Ledbury Archery Club

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County Championships 2022

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!

Championship Winners

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!


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August Fun Day

Annual Fun Day Shoot

Bank Holiday Weekend was the time for the AGM, Fun Shoot and picnic.

After retreating from the hail of arrows at the last shoot, the King and Sir Slashalot returned with a band of barbarian mercenaries, let by Hagrid.

After seeing off the hoard, our intrepid archers did an apple shoot followed by the Pigeon Eliminator over lunch.

Bling honours went to Sarah, Dan and Gordon aka The Pigeon Butcher of Putley.

Many thanks to all involved in organising and especially Gordon and Pete for their artwork.


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Aubrey Ison Memorial Shoot

31st July saw a very small group from Ledbury attend Bromyard’s Aubrey Ison Memorial Shoot. The round was a WA70 – six dozen arrows at 70 metres. The Archery GB dress code does not apply to this shoot as Hawaiian shirts are the order of the day. We were quite soberly attired!

After a very hot afternoon, Francis was third in gents compound, Mark won the gents barebow and Rachel the ladies longbow and bronze on handicap adjusted score.


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HAA July at Luctonians

On a scorching hot day when any sane person would be indoors watching the Wimbledon Finals with a cool Pimms, an intrepid bunch of archers headed to Luctonians (Hereford Company of Bowmen) to shoot Albion and Windsor rounds.

Amidst the smell of burning human flesh, Ledbury archers battled on and brought home the bling.

Mad dogs and Englishmen

Dan C and Caroline won golds in the Albion (barebow and ladies recurve).

Francis and Chard won gold in the Windsor (recurve and longbow).

Graham S won the short Windsor.

The Cauldron, 30 degrees plus…


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July Fun Clout

This month’s clout used figures made by Gordon and Pete as targets. 10 points for a hit, 2 for a near miss.

Francis opened the session with an impressive head shot to Sir Slashalot. Pete was unimpressed and casually slotted the tip of the sword. The knight took a fair bit of damage but Robert managed to make sure the king did not skulk off the battlefield unscathed.


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HAA June

Ledbury successes at the HAA shoot, Sunday 12th June at Bromyard. There were 8 of us representing the club – more than from any other club. A good haul of bling was attained…

The Ledbury AC Dwarves. Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold, gold…
122 Metric 40Graham Srecurvegold
122 Metric 50Francisrecurvegold
Joe B u18recurvegold
122 Metric 60Stephbarebowgold
Carolinerecurvegold
WA50Justincompoundgold
WA70Mark Nbarebowgold
Rachellongbowgold


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Ledbury archers celebrate jubilee in true regal style

‘twas a blustery day but archers arrived to take part in the Royals versus Rogues Jubilee Stag Hunt. The Royals were seeking antlers for their castle wall whilst the Rogues just wanted a venison sandwich!

The contest took place over two rounds, shooting at distance on the Royal parkland and/or at the stag targets at shorter range. Both teams shot well and honour was served in that each team won one round, Team clout to the Rogues and Team stag shoot to the Royals.

Despite the Rogue team’s valiant efforts, when the two contest scores were combined, the Royals emerged victorious overall. Their captain was duly crowned King for the day.

Individual contest winners:
Lord of the Clout representing the Royals: Mark N.
Goodwife of the Hunt representing the Rogues: Michelle

Competition done, we all retired to the palace (barn) for a shared lunch.

Banquet in The Crooked Arrow
Banquet in The Crooked Arrow

Thanks to all who competed and brought food to share. Special thanks to Graham for organising the clout field, George for running the clout and very special thanks to Gordon for our brilliant handpainted stag targets.


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The Merry Month of May

May has been a busy month for LAC with archers hosting and competing at a HAA shoot on the 8th and then for some an open shoot hosted by Bromyard. As previously, our club led the field and a plethora of medals, trophies and county records have been the reward.

Flippin’ Brilliant!

8th May. Herefordshire Archery Assoc.

It was another sunny day at Putley and we welcomed archers from Bromyard and Hereford Company of Bowmen. There were 2 rounds available; the American which is 30 arrows at each of 60, 50 and 40 yards or the St Nicolas which is 48 arrows at 40 yards followed by 36 at 30 yards. Medals as follows, star indicates the score was above or equal to the published county record:

American round
Gents barebowDan CGold*
Ladies barebowStephGold*
U18 gents recurveJoe BGold*
Ladies longbowRachelGold*
Gents compoundJustinGold*
St Nicolas round
Gents recurveGraham SGold*
U16 boys barebowJoshGold*
U14 girls barebowHannahGold*

22nd May. Bromyard Open WA900

WA900 at Bromyard

Rather windy at Bromyard but an intrepid band of 6 took on archers from across the West Midlands at what was, for most, a first open competition. The WA900 is 30 arrows at each of 60, 50 and 40 metres – like the American but metric! The competition was fierce and there were some outstanding archers that were inspirational to watch. That said, every member of our team won something (other than the raffle) and we finished second in the team competition only a handful of points behind the winners. Individual results as follows (several of these will also be county records but don’t have details to check):

Gents barebowDan CGold
Ladies barebowStephGold
U18 Gents recurveJoe BGold
Gents compoundJustinGold
Ladies longbowRachelGold
Best handicap adjusted scoreDan VGold
RachelSilver
Ledbury AC victors


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HAA Long Metric III

10th April, Ledbury AC hosted the County Long Metric shoots.

Main event was the Long Metric III, which is 3 dozen arrows at 50m and 40m.

HAA Shoot

Other distances were also shot by the more adventurous.

Good results for Ledbury participants:

Mark and Pat Beaumont won the gents and ladies Metric I Longbow (70/60m)

Rachel and Mark Nichols received Metric II (60/50m) golds.

Dan Callender, Chard, Simon, Steph and Joe won Metric III (50/40m) golds.

Josh and Hannah won golds in the U16 Metric V (30/20m).

Full results attached:


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Longbow Clout at Hellens Manor

Sunday 3rd April.
Pat, Mark, Graham, George and Rachel enjoyed a days clout competition with British Longbow Society (BLBS) at the wonderful venue of Hellens Manor, Much Marcle.
Rachel and Pat scored well and Mark led the gents contingent followed by Graham and George.
Graham had two clouts, one of which is recorded on the attached photo.
Rachel also had two clouts and narrowly pipped Pat on the scoreboard.