One of our newest members, Steve Powell, rently acheived what is thought to be a first for the club (now I will get loads of people telling me I’m wrong and we have had many before!). At Tarrington on 24th October he achieved a “Robin Hood” with one arrow so perfectly alligned with a previously shot arrow that it travels down the centre of the shaft. It is still quite a rare and impressive feat – even though it comes at the price of an arrow! Steve also advised that the fletches were almost perfectly aligned….
Once again our brave company of Archers gathered in Putley to practice for the next threatened invasion of our shores. This month’s shoot was our variation of “The Wand”, a traditional discipline to encourage accuracy using a somewhat different style of target. In days gone by a willow wand was set up at ever increasing distances and archers would do their best to ‘split the willow’. Our inaugral Wand Shoot used more practical (and hopefully durable) targets set up at distances between 25 and 50 yards, with straw butts in place to act as backstops. To level the field somewhat, Barebows and Longbows were the only equipment allowed.
Thankfully, the weather was relatively kind to us and whilst the sun did not put in much of an appearance there was no rain in evidence either. Our County Chairman (Dave Bruce) paid a visit to see what all the fuss was about, and seemed satisfied that we were all having a good deal of fun (which is partly what Archery is all about!).
Extra points were on offer at the organisers discretion for car parking discipline and range set up assistance, but unfortunately not all arrows shot found their mark and one wayward arrow found its way through the unsupported tail end of a rope used on one of the straw butts. In the spirit of the day, our Club Secretary, Robert claimed (and was granted), a bonus point because of his trick shot!
Once all the scores had been totted up, a victorious Andy Deeble has the honour of displaying The Wand trophy in his trophy cabinet for the next year, Lyndon Hunt came a very close second – missing out by 1 point! All in all an enjoyable mornings shooting which we hope will become an annual event – although the rules may change from year to year depending on who is running the shoot!
Once again the clubs valiant archers were called upon to defend their green and pleasant land from rather unsavoury characters from somewhere across the channel. A sneering king had brought his royal court, including his Jester, to the fields of Putley and it was our task to do battle and vanquish the enemy horde.
Of course the balmy summer weather aided the defenders admirably and with bells ringing in our ears, the Timed Target Shoot (under the watchful eye of our Field Captains and Organisers; Gordon, Geoff, and Andy) commenced.
Within a couple of hours, the foes had all been vanquished, tea quaffed, arrows found and peace and serenity had returned. Excellent performances were achieved by all archers, but of particular note were those who went above and beyond in cutting down the opposition: Graham B & Mark B using Longbows, Chris B with his trusty Recurve and Dave Q with his Barebow, even the Jester was not spared and was duly despatched in fine style by Lyndon.
Very many thanks to the organisers for this weekends fun shoot (and donated prizes) and we will keep our fingers crossed that this can become an annual event.
As everyone thought this was a relatively straightforward and easy shoot (tongue firmly in cheek!), our next organised shoot on the 28th September will be a bit more challenging – “The Wand”….
Ledbury Archery Club hosted the County Championships at Putley today. At best, the weather could be described as rather mixed, although we did avoid the torrential downpours, thunder and lightning that could be seen and heard in the distance over the Malverns. The sky was rather reminiscent of a Turner seascape at times – not exactly what was expected of a mid-summer shoot.
Even during the passing showers, little deterred the majority of the 24 competitors who gathered for the many and varied rounds offered by the County Chairman, David Bruce – save for one withdrawal (the writer) due to a non archery – related injury.
I am pleased to report there was considerable success for Ledbury Archery Club and congratulations go to Rachel, Caroline & Graham, Stephanie & Joseph, Graham, Justin and Pat. It’s good to know the club is now a force to be reckoned with in the County!
A rather belated report on the July Summer fun shoot held at Putley.
The weather started rather mixed, but a good turnout ensured healthy competition for the first of the days activities. Across the Putley veldt an unfortunate and rather disparate group of beasties stood ready to lay down their lives for the members of Ledbury Archers. The company were assembled and instructed by our field captain, Pat Beaumont, who ensured fair play and safety for all (except for the animals of course). In turns the Tiger, Musk Ox, Capybara, Peccary, Fox and Hare were duly despatched in a hail of arrows which left no doubt as to their ultimate fate….. And so onto the barbecue!
As we did not have any of this new-fangled ‘gas’ stuff to cook on, Graham kindly stoked and lit the fires early enough to ensure that the flames had subsided to an appropriate cooking temperature come lunchtime. Whilst we did not have any of the exotic fare offered on the field; sausages, burgers, lamb and vegetarian fare were all consumed with gusto.
As the barbecue progressed, the pigeons alighted on the tree at the end of the barn and archers took turns to eliminate them from the area. At just shy of 20 yards this proved quite difficult using a low poundage hunting bow and fairly unmatched ‘blunt’ arrows, even when a sighter was allowed, but we like a challenge and when a pigeon was unceremoniously knocked off its perch it was greeted with a cheer and a ripple of applause from the interested bystanders.
Many congratulations to our winners on the day;
Animal shoot: Longbow – Malcolm Recurve – Richard G Barebow – Richard L-B
Pigeon Eliminator: Martyn
Once again, thanks to all who had a hand in organising the days events, and we are all looking forward to next months club competition – another fun shoot, this time it is being organised by the Three Musketeers; Gordon, Andy & Geoff…..
We have had a good week with the target bosses this week.
Our two 90 cm foam bosses have been getting a bit of a pounding over the last year and had become very soft in the centers, and as a result the stopping power has been greatly reduced. We hired a steel strapping tool and Pat, Graham and I repacked both last Thursday which has improved their condition considerably, and both now perform much better. For the materials used, thanks go to both:
On Saturday, Graham and I collected 4 x 130 cm used but good foam target bosses, and 1 stand, from Dave Michael (Hereford Company of Bowmen) in Rotherwas. These had previously been part of a sponsorship deal between Daves’ company and Herefordshire Archery Association and were used by Lugg Valley Archers.
We would like to extend the gratitude of our club and our members to both Dave and Andrew Hubbard (COO of Bathgate, the sponsors) for these targets that will certainly get well used in the coming weeks and months.
The Worcestershire Archery Society have recently held two bow meetings – the first at the end of May and the second at the end of June, and participation is on an invitation only basis.
At each meeting participants are required to shoot 10 dozen arrows at 60 yards – and an award is made for the highest aggregate score over the two meetings.
We are pleased to announce that Malcolm was this years top scorer having a combined total of 909 over the 240 arrows.
Many congratulations to Malcolm for this magnificent achievent!