Ledbury Archery Club

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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
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.

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New Year 2022

Happy New Year to all.

New Years Day, 16 of us were sufficiently non-hungover to venture out into the fresh air where Aunty Rona hates to be.

Sunday 2nd, we welcomed the rest of the county’s archers for the annual HAA New Year Clout.

Martin and Gordon were particularly good in the arrows nearest to flag department.

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Don’t Shoot Santa Shoot

December 18th saw our Yuletide fun shoot. The range was short but the festive targets were tricky and infuriating.

Good girls and boys who did not hit Santa could look forward to the opportunity of chocolate in their stockings.

To finish we had an Absolutely Not a Christmas Party gathering in the barn where barbie and delicacies were consumed.

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Hallowe’en Happening

An unexpectedly sunny morning saw Ledbury Archers join together to fight off the forces of evil as Hallowe’en beckoned. Archers practised on images of vampires, zombies and bats before seeking to destroy the evil Pumpkin Man and to vanquish the fearsome Beast Of Putley.

Champions emerged in the 3 disciplines of longbow, barebow and recurve. Should hoards of the undead appear then we will all be hiding behind Chard, Dan and Chris!

A fun morning of light-hearted competition, thanks to all participants.
(Next club competition is a metric clout at the end of November)

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Geoff Langley Memorial Clout ~ Sept 2021

George and Lyndon hold trophy accompanied by Mary Langley and Rachel

Earlier this year our club was shocked to hear of the untimely death of one of our members. Geoff was a keen longbowman and had made clout shooting somewhat of a speciality. What finer tribute then than a club clout with a specially commissioned trophy?
Recurve and longbows competed over a single distance. Scoring was fast and furious with all archers producing their best. Although rivalry was evident, the strongest features of the morning were camaraderie and laughter. After an exhausting 9 ends we decamped to the garden for refreshments and presentations.
We were delighted to welcome Geoff’s wife Mary and other family members to present the medals:

Bronze: Sarah Ian
Silver: Pat Chris H
Gold: Caroline Lyndon

Overall trophy winner: Lyndon

Lyndon passed his hard-won trophy on to George in recognition of the occasion. A thoughtful and generous act applauded by all. It was another great morning for Ledbury Archery Club and, hopefully, there will be many more.

Thanks to George and the regular clout shooters for great organisation; to Graham and Anne for use of their garden and to the Langley family for joining us and helping us to celebrate our friend.
A final toast to Geoff, an archer and a gentleman!