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.
Saturday 25th August saw our first combined Clout and Field Shoot – simultaneous events with the archers swapping disciplines half way through the event. The teams were chosen at random and Team A, led by Chris Harvey, had Rachel, Richard, Chris Outrim, Gordon, and Martyn commenced with our newly laid out field archery course in the woods whilst Team B, comprising Mark, Pat, Robert, Ellen and Geoff under the leadership of Graham started with a single, two way clout in an adjacent field. Half way through it was all change, with Team A taking to the field and Team B entering the woods.
After a fantastic mornings shooting by both teams we had some winners, and it was pleasing to see that Geoff came out on top by a clear, two point margin in the clout event and also tied for top honours with Richard (who was awarded the trophy) in the field shoot.
The events were fantastically well organised by Graham and Chris who have also put in a lot of work in recent weeks in preparing a wonderful field course for us. There was also the little matter of the team event and on this occasion the overall winners were Graham’s Team B.
Some recent confusion when George Hancock thought we were shooting a wand instead of practicing for a clout, not bad at 180 yards!