December 17th saw our annual Yuletide fun shoot and barbie.
Gordon came up trumps again with his creation of Santa’s grotto, where some evil elves were trying to steal the presents and it was up to us to clout the elves without hitting Santa in the centre. With 5 points for an elf and -10 for Santa, some people did manage a positive score.
Then we did festive targets where once again, every target had some negative score points to be missed.
With conditions very crisp underfoot, we managed to avoid frostbite then we retired to the barn for a welcome barbie over the open brazier. Rachel’s hot punch was a welcome taste too.
The championships had been postponed from mid (heatwave) August and we were all looking forward to an end of summer season shoot. Putley looked resplendent as we welcomed archers from across the county. The tent line was in full force given the forecast but the predicted bad weather didn’t arrive which is just as well because Ledbury Archers were busy shooting up a storm of their own!
At the end of a long day we collapsed into the barn for mugs of tea and other yummy refreshments (thanks Lydia) whilst we waited for the results. There were gold medals in the National and Bristol rounds for Chard (longbow), Pat (longbow) and Graham S (recurve).
In the junior championship Bristol rounds there were wins for Joe B (u18 recurve), Josh (u16 barebow) and Kara (u12 barebow) in her first ever competition; that’s three junior county champions. It’s brilliant that we have young archers on the line and we’ll be following their progress.
In the senior championship, a Hereford round, there were silver medals for Caroline (recurve) and Mark N (barebow). Championship gold medals were awarded to Dan C (barebow), Steph (barebow), Mark B(longbow) and Rachel (longbow).
A fitting end to the competitive outdoor season, our little club continues to be a force in Herefordshire and now boasts seven county champions.
Thanks to all those who made it all run smoothly, Mark and Graham for leading field crew duties and Lydia for manning the urn and everyone else for being there and shooting so well. Go team Ledbury!