Georges Newsletter June 2016

                                      Sherwood Archers

What a month at the archery field: rain, sun and some great shooting!

Linda Telford organised our World Archery 1440 tournament [12 dozen arrows shot at 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres], which also included the Nottingham/Lincolnshire challenge. 104 archers took part in what turned out to be a record-breaking meeting for our members. Simon Froggatt scored a magnificent 1397 points,  ust 3 points away from the perfect score of 1440, which earned him 6 new County and Regional records. Together with Lee Waterfield they were the winning compound team. Martyn Smith, Ashley Buckland and Charlotte Smith all set new Club records, and the following week, Charlotte improved on her record while shooting at Bradford University. Christina Gimbel, David Salmon ,Malcolm Douglas and Alex Hawley all shot personal bests, and Ashley Buckland gained a 1200 Star award. Holly Smith, who began her shooting with us before moving to Derbyshire, shot 1412 for a Metric 3 round and set a new National Record. To cap it all, Notts beat Lincs in the challenge match.

Simon Froggatt then went off to represent Great Britain in the 3rd leg of the World Cup in Turkey in mid-June

Two weeks late we hosted the Sheriff of Nottingham’s Golden Arrow tournament when 100 archers of all levels competed for a range of historic awards, and the following day we hosted the Notts Summer League shoot, together with the postal match with the archers of Oregon USA. 124 archers took part, but results are not published until after the third league is shot later in the summer. This was a hard week-end for Susan Stankovic who organised both days.

Our Summer Beginners Course is under way and going well, so there will soon be more archers shooting with us on Friday nights.

Our last event of the month was our Have-a-Go at the Family Fun Day on the Burgage. We were all enjoying the afternoon….and then the rain came; and what rain! But still we had people willing to try their hand[and eye] at archery, while we tried our best to keep the worst of the rain off with a variety of umbrellas. It all goes to show the attraction of getting arrows into the gold.


George Brown



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March 2016

The indoor archery season is coming to a close, but there have still been some outdoor events. Four of our members went to Bramcote for the Regional Clout competition. This is shot at 180 yards, our longest target shooting distance. Charlotte Smith [barebow] came 2nd and Martyn Smith [recurve] was 3rd Notts archer. They both retain our club clout trophies for another year.

By contrast, we shot the last Frostbite of the season, at our shortest distance of 30 metres. The series winners were Christina Gimbel and Craig Fozard [recurve], Lee Waterfield and Susan Stankovic [compound], Alex Hawley [barebow], Les Leslie [longbow], Alice Wood-Stevens and Alex Waterfield [junior] and Stuart Lynes [novice].

Back indoors, the winners of our monthly Bray competition were Martyn Smith [recurve] Lee Waterfield [Compound], Mike Webster [longbow], Alan Gosling [barebow] and George Smith [junior].

Our Indoor Championships were held on the last Friday before we closed for Easter. This year we shot the Worcester round – 5 zone targets, black with white centres, 5 arrows per end at 20 metres. Our Champions are : Compound Susan Stankovic and Lee Waterfield; Recurve Linda Millard and Martyn Smith; Longbow Richard Gentle; Barebow Alex Hawley; Juniors Alex Waterfield [compound], Reece Buckland [longbow], Joanna Bennett and Matthew Pearson [recurve]

Away from the archery field, we held our Family Fun Evening at the Admiral Rodney. Organised by our Chairman, Richard Coates, everyone enjoyed an evening of games and quizzes, followed by a supper. Our thanks to The Admiral Rodney.

Congratulations to former member Hollie Smith [14] who began her archery career with us before moving to Derbyshire. She has won a place in the GB team against Hungary later in the year. We wish her well.

Finally, congratulations to Mario Stankovic on receiving a Champions of Southwell award for services to the community.

Well done everyone

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Georges newsletter February 2016


This month we hosted the County Indoor Championships at the Joseph Whitaker Leisure Centre,Rainworth. 120 archers took part at this popular event, organised by our club secretary,Susan Stankovic. Our successful members were Christina Gimbel[3rd recurve], Lee Waterfield[3rd compound], Michael Webster [2nd longbow], Richard Gentle [3rd longbow], Steve Gamble [3rd barebow] and Ashley Buckland [4th compound]. Our recurve team came 2nd.
  The February Frostbite was shot on a bitterly cold Sunday morning, but in spite of the conditions there were some good scores. Winners were Craig Fozard and Christina Gimbel [recurve], Lee Waterfield and Susan Stankovic [compound], Les Leslie [longbow] and Alex Hawley [barebow]. We were pleased to welcome new members Stuart Lynes and Geoff Mc Guigan to their first frostbite,
 After the Frostbite, we all retired to The Admiral Rodney for our AGM, to hear the reports for 2015 and to elect officers for the coming year.
 Congratulations to David Salmon who was presented with the Southwell Lions’ Bob Eastty Charity Shield for being the best fund raiser of the year.Lions’ President John Horsfall and colleagues Roger Eastty and Paul Wilkinson made the presentation at our Friday club-night.
  Our Beginners’ Courses will soon be starting. Details can be found on our website    We look forward to seeing you
George Brown
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Georges Newsletter December 2015



We begin with congratulations. In mid-December, Lee Waterfield went down to Foxes Archers in Leicestershire to compete in their annual Worcester Tournament. This is an indoor round of 5 dozen arrows shot at 20 yards into a 16inch diameter target. The maximum possible score is 300 points and Lee won with a magnificent 298!

At our last indoor shoot before Christmas, we presented the Handicap Medals for the 2015 outdoor season. The Grand National Archery Society Medal for Handicap Improvement was awarded to Alex Hawley, [84 down to 74]. The Club Medal for the Best First Handicap went to Michael Webster with a handicap of 41, and the Junior Best First Handicap Medal went to Reece Buckland with a handicap of 71. Well done everyone.

Our first Frostbite Shoot of 2016 took place on a rainy Sunday morning at the start of January. The rains and mild weather of the past few weeks have meant that the grass has continued to grow, and for once our field looked more like a lush meadow just waiting for the cows to graze.  Before the start of the shoot, we assembled to remember Les Gibson, one of our regular mid-week archers, who passed away before Christmas. In keeping with our tradition, the Black Arrow was shot down the length of the field by Les Leslie, one of his regular shooting companions, as a mark of respect from fellow archers.


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At the end of the month we held our biggest event of the indoor season so far. Organised by Linda Telford, the World Archery 18 metre FITA round attracted eighty entries from archers across the county and region to our indoor venue at Joseph Whittaker Sports Centre, Rainworth..Club member Michael Webster was the best-placed of our members taking part, winning the longbow class.

Recent strong winds and heavy rain have hindered outdoor practise sessions, but we were lucky to have a fine day for the November Frostbite shoot mid-month, the rain holding off unti lafter we had finished the two and a half dozen arrows. Best on the day were Michael Webster [recurve] Tim Austin [compound], George Brown [longbow], Alex Hawley [barebow] and Alice Wood-Stevens [junior].We shall all be hoping for a fine December shoot, with improved scores if possible!

Our indoor Beginners’ Course has attracted sixteen would-be archers, and we look forward to welcoming them as new members once they have completed the course.


George Brown

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October 2015 Georges Bramley News


October began with several of our members taking part in the Belvoir Archers’ Winter Windsor Shoot. It proved to be a very successful day for junior member,Reece Buckland [15], whose longbow score earned him Club,County and Regional records all at once.

The following week, we held our Longbow/Barebow Tournament, a 2-way Albion round shot at 80/60/50 yards. Twenty three archers had an enjoyable shoot in fine,sunny conditions. Reece Buckland claimed another Club record for his first competition score at 80 yards, giving him four records in a week. Well Done!

Our Pie and Beans Western is traditionally the last outdoor target competition in the area, shot on the day after the clocks go back.This year we were pleased to be visited by the Mayor of Sees,our twinned town in Normandy, along with his wife and their hosts.He was able to see what went on at a shoot, and was interested in the different bows being shot. Eighty eight archers took part, and once again we enjoyed fine sunny weather. At the assembly, our President reminded everyone that it was St. Crispin’s Day and the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. To mark the occasion,Chris Joyce read part of Shakespeare’s Henry V Agincourt speech, and at the end of the shoot we all went onto the line and shot an Agincourt volley. We didn’t “darken the skies” with our arrows,but it was, nevertheless, an impressive sight.

Now we move on to short-distance indoor shooting, and monthly Frostbites at 30 metres , with the occasional Clout Shoot at 180 yards. Reports on these in due course.

George Brown

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Georges September 2015 Newsletter


This year, the East Midlands Inter-Counties Team Tournament for the Thoresby Trophy was held at Bramcote Archers’ ground. Eight of our members shot in the Nottinghamshire team: Martyn and Charlotte Smith [recurve], Richard Gentle and Mario Stankovic [longbow], Susan Stankovic,Lee Waterfield and Ashley Buckland [compound] and Steve Gamble [barebow].Sadly, Nottinghamshire’s only winners were the barebow team.
Back at Maythorne, we hosted the British Longbow Society’s Sherwood Meeting. Two-way York round [gentlemen] and Double National [ladies] attracted archers from across the Midlands and the North of England,among them, the Society’s President, Don Richardson. The weather was fine and the shoot was , as usual, very successful.
The following week-end saw a team from The Wakefield Archers come to Southwell to shoot for “The Honour of Robin Hood” in the shape of The Speak Trophy. This is an annual challenge Albion Round shot either here, in Sherwood or at Wakefield, both places claiming Robin Hood as their own. We had a fine, sunny day, and the shoot was an enjoyable, good-spirited event, followed by an excellent buffet meal at The Admiral Rodney.I’m pleased to report that our team claimed victory by over four hundred points, so for this year, at least, we can claim Robin Hood as ours! Our winning team was Malcolm Douglas and David Salmon [recurve], Lee Waterfield and Arthur Williams [compound] and Richard Gentle and George Brown [longbow]. Lee and Richard also took medals for having the top score in their bow-type, and there was a special award for Alex Hawley , scoring over 700 points for the first time, at his shorter Windsor round Susan Stankovic improved her Club Record for the Albion round by thirty points.
Finally this month, we held our Club Outdoor Championships. Once again, we had a fine,sunny day which made the shoot all the more enjoyable. Our champions for this year are: Martyn Smith and Christina Gimbel[recurve], Lee Waterfield and Susan Stankovic [compound], Alex Hawley [barebow],Richard Gentle [longbow] Junior champions are Matthew Pearson[recurve] and Reece Buckland [longbow]. The Handicap Champion is George Smith, shooting way over his expected score!
Well Done everyone.

George Brown

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Georges August 2015 News Letter


We have had a busy time since our last report from the archery field
Our Open Double Warwick{60&50yds] attracted 44 archers. Four of our members won commemorative tumblers: Christina Gimbel [recurve], Susan Stankaovic and Lee Waterfield [compound] and Alex Hawlwy [barebow30/20].
We hosted the County Championships, organised by David Salmon. 84 archers attended, shooting York/Hereford for seniors, with novices and juniors at shorter distances.Our winners were Steve Gamble [barebow York] and Cam Pearson [recurve Hereford], Bristol Round winners were Maria Bettany[compoun], Christina Gimbel and Craig Fozard [recurve]Reece Buckland [jnr longbow] ,Ivan Dundich [jnr compond] and Alex Hawley [barebow].
At the end of the month, five members shot the Belvoir Archers’ Windsor round, all scoring personal bests, with Craig Fozard and Susan Stankovic doing best.
We were pleased to welcome the visitors from Chernobyl for their annual Have-a-Go. Everyone had a really enjoyable evening as the visitors competed to become Robin Hood and Maid Marion for the evening.Language is no barrier on the archery field!
Seven members shot the Melton Mowbray Western in weather ranging from burning sunshine ,through strong wind to lashing rain, all in an afternoon.Christina Gimbel won bronze, and Alex Hawley scored a splendid 404 at his barebow round.
The final round of the Summer League was hosted by Wilford Bowmen. Our medal winners were Susan Stankovic [compound gold], Lee Waterfield [compound bronze],Craig Fozard [adult novice gold],and our compound team won the handicap gold.
The Oregon Challenge results were announced at the same time. Christina Gimbel won the Sharp Trophy, and Martyn Smith, Susan Stankovic and Lee Waterfield gained places in the Challenge team against Sherwood archers in Oregon,USA.
Finally, our congratulations to Simon Froggat on a splendid performance in the National Series Finals shot at Wollaton Hall where he took second place.
Well done,Simon, and all our club medal winners this month

George Brown

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