We begin this month with the sad news of the death of Colin Telford, an honorary life member of Sherwood Archers , who worked tirelessly for the club as Equipment Officer, Beginners’ Course Organiser and Regional Judge. The current success of the club is ,in no small way, due to his support over the years, and we are saddened by his loss. Our sympathy goes to his wife,Linda, our club treasurer,and their family. As is our tradition, the black memorial arrow was shot on our field at a short ceremony in memory of Colin, before the February Frostbite Shoot.
As usual, this is one of the busiest times of the winter for us. In mid-January we held our World Record Status 18 metre FITA round at our indoor venue at Joseph Whittaker Sports Centre, Rainworth. 42 archers from across the East Midlands took part in the two- session event, organised by Linda Telford
This was followed at the start of February by the Nottinghamshire Indoor Championships and Open Tournament,hosted by the club and organised by Susan Stankovic
115 archers took part, and club members had some successes.Steve Gamble[barebow], Ashley Buckland [junior compound] and Joanna Bennett[junior recurve] all won gold, and Lee Waterfield was 2nd compound in the morning and 2nd barebow in the afternoon!
Next, our first Beginners’ Course of the year took place indoors on four Saturday afternoons, when 29 new archers gained their Beginners Certificates. Several of them are now members of the club and are shooting regularly, enjoying their archery.
The February Frostbite was shot on a crisp,dry morning. There was a good attendance , and the winners this month were Mike Webster[recurve], Lee Waterfield[barebow], Susan Stankovic [compound] and George Brown [longbow]
The Frostbite was followed by the AGM, held at The Old Courthouse, where reports for the past year were received, the committee and officers were elected, and Handicap medals were awarded : Senior Handicap Improvement Medal to David Salmon, Junior Handicap Improvement Medal to Ashley Buckland, Best First Handicap Medals to Lee Waterfield [Senior] and Joanna Bennett [Junior]
Finally,congratulations to Charlotte Smith, who is now at Bradford University,on being elected President of the University Archery Club