGB]

Barebow Albion round – Charles Mosley [Aardwolf] and Jeanette Bramley [Derwent]


Only one of our members went to Bassetlaw Bowmen’s Western Shoot [60 and 50 yards]; Susan Stankovic took 1st place Lady Compound.


Our last outdoor tournament of the season took place at the end of the month on the day after the clocks went back. Fortunately everyone had remembered, so no-one arrived an hour early this year! The Pie and Beans Shoot is always a popular event and this year we had 105 archers entered to shoot the Western Round. We all arrived to a grey drizzle-damp morning and although the drizzle soon stopped, the cloud stayed on. Nevertheless we had a good day, enjoyed the pies, beans and apple pies for lunch, and some of us took home medals and raffle prizes too. Sherwood Archers novices and juniors did particularly well, creating new club records: Juniors Jo Bennett and Reece Buckland and novice Tristan Armes along with club member Alex Hawley are now all in the Club Record Book. Carrie Mortimore [GNAS] also claimed a regional longbow record. A successful day with which to end the outdoor season, and a big thank-you to everyone who helped to make everything go so smoothly.


Now we can concentrate on our indoor shooting, with just a monthly short “Frostbite” shoot out of doors [no matter what the weather!]

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Georges Newsletter September 2016

Sherwood Archers

Robin Hood is ours again! This year it was our turn to go up to Yorkshire to shoot against The Wakefield Archers for the honour of Robin Hood. The Speak Trophy was presented by Bill Speak in 1971 , for an annual shoot between the two clubs to decide whether Robin was from Sherwood or Wakefield. I’m pleased to report that we resisted the challenge, and so the Speak Trophy remains in Southwell for another year. Our winning team consisted of Martyn Smith and Mac Crisp [recurve], Lee Waterfield and Susan Stankovic [compound] and Richard Gentle and George Brown [longbow]. Martyn, Lee  and Richard won medals for the best scores in each of the three bow disciplines.

Our Club Championships were held on a very rainy Saturday, but fortunately the rain was quite warm and we had a good day, even though we had to reduce the number of arrows shot because some members were soaked to the skin!

Champions for this year are Martyn Smith and Charlotte Smith [recurve], Susan Stankovic [lady compound], Richard Gentle and Jenny Place[longbow].James Tassell [Jnr recurve] and Reece Buckland[junior longbow].Charlotte won the Handicap Trophy with a score 31 points above her handicap, and Petros Kounnos won the wooden spoon for the “worst white”.Ian Fleetwood won the Novice Trophy   – we were pleased to have four of our new members shootinng in their first competition. Because of the rain, we shot a shorter round than usual, and our Records Officer reported that several records had been broken, so all-in-all a successful shoot.

Several of our members took part in the Inter-Counties Thoresby Trophy Tournament – Derbyshire archers were all-powerful, but Lee Waterfield[compound] shot well and was selected to shoot for the East Midlands against the west Midlands at the national Sports Centre at Lilleshall

Longbow archers from across the Midlands came to Southwell for the Sherwood Meeting of the British Longbow Society. We host this annual event, which keeps alive the Victorian tradition of two-way longbow shooting at distances up to 100yards , and as usual we had an enjoyable day shooting in rain and then sunshine.

Our final Beginners course of the year has introduced another group of would-be archers to our sport, and we hope to welcome some of them as new members as we go indoors for the winter at Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre, Rainworth.  Our last open  outdoor shoot of the season will be The Pie and Beans at the end of the month, and then we shall just have our monthly Frostbite club shoots.

Finally, our congratulations to Simon Froggatt who came  fourth in the National Series final at Wollaton Hall , missing the bronze medal on the very last arrow of the head-to head shoot-off. A great result nevertheless.


George Brown

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