As we follow the rules issued by the Government, Sport England & Archery GB, and gradually ease ourselves out of Lockdown, we are contacting those who have expressed an interest in joining our club, or participating in a Taster Session or Beginners Course. We are all keen to get the club operating in a similar manner to how we were in pre-Covid days, but will not jeopardise the health of any of our members, or visitors by relaxing our rules too soon.
Peppered may be too strong a word but the instances of our clout flagpoles being hit are now becoming a regular occurrence. So much so that the clout group now have a pennant trophy held by the latest person to join the exclusive club. Congratulations to Ian Staines, the most recent winner. Graham only held the honour for a short time so we expect his fiercely competitive nature to re-assert itself with more damage to the pole in the coming weeks!
Joining our existing coahses, Katie (Lead Coach) and Peter, we are very pleased to be able to congratulate Chris, Gordon and Rachel on eventually achieving their Level 1 coaching standard. Unfortunately, due to circumstances surround the Coronavirus restrictions, the course took well over a year longer than it should normally have done, however we now have a really strong coaching team and when the current Beginners Course has been completed I am sure that any of the coaches will offer advice to members on any aspect of their archery in either a formal or informal way. Bear in mind we have the County Championships coming up, so ensure that you are on the top of your game!
Just see the guys and gals in red….
Pictures of official shirt handovers below.
Whilst the majority of members continue to shoot at targets on our range beside the barn, our Clout Group (using traditional equipment) are often to be found lurking about at the bottom of the farm or in the woods, shooting clout, rove or field. Be on the lookout for these curious individuals!
Following on from the efforts of George, Gordon, and Geoff; Graham is the latest Archer to have attained the, near impossible, goal of hitting the flagpole during a Clout. The latest success was again during one of our Roving Clout shoots with unknown distances, making the achievement even more remarkable…
This is becoming a rather frequent occurrence now – so much so that it has been proposed that the shot is recognised by awarding a special trophy – passed on from Archer to Archer as the flagpole is hit.
It must be remembered that we are still waiting for someone to hit the flag whose name doesn’t start with a ‘G’. Perhaps Chris or Martyn should think about changing their names to Ghris or Gartyn!
As the club has now been re-opened for a month (albeit still with restrictions and social distancing), it’s nice to see that the heavens are recognising our efforts! Did you know that you can only ever see a Rainbow when the sun is behind you (as evidenced by the shadows in these photos)?
Many thanks to Richard Lee-Buxton who captured these images over our target range at Putley on Thursday.
We sincerely hope he was well rewarded on the next end!
Further to the announcement from Boris Johnson, and the rapid spread of the latest, more infectious, strain of Coronavirus, the Committee have made the decision to suspend all archery activity at the club – all ranges outside and in the barn.
We suspect that it may be a few days before Archery GB come out with any guidelines after they have fully evaluated the latest Government regulations, but until there is further clarification it would be prudent to fully follow the “stay home / stay safe” mantra.
We recognise that this will be disappointing to members, but we must put this into perspective and remember that by staying home we will all be doing our part to combat the spread of the virus – and it’s not so onerous at this time of year when the weather is predominantly cold and wet….
We will obviously continue to monitor the rules and guidance and let you know if and when any changes can be made.
So, all that remains is for the Committee to wish you all well and urge you to stay at home as far as possible and stay safe.
Chairman, Ledbury Archery Club
This is getting to be a frequent occurrence:
Once again we have resumed our shooting after an absence of several weeks. Whilst the rest of us fumble around trying to find the right distance or counter either a head, tail or cross wind, Geoff seems to shrug it all off…. A partially hidden flag, over a tree and straight into the flagpole at about 70 yards. In this case it was made even more difficult by shooting directly at a low lying sun – so temporarily blinded as well!
This is the second time Geoff has achieved this in 2020 – and had we not been in Lockdown for many months who can tell how many more times it would have happened. Quite a bit of pressure for 2021!
The Ledbury Archery Club regular Clout archers who assembled for a bright and chilly late autumn socially distanced shoot, all appreciated the skill involved (and secretly hope it will be them next time!). Rumors of the wooden flagpoles being replaced by lengths of copper or steel pipe to “level the playing field” have been greatly exaggerated….
….and our scores are improving, we are all faced with a second full lockdown and no archery for the next 4 weeks (unless our petitions bear fruit).
Please follow the Government’s latest rules: Wash Hands, Cover Face and Make Space – and above all, Stay Safe!
See you all in a month or so.
Please join me in congratulating Rachel who was presnted with her Bowman’s classification badge on Saturday 26th September.
The club now has 3 archers shoting to a Bowmen standard – Justin, Rachel and Joe, our other County Clubs should be quaking in their boots (if any competitions were being held!).
Although achieved on the target field, the presentation was made prior to our socially distance club clout shoot, which of course Rachel also won! It is believed a higher score than Rachel’s was achieved, but only by some of the beefier men dropping down to the ladies distance – so they don’t count!
Unfortunately during the Coronavirus there has been little to celebrate in terms of our members archery achievements – then we have two announcements within the space of a week! Following Geoff’s remarkable shot on Thursday, I am now very pleased to be able to announce that Joe has cause for a double celebration of his own.
The consistent hard work that Joe Barton has put in has finally paid off, and he has now been awarded his Junior Bowman’s classification badge. No easy feat, and this is reflected in the fact that Joe becomes the first Junior Bowman that Ledbury Archery Club has had.
Joe’s consistent fine shooting and positive attitude has also been recognised by Wales Archery, who have now announced a sponsorship deal with Joe. Although it is always pleasing to see plenty of Ledbury Archery colours at external competitions I think it will also be a source of pride for the whole club that we have Joe representing us (when competitions resume) in Wales Archery livery!
Please join my congratulations to Joe for his achievements and also for continuing to ensure Ledbury Archery Club is firmly on the map in Herefordshire and the West Midlands. Stephanie is a very proud Mum!