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 , 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.