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!
OK strictly speaking 2018 Christmas has come and gone, but the seasonal county clout that is shot at Putley between Christmas and New Year is well known by this name.
The weather was calm, bright and seemed unseasonally warm when the sun was out – almost perfect conditions for a clout which tempted 27 archers from all three county clubs (Ledbury, Bromyard & Hereford) away from their fireside hearths into the Herefordshire countryside.
A mixture of bow styles (Recurve, Barebow and Longbow) competed over 4 different distances – 165m, 125m, 115m and 75m, depending on age and experience, and to add a bit of variety, this year a metric clout was organised.
A definite encouragement to achieve higher scores was the use of the 15m diameter target circle as mandated by metric clout rules, measured by 7.5 m clout ropes. As a result every archer was able to post a score.
The day was split in two, with the medal positions decided by the morning single clout. Ledbury Archery Club had an excellent shoot with many (most?) of the medal positions being filled by our archers. Congratulations must go to; Rachel (G), Jamie (G), Mark (G), Robert (G), Richard Lee-Buxton (G), James (S) & Chris Harvey (S).
Once again thanks must go to Anne for organising the tea and coffee at the interval and Graham, Chris H and George for setting up and striking the range. A special thanks also go to Jan Lee-Buxton for the ‘official’ photographs of the day and, of course, our Herefordshire Archery Association Chairman, Dave Bruce, for organising the whole event.
We had a fabulous turn out for the Christmas fun shoot at Tarrington – attended by over 50% of our members, who all professed to enjoy themselves enormously despite the complications of the scoring! It brought some nice variety to our target shooting to be able to aim at a Snowman, Nutcrackers, Festive Stockings, Scrooge, a Christmas Tree or a Wreath and to have the frisson of excitement knowing that you may end up with a negative score, if your aim is only slightly off! After the initial round of shooting, we had a break for Tab-nabs and Tea and sampled the delights of both home made and shop bought delicacies. Shooting was resumed with the final desparate attempts to win the prizes on offer.
Congratulations go to George, Richard, William, Robert, Gordon and Jamie who all came away with a prize and thanks go out to all those who brought food along and took part. A special thanks to Pete and Robert and our other ‘kitchen helpers’ for organising the spread.
Our congratulations to Jamie Dixon for his first “3 Gold End” (well, first we know of anyway!) at Tarrington on 15th November. We are sure there will be many more to come on his way to his Tarrington achievement badge.
Today has seen the installation of our new noticeboard by Robert & Mark.
This will be used in conjunction with this website to keep members advised of who’s who, upcoming events, advice on how to complete a scorecard, the classification scores required for some of the more popular recognised rounds and anything else we can think of that may be of interest to members. In future we will use this as an area where members can advertise equipment for sale, where coaches can add a rota of availability, and where club clothing prices can be found. As it will become an important part of the clubs operation, please keep checking the noticeboard for updates.