….on a sunny Thursday evening in May?
(Answers on a postcard!)
Many congratulations to Katie Ridge who, following completion of her Level 1 coaches course, was awarded her ‘Badge of Office’ on Saturday 18th May, in the form of her Ledbury Archery Club “Coaches” Sweatshirt.
We now have Peter, James and Katie available to the club members as our regular coaches to provide advice and guidance on matters of technique, equipment set up and other performance related issues. They are all available to help but please do bear in mind that they would also like to do some shooting of their own (occasionally!) and so an appointment may be necessary, and immediate resolution to an issue may not be forthcoming.
On Friday 17th May, Ledbury Archery Club hosted a corporate “Have-a-Go” for Safran Landing Systems. Following a lunch the assembled participants – under the guidance of our 3 coaches; James, Peter and Katie, initially ran through a safety briefing and and warm up procedures before being split into 3 groups to try their hands at some different disciplines of Archery – Target Shooting, Clout and a fun event (in this case, the Pigeon Eliminator). An enjoyable (and quite competitive!) afternoon was had by all, with medals and awards being made at the end of the day.
These occasional events serve two valuable purposes; to foster knowledge of Archery in the community and to raise funds for the club which we can use to purchase equipment and to keep membership fees down. A big thank you to all those who gave up their time on Friday to make the event a success.
Saturday 27th April saw the first of our 2019 ‘internal’ club competitions, and also the first that George has run. A very succesful mornings shooting – some came away with prizes, no arrows were lost and the rain stayed away, what else could we have asked for?
Well, a little less wind would have been nice – it’s the first time I have seen targets blown over when they have been staked down, but as it happened two minutes after the last arrows were shot and collected I don’t think we can complain too much.
Thanks to George for the organisation of his inaugral shoot. There are several dates for competitions in the diary that we need volunteers to run; There is a Club Clout competition on June 29th, a ‘Western’ on August 24th and a ‘Clout & Field’ event on October 26th that we need volunteers for. Our next competition for club members only will be on May 25th organised by Chris Outtrim.
Saturday 6th April the club held the second day of our first Beginners Course of 2019 in the Long Barn at Putley. Weather wise we had been spoilt on the first day of the course, and although there was bright sunshine temperatures were noticeably down, reminding us all that we were only in the first week of April…
Archers are generally a hardy lot and as there was more shooting this week than last, at least there was acivity to keep warm. We were pleased to have Dave Gemmel, our Herefordshire County Coaching Officer, join us for the day in a largely observational capacity (although he did step in and provide assistance on the line when requested).
The shooting was completed by all the archers on the line simultaneously in order to give a flavour of what could be experienced when at an indoor competition, or shooting at Tarrington. Following this, course completion certificates were handed out and medals awarded to Steph, Lyndon and Graham for their success in the mini competition.
Thanks go to Peter, James and Katy for running another succesful course, and Chris Brown for carrying out ‘running repairs’ to arrows as the course progressed. Thanks are also due to Robert for his organisational and administrative duties in putting the course together. We are pleased to say that 7 new archers have become members of our club and we all welcome Lyndon, Steph, Mike, Simon, Dorrie, Graham and Caroline, and will provide all the help and support that we can.
Sunday 7th April saw club members from across the County assemble as Ledbury Archery Club hosted the first of the HAA “Summer” Competitions (although there were groans from the competitors at this title as temperatures barely crept out of single digits).
A fine mornings shooting was had by all, with the ‘base’ competition being a Long Metric III, but a variety of distances up to 90m were shot – depending on age & ability. Whilst medals were a bit thin on the ground for Ledbury’s competitors, congratulations do go out to Jamie, Jan and Justin for winning in their categories. LAC will also be hosting the next county competition on Sunday 5th May (more details to follow) and we hope for even more success then. In the meantime I will be changing my name to John, Jeremy or Jeffrey as it seems we can only win gold if your name starts with a “J”! On that note, fingers crossed that James will also be entering the competition in May!
Mark Beaumont – Chairman, Ledbury Archery Club.
Bringing History to Life
A recent Friday afternoon saw an interesting departure for some of the club members. After recently being contacted by the Deputy Head teacher of Michaelchurch-Escley Primary School, Ledbury Archers were able to help add some colour, detail and excitement to one class’s project about Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt.
On arrival at the club’s shooting ground at Putley the children were greeting by one of the club coaches dressed as a medieval archer. They were then given costumes and armour to put on and try out before facts about Henry’s life were revealed and the story of Agincourt was retold. During the course of the visit the children were given the opportunity to shoot arrows under the supervision of the club coach and experienced archers.
Comments from the Deputy Head;
‘”The children had a fantastic time and you really hit the spot with everything you did.
Thank you once again, you inspired the children and brought an exciting topic to life!”
Photographs provided by and reproduced with the permission of the Deputy Head;
Practice for the upcoming County WA 18m competition which takes place at Bromyard on 27th January was held on Saturday 26th. At one end of the shooting line in the Barn we had the ‘sighted archers’ Justin and Chris Outtrim regularly hitting Golds, whilst at the other end, there was shock and surprise when the target was actually hit at all by the Longbow contingent. However, special congratulations go out to Rachel on achieving her first “Three Gold End” on a 40cm target. Just remember – this time last year, Rachel was still six months away from joining her beginners course!