George’s Newsletter – August 2017

Hardly a week has gone by without at least one event at the archery field, or our members shooting away from home.

Our Double National tournament [60/50 yds] at the start of July was well supported by archers from across the region. Stephen Lamb, shooting in his first competition created a new club record, and Reece Buckland set a new Junior longbow record for the National round

The next weekend, members shot in the County Championships at Bramcote Archers’ ground. Reece Buckland set new county and club records, and Alex Hawley set a newclub barebow record.

On the third weekend we hosted the English Open Longbow Championships for the English Archery Federation. This national event attracted longbow archers from across England and Wales, and we had a successful day. The English longbow champions are Cliff Gadd [Kent ] and Sheila Hudson [Lancashire]

The same week-end, Craig Bowley shot for the East Midlands at the Welbeck 1440, another County selection shoot, and took the silver medal[recurve].

Our final tournament in July was the Regional Double Head-to-head 720, as shot in the Olympics, where the results of the morning round give the groupings for the afternoon session, when the number of archers reduces on a knock-out basis until the final round shoot-off produces the winner. This was the first shoot of this kind in the county and we were pleased to be able to host this for the East Midlands Archery Society.

Tournaments were not the only activities in July . We held have-a-go sessions for the Fire Service and the Woodborough 20/20 group. Our Summer Beginners’ Course attracted 16 people, some of whom are already shooting with us as new members

August is normally a quieter month but we still had three events.We held a fun-shoot and barbecue for members to celebrate the opening of our new club-house – a really enjoyable evening for members and their guests.

We provided a have-a-go session at the Medieval Day at the Archbishop’s Palace, where over a hundred people of all ages tried their hand at archery and everyone enjoyed the day, going away pleased with their first attempt at our sport.

Finally, the third leg of this year’s Summer League competition was shot at Wilford Bowmen’s ground in Nottingham. Our members had a successful outing and came home with a variety of awards and records to their credit. There were new club records for Serena Lanb, Ethan Lamb,Ashley Buckland,Reece Buckland,Joanna Bennett and Alex Hawley. Improved handicaps for Jason Millard,Tristan Armes, and Stephen Lamb who also improved his classification to 2nd class archer in this his first season shooting

Hard work and good shooting everyone – Well done!