A month after bringing home The Robin Hood of Wakefield Trophy [ The Speak Trophy], we were pleased to entertain Friar Tuck and Maid Marian for an afternoon after they had opened the new Sherwood Forest visitors centre at Edwinstowe. Perhaps I should say we were entertained by Friar Tuck [aka Phil Rose] as he spent much of the visit telling us about his part in the TV series, “Robin Hood “. Member Serena Lamb [The Child Whisperer], who organised the visit, switched from photographing children to trying to get pictures of the friar as he tried archery for himself, coached by Carrie Mortimore, appropriately dressed in her medieval costume. Once he had got used to the bow, he would have stayed on into the evening , but for another appointment in Nottingham. An enjoyable afternoon for everyone.
Once again, Jenny Bryan continued her winning ways, this time taking the gold medal for Ladies Compound at Belvoir Archers’Windsor Shoot. Our 25th Longbow/Barebow two-way shoot was a great success. These bowstyles are increasing in popularity, and the two-way Albion shot at 80/60/50 yards provided a challenge, and there was a Windsor at 60/50/40 as an alternative. Sherry and cake to begin with, and a Gold-Sweep for the inner golds added to the attraction . Best results by our members were: Carrie Mortimore [Ladies Longbow Albion], Lee Waterfield [Gents barebow Albion], and Jo Bennett [Jnr Lady Longbow Windsor] Our last outdoor open tournament of the season is traditionally the Pie and Beans Western, shot on the day after the clocks go back. This year 100 archers entered, several making long journeys to take part in what is always a popular shoot. Andy Mortimore [2nd Longbow], Carrie Mortimore [1st Lady Longbow] and Lee Waterfield [1st Barebow] were our best seniors, and our juniors and novices who won gold were Ethan Lamb, Rennie Hughes, Lukus Cole, Jo Bennett and Jodie Hayde. A great day’s shooting in spite of the cold weather!
Outdoor practising will continue into winter, and we shall hold monthly frostbites and clouts, but our main activities will be indoors at the Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre, Rainworth.